Tuesday, March 15, 2016

First Chapter, First Paragraph No. 3: An Improper Arrangement, by Kasey Michaels

Welcome to First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros,
hosted by Diane @

Every Tuesday, each participant
shares the first paragraph 
(sometimes two) from a book
they're reading,
or thinking about reading.

The book I've picked this week is....

An Improper Arrangement
Kasey Michaels
Mass Market Paperback, 380 pages
Deccmber 29, 2015
 Historical Romance 


Experience the drama of the Little Season in the first of a new series by USA Today bestselling author Kasey Michaels, in which three dashing war heroes have finally met their matches…

Gabriel Sinclair has returned from battle as reluctant heir to a dukedom. As if his new responsibilities weren't enough, Gabriel's aunt enlists him to sponsor a young heiress through London's Little Season. Yet Miss Thea Neville is hardly the tedious obligation he expected. She's exotic and enchanting—and utterly unaware of the secret poised to destroy her family's reputation.

After ten years in America, Thea is ready to do her duty and marry well. Deportment lessons, modistes, balls—the ton is a minefield she could scarcely navigate without Gabriel's help. By rights, she should accept the first bachelor who offers for her. Instead, she's succumbing to a dangerous attraction to her wickedly handsome chaperone—one that could unhinge her plans in the most delicious way.

Chapter One

Cranbrook Chase, August 1815

Basil Sinclair, sixth duke of Cranbrook, was dying.

Or perhaps not.

One never knew with Basil.

Most anything could send him staggering to his bed, telling all who would listen (a diminishing number of ears), that he was not long for this world, about to shuffle off this mortal coil, stick his spoon in the wall, cock up his toes, be carried to bed on six men's shoulders -- et cetera.

He hadn't always been this way. Twenty years past, he was a happily married fifth son, living the life of the pampered and heavily allowanced, traveling the world with his lovely wife, Vivien.

Vivien and Basil, Basil and Vivien, carefree, high-spirited, game for any adventure.    

I was recently sent this novel
for review, and am really
looking forward to enjoying it!
Would you continue reading,
judging from the excerpt above ?


  1. Not a "me" book but, I sure hope that you enjoy it.

  2. Not my usual genre, but I hope you like it :)

  3. I like a romance now and then, but I lean more toward contemporary. Hope you love it!

    1. Hi, Kay!

      I read contemporary romance now and then, too. Historicals, especially from the Regency period, like this one, are a lot of fun though!

      Thanks for dropping by!! :)

  4. I am more a fan of contemporary novels, but occasionally I "dip my toe" into one of these...they make me laugh, with how they all pay tribute to rules and to the thoughts of the "ton." Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    1. Hik Laurel!

      I sometimes read contemporary romance novels, too. I love historicals, though, for all the reason you mention -- how they totally go by the rules of the "ton". Yes, that makes me laugh, too! These novels remind me of the works of Jane Austen, although of course they're not masterpieces, as hers are.

      You're very welcome for the share and for visiting your blog! Thanks for commenting back!! :)

  5. Although I usually read contemporary romance, a good historical is fun sometimes too. This sounds like a good one. I enjoyed reading the euphemisms for dying.
    My Tuesday post features a contemporary romance: GRIFF MONTGOMERY, QUARTERBACK.

    1. Hi, Sandra!

      Yes, sometimes I like to read contemporary romance, too. And I agree that historicals can be a lot of fun! I really like the comical start to this one!

      Thanks for the comment!! :)

  6. Hi, Diane and JoAnn!

    Oh, I'm sure I will! I guess historical romance is not for everyone.

    Thanks for commenting!! :)

  7. This sounds like a great read! I love historical romance <3 I'm actually reading one right now, just started it last night :3 Although I'll admit I'm very picky when it comes to historical romance. For example, I hate it when the love interest is a so-called rake, I like nice boys better haha :P

    Lipstick and Mocha

    1. Hi, Carla!

      Oh, I'm glad you like you like this novel! Yes, I think it will be a GREAT read, too! And I agree with you -- I don't like rakes, either! Besides, it's not realistic for a rake to suddenly be reformed when "the right woman" enters his life. That doesn't happen in real life very often!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!! :)


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