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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Outrageous Behavior by Amy Corwin

Outrageous Behavior by Amy Corwin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (20 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Primrose

As the Season in London comes to a close, Laura finds herself in a predicament. The one man she is attracted to has neglected to make an offer for her, and her family wants her to accept the proposal of a fortune-hunter. Determined not to let propriety stand in the way of her future happiness, she resorts to outrageous behavior to escape the damp grasp of the wrong man—and to discover true love in the arms of another.
Outrageous Behavior is a delightful story with loveable spunky heroine despite the confinement of her society (London 1811).

Laura Brownell has caught the eye of Mr. Hardwick, a fortune hunter and a man whom Laura can’t stand. Unfortunately, her parents are urging her to accept his offer. Instead, Mr. Hardwick’s cousin, Lord Warnock, has caught Laura’s eye.

Lord Warnock is a sportsman, Laura learns, during their first dance together. He favors the country and fishing. And, from stern looks and wagging tongues, it is fairly obvious to Laura that her parents believe she has no chance with the dashing Lord.

As the season nears its end, Laura seems forced to resort to outrageous behavior to avoid accepting Mr. Hardwich’s offer. When a close friend offers to take Laura on a fishing trip, it seems that her behavior just might give Laura a chance for happiness after all.

Laura is a spicy heroine. In though she acts the docile female for the most part, her thoughts are wonderfully outrageous for the time period. She knows what she wants and has to come to terms with her desire for love versus the constraints of propriety. Her father represents the rigidness of the period and serves as a foil to Laura’s spirit.

Outrageous Behavior is a quick, enjoyable read. It has a Jane Austin feel to it and you can’t help but be absorbed into the story. I can’t wait to read another work by Ms. Corwin.