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No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper

No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper


Synopsis from Goodreads
England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and in 200 years demons will destroy it all. Unless Joan, a rough-around-the-edges assassin from the future, can take out the dark magician responsible. But to get close to her target she'll need help learning how to fit into society.
Simon has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell, and Joan may be his perfect revenge. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants her anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn't in it.
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Despite clearly seeing all the things that could have been much better in this book, I really really enjoyed it!

I wanted to read No Proper Lady since I've heard it being described as "Terminator meets My Fair Lady". Who could resist such a sales pitch, right?

It's not quite good old Arnold and very low on action, but what a fun tromp, people!

This wonderful tough assassin gets sent back from the future into the 19th century England to stop a magician who would open the door into parallel worlds from which all the evil creatures would come out and conquer the world.

In the future people live in the dingy dark tunnels and constantly fight with monsters for their survival. And they are losing.

Joan arrives into the countryside and accidentally saves another magician from the monsters sent to kill him. Simon takes her in and tries his best to help her with her mission against his enemy Alex Rendell. Him and his sister teach Joan manners necessary to introduce her into the beau monde in order to get closer to Rendell.

The task is not easy, but the whole exchange transforms all the parties involved. I was expecting Joan to use her assassin's skills and maybe save Simon from some robbers on the street. You know, to spice things up...

Instead the focus of the novel is on the feelings and perceptions, it reads more like paranormal and historical romance at the same time. I loved it, but I dearly wished for more.

However I'm very much looking forward to book #2 No Honest Woman, which I think will be just as enjoyable as this one!

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Прочитала книгу с огромным удовольствием, да и как я могла ей вопротивиться когда подзаголовок гласил "Терминатор встречает Мою Прекрасную Леди"?

Джоан, профессиональный ассассин, отправляется из будущего в Англию 19-го века, чтобы остановить мага, что откроет врата монстрам из других миров на землю.

В будущем монстры правят разрушенным миром, а люди живут в подземных туннелях и с ними сражаются вот уже несколько поколений. И понемногу проигрывают.

Джоан объявляется в Англии посреди сельской местности и совершенно случайно спасает ещё одного мага от посланных его убить монстров. Врагом мага оказывается тот самый злодей, за которым её послали - Алекс Ренделл.

Спасённый Джоан Саймон забирает её к себе домой и пытается помочь в её миссии. Чтобы подобраться к Ренделлу ей необходимо попасть в высшее общество и его сооблазнить, и Саймон со своей сестрой начинают обучать Джоан манерам.

Я честно надеялась на различные схватки, ну и чтобы Джоан хотя бы спасла Саймона от бандитов, что ли! Но в итоге всё разрешается как-то тихо. Здесь акцент больше на чувствах и мыслях героев, а не на экшн.

Однако я всё-равно книгой насладилась и с нетерпением жду вторую в следующем году :)


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