Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tempting the Governess by Vivienne Westlake

 Christine Aubrey was the governess to the Blake children.  Theodore "Teddy" Blake was in love with her then.  His sister and her husband died in a carriage accident and he is raising her children.  The former pupal has rehired his governess to help with his niece and nephew.  Teddy now has the temptation of his former governess as an adult.

I thought this novella was brilliant.  It isn't the average plot for a historical romance.  The heroine is eleven years older than the hero.  But, it works brilliantly.  The adult characters are well drawn and the children don't come off as brats (sorry, I have read some books that the child characters absolutely spoil the book by being a brat or too adult-perfect).  There is a tension between Teddy and Christine that is palpable.  The only complaint I have is that I felt that I was just dropped into the novella when it is already underway.  I felt that it could have opened as Christine was returning to the Blake's house.  But, this isn't the typical plot, so it works.  I just wanted a longer book!

I received this novella as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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