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The Governess Was Wanton (The Governess Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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As a personal rule, I never call anything perfect, but I’m sorely tempted with this book. The characters were endearing (except the Laughlins, blech) and quite down-to-earth. Mary’s fear of abandonment was subtle, giving her more dignity. She, Lady Eleanora, and Asten all had complete arc, beginning with weakness that they conquered by the end. Asten! He had a wonderful sense of humor! He had a couple of one-liners that made me laugh out loud. And I loved that he and Mary were not only physically attracted to one another, but very attracted to one another’s characteristics as well. They became friends as well as lovers.
And the elements of Cinderella? Also subtle. I found it charming.
Sexual situations may offend some readers
The spark between Mary and Lord Asten is immediate to both of them at their first meeting. Yet propriety keeps them apart. Mary doesn't want to ruin her reputation as a respectable and modest governess and Lord Asten refuses to repeat the actions of his father, who would lust after maids of his childhood home.
Their relationship is further strained by the presence of Lady Laughlin, a friend of the Earl's late wife who Mary feels as unceremoniously inserted herself into Lord Asten and Eleanor's life.
I really loved this book for the characters of Mary and Eric. Mary is strong, fierce, adventurous and quick-witted. As a girl, she was denied the chance to live the glamorous life of balls and dances that Eleanor is about to embark on, yet she forges ahead to make the most of the hand she was dealt. Mary rekindles in Eric the feeling of being a young man who wants and loves a woman.
I couldn't put this book down! And even after I had finished it, I returned to chapters I enjoyed most — some of them get particularly heated — and re-read them. A wonderful second book in Julia Kelly's governess series.
Story. Mary had so much sense and wit. I loved her character and the way she stood up for her charge. There were a lot of realistic emotions from all the main characters. I read the book in one sitting.