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The Governess Was Wild (The Governess Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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When Jane Ephram realizes her charge flew the coop, she knows she has to get the young lady back before the situation is discovered and both their reputations—and therefore their lives—are ruined. But where to start her search? Perhaps by interviewing the gentleman whose horse had been stolen during the night? That horse was the key to a better future for Nicholas Hollings and his debutante sisters, so he’s all for chasing after the runaway charge. What he wasn’t expecting was to fall in love with the governess…
It amazes me how some books can be so similar in content but written so differently. This plot wasn’t complicated or original, but Kelly managed to make it inexplicably engaging and charming. It’s crazy how authors can make or break a novel with an element as simple as tone or personal style. Something about this story had me devouring the words and eagerly turning the pages. It wasn’t even hurt by the two that came before it—I feel it can stand on its own. (Though I really want to read the other two now.)
I read a novella the other day that seemed shallow, as if it were only skimming the surface of the story, so I am thoroughly impressed that this one had a depth that was as complete and soulful as a novel twice its length. The plot, while simple (sometimes less is more, right?), was tidy and well-paced, presenting a problem, experiencing conflicts, and finding a solution. And I was taken with the characters, even the secondary ones that weren’t present for long. Both Jane and Nicholas were extremely likable and sympathetic. Jane tried to be responsible, wanting only to do what was right, and was punished for it. Nicholas, too, was doing his best to be self-sacrificing and responsible, and the first time he wants something for himself—Jane—he can’t have her. It was so satisfying, so rewarding, to see them achieve their HEA.
I’m tempted to say this book was darn near perfect, but I don’t want to go that far…although I, Queen Nitpick, didn’t notice any flaws.
Sexual situations may offend some readers.
Jane is in a weird position in society, not quite someone of stature but not quite a peasant free to do as she would. She is within the high-ranking society as an outsider who gets to look in and work in it yet must keep her reputation spotless if she is to continue working. It's beyond stressful and ridiculous, but it is what it is. When she loses her charge, she teams up with Lord Nicholas as it seems her charge has taken his horse. She finds him attractive but knows society is not forgiving so she must make sure to get her charge back as fast as possible without alerting society to her traveling with a Lord, even if said Lord is sinful and temptation in its purest form.
Lord Nicholas needs his horse back in order to get his hands on funds he so desperately needs. Teaming up with a governess that is as gorgeous as Jane wasn't what he expected but he needed her just as much as she needed him. He tried to be honorable, he really did, but he's only human and she's just so...charming. The passion between them won't be denied, society be damned.