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Seducing the Governess (Regency Flings) Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011
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A Proper Governess Should Never. . .
Assist a handsome stranger, alone on an unfamiliar road . . . unless the rake happens to be her new employer.
Take a position in a crumbling manor . . . especially if the household staff has been replaced by unruly former soldiers.
Allow her young charge entrée to her heart . . . for once done, it will be impossible to maintain proper distance.
Permit her charge's uncle a breathtaking kiss under a star-lit sky . . . henceforth she will most certainly lose composure whenever he is near.
And above all, she should never, ever fall completely, irreversibly in love with her employer . . . for nothing good can possibly come of it.
About the Author
Margo Maguire is the author of twenty-one historical romance novels. Formerly a critical care nurse, she worked for many years in a large Detroit trauma center. Margo writes full time and loves to hear from readers. Keep up with news on Margo's latest books by signing up for her newsletter on her website, www.margomaguire.com, and looking her up on Facebook and Twitter.
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Mercy Franklin discovers that the people who raised her were not her true parents but adopted her when she was only three. She knows nothing about her birth parents but she does have a diary her adoptive mother wrote. Mercy is destitute and takes a position as a governess to Lord Ashby's niece.
Nash Farris has lost his two older brothers in mysterious accidents and is now the Earl to a rather crumbling estate. He was an officer in the army and has enlisted the men who served with him to help run the estate. He is brash and like most aristocrats a bit arrogant.
Mercy has a transformation with Nash, where she once was accommodating she is now almost priggish and cannot curb her tongue. She is quick to point out Nash's parenting faults without all the facts, she almost seems unconcerned about getting sacked. She bemoans her rising desire for her employer, ditto for Nash who is always thinking of the governess in some intimate manner. These two do not engage in much conversation during the first half of this book other than Mercy relating the progress of her charge or berating Nash for his lack of decorum in raising his niece.
Nash is convinced his brothers were murdered and sets out to find clues to their deaths. He keeps this under wraps from Mercy. In fact, the leads do not share secrets or many insights with each other. They almost lead their own lives separately from each other, but since they live under the same roof they occasionally bump into one another and when this happens their desires are given free rein.
This couple lacks a strong emotional connection. In fact it isn't until nearly the end of the novel (this is by far the best part of the story; it has tension and very good pacing) that they actually begin to share their pasts and even then it is almost an accidental thing. I never doubted that this couple was physically attracted to one another but how and when did they fall in love? What did they find appealing in each other besides their great looks? I am not sure and this is the essence of a great romance understanding why a character feels love, desire, loyalty and joy for their fellow lead.