Title: The Governess Was Wanton
Author: Julia Kelly
Series: Governess #2
Genre: Victorian Romance
Follow three best friends who navigate love and independence as governesses in Regency England in this delightfully charming installment in the Governesses series.
Mary Woodward, a young veteran governess, has one job: guiding a young debutante through her first season in high society. And up until now, keeping her focus and avoiding temptation has been easy. But never before has the father of her young charge been as devilishly handsome as the single, wealthy Earl of Asten…. Convinced to risk it all, Mary let’s herself enjoy one night of magic at a masked ball in Asten’s arms, but will they both regret everything when the Earl learns her true identity?
Source: ARC from Pocket Star via NetGalley
This is a far more traditional governess/lord tale than the last, where the impediment is believable. Mary is a very proper woman and successful in her profession, while Asten is honourable and would never touch a woman in his employ. Trouble is, there’s this pesky attraction between them and it becomes rather hard to resist.
I enjoyed this one much more than The Governess Was Wicked, partly because there was a genuine reason why these two couldn’t be together, but also because Mary is a believable governess who genuinely cares about her charge. There’s more than a touch of Cinderella about it, and I enjoyed the bond that grew between Mary and Eleanora.
There are a few things here and there that I didn’t enjoy so much. Because of the short length of the book, it’s very much an insta-lust/love and the main characters don’t get to spend a whole lot of time together. Mary’s also very knowledgeable for a sheltered spinster. I’m also dubious about her claim to be a gentleman’s daughter, since her father (and his family) were wealthy but also still in trade, which isn’t the same thing. I’m also surprised at the lack of angst surrounding the idea of an earl marrying his daughter’s governess. But then this is a fairly quick read, so I can see why there wouldn’t have been time for too much of that.
Overall I enjoyed this. It’s a quick, easy read that doesn’t delve too deeply into the strictures of society, but still provides an entertaining romance with a nice bit of heat and a hint of historical manners. I look forward to seeing what the third and final story has to offer.
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