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The Earl and the Governess MOBI · The Earl  MOBI Innocent Governess, Forbidden LiaisonImpoverished, alone and on the run, Isabelle Thomas needs help So when William Stanton, Earl of Lennox, offers her a job as governess to his ward, she can t refuseBut Isabelle soon discovers that working for tall, broad shouldered William, with his disheveled hair and intense green eyes, is of a challenge than she expected When the attraction between them culminates in a bone melting kiss, Isabelle knows she must leave Only, the earl has other plans for his innocent governess I enjoyed reading Will and Isabelle s story She was just so endearing and he was the most absolute darling I just adored seeing him trying to resist her and then giving up and going for broke Mary was a delightful character too I just found the whole plot well constructed and well written A good read. I just love when I read a book by a new author, and their writing clicks with me That is how I felt about The Earl and the Governess I have had this book on my shelf for a few months, since I get all the Harlequin Historicals I loved the cover, so I knew I d probably read it sooner But, the storyline didn t really call out to me that much I m not a fan of the titled hero chasing a woman who is in dire straits, and manipulating that situation for his own prurient gains unless an author can I just love when I read a book by a new author, and their writing clicks with me That is how I felt about The Earl and the Governess I have had this book on my shelf for a few months, since I get all the Harlequin Historicals I loved the cover, so I knew I d probably read it sooner But, the storyline didn t really call out to me that much I m not a fan of the titled hero chasing a woman who is in dire straits, and manipulating that situation for his own prurient gains unless an author can do it well I needed an E for my monthly challenge, and it shouted Read Me So, I selected it, and I am glad I did.As I read this story, I said to myself, this is good writing Not reinventing the wheel, but telling a story of two people who meet and fall in love, and doing it very well I found myself liking both characters very much It s not always a given that I like the titled, handsome, monied hero I find that it s a coin flip for me I don t like people who have a huge sense of entitlement I don t like heroes who think they can have any woman they want, and who will resort to underhanded methods to get her, unless the author can show me a man with those undesirable traits, and reveal to me that he has some good traits to balance it out.I must say that William and I got off on the right foot from the beginning He sees a woman in distress, not particularly well dressed, passably pretty, but not a stunner, and he goes to help her He s not just trying to get her into bed He s genuinely concerned about her That really softened me towards William He s rich and important enough to ignore people that are beneath him, but he doesn t Surprisingly, even though William was working the angle of having Isabelle under his thumb as the governess to his ward, and he eventually wants to persuade her to be his mistress, he shows some qualms about it Although they share a couple of passionate kisses, he doesn t automatically resort to hanky panky with his ward in the same house That would have felt very wrong to me When her reputation gets ruined, he offers marriage, when he could have just paid her off He shows respect, and a love for this woman, a love that is equal to his desire That made me love him.I really liked Isabelle too She had a good head on her shoulders, but she also had a heart and emotions The war between those aspects of her personality was well written She felt a connection to William from the beginning, but she was no fool She was in dire straits, and she knew that her reputation was important She knew that nothing lasting could come of her association with William Her love and attraction to him slowly but surely wore away at her doubts, and it was an organic process.I m pretty iffy about the wallpaper type historicals I like to read historical romances that are written with the morals and the atmosphere that represent the times and makeup of people who lived back then I get pretty frustrated when I read one that has modern people who are merely dressed up like historical people, and carry their modern ideas and s into the story This is not one of those, fortunately Although Ms Elliott doesn t hit the reader over the head with the Regency setting, it s very natural and obvious in this story I found myself reading this book very fast, and enjoying it a lot Seeing William and Isabelle s courtship play out was a lovely thing When they consummate their relationship, it felt natural, although I wondered how things would work out for them long term But I knew their love was real, and that was important for me.I would have given this book five stars, but the ending seemed a little drawn out to me, leaving me with an uncertain feelings as for how things would resolve But eventually things get to where I wanted them to, and I was happy with the resolution in the end Otherwise, I had no issues with this story The Earl and the Governess was a very good book, and I d recommend it to fans of Regency romance.Overall rating 4.5 5.0 stars 3.5 starsThis is a Mills Boon Harlequin Historical from 2009 that has been sitting on the PPB Pile of Paperbacks by the Bed for a while, and which seemed a good choice for this month s TBR Challenge, which is to read a short story, novella or category romance.I ve got a bit of a soft spot for that whole Cinderella thing, and with a title like that, I knew exactly what I d be getting But in spite of the predictability of the story, the book is lifted into the above average range by writi 3.5 starsThis is a Mills Boon Harlequin Historical from 2009 that has been sitting on the PPB Pile of Paperbacks by the Bed for a while, and which seemed a good choice for this month s TBR Challenge, which is to read a short story, novella or category romance.I ve got a bit of a soft spot for that whole Cinderella thing, and with a title like that, I knew exactly what I d be getting But in spite of the predictability of the story, the book is lifted into the above average range by writing, the way the relationship develops between the eponymous characters and the fact that Ms Elliott puts a slightly different spin on the heroine s story.Travelling home from somewhere William Stanton, Earl of Lennox is annoyed when his carriage is held up by an overturned vegetable cart somewhere in a less salubrious area of London Annoyance turns to irritation and disbelief when he sees a shabbily dressed, passably pretty young woman walking unaccompanied through the streets, and knowing how vulnerable she must be, he immediately offers her his assistance On her way to visit a pawnbroker s, Isabelle Thomas is mortified at the prospect of such a handsome and obviously wealthy gentleman finding out where she s going, but he s persistent and insists on carrying her bag She s not too happy about that, either, but he offers a trade he gives her his gold watch and tells her she can carry that while he carries her bag, as that way she ll know he s not going to make off with her possessions.When Will returns briefly to his still stuck carriage, Isabelle spies the shady character she believes has been following her all day and runs off, only realising later that she still has the watch.Isabelle s recently deceased father had been a well known scholar and collector of antiquities He was one of those absent minded selfishly obssesed types who rarely remembered the existence of his offspring and failed to ensure that she s given the education befitting a gentleman s daughter That isn t necessarily a bad thing, as instead of learning needlework and deportment, she learned useful things like languages and history, but the lack of theladylike accomplishments are going to make it difficult for Isabelle to make her living as a governess or companion And she has to make her own living now, especially considering that his activities, buying and selling antiquities, have turned out to have been fraudulent, and he has left her un provided for and prey to anyone who has discovered that many of the artefacts he has sold in the past have been fakes.But one of those buyers has already discovered the truth and he s determined to get his pound of flesh Isabelle has already sold her home in order to reimburse him, but that only provided half the sum he s pressurising her for Isabelle knows she has no hope of paying back the total and ifof the men her father duped find out about the deception, she ll be sent to debtor s prison or be forced into making amends on her back.William is, naturally, displeased when he discovers the theft of his watch, which belonged to his grandfather But he haspressing concerns His best friend has recently died and left his twelve year old daughter, Mary to Will s guardianship Mary is away at school, but has been sent away because of her behaviour, so now Will is faced with providing a home for her until he can find another school willing to take her.The watch weighs on Isabelle s conscience and she wants to return it, but while she knows Will s name, she doesn t know where he lives It takes her a couple of weeks to find out and then she turns up on the very day he is interviewing governesses for Mary.She explains why she s there, returns the watch, and then Will offers her the post of governess She s sceptical after all, the only thing she really has of value is her reputation but she doesn t have any other options, so she accepts, agreeing to remain until Mary returns to school Yet while Will genuinely wants to help Isabelle, his motives are not completely altruistic He wants to bed her but realises he s rather stymied himself on that front because his gentlemanly scruples won t allow him to sleep with a woman in his employ, and certainly not with his ward under the same roof.Despite his slightly nefarious manoeuvring, however, Will is a very likeable hero He s titled and rich, but doesn t stand on ceremony or treat those of lower standing as though they re something the cat dragged in He even puts up with his nagging cousin Henrietta whose efforts to fix him up with a blandly suitable bride are dedidedly unwelcome with fairly good grace, although he ll only let her push so far before he tells her where to get off Isabelle starts to work with Mary, who is rather withdrawn but obviously far from stupid, and soon the three of them have settled into something like a routine There s a pleasant domesticity to the interactions between Will and Isabelle, and then between the couple and Mary, as he finds he actually cares about the girl and wants to help her.The central relationship is well developed and there s a strong chemistry between the leads Isabelle is not always the most deferential of employees, but Will so likes her impertinence that he can t always bring himself to correct her, which leads to some enjoyable banter between them Will and Isabelle are engaging characters and their relationship evolves in a natural, unhurried way, which makes it all theconvincing All in all, The Earl and the Governess is a quick, enjoyable and entertaining read It might not win any prizes for the originality of its storyline, but it treads a well worn path confidently and with a lot of charm Regency.Good read.Isabelle is hanging on by a thin thread and could really use some help but she is alone in the world In a moment of distraction, her last means of support is almost stolen from her but luckily, William Stanton saves her not only from the theif but days later when he offers her a job as governess to his ward Finally, she has a slim ray of hope To bad she doesn t confess all her worries to the Earl but in truth, the feelings he inspires scare her almost as much as her blackmai Regency.Good read.Isabelle is hanging on by a thin thread and could really use some help but she is alone in the world In a moment of distraction, her last means of support is almost stolen from her but luckily, William Stanton saves her not only from the theif but days later when he offers her a job as governess to his ward Finally, she has a slim ray of hope To bad she doesn t confess all her worries to the Earl but in truth, the feelings he inspires scare her almost as much as her blackmailer does She knows it would be impossible for a marriage between them She is way below him on the social ladder But working for him and living in the same household soon becomes to much temptation She must leave but William has different plans He isn t about to give the delectable Miss Thomas up, especially not after their scorching hot first kiss He must have her, one way or another Just when he thinks he will win her, everything changes She discovers she isn t as safe as she thought and he discovers that she is worthto him than he could ever imagine

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