Monday, June 3, 2013

Not Just a Governess by Carole Mortimer + Featured Freebie

Not Just a GovernessGOVERNESS? 

 Darkly delicious Lord Adam Hawthorne doesn't care a whit for society-especially the tedium of finding a wife. So taking on a new governess for his young daughter shouldn't shake his steely disposition!
OR LADY IN DISGUISE?

Except Mrs. Elena Leighton, an enigmatic widow, is a most intriguing addition to the household. What are those ladylike airs and graces beneath her dowdy exterior?

Despite great impropriety, Lord Hawthorne is compelled to discover the real Elena-no matter what secrets are unveiled along the way....

A Season of Secrets A lady never tells...

My Rating: 4 Roses

A stolen identity, a cruel villain, and a sweet and sensuous romance. That's what you get in Not Just a Governess. This book was absolutely wonderful! I just loved it!

Elena is not who she says she is. Hiding as a governess, Elena was running away from a terrible event. I really liked her character. She was very strong dealing with the events in her past and fighting back when she needed to. She wasn't going to let anyone steamroll over her, not her formidable employer, nor her odious cousin. I though she was an awesome heroine. No complaints there.

Adam was just as great. He is somewhat of a recluse from society and harbors a mistrust of women since having to deal with is adulterous wife. He comes off as quite a formidable, unforgiving man. But, beneath all that, he was so sweet. He might not have known how to deal with a little girl, but he was still a sweet father to Amanda and a sweet lover to Elena. And I loved how adamant he was about protecting his loved ones. Towards the end, I wanted to shake him for being so stubborn about admitting his love for Elena. He wallowed in denial for a while before finally admitting his feelings. But, otherwise, I absolutely adored him.

The romance was more sensuous than hot in this book. There was constant attraction between Elena and Adam. Even though there was only one intimate scene, the sexual tension was constant and, as I said, very sensuous. There was also plenty of sweetness between these two, plenty of moments between them that had me smiling. Overall, I lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. The climax was a little anticlimactic. After all the buildup, I was expecting more. Overall, however, I really enjoyed the story. And the ending was so lovely.

Not Just a Governess was a fantastic historical romance. Lovers of the genre, you really should read this book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Books for a copy!
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Featured Freebie
Today, I have a YA romance that sounds cute: Laughing Fate by Roxy Emilia Means. Go forth and get it for free!

There are three things everyone knows about Potter. He is a darn good surfer, ironically he is afraid of seagulls, and he is terrified of a girl named Puck. Now, Potter is left holding the girl he is scared of in his arms and he can't help but notice that she is kind of cute when she isn't wielding a giant branch at him...

The story follows Puck and Potter as she stumbles into love with a man she holds in contempt (seriously, who's afraid of seagulls?). She gives the single life a fighting chance, but fate has other ideas for her- starting with Potter running her off the road on accident.

It is intended for older teens+. It has mild cussing and sexual situations that might not be appropriate for people under 16.

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