STORY: Lusting after one’s employer is certainly not the done thing when you are a governess. But Miss Abigail Adams cannot seem to help herself…
Abigail Adams, the resident governess of Hartfield Hall, might appear to be a very proper young woman, yet she secretly yearns for excitement to brighten her mundane life. And what she does want, she really shouldn’t long for—Sir Nicholas Barsby, the indecently handsome, charismatic master of Hartfield.
Sir Nicholas Barsby returns home from a tour of the Continent to discover his widowed sister-in-law has employed a decidedly delectable governess for his nieces. When it becomes blatantly apparent that the attraction is mutual, Nicholas ruthlessly decides to present Miss Adams with a thoroughly wicked proposal.
Abigail is initially shocked by Sir Nicholas’s outrageous and highly improper offer to become his mistress. Having wanton thoughts about a man is undoubtedly sinful but leading the life of a fallen woman is something else entirely. Nevertheless, falling into Sir Nicholas’s arms might just prove to be an invitation too tempting for Abigail to ignore. One thing is clear, whether she’s a governess or mistress, she must not lose her heart…
Author’s Note to Readers: An Improper Governess is Book 2 in the loosely linked, Improper Liaisons Novella series. It can also be read as a stand-alone.
Length: Long novella
Sensuality level: Hot. This story is an erotic historical romance and contains frequent love-making scenes and sexual language.
REVIEW: Hedgecombe Village, Sussex – 1819
Miss Abigail Adams, age 25, is walking through Hedgecombe Priory’s cemetery when she is stopped by the vicar, Mr. Elias Wentworth. Having know the man for a mere six months, she is shocked when he declares himself to her and asks for her hand in marriage. Pulling away from him, she says that she must return to her duties as the governess to Miss Lavinia and Miss Kitty. They are the daughters of the widowed Lady Regina Barsley and they reside at Hatfield Hall. Abigail also mentions to the vicar that Sir Nicholas Barsley, age 29, will soon return to the Hall. He is a Baronet and Lady Regina is the widow of his brother. She has been living at the Hall with her daughters since her husband’s death.
On her way back to the Hall, Abigail is rushing to outrun a storm. As torrential rains start, a man comes by on his horse and pulls her up to ride with him to the Hall. Upon arrival, she is embarrassed to have been caught out in the rain and is scolded by Lady Regina. She is even more embarrassed to find the man who rescued her is Sir Nicholas whom she has never met before. Sir Nicholas is furious when he find that Lady Regina has given Abigail a tiny, unheated room on the upper floor, so he issues orders that Abigail is to be placed in a nice room and a bath be drawn for her. Lady Regina is furious that Abigail is being treated so well by Sir Nicholas. He, in turn, is angry at her for her for treating Abigail so badly.
When Lady Regina decides to take her daughters to Brighton, Sir Nicholas requests that Abigail remain at the Hall to catalogue his library.
When an attraction sparks between them, passion cannot be denied.
This is a very clever story. I always enjoy books about governesses. While I admit that it was a bit too racy for my tastes, I think the author wrote an overall great book.
Complimentary copy provided by the author
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