Review: Tempting the Governess by Vivienne Westlake

October 22, 2014 Review 2

Review: Tempting the Governess by Vivienne Westlake

Never fall in love with your employer. Any respectable governess knew the cardinal rule. Christine Aubrey prided herself on her devotion to her charges, never suspecting that one day a former pupil would tempt her to break every rule in the book.

Theodore Blake was a “good boy” who grew up into a responsible man. Shouldering the burden of raising his sister’s children and managing his older brother’s affairs, Teddy has always done the right thing. But when his former governess returns to Birchwood, all he can think about is how good it would be to be bad.

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Title: Tempting the Governess
Author: Vivienne Westlake
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: 9 October, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 111
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Historic romance is a favorite of mine lately, I’ve read more than my fair share this year alone. I enjoy when the author can bring something different to the table, but not lose the essential ‘feel’ of traveling back in time to look in on characters who live very different lives from today.

Vivienne Westlake’s Tempting the Governess is a story that adds a modern twist with a governess returning to take charge of a former student’s wards: his niece and nephew, recently orphaned after their parents’ demise in a carriage accident.

Years ago, Christine was the center of young Teddy’s romantic musings, although all grown up now and thrust into a position of responsibility that his elder brother abjured, he feels that only his former governess can manage his rambunctious nephew. Theodore (Teddy) is a grown man of 24 now, with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Always most content at home managing the estate and living a quieter country life, he’s managing the family estate as his brother went off to America skirt chasing. When his sister’s children are left without parents, he steps up to take care of the children, the last ties to his sister.

Christine and Teddy are delightful together – from her wonderful interactions with the children to her dialogue with Teddy.  While she tends to overthink the age difference (11 years – she is the elder) there is little that makes this an uncomfortable relationship: at least not that I could find.

Their chemistry is solid, and Teddy is far more responsible and encumbered than most men of 24 in his social class, and his long-standing crush on Christine all feel real and solid in the story. Honestly, if there weren’t so many references to Christine’s hesitancy about their past relationship, and their own unwillingness to honestly voice their own feelings their age difference would be a small blip on the radar.

Westlake has built a story with heart and emotion, giving readers several different characters to appreciate and enjoy: the children are wonderful, Teddy and Christine are lovely and complete, both wrapped in their own ideas that pit desire against convention.  Scorching connections with plenty of sexual tension that also has the advantage of the emotional connection between the two adds some spice to this journey to a happy ending.

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About Vivienne Westlake

Vivienne Westlake has been reading and writing romance since the age of fifteen. What makes her stories unique is her love of a sassy heroine who keeps the hero on his toes. Though she has a fondness for redeemable rakes, Vivienne’s favorite Jane Austen/Regency hero is Captain Wentworth.

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2 Responses to “Review: Tempting the Governess by Vivienne Westlake”

  1. JeanMP

    Thanks for the review, this book sounds really good, off to check it out.

  2. Pansy Petal

    Oh my! A governess story – with a twist. How cool. I love a good governess story in general and this twist . . . 😀 How fun!