Series: Unlikely Duchess #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: The Scandalous Flirt
A stunning new Regency from beloved author Olivia Drake, When a Duke Loves a Governess...!
Tessa James has worked and planned tirelessly to open her own millinery shop. All she needs now is a loan from the lord who sired and abandoned her. The only problem is, she doesn’t even know his name. What’s a woman to do to find him but enter the aristocratic world by becoming a governess?
Guy Whitby, the new Duke of Carlin, has returned to London after years abroad to discover that his young daughter Sophy has become a wild-child known for scaring away every governess who's crossed his doorstep. When Tessa James applies for the job, he hires her in desperation despite his misgivings that she’s too bold and beautiful–and that she might be fibbing about her qualifications.
Their blooming attraction leads them on a completely unexpected path to love that neither wants to deny. But when an old enemy threatens Guy's family, their forbidden romance goes up in flames. Can they still learn to love and trust each other as forces try to tear them apart?
When a Duke Loves a Governess is a straight forward regency romance that brings a few surprises. Tessa is a governess who is wanting to start her own business. She also wants to find her high borne father. To meet her goals, she becomes a governess for Guy’s children.
Tessa is a great character. She is well rounded and has personal and professional goals that she works hard to achieve. Guy is a widower who needs someone to handle his daughter and Tessa does just that. She also snare’s Guy’s attention and he falls for her. He wants to help her find her father, but doing so gets them both in trouble.
I loved Sophy, Guy’s daughter, and the plot is interesting. While I liked Tessa and Guy, they didn’t totally blow me away as characters. Something was missing, and I don’t know exactly what it was, but it made them feel a bit flat. However, the story is enjoyable and its an easy weekend read that you can escape with!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: wealthy/poor, employer/employee
- Series/Standalone: standalone
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