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Comprometida (Governess Brides #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,469 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Devon Mathewes, conde de Kerrish y director de uno de los bancos que gestiona fondos de la Corona, necesita hacerse cargo de una huérfana y proporcionarle educación mediante una institutriz para restablecer su imagen de honradez y decencia ante la reina Victoria.

Alguien ha cometido un desfalco en el banco y todas las pistas apuntan hacia su familia. Convencida de que nadie
Paperback, 390 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by Cisne (first published 2000)
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Mar 15, 2011 kilty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining hero who was a parody of himself!

If your mind needs a vacation, your heart needs a skip.. read this book for an eye-rolling, lip-quirking, 'detach-your-brain sensual' experience (usually an oxymoron in my dictionary).

What kept the pages moving was the constant itch to push the hero down from the lofty heights of his inflated self-importance but luckily this sentiment was echoed by the other characters in the book such as the heroine, the h's governess friend, the kid H adopted (sort
After the first book in the Governess series, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue. However, this second book is much improved upon the first. In fact, Dodd seems to have avoided most of the pitfalls that caused her first book in this series to fall flat.

The heroine has both wit and humor, which makes for an enjoyable read. Her interactions with Beth made the orphan plot work throughout the novel, without bogging down the romantic story. Furthermore, she's written to honestly be the hero's equa
Oleta Blaylock
Jul 03, 2013 Oleta Blaylock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story has several unusual plots twists and ideas that are not normally seen in historical romances. The first of these is that the villain is a woman. She is a bored aristocrat that just wanted to see if she could fool the authorities. I found that quite refreshing that the author would consider such a thing. The next thing is that the mystery that is trying to be solved is a counterfeiting ring printing pound notes. I hadn’t realized that counterfeiting went back to the Victorian Era. I gu ...more
Another governess finds her happily-ever-after with her arrogant employer.

Devon Mathewes, Earl of Kerrich, has a far-fetched plan to get back in the Queen's favor and he needs an orphan and a governess to achieve his goal. Pamela would normally refuse to even consider his proposition, but after getting mugged she feels she has no choice but to take the position, disguising herself to fit the impossible earl's requirements. The two have met before, but Devon cannot recall where and Pamela does no
Rules of Engagement
5 Stars

Devon Matthewes, Earl of Kerrich, is in trouble with the Queen who views his rakish ways as an affront. To restore himself into her good graces, Kerrich decides to adopt an orphan and hire a dowdy governess who will not be tempted by his charms. Little does he know that behind Pamela Lockhart’s plain exterior is hidden a magnificent beauty with a mind and a tongue of her own. It would seem that the Earl has met his match…

Absolutely loved this book ... gr
Dec 04, 2010 Patria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amarilli Settantatre

Il secondo romanzo della serie, FUOCO DI PASSIONE, è uno dei miei romance preferiti.
Siccome all’inizio per l’Esclusiva Scuola scarseggiano sia le referenze che i mezzi, le governanti devono darsi da fare per procurare clienti anche con un qualche piccolo “trucco”: così Pamela arriva a spacciarsi per un’orrida ed accidiosa bruttona, anche se ha ventisei anni e un corpo che non si dimentica. E un po’ un Bello e la Bestia, romanticissimo e scoppiettante che non può no
Dec 10, 2010 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was ok. Basically, this is Annie set it Victorian England. Rich man decides it will make him look good to temporarily adopt an orphan. He hires a governess to choose one. She even chooses a girl instead of a boy and they go to meet the queen (similar to going to meet the president). I did enjoy the appearance of actual historical figures (ie Queen Victoria).

But to be honest, this book didn't make a lot of sense. I'm really not sure why he decided to adopt an orphan. I'm not sure why they f
Apr 01, 2013 Madara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

This book was great! I loved both main characters so much - their personalities, their past emotional scars, their dialogues, everything. I enjoyed their relationship so much! At last there wasn't love (and/or) lust from the first sight, they became closer and closer through their interactions (oh, those clever and witty dialogues!), through talks, through getting to know each other - just the way I love it. And only then came the passion, and it felt so natural then.

And then there wer
Belinda Kroll
If you've seen the musical Annie, you basically know the plot of this book. However, I like Annie, and I liked this book because of the heroine, Pamela Lockhart. She values her mind before her looks, and in order to obtain a governess position that will secure her future finances, she dresses and wears make-up to look like an old maid.

The banter between Pamela and Devon, the hero, was entertaining and interesting, actually, because for once the hero didn't have looks to distract him. In fact, h
Oct 03, 2012 Jaden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
I became infatuated with the characters of this book and how well they adapt - or do they? - to their surroundings, the whole situation and to each other. However this time apart from the obstinate, arrogant man, we also have a hurt and proud woman, who will not yield for the sake of it. She holds his reins, chastices and reprimands him should need arrise, and makes them both fall irrevocably and madly in love. They both manage to hold on to their feelings and dignity, while reaching an understa ...more
Lita Bouquard
A lot of reviews disliked the hero in book 1 of the series. I sound it difficult to like this arse of a male who finally recognized he didn't like the person he was about 3/4 of the way through the book. Hiring a governess to adopt a child - because he needs to become respectable is quite low even for an alpha male. Christina Dodd success with this series is making the secondary characters irresistible. Pamela-, the governess guiltily agrees to this scheme because the academy is desperate for fu ...more
"Tal vez no era el mejor de los hombres; Kerrich tenía sus defectos y ella los conocía bien: su engreimiento, su altivez, su tendencia a aprovecharse de situaciones de las que un caballero no debía aprovecharse. Pero era el hombre al que amaba, con defectos incluidos" "no conozco la receta para el éxito, pero sí la del fracaso y consiste en escuchar a todo el mundo" "Sorprendido, comprendió que no volvería a desear a ninguna otra mujer. Solo a Pamela. Porque, cuando Pamela amaba, se entregaba po ...more
Yunita Taman
Jan 18, 2016 Yunita Taman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jujur saja, membaca buku ini lumayan melelahkan di awal karena arahnya yang tidak jelas dan lambatnya alur cerita yang bertele-tele, namun pada pertengahan cerita akhirnya aku menemukan bagian yang menarik dari cerita ini yang cukup membuatku antusias membacanya hingga selesai.

Mengisahkan tentang Miss Pamela Lockhart yang terpaksa menerima pekerjaan yang tidak biasa dengan menyamar menjadi perempuan tua yang tidak menarik. Hal ini diperlukan karena Lord Kerrich yang over pede dan sok tampan meng
Aug 26, 2010 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In order to avoid being blackmailed Devon Matthews must make himself appear respectable in the Queen's eyes. Deciding marriage was out of the question he decides to adopt an orphan and, therefore, requires the service of a governess. As only 2 young woman are available for the job, the one decides to wear a disguise to get the much needed money for the start-up business when Matthews requests an older plain looking women. Very fun story. Loved it.
Once the lack of plausibility of a siren successfully disguising herself as a crone is set aside, this is a very enjoyable read. The bracing exchanges between Pamela and Kerrich are witty, and it's always nice to read that someone can fall for someone because of their conversation and brains, rather than just their devastating beauty. I read the first in this series eons ago and don't remember it at all.
Lin Stepp
Jan 15, 2015 Lin Stepp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was book #2 of the Governess Brides Series and a delightful read! I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. Devon Mathewes, the earl of Kerrich, is trying to get back into the queen's good graces despite the reputation his family has created. He decides being philanthropic would be just the thing - taking in an orphan. So he sets out to find one and to hire a governess to care for the orphan. Thus he meets Pamela Lockhard, who works tight the Academy of Governesses … and that's wh ...more
Deborah Darsie
Jul 24, 2013 Deborah Darsie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little action (regency\victorian era style!), moderate 'adventure', intrigue & suspense tossed with a little misguided angst on behalf of Lord Kerrich and Miss Pamela Lockhart.

A smidge slow at times, but I enjoyed the characters as they grew a little more mature, a wee bit less self-indulgent wallowing and Queen Victoria made a bit of a debut....

A pleasant romp...
I liked the premise. I could imagine Georgette Heyer writing a plot like this (even though her books aren't set during Victoria's reign).

In order to prove to the queen that he is a responsible adult, Devon Mathewes, earl of Kerrich decides to take an orphan into his household and hire a governess to take care of the child. Things don't go according to plan when the governess, Pamela Lockhart, chooses a girl instead of a boy. A sub-plot has to do with counterfeiters and the Bank of England.

Jun 07, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't impressed with the 'hero'. The Governess Brides has been an interesting series, with a solid premise, but I haven't like any of the heroes. They all had similar attitudes toward women, which was irritating. I understand that may have been the prevailing attitude of the time and their backgrounds made those attitudes inevitable, but they left very little to 'redeem' them. The female lead was strong, but vulnerable. Enjoyed her. Pamela had a slightly sneaky mindset that enabled her to maneu ...more
Duca Blueheart
Romanian review:

În urmă cu doispreceze ani de la acțiunea din prezent, tânărul Devon, viitorul Lord Kerrich, a vrut să surprindă o debutantă a societății londoneze în timp ce se schimba, însă în timp ce escalada zidul către camera tinerei, burlanul pe care stătea a cedat, lăsându-l pe tânăr în posteriorul gol în fața a tuturor invitaților familiei regale. Neaflându-se nici identitatea posesorului posteriorului, nici a tinerei care l-a ignorat toată seara și care l-a umilit în acel fel, Kerrich ș
May 03, 2009 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Queen Victoria, now happily married, wants those people she likes to achieve a matching state of connubial bliss or at least a high level of respectability. She threatens to remove her funds from Devon's bank as well as to disclose to the tonne certain youthful indiscretions of Devon Matthewes if he doesn't work on his respectability. He can stand the financial loss with some damages but he is not anxious to be laughed at by his friends. Consequently, Devon comes up with a scheme to adopt an orp ...more
What a "meh" book! Which, you know, is entirely shocking considering the plethora of "OMGs THIS BOOK ROCKS" updates I've been noting throughout this reading. But, yes, for the first time in a long time, I've come across a novel that was neither amazing, nor a DNF.

Overall, the book had a seemingly wonderful structure; interesting characters, unique plotting, and a favored storyline. Sadly, though, it kind of fell on its face. With this novel, there was nothing particularly distasteful to me. Ther
Jun 03, 2012 Caroline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had a strong negative reaction to this finely crafted historical romance from a prolific and usually consistent author.

Nothing new about the hoary governess-with-a-secret trope, but Ms Dodd succeeds in teasing an amusing and intriguing story from hand-me-down material.

I'll skip the usual plot summary because the novel is ruined by a flaw so serious as to make the details irrelevant. Devon, Earl of Kerrich, the romantic lead in the story, is a complete and utter asshole. Many romances start wit
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
Seconda delusione da quest'autrice... L'inizio sembrava promettente: Pamela, con un triste passato familiare, è una giovane donna determinata e pratica che detesta i libertini e i dongiovanni. Due aggettivi che descrivono perfettamente Lord Kerrich, che si presenta all'esclusiva scuola per Governanti con una richiesta a dir poco discutibile: comprare un bambino per riacquistare rispettabilità agli occhi della regina e poi disfarsene. Pamela è costretta dalle difficoltà economiche ad accettare il ...more
I had bought this because in the first chapter the heroine snaps at the brute robbing her that she has to think whether it'll be her money or her life. While Dodd seems to have taken it easier and just follows the mainstream rules like everybody else, somehow the aside that the heroine had always loved children and they her seems just something one does, and the child is ok, not mawkish or cloying. Similarly, the heroine has to be physical perfection, but Dodd's sex scene is just as good as in T ...more
Galena Sanz
Mar 04, 2015 Galena Sanz rated it really liked it
Una segunda novela de esta serie sobre protagonistas institutrices que me ha gustado tal vez un pelín menos que la primera. El protagonista aquí es un poco más arrogante, más duro, pero la situación original y me gusta que ella se tenga que disfrazar de vieja, como en la anterior novela, es la protagonista femenina la que más se luce y por la que merece la pena la historia. Unos carácteres fuertes, unos buenos diálogos y un buen vocabulario en ellos.
Sep 01, 2014 Lynda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The second in the governess series the story of Pamela and Devon.In this series both books the "groom" decides that he must/will marry the "bride" without even asking they just assume the woman will capitulate to their whims. The women struggle with that idea but in the end submit just as the man assumed they would even though they feel in love quite easily to begin with.
Ana María Román
Jun 04, 2014 Ana María Román rated it really liked it
Un libro ameno, justo lo que iba buscando para despejar mi mente de los exámenes.

Mi personaje favorito del libro: el abuelo y Devon por supuesto.
Es interesante la aparición de la Reina Victoria y Alberto. Le añaden cierto puntillo más a su historia aunque su aparición sea más breve de lo que me habría gustado.
considerably better than the first book, but that's not saying much.

a number of alarming parallels between the two --
hero tries to force heroine to marry him - monetary bribery, emotional blackmail, and reproductive coercion.
hero forcibly removes clothing and virginity of unwilling/willing heroine (I am stating this as mildly as I may.)
a charming-yet-rough child comes in and says lots of inappropriate things and makes them FALL IN LOVE.

lots of wtf-ery; lots of repetition. for instance, the phras
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