Taken from Kirkus Reviews A floppy 18th-century romance of very little brain. Kate Lawson, impoverished orphan of genteel background, has managed to p...moreTaken from Kirkus Reviews A floppy 18th-century romance of very little brain. Kate Lawson, impoverished orphan of genteel background, has managed to place herself as a governess in a household headed by a handsome unmarried man, Captain Max Oakland. The Captain is the uncle of ten-year-old Amy, an unholy terror who has sent a string of governesses packing and who is too much for adoring father Ernest and stepma Julie--a hot-potato of over-perfumed, sizzling beauty. (Julie is supposedly a French Ã‰migrÃ‰, but Kate detects a Cockney tinge in her French-accented tirades.) The Oakland house is noisy. Amy screams; Julie shrieks down curses from her slovenly bedroom while deep in her cups; Max and Ernest bellow. While Kate wins over motherless Amy, much of the conversation consists of rapidly infatuated Max asking Kate if she's going to stay and Kate changing her mind with every new nasty turn of events. Getting rid of Julie is on everyone's mind, of course, but it's poor Ernest who gets the poisoned mushrooms (thoughtfully cooked by Julie). One more murder, a brothel excursion to rescue one of Julie's victims, and some trickery by clever Amy--and Julie is finally, literally, toppled. Simple-minded but harmless.(less)
**spoiler alert** Charlotte Wylder lives with her mothers and sisters out in the country after her father died while she was a child and her mother so...more**spoiler alert** Charlotte Wylder lives with her mothers and sisters out in the country after her father died while she was a child and her mother sought to to protect her children from the wicked ways of the ton. Life is nice but a bit dull...
All that changes when they are informed that before he died,her father contracted a marriage for Charlotte with the Duke of Marchbourne so the family and especially Charlotte is amazed and overjoyed at this turn of event.
They then travel to London to meet her betrothed.
Charlotte and March first meeting is far from conventional as March was so eager (and nervous) to meet his intended that he rode out and caught Charlotte just as she was trying to retrieve her sisters kitten who had climbed a tree.
March is taken aback by Charlottes behavior but not in a bad way ;)
Later they meet again and share a heated kiss wich only convinces them that they are meant to be married.March even pushes the date for their wedding ahead,wich Charlotte is flattered but also a bit nervous about since she had hoped they would have time to get to know each other a bit better and also prepare her mentally to leave her mother and sisters.
So they are married and its a wonderful day for both of them. March brings Charlotte back to his,and now her home too.
Then their wedding night comes and they tumble into bed and... well lets just say things goes very well for the both of them. *hint hint*
But afterwards March is digusted at the ungentlemanly way he "used" Charlotte and assures her the next day that she will never have to be subjected to such behavior EVER AGAIN.
Charlotte is confused since she liked their time in bed but since her husband has showed such a disgust at this she cant help but wonder if her behavior was wanton and not fitting a duchess.
So they start their married life together and March is as attentive as ever to her in the day but in the nights things are not so great.With March trying to curb his "baser nature" and Charlotte having to contain herself so she is not percieved as a bad girl by March.
Then there is London society to contend with also,many of whose members are far from pleasant people.
This is a historical romance where the hero and heroine start out liking each other very well but with the actual love coming later. Some could say their relationship is a bit too perfect,but yes while its very sweet the story doesnt start until after they are married and they find out that they have to get to know each other better.
I liked both the hero and heroine very much,they are just very nice people. March has his demons though but they havent led him into a life of vice and rakedom,instead he tries to be ever the perfect english gentleman to such a degree he denies himself happiness.
Charlotte is young and a bit naive but she truly cares about her husband wish she could find a way to help him take down his walls.When it finally happens its a very sweet moment.
Even if it involves climbing a tree or two.
I give this 3,5 stars could have been 4 but there is a scene at the very end that stretched my imagination to its limits.