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The Governess

(Wicked Wallflowers #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,991 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Regina (Reggie) Spark has loved Broderick Killoran, the resourceful and protective proprietor of the Devil’s Den, ever since he saved her from the streets and made her his right hand at the notorious gaming hell. For just as long, Reggie has never admitted her true feelings for him. Nor has she revealed her spirited ambitions—to buck convention and expectations and open a ...more
Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Princess under cover
It's going to be a long time before I read one of this author's books again. Thank goodness it was free! I felt free to skip liberally.

Now, this is a HR, and I've read plenty of HRs. There are hot ones and there are tame ones, but typically the focus is the passion and love between the MCs. It was way too long. And the passion and love might have been about 5-10% of the book. See my notes.

There was def push and pull, but not the kind simmering with emotion and intense yearning, etc. Just didn't

Title: The Governess
Series: Wicked Wallflowers
Author: Christi Caldwell
Release date: February 12, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre:historical romance

Only Broderick Killoran could issue a threat in a silken whisper that painted it as seduction instead of ruin.

Christi Caldwell has quickly become a new top favorite author in the historical romance genre for me. I recently binged on The Sinful Brides series and the first two in the Wicked Wallflowers back to back because once I started, I was utterly addict
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was an enjoyable third instalment in Christi Caldwell's Wicked Wallflower series. It is historical romance with a good mix of drama and romance. It also has the fun twist of focusing on two characters who were not members of the nobility but who did have pasts that intertwined with members of the nobility.

This third book focused on the leader of the Devil's Den, Broderick Killoran, as his life came under threat. With the news out about the true identity of Stephen Killoran the boys true fa
Barbara Rogers
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Wicked Wallflowers #3
Publication Date: 2/12/19
Number of Pages: 382

Christi Caldwell adds another gripping and intense story to her Wicked Wallflowers series. I always have to psyche myself up before I begin reading one of this author’s books. Not because the book isn’t good – they are all wonderful. No, it is because they are so intensely emotional that you will be wrung out by the time you are through with it.

The series features the Killoran’s, none of them are actually related by blood,
Once again, CC has failed to impress me with this series. Unlike my previous gripes with her more recent books, at least this one doesn't have any annoyingly repetitive phrasings nor editing errors. It's main problem is that the plot was too convoluted, branching out into subplots none of which were terribly convincing. For those who have not read the earlier books, it might be a bit hard to follow the plot initially.

Broderick Killoran has been running the gambling hell, Devil's Den, for many y
Tanya Sridhar
3.5/5 Stars.

I think after reading a staggering amount of books by Christi Caldwell, I've come to realize that you never really know if you're in for a good, bad or decent book. Some of her books, in this series itself, and her older Heart of the Duke series are dear to me, and I'll be going back to a re-read often. However, you can just never know with certainty if it'll be fabulous or not.

This book was somewhere in the "good-ish" section of CC books for me. It tethered close to the "definit
Lady Heather

This was such a great story to read and a fantastic addition to the "Wicked Wallflowers" series.

Christi Caldwell's characters are smart, charming, charismatic and witty.

I loved the build up to this story from the previous books. (Even though this book could be read as a standalone, I think the reader would enjoy the story much more if they had the history of characters and their backgrounds.)

All the pieces came together in this story and all the loose ends were
Maggie Whitworth
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think that maybe Broderick is going to be one of my all time favourite characters from a book or series , he is so complex , so devoted , and so misunderstood in many ways .
The books before this have given a good grounding of his character , but until now he’s not been revealed, get ready because it’s all in here .
Reggie is a strong , stunningly devoted woman . She takes no messing , the Killorans have rubbed off on her, living with them as she has for 10 years , but what took her to th
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 STARS: Not My Cup of Tea

Regina (Reggie) Spark has secretly loved Broderick Killoran for years, he is the man who saved her from the streets and a life of pain and suffering, she is his right hand at the gaming hell he owns. But Reggie ha aspirations of owning her own music hall, a desire she has kept hidden from Broderick. Broderick expects loyalty from those who work for him, and in return he is potently loyal to those under his roof, when he learns Reggie is planning to leave and start her
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been salivating for Broderick’s book for a long time. A boy who’d once been pampered and then orphaned. He’d grown up on the streets of 7 Dials then made a name for himself in the Diggory gang. Now a proprietor and leader of London’s underworld, he was feared by many. A lot of people, characters and readers alike, didn’t like the choices and actions he made, thinking he put connections to Society before his own family. That his actions were driven by self-preservation. But I always believe ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Going in I wasn´t sure I would like this one since I wasn´t a big fan of Broderick Killoran in the previous books. I decided to read it anyway so I would read them all in the right order because I´ve been looking forward to read Gertrude´s story but knew I couldn´t skip this one.
But I must say this one was a pleasant surprise and I liked it far more than I thought I would, I really enjoyed it.
The Governess is Christi Caldwell’s third novel in her Wicked Wallflowers series, centred around the Killoran family. An unconventional family, to say the least, they are bonded by their connection to the streets than by blood. Broderick Killoran, the head of this de factor family and the gambling proprietor of popular Devil’s Den, is the hero of the story. Reggie Spark, his right-hand woman, has loved him from afar for a good while now, but she’s recently decided to do something else with her l ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-romance
Strong wills clash!

The Killoran's charge towards respectability continues in this latest Wicked Wallflowers entry. Or rather Broderick Killoran's plans for protection for his sisters by marrying them off to the ton is first and foremost on his to do list.
This time it's Gertrude turn and it seems another member of the family is to take part as Gertrude companion. Except the companion wants no part of the scheme and Broderick won't take no for an answer.
The once easy friendship between Broderick a
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Broderick and Reggie’s story. There is a lot of back story here and I think you can read as a stand-alone, but it’s much better if you read the series. This author can be hit or miss for me and this was definitely a hit. I laughed. I cried. I really enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to read about the hero’s sexual past and what a rake he was. I’m frustrated that there wasn’t an epilogue but I am looking forward to the next in the series. Gertrude deserves a good story.
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
2.75 stars

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Objectively speaking, The Governess should have been an easy book to read and fall in love with. But I had a hard time getting into the story and just when I started liking it, the plot started falling apart bit by bit.

The Governess is an absolute slow burn romance, which is what I loved the most about the book. Unrequited love is a delicious trope if it’s done well and I think Christi Caldwell did a good job execut
Pamela Sparkman
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Review now posted...

I have been wondering just who Broderick Killoran was since the Sinful Brides series. Admittedly, I had no love for him when I was nose-deep in that series. I had no love at all for the Killorans. But in the midst of reading The Hellion (book one) in the Wicked Wallflower series, I was him. He held his own with the Blacks. And that made me sit up and take notice. But throughout the first two books in this series, Broderick Killoran has remaine
Chessela Helm
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great story about the Killoran family. It's nice to finally get into Broderick's head and find out what motivates him. Reggie was a great heroine, just the right balance between strengths and vulnerabilities. The push and pull between them made perfect sense and everything happened when it needed to in terms of the plot. It's the perfect setup for Book 4, and I'm really looking forward to that one. ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
My goodness, this is my first Christi Caldwell book and I am amazed at how fast I was drawn in!! It is full of so much angst and awesome drama that my heart twisted and I bit my nails to the very end! Now, before you angsty-phobes out there brush this aside, let me assure you, it is not your typical whiny drama-type. It is serious destroy your life kind of drama that is brutally real while totally un-put-downable!

Broderick is such an anti-hero that one is not sure whether to love or hate him. Hi
Ermione Pickwick
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved this story! I'm always half charmed by stories with gambling houses even before reading the first page. Unfortunately sometimes I am disappointed. This is definitely not the case. And the fact that I started reading it with the idea that I might have not liked it because the heroine was already in love with the hero and not reciprocated (which it is a situation that I generally don't appreciate mush), made the final positive thoughts even stronger. It totally won me over!

I rec
Tracy DeNeal
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Regina and Broderick

This friends to enemies to lovers story delighted me from start to finish. I was riveted!

Broderick Killoran has been a man of mysterious origins since his first appearance as an antagonist and rival of the Hell and Sin Club owners. Over the course of two series, he has remained an enigma. This book reveals him more fully.

Regina Spark has lingered in the background as a trusted family retainer harboring an obvious tendre for her employer. Well, obvious to the reader, but no
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WELL THIS WAS DELIGHTFUL. The heroine was A++, there was delightful pining to go around, and now all I want is Gertrude & Nobility Dad’s book (misnomer credit goes to Rachel). As always there was SO MUCH PLOT packed in here and I wish a few subplots had gotten more development (I would have loved the twist with Broderick and the Duchess yo have gone on a bit longer!), and I do wish there has been more action (vs buildup) re: the marquess’ revenge. Stephen was also a LITTLE SHIT THE WHOLE BOOK lo ...more
3.5 stars.

Thanks to netgalley and Montlake Romance for the arc of this book!

Christi Caldwell isn't a new author to me, I have read a few of her books and they are some of my favorite historical romances. So when I was approved for the arc of The Governess, I was really happy.

I fell in love with Regina throughout the whole book and I came to admire her so much. I think she's definitely one of my favorite heroines from all the HR books I've read. Not many people would be able to handle the hand sh
Caitlyn Lynch
There were several moments early on in this book where I badly wanted to smack Broderick Killoran upside the head for being an arrogant, judgemental idiot. I’m glad I stuck with it, though, because he actually listened to his sisters and the heroine telling him he was wrong and tried to do better.

If you haven’t read The Vixen and The Hellion, the previous two books in the Wicked Wallflowers series, you’re going to come into this one seriously confused as to who everyone is. I have read those two
Ritika Gupta
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Christi Caldwell novel, but it sure aint hell gonna be the last. The book 3 of The Wicked Wallflower series was a delight and has made me a fan of the author. I had not read the previous books, and even though I was a little lost in the beginning, I enjoyed the book thoroughly.

The book centers around a gambling den owner Broderick Killoran and his assistant Regina 'Reggie' Spark. The Killoran clan, unrelated by blood, has grown up in the streets of Seven Dials, amidst thievery
Delirious Disquisitions
DNF at 30%.

This book was a contradiction in what it told the reader versus what it showed. The author outlined certain character traits for the main players that just seem to be very inconstant with their actions. For instance, our hero, Broderick Killoran, is described as ruthlessly cunning, using his street smarts to run his own notorious gaming hell, his name known and feared by everyone. So in my head, I pictured him as a Victorian-era version of Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows duology. Howev
Vikki Vaught
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have become a great fan of Christi Caldwell’s delightful Regency romances. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review The Governess, I eagerly accepted. My opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

The Governess is another wonderful Regency with just the right amount of detail, giving me the ability to use my imagination. The pacing is great, moving the story along perfectly. The characters are engaging, and the plot riveting. I thoroughly enjo
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Governess by Christi Caldwell is book Three in the Wicked Wallflowers Series. This is the story of Broderick Killoran and Regina (Reggie) Spark. I have read the previous books (and Loved them!) but feel if you wish to do so you can make this a standalone book. Kids on the street of Seven Dials were taken in by Diggory who by all accounts was a truly awful person...luckily he is dead. But those kids turned into family and help each other when they could. Broderick stood up to take in and prot ...more
Lori D
As always, Christie delivers a story with imperfect characters that find their way to redemption done with an amazing story full of twists and turns. On each book, I fall in love with the hero and feel they are my favorite, then another comes along and I love them even more! Yes, I guess I am fickle!
Broderick Killoran, is the owner of the Devil's Den and gaming empire who has fought his way up to success. Reggie Spark has been his right hand and governess to his "siblings" since he saved her fr
Norah Gibbons
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for fair review. The Governess is the 3rd book in Christi Caldwell’s Wicked Wallflowers Series. You do need to read the other books as characters and plot points continue from the previous novels. Even though I have read the first two novel in this series I found the first couple of chapters confusing but it’s worth persevering as it does get better. Regina Spark has been in love with Broderick Killoran for the 10 years she’s s ...more
Diane Peterson
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-doc
A lovely friends-to-lovers story. Reggie Spark's mysterious past is never questioned about Broderick Killoran saved her on the London Bridge. She assists with the finances of his gambling hell and helps raise his sisters and brother. Broderick discovers his adopted brother is actually the son of a marquess. So begins a chain of events that affects every member of the family and requires Broderick to question his priorities.

I enjoyed the building relationship between Reggie and Broderick. I did
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