Governess Gone Rogue
My twin brother and I need a new mother, though Papa insists he'll never marry again. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats...
Lady Truelove may be London's most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. They need a man tough enough to make his hellions tow the line, and ...more
As I said, it was sweet and full of beautiful moments where Amanda teaches the children and suffers their pranks! It was fun to read how the boys act with both Amanda and their father!
Amanda first disguises herself as a man and is hired as tutor to James' sons. Obviously she's soon discovered, but it's too late: the boys love h ...more
Slow build, minimal angst, sufficient humour, discernible personalities rather than stock characters, a respectably handled, loving first spouse, cute kids, kind servants, interesting backstory, and a gimmick that was not dragged out too long.
Seriously the big reveal was hilarious, the best ever. Followed by a reasonable reaction and resolution to said secret. And thankf ...more
1. This was engaging and decent, even if it does rely on certain tropes I'm not entirely a fan of: the outsi ...more
I admired and loved Amanda. She was such a unique character. She had an education to rival any man but her employment was limited due to her gender. Had she been a man, she wouldn’t have lost a job, or been ruined by a love affair, or impos ...more
I loved Amanda. She knows what she wants and has the smarts to figure out how to get it. I loved that she was tenacious enough to portray a man, especially in this time period. Jamie was stoic and stern and it was amusing seeing the two of them interact. Of course, the twins stole every scene they were in.
Plot wise, I was expecting repetitiveness, but it never came. The lessons were fun and the ...more
32 years old Earl Kenyon, heir to the Marquess of Rolleston, has been widowed for 3 years and he's father of ten years old twins.
His boys are hellions just like he was at their age.
He'd promised himself he'd never treat them as harshly as his father did with him but, since his wife's death, he's lost control over them altogether.
28 years old Amanda Leighton is a woman of the world, accomplished in a lot of things.
She's earned a university education but her dream of becoming a tutor and help ...more
THE STORY: Amanda Leighton is ruined and turned out from her life's calling of being a teacher. When she overhears Jam ...more
Also look at that cover, short hair! They really got it right, I am impressed. Yes, our plucky heroine cuts her hair, pretends to be a man and becomes a tutor to two wild boys. I would have run screaming, but she sticks it out.
Our handsome hero has his h ...more
I dig the cover, because being an Asian I like ladies with black hair. Hey! don’t cry racist. I’m not. I just like black hair, sue me.
But the dress needs to go, like stat. The balloon sleeves just make me cringe. Cringe with bugging eyes and strained neck! And what’s up with the purple background anyway? *rolling my eyes*
*disclaimer* My first review exclusively for this blog! Yay! Yahoo! Whoop Whoop! Yowza! (I think I exhausted all words in English and gibberish that convey cel ...more
Due to a past scandal and being let go with no references after her pervy employer grabbed at her (and she kneed him in the balls), Amanda Leighton's running out of options. When she ...more
Amanda breaking down the barriers to her gender was the highlight even if she had to do it i ...more
Amanda Leighton was once a well respected teacher, but when she foolishly followed her heart, she was left shamed, ruined and disgraced. When she learns that widower James St. Clair, Earl of Kenyon is in need of a tutor for his twin sons, she knows she is perfect for the job and will not let something as trivial as not being a man stop her.
James knows his sons want a new mother, but his heart died with his beloved wife. He is dead inside and buries his pain in work and furthering h ...more
I really enjoyed Amanda. I love an unconventional woman in historical romances, and she's got that double pronged attack of being both well-educated and a woman ...more
H was a serious man who had had a wild youth and was reformed by his first wife's love
h was an educated but repressed woman who was seduced and dumped by a man and created a huge scandal
The deception doesn't last long but H and h become friends ..
OM villain gets a good comeuppance and the ending was rather sweet ...
All in all, ...more
A book I'd say is worth not by its literary depth but because it's perfect for those days you feel like there's no goodness in the world and this certainly makes you "aww" ...more
Holding off rating for now. But currently it’s a “meh”.
Update: Even after letting it sit for a while, it's still a "meh" from me.
The author took a few liberties with historical accuracy, but honestly, I cheered as a result of the ending, so that was just fine.
The women disguised as men trope is FANTASTIC, and didn't go horribly awry (partially due to the slight bending of social norms but psshhht, who's counting?)
Timely, moving, and oh so romantic.
Guhrke ensnared me again with the heroine posing as a man. Sure I’ve read about heroine’s dressing up as men to sneak into Duke’s homes for journalist purposes or to venture into dens of debauchery, or even to start up infamous gaming hells. But… posing as a man to gain a tutor position? Not lately.
Add in a widower, Lord Jamie Kenyon. Sure he’s a lord, but a black sheep one. He’s also a barrister and an MP, elec ...more
Dear Lady Truelove . . .
My twin brother and I need a new mother, though Papa insists he’ll never marry again. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats . . .
Lady Truelove may be London’s most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. They need a man tough enough to make his hellions tow the line, and James is determined to find one.
Miss Amanda Leighton, former schoolteacher and governess, knows she has all the...more