If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Tempting the Governess by Vivienne Westlake

Title: Tempting the Governess
Author: Vivienne Westlake
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 9, 2014
Genre: Historical, Regency, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Bibbity Boppity Book
Never fall in love with your employer. Any respectable governess knew the cardinal rule. Christine Aubrey prided herself on her devotion to her charges, never suspecting that one day a former pupil would tempt her to break every rule in the book. 

Theodore Blake was a “good boy” who grew up into a responsible man. Shouldering the burden of raising his sister’s children and managing his older brother’s affairs, Teddy has always done the right thing. But when his former governess returns to Birchwood, all he can think about is how good it would be to be bad.

Theodore's infatuation with Christine began when he was a boy and grew stronger as he got older. Christine's own feelings for Theodore were, at the time, no more than love and affection for a child. Christine's arrival at Birchwood opens a door that never closed and made way for a relationship that was years in the making.

I wasn't sure if I'd like the teacher-former student relationship between them, but it worked. They have so much history together that I relate her feelings then as feelings akin to friendship. Now, of course, those feelings are still there, just more intense and accompanied by feelings of lust and desire for each other.

In bed, they were definitely equals. The differences in social status and age didn't matter at all there. While age was just a number to Theodore, Christine's position as governess was of concern. Marrying a mistress was one thing. Marrying a governess though? That was rarely done in this era. Ms. Westlake handled that beautifully though. I especially liked how Theodore's valet is the one who pointed out to him that not only were his feelings for Christine obvious to everyone and God, but how much the Birchwood staff loved her. It was, interestingly enough, the affirmation Theodore needed to marry the only woman he'd ever loved.

This is a very short story but it's a very complete short story that will fill at least an hour of your day with pleasurable reading material: well-developed characters, detailed scenes, intense emotions, and a happy ending.

Vivienne Westlake has been reading and writing romance since the age of fifteen. What makes her stories unique is her love of a sassy heroine who keeps the hero on his toes. Though she has a fondness for redeemable rakes, Vivienne’s favorite Jane Austen/Regency hero is Captain Wentworth.