Wednesday, July 8, 2015

More Than a Governess by Jerrica Knight-Catania

Publisher & Release Date: Night Shift Publishing, January 9, 2012  

Time and setting: Early 19th Century, London, England

Genre: Historical Regency Romance

Length: 236 pages

Heat Level: 1 Scorching Hot Flame

Rating: 4 Gold Crowns

Book Description:

Becky Thorn has been keeping a secret for more than seven years. A secret that, if found out, could destroy her. So before she gets too ensconced in London society, she accepts a position as a governess for a reclusive Viscount and his wife, far away from the ton.

Stephen Hastings, the third Viscount Hastings, is nothing short of perturbed when the tart Miss Thorn shows up on his doorstep. He is a man with little time and even less patience, who feels his pushover housekeeper is doing a fine job keeping his wards out of his hair. But Miss Thorn thinks differently and needles her way into becoming his governess, and eventually, the object of his affection.

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Vikki’s Musings

I recently discovered this series on Kindle Unlimited. After reading/listening to A Gentleman Never Tells, book 1, I immediately purchased More Than a Governess, book 2. I met the heroine in book 1 and had to find out her secrets.

Becky Thorn has a huge secret. Her employer treats her more as friend than servant. While she originally started out as a maid, she is now a companion and friend to Phoebe, the Marchioness of Eastleigh. When Becky finds an advertisement for a governess, she decides it is time to move on.

When she arrives at the home of Viscount Hastings, she finds out that he has not advertised for a governess, but when the opportunity arises for her to show him how she can benefit his niece and nephew, she convinces him to give her a chance to proof herself.

Stephen is immediately drawn to his new governess in a most inappropriate way, but as a moth to a flame, he cannot stay away. As he watches Becky with the children, he has to ask himself, could she be the answer to his niece and nephews problems, but if she is, can he keep his hands of her?

Becky has a huge secret and has protected it for seven years. She finds it practically impossible to allow anyone to get close to her. I loved her bravery and ability to land on her feet. Her care and love of the two children pulled on my heartstrings.  While a waif character type for sure, she has plenty of the spunky kid driving her character. I immediately bounded with her character and wanted her to find happiness.

Stephen was a more difficult character to grow to love, but by the end of the tale, that happens. Having suffered from the loss of loved ones, it makes sense that he doesn’t want to get close to anyone emotionally, but Becky gets under his skin from the start. He has a huge character arch. In the beginning, he has a terrible disposition and doesn’t show much interest in his late sister’s children. I loved watching his growth from a surly fellow to one who grows to love his niece and nephew and one who allows Becky into his heart.

More Than a Governess has a great story line, and I loved traveling the characters’ emotional journey. There is plenty of action along the way, which kept me flipping the pages on my Kindle. The romance between Becky and Stephen touched my heart, and I truly wanted them to find their happy ending. Ms. Knight-Catania writes an emotional story and is great at building sexual tension.

For me, the narration has a few issues. Ms. Turner’s voice is quite high-pitched, so her male interpretations are a bit distracting. The tone she gives the twins, the brothers of the Marquis of Eastleigh, makes them sound like young children instead of 22 year old men. However, she does read with plenty of emotion and her voice for Becky is spot-on.

I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful tale of love filled with a bit of mystery and suspense. It is a great addition to the Wetherby Brides series, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. In fact, I’ve already downloaded both the book and the audio version. Happy reading!  

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