Published by Pocket Star on November 14th 2016
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
When Lady Margaret Rawson is caught trying to elope with the thoroughly unsuitable James Lawrence, Lord and Lady Rawson decide it's time to send their daughter away from the temptations of London. The job of delivering the headstrong girl to the family’s isolated Yorkshire estate naturally falls to her governess, Jane Ephram. It should be an easy task, but with the wild Lady Margaret, nothing ever goes according to plan. To make matters worse, Lord Rawson has made it clear that if anything happens to his daughter along the way, Jane will be dismissed without a letter of reference. When Jane finds Lady Margaret’s inn room empty and the charming Lord Nicholas Hollings’s horse missing one morning, she must embark on an adventure of her own with the devilishly handsome baron. Will Jane and Nicholas find Lady Margaret, the scheming Mr. Lawrence, and the missing horse, or will they discover something else entirely?
~~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~~
The Governess Was Wild is the third book in the ‘Governess’ Series by Julia Kelly. I have read the other books in the series and they are all wonderful, but I think so far I love this book the best.
This is the story of Jane Ephram. She is one of three Governesses and life long friends, but the only one left of the three that hasn’t found love or marriage yet. Presently she is the Governess of a very determined, spoiled young woman, Margaret. She wants to marry a man totally unsuitable for her, and when her parents realise she wants to run away with him, they have to take action. They tell Jane she has to escort Margaret to their country estate and well away from any opportunity for her to run off with her so called beloved.
During their trip to the country the women have to stop off at an Inn for the night. When Jane wakes up to find that her charge has disappeared then finds her note saying that she was running away with her ‘fiance’, Jane knows she has to somehow run after her and stop her from doing anything silly.
It doesn’t take long for her to figure out that Margaret will be heading to Gretna Green for a quick marriage, nor does it take her long to find out that to get there, Margaret has stolen a horse. The horse is a very valuable one belonging to Lord Nicholas Hollings.
Nicholas is a Baron, but money isn’t flowing, and he needs his horse to breed so that he can make some profit with which to pay for repairs to his estate, and to give his two beloved sisters a season in London with the hopes of them finding a husband. Of course he isn’t at all pleased to discover his horse has been stolen. But he is glad to find Jane who lets him know that she knows where his horse, and of course her sister will be. He arranges to go with her to find them, and so starts their relationship.
There is an immediate attraction between them, and despite the seriousness of their task, they still manage to enjoy each others company whilst fighting some serious lust filled moments. Ever the gentleman, Nicholas doesn’t want to act on his attraction, but Jane, knowing that nothing can come of them because she is so beneath his station in life, decides that she wants to have a fling with him and enjoy her life for once. After all, she’s probably going to lose her job for losing her charge, so why not go out with a bang.
Will Nicholas give in to his feelings or will his good conscience stop him from becoming intimate with Jane without offering her marriage.
I adored this story. I loved the romance developing between Nicholas and Jane, how they both could be so stubborn but obviously were in love with each other. The race for Margaret was intensive reading, hooking me from the start, hoping beyond all hope that she wouldn’t end up marrying the fortune hunter that had tricked her into falling in love with him. And if they could find them before hand, what could they do to stop them getting married. Margaret was of age after all. The chase was on, the romance and lust was sparking from the page, and I couldn’t read the book fast enough to find out what happened next. I 100% recommend this book, and the whole series too.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.