Published by Genevieve Turner on February 1st 2016
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Adele Vere is the model of a perfect English governess: docile, good-tempered, and well principled. She’s worked her entire life to keep others from knowing the truth—it’s all a façade. If her origins were discovered, she’d fall too far to ever recover.
No one is more dangerous to her than Edward Coyne, the roguish stable master tasked with her riding lessons. His knowing gaze and bold touches make her suspect that he sees through her lies. When Mr. Coyne surprises her with an audacious offer, she must choose: remain safely behind the walls she’s erected… or dare the fall she so fears in her reach for love.
A YEAR WITHOUT A DUKE
The duke has died. Long live the duke! The only problem is no one knows who the new Duke of Beckworth is. All of England wonders, but no one more so than the people who depend upon Beckworth for their livelihood. In 1816, a year so cold that the word “summer” is a cruel joke, that livelihood is even more uncertain. However, they are all about to find out, with the duke away, there is nothing more warming than scandal and love…
A YEAR WITHOUT A DUKE... Book 1: JILTED IN JANUARY by Kate Pearce; Book 2: FORBIDDEN IN FEBRUARY by Suzanna Medeiros; Book 3: SEDUCED IN SEPTEMBER by Genevieve Turner; Book 4: AN AFFAIR IN AUTUMN by Jennifer Haymore; Book 5: A DUKE BY DECEMBER by Sabrina Darby.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Seduced in September by Genevieve Turner is the third book in the ‘Year Without a Duke Series’. I have been fortunate enough to have read the first two books in the series, and although they are all written by different authors, I have thoroughly enjoyed them all, with this one being no exception.
This story revolves around Adele Vere, a governess to the Duke’s ward, and Edward Coyne, the stable master. The late Duke decided that Adele should have riding lessons although she didn’t want them. Their regular lessons are both a trial and a secret pleasure for Adele. Edward’s touch as he helps her mount her horse makes her all hot and bothered, but he’s never friendly to her, and more often than not he ends up making her very angry.
Adele has a past that she is ashamed of, and she also insists on damping down any passion that is in her nature. She dresses down, she wears severe hairstyles, and has worked hard at becoming a perfect Governess. She worries about the feelings Edward makes her feel.
Edward can see past the proper exterior of Adele. He loves making her angry and seeing the fire in her eyes. She doesn’t realise that is what he is doing so truly believes he dislikes her.
An event occurs that finally breaks down the walls between them, and from there, their relationship blossoms. The problem is, Adele still doesn’t want to let her passionate side out.
Will Edward be able to convince her that she is not a bad person for being passionate, and what will become of both of them if they end up losing their jobs if the new Duke isn’t found in time?
I am absolutely loving this series and how in each book we learn about new people whose lives are affected by the missing Duke. This story seemed shorter than the others, and there wasn’t much going on with regards to subplots. Having said that though, the relationship between Adele and Edward, plus their individual back stories makes this a real pleasure to read.
I recommend this book to anybody that likes a quick, passionate read, one that no matter how short is still full of emotional scenes that will make you smile, and on occasion shed a tear.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.