Published by Escape Publishing on December 20th 2017
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One knight, one runaway heiress, one rollicking romance: A breath of fresh air in Regency romance!
Proud and haughty, Lord de Waare is almost as medieval as his castle…until he accidentally abducts a governess, who turns out not to be a governess at all, and who shows this knight that his heart is not as armoured as he thought.
A girl with a dangerous past, Marina would happily disappear again, but since de Waare won’t let that happen, then the least he can do is help her clear her name. But moving back into society is dangerous for her and for the stern man she’s coming to love. She knows the rules of honour and society, and she won’t allow de Waare to compromise the principles that define him.
But de Waare didn’t become the Crusader by accepting defeat. Faint heart never won a fair lady, and de Waares always win.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Marina Frome is sitting in the parlour, watching her eldest charge Amelia Kemp make a fool of herself in her quest for a husband. Out of the potential suitors, Lord de Waare has captured Amelia’s attention, and Marina isn’t quite sure what the girl sees in the unsmiling, rigid man. Tam Beltring, Baron de Waare, cares not one bit for the debutante, but he has noticed the frumpy governess for reasons that elude him. Amelia’s mother, Lady Kemp, has a special request for Marina, and in the dark of night, it becomes all too clear what were Lady Kemp’s intentions. After much confusion and shouting, Marina finds herself slung in Tam’s carriage and carried away.
I was rather startled at the frenzied pace of the first chapters, and while I was expecting something light, I couldn’t say I was prepared for what awaited me. MY LADY GOVERNESS felt to me like a play written by Jane Austen but performed by Monty Python! Tam promptly insists on marrying Marina, as she is ruined, which she vehemently refuses. However, she does need help with something, and Tam swears he will solve her problem, all the while maintaining they must wed. MY LADY GOVERNESS feels at times overly melodramatic, frantic, as well as completely over-the-top: Tam was extremely bossy and not exactly pleasant, although he improved a tad as the story progressed, on the other hand, Marina’s growth occurred in the four years prior to the story, which was a bit odd, and not really necessary unless one counts the appearance of a character later on, which threw the story on an entirely different course, which was also rather superfluous. The book felt to me like a series of colourful vignettes, or more precisely like charms on a bracelet where the story is a very thin chain. In fact, when Tam and Marina travel to London, there were so many characters doing very little, and then I realised I had completely forgotten the purpose of the visit. My favourite character is one of those decorative figures, Tam’s Uncle Quentin, although I suspect the corseted, powdered, and rouged old roué was intended to be viewed as ridiculous – and he was – he was also very endearing, and he fitted in the whole “Moulin Rouge” tone of the story. Funnily enough, his presence served no real purpose, other than a passing entertainment.
While I did have issues with the flimsy plot, and I felt rather lukewarm towards the lovers, Elise Clarke’s prose is spectacular, the use of language is exquisite, and the dialogues superb.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.