on March 1st 2018
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The scandalous truth about the count's new mistress!
A Matches Made in Scandal story
Count Aleksei Derevenko has hired governess Allison Galbraith for her skills as a herbalist, not a mistress! But when rumors spread, Allison is more shocked by her wanton reaction to Aleksei--inscrutable and impossibly handsome, his icy blue eyes promise white-hot nights of sin. She knows too well how fragile her reputation is, but will the price of their passion be worth paying?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
From Governess to Countess is the first book in the Matches Made in Scandal series by Marguerite Kaye.
Allison Galbraith is a herbalist, she’s always known that she would never be able to compete with the male-dominated physicians. They have tried to bring her down at every opportunity. When one finally succeeds she withdraws from society until she is approached by a woman known as the Procurer. This woman offers her a job, no questions asked, somewhere away from London where nobody will know about her scandal. A chance to start anew. Allison accepts the opportunity.
Count Aleksei Derevenko has hired Allison for her skills as a herbalist, with the ruse of being hired as a governess for his 3 wards. She never dreamt that her new life would be starting in Russia! She also never dreamt that her employer would be an impossibly handsome man whom she feels an immediate attraction to. Aleksi immediately feels the same attraction to her. They both try to push it aside because neither have any intention of marriage, they want their independence. Plus focus has to be paid on the real reason Aleksei hired Allison. He believes his brother, father to his wards, was murdered. He needs Allison’s herbalist skills to figure out if perhaps his brother was poisoned, and if so what herbs could have created the poison and how they would have been administered.
What follows is the fascinating story of Allison finding the answers to Aleksei’s questions, as well as their relationship becoming stronger and more passionate despite their efforts to control themselves. We see Allison’s relationship with the children go from strength to strength and there are some wonderful moments with them and the family dog! Was Michael murdered, if so who did it? What of Allison and Aleksei, they are totally different classes, plus they both want their independence to do different things, so surely there is no way they can have their happy ending…or is there?
I loved this story. Marguerite Kaye has the fabulous talent of setting the scenes and describing in beautiful detail the places where the story is taking place. I loved being able to visualise Aleksei’s palace in Russia, the rooms, the grounds, the carriages. The description of the clothes, from the livery of the staff, Aleksi’s uniform, to Allison’s gowns, I could picture them all. So we have the perfect setting for romance, a fabulous mystery to solve plus a totally unexpected twist thrown in. From start to finish this story kept me captivated and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.