Published by Avon on January 29, 2019
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Dear Lady Truelove...
My twin brother and I need a new mother, though Papa insists he'll never marry again. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats...
Lady Truelove may be London's most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. They need a man tough enough to make his hellions tow the line, and James is determined to find one.
Miss Amanda Leighton, former schoolteacher and governess, knows she has all the qualifications to be a tutor. And while female tutors are unheard of, Amanda isn't about to lose the chance at her dream job because of pesky details like that. If Lord Kenyon insists on hiring a man, then she has only one option.
Jamie isn't sure what to make of his new employee, until he realizes the shocking truth—beneath the ill-fitting suits, his boys' tutor is a woman. An unconventional, outspoken, thoroughly intriguing woman. Despite Amanda's deception, he can't dismiss her when his boys are learning so much. Yet Jamie, too, is learning surprising lessons—about desire, seduction, and passionate second chances.
~~Reviewed by Tracy~~
Amanda Leighton was once a well-respected teacher, but when she foolishly followed her heart, she was left shamed, ruined and disgraced. When she learns that widower James St. Clair, Earl of Kenyon is in need of a tutor for his twin sons, she knows she is perfect for the job and will not let something as trivial as not being a man stop her.
James knows his sons want a new mother, but his heart died with his beloved wife. He is dead inside and buries his pain in work and furthering his political career in the House of Commons. He loves his boys but ends up shutting them out as well, until an overstepping tutor calls him to task.
When James learns that “Mr. Seton” is actually a woman, his first reaction is to fire her, but when his sons point out that she could be their nanny, he agrees to keep her on. For the first time in years, James feels alive and he knows why – Amanda.
When Amanda’s past comes calling, she can’t let the man (and boys) she has come to love be tainted by her shame. James tries to convince her that it doesn’t matter, but in the end concedes he is not sure he is willing to let the boys suffer the scandal that could erupt and lets her go.
It seems like all is lost and there will be no HEA, but while Amanda and James might agree that her leaving is for the best, Colin and Owen have other ideas…
This was a well written, entertaining story filled with laughter, secrets, second chances and warm love scenes. While I am not personally a fan of the “second love” trope, Ms. Guhrke handles it well and in the end, I did believe that James was in love with Amanda. The book is the third in the Dear Lady Truelove series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone title.