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Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess by Christine Merrill

Title: Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess
Author: Christine Merrill
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The dark Lord’s ultimate temptation…
Daphne Collingham is convinced that her beloved cousin died at the hands of her husband, Timothy, Lord Colton, so decides to masquerade as a governess in his home to discover the truth. What Daphne hasn’t bargained on is how the brooding Lord will make her feel under his dark gaze… Lord Colton is suspicious of the alluring new governess – and with the scandal surrounding him he must control his passion.
But a man has his limits, and the delectable Miss Collingham is pure temptation…”
Daphne Collingham suspects fault play in her favorite cousin’s death, she thinks Clare’s husband is responsible for her dismissal. Daphne feels the need to find out the truth and bring the responsible to the courts of law.
Daphne is living as her cousin thought her to, trying to enjoy life as much as possible without thinking much about the consequences of her actions. Thanks to this she is found in a compromising situation. Her family decides to send her away from London for sometime until the scandal in which she was involved dies down. During her trip to the country Daphne meets with a governess bound to the Colton residence. Mrs. Collins is the new governess for Clare’s children. Daphne sees this as an opportunity to infiltrates the Colton’s household and decides to buy off Mrs. Collins and pose as the new governess.  The only problem is that she has never been a good student, she is really bad for math and languages and doesn’t like children.
Lord Colton is not what Daphne was expecting, her cousin always describe him as a despicable man and in reality he could be anything but that. She is also caring for the children a lot more than what she ever thought possible.
Now more than ever she needs to find out the truth, not just for her but also for the wellbeing of the family.

Lord Colton is a torture hero, he was not just cheated and deceived countless times by his deceased wife but also received many public humiliations from her. Now he feels guilty because of the circumstances of her death and feels he doesn’t deserve anything good or positive in his life.

On the beginning Daphne is as a selfish and immature girl, but with the passing of times and the experiences she is living she grows and matures becoming a caring and a more real woman.

Lord Colton and Daphne’s chemistry was perceivable since their first meeting and evolved page after page. Their relationship felt real and was well developed, even though there were some things as their first “close encounter” that I found a little bit unrealistic and a bit shameful as Daphne first experience.

I loved the kids, they are caring and protecting of each other and of their family in general. But what I liked the most is that they behave as kids do. They felt real and it was very easy to begin to care for them.

My final thought: Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess was an entertaining historical romance with a gothic touch, a plot with some twists and turns and a nice romance to add-on to the story. The characters are developed really well; the setting is an interesting one and the transformation they characters experienced was plausible and feasible.
Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess by Christine Merrill was my first book by this author and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
I recommend this book to all historical romance readers.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

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  1. Great short review Marcela. This book does sound like a lot of fun! I love historical romances so maybe I'll have to check this one out!

  2. For some reason an idea popped into my head while reading your review. I have trouble getting into historical romance stories...but maybe I'd do better with a historical novella! I should try that theory. lol

  3. Deanna, Yes, it was fun. Lately I've reading lots of historical romances. If you want some recs just let me know.

    Julie, Yes, start with a novella or I can recommend you a funny historical, that may work for you.


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