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The Temptation of a Proper Governess (Cameron Sisters Series #1)
     

The Temptation of a Proper Governess (Cameron Sisters Series #1)

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by Cathy Maxwell
 

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Society dictates that a governessshould be modest, quiet, and keep to herself.

She should never contradict her employer.

And, above all, she must not attract the attention of any male in the household.

But Michael Severson doesn't see Isabel Halloran as a governess—he sees her as a woman, one whose lush curves cannot be hidden behind a dowdy

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Society dictates that a governessshould be modest, quiet, and keep to herself.

She should never contradict her employer.

And, above all, she must not attract the attention of any male in the household.

But Michael Severson doesn't see Isabel Halloran as a governess—he sees her as a woman, one whose lush curves cannot be hidden behind a dowdy gown ... and whose efforts at hiding her sparkling intelligence are betrayed by her wit.

Years before, Michael had left Regency England, falsely accused of a crime. Now he is back, dedicated to seeking retribution—but not to taking a bride. But when his scandalous actions compromise Isabel's reputation, he does the unthinkable and offers her his hand—a marriage in name only.

But although his bride's passions are untried, Isabel's sensuality clearly matches his own. And with each day, and night, that passes, Michael becomes determined that every kiss, every caress, will be made with one goal: to seduce his proper wife into tender submission.

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Publishers Weekly
Having fled to the colonies to avoid being framed for murder, Michael Severson returns years later to England to find the real killer in Maxwell's latest Regency confection, a slightly darker entry than her usual fare (Seduction of an English Lady, etc.). Michael needs a way into society if he's to make any headway exonerating himself. At a house party in the country, the perfect opportunity presents itself in the form of Miss Isabel Halloran, a governess. The two find themselves in a compromising position from which marriage seems the only escape but Isabel harbors a secret of her own, and she's not sure she can trust Michael to keep it. The murdered mistress who haunts the lovers weighs down the story, and the central mystery remains underdeveloped until the latter half of the book, when suddenly the secondary characters begin piling up. In addition, the chemistry between the protagonists isn't as convincing as it could be because Maxwell too often tells rather than shows their attraction. Still, the author's fans will warm to her appealing protagonists, even if there isn't much to distinguish this effort from the many other Regency mystery-romances crowding bookstore shelves. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061755323
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Cameron Sisters Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
30,024
File size:
759 KB

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Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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Temptation of a Proper Governess (Cameron Sisters Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1803 Michael Severson accompanied by his blood brother Alex Haddon returns to England after spending a decade in Canada. If not for an honest judge, Michael would have hung for the murder of his actress lover Aletta Calendri; even his family believes he killed her. Now he plans to catch the killer starting with Lord Elswick who went after him with a vengeance; Michael believes Elswick felt his son Henry committed the act so diverted attention from his heir......................... When a host tries to trick Michael into marrying his teen daughter, the governess Isabel Halloran intervenes, but he begins seducing her instead. Michael does the right thing when they are caught together by marrying her. Initially he saw her as an avenue to get back at her father Elswick even if she is illegitimate. However, Michael soon falls in love with his pawn; she reciprocates, but refuses to believe he cares for her beyond using her as an expendable item............................ This entertaining Regency romance uses the over-killed theme of vengeance turning to love, but fans will still appreciate the fine story line due to the lead couple¿s struggles with their relationship and Michael¿s quest for who set him up to take the murder rap. Readers will admire Isabel from the moment she asks Michael if he killed Aletta and believes him when he says no. The support cast augments the prime plot as most including his beloved and his confident Alex (who has his own quest) think the worst of Michael, which makes the best for sub-genre readers...................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both the title and the description on the back of this novel are misleading. There is nothing particularly tempting nor romantic about Michael and Isabel's relationship, largely because there isn't a real one. They meet under rather contrived, somewhat cliche circumstances, they are attracted, they marry, and suddenly they are in love. They don't have any meaningful conversations. The whole first three quarters is shallow with their meeting and marriage taking up the larger portion but there is no sexual tension or emotional development. When Isabel becomes angry with her husband it's hard to sympathize. She feels betrayed by a man she loves but it's never established what basis is there for their feelings. Their sexual relationship is the entire substance and basis for the marriage and yet the reader is expected to believe that there is enough between them to warrant the kind of emotional melodrama that is half heartedly presented. Somewhere in the middle an excessive amount of pages is wasted on fashion.This doesn't help the plot in anyway, nor provide any insight. The point that is made about Wallis, hardly required such a great expenditure of words particularly since that point never ties in properly with the larger story and seems a vain attempt to define the character of a latecomer to the plot. The last quarter in which all is revealed, gives the sense that there was some real potential for a good crime solving mystery but it's spoiled by the fact that none of the secondary characters introduced in the first three quarters bear any relevance to the eventual outcome. They simply exist for the sake of existing, and to serve the contrived meeting of Michael and Isabel. Overall, the threads of the story don't prove at all cohesive. The characters' motives are weak and as a result the climax falls flat. The epilogue fizzled as it desperately tried to add some emotional weight to what ultimately proved to be a rather bland story. The best thing about this book is that it proved rather easy to read.
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Really loved this sweet love story. Quick read with great characters.
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I didnt find this to be anything special. All of the characters seemed so very bland.
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