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More Than a Governess (Wetherby Brides, Book 2)

More Than a Governess (Wetherby Brides, Book 2)

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by Jerrica Knight-Catania

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Wetherby Brides, Book 2...

Becky Thorn has been keeping a secret for more than seven years. A secret that, if found out, could destroy her. So before she gets too ensconced in London society, she accepts a position as a governess for a reclusive Viscount and his wife, far away from the ton.

Stephen Hastings, the third Viscount Hastings, is nothing


Wetherby Brides, Book 2...

Becky Thorn has been keeping a secret for more than seven years. A secret that, if found out, could destroy her. So before she gets too ensconced in London society, she accepts a position as a governess for a reclusive Viscount and his wife, far away from the ton.

Stephen Hastings, the third Viscount Hastings, is nothing short of perturbed when the tart Miss Thorn shows up on his doorstep. He is a man with little time and even less patience, who feels his pushover housekeeper is doing a fine job keeping his wards out of his hair. But Miss Thorn thinks differently and needles her way into becoming his governess, and eventually, the object of his affection.


“Good evening.”
Becky gasped and spun from the bookshelf to find herself face to face with the lord of the manor. She stammered as she fished for an appropriate excuse. Truth be known, she should not have been traipsing about the house at this hour, let alone on a mission to borrow one of the library’s books. She would be dismissed before she’d even had a chance to begin.
“I’m so sorry, my lord, I was just...”
Lord Hastings raised his brows in question and sipped lazily from the snifter he held in his hand.“I was just leaving, actually. Good night.”
Becky bobbed a shallow curtsy and then backed towards the door, eager to return to her room.“Miss Thorn, you needn’t leave on my account,” Lord Hastings said dryly. “You interrupted the rest of my day, why not finish it out?”
Becky stood frozen, trying to decide whether she should be grateful for the chance to stay and choose a book or outraged that he’d insulted her yet again. Unable to keep her thoughts or feelings to herself, she opted for the latter.
“Forgive my impertinence, my lord,” she began, “but may I ask why you have taken it upon yourself to be exceedingly rude to me since my arrival?”
A sinister chuckle escaped from Lord Hastings’ lips. “Don’t take it personally, Miss Thorn. You’re a servant. I treat you no differently than I treat anyone else in my employ.”
“Considering I’ve been brought here under false pretenses, I find your behavior reprehensible.”
“Behavior?” he asked indignantly. “Need I remind you that you are governess to my niece and nephew and not to me? However you find my behavior it is none of your concern.”
“It is when it affects me.”
“Then I suggest you grow a thicker skin, Miss Thorn, for I am not in the habit of walking on eggshells for the sake of my servants’ feelings.”
Becky remained silent. She had already overstepped her boundaries more than once today and she would not put it past Lord Hastings to turn her out even at this late hour. Though a thousand retorts swirled in her head, she merely clamped her lips shut and walked to the shelves of books that lined the walls, drawing her robe tighter around her as she did.
But there was no hope of concentrating on the books or their titles. She was outraged and tired and feeling completely lonesome and helpless. All she really wanted was to go to sleep but she was still too wound up from the day’s events.
When the hairs on her neck stood involuntarily, she was certain she was being watched. She turned around to see Lord Hastings regarding her with a cynical smile.
“Would you please stop staring at me? It makes me uncomfortable.”
“Would you care for a drink, Miss Thorn?”
That caught her off guard. She was prone to a glass of wine or a pint of ale from time to time, but only amongst friends, never amongst intimidating strangers.
“No, thank you,” she said proudly and turned her attention back to the books.
“It might help you sleep.”
He had a point there.
“All right, then,” she sighed. “Perhaps just a little.”

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Wetherby Brides Series , #2
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Meet the Author

After obtaining a degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and years of pursuing a career on the stage, Jerrica left the "glamorous" life of an actress in favor of writing Regency Romance novels. She resides in the New York City area with her husband, cat and princess-in-training.

Jerrica's best-selling Regency series, The Wetherby Brides, features the fun and lively tales of the Wetherby siblings as they seek and find the loves of their lives. Her next series, The Daring Debutantes, highlights the lives of Society girls who find themselves in the middle of daring adventures that no young lady of the ton should ever find herself.


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More Than a Governess 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
A-Reader73 More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in Ms. Knight-Catania's series. Becky Thorn was a minor character in that book, but and the heroine in More Than a Governess. And wow! I never expected her background to be what it was. I had to pick my jaw up off the ground. The hero - Stephen - a rough around the edges, returned war hero was very well-drawn. He was both complicated and endearing at the same time. I loved watching the two of them fall in love in this book. I cannot wait to read more fro this author!
salvadore57 More than 1 year ago
Romantic and yet refreshing. allows reader to dream
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Each book has been a wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just as good as the first book in this series! I really loved how "Becky" stood up not only for herself, but for everyone that she cares for. As most things go in a family, no matter what kind of family, the most important thing one can give to their family is love!!! The action part of this book was thrilling! I felt as though I was in a race to see what happened next and before I knew it the book was over. I'm really looking forward to reading the third book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read, but not a great one either. Nice characters, ok story line. Weak writting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about unexpected love and also a little about raising children. I loved the little twists in the story as well as the romance. Over 600 pages. Would read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The governess hiding het true identity bit has obviously been done before, yet I still found this book very interesting. I loved the characters, the romance; what a treasure for only 99 cents!
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
A wonderful series, book 2, I would recommend this book and the entire series a great read!! Recommend Highly!! ENJOY!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. One of my favorites of the series. Lovely and romantic. Like a beauty taming the beast story.
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
Regency Historical . Hero is Stephan Viscount Hasting . Heroine is Isabella (Becky) . Isabella is an Earls daughter and what she saw happen to her Mother frightened her . She just ran right out the door she was to frightened . For the past 7 yrs she was a companion to a Marquesses. While there she received a later stating that a couple would like her for a governess . Becky (Isabella) decides to take it . So she goes . Stephan , Viscount Hastings is working in his study when one of his staff tells him there is a lady at the door for the governess position . He was ready to throw her out . Stephens housekeeper tells him she put the ad in the paper . She advised Stephan that taking care of the house the kitchen and the two children are 2 much . Becky make headway with the children but they are disturbed by something in the past . Becky is also threaten by her cousin and kidnapped. Won't tell you more . You need to get it and see why Becky ran ? What did the children see and why was she kidnapped
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Loved it! Looking forward to the next in the series.
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MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I always like governess stories, in spite of the fact (or maybe because of it) that it's basically falling in love with the boss. There's always the conflict of not really belonging to the servant class and not being a part of society either. In this case, it's even more of a conflict because of Becky's background. I liked the suspense in this story of wondering when Becky's secret would be revealed and what would happen. Becky's connection with the children and how she was able to draw them out while also bringing Stephen closer to them was a touching part of the story. The interaction with the rest of the Wetherby brothers and related characters was also fun. The romance was steamy, and I loved how Stephen eventually found that he couldn't live without her. I also liked that Becky was a tough lady who went through a lot of harrowing situations, yet remained determined and sweet. She showed a lot of courage and spunk. I do think there were too many times when people showed up unexpectedly in Becky's room--get a better lock! I'm also still wondering about the housekeeper. There seemed to be some unfinished business there. I'll have to check out the rest of the Wetherby Brides series.
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This is Becky's story. Sorry there may be spoilers in this review. This book seemed very unrealistic. She becomes governess to a man who has guardianship over his niece and nephew. They all have some issues to work through. She quickly "fixes" the kids and Stephen changes as if overnight. Then someone from her past is invited to the house and turns out to be insane. How no one noticed prior to that he was crazy I don't know. It just seemed a little ridiculous and rushed. But I recommend the first story in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire series is wonderful.
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A very nice story Fast, fun, easy read
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Avid-readerKS More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this book has more lust than romance. I got tired of it quickly and didn't finish it.