Rules for a Proper Governess (Highland Pleasures Series #7)

Rules for a Proper Governess (Highland Pleasures Series #7)

by Jennifer Ashley
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Rules for a Proper Governess (Highland Pleasures Series #7) by Jennifer Ashley

Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London—but the widower’s two unruly children are a different matter. Little Caitlin and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears. There is, however, one woman in town who can hold her own.
Roberta “Bertie” Frasier enters Sinclair’s life by stealing his watch—and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returning them to their father. Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the uncoventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.

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ISBN-13: 9780425266038
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Highland Pleasures Series , #7
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 551,759
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous romantic fiction novels, including the Mackenzies series and the Shifters Unbound series. Her many awards include the Golden Quill, the RITA Award, and the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Jennifer lives in the Southwest.

Angela Dawe is originally from Lansing, Michigan, and currently calls Chicago home. In addition to audiobook narration, she has worked in film, television, theater, and improvisational comedy.

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Rules for a Proper Governess 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series.Ian's story is by far my favorite. The others are very good, but ther's a magic to Ians. This story, which I devored in one night, is firmly in the number two spot. The heroine is bff worthy. Fun spunky honest. You just know if bertie were with you on girl's night out you'd have a blast. As for the hero, the strong, but broken hearted widower with the sexy scottish brogue, what'sNot to love there? And I absolutely adored his two children And though the plot line is one we've seen before in historical romance, the story is fresh. The plot engaging. And while I'm on plot, let me just say the world building was woven into the action, which kept the pace moving right along. With the decline in the quality of romance fiction over the last few years, it is a pleasure to be able to give this story an enthusiastic five stars. Thaks Jen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Discovered Ashey a short time ago and have devoured all her historicals. She is now one of my favs right up there with Garwood. Each of her books is interesting from beginning to end. Hope she keeps writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every page of this book, and especially catching up with other characters from the earlier books...loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kinda disappointed in this one, it doesn't live up to the earlier books in the series. Part of the joy of the first four books was the interaction between the MacKenzie brothers. Ian makes some awkwardly placed appearances in this story, along with the assorted wives (colorlessly portrayed) but it lacks the intense sense of family that made the initial books stand out. Not that there is anything particularly lacking in this love story otherwise, and had it not been a part of this series perhaps it would have been less disappointing in comparison. Sinclair seems a rather mindless character for a brilliant barrister -- the only joy in his life is his children so he stays away from them as much as possible to focus on his career. He seems indifferent to his career in the course of the book -- although he is apparently very gifted at argument those skills abandon him when he's arguing on his own behalf. <spoiler> He lusts after the pickpocket/governess, comfortably setting aside the belief that his dead wife would want him to stay true to her without any particular wonder or grief. Because, of course, it's only lust which is not a betrayal in his mind. Only later does he consider that his lust might actually be affection, and this still does not cause him any alarm. The lamentably named 'Bertie' has suffered all this time knowing she's lost her heart (and virginity) to him without any promise of returned emotion. In fact his hot/cold treatment of her is almost abusive, at the beginning, demanding she leave and requiring that she stay while suspecting her of poor intentions and trusting her with his beloved children. All the discussion of Sinclair being 'too tamed' by his previous wife is rather insulting -- he loved her so much that she ruined his spirit? Not the loss of her, mind, but the life they had together 'tamed' him so that he could no longer see the joy in life. It would have been nice to see Sinclair actually do something 'untamed' when supposedly re-inspired by his tough and spunky Bertie -- something other than frequent and ill-advised sex anyway. The underlying suspense of mysterious letters and uptight relatives seems extraneous to the main story, window dressing to give some motivation to characters and allowing the bad guys to be revealed (very nearly just introduced) and defeated. The hero receives the necessary life threatening but survivable injury (You will recall this injury trope from Ian's book, and Mac's, and Hart's . . .). </spoiler> I am spoiled enough by the first books in this series that I will likely read anymore that are written in hopes of a return to the earlier level of quality. I think, though, this is the last I will purchase and instead opt to borrow from the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner from one of my favorite authors. I was glad to see the Mackenzies here. I hope this series never ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God this book was as good as it could be. She is an amazing story teller. I agree with the person before me about Ian's book. That one is also my favorite too. I will be very sad when her series ends. She creates such flawed but loveable heros and such strong women to deal with them. My least favorite was the duke's story because of his house of prostitutes and his obsesion with bondage. It was just a little uneasy for me. But this one is on the top three of my favorite after Ian and Cameron's story. Thank you for another amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all the books in the MacKenzie and McBride series. They have all been fun and very entertaining. Sinclair and Bertie's story did not disappoint either. There was never a dull moment from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can never have enough of the MacKenzie & McBride clans!
TTCG More than 1 year ago
Love this writer and always have liked her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it from beginning to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! Laughed, cried and laughed! Bertie and Sinclair--what a wonderful couple.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I loved Sinclair and Bertie, they were fun and I enjoyed watching Sinclair find happiness again. I loved the scenes where Bertie showed him her pickpocket skills. Bertie had spunk and passion. The drama and conflict was good and kept the story flowing. No dull moments. The antagonists were strong and I liked that there was more than one conflict that needed to be resolved. I think they are one of my favorite couples, strong,no worked well together, passionate, and well deserving of happiness. Entertaining story overall and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Another wonderful read from an exceptional author....
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JoRead More than 1 year ago
Jennifer never disappoints me!  The thing I like mostly about Ms Ashley's characters is, well, that they never act out of character. If they are rakes, they are rakes until the end and they don't apologize for it. If they care about the rules of the ton, they care about the rules (at least whilst in their presence.) If they are controlling and like to feel omnipotent (I'm talking to you Hart) they will be so and even their partners enjoy that. I knew she would not disappoint me with the newest release. Bertie comes from the East side of London, where brigands and thieves fill up the streets and ends up as Sinclair McBride's new governess. His children, having lost their mother at a very early age, are still very impressionable of everything that goes on around them and Bertie shows them a different approach to life. So of course the children fall in love with her. However, it's not just the children, is it? There are certain aspects of Bertie's conduct that Sinclair finds irresistible. She's vibrant, full of life, outspoken, and perhaps much too frank for her own good.  Even though at the beginning we may think Sinclair does the saving because he actually got her out of the slums, she's no damsel in distress. She knows her way around and is very independent. In her mind it's him that needs the help and it's him that needs the saving. There are too many things endangering Sinclair's peace and Bertie will not leave his and his children's side until everything is resolved.  I very much liked that even though she was living in his household as the governess, there was no forced attempt to turn the story into a copy of &quot;My Fair Lady.&quot; Yes of course there were some changes but in general Bertie remained Bertie. Sinclair noticed something particularly interesting and attractive in her from the get-go, but that's a signature we find in all of Ashley's stories. The build up of their relationship was steady and at a very credible pace, not to mention there were too many comical moments that I truly felt for poor Sinclair. Oh, and let's not forget the whole clan Mackenzie joins them and I don't mean just a few pages, I mean, the whole book is filled with their presence. I just love that about this series because I feel I get reunited with the whole family every time I read about them. Five stars of course and can't wait what more Jennifer has in store for us.
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
Rules for a Proper Governess is a book you can easily imagine becoming one of those inspirational Lifetime movies they play on tv because its just one of those amazing, heart warming, life affirming type films that brings you a sense of love, hope and home. I was surprised to find that I was more enraptured with Bertie than I was with Sinclair, but then again so was he I think. Its wonderful to watch the blooming of discovery as a family learns that sometimes what it needs is just the right person to walk into your life to set things right. I feel that Bertie is just as good for both Caitlin and Andrew as she is for Sinclair and the readers. She is a wonderful woman that really tugs at your heartstrings and makes you wish that life were more like Jennifer's stories. Wonderfully done.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Ashley returns to the Highland Pleasures series with her seventh book, Rules For a Proper Governess. When a Scottish barrister meets an East End pickpocket, most would not expect romance to follow, but Ashley will make you suspend your belief in the impossible with this leading couple. Readers looking for a historical with a unique perspective will love this book and it's underlying nod to stories like "My Fair Lady." Another enjoyable romance features one of the McBride's and the MacKenzie's. What I liked: The Highland Pleasures series follows two families, the MacKenzie's and the McBride's. The MacKenzie's tend to be my favorites because their books have been the more passionate of the series, with heroes and leading ladies that are a step above most historical pairings. However, I enjoyed this book featuring Sinclair McBride as much, or more than most of the MacKenzie books. Pairing McBride with a pickpocket was a remarkable way to add flavor to the book and a different kind of excitement. Ashley draws the reader in with a stolen watch and holds on tight. I did have to suspend my ideas of what I thought was likely to happen in this book to some extent, but that's what it's all about. I wanted it to be possible for a young woman from the streets to meet a well educated, wealthy man and fall in love and Ashley made me believe it could happen. When Bertie, the heroine becomes the new governess for Sinclair McBride's children, however I did have a few doubts. Bertie was a real joy as a heroine. From her Cockney accent to her zest for love and life. But she was still an uneducated woman from the East End. Just because McBride's children liked her, may not have been enough for her to get the job in any normal circumstance, but it was enough in this book. Of course the sparks flying between her and Sinclair might have had something to do with it. She gave him a new lease on life that he needed so desperately. It had to take a character that was completely different from the normal historical romance lady to draw McBride out and Ashley provides that in Bertie. Sinclair is mourning the death of his wife seven years later. No has been able to bring the tortured, broody hero around, until he meets someone completely outside his normal existence. I liked the fact that Ashley doesn't make him perfect. He is flawed and heartbroken. He doesn't know how to take care of his children or how to move on. Bertie's refreshing take on life might have been a bit unconventional, but it was what he needed. Ashley made me believe in this connection, in this unorthodox romance, despite it's implausibility. They were simply perfect for each other. Bottom Line: Ashley's writing style in this one was very succinct. She had a plan as to how it needed to go and she executed it well. There were moments of levity and moments of action. Times where family and friends were the central theme and times when the lead couple were center stage. There were issues to overcome and even a bit of mystery. I thought the author did a great job of bringing it all together in a story about people from different sides of the tracks finding love together. A very good addition to this wonderful series.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars ~This UTC Team Review is also posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Suzanne: I enjoyed reading it and the romance was lovely, but a bit disappointed when I think back to how much I loved the first books of the series. Annie: I liked it but I don`t think the hero and heroine would be considered my favorite in the series. What was your first impression of Bertie? Annie: Bertie struck me as different from all the other heroines in the series. I liked her confident and her sass, but I was taken aback by the strange way she just threw herself on Sinclair and kissed him at odd times. She&rsquo;s certainly full of surprises and I think that&rsquo;s one of the great things she brings to this book, Suzanne: I really like Bertie! She was cheeky, fun and confident, a great contrast to Sinclair who more of a broody tortured soul. What is great about this series is that Jennifer Ashley has some fantastic heroines all slightly different from the usual Ladies and Misses you get in a Historical Romance, and Bertie was a great addition to this tradition. What did you think about the romance between Sinclair McBride and Bertie?      Annie: I enjoyed it, but I also felt that something was missing too. McBride and Bertie have this instant reaction to one another, but I think it goes from being suspicious of one another to lust too quickly for me to believe in it. I also felt that the passion was missing from it. Like Sinclair adores his previous wife, that sense of love shines through. With Bertie, I felt that it didn&rsquo;t hit as hard enough as I would have liked. Suzanne: I liked it! It didn&rsquo;t have the passionate intensity of some of the other romances, but Bertie and Sinclair had a good connection. But, I found Bertie&rsquo;s love for Sinclair far more convincing and sincere than his love for her, for him it all seemed rather rushed towards the end of the book, where he is suddenly declaring his love. But, I did still like their romance, I think I was just hoping for a little it more. What did you think of the family dynamic?  Suzanne: I loved the element of the kids in this book, I think it really  added to the story, not only do we fall in love with Bertie and Sinclair, but with his two children as well. Plus, making Sinclair a single father with no clue really what to do with his kids, yet loving them so fiercely made him sexier and slightly vulnerable, how can a girl resist that combination? Annie: The kids added the humor and the heart to the story. Without them, I don`t think the story would have had the same impact. The same thing goes with the MacKenzie appearances. For me, the most memorable scenes are the heartwarming ones between family members. So, have the McBrides been a success? Suzanne: I have mixed feelings, I liked some of their books, Ainsley and Elliott mainly, but I haven&rsquo;t been so keen on the latter ones. However, I do enjoy this series, all the relationships that have been formed in previous books and the familiarity with all the background characters makes reading any book in this series a pleasure. Annie: I like them, but I think it`s hard to top the likes of the MacKenzies. They are the ones that come off the page the strongest. But the McBrides work in their own way and are still entertaining to read. *ARC provided by publisher
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As usual, another great book.
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