Tempting the Governess

Tempting the Governess

by Vivienne Westlake

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BN ID: 2940150631670
Publisher: Vivienne Westlake
Publication date: 10/08/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 560,486
File size: 484 KB

About the Author

Vivienne Westlake has been reading and writing romance since the age of fifteen. What makes her stories unique is her love of a sassy heroine who keeps the hero on his toes. Though she has a fondness for redeemable rakes, Vivienne�s favorite Jane Austen/Regency hero is Captain Wentworth.

Vivienne is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Divas, Indie Romance Ink, and the I Love Historical Romance fan group.

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Tempting the Governess 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a cute short story. Sweet with the children and all.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this sweet and sexy historical romance novella! It's an older woman, younger man trope, in this case the governess to a young man who is all grown up now. Now both adults (he's 24, she's 35), there is a new and dangerous attraction between them, one that could cost Christine her position as governess to Teddy's niece and nephew. The sexual chemistry between them was quite delicious and the love scenes were steamy and well written. I liked how Christine's character was presented, in particular that she wasn't a simpering virgin just because she had never married. For a novella the background was well established and the characters and situations presented were believable. A fast paced and entertaining read. 4 stars!
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Theodore's infatuation with Christine began when he was a boy and grew stronger as he got older. Christine's own feelings for Theodore were, at the time, no more than love and affection for a child. Christine's arrival at Birchwood opens a door that never closed and made way for a relationship that was years in the making. I wasn't sure if I'd like the teacher-former student relationship between them, but it worked. They have so much history together that I relate her feelings then as feelings akin to friendship. Now, of course, those feelings are still there, just more intense and accompanied by feelings of lust and desire for each other. In bed, they were definitely equals. The differences in social status and age didn't matter at all there. While age was just a number to Theodore, Christine's position as governess was of concern. Marrying a mistress was one thing. Marrying a governess though? That was rarely done in this era. Ms. Westlake handled that beautifully though. I especially liked how Theodore's valet is the one who pointed out to him that not only were his feelings for Christine obvious to everyone and God, but how much the Birchwood staff loved her. It was, interestingly enough, the affirmation Theodore needed to marry the only woman he'd ever loved. This is a very short story but it's a very complete short story that will fill at least an hour of your day with pleasurable reading material: well-developed characters, detailed scenes, intense emotions, and a happy ending. 3.5* ***Received from NetGalley via Bibbity Boppity Book for an honest review***
JoRead More than 1 year ago
Tempting the Governess          Ms. Christine Aubrey, an experienced governess, returns to Birchwood to care for the young children of a former pupil. The children’s uncle, Theodore “Teddy” Blake, solicited the assistance of a governess and couldn’t pass the opportunity to employ charming Ms. Aubrey when she applied for the position.   Christine used to be in charge of Teddy, his two other brothers, and his sister, the mother’s children, when they were all children. Teddy’s sister and husband had recently died in a carriage accident and both brothers were away living their own life. Their own mother away in London not wanting to return to Birchwood, thus leaving Teddy to deal with all the responsibilities of the entire household and the children.  Teddy always felt admiration for Christine, even as a child, so it’s kind of expected that at her return and being that she still looks beautiful and young, he acts a bit irrational and sets out to seduce her. Before Christine arrived, all he wanted was to be a perfect parental figure for the children and the responsible head of household since everyone else abandoned ship. To me, he doesn’t see her just as a prospect lover, but also as a companion and as friend. Now, Christine’s reaction was incongruous. One moment she was thinking Teddy was a former pupil, the next she was flirting with him, even hoping to hear from his lips that they both wanted the same thing.  I guess in a way she also wanted a companion but the fact that she at first was thinking so much of him as a former pupil made it sound kind of wrong.  The author knows how to describe the settings and as an avid historical reader I liked that very much. However, there is really not much to say about the plot as it really revolves around the kids and the two main characters’ relationship. There is chemistry and I can understand why they think and act a certain way past their initial encounter, however the conflict that could have kept them apart was really no problem at all and in the end, resolved way too quickly. The romance itself is believable but very short. I wish it would have been longer and a more convincing conflict thrown in their path to make their HEA more enjoyable.  *I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley*
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Christine Aubrey is back working at Birchwood where she helped raise the Blake children as their governess. Now with grandchildren in the home, they have need of her again.  What she hadn't counted on was feeling an attraction for her former pupil. Theodore is all grown up and helping to raise his sister's children after she and her husband pass away. He has had a crush on his former governess since he was in short pants. Now that he is an adult, should he pursue her? This was a very quick read. I enjoy Westlake writing style.  I'll definitely be reading more of her work.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I like to read Vivienne's book. I just found her and I hope you like her too. She comes up with good story lines and interesting people to follow through. This has an intriguing plot in that the gentleman of the house was tutored by the governess who he hires to tutor his niece and nephew. There are a few twists along the way of getting to where you know you are going.This is an easy read-no sword fights, no one dies and people work together. This really is a must read book. I hope you give it a try! Enjoy! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.