An Unlikely Governess

An Unlikely Governess

by Karen Ranney
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Overview

An Unlikely Governess by Karen Ranney

Beatrice can handle a troubled young duke -- but the boy's dangerously appealing cousin Devlen is another matter entirely . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061755507
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 103,550
File size: 492 KB

About the Author

Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn't that shy after all.

Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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Unlikely Governess 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A year ago, her parents died from the cholera epidemic leaving Beatrice Sinclair impoverished, but in the last three months she finds herself in dire straits. Desperate to eat, she seeks work as a tavern wench in Kilbridden Village, Scotland, but the owners reject her as not being right for their customers due to her ¿airs¿. They tell her to go to nearby Castle Crannoch where her kind will find work. Though she knows of the rumors that no moral woman would accept a job at the castle, Beatrice concludes that is her last hope. --- Near the castle in the rain she meets Devlen Gordon, who takes her to see the nine year old Duke Robert, as she requested. The Duke insults her so she begins to leave, but faints from a lack of eating. After she is fed, Beatrice is hired as governess to teach the rude Robert manners. Beatrice soon finds herself drawn to her host though she considers him a devil, but also feels sympathy towards her lonely employer. Someone wants Robert dead Beatrice vows to risk her life to keep him safe though she wonders who will keep her heart safe from the sharpest cut of all, Devlen. --- This interesting 1830s gothic romantic suspense is filled with surprisingly delightful twists centered on Beatrice¿s efforts to uncover who in the dark castle is determined to see Robert dead. The suspects surround Beatrice with each having greed as an obvious motive her biggest fear is that the brooding Devlen is behind the assaults. Fans of early nineteenth century romances will want to read Karen Ranney¿s fine historical thriller. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
So many romance novels are trash- fun to read as long as you can 'overlook' all the grammar errors, plot gaps, etc. I enjoyed this book because it was unusually well-written for a romance novel (but still steamy). Poor Beatrice is rather downtrodden and stuck as a governess in a place she'd rather not be, but it all turns out for the best, and it reads a bit like a classic Austen novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author. Very good book, great sex scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beatrice is a good person, an intelligent character. Devlyn is a very strong character. Both are caught up in a well written plot with a touch of mystery. And Robert, the seven year old duke is so cute. Enjoy this wonderful book. Karen Ranney has become one of my favorite authors.
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Loved it loved it you must buy!!
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Ienjoyed this book. Good characters
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Very unusual romance and extremely enjoyable
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Sherkeekie More than 1 year ago
At first I really felt sorry for Beatrice. She was near starving when she got the job at the castle as a governess. She was a gently raised woman who had been very much sheltered by her doting parents who died and left her penniless. So I was really surprised that she was so easily fell into bed with Devlin, the cousin of the little duke in her charge . It didn't seem to run true to character. I didn't expect her to be a slut and I would have liked her more if she hadn't been so eager to divest herself of her virginity. It was expected she would sleep with Devlin but she was a bit too willing. I liked the little duke but it might have been a more interesting story if he had tried harder to run her off as he had previous tutors and governesses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again Karen Ranney proves to me she is still one of the top writers of flawless, elegant, and intelligent dialogs. Her words alone can create the most sensual and stimulating moods without her characters ever touching one another. In her latest novel, AN UNLIKELY GOVERNESS, she does just that. ----- Over the last twelve months Beatrice Sinclair had survived a cholera epidemic that claimed her parents¿ lives. Impoverished, untitled, and hungry, she¿d sold what she could in order to eat, but further survival left her seeking work. Overlooking her village is Castle Crannoch, a dark forbidding monolith - home of the Duke of Brechin where she discovers that the `duke¿ is none other than a spoiled, ill-tempered and arrogant seven year old. Offered the job of governess to Robert, `His Grace¿ Beatrice would eventually come to view the young child with both compassion and empathy once she realized that his arrogance was to disguise the frightened terrorized child that he was. ------ On the other hand, Devlen Gordon, cousin and son of Robert¿s guardian, was a charming and arresting man whose verbal discourse both infuriated and excited Beatrice. Devlen was a temptation that she was finding harder and harder to ignore. He was challenging - opening new worlds for her to explore - both exciting and filled with danger as she became entangled in the attempts on the young duke¿s life. Would trusting Devlen be her salvation or her worst nightmare? ------ *** Ranney does a marvelous job with creating mood, and developing compelling characterizations of her characters. The sensuality built between Devlen and Beatrice was beautifully scripted and a joy to read. Likewise, the level of trust Beatrice developed with Robert, was also carefully scripted and perfectly paced. Additionally, the revelation of the culprit behind the murder attempts offered a twist. One fault I had trouble overlooking was the unexplored and unexplained bitter animosity between Devlen and his father. Regardless, this was a read I fully enjoyed and found enormously entertaining, even though I¿d still love the answer to the animosity question! What WAS that all about?