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5+ stars for A Governess Should Never… Tempt a Prizefighter by Emily Windsor #historicalromance
Title: A Governess Should Never… Tempt a Prizefighter
Author: Emily Windsor
Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance
“So tell me, Miss Griffin, why should I employ you as governess?”
A question to rouse fear within the breast of any prospective governess but for Matilda, a lady without references, appropriate brown clothing or any experience with children whatsoever, doubly so.
Yet alone in the world except for a brutish guardian and a malodorous betrothed, Matilda must seek her own future, even if that means employment in the household of a rugged ex-prizefighter with sizeable muscles and doubtless minuscule intellect.
“Please continue to enlighten me, Miss Griffin.”
Mr Seth Hawkins, owner of famed Boxing Academy, has reached the point of desperation in his search for a governess.
Yet with no other suitable candidates, could this yellow-clad, bespectacled female who seemed to think him a witless dolt with calloused knuckles and no books, teach his daughter the ways of a lady?
The Lady and the Prizefighter.
One should never judge a man by his well-defined muscles or a lady by her yellow-silk slippers, for beneath both façades lay yearning hearts, shared dreams and a taste for adventure.
With scandalous kisses in midnight carriages, tavern jaunts, whifflers, nobblers and dressing as a nefarious footpad on the prowl, the vocation of governess has never been so exciting…
A fun, heart-warming Regency romance, this is the first book in a companion series to the Games of Gentlemen.
This tale contains sensual scenes.
Matilda Griffin is in need of procuring a governess position. She doesn't have any experience as a governess but she's well-educated and knows the ins and outs of society. She needs to hide away from her brutish guardian, who wants to marry her off like cattle to the highest bidder. She interviews to be a governess for Seth Hawkins, an ex-prizefighter and owner of the Boxing Academy. She pleads her case with dignity and Seth reluctantly hires her. Armed with her manners and a few bits of clothing, she leaves all that she has known to help educate Seth's daughter into a proper young lady. Both Seth and Matilda have preconceived notions of each other yet soon discover they are very wrong. Seth is a well-educated man himself while Matilda is a passionate woman with a taste of adventure. She never knew life could be this exciting. Is it Seth himself who makes her heart race or is it the taste of freedom? Can these two realize they share the same dreams and a passionate love before her guardian discovers her whereabouts?
A Governess Should Never...Tempt A Prizefighter is a Regency enemies-to-lovers romance I adored from start to finish. The main characters are so vibrant, they leap from the page. My heart went out to both Matilda and Seth. They're scarred from their pasts but together, they rediscover what's important in life. Emily Windsor is a talented writer and she swept me away from the very first page. Her detailed narration is not only historically accurate but allows the reader to immerse themselves in the world she creates. Intricate details such as clothing, food, boxing equipment, and scenery added to my enjoyment of the story. The romance is slow-burning with plenty of conflicts yet I loved seeing the characters squirm. Emotional, humorous, heartfelt, A Governess Should Never...Tempt a Prizefighter is a must-read for all romance readers. This is my first Emily Windsor book, and it won't be the last. I'm addicted to her writing and can't wait to read the next installment in this brand-new series. Fans of Bree Wolf need to read this book. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Emily grew up in the north of England on a diet of historical romance and strong tea.
Unfortunately, you couldn't study Regency slang, so she did the next best thing and gained a degree in Classics and History instead. This 'led' to an eight-year stint in engineering.
Having left city life, she now lives in a dilapidated farmhouse where her days are spent writing, fixing the leaky roof, battling the endless vegetation and finding pictures of well-tied cravats.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N