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Society dictates that a governess should be modest, quiet, and keep to herself.She should never contradict her employer.And, above all, she must not attract the attention of any male in the household.But Michael Severson doesn't see Isabel Halloran as a governess—he sees her as a woman, one whose lush curves cannot be hidden behind a dowdy gown ... and whose efforts at hidSociety dictates that a governess should be modest, quiet, and keep to herself.She should never contradict her employer.And, above all, she must not attract the attention of any male in the household.But Michael Severson doesn't see Isabel Halloran as a governess—he sees her as a woman, one whose lush curves cannot be hidden behind a dowdy gown ... and whose efforts at hiding her sparkling intelligence are betrayed by her wit.Years before, Michael had left Regency England, falsely accused of a crime. Now he is back, dedicated to seeking retribution—but not to take a bride. But when his scandalous actions compromise Isabel's reputation, he does the unthinkable and offers her his hand—a marriage in name only.But although his bride's passions are untried, Isabel's sensuality clearly matches his own. And with each day, and night, that passes, Michael becomes determined that every kiss, every caress, will be made with one goal: to seduce his proper wife into tender submission....

Title : Temptation of a Proper Governess
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ISBN : 9780060092986
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Temptation of a Proper Governess Reviews

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-02-23 16:58

    4 sweet starsTemptation of a Proper Governess was a very sweet read, and it was my first time reading Cathy Maxwell. I enjoyed her writing style it had a nice flow to it. I really liked both Isabel and Michael. I thought they were very cute together. They fell hard and fast for each other, but it was believable. I enjoyed the plot although it was a little predictable at times. This book was a nice easy going read that didn't have too much angst but it never got boring. I will be reading more by Cathy Maxwell!

  • Liz F
    2019-02-28 01:03

    Holy crap! I loved this book!! I literally JUST finished it and I had to get out of bed and jump on the internet to review it! Its been such a long time since I've read a historical romance that I've really, thoroughly enjoyed and connected with. NOW I remember why I started devouring these books!!So, this is the story of Isabel Halloran. When we meet her, she is the governess of a 17 year old who appears to be the nastiest, loosest 17 year old I've ever read about!! Isabel interrupts this 17 year old's plan to entrap a wealthy man into marrying her (yeah, the 17 year old). Isabel discovers that this girl isn't in her bed and deduces what she's up to. Isabel goes down and physically drags the NAKED girl from his bed before the gentleman returns to his room. Once locked in her room, the 17 year old taunts Isabel and accidentally reveals that she left her bracelet in the bed so it won't matter that she's locked in her room. Isabel goes down to retrieve the bracelet and that's when the gentleman in question, Michael Severson, enters the room. Michael Severson is, I think, the second son of some aristocrat. Either way, he isn't really titled but his family is. Many years ago, Michael was accused of murdering an actress that he was sleeping with. But there was not enough evidence to convict him and he was released. He left England in shame and went to America to do whatever pampered English folk do when running from their pasts. In America, Michael meets Alex Haddon, a half white, half Shawnee. Michael saves Alex (they don't get into the how part) and so Michael and Alex become "blood brothers" and very good friends. Michael made TONS of money in America doing trading and shipping, etc and he and Alex have decided to come back to England. Michael is determined to clear his name. Alex isn't in the story too much. Michael seems like the brains of the operation, doing the book and the like and Alex sails the ships and does the bartering in ports, etc. And now in England, they are STILL making TONS of money!!So Michael walks into the room and sees Isabel. They feel this CRAZY instant heat and attraction and start making out. They fall onto the bed and that's when the host of the party, along with some guests "accidentally" stumble into the room. At this point, you realize that the 17 year old girl did NOT come up with this plan on her own. Her mother and father are assisting her!!! Long story short, Isabel gets fired and Michael is disgusted with the whole thing and he leaves as well. But not before offering Isabel his hand in marriage. She says no, that she won't be bought and continues packing her things. They meet up on the road the next day and he offers again and this time, she accepts. She realizes that she has no other good options and she's totally hot for this dude anyways, so why not?At that moment, Michael gets SHOT!!!!! The party he was attending was planning a big hunt that morning and Michael gets caught in the crossfire. Or does he????That's all I'll go in to the story right here. There's much more to the story, including a secret parentage, an attempted rape and several attempted murders. There's lots of intrigue and as for me, I was guessing all the way to the end as to who the bad guy was!!! The chemistry between Isabel and Michael is really well written and they are VERY likable characters. The pacing is really great. Not too many laughs but there's so much excitement that I don't think you'll notice.Please give this book a shot!! If you've never read Cathy Maxwell (I hadn't before this book), you would do well to start with this one. I really enjoyed it!!! Happy reading!!

  • Nisha
    2019-03-05 01:02

    Not exactly a memorable read, but it was really good. The characters are wonderful. Isabel is strong and feminine, easy to empathize with. Michael is sexy since he is not a rake (or isn't anymore) and works very hard to clear his name. Hardworkers are oh-so-sexy, especially in after reading about Rakes and Rogues from the era. He's smart too, since he realizes that he likes Isabel early on, and doesn't delude himself into thinking that he did it for the sake of revenge.I would love to learn more about Alex, Micheal's best friend, 'blood brother'.This book is kinda slow, since both characters are relatively smart and figure out that they like each other by the middle of the book, but its well written and finishing it was no chore.

  • Valeria
    2019-03-09 16:58

    Estoy empezando a sospechar que a Cathy Maxwell le entra la pereza cuando es hora de darle tiempo al romance para que se desarrolle. Mire sino usted como en esta novela sobre Isabel y Michael ella revolea los personajes en un par de situaciones y una boda inesperada para que de repente alguien habra la mezcla de insta-romance, lo eche en un bol y le agregue un poco de agua. Me cansan este tipo de cosas. Cuando tienes buenos ingredientes, hay que sacarles provecho y no apurarlo en el microonda para que te salga medio desabrido. Como he dicho, esta historia sufre de romance en sobre y encima de angustia/drama en gotas. Así no salen bien las cosas Cathy, eso es engaño. Y por eso ya no te tengo fe.

  • SheLove2Read
    2019-02-27 22:06

    2.5 stars. Everything about this book was ALMOST good, but not quite what I would consider a pleasurable read. The hero was almost an alpha male, the heroine almost spunky, the villain almost evil. The romance itself was bland and I found myself skipping those parts just to further the story along.

  • Denise
    2019-03-12 22:04

    Um. I don't recall anyone named Cameron in this whole book. How is this a Cameron Sisters book. Maybe the next one will explain that. #seriesNameMakesNoSenseYet

  • Josephina
    2019-03-10 19:41

    The plot of this book sounded interesting, and the main characters were likeable enough, I suppose. Yet somehow, the novel didn't quite live up to expectations. The elements were all there, but the execution was lacking. I finished the book wondering if the author had really known what story she wanted to tell before she started writing it, in fact.The plot was so bland that I'm not sure if I can remember it well enough to write a clear review. But I will do my best. This is spoilery, but the story is so predictable that it would be difficult to spoil it.The Romance: There's an illegitimate girl - the titular governess - and an accused (but proffesingly innocent) murderer. She's compromised, and he offers to marry her because her biological father is the father of the man the hero thinks actually committed the murder. And though she has no relationship with her father to speak of (and admits as much to him), he wants to use her to...well, he has a plan to....he thinks if he marries her, he can... Actually, I don't think the author bothered to explain what the hero hoped to accomplish. He knows the identity of the heroine's father, he doesn't tell her he knows or why he cares, but how he plans to use her in his scheme is never explained, even to the audience.The heroine is wary of his intentions and is reluctant to marry without love. Pretty common fare for a romance novel. However, she keeps waffling on whether she'll go through with the wedding or not. She says she won't, he talks her into it. She changes her mind. He persuades her to change it back. She won't, she will, she might, she might not. Somehow, this seems to go on for YEARS. While it's not unreasonable or unrealistic that she would vacillate and have doubts, this section of the book seemed to drag. It wasn't so much a means to learn something more about the characters as it was a means to drag out the love story and add romantic tension. As such, there's less "tension" and more "needless and rather dull angst."Once that's sorted, the author seems to suddenly remember that there's a murder mystery to be solved, and a handful of supporting characters are tossed into the book in the second half. The hero's plan is STILL unclear, but the heroine finds out that he married her for reasons other than she'd thought and feels betrayed. Which is almost the exact moment he realizes he DOES love her, after all! Not to worry, though. She realizes that he taught her to love, and so this is clearly sufficient to overcome her feelings of betrayal. ... Sigh. (I don't think the author knew how to fix it, so she whitewashed it, instead.)The Mystery: Once the author remembers there's supposed to be one, it's fairly predictable as well. Not much to say for it that I didn't say above. On the plus side, the villain is eventually discovered. So there's that to say about the mystery. It's solved.The Supporting Characters: I'll admit that the author is guilty of one of my pet peeves, here. The villain of the story is The Villain - an unrepentant bad guy with...pretty much not a single redeeming quality. I am sure he is even unkind to small children and helpless animals. He is a VILLAIN! That's okay, and even common enough. Every other supporting character (who was set up to POTENTIALLY have been the murderer when the author was in need of a suspect or two to justify the story's premise) is "redeemed" at the end. Going so far as to "redeem" a would-be rapist by showing that he actually LOVES the would-be victim and is so distraught that she marries another that he has to flee the country.A guy doesn't have to be a murderer to be a bad guy, and rapists (successful or not) can still remain bad guys at the end. I don't buy the "rapists with a heart of gold" plot line. I don't know why the even bothered, unless she plans to use him as a hero in a future book...which would not be a book I would read, as it's not a trait I look for in my romantic heroes.The main characters should have their stories wrapped up in a nice bow stamped "happily ever after" at the end of a novel. Even primary supporting characters (like a best friend who's had the B plot in the novel). It is not necessary to make EVERY supporting character do an about-face in the last 30 pages so that it's made clear they're really fuzzy wuzzies deep down, they've learned their lessons and all bad karma has been wrapped up in a big bow of "it's a happy ending, darn it!"Bottom Line: The book had promise, but it felt like more of a chore to get through than a pleasure. But if I had to guess, I'd say the author WROTE this book as more of a chore (to start off a series, to fulfill a contractual deadline, etc.) than because she really loved and wanted to tell the story. Frankly, it didn't read like she really had a clear idea of the story she wanted to tell. The plot of this book sounded interesting, and the characters were likeable enough, I suppose. Yet somehow, the novel didn't quite live up to expectations. The elements were all there, but the execution was lacking, at least to me. I finished the book wondering if the author had really known what story she wanted to tell before she started writing it, in fact.

  • Elen
    2019-03-08 21:01

    A few plot inconsistencies bothered me, but overall it was a well It's not exactly a good romance, but the mystery was above average from the ones you find accompanied in romance novels - actually, I can only think of one or two this decently written. What helped was the admirable characterization - not that the main leads were very intriguing, but they and the rest all came off quite realistic, complex characters who showed capability of erring and repenting. A satisfying read, too bad I can't give it five stars because I couldn't get what I set out for - a thrilling romance!

  • Angela
    2019-03-01 17:08

    9 June 2015: $1.99 on Kindle5 February 2015: $3.79 on Kindle

  • Yuni
    2019-03-18 22:40

    One word: Boring!

  • Erin
    2019-03-03 19:55

    I rolled my eyes so hard at one point I thought they would fall out. The characters should have been interesting but were boring, the murder mystery solution was obvious, and the romance just plodded along. Blah.

  • Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams) Robison
    2019-02-26 00:09

    Lacked substance!

  • Cs
    2019-03-13 00:46

    Another keeper

  • Becca12348
    2019-03-18 18:00

    This started as a solid 4 stars. Then it slipped to a 3...then to a 2, and finally I give it 1 and a half stars. It didn't fully go down to a one star, because those are typically reserved for books I hate with a burning passion. But this book...such potential! Such wasted, utterly destroyed potential......until it descended into madness and went in all directions, with no real sense of closure. People in this book were CRAZY! And none reflected real people (at least I hope not, given the fact that they were all completely BONKERS with thoughts and actions not grounded in reality.) I cannot even adequately describe the absolute batshit-craziness without fully discussing and spoiling this book, so I shall refrain. But if you decide to read this, realize that halfway through, you will be transported into a mindset where nothing makes sense and people turn not just into one-dimensional characters, but into people that lack anything that reflects reality.For example (and YES, this is a *spoiler*), how can the author reasonably expect us to believe that our heroine's attempted RAPIST was actually in love with her (he just didn't fully realize it), and because he lost her to the hero, he decided to change in life and become a better man by traveling to India?...What? Just, what? Somehow this seems to romanticize his attempted rape of her, which he would have succeeded in if she hadn't kneed him in the groin. And yes, he was drunk and he had the (I presume) time-appropriate view that titled gentlemen could do anything they wanted to the help...but does this mean his behavior should be excused? Hell, no. He fully intended to follow through with his actions; there was no remorse at the time, and afterwards, it seemed he only regretted it, because she didn't like him anymore. And he was just one of many, many characters that boggled the mind. There were also way too many things at play - so many, that none of them (including the revealing of the true murderer) seemed to bring closure. It was just boom, answer, boom, answer, boom, answer, the end. The revealing of the murder was extremely anticlimactic. Yes, it was kind of a shock of who the murderer was, but that was because there were no clues artfully slipped into the narrative that when reviewed later made you think, of course it was them! It just came out of the blue, like yeah! I'm a pretty sucky, creepy person and I killed that actress you were sleeping with. Aren't you surprised? Gasp!I suppose you could say there were several red herrings, but that was just because there were really no solid clues as to who it could have been. Just mindless speculations that really had no evidence to support them. It could have been the king of France for all intents and purposes (except that he wasn't actually a character in the book, so that might have made it difficult...)And the characters were like in love with each other within two weeks. Maybe three? And one of those he was unconscious the whole time. Just one of many things that made this book very unrealistic. To sum up - about half-way through the book, I felt like I was entering the twilight-zone where people no longer made any sense, changed personalities fluidly and constantly, and were pretty much thrown in when it suited the author. Basically, I was grateful when the book ended, and I could return to a world that makes some sense.

  • PoligirlReads
    2019-02-26 21:47

    What a weird little book. I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. The premise and characters all seemed decent enough, but there was something just plain off with the execution. After some thought, I think the issue may have been pacing. The pace seemed off, with the storyline taking turns at odd places. It felt jumbled, like the author (my first time reading her), didn't quite know where she wanted to go, but needed to get there quickly as she was on a deadline or something. Some of the characters seemed to do an about-face for reasons that don't make any sense (don't get me started on Riggs). She seemed to be aiming for multiple redemption angles, but they just came off as weird. I don't even know where to begin on Wallis. What a mess.Since I can't seem to make sense of this book, I'm taking it as a sign that I don't need to read anything else by this author.

  • Elis Madison
    2019-03-08 21:05

    Michael Severson is the younger son of an earl. A long time ago, he was accused of a murder he didn't commit. He was cleared, but he thinks his old friend Henry, a rival for the murdered woman's affections, did the deed, and his father, the Marquis of Elswick, tried to cover up his involvement by paying witnesses and launching a campaign to get Michael convicted of the crime. If it weren't for an honest judge, who took the trouble to see through the false witnesses and smear campaign... After several years as a trapper and then a trader in Canada, Michael has come home to England to clear his name. It's difficult. His family still won't have any part of him, and his friends don't want to know him. But after a time he manages to ingratiate himself into a circle of wastrels who might get him information about Henry, which would be a start.Lillian Halloran is the bastard daughter of the same Marquis of Elswick, but the man, who was little more than a sperm donor, wants nothing to do with her. Alone and penniless, she's been trying to find her way as a governess. She crapped out of her last position when her employer's nephew tried to forcibly roger her, and, when caught, accused her of seducing him. She's been fortunate to find another position with a wealthy merchant, who has a slutty precocious 17-year-old daughter. When Lillian learns of a plan to put the girl in a compromising position with a wealthy guest at the family's house party, Lil tries to fix the problem and ends up catching herself in the trap (it's a pretty satisfying scene—the book's worth reading just for this). And when Michael learns whose daughter she is, he's all about helping a gal out.And then someone starts trying to kill Michael. The author does a pretty great job of laying out the clues and a couple decent red herrings. Readers who are familiar with the rules of a good mystery probably won't have a tough time figuring it out, but it's still very well done. Anyway, there's plenty of trauma and drama, action and adventure. I read this book AFTER the rest of the books in the series, but even tho I knew how it turned out (hey, this is a romance—you ALWAYS know how it's going to turn out), it's still a good read. 4 stars

  • Syahira Sharif
    2019-03-11 17:00

    I find its getting harder to find enjoyable Historical Romance since I think majority authors from the sub-genre kept recycling the same characters for everything. One of the major flaw in this book came from Maxwell inability to create a good consistencies with the plot i.e a murder mystery and romance. I've read various Avon books in the past and this one lack believability.The book focus on the Micheal Severson struggle to clear his name after he was accused of a crime that he wasn't even sure he did commit. His main suspect was his former best friend, Henry because of a fight between them on the night where Micheal's mistress was killed. Micheal was convinced as Henry's father, Marquis of Elswick was the one who are completely convinced of his guilt until Micheal was proven not guilty due to the lack of evidence. Now that he was back in England, he inexplicably embroiled into a scandal when he was found kissing a governess on top of a bed. When Micheal found out that the governess was in fact Marquis of Elswick's illegitimate daughter, he demand her hand in marriage which she refused until someone tried to murder him.I find the story have its high moment but overall it was uncharacteristically bad. There are simply too many characters to focus on and at times, things are predictable and also plot convenient. As for the romance, it was an instant attraction, both Isabel and Micheal fell in lust almost in an instant. Despite them having disagreements, there's notably lack of chemistry and in span of a couple days if you minus Micheal being comatose, they get married and fell in love too quickly. The love scene is bland. There was a lot of loose plot between Isabel and all of her family which is disappointing. Not even enjoyable as a light reading.

  • chrisa
    2019-03-07 00:49

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I hate romance novels where misunderstandings and confusion are used as the primary way to move the plot forward. In "Temptation of a Proper Governess" the author avoids this trap. Sure there are misunderstandings, but for once, characters actually talk to one another sooner rather than later. I found I actually cared about characters, and even the "villains" were three dimensional. I attribute this to the good writing, and the fact that the characters had understandable emotional reactions for a change. I also enjoyed the look into the sexual politics of the time. The discussion of marital infidelity and mistresses was matter of fact and insightful, which I appreciated. (The main characters were faithful to one another but other characters were not.)I would recommend this to anyone who likes Victorian or even Regency historical romance novels with a little bit of mystery.

  • penelopewanders
    2019-03-18 22:43

    I thought I had read something by this author which disappointed me immensely, but reading my reviews of her books on bookcrossing, I wonder if I haven't mixed her up with someone else. I started to read this the other day, then put it down thinking I'd already read it. I must have just read the first chapter at some point because I saw this was listed TBR on all my lists and picked it up again - indeed, it was new. I enjoyed it very much - it wasn't quite what I was expecting as very early in the story the governess becomes a wife and is therefore not at all a governess... It sounds like there could be another story about Severson's partner, Alex Haddon, and I'd like to read that.

  • Paigersoccerfan
    2019-02-23 20:53

    This was a fairly typical romance book. It takes place in 1803, in England. The governess is swept off her feet by a handsome, strong and innocent (of course) suspected murderer. She saves his life, they marry and she helps him prove his innocence. I have read many books that take place in this time period and by comparison found a lot of historical inaccuracies , but they didn't really affect the story. I just found them irritating. It was a fine, frivolous read, as romances go, but not a keeper.

  • Nonieღserenity2bliss
    2019-03-21 21:47

    I've fallen in love with Cathy Maxwell's books since I read my first book by her late last year. Since then, I always make sure I pick up a copy or two whenever I'm drop by at the local rental bookstore, and I've loved and enjoyed every single one of them. Except for maybe this one. I wasn't that caught up in the story until the later part of the book where the mystery of identifying the killer really picks up. It is still a great read, but not as great as Ms. Maxwell's other books.

  • Victoria
    2019-02-19 18:09

    This book was excellent! (Iam not the type to put spoilers in my reviews) Once again I read another book that made me tear up at the end. This was sweet, romantic, sexy, thrilling, and satisfying. I'm very happy that some of the characters redeemed themselves and was charmed by many. And shocked by some too. All of them were well rounded and Cathy Maxwell spared no expense creating characters that I really want to see their stories continue.

  • Patricia Kate
    2019-03-06 17:54

    This is only the second book of Maxwell's that I've read. And I'm very impressed with her! There is a mystery here that plays out in the background and ultimately dominates much of the conclusion to the story but the mystery doesn't overshadow or overpower the romance. Plus it wasn't predictable and it didn't cause the heroine to do anything stereotypically dumb. I liked the characters and the pace and the plausibility of the story.

  • April
    2019-02-24 20:41

    What a great story! I laughed and cried many times! Such wonderful writing and really engaging characters!! I love this authors work!!Such a great story for Isobel and Michael! I loved how they ended up getting married and then their love story!I am currently on a Regency kick and this one was terrific!!

  • Taryn
    2019-03-07 18:03

    This was my very FIRST book I've read by Cathy Maxwell. And let me tell you, I'm going to be finding even MORE books by her. Isabel is a brave character, not afraid to speak her mind in a very masculine society. And Michael is willing to look past the fact that Isabel's a governess and marry her because of her beauty. You get romance (duh), a mystery killer, and family secrets.

  • Amy
    2019-03-09 20:02

    I really like Cathy Maxwell's books. They fulfill my need for cheesy romance and have strong female characters, plus I like her writing style. Unfortunately, this book wasn't my favorite. The story was a bit bland and I didn't feel any type of build up or passion between the two characters. Even the sexy time was not up to Maxwell's standards. It was still a fun little read.

  • Susan
    2019-03-12 22:57

    Another winner for me. I liked how Isabel was strong and a bit outspoken. She really stuck up for herself, even if it wasn't fashionable for a woman to do so. And I like seeing the evolution of Michael from a bad boy rake to respectable businessman, mostly due to Isabel.I enjoyed the story and the book read fast.

  • Cora Lee
    2019-02-19 17:07

    2 and 1/2 stars. The first third of the book was interesting enough to keep me willingly turning pages. But after that, things happened that were too convenient and inconsistencies began piling up. The style of writing was easy to read, though, and the amount of description wasn't over the top, so I will probably try another of Ms. Maxwell's books.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-21 17:08

    I actually really liked this book. It was a nice quick read. This is your typical historical with a Hero that needed some work and a lady that had a secret. Still, it was a enjoyable although I do wish that the who-done it had been a little harder to figure out. I did enjoy the romance but have no clue why it is in a series called "Cameron sisters." Anyone have any idea because I don't!

  • kris
    2019-03-04 20:51

    I made it to 53% and had to put it down. The writing became this choppy monstrosity that was graceless and messy. Also the hero's a dick and the heroine lost all her verve because it's True Love. Ugh.