Sophia James: Gift Wrapped Governess



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Amily of distant cousins on which to try out the potential brides Meanwhile the hero and the heroine are reconnecting and remembering their childhood friendship along with a very adult attraction that has now sprung p between them and each agonize over their attraction given that he is supposed to be choosing a different brideThis story definitely had the most developed characters both main and supporting cast and it was the most entertaining to read The children were adorable the potential brides each had distinct personalities and weren t all horrible harpies to the children or the heroine who was posing as her siblings governess I like it when characters have some depth and shades of gray to themThe ending is predictable but sweet I thought the sex scene was extraneous and actually spoiled the romance with lust and made it seem like they had to marry even though that s not how it played out in the end I m glad there was not Grand Romantic Gesture though the dialogue during the marriage proposal scene was a bit OTTEither way it was a very pleasant way to spend Christmas afternoon and I m always happy to add another story by Ms Kaye to my read pile Good stories In the first I liked the way that Trey immediately saw that Seraphina was in need of his help It didn t take him long to fall for her In the second I wasn t very impressed with Lord Chepstow He was too heedless of how his actions affected others though he was getting better by the end of the story In the third the Duke was pretty cold blooded in the way he was searching for a bride I did like the way that he treated the children and that he soon saw that he wouldn t be happy with anyone except Regan Gift Wrapped Governesses contains three long short stories all with a Christmas and Regency romantic themeThese are easy reads and would make an ideal seasonal gift for fans of the genre Governess to Christmas Bride Forgettable although it is hard to set Babys Watch / A Hero of Her Own up HEA in a short story I liked how the characters of both hero and heroine are improved by the other Was a bit surprised byse of the L word as I had actually Desire Island - The Niece uite enjoyed that they were acting on the potential for love I found this set of novellas while I was looking for 2 in a series of books by Annie Burrows The novella Governess to Christmas bride tells the story of Lord Chepstow who played a role in the beginning of the first book in the series Lord Harclock s list The thought of a helping his friend find a wife sends him fleeing to the country and of course he finds his own love Well written and a cute story Really want the protagonist to get her comeppance though This was an average collection of short stories about governesses falling in love during Christmas I found this to a large ninspiring To stay well beyond Christmas DayGoverness to Christmas Bride by Annie BurrowsLord Chepstow hasn't seen Honeysuckle Miller since she was a plain awkward schoolgirl Now she's not so plain and is looking after the host's children at a lavish Christmas house party And the last thing Lord Chepstow expected to want on his Christmas list

Ridiculous instant love short stories but great fun Enjoyable fluff to get romance readers in the mood for Christmas I don t have much else to say besides I enjoyed it some of the thoughtsthemes were interesting but when 3 stories share the space one novel would normally take p there s not all that much room for surprises That s part of the charm though simple plots that would be stretched thin in a longer book but that were enjoyable in shorter stories Christmas at Blackhaven Castle Sophia James Lawd but this story was terrible Not only was it shallow and silly but what exactly was the point of setting it in the 1810s If you re not going to play within the societal bounds of your chosen time period then why choose it at allThat was bad enough but this story contained a lot of my suicks including a major power imbalance and a creepy age difference The heroine spends half the story thinking that the hero was once her mother s lover and the other half wanting him to be her lover Ugh gross That plus the employeremployee power differential was too much Do not wantGoverness to Christmas Bride Annie Burrows Ms Burrows is one of my auto read authors and for the most part I really enjoyed this story The hero and heroine had known each other since they were children the heroine is the hero s sister s BFF though they hadn t always gotten along The heroine is very prickly for good reason mind and for some reason this time the hero is turned on by it instead of off He takes advantage of her position as the household governess and with his kisses his compromises her reputation managing to get her thrown out into a storm before Christmas He runs off gallantly after her but he doesn t really take no or any of her protestations seriously which was my major problem with this story I don t like a hero who takes no to mean yes even when he has the best of intentions towards his heroine She is her own person after all and deserves to have a say in her future I think the truncated nature of the novella hurts this story because everything happens so fast that it s hard to feel the love that both main characters proclaimDuchess by Christmas Marguerite Kaye The best of the bunch by a far margin though not without some niggles The heroine and the hero are childhood friends who grew The Rancher and the City Girl up together heroine as the steward s daughter hero as the heir to a ducal estate When her father died her family moved away and the pair lost touch 12 years later the hero contacts the heroine and asks for her help to select an appropriate bride one who will be a good mother to his future children His own childhood was abject misery and he s determined that his children when have than he did The heroine with her 3 half siblings present the perfect ready made Christmas at Blackhaven Castle by Sophia JamesIn disguise penniless Lady Seraphina Moreton seeks sanctuary at the Duke of Blackhaven's castle just days before Christmas Trey swore never again to be beguiled by a beautiful face but as governess Seraphina gets close to hisnruly motherless children he wants the festive joy she brings.

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Ollection and all of the stories had some pretty flaws in themChristmas at Blackhaven Castle by Sophia James 2 starsLady Seraphina Moreton is on the run and disguises herself as a governess Right before Christmas she is hired by the Duke of Blackhaven to act as governess for his three sons Blackhaven is a widower of some years and his wife cheated on him repeatedly His sons particularly his middle child have some issues relating to their mother s death and have scared away all their previous governesses Blackhaven isn t sure Seraphina is Ice Wolves (Elementals, up to the job but has no other choice However heickly realizes that his governess isn t all that she seems and over the course of Christmas Seraphina helps the duke s heal and falls in love with the manSo this was an ok story but I had a couple of big issues with it One of my big issues is with Blackhaven s wife view spoilerShe repeatedly cheated on him and died after getting sick coming back from a tryst I don t really like what the hero s first wife cheats all over the place and all he does is act sad I guess I just have difficulty respecting him when that happens Also his youngest son isn t actually his and I also don t care for it when the hero is raising a kid that isn t his because of cheating I just don t care for it Others may be fine with it but it s not my cup of tea Also I had an issue with the fact that the first wife is vilified for her cheating but Seraphina s mom had an affair with Blackhaven s cousin and that was ok because they were in loveSeraphina s parents weren t in love It just seemed like a massive double standard hide spoiler Three stories in one book I wasn t really crazy about the three of themChristmas at Blackhaven Castle 3 stars probably the best of the three But it was just okay Nothing for me to get excited about but it wasn t completely lacking eitherGoverness to Christmas Bride 1 star Honeysuckle Miller is basically a school teacher and Lord Chestow arrives to insult her and lecture her on how to discipline children As a former school teacher myself I was appalled by this male character telling a school teacher on how to discipline boys by Some Like It Hotter using corporal punishment and then she had the nerve to feel chastised by this man who had no ex Dukes Governesses Ladies in disguises as governesses Ladies asked to pretend to be governessesThese are the characters in the three Christmas novellas contained in Gift Wrapped Governess In each case the women have been known to the dukes since childhood so the seeming insta love isn t as bizarre as it might initially appearHere s the thing these books always have the anticipated happy ending You know what you re getting regardless of the lack of historicity They re good fun and light reading Take them for that alone. S the prim governessDuchess by Christmas by Marguerite KayeMasuerading as a governess to help the brooding Duke of Blair find a wife is not how Regan Stuart expected to spend Christmas Then he steals annexpected kiss endangering Regan's heartunless Gabriel can see beyond her dowdy costume and realize she's his perfect Christmas bri.

Georgette Heyer novels formed Sophia James's reading tastes as a teenager lying in the sun on her grandmother's porch overlooking a wild west coast beachHer writing life however started in Bilbao Spain After having three wisdom teeth extracted she was given a pile of Mills and Boons filled with strong painkillers she imagined that she could pen one tooMany drafts later she thinks she has t