Who knew living with an earl…
…would lead to such temptation?
Marianne Grant’s new identity as a governess is meant to keep her safe. But then she meets her new employer, Ash, Earl of Kingswood, and she immediately knows his handsome good looks are a danger of their own! Brusque on first meeting, Ash quickly shows his compassionate side. Yet Marianne doesn’t dare reveal the truth! Unless Ash really could be the safe haven she’s been looking for…
Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings.
After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog.
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Tracy’s rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Series: Stand-Alone Title
Release Date: March 19, 2019
When Marianne Grant’s parents die and name her stepbrother Henry as her guardian, her pampered and sheltered life comes to a swift end. She endures Henry’s wild parties and his lewd friends, but when he goes to far, and she fears for her life, she runs away. With the help of her housekeeper, she finds a position as a governess and sets out on her own for the first time in her life.
William Ashington “Ash” is now the Earl of Kingswood, a title he never expected or wanted. He had a falling out years ago with his cousin – over a woman – who is now the widowed Countess. Ash is happy with his carefree life in London and has no desire for responsibilities the earldom demands, nor does he want to see Fanny, his cousin’s widow and the woman he stupidly thought himself in love with. But he soon learns that what he wants and what will happen are two different things – his cousin left him the estate and guardianship of his daughter. He soon learns that the estate fell into disrepair and financial woes while John was ill. Reluctantly, he makes plans to settle affairs in London and return to the estate – but just until things are under control!
Marianne and Ash meet at an inn near the estate and he gives her a ride to the house – she introduces herself as Anne Bolton, the new governess – her welcome at the house is not what she expected and she thinks she has lost the position before she even starts! But Ash quickly takes control and Marianne’s true sweet nature eases tensions.
As the weeks pass, Ash finds himself captivated by “Anne” and when an impromptu visit to London reawakes old fears, Ash comforts her and the two share a kiss. But things are far from easy for these two – especially when Marianne’s brother finds her. Can Marianne trust Ash with her secrets? Will Ash believe Henry’s lies and let his anger cause the woman he has come to love, slip away forever?
This is a fast paced story that delivers a “sweet” love story chocked full of lies, secrets, misunderstandings and finally a hard won HEA. Marianne is very likable, yet at times she has TSTL moments. Ash is a little harder to warm up to and seems to have an anger problem – but in the end he does seem to get it under control. The only love scene in the book consists of a single kiss, so if you are looking for a book without steam, but delivers an interesting story – look no further – this is that book.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me.*