- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press (10 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250174376
- ISBN-13: 978-1250174376
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 17.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fast forward fifteen years and Abigail is trapped in an endless cycle between relatives, needed to be a support to siblings and their children of various ages. When the opportunity arises to become a governess to the Duke of Rothwell’s teenage sister, she jumps at it, safe in the knowledge that Max himself hasn’t set foot in Hampshire since that long-ago summer.
She’s barely been in the house a few days when Max arrives, though… with his latest paramour and a group of less-than-reputable friends! Abigail can’t abandon Lady Gwen in the face of such company, and soon the old fire is sparking to life between her and Max again.
Anyone who’s ever chafed under the weight of family duty will feel sympathy for Abby, who was essentially cheated of a chance to marry by years spent caring for her parents, and feel anger at her siblings who not only permitted it but perpetuated it with their expectations that she continue her position as unpaid assistant to the family.
As a rake, Max’s behaviour was both reprehensible and hypocritical, but to his credit being confronted with the truth of his actions and his feelings for Abigail made him realize the error of his ways. It was fairly hilarious when Abby turned the tables on him after a passionate interlude, treating him to a taste of his own medicine and making him see how badly he’d behaved.
This was a very enjoyable story, though I did spot a few anachronisms such as a Regency-era governess having a clock on her bedside table, and Lady Elise’s name mysteriously changing to Evelyn at one point, but these are errors I hope would be corrected before release of the final version for publication, since I was reading an advance release copy. I have no hesitation in awarding this five stars as an excellent read.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley at the publisher’s invitation.
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First, they meet when they are fifteen for one summer and share a brief, but intense romance for the summer. Okay, yeah they are fifteen and only meet for like.. 3 or 4 months max but I'll suspend belief because it's a romance novel etc, they are in love.
Then, the whole misunderstanding happens and when they come back and meet 15 years later, they still carry a flame. But here's the problem: they don't really have a romance in the adult timeline. Sure they get over the Big Misunderstanding (which is SUPER anticlimactic) , but after all of that the only thing that really happens to further the romance is them kissing etc and lots of internal monologues about how they are falling in love with each other. There is BARELY any real heart to heart/intellectual conversation etc and a flourishing of an actual relationship afterward. They knew each other for like 4 months tops before too. They might have had young love, but the actual relationship development was lacking.
Also, where was the hero's personality?? The other does a bit of a better job with the heroine but like the hero's personality felt 2D and lacking beyond the general "I went wild because girl betrayed me oh woe"
Most of the high reviews for this book were ARCs too from what I can see... not bad when free but this book was EIGHT DOLLARS... Take it from me and save your money, I know I want my money back. There was a lot of things here that could have made a good story but the author didn't put enough into it to make it work
This trope is old and worn out, in in the Era of: #metoo, I think it is time for it to retire.