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Dangerous Lord Innocent Governess Belston Friends #2

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10 thoughts on “Dangerous Lord Innocent Governess Belston Friends #2

  1. says:

    I really loved the book this one follows Miss Winthorpe's Elopement I loved the characters the plot and the writing I just didn't enjoy this one uite as much I'm afraid The plot itself is uite an intriguing one and although I guessed WhoDunnit it made a nice change of pace in my reading if a little too gothic for my tastes I also really liked the hero Tortured withdrawn essentially a tragic fragment of what we saw in Miss Winthorpe's Elopement But I did have some problems with the book too The hero falls into lust far too uickly With the wall of despair he has built around himself I just don't believe he'd take one look at her and immediately want to rip her togs off Eually I couldn't believe that he wouldn't have met the heroine socially since she was his wife's cousin My main problem however came with the heroine herself It felt a bit like a wasted opportunity since later she comes across sympathetically less certain of herself and interesting and complex but particularly to start with she comes across as a clueless foolish child with less maturity than her charges I also didn't understand why we couldn't have the story start with the heroine in London before she goes to Wales It just would have made her human There is also another character missing from this book Lady Colton herself I don't normally like flashbacks but with the hero and heroine having such extreme memories of the hero's wife and the woman herself such a horrible but energetic and magnetic character in the first book a few sprinkled in flashbacks would have really made her come alive and ratcheted up the suspense There were also some errors in a divorce case of this era the mother would never have been given custody of the children the children belonged to the husband as did the wife and this continued in the case of the wife's infidelity until well into the mid 20th century This is a widely known fact So it was OK but I can't help but be disappointed since I loved Miss Winthorpe so much 2 stars For disclosure purposes I received this book through Netgalley

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    This is a uickie Review For the full review please visit The RomanceaholicExpected Release Date July 1 2011 re issuePublisher HarleuinImprint Harleuin HistoricalAuthor’s Website Source for This Book NetgalleyPart of a Series Yes Book 2 Belston and FriendsSeries Best Read In Order Yes but works well as a standaloneSteam Level SteamyThis is the seuel to Miss Winthorpe's Elopement which received a 45 Star rating from me Readers should be aware that this is a reissue so I do not know if the version that I received has been altered from previous versionsWe first met Timothy in Miss Winthorpe's Elopement as the cuckolded husband of the villainess from that tale This book picks up a fairly short time after the suspicious accidental death of his horrible wife Clarissa which actually occurred shortly after the last time we saw Tim in MWEDistraught by the death of her beloved cousin Clarissa Miss Collingham has allowed the very sort of reckless behavior that Clare would've encouraged to land her in a mild scandal in London and is being send to the country to allow the scandal to blow over On the journey she discovers that one of her traveling companions Miss Collins is to be the new governess for the her cousin's children and she hatches a plan to trade places with her so that she may discover the truth behind Clare's deathWhat she didn't expect was to not only fall in love with the children her cousin had left behind but to also fall for Lord Colton the man she suspects of having murdered ClarissaI really enjoyed the transformation of Tim from monster to good hearted man in Daphne's eyes as she got to know him and advanced in her investigation into her cousin's death despite the mounting evidence that he was indeed responsible for her death While I felt that Tim overreacted when he discovered her true identity I think the time apart served them both well I thoroughly enjoyed the children It was nice to see them be mischievous as children should be without their lapsing into the total brat categoryOverall this was a highly enjoyable read The dark theme of Daphne's murder investigation definitely added gravity to the story and I absolutely adored the progression of her and Tim's relationship A very cheerful 45 Stars

  3. says:

    Daphne is convinced there is to her cousin Clare's death than meets the eye In fact Daphne is certain that Clare's husband Timothy is to blame So in order to find the truth Daphne poses as a governess for Clare's children The plan is simple ingratiate herself into the household and expose Timothy as a murderer She never expects to care for the children And certainly she could never anticipate the undeniable attraction between Tim and herself Yet she finds herself falling in love with the entire family With her changing feelings she starts uestioning whether Tim is really a man who could commit murder and she realizes her cousin may not have been the woman she thought she knew I enjoyed this book It had a kind of gothic Jane Eyre feel to it I know some people are put off by such a similarity but it worked for me There was solid sexual tension steamy love scenes and some delicious angst from our brooding hero All good things as far as I'm concerned It wasn't perfect It's kind of hard to like Daphne at first She's pretty self absorbed and callous about the children though that changes over the course of the book And I was a little taken aback by the manner in which she lost her virginity I won't get into specifics but it's not exactly gentle and there was no acknowledgement that such a thing may not be all sunshine and roses for an innocent But in the grand scheme of things I wasn't bothered all that much It was sexy dark and satisfying 4 stars ARC Provided by NetGalley

  4. says:

    Dangerous Lord Innocent Governess is a seuel to Miss Winthorpe’s Elopement In the earlier book Timothy Lord Colton is the betrayed husband In this one he is the tormented hero suspected of murdering his wife Daphne Collingham cousin to his wife is among those who are suspicious of him She infiltrates his household in the guise of governess to his three children Predictably the innocent governess after suitably harrowing moments of doubt fear and reluctant attraction falls in love with her charges and their dangerous and lordly fatherThere is little new in the plot Merrill uses but she crafts her characters with great skill and writes lucid prose in an appealing voice I thought having read Miss Winthorpe’s Elopement added an interesting layer to DLIG but the latter book can easily be read as a standalone Readers who dislike children may be unhappy with the roles of Lord Dalton’s three offspring but those who like their romance Gothic flavored should enjoy this one I admit reading it left me nostalgic for the older Gothics that I read by the dozens in the 70s I don't think this is Christine Merrill at her best but it is an entertaining read This book will be released July 1 I received my copy from the publisher via NetGalley

  5. says:

    This review is also published at Daphne Collingham suspects fault play in her favorite cousin’s death she thinks Clare’s husband is responsible for her dismissal Daphne feels the need to find out the truth and bring the responsible to the courts of lawDaphne is living as her cousin thought her to trying to enjoy life as much as possible without thinking much about the conseuences of her actions Thanks to this she is found in a compromising situation Her family decides to send her away from London for sometime until the scandal in which she was involved dies down During her trip to the country Daphne meets with a governess bound to the Colton residence Mrs Collins is the new governess for Clare’s children Daphne sees this as an opportunity to infiltrates the Colton’s household and decides to buy off Mrs Collins and pose as the new governess The only problem is that she has never been a good student she is really bad for math and languages and doesn’t like childrenLord Colton is not what Daphne was expecting her cousin always describe him as a despicable man and in reality he could be anything but that She is also caring for the children a lot than what she ever thought possibleNow than ever she needs to find out the truth not just for her but also for the wellbeing of the familyLord Colton is a torture hero he was not just cheated and deceived countless times by his deceased wife but also received many public humiliations from her Now he feels guilty because of the circumstances of her death and feels he doesn’t deserve anything good or positive in his lifeOn the beginning Daphne is as a selfish and immature girl but with the passing of times and the experiences she is living she grows and matures becoming a caring and a real womanLord Colton and Daphne’s chemistry was perceivable since their first meeting and evolved page after page Their relationship felt real and was well developed even though there were some things as their first “close encounter” that I found a little bit unrealistic and a bit shameful as Daphne first experienceI loved the kids they are caring and protecting of each other and of their family in general But what I liked the most is that they behave as kids do They felt real and it was very easy to begin to care for themMy final thought Dangerous Lord Innocent Governess was an entertaining historical romance with a gothic touch a plot with some twists and turns and a nice romance to add on to the story The characters are developed really well; the setting is an interesting one and the transformation they characters experienced was plausible and feasibleDangerous Lord Innocent Governess by Christine Merrill was my first book by this author and I’m sure it won’t be my lastI recommend this book to all historical romance readers

  6. says:

    Sooo sweet Loved how she went from high society girl to demure countrygoverness she find her true self it's not in the countless new ball gowns or endless ton parties but with love of a great man a family to call her own Eeeekkkkkssss ❤️Yipppeeee LOVED THIS STORY Awwwww true lovea second time around Lord Colton was a tortured soul Miss Collins Collingham has never been a governess but embraced the role out of loyalty to her cousin finding out how she really died It is always heartbreaking to figure out a close familyfriend is not who you though they were Grrrrr Clare her vain in humane treatment of her children husband They never should of married in first place with that said Lord Colton Miss Collins would not been able to meet like they did fall in love It was such a touching story of letting go of the past but also figuring it out so it had no power to torment any longer Proper British spelling yippeeee Authentic regency romance TRULY A KEEPER Will re read this anytime ❤️

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    This book got better as it went on I didn't really appreciate the premise of the story but that's a personal choice I'm guessing most of the things I don't like about the book might boil down to personal preference so take the rating for what it's worth I found the first love scene in which she is a virgin to be outlandish and overly painful it paints the hero as a complete jerk an unrecoverable jerk As for her her motives were absolutely ridiculous I don't like the cover muchI rolled my eyes too much And the book was full of WTFckryI received the book from NetGalley for review

  8. says:

    This story was ok for me I just couldn't uite connect with the characters Daphne seemed much too willful and childish although she did change a lot Lord Colton was a bit too brooding although I could see that he had gone through a lot I guess it might have helped if I had read the first book in the seriesI liked the suspense in the story of what really happened to the dead wife and I felt bad for what the children had gone thoughI received this as an ARC from NetGalley

  9. says:

    Dangerous Lord Innocent Governess grabs you at Chapter One and doesn't let go By Chapter Two you're fully involved in the mystery surrounding Tim Colton and the mysterious death of his wife; you just have to keep reading This is the first book I've read by Christine Merrill She's acuired a new fan Bravo

  10. says:

    I enjoyed this follow up to Miss Winthorpe's elopement and hearing about the relationship between Timothy Colton and his wife Clare Timothy is a great romantic hero a little of Mr Rochester's from Jane Eyre appeal Wounded emotionally and so deserving of better I can't say much without adding spoilers Suffice to say I enjoy Christine Merrill's writing very much and look forward to discovering of her books

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