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Innocent Governess, Forbidden LiaisonImpoverished, Alone And On The Run, Isabelle Thomas Needs Help So When William Stanton, Earl Of Lennox, Offers Her A Job As Governess To His Ward, She Can T RefuseBut Isabelle Soon Discovers That Working For Tall, Broad Shouldered William, With His Disheveled Hair And Intense Green Eyes, Is Of A Challenge Than She Expected When The Attraction Between Them Culminates In A Bone Melting Kiss, Isabelle Knows She Must Leave Only, The Earl Has Other Plans For His Innocent Governess Hmmm, where to begin with William and Isabelle To be honest I almost didn t pick it up because of the hero s name, sore spot The story started much like you would come to expect He sees her on the street and decides that he can be of use to the beautiful and helpless creature standing in the middle of such a dangerous neighborhood.I didn t love that she was so unable to do anything for herself, and found myself thinking that everything bad that happened to her was for a reason Words Isabelle tells William at the end of the book I laughed out loud at that Overall it wasn t a bad read, I found myself really enjoying it towards the end when they went to the cottage in the country I find I grow tired of stories that center around London and the ridiculousness that was society at that time But at the same time I love it and find myself drawn over and over again to stories that center around a debutantes debut in London I picked up The Earl and the Governess because it was different I would recommend it as a light snack Nothing to really sink your teeth into but good enough when something appetizing isn t available. Regency.Good read.Isabelle is hanging on by a thin thread and could really use some help but she is alone in the world In a moment of distraction, her last means of support is almost stolen from her but luckily, William Stanton saves her not only from the theif but days later when he offers her a job as governess to his ward Finally, she has a slim ray of hope To bad she doesn t confess all her worries to the Earl but in truth, the feelings he inspires scare her almost as much as her blackmailer does She knows it would be impossible for a marriage between them She is way below him on the social ladder But working for him and living in the same household soon becomes to much temptation She must leave but William has different plans He isn t about to give the delectable Miss Thomas up, especially not after their scorching hot first kiss He must have her, one way or another Just when he thinks he will win her, everything changes She discovers she isn t as safe as she thought and he discovers that she is worth to him than he could ever imagine. There are elements common to many romance novels but what makes this one different is that it doesn t focus on the events of the season although William does attend a ball or two Isabelle is not a person of title nor is she related to someone, she is part of the merchant class her father was an Antiques Dealer I liked the fact that William and Isabelle had similar elements of life and character that allowed them to relate to each other on a level they might not have otherwise It also allowed Mary to feel she had a confidante and someone who cared because Isabelle was willing to listen Due to several twists of fate or coincidences the three main characters are able to find happiness and peace Like Sarah Elliot s earlier books this one is a must read and a page turner My copy of this book is an ARC. To start off, let me just say that I consider myself a pretty cynical historical romance reader I have read hundreds, possibly thousands of books in this genre, and I expect a lot from these books, even if many consider them fluff I adored this story very much and loved both characters At some moments, I felt Isabelle maybe have been too stubborn and a stickler to the rules for her own good, but in the end, I think it ended up paying off and made the story endearing, because William is a wonderfully dreamy man who knows what who he wants I would highly recommend this book and look forward to Sarah Elliott s next one Pretty Isabelle was alone in the world, without money and facing blackmail Inexperienced at being a governess, she nevertheless accepts said position to care for Mary, William s ward As the couple fight their natural attraction for each other actually, Isabelle so than William , a jealous matchmaking mamma spreads rumors of their alleged affair From there, scandal breaks out, and Isabelle tries to deal with the fallout and shameful secrets on her own With richly developed characters and entertaining plot, this is one of those warm and fuzzy, feel good romances that will make you sigh and smile as you read the last page Three stars. I liked this book but it didn t quite grip or click with me I enjoyed reading it but something seemed a little off and I wasn t totally into it I liked the characters and emotions There were two good scenes that stood out that I really liked and those were the epilogue and the last park scene with the girls I loved Mary and liked watching her innocence as well as her perceptiveness This would be good for passing the time and nothing else interesting to read but not really a go to for me Seemed a littleeh, but I still liked it. Isabelle Thomas and William Stanton, Earl of Lennox Will rescues Isabelle on the street from a man who is blackmailing her for money Her father had sold him fake statues for very high prices and has died so he is collecting the money back from her Will hires her to be his governess for his ward but doesn t know about the blackmail til the end of the book. 3.5 starsThis is a Mills Boon Harlequin Historical from 2009 that has been sitting on the PPB Pile of Paperbacks by the Bed for a while, and which seemed a good choice for this month s TBR Challenge, which is to read a short story, novella or category romance.I ve got a bit of a soft spot for that whole Cinderella thing, and with a title like that, I knew exactly what I d be getting But in spite of the predictability of the story, the book is lifted into the above average range by writing, the way the relationship develops between the eponymous characters and the fact that Ms Elliott puts a slightly different spin on the heroine s story.Travelling home from somewhere William Stanton, Earl of Lennox is annoyed when his carriage is held up by an overturned vegetable cart somewhere in a less salubrious area of London Annoyance turns to irritation and disbelief when he sees a shabbily dressed, passably pretty young woman walking unaccompanied through the streets, and knowing how vulnerable she must be, he immediately offers her his assistance On her way to visit a pawnbroker s, Isabelle Thomas is mortified at the prospect of such a handsome and obviously wealthy gentleman finding out where she s going, but he s persistent and insists on carrying her bag She s not too happy about that, either, but he offers a trade he gives her his gold watch and tells her she can carry that while he carries her bag, as that way she ll know he s not going to make off with her possessions.When Will returns briefly to his still stuck carriage, Isabelle spies the shady character she believes has been following her all day and runs off, only realising later that she still has the watch.Isabelle s recently deceased father had been a well known scholar and collector of antiquities He was one of those absent minded selfishly obssesed types who rarely remembered the existence of his offspring and failed to ensure that she s given the education befitting a gentleman s daughter That isn t necessarily a bad thing, as instead of learning needlework and deportment, she learned useful things like languages and history, but the lack of the ladylike accomplishments are going to make it difficult for Isabelle to make her living as a governess or companion And she has to make her own living now, especially considering that his activities, buying and selling antiquities, have turned out to have been fraudulent, and he has left her un provided for and prey to anyone who has discovered that many of the artefacts he has sold in the past have been fakes.But one of those buyers has already discovered the truth and he s determined to get his pound of flesh Isabelle has already sold her home in order to reimburse him, but that only provided half the sum he s pressurising her for Isabelle knows she has no hope of paying back the total and if of the men her father duped find out about the deception, she ll be sent to debtor s prison or be forced into making amends on her back.William is, naturally, displeased when he discovers the theft of his watch, which belonged to his grandfather But he has pressing concerns His best friend has recently died and left his twelve year old daughter, Mary to Will s guardianship Mary is away at school, but has been sent away because of her behaviour, so now Will is faced with providing a home for her until he can find another school willing to take her.The watch weighs on Isabelle s conscience and she wants to return it, but while she knows Will s name, she doesn t know where he lives It takes her a couple of weeks to find out and then she turns up on the very day he is interviewing governesses for Mary.She explains why she s there, returns the watch, and then Will offers her the post of governess She s sceptical after all, the only thing she really has of value is her reputation but she doesn t have any other options, so she accepts, agreeing to remain until Mary returns to school Yet while Will genuinely wants to help Isabelle, his motives are not completely altruistic He wants to bed her but realises he s rather stymied himself on that front because his gentlemanly scruples won t allow him to sleep with a woman in his employ, and certainly not with his ward under the same roof.Despite his slightly nefarious manoeuvring, however, Will is a very likeable hero He s titled and rich, but doesn t stand on ceremony or treat those of lower standing as though they re something the cat dragged in He even puts up with his nagging cousin Henrietta whose efforts to fix him up with a blandly suitable bride are dedidedly unwelcome with fairly good grace, although he ll only let her push so far before he tells her where to get off Isabelle starts to work with Mary, who is rather withdrawn but obviously far from stupid, and soon the three of them have settled into something like a routine There s a pleasant domesticity to the interactions between Will and Isabelle, and then between the couple and Mary, as he finds he actually cares about the girl and wants to help her.The central relationship is well developed and there s a strong chemistry between the leads Isabelle is not always the most deferential of employees, but Will so likes her impertinence that he can t always bring himself to correct her, which leads to some enjoyable banter between them Will and Isabelle are engaging characters and their relationship evolves in a natural, unhurried way, which makes it all the convincing All in all, The Earl and the Governess is a quick, enjoyable and entertaining read It might not win any prizes for the originality of its storyline, but it treads a well worn path confidently and with a lot of charm. I enjoyed reading Will and Isabelle s story She was just so endearing and he was the most absolute darling I just adored seeing him trying to resist her and then giving up and going for broke Mary was a delightful character too I just found the whole plot well constructed and well written A good read.