Governess Gone Rogue

Governess Gone Rogue

Dear Lady Truelove...My twin brother and I need a new mother, though Papa insists he'll never marry again. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats...Lady Truelove may be London's most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. They need a man tough enough to make his hellions tow the line, and...

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Title:Governess Gone Rogue
Author:Laura Lee Guhrke
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Governess Gone Rogue Reviews

  • Amy ~ Love At 1st Read

    I love anything Laura Lee Guhrke writes but her Dear Lady Truelove series has to be my favorite. And her newest, Governess Gone Rogue, is the most spectacular yet. I fell in love with every single character, except the villain of course, almost immediately.

    I admired and loved Amanda. She was such a unique character. She had an education to rival any man but her employment was limited due to her gender. Had she been a man, she wouldn’t have lost a job, or been ruined by a love affair, or

    I love anything Laura Lee Guhrke writes but her Dear Lady Truelove series has to be my favorite. And her newest, Governess Gone Rogue, is the most spectacular yet. I fell in love with every single character, except the villain of course, almost immediately.

    I admired and loved Amanda. She was such a unique character. She had an education to rival any man but her employment was limited due to her gender. Had she been a man, she wouldn’t have lost a job, or been ruined by a love affair, or imposed upon by an employer. No matter how smart or hardworking she was, she was female and considered inferior. But she didn’t let that stop her. She simply abandoned every shred of femininity and became a man in order to secure the position of tutor, a job only open to men. I loved watching her try to acclimate to all the little mannerisms of being a man. I also admired her for holding no punches in telling her employer how he could be a better father. But most of all, I loved seeing her fall in love with said employer and his darling, precocious children.

    James St. Clair took a tad longer for me to love. I sympathized that he’d lost his wife, but I wanted to shake him for his emotional neglect of his sons. He’d been empty after the death of his wife, immersing himself in his work in the Commons to distract himself from the loneliness he’d felt. He moved ahead for the sake of his children but failed to see how his absence affected them. Until Amanda. His transformation was the greatest by far in the story. Even greater than Amanda transforming into Adam. I grew to love him more and more. Amanda helped him to see what he was missing with his sons. He envied her passion and zest for life and wanted that for himself again.

    Of course the story got absolutely delicious once Jamie discovered his tutor wasn’t a man. And once he realized that fact, he couldn’t help but notice what a lovely and spirited woman she was. The joy that had vanished from his life slowly returned and with it, desires he’d thought long gone.

    The entire story would not have been possible though without Colin and Owen, Jamie’s sons. They were such darling little terrors, running off one nanny after another. Never anything too violent but they were quite clever. It was clear their mischief had a deeper cause than lack of distractions. They reminded me of the Banks children in Mary Poppins as they composed their letter to Lady Truelove.

    I adored every page of this story. The appealing characters, the humor, the family relationships. The romance between Jamie and Amanda evolves slowly but it’s spectacularly steamy. The characters are flawed but they’re strong and are written with depth and realism. And to top it off, there are plenty of scenes to leave readers oohing and aahing, and thanks to Amanda’s two charges, there are loads of laugh out loud moments too.

    I somehow missed her second book in this series so I’m eager to snag that one. Though #3 in the series, it can be read as a stand- alone. But why would you just read one? Trust me, this is a series you’ll fall in love with and want to read again and again.

  • Mei

    It was a sweet story of a man who lost his beloved wife, has been left alone and heartbroken with two twin sons and a woman who lost everything because of a betrayed love.

    As I said, it was sweet and full of beautiful moments where Amanda teaches the children and suffers their pranks! It was fun to read how the boys act with both Amanda and their father!

    Amanda first disguises herself as a man and is hired as tutor to James' sons. Obviously she's soon discovered, but it's too late: the boys love

    It was a sweet story of a man who lost his beloved wife, has been left alone and heartbroken with two twin sons and a woman who lost everything because of a betrayed love.

    As I said, it was sweet and full of beautiful moments where Amanda teaches the children and suffers their pranks! It was fun to read how the boys act with both Amanda and their father!

    Amanda first disguises herself as a man and is hired as tutor to James' sons. Obviously she's soon discovered, but it's too late: the boys love her and press the father not to discharge her. So she remains a nanny.

    She truly loves her job and manages where others have failed to take charge of the unruly boys with clever teaching. But, in the meanwhile James too begins to see her as a remarkable woman and feels attracted to her more and more until they both succumb to that attraction.

    Obviously her past resurfaces and she has to leave them, but, as this is romance, love wins!

    The. End. Happy end! :-)

    It was also somewhat cliché, but all the same very well done!

  • Jultri

    Enjoyable story. Amanda Leighton jeopardised her career as university qualified and respected teacher after jumping naively into a heady affair with a peer, which needless to say did not end well for her. Two years later, she is wiser albeit significantly poorer and struggling to find a job as a governess with her reputation and respectability torn to shreds. The widowed James St Clair, Earl of Kenyon, is struggling to retain a governess/nurse for his pair of 10 year old rambunctious rascals,

    Enjoyable story. Amanda Leighton jeopardised her career as university qualified and respected teacher after jumping naively into a heady affair with a peer, which needless to say did not end well for her. Two years later, she is wiser albeit significantly poorer and struggling to find a job as a governess with her reputation and respectability torn to shreds. The widowed James St Clair, Earl of Kenyon, is struggling to retain a governess/nurse for his pair of 10 year old rambunctious rascals, who have chased away countless employees with their wild antics and pranks. He decides a male tutor is the answer this time to toe the boys in line. Eavesdropping Amanda knows she's got the qualifications for the job, even if she has to bend her gender a lot, and so the youthful but confident Mr Seton is created. James reluctantly hires the inexperienced, young man whose boldness and insolence raise his eyebrows but who manages in a short time to tame his rowdy boys and thereby gaining the respect of the household. However when Seton gets recruited for valet duties, James is left wondering about the youth's sudden nervousness and the wondrous softness of the young man's skin - and his own disturbing reaction to the latter.

    James is still grieving for his wife, who passed away three years earlier. He busies himself with parliamentary work and inadvertently neglects his lively young sons. Amanda is an admirable character. She takes full responsibility for her past foolish poor choices which lead to her scandalous downfall. However, she doesn't dwell on self-pity but pragmatically moves on to make the best of her current situation. I like that she didn't fall into instant lust with James, as her impoverished mind had the greater priority of ensuring the availability of the next meal. The boys are quite endearing in their quest for paternal attention and affection.

    No quotations available unfortunately due to the audiobook but the narration was quite pleasant.

  • Rowena

    This was a fun read that took me no time at all to get read. Oh man, Mr. Seton was the bomb! Haha. I'm not normally a fan of secrets in my stories but Amanda had good reason and Jamie's reaction when he finds out the truth then seeing them fall in love with each other made for a wonderfully romantic story. The boys were great too. Lots of goodness in this one.

  • Desi

    Charming story. I was looking for a quick foray into reading after a bit of a break and this was just what I was looking for.

    Slow build, minimal angst, sufficient humour, discernible personalities rather than stock characters, a respectably handled, loving first spouse, cute kids, kind servants, interesting backstory, and a gimmick that was not dragged out too long.

    Seriously the big reveal was hilarious, the best ever. Followed by a reasonable reaction and resolution to said secret. And

    Charming story. I was looking for a quick foray into reading after a bit of a break and this was just what I was looking for.

    Slow build, minimal angst, sufficient humour, discernible personalities rather than stock characters, a respectably handled, loving first spouse, cute kids, kind servants, interesting backstory, and a gimmick that was not dragged out too long.

    Seriously the big reveal was hilarious, the best ever. Followed by a reasonable reaction and resolution to said secret. And thankfully a proper getting to know you period. Story was a bit insular, taking place primarily in one house and the park across the street, but it lent to the intimacy and family feel of the tale.

    The most unbelievable part of all this was probably the landlady being ok with the lack of respectability of her in male clothing.

    She should have had a lot more sneaking around to do with this unlikely set up, but these plots require a Shakespearean level of suspension of disbelief in any case, so what's one more dollop of it.

    I am so glad Guhrke hasn't lost her knack. She handled the tricky boss employee relationship setup dynamic well too. He never gave off creeper or entitlement vibes. I am always wary of the generally watered town 2018-2019 book releases. But this was good.

  • Stacee

    I requested this one on a whim because the synopsis was just too much fun...and it didn’t disappoint.

    I loved Amanda. She knows what she wants and has the smarts to figure out how to get it. I loved that she was tenacious enough to portray a man, especially in this time period. Jamie was stoic and stern and it was amusing seeing the two of them interact. Of course, the twins stole every scene they were in.

    Plot wise, I was expecting repetitiveness, but it never came. The lessons were fun and the

    I requested this one on a whim because the synopsis was just too much fun...and it didn’t disappoint.

    I loved Amanda. She knows what she wants and has the smarts to figure out how to get it. I loved that she was tenacious enough to portray a man, especially in this time period. Jamie was stoic and stern and it was amusing seeing the two of them interact. Of course, the twins stole every scene they were in.

    Plot wise, I was expecting repetitiveness, but it never came. The lessons were fun and the conflict was expected. My main complaint was that the last few chapters felt so rushed and I desperately wanted an epilogue.

    Overall, these characters were super easy to root for and while I wanted more, it was satisfying. I may have to go back and read the previous books.

    **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  • kris

    James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, is a widowed father of two hellion boys who want a mother and so decides to hire them a tutor to prepare them for school Amanda Leighton overhears his laments and applies for the post as Adam Seton, knowledgeable dude. Her disguise works until it doesn't and then the boners commence followed by feelings and sex and declarations and all that mushy crap.

    1. This was engaging and decent, even if it does rely on certain tropes I'm not entirely a fan of: the

    James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, is a widowed father of two hellion boys who want a mother and so decides to hire them a tutor to prepare them for school Amanda Leighton overhears his laments and applies for the post as Adam Seton, knowledgeable dude. Her disguise works until it doesn't and then the boners commence followed by feelings and sex and declarations and all that mushy crap.

    1. This was engaging and decent, even if it does rely on certain tropes I'm not entirely a fan of: the outsider who Fixes the Broken Family and Tames the Wild Children plot. It's just not my particular blend of tea, and while Guhrke is a solid storyteller who keeps things interesting, that particular bundle of sticks just didn't light my fire.

    (DEAR GOD MY METAPHORS TODAY I AM APOLOGETIC.)

    2. I didn't truly buy the delivery of Amanda's tragic backstory. It felt a little half-baked.

    3. Ditto Jamie's ~~~~"wild" past or whatever.

    4. This line item is 65% compliment, 35% complaint: I really enjoyed the fact that Jamie truly loved his first wife and mourned her, and her memory did not become a thing to haunt or terrorize Jamie or his forays into new love...for the most part. I think slightly more development could have been used to fully capture the forward movement of Jamie's life and feelings, but ultimately I didn't have to deal with the Tragic Perfection of First Love or the Utter Betrayal of Shitty Spouses that usually lines second marriage books like bad asbestos.

    5. I did enjoy this, however. It's

    and solid and standard which is nice, I think.

  • Blodeuedd Finland

    Another Justine Eyre narration. Ok so I do adore her narrations, and I know I have listen to her a lot lately, but it is really by accident! But ok if I do see her name it does sway me towards the book, so maybe I choose books without knowing it.

    Also look at that cover, short hair! They really got it right, I am impressed. Yes, our plucky heroine cuts her hair, pretends to be a man and becomes a tutor to two wild boys. I would have run screaming, but she sticks it out.

    Our handsome hero has his

    Another Justine Eyre narration. Ok so I do adore her narrations, and I know I have listen to her a lot lately, but it is really by accident! But ok if I do see her name it does sway me towards the book, so maybe I choose books without knowing it.

    Also look at that cover, short hair! They really got it right, I am impressed. Yes, our plucky heroine cuts her hair, pretends to be a man and becomes a tutor to two wild boys. I would have run screaming, but she sticks it out.

    Our handsome hero has his hands full and he works WAY too much. I mean man please take it easy. You are going to an early grave. His life is all about his work as an MP.

    For some reason she looks 10 years younger as a man, weird.

    He does not really see her a lot so that works with him not noticing what she really is, and when he does get a clue he starts to notice more.

    There is a secret in her past that will come back to haunt her and I wanted to slap someone over it.

    Fun, a bit of teaching and some passion.

    Narration

    Yes Justine Eyre is really good. I so enjoy when she does historical romance. She gets everything just as I want it

  • Miss Rail

    32 years old

    , heir to the Marquess of Rolleston, has been widowed for 3 years and he's father of ten years old twins.

    just like he was at their age.

    He'd promised himself he'd never treat them asharshly as his father did with him but, since his wife's death, he's lost control over themaltogether.

    28 years old

    is a woman of the world, accomplished in a lot of things.

    She's earned a university education but her dream of becoming a tutorand help

    32 years old

    , heir to the Marquess of Rolleston, has been widowed for 3 years and he's father of ten years old twins.

    just like he was at their age.

    He'd promised himself he'd never treat them as harshly as his father did with him but, since his wife's death, he's lost control over them altogether.

    28 years old

    is a woman of the world, accomplished in a lot of things.

    She's earned a university education but her dream of becoming a tutor and help shaping young minds cannot come true because, in the eyes of polite society, only men can aspire to occupy that position.

    She has the knowledge but society doesn't believe women capable of undertaking the teaching of complex subjects and that leaves her frustrated.

    There isn't much women can do to earn money respectably and the fact she's lost her reputation because she was betrayed by her first lover, complicates things even more.

    Tired of it all,

    and, since people wouldn't hire her as Miss Leighton, she decides to become Mr. Seton!

    , I enjoyed it a lot

    like it happened with the first book I read by this author

    .

    All characters are sweet, and the 2 boys truly are quite something!

    10 years old

    need to figure out a plan to make sure their father doesn't send them away or their gray tabby cat, Oscar, would be in trouble! Who’d want a cat that doesn't even chase mice?

    If their father sends them to Harrow because they have chased away another nanny they'll not have any say in the matter.

    Suddenly a brilliant idea comes to the boys:

    There's only one way to get an answer to that question: Write to Lady Truelove!

    Unfortunately their plan doesn't come to fruition and

    .

    and her position within his household forces him to face his children and his feelings.

    but it doesn't take much to bring back the hurt...

    ...and yet, little by little,

    :

    , he truly loved her...

    In my opinion,

    I believe it has to do with Amanda's transition from her tutor/nanny position to Jamie's lover/romantic interest: It's quite rushed and it didn't convince me.

    Their first kiss happens around the 70% mark!

    From there,

    until Amanda's past comes back to disrupt her life once again.

    and, even if the HFN ending is very cute and happy, I cannot rate this book more than 3 stars.

    is book #3 in the

    .

    Can be read as a

    .

    3.5 /5

    2.5 / 5

    3 /5

    3.5 /5

    4 /5 loved the kids and servants!

    2.5 /5

    2.5 /5 ( 2 kisses and 1 sex- scene)

    Hero is a widower father of twins, he lost his beloved wife 3 years prior and recalls her repeatedly throughout the book because she was the reason he changed his lifestyle completely.

    Heroine's first lover betrayed her trust and ruined her.

    Historical Romance Readers looking for a story about a

    that, trying to navigate the difficult situation after the tragic loss of his wife, his given the chance to find love again with a remarkable woman with a past of her own.

  • Sheila Melo

    FINAL DECISION: I was honestly bored by this book that unfortunately didn't live up to the promise of the series. Readers who want the story of a woman who overcomes all sorts of historical prejudices and limitations placed on woman this story is good, but the romance was undeveloped and there was no chemistry. The hero had no real personality and was just a foil for the heroine.

    THE STORY: Amanda Leighton is ruined and turned out from her life's calling of being a teacher. When she overhears

    FINAL DECISION: I was honestly bored by this book that unfortunately didn't live up to the promise of the series. Readers who want the story of a woman who overcomes all sorts of historical prejudices and limitations placed on woman this story is good, but the romance was undeveloped and there was no chemistry. The hero had no real personality and was just a foil for the heroine.

    THE STORY: Amanda Leighton is ruined and turned out from her life's calling of being a teacher. When she overhears James St. Clair, Earl of Kenyon, fretting about needing a tutor for his ungovernable twin sons, Amanda knows that she is completely qualified for the job with except for one thing -- a woman cannot be a tutor. Masquerading as a man, Amanda gets the tutor job but when her identity is revealed, there are suddenly a whole lot of complications between Jamie and Amanda.

    OPINION: The romance in this book was lacking. The story is much more interested in Amanda's situation than building a relationship between the characters. The story focuses on an examination of the social restrictions upon Amanda. Her journey to recover from being abandoned by her lover and having the deal with being a "ruined" woman. The unreasonable restrictions upon tutors being men and the denigration of women's abilities. Also tossed in is Amanda being harassed by a former employer. The story is so consumed with advocating for Amanda and making her a perfect specimen of enlightened womanhood, that it doesn't have time to actually develop any relationship between Amanda and Jamie. In fact, it almost seemed to me that we saw her spending more time with Jamie's sons than him.

    I didn't feel any chemistry between the characters and the romance felt so rushed in the last third of the book (also tossed in was Jamie being a neglectful father who tosses his career away for Amanda).

    The hero felt like a wimp who had no personality at all except for his emotional neglect of his children and his pining for his dead wife.

    This book has an interesting story to tell about Amanda -- unfortunately it is more historical women's fiction than romance.

    WORTH MENTIONING: Despite being a part of the Lady Truelove series, the connection to the advice column is pretty slim.

    CONNECTED BOOKS: GOVERNESS GONE ROGUE is the third book in the Dear Lady Truelove series. While there are appearances from characters from other books in the series, this book can be read as a standalone.

    STAR RATING: I give this book 2 stars.

    NOTE: I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.

     

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