Dressed impeccably in buff breeches and a dark blue, woollen coat. I really liked this book from the page one till the last. I loved the cover, so I knew I'd probably read it sooner. Warm and firm— not hurting her, but not letting her go, either. Due to several twists of fate or coincidences the three main characters are able to find happiness and peace. She'd stopped walking, in fact, and seemed to be scanning the crowd rather nervously as if looking for someone or something.
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. Although they share a couple of passionate kisses, he doesn't automatically resort to hanky-panky with his ward in the same house. Fairly was his uncle and she'd been assured he'd offer an acceptable price for her possessions. But Isabelle soon discovers that working for tall, broad-shouldered William, with his disheveled hair and intense green eyes, is more of a challenge than she expected! So when William Stanton, Earl of Lennox, offers her a job as governess to his ward, she can't refuse. If we linger much longer, they'll be asking us to second them at dawn. That was where she'd find one Josiah Fairly, surely an ironical name for a pawnbroker.
As the couple fight their natural attraction for each other actually, Isabelle more so than William , a jealous matchmaking mamma spreads rumors of their alleged affair. However, when her employer kisses her, she has a new fear; her deep attraction to the Earl who is of a different social class than her. His voice remained reasonable, but she suspected he might be losing his patience. Isabelle is hanging on by a thin thread and could really use some help but she is alone in the world. Will lost interest and turned his attention back to the girl. He'd neither planned nor desired to leave London in the first place; the event had been thrust upon him by one Miss Matilda Hume, headmistress of Miss Hume's School for Girls. I have had this book on my shelf for a few months, since I get all the Harlequin Historicals.
Just when he thinks he will win her, everything changes. As I read this story, I said to myself, this is good writing. Seeing William and Isabelle's courtship play out was a lovely thing. Her father had sold him fake statues for very high prices and has died so he is collecting the money back from her. I'm not a fan of the titled hero chasing a woman who is in dire straits, and manipulating that situation for his own prurient gains unless an author can I just love when I read a book by a new author, and their writing clicks with me. I loved Mary and liked watching her innocence as well as her perceptiveness.
I'm pretty iffy about the wallpaper-type historicals. This is not one of those, fortunately. So when William Stanton, Earl of Lennox, offers her a job as governess to his ward, she can't refuse. I adored this story very much and loved both characters. 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.
They made a conspicuous pair, to say the least, and several people were blatantly staring. He was certainly big enough to make anyone think twice—and, if she really were being followed, that wasn't such a bad thing. She must leave but William has different plans. Will rescues Isabelle on the street from a man who is blackmailing her for money. Shortly after completing Reforming the Rake, she moved to London to get a master's degree in art history. I also liked the fact that the usual seasonal societal affairs were almost non-existent, which, being an avid historical romance reader, was a breezy breath of fresh air. I don't like heroes who think they can have any woman they want, and who will resort to underhanded methods to get her, unless the author can show me a man with those undesirable traits, and reveal to me that he has some good traits to balance it out.
When they consummate their relationship, it felt natural, although I wondered how things would work out for them long-term. She'd hoped he'd be less attractive upon second viewing, but he was still downright devastating. Two men, sitting lazily on a wall in patched trousers and heavy labourer's boots, allowed their heads to rotate as she passed them. Miss Hume was more concerned about Monsieur Lavelle, who'd nearly suffered une crise cardiaque. I just love when I read a book by a new author, and their writing clicks with me. Finally, she has a slim ray of hope. She returned her attention to his face.
So when William Stanton, Earl of Lennox, offers her a job as governess to his ward, she can't refuse. A vegetable-laden cart had apparently pulled out in front of them, and as it swerved to avoid them, it nearly overturned, losing half its load. She knew he was watching her face, probably hoping that his mild statement would elicit some reaction: eyes widened in shock, maybe even a verbal rebuke. We'll probably both be robbed. She was nicely, although not fashionably, dressed. I found myself liking both characters very much.
He couldn't see her face. She refused to indulge him. When the attraction between them culminates in a bone-melting kiss, Isabelle knows she must leave. That would have felt very wrong to me. He realised he wasn't the only one watching her. To view it, Isabelle Thomas and William Stanton, Earl of Lennox. I like to read historical romances that are written with the morals and the atmosphere that represent the times and makeup of people who lived back then.