by Tiffany Clare

June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-38184-4
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

The sisters of Abigail Hallaway have found happiness with their husbands and she couldn’t be more pleased for them. Abby, however, wants something more. She accepts a governess position in Northumbria to avoid the pressure of society’s expectations of a young woman. Independence holds more appeal to Abby than marriage. Once she arrives in Northumbria, Abby finds it to be nothing like she expected. For one, her enigmatic employer is rude and rough around the edges. If he is handsome - well, she isn‘t there to notice she is there to work.

Elliott Wright, the Earl of Brendall, is instantly attracted to the new governess. To offset his growing interest in her, Elliott tries to avoid Abby. It is just as well, she no more than set foot in the place before warnings were being whispered in her ear. Elliott knows the warnings are based on lies, but he’d rather people believe them than to know the truth about him. Despite his remote manner and his churlish ways, Abby seeks him out determined to find the man behind the carefully built walls.

Both Abigail and Elliott have successfully escaped society, but now they are at a crossroads. Their need for one another has intensified and reached the point of no return. Will The Secret Desires of a Governess come true or will Elliott keep building his walls?

The Secret Desires of a Governess is a sensual historical romance with a gothic twist. I liked everything about this story: The romance, the mystery, and enough spice to heat it up. I found it creative that the author mirrored Elliott’s internal walls with the castle walls he was repairing. For he spent much time and effort maintaining both. Also, just as Abigail explored the castle walls, she searched Elliott’s defenses for a place of entry.

Past characters make an appearance though The Secret Desires of a Governess is a stand alone read. I highly recommend it. Well done, Tiffany Clare!

Reviewed in June 2011 by Rho.

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