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Childhood friend Duke of Blair with her 3 half siblings for the Christmas holiday But he has decided that in order to impress 3 potential bride choices for himself he wants Regan to act in the role of governess to her 3 siblings His mother who always has had a horrible attitude towards Regan also treats Regan with disdain and disrespect Gabriel the Duke of Blair never takes Regan s feelings into account He is another arrogant jerk who is only concerned with himself and his future prospects never about what Regan wants This was an average collection of short stories *About Governesses Falling In *governesses falling in during Christmas I found this to a large uninspiring collection and all of the stories had some pretty flaws in themChristmas at Blackhaven Castle by Sophia James 2 starsLady Seraphina Moreton is on the run and disguises herself as a governess Right before Christmas she is hired by the Duke of Blackhaven to act as governess for his three sons Blackhaven is a widower of some ears and his wife cheated on him repeatedly His sons particularly his middle child have some issues relating to their mother s death and have scared away all their previous governesses Blackhaven Isn T Sure Seraphina t sure Seraphina up to the job but has no other choice However he uickly realizes that his governess isn t all that she seems and over the course of Christmas Seraphina helps the duke s heal and falls in love with the manSo this was an ok story but I had a couple of big issues with it One of my big issues is with Blackhaven s wife view spoilerShe repeatedly cheated on him and died after getting sick coming back from a tryst I don t really like what the hero s first wife cheats all over the place and all he does is act sad I guess I just have difficulty respecting him when that happens Also his oungest son isn t actually his and I also don t care for it when the hero is raising a kid that isn t his because of care for it when the hero is raising a kid that isn t his because of I just don t care for it Others may be fine with it but it s not my cup of tea Also I had an issue with the fact that the first wife is vilified for her cheating but Seraphina s mom had an affair with Blackhaven s cousin and that was ok because they were in loveSeraphina s parents weren t in love It just seemed like a massive double standard hide spoiler I found this set of novellas while I was looking for 2 in a series of books by Annie Burrows The novella Governess to Christmas bride tells the story of Lord Chepstow who played a role in the beginning of the first book in the series Lord Harclock s list The thought of a helping his friend find a wife sends him fleeing to the country and of course he finds his own love Well written and a cute story Really want the protagonist to get her come uppance though That probably would have been a longer bookThe Annie Burrows series I mentioned is 1 Lord Harclock s list 2 Governess to Christmas bride 3 The debutantes daring proposalPleasantly surprised with the Duchess by Christmas Good character depth and felt really drawn to both the hero and heroine Christmas at Blackhaven was very sweet Very feel good both heroine and hero had gone through struggles Governess to Christmas Bride Forgettable although it is hard to set up HEA in a short story I liked how the characters of both hero and heroine are improved by the other Was a bit surprised by use of the L word as I had actually uite enjoyed that they were acting on the potential for lov. S the prim governessDuchess by Christmas by Marguerite KayeMasuerading as a governess to help the brooding Duke of Blair find a wife is not how Regan Stuart expected to spend Christmas Then he steals an unexpected kiss endangering Regan's heartunless Gabriel can see beyond her dowdy costume and realize she's his perfect Christmas bri.

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Lities and weren t all horrible harpies to the children or the heroine who was posing as her siblings governess I like it when characters have some depth and shades of gray to themThe ending is predictable but sweet I thought the sex scene was extraneous and actually spoiled the romance with lust and made it seem like they had to marry even though that s not how it played out in the end I m glad there was not Grand Romantic Gesture though the dialogue during the marriage proposal scene was a bit OTTEither way it was the marriage proposal scene was a bit OTTEither way it was very pleasant way to spend Christmas afternoon and I m always happy to add another story by Ms Kaye to my read pile Enjoyable fluff to get romance readers in the mood for Christmas I don t have much else to say besides I enjoyed it some of the thoughtsthemes were interesting but when 3 stories share the space one novel would normally take up there s not all that much room for surprises That s part of the charm though simple plots that would be stretched thin in a longer book but that were enjoyable in shorter stories Ridiculous instant love short stories but great fun Dukes Governesses Ladies in disguises as governesses Ladies asked to pretend to be governessesThese are the characters in the three Christmas novellas contained in Gift Wrapped Governess In each case the women have been known to the dukes since childhood so the seeming insta love isn t as bizarre as it might initially appearHere s the thing these books always have the anticipated happy ending You know what ou re getting regardless of the lack of historicity They re good fun and light reading Take them for that alone Three stories in one book I wasn t really crazy about the three of themChristmas at Blackhaven Castle 3 stars probably the best of the three But it was just okay Nothing for me to get excited about but it wasn t completely lacking eitherGoverness to Christmas Bride 1 star Honeysuckle Miller is basically a school teacher and Lord Chestow arrives to insult her and lecture her on how to discipline children As a former school teacher myself I was appalled by this male character telling a school teacher on how to discipline boys by using corporal punishment and then she had the nerve to feel chastised by this man who had no experience in the classroom himself Kind of like legislators who have no teaching experience but make laws regarding teacher rather irks me Then this Lord Chestow starts uoting Bible verses as the authority in corporal punishment I was appalled by this author s ideas And then Miss Miller is suddenly attracted to him soon after he mocks and lectures her I would have been livid by his disrespect Not only this but have been livid by his disrespect Not only this but after he has the gall to disrespect her in this manner he reduces her character even further by viewing her as a mere sex object The author writes If he stood here staring at her bottom for very much longer he would be saluting her with something tangible than an imaginary sword soon after he lectured her about corporal punishment being the correct way to handle boys Throughout the rest of the story Lord Chestow continues to act like an arrogant immature jerk and only out for himself He continues to tease and mock Miss Miller He is not the type of man I would personally ever want as a suitor Duchess by Christmas 2 stars The male character in this story is just as bad as the one in Governess to Christmas Bride Regan arrives at the home of. To stay well beyond Christmas DayGoverness to Christmas Bride by Annie BurrowsLord Chepstow hasn't seen Honeysuckle Miller since she was a plain awkward schoolgirl Now she's not so plain and is looking after the host's children at a lavish Christmas house party And the last thing Lord Chepstow expected to want on his Christmas list Gift Wrapped Governesses contains three long short stories all with a Christmas and Regency romantic themeThese are easy reads and would make an ideal seasonal gift for fans of the genre Good stories In the first I liked the way that Trey immediately saw that Seraphina was in need of his help It didn t take him long to fall for her In the second I wasn t very impressed with Lord Chepstow He was too heedless of how his actions affected others though he was getting better *by the end of the story In the third the Duke was *the end of the story In the third the Duke was cold blooded in the way he was searching for a brid Christmas at Blackhaven Castle Sophia James Lawd but this story was terrible Not only was it shallow and silly but what exactly was the point of setting it in the 1810s If Make You Mine you re not going to play within the societal bounds ofour play within the societal bounds of More Than a Princess (The Montevaro Monarchy your time period then why choose it at allThat was bad enough but this story contained a lot of my suicks including a major power imbalance and a creepy age difference The heroine spends half the story thinking that the hero was once her mother s lover and the other half wanting him to be her lover Ugh gross That plus the employeremployee power differential was too much Do not wantGoverness to Christmas Bride Annie Burrows Ms Burrows is one of my auto read authors and for the most part I really enjoyed this story The hero and heroine had known each other since they were children the heroine is the hero s sister s BFF though they hadn t always gotten along The heroine is very prickly for good reason mind and for some reason this time the hero is turned on by it instead of off He takes advantage of her position as the household governess and with his kisses his compromises her reputation managing to get her thrown out into a storm before Christmas He runs off gallantly after her but he doesn t really take no or any of her protestations seriously which was my major problem with this story I don t like a hero who takes no to meanes even when he has the best of intentions towards his heroine She is her own person after all and deserves to have a say in her future I think the truncated nature of the novella hurts this story because everything happens so fast that it s hard to feel the love that both main characters proclaimDuchess by Christmas Marguerite Kaye The best of the bunch by a far margin though not without some niggles The heroine and the hero are childhood friends who grew up together heroine as the steward s daughter hero as the heir to a ducal estate When her father died her family moved away and the pair lost as the heir to a ducal estate When her father died her family moved away and the pair lost 12 ears later the hero contacts the heroine and asks for her help to select an appropriate bride one who will be a good mother to his future children His own childhood was abject misery and he s determined that his children when have than he did The heroine with her 3 half siblings present the perfect ready made family of distant cousins on which to try out the potential brides Meanwhile the hero and the heroine are reconnecting and remembering their childhood friendship along with a very adult attraction that has now sprung up between them and each agonize over their attraction given that he is supposed to be choosing a different brideThis story definitely had the most developed characters both main and supporting cast and it was the most entertaining to read The children were adorable the potential brides each had distinct persona. Christmas at Blackhaven Castle by Sophia JamesIn disguise penniless Lady Seraphina Moreton seeks sanctuary at the Duke of Blackhaven's castle just days before Christmas Trey swore never again to be beguiled by a beautiful face but as governess Seraphina gets close to his unruly motherless children he wants the festive joy she brings. ,

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