Release day: An Improper Governess
Today is the official release of An Improper Governess by Amy Rose Bennett (Improper Liaisons series, book 2) (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
Lusting after one’s employer is certainly not the done thing when you are a governess. But Miss Abigail Adams cannot seem to help herself…
Abigail Adams, the resident governess of Hartfield Hall, might appear to be a very proper young woman, yet she secretly yearns for excitement to brighten her mundane life. And what she does want, she really shouldn’t long for—Sir Nicholas Barsby, the indecently handsome, charismatic master of Hartfield.
Sir Nicholas Barsby returns home from a tour of the Continent to discover his widowed sister-in-law has employed a decidedly delectable governess for his nieces. When it becomes blatantly apparent that the attraction is mutual, Nicholas ruthlessly decides to present Miss Adams with a thoroughly wicked proposal.
Abigail is initially shocked by Sir Nicholas’s outrageous and highly improper offer to become his mistress. Having wanton thoughts about a man is undoubtedly sinful but leading the life of a fallen woman is something else entirely. Nevertheless, falling into Sir Nicholas’s arms might just prove to be an invitation too tempting for Abigail to ignore. One thing is clear, whether she’s a governess or mistress, she must not lose her heart…
Amy dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
An Improper Governess is the second novella in my Improper Liaisons series. It’s an erotic Regency romance—long novella in length—and can easily be read as a standalone title. Like the first book in the series, An Improper Proposition, it focuses on an upstairs–downstairs romance, this time between a governess, Miss Abigail Adams, and her employer, a rakehell of a baronet, Sir Nicholas Barsby. As an author, I enjoy playing with the theme of love crossing class boundaries. Because of the strict social mores that governed women’s conduct in the Regency era, there’s a certain ‘naughty’ or taboo element to the love story—a woman like Abigail, an upper servant, should not be lusting after her wealthy, titled employer no matter how searing the attraction between them is. There’s also a good deal of tension in the story if you consider what’s at stake for this particular governess heroine when she contemplates throwing caution to the wind and taking up the life of a courtesan: social ruin, the stigma of bearing an illegitimate child, dealing with being the ‘other woman’ if your protector marries, and then, what if you fall in love with your protector? I hope readers enjoy Abigail and Sir Nicholas’s romance. It was certainly fun to write!