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4.0 out of 5 stars 4-1/2* - Fabulous Writing From a Master of Her Craft, 18 Mar 2006
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M. Rondeau (West Springfield, MA United States) - See all my reviews
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Again Karen Ranney proves to me she is still one of the top writers of flawless, elegant, and intelligent dialogs. Her words alone can create the most sensual and stimulating moods without her characters ever touching one another. In her latest novel, AN UNLIKELY GOVERNESS, she does just that.
Over the last twelve months Beatrice Sinclair had survived a cholera epidemic that claimed her parents’ lives. Impoverished, untitled, and hungry, she’d sold what she could in order to eat, but further survival left her seeking work. Overlooking her village is Castle Crannoch, a dark forbidding monolith - home of the Duke of Brechin where she discovers that the ‘duke’ is none other than a spoiled, ill-tempered and arrogant seven year old. Offered the job of governess to Robert, ‘His Grace’ Beatrice would eventually come to view the young child with both compassion and empathy once she realized that his arrogance was to disguise the frightened terrorized child that he was.
On the other hand, Devlen Gordon, cousin and son of Robert’s guardian, was a charming and arresting man whose verbal discourse both infuriated and excited Beatrice. Devlen was a temptation that she was finding harder and harder to ignore. He was challenging - opening new worlds for her to explore - both exciting and filled with danger as she became entangled in the attempts on the young duke’s life. Would trusting Devlen be her salvation or her worst nightmare?
*** Ranney does a marvelous job with creating mood, and developing compelling characterizations of her characters. The sensuality built between Devlen and Beatrice was beautifully scripted and a joy to read. Likewise, the level of trust Beatrice developed with Robert, was also carefully scripted and perfectly paced. Additionally, the revelation of the culprit behind the murder attempts offered a twist. One fault I had trouble overlooking was the unexplored and unexplained bitter animosity between Devlen and his father. Regardless, this was a read I fully enjoyed and found enormously entertaining, even though I’d still love the answer to the animosity question! What WAS that all about?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant & Sexy Historical Romance, 13 Jun 2011
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In the throes of a Scottish winter, Beatrice Sinclair is left without friends or family when plague wipes all but her wits from her. On the point of starvation, she is forced to seek employment from the forbidding Castle Crannoch, perched at the top of the mountain that looms over her home village of Kilbridden. By some miracle, she is hired as the young Duke of Brechin's governess, her father having been a schoolteacher before his death and she educated accordingly, but there is danger in this dark and gloomy place. Not just for the boy duke, either, plagued by the sudden loss of loving parents in a travelling accident and the powerful schemes of his ambitious uncle Cameron Gordon, who was crippled in the same accident. But also in the form of Cameron's son, the darkly handsome and arrogant Devlen, who threatens all of Beatrice's values and innocence, as well as her peace of mind.

From the depths of a Scottish castle in a wintry grip to the sights and sounds of an historic Edinburgh, 'An Unlikely Governess' is a charming, sexy, romantic, intriguing page-turner. All the characters are likeable, believable and well-written, even the seven-year old Duke Robert (not an easy thing to do), and the story keeps you hooked right to the end, with just the right amount of romance and feeling, without any of the 'cheese'!

My first book by this author; I will be looking for more.
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