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August is in a real pickle since he assumed the responsibility for caring for his cousin’s baby Elsie, and in an uncharacteristic show of impetuosity he hires Ivy as her nursemaid, despite her lack of experience in such a role. Both know that the situation is only transitory as Ivy’s real goal is to forge a career as a singer.
The author’s voice in this novel is decidedly playful, driven in part no doubt by the character of the heroine, Ivy, whose actions compel the evolving romance with her knack of plain speaking and spontaneous nature. By contrast the engineer August is methodical, cautious and conservative in outlook. Ivy is the perfect yin to his yang, free spirited and adventurous. I just adored how the tale shows us how August’s well-ordered life is soon compromised by Ivy’s presence in his household.
I loved how the author showed this handsome man grappling with his conscience regarding how to treat Ivy, a woman in his employ who he is honour bound to protect, yet at the same time the very woman who he is developing an irrepressible attraction for. He also strives to avoid the unwelcome attentions of the widow Mrs Pepperwhite, who does not care for Ivy’s appearance on the scene.
Ivy is quite a heroine! I loved her back story and her character which goes against everything that is expected of a Victorian lady. She certainly upsets August’s routine and in a household as small as his, the usual rules between master and servant are soon compromised. Their romance is a real page- turner as neither August or Ivy know how to cope with their growing feelings for each other and there are a number of barriers to their HEA: Ivy’s ambition to become a famous singer; August’s desire to maintain his distance from the hired help and Mrs Pepperwhite’s interest in August.
Their love-making scenes between the couple are hugely romantic and sensual and although August is a true gentleman, he is very much flesh and blood and as I read I could sense the growing desire between him and Ivy which demands to be sated…..
All in all a super sensual romance and I feel one of the author’s best to date. Recommended for readers of historical romance. A copy of this novel was made available for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
The romance built slowly with lingering glances and chaste yet still forbidden touches that made for some really sizzling smutty scenes. Tasteful, yes, but hotter than I dared hope for.
August Avery, the male lead is an engineer responsible for creating a pioneering railway tunnel that he hopes will make all corners of the UK accessible and pave the way for future prosperity. He's a real forward thinker and someone I found it quite easy to imagine striding around in his top hat. Ivy is employed as nursemaid to August' s ward who he takes responsibility for following the death of his cousin. I love to see otherwise gruff and belligerent men go all caring and protective with a baby so this really worked well for me.
This was an easy to read book that really held my interest. It's a complete story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll be looking out for more books from this author. Recommended if you fancy a historical romance.
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August Avery becomes guardian of his cousin’s six month old daughter and needs help immediately. The help comes in form of a beautiful woman Ivy but now August has another problem resisting Ivy and falling in love.
I seriously loved both August and Ivy yes they are not perfect August can be bull headed, stubborn and at times I just wanted to hug the poor man since he struggles daily with his feelings but really he is just an amazing hero. He really loves Ivy attempting to let her live her dreams but just has a hard time showing it. Ivy is really a great heroine she’s strong, resourceful, and intelligent plus she can really stand up for herself what’s not to like about her. I did want more into Ivy’s family life however what would drive her to make the decision to be a performer. The funny thing is I even wanted Mrs. Pepperwhite to find someone and to see another story of Elsie all grown up I guess in actuality I really didn’t want the story to end that I rated the book four stars, can recommend it and when it does come to Ms. Holt I will not wait so long next time to read more of her works!
*Received for an honest review from the author*
Heat rating: mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Enter Ivy who has run away from home to pursue her dream of being a singer. She also ran away to escape her mother and her matchmaking ideals. Unfortunately for Ivy the few auditions she went to, she choked and was unable to perform. She now has no money to return home with her dreams dashed. So she turns up on August's doorstep in search of a governess position, but she's at the wrong address.
August hires Ivy to tend to Elsie, because he needs to get back to work. Ivy accepts to have money and safe place to stay while still hoping to pursue singing. An attraction builds as they settle into a familial routine.