Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Blog Tour and Giveaway : Tempting the Governess

Title:  Tempting the Governess
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level (sweet to erotic): Spicy (2 scenes)
Author:  Vivienne Westlake
Pages or Word Count:  34 K words / 111 Pgs.
Publisher:  Self Published
Publish Date:  October 9th, 2014
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Never fall in love with your employer. Any respectable governess knew the cardinal rule. Christine Aubrey prided herself on her devotion to her charges, never suspecting that one day a former pupil would tempt her to break every rule in the book.

Theodore Blake was a “good boy” who grew up into a responsible man. Shouldering the burden of raising his sister’s children and managing his older brother’s affairs, Teddy has always done the right thing. But when his former governess returns to Birchwood, all he can think about is how good it would be to be bad.

Excerpt :  

“Please Miss Aubrey, may I work on my letters?” Charles looked up at her, his blue eyes wide.
“You have not finished your arithmetic lesson. Let us try this again. If I give you five pounds, how many shillings would you have?”
The boy bowed his blond head and stared at the paper in front of him. He scribbled notes with his quill then looked up at her with a frown. “Two hundred.”
“Try again,” she said, picking up his baby sister, Dulcinea.
As Charles scribbled on his parchment, she carried the babe over to the window. Dulcie put her small, chubby hand on the paned glass window and smiled. Christine glanced down below to see two men out on the expanse of grass, circling one another, clad in nothing but their breeches.
That wasn’t…no, was that Teddy? Where on earth were his clothes? What gentleman went about in such a state? She had taught him to comport himself with grace and refinement.
Christine pressed her face to the glass to get a closer look. One of the men was stocky, with bulging arms and legs and the other man, tall and lean with dark hair, edged away from him. They danced around one another for a moment when suddenly the man with the bulky frame aimed a punch at the one who looked like Teddy.
Her heart dropped within her breast. When Teddy rubbed his cheek and the other man paused to demonstrate a particular movement, she exhaled. It was merely a practice match with his trainer.
She knew that many men favored the sport of Boxing, but she’d never had occasion to see it in practice.
“Miss Aubrey!” Charles called. “I have the answer.”
Tearing her gaze away from the window, Christine turned toward the boy, and bounced the baby on her arm. Though she wanted to steal another glance at Teddy and his trainer, she did not want to draw attention to the fact that she was watching them.
“Tell me, how many shillings do you have?”
Close, but not quite. “How many shillings are there in a pound?”
Seeing that Charles’ attention was still on the papers before him, Christine peered out the window again. Though it was unseemly and most unladylike to stare at her employer in a state of dishabille, Christine resumed watching the scene outside the window.
“There are twenty shillings in a pound.”
 “Good. Now, if I gave you twenty shillings—the equivalent of one pound—every day for five days, how many shillings would that be?”
Charles dropped his head into his hands. “More than I can count.”
“Let us go slower then. How many shillings are there in two pounds?”
“Very good.” Heaven help her, it was more than good.
Every muscle and sinew normally covered by his silk waistcoat, shirt, and jacket was exposed for her to see. He was a fine Italian sculpture brought to life. While she remained too far away to get a detailed view, one thing was quite clear to her mind. Theodore Blake had developed into a man. No longer could she think of him as the boy she’d raised or even as the employer who paid her salary.
He was exquisite.
Desire weakened her knees, made her fingers tremble upon the glass. Stop staring. Christine stepped away from the window and took a seat beside her pupil. Dulcie gripped the thin fabric of her fichu as Christine settled the baby into her lap.
Focus on the children. They are the reason you are here. Letting herself believe that she was here for any other reason courted disaster.

Excerpt from Tempting the Governess: Copyright © 2014 by Vivienne Westlake used with permission of author.

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Vivienne Westlake has been reading and writing romance since the age of fifteen. What makes her stories unique is her love of a sassy heroine who keeps the hero on his toes. Though she has a fondness for redeemable rakes, Vivienne’s favorite Jane Austen/Regency hero is Captain Wentworth.

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