Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rules for a Proper Governess

Book Review of Rules For a Proper Governess (Mackenzie & McBrides Series)

Title: Rules For A Proper Governess

Series: Mackenzie & McBrides Series

Author: Jennifer Ashley

Date Published: October 7th 2014

Date Read:   First read 5/11/2015  Reread 9/4/2016

The Blurb:

To Kiss A Thief... 

Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London - but the widower’s two unruly children are a different matter. Little Caitlin and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears.

Roberta “Bertie” Frasier enters Sinclair’s life by stealing his watch - and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returns them to their father. Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the unconventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.

My Review

4 Stealing Basher McBride's heart Stars

First read 5/11/2015
Reread 9/4/2016


I have been very vocal about my total crazy fan-girl love for this series. It has to rate up on my top 5 series of all time. But I have to be honest and say that Sinclair is tied with Hart for my least liked hero of the series. He just didn't have the charm and awesomeness the other absolutely amazing heroes have. That is not to say he was a bad hero or that I didn't like him because I did. Just not as much as the others. Now our heroine Bertie, I loved her to pieces. She was a born on the trashy side of London, cockney, pickpocket with a sassy mouth. What I really loved about Bertie is that even though she was poor and had a hard life she was still sweet, upbeat and seen the beauty of life. This book kinda reminded me of the TV show The Nanny with Fran Drescher. 

Sinclair was a shell of a man since his wife Daisy died 7 years ago. The kids are out of control and running Governesses off left and right. Sinclair and the kids are drowning in pain, loss and living a half life at best. Bertie shows up and breathes new life into them. I love how Berite and the kids interact with each others. She doesn't cure them over night, trust comes slowly, but there was an instant connection. I also loved the fact that Sinclair really did love his first wife and yet I didn't feel like Bertie was second best or was ever being measured up to Daisy. In a lot of widow love stories either the new love feels second place or the widow says how they never really loved the deceased spouse. I love that Sinclair loved them both. Truly and passionately. Daisy never felt like she was a ghost in their love story she was the past. Someone he loved, lost, hurt for and then Bertie brought him back to life. Gave him joy and happiness again. I think it helped that Sinclair never felt guilt or sorrow at moving on with Bertie. He meets her and she is all that is on his mind. 

There are a few villains in this book. They seem to have enemies coming out of the woodwork. Daisy's brother and wife blaming Sinclair for Daisy's death and trying to take the kids away, Bertie's ex beau Jeffery, her drunk abusive father, and the mysterious bad guy sending blackmail letters there was never a dull moment. Throw in a little bit of Cam, Ian ,and Fellows and you had a pretty awesome read. Although it would have been more awesome if there was more Ian just sayin'! The ending was sweet. I really liked their Hea. I did feel that the thing with Daisy's brother resolved it self too easy. I would have liked to see his hateful self get some comeuppance for being a prick. A great addition to the series!

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