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The Governess Wears Scarlet

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By Sari Robins
I got mine at the last minute at the train station, but you can take your time @Amazon
Read: Feb 2008
Rating: Satisfactory

This one gets props for the art actually matching the characters. Miss West is blond with a ‘bow’ mouth. The Viscount Steele is dark and handsome.

But WOT THE FAWK, man-! She NEVER WEARS SCARLET! This is not unlike the fiasco of The Barefoot Princess. Tell me, Avon, do you think we’re stupid? What she wears, and the colors of which, are mentioned frequently. As in, she’s poor and wears frumpy, faded stuff while working as a governess for the viscount. And at night she dresses up as a widow in black from head to foot, including a black veil–and trysts with an extremely sexy vigilante patrolling the streets of London. Le gasp! And she’s highly attracted to both of them! And Steele, as both lord and vigilante, is attracted to both the widow and his nephews’ governess! Double gasp! Though the back of the book implies that this double-identity mystery is central to the plot, it’s not really. Rather, the circumstances that have lead Steele to take in his nephews, and who is trying to kill the lot of them, is much more important.

I suppose the ‘scarlet’ bit is what poor Miss West continually laments to herself when she wonders if Steele could ever marry a poor dear like her… She is a SCARLET WOMAN, having sex in alleys with masked men!

The sex is quite good, I’ll give them that.

I’m poking fun at it because I rather liked it. The inevitable whinginess of the heroine in her era wasn’t too thick and I wasn’t bothered by it; her Progressive Female Heroine-ness wasnt’ really believable (she learned street fighting from a book in the orphanage library!) but she didn’t have that arrogant attitude that so often ruins such women. Steele was progressive and believably so–he wasn’t born to his title, he earned it. It had enough intrigue and spice to keep me amused. And it saved me one of those “OH MY GOD I HAVE NOTHING TO READ FOR AN HOUR ON THE TRAIN!” nights. Always good.

It did its job, and deserves credit for that.


Written by Shen

February 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Posted in historical, romance

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  1. […] LOOK, I even threw one in for this evening! Whee! The Governess Wears Scarlet — only not really, unless ’scarlet’ means ‘mourning black.’ […]

    I lied. « Reading Backwards

    February 21, 2008 at 6:40 pm

  2. […] LOOK, I even threw one in for this evening! Whee! The Governess Wears Scarlet — only not really, unless ’scarlet’ means ‘mourning […]

    I lied. | Reading Backwards

    February 13, 2010 at 5:22 am

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