Excellent regency. Highly recommended.
Although she has been educated more than the average gentleman and lived in the lap of luxury all her life, Alexandra yearns to escape the "prison" her protective guardians have created for her. So when the opportunity to masquerade as a temporary governess presents itself, Alexandra does not hesitate.
Richard, a widowed earl with a troubled young daughter, finds himself attracted to Alexandra from the start. It seems obvious that she is not really a governess. Trunks of expensive clothing, a cavalier attitude toward money, and frequent slips of the tongue all point to her being a well-brought-up young lady. Could this be an elaborate plan to trap him into matrimony? Nevertheless, Alexandra's sweet nature and her successful management of his young daughter's behavior and education draw him to her like a magnet. But how can he entice her to become his countess before the permanent governess arrives?
A hero who doesn't have to be dragged to the altar? Imagine that! In this book the author has created a sensitive, caring man with the same self-doubts and insecurities as everyone else. How much more romantic and sweet than the self-assured, arrogant heroes determined to avoid commitment that proliferate in romance novels!