Tempting the Governess by Vivienne Westlake

TG2-LGNever 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.

Targeted Audience: 21-60

Author Bio:
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.

Vivienne is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Divas, Indie Romance Ink, and the I Love Historical Romance group on facebook.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to tell a short story and the idea of the Regency/Victorian governess has always intrigued me. Class distinctions were much more rigid in the 19th century, and though a governess might be well-born, the nature of her position was precarious.

She was too refined and well-born to be a servant, but she worked for a living, which made her beneath the gentry. So she was isolated, a creature to be pitied and–at least by the lady of the house–something to be feared. If she was pretty, she would be a temptation to the men of the household, and if she was very good at her job, she might “steal” the affections of the children.

Then I thought about what might happen if a young man had always fancied his governess, knowing that nothing could ever come of it, due to the difference in their station. What if that man were to see her again, when both were adults and free to indulge in a mutual attraction?

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Scandalous Summer Nights by Vivienne Westlake

Scandalous-Summer-Nights-3-D-box-set-@-800-72-dpi-low-resSeven sexy series-opening novellas from seven bestselling historical romance authors!

A Highlander’s Heart (The Highland Knights, Book 1)
By Jennifer Haymore
Once madly in love, Claire and Rob Campbell are now estranged, torn apart by war and loss. When desire rekindles between them, they both hope desperately that they can mend their broken marriage … But some wounds go deeper than the concussion Rob suffered on the Waterloo battlefield. And some wounds can never be healed.

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (What Happens in Scotland, Book 1)
By Kate McKinley
Lucas Alexander, the ninth Duke of Arlington, is a man who gets what he wants. So when he sees the alluring Miss Pippa Welby from across a crowded ballroom, he vows to make her his. But the bold and spirited Pippa has sworn never to marry into the haute ton. Now Lucas must win her the only way he knows how—one wicked kiss at a time.

The Widow Vanishes (Prequel to the Heart of Enquiry Series)
By Grace Callaway
A disastrous marriage leaves Annabel Foster buried in her deceased husband’s debt and at the mercy of a cutthroat. Faced with death or selling her body, she makes an unthinkable choice … Haunted by his past, former soldier William McLeod seeks forgetfulness in the arms of a tempting wench. What begins as a night of lust, however, transforms into desire beyond his wildest fantasies … Attraction flares between the pair even as an evil enemy seeks to destroy them both. Can one night of passion lead to love forevermore?

Scandal Before Sunrise (The Weekly Scandal, Book 1)
By Sabrina Darby
When a reformed bad girl meets a rogue with dishonorable intentions, it’s guaranteed to be a scandal before sunrise.

Lord Lucifer’s Disciple (Haberdashers Nights, Book 1)
By Sue London
An heiress turns away every suitor until she meets a mysterious foreigner at a masque ball. His kiss ignites her in ways that nothing else has, but he refuses her pleas to elope. Has she lost her heart to a man who doesn’t exist?

Miss Amelia Lands a Duke (A Prequel to the Caversham Chronicles)
By Sandy Raven
Caught kissing a man she believes within her reach socially, Amelia discovers he isn’t. Not only that, he is same man her widowed aunt has been stalking all season. When the Duke of Caversham realizes who Amelia is, he does the honorable thing and offers for her. Only Amelia’s pride will not allow her to be forced onto any man in marriage. Cav must then convince Amelia that she is the only woman he wants for the rest of his life.

Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender (Wicked Liaisons, Book 1)
By Vivienne Westlake
A midnight encounter between two estranged lovers rekindles a passion beyond their wildest dreams… Rowena, Countess of Northam, is surprised to find her former suitor has returned from India and is on his way to the very house where she is staying. When he appears in her room late at night, she can only believe it is a dream. Her fantasy soon becomes reality when Simon makes every effort to seduce her.

Targeted Audience: Women over 18, Romance readers

Author Bio:
Vivienne Westlake has been reading and writing romance since the age of fifteen. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and when she’s not plotting stories about sexy heroes and sassy heroines, she’s buying a book on British history, watching the latest teen vampire show, doing an art project or singing karaoke with friends.

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 hero is Captain Wentworth.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Scandalous Summer Nights came about when Jennifer Haymore and Kate McKinley were talking about getting together with some friends to create a historical boxed set. I’d always wanted to participate in an anthology, so I jumped at the chance to work with Jen and Kate. We’ve known one another for six years and it felt natural to collaborate together. Then, I found out other friends were going to be involved in the project, so I was really excited.

As for my individual story, I conceived of the initial premise for Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender a few years ago after listening to the song, “If it Kills Me” by Jason Mraz. I first heard the acoustic version and it grabbed something inside of me. The soulful quality of his voice combined with the story of a man who pined for a woman for years, but couldn’t have her because she belonged to someone else and she only saw the singer as a friend.

An image formed in my mind of a man who had always loved his best friend’s wife, and years later, finally decides to admit it. The story morphed over time to become a tale of two estranged lovers, kept apart by abandonment and betrayal (and the heroine’s marriage to the hero’s friend). It is only once the two have matured and the person between them has long passed away that they are finally able to admit how much they love one another.

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