Teaching His Ward is a sizzling hot regency romance, steamier than I expected it to be. The writing is so engaging that I dove straight into the story and didn’t want to leave until it was over. The dialogues are natural enough, but they’re less flowery and more direct than, say, Georgette Heyer’s novels.
I enjoyed the fact that in several places, the author speaks about society’s double standards in holding women to a higher standard of conduct than men.
Modern readers may be shocked to find a romance between a 17-year-old and 35-year-old, but readers of regency romances will know that it was acceptable in that era. Even then, the yawning age difference is mentioned several times as a hurdle to the union of Marcus and Jemima.
Jemima sounds every bit as innocent and love-struck as a schoolgirl is supposed to be, but I found the Earl of Southwell’s behavior (Marcus) unacceptable. He is old enough to know that he shouldn’t behave the way he does with a naive girl, much less with one who happens to be his ward.
I was glad to see Marcus’s character development, though. From expecting his future wife to be the perfect hostess, housekeeper, and mother to his heirs, he goes on to understand that an intelligent, spirited, and outdoorsy wife may not be a bad idea.
I enjoyed Jemima’s spirit and self-esteem in the face of people like Hortensia Harlington, who did everything possible to pull her down. Of all the characters in the novel, I particularly liked Miss Berystede with her diplomacy and tact. She is the ideal woman–the perfect role model for young debutantes.
Overall, I would recommend this novel for its slowly developing (or instant) romance–as you want to see it–and the hilarious hijinks that Jemima and her best friend, Kitty, get up to.
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication date: August 31, 2019
Amazon India: https://amzn.to/2RY5Tzp
When a runaway ward finally meets her strict guardian, sparks fly…
Jemima is determined to make her debut in society – but her strict guardian, whom she’s never met, won’t allow it. But when she runs away to London and falls for a handsome aristocrat, she’s in for a big shock.
Having fallen in love, what will she do when her guardian sets up an arranged marriage for her?
Marcus Harlington, Earl Southwell, is furious to discover that the alluring young woman he romanced at a ball is his runaway ward, Jemima.
Having entrusted her education to others, he now desires to play personal tutor… in teaching her some rather more wifely duties.
About the Author
Noël Cades writes sizzling hot forbidden romance and Regency romance. As well as being a writer of romance, Noël is a huge reader of romance, with favourite genres including Regency romance, Vintage romance (Mills & Boon, Harlequin), Gothic romance and Student-Teacher romance.