The Hallaway Sisters (2)
St. Martins Paperbacks
Published June 2011
Regency Historical Romance
Abby wants adventure, and to make her own way in her life. So even though she could experience the joys of the ‘season’, its the very last thing she wants to do. So she decides to accept a position as a governess. When she arrives, she is cold and wet, and had to walk from the town to the estate. And what does she find when she arrives? A brooding and brute of a man, who didn’t even know that she was coming. His manner is rude but his eyes burn her, and she can’t resist his burning desire for her. Her young charge, a young boy, who can’t read or write, and is always hiding in the barn, she feels a affection for him immediately. A boy in need of attention and love, and his father…a man who sears her with his kiss, and shows her a tender passion that pulls her into his life. But there is someone on the estate that doesn’t want her there, and soon it becomes evident that someone is trying to get rid of her, by any means….soon Abby and Elliott will have to work together to find the culprit before Abby’s luck runs out….
After reading the first book, I was on tender hooks wanting to read Abby’s story. At the end of the previous book, Abby tells her family she is leaving to help with a friend of hers that is having a baby…only she lies. She is actually planning on being a governess, and plans on living her life while she is at it. But what she doesn’t see is to find much more adventure and excitement than she could have imagined or wanted. When she first meets Elliot she finds herself fascinated…he is so different from any man she knows. He is dangerous, earthly, large and intimidating. He is rude and offensive, but he is also passionate and carnal and there is something about him that speaks to her in every single way. She can’t resist him, and before long a fierce passion erupts that could explode if they aren’t careful. Elliot is one powerful hero, and he keeps others at a distance. He lost his mother at a young age, and then he lost his wife and was left with a young son to raise. When he sees Abby, he knows that she is very different from any other governess they have had…she is beautiful and young and loving. That is the very LAST thing that he needs right now. He also knows that before long she will lose her trust in him, so why build it in the first place? But soon she undermines his determination to keep her at a very long distance. Soon he finds himself believing in love and the chance for happiness.
The Plot for this story was pretty fast paced and just keeps you involved in the story. I have always loved Governess romances, and this one was very stimulating in different ways. There is such a strong sensual vibe in this story, and watch out or it could burn you. There is also a wonderful connection between the characters from the two main ones to the little boy who is in need of love. I just wanted to hold him…he was so adorable and mischievous and just had me torn up inside. The connection between Elliot and Abby, there were many moments of that sweeping you away feeling, that completely makes you forget reality and immerse in the story with every vivid detail evident.
Overall a heart wrenching story that puts your emotions through the ringer, and a story that is bound to touch your heart and want you screaming for more!! DELIGHTFUL!!