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This delightfully charming and saucy Regency era romance, is first in the Governess series in which three best friends are employed as governesses for different families, and all find themselves wanting something they can’t have.Elizabeth Porter is quite happy with her position as the governess for two sneaky-yet-sweet girls when she notices that they have a penchant for fThis delightfully charming and saucy Regency era romance, is first in the Governess series in which three best friends are employed as governesses for different families, and all find themselves wanting something they can’t have.Elizabeth Porter is quite happy with her position as the governess for two sneaky-yet-sweet girls when she notices that they have a penchant for falling ill and needing the doctor. As the visits from the dashing and handsome Doctor Edward Fellows become more frequent, Elizabeth quickly sees through the lovesick girls’ ruse. Yet even Elizabeth can’t help but notice Edward’s bewitching bedside manner even as she tries to convince herself that someone of her station would not make a suitable wife for a doctor. But one little kiss won’t hurt....

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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    2018-10-15 05:10

    'The Governess Was Wicked' by Julia Kelly is book one in the "The Governess" Series. This is the story of Elizabeth Porter and Doctor Edward Fellows. Elizabeth had to become a Governess after the death of her father and the bills that he left. Now a few years into this job she meets Dr. Edwards who is the Doctor for the children she is in charge of. He has become a frequent visitor as the oldest child keep having a illness that clears up pretty quickly. They are both trying to fight their growing feelings and desire for each other because both know that it can't be. Dr. Edwards is planing to leave for America in a few months and of course being a Governess you have to be above reproach. So we watch as they slowly start coming to turns that they can't go on like this. This was a easy quick read that I enjoyed a lot. Cant wait for the next book by Ms. Kelly.I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2H...https://www.facebook.com/sally.mae.39...https://www.facebook.com/groups/17091...http://booklikes.com/https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp...

  • Sonya Heaney
    2018-11-05 12:14

    I have issues with this cover, which looks like it’s from a late 1970s men’s magazine (I don’t want to see all that thigh, or that look on her face – and where’d her underthings go?). This book (despite the publisher calling it a Regency romance), is set in 1856, a couple of decades into the Victorian era. 1856 in fashion:Julia Kelly has a really nice writing style. I raced through the first half of this book before some of the red flags I’d been noticing started flaring right up and destroying the story.I did love the Victorian era setting (ignore the publisher’s claim this is a “delightful Regency romance” – there’s nothing Regency about it), and there were some great ideas here. I liked that the heroine had female friends she meets with regularly, and who are there for her when she needs them.I love a lot of books where we dive in with hero and heroine already knowing each other and wanting each other. However, there has to be something that either prevents them being together or breaks them apart or else there’s no story. And in this story there are NO obstacles.They could have got married on page one and gone off to America together. The hero had a job waiting for him there, and the heroine wanted nothing more than to visit New York. So why not get married and go? I have no idea.Fake obstacles are thrown up, and they don’t make any sense. Even if there were problems, not one of them was something they couldn’t have faced together.For me, in the place of romance, I think the book presented mental lusting from the outset, in a way that seemed more… porny than romantic. If the heroine spent any more time thinking about masturbation, or telling the hero about how she masturbates to thoughts of him… it wasn’t female empowerment; it was unnecessary and happened at inappropriate times.For example:When she discovers that the girls she cares for and claims to love have scarlet fever (a deathly illness back in the day), she thinks how excited she is because the doctor (the hero) is coming.Why, you ask? Because she has been touching herself to fantasies of him giving her oral sex (she’s quite the sexpert for a well-bred, virginal Victorian governess!).Then he arrives, and moments after confirming both girls might die, we get:His thumb stroked her cheek, sending desire pooling between her legs.The next time we see them together, the children are in their sickbeds, and doctor and governess take off to the other room to discuss masturbation, and then have that oral sex she’s been fantasising about – while the girls are busy dying in the other room.While I understand it’s difficult to follow social rules and still get your historical characters in a room alone, this was not a heroine (or a hero) I could love; their self-absorption was staggering.And then, in some serious and nonsensical plot manipulation, the two of them decide to go down to the library to have sex for the first time. Where the master of the house – a man who had fled some time earlier so the rest of the family wouldn’t catch scarlet fever – just happens to walk in and catch them. It made no sense; why was he suddenly back in the house?!After that hero and heroine proceed to claim there’s nothing wrong with what they did, while I was thinking that even in 2016 a boss would fire employees he caught having sex in public spaces of his house!It is never explained to us why the eldest of the girls kept pretending to be sick. It’s an unresolved plotline, and once the heroine leaves the house she never thinks about those girls she has been with all those years and claims to love – Ever Again. It’s another example of what a self-absorbed woman she was, and why I didn’t much care what happened to her in the end.As you can see, this was not the book for me. I think with some careful editing it could have been a much better story. Remove the pornographic thoughts from the sickrooms, make the conflict a genuine one, and don’t have characters appear as convenient plot devices.I am reading the rest of the series, and hope for something better.Review copy provided by NetGalley.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-16 07:04

    A lovely read! I really like Elizabeth and Edward. She really struggles to letting go of propriety as she is a governess and has to keep herself clean of all scandal but unfortunately for her there is a hunky doctor on call. Her charges keep getting "sick" so Dr. Edward Fellows stops by to look in. They have been fighting their attraction to each other for three years and everything is about to change. Of course, everything for them had to get worse before it got much better. I liked that Elizabeth had friends in her corner as Mr. and Mrs. Norton, horrible parents and people they are, are doing what they can to make everything so much more difficult for her and Edward. However, they can't stand in the way of true love. Elizabeth has two great friends who I am curious to read more about in the next two books.I received this ARC via Netgalley.

  • (Nat) Reading Romances
    2018-11-08 12:23

    This is the first book by Julia Kelly I read, and I'm so sad I couldn't finish it. I really wanted to enjoy it.I lost interest easily as there was a lot of description - and not enough dialogue. I couldn’t feel invested in the story or the main characters. Wasn't my cup of tea.I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Samantha
    2018-11-09 11:24

    4 a kiss started it all stars. The Governess Was Wicked is historical romance at its finest with the constraints of society dictating a governesses life and how love can ruin someone if not handled the proper way. The read was witty, passionate and a little bit wicked. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found myself cringing at how selfish the aristocrats were about their own children. Honestly, people like that don't deserve children. Elizabeth and Edward were so genuine in their feelings for one another that it was beautiful. There was no game to be played, just pure desire and care. Elizabeth was a lovely governess, willing to go out of her way for the children and providing them with the care they lack from their parents. Edward was a man of strong morals and I found I liked him quite a bit. He fought to protect Elizabeth from falling from grace when another man would most likely have left her to her demise. The two shared a sweet story and it was a joy to read.

  • Kelsey
    2018-10-26 11:20

    A quick, romantic readIf you love a good romance, you'll enjoy this book. It's a short read--only 175 pages--that flies by. I would recommend this for fans of Amanda Quick and Elizabeth Hoyt.

  • Book Gannet
    2018-11-14 08:04

    This is a quick, easy Victorian romance (not Regency, despite what the blurb might say – in fact ignore the blurb, because the girls aren’t in love with the doctor either, they’re just attention seeking because of a new baby brother and terrible parents) that makes for a pleasant read if you don’t think too deeply about it. We have a gently-bred governess forced into the role by her father’s debts and a gentile doctor on the edge of travelling to America to further his dreams of medical research. They’ve known each other for three years and have quietly lusted after each other for all this time.Which is all very well, until you start to think about it. Because there is no reason why these two can’t have married at any point during these three years. Edward’s a successful doctor, not a politician. A competent, well-bred wife would be perfect for him. Similarly, there’s absolutely no reason why they suddenly give into their attraction at this point. Sure, the girls’ illness provides an opportunity to get very up-close and personal, but Elizabeth had already made a move before then.So it doesn’t make sense. But if you can put that aside, then you have two well-bred people thinking dirty thoughts about each other and finally acting upon it. How very saucy Victorian.Except it happens when the girls that Elizabeth professes to love so very dearly are actually at death’s door. I could have understood her being upset and Edward comforting her, but nope, that’s not what happens here. It’s just good old lust and the opportunity to take advantage of a night where they won’t be interrupted – ’cause the girls might be dying.How romantic!Throw in Edward’s complete lack of a proposal at the appropriate moment (for some lame reason that still makes absolutely no sense when she’s already told him she’d love to travel. Take her with you, numbskull!) and Elizabeth’s ability to walk away from her beloved girls without a backward look, and this book really doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The situation is ridiculous, the characters shallow and the obstacles thrown in their way flimsy at best – but for all that it’s still an easy read that skips along at a decent pace with a nice bit it of heat. If you’re looking for a light, short historical that really doesn’t require too much thinking, then give this a go. I’m certainly curious enough to want to read the next one.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Amanda
    2018-10-28 12:07

    Originally posted at Desert Island Book ReviewsAfter a disappointing romance read earlier this week, I was glad to find this book entertaining, quick, and light, which is just what I like in a romance. This book stars Elizabeth Porter, a governess in a wealthy household, and Dr. Edward Fellows, the physician who treats the family’s illnesses. In typical romance novel fashion, they’re attracted to each other and want to be together, and conflicts and romance ensue.There was nothing remarkably good or remarkably bad about this book. It was decent for what it is, and while I didn’t have strong feelings about the characters (except for Elizabeth’s employer, Mrs. Norton, who I really hated!), I enjoyed reading this. There wasn’t much that was new or different for the genre and there wasn’t much depth, but the romance was there and I appreciated that it seemed to develop at least somewhat over time (no overnight marriages here!).I’ve never read anything by Julia Kelly before, and I was glad to find that the writing wasn’t bad and the story seemed to be nicely developed. I was satisfied with the way things progressed and would read more by this author. I gave this book three stars because while it was enjoyable and done fairly well, it wasn’t outstanding or particularly unique. That said, I’d recommend it for a quick read if you enjoy the genre.*ARC from Pocket Star Books via NetGalley

  • Elaine
    2018-11-08 04:09

    I liked the book, but was not thrilled with it. Perhaps because this is a new author to me, but I felt as if the interactions of the characters were stilted. The dialogue didn't flow smoothly. The H and h were both likable people, making their way in the world. As the governess to two young girls, the h was suppose to be perfect. Of course, she wasn't. She falls in love with their doctor and is caught with him in a compromising situation. For this, she was dismissed from her post. She leaves and eventually becomes a lady's companion. The H, thought the h was ignoring his letters, but she had left the house where she was a governess, so never received him. He finally finds out where she is and tracks her down. They live happily ever after.The premise of the book held promise, but fell flat for me. There were a few editing issues. This was almost a novella and I feel that enough time was not spent on character development.I will need to read more books by this author, because I really don't know her work.I received this ebook from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest opinion.

  • No Apology Book Reviews
    2018-10-25 07:22

    Elizabeth Porter is resigned to a life as a governess. She is neither a lady nor a servant, a mother nor a nursemaid. She is simply a teacher, educating someone else’s children again and again. She secretly longs for more, for adventure…for love. Dr. Edward Fellows is leaving for American in a few short months. That is only one of the reasons why he shouldn’t touch the Norton’s governess. But his fingers itch to touch her cheek, his arms ache to hold her… Could one unguarded moment really cause much trouble?I liked this one quite a bit. Like Wild, it had a depth that one wouldn’t expect from a novella, though its plot was just as simple as Wild’s. However, I’m afraid I didn’t feel as close to Elizabeth and Edward as I did Jane and Nicholas. Also, it seemed to me that their relationship was based on attraction and not friendship so much. The book was trying too hard to be sexy when I would have rather seen them bond on an intellectual level.noapologybookreviews.com

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2018-11-14 09:04

    Elizabeth was a governess, and she was happy with her job.Edward was a doctor, that got called to the house a lot. And he fancied her.But she was a governess and she had rules to follow. Which I understood, she could get fired, and what would she do then. Stay the course.Obviously they soon get it on. They will find a way.It's a novella, so it does not really have time to evolve. I do think it would have worked great as a novel. The romance would have had time to build more. But I could still believe it, they really wanted each other and that was their romance.There is a bit of drama at the end to make it harder for them and then they lived happily ever after. A cute short novella.

  • Isha Coleman
    2018-10-27 05:18

    To love or not to love. The Governess was Wicked, does not lack much. Two adorable matchmakers, a dedicated doctor and a hypnotic attraction. He's a respected physician who is devoted to helping others. She's a woman with little to offer but her heart and soul to her charges. A potent connection quickly develops between the doctor and the Governess but vindictive people and ticking time are on the verge of ending themail affair before, it's even begun. Despite a few minor hiccups along the way, Ms. Kelly delivered a sweet story.

  • Maggie Hesseling
    2018-11-03 06:09

    Elizabeth is the governess to two adorable little girls. However, due to their parents personalities, one of them has the habit of pretending she's ill in order to get a little more attention and perhaps attention of their parents. It is up to Elizabeth to comfort and take care of them, which means that if they are ill she calls on the family doctor. But Doctor Edward Fellows is young, attractive and very understanding. They quickly become friends and realize that there is something more to their budding friendship. But how could a doctor who is on the verge is of leaving for America and a governess be anything more?What a great little novella. An absolute pleasure to read. The characters seem to fall in love quickly, which usually frustrates me, but that wasn't the case here. Because though they were struck with each other they did take the time to get to know each other. Heartwarming and at points even heartbreaking, I couldn't put it down, but had to read to the end.

  • Helen Williams
    2018-11-11 08:20

    Nice distractionAs others have noted, there is a good amount that makes no sense in this novel. There are plot holes and loose ends galore, and very little characterization--people are good or evil and that's about it. I did love the H, although both H&h are very much TSTL. Still, it's a sweet bit of mind candy, and kept me entertained for a day. If you want something to get lost in, this is enough to make you keep turning the page for the HEA without leaving you sad when it is over.

  • Marcia
    2018-11-07 06:04

    Well done, creative, with woman that does not shy from what they want when the time is right, the main character is strong, and finally some one right about women that are older than 17 or 21 years old girls.

  • Nise'
    2018-11-14 09:09

    An enjoyable novella. Looking forward to Mary's story.

  • Laura
    2018-10-23 09:15

    Elizabeth Porter became a governess after the death of her father. After she paid off his gambling debts, she needed a position and found one as the governess for two boisterous girls. When the girls get a new baby brother, they start falling ill and needing the doctor. The more charming Dr. Edward Fellows visits the home, the more he finds himself attracted to Elizabeth. Can they fight their desire?I enjoyed this Regency. It was fast paced and the characters were fun. It was a quick read.I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book provided by NetGalley and the Publisher. Thank you.

  • AnnMarie
    2018-11-05 04:57

    The Governess was Wicked is the first book in the 'Governess' series by Julia Kelly.It's the story of Elizabeth Porter, a woman who when she found herself in hard times decided to become a governess. Her current employment sees her as the governess to two little girls. Girls who have been sorely neglected by their parents since their mother had a baby boy. The boy will be the heir, and therefore is idolised by his parents. In an attempt to get their parents to pay attention to them, the little girls have begun to feign illnesses. Elizabeth doesn't want to risk that one day the illnesses won't be put on, so she often has to call the doctor to the house. She has had feelings for the doctor for the longest time, but she knows that she, as a governess, isn't a high enough class of woman to become a doctor's wife.Doctor Edward Fellows has had feelings for Elizabeth too, but he's never let on to her how he feels. But during every visit to the girls he is reminded just how much he admires and is attracted to her.On one occasion when the doctor was called out to the girls, the illness wasn't put on. In fact they both contracted the deadly disease, Scarlet Fever. Edward and Elizabeth were the ones to care for the girls because their parents quickly left the house with their son so that he wouldn't fall ill too. After spending a lot of time together nursing the girls, and with emotions high, Edward and Elizabeth give in to their attraction and find themselves in a passionate clinch. Unfortunately for them, they are caught by the master of the house, who quickly dismisses Elizabeth. Of course she is painted as the disrespectful party, especially as she should be setting an example to her charges, not being a 'whore'. Edward should have offered marriage then and there, but instead all he did was keep her from getting dismissed (or so he thinks).Elizabeth's heart breaks, and she is even more distraught when after Edward leaves, her boss tells her to get out, dismissing her after all. She quickly packs her bags and leaves.She has some wages saved up and can get a room for now, but she desperately needs to find more employment. The women that helped her become a governess and found her a situation in the first place are happy to help her find a new situation. That is until the horrid mother of the girls sends a scathing letter to them telling them about what Elizabeth had done. Needless to say, after that, being a governess wasn't going to be an option for her.Her other only option, decent one, is to be a lady's companion. Can she find a position before her money runs out? Will her heart ever mend over Edward's treatment of her?Edward has realised how very wrong he was to not offer marriage to Elizabeth, not because it was the right thing for him to do, but because he realises how much he loves her, and that he doesn't want to live his life without her. He doesn't realise that she has been dismissed from her job, so for weeks he has been sending letters to her begging her forgiveness. He thinks she won't forgive him, and he is feeling broken hearted too.Will he find out that she was dismissed, can he find out where she has moved on to, will he get his happily ever after with Elizabeth?I really loved this story, OK there were a couple of inconsistencies like when the girls were deathly ill, despite loving them like her own children, Elizabeth still managed a naughty moment with Edward. If that was me, lust would be the last thing on my mind when children I cared about were so ill. I also don't think that if Edward truly loved Elizabeth he would have just written to her for weeks and not chase it up when he didn't get a reply of some sort from her. My first thought would have been, hmm, maybe she was dismissed after all. I definitely think he could have worked harder to find her and get her to forgive him, rather than just rely on letters. Those things didn't detract too much from my enjoyment of the story though, and I am happily going to read the next in the series. I love when a Governess gets her man, especially if he's of the upper classes!!I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Amelia
    2018-11-12 10:23

    The Governess series is about three women who watch over the children of their wealthy English employers. During the mid-1800’s in England, the rich still thought of those not in their social class as much beneath them, and frequently anyone taking on the responsibilities of a governesses was to dedicate her whole life to the children. In the first book of the series, a woman who is committed to following all her duties as specified cannot stop from imagining a different life for herself. When a local doctor pays this particular governess a little extra attention, her thoughts become filled with potential what-ifs. Julia Kelly has written an enchanting romantic story, where emotions are conflicted because of future possibilities. THE GOVERNESS WAS WICKED delights with charming characters and an engaging storyline.As the governess for the Norton family, Elizabeth Porter oversees the welfare of their two young daughters. It is her duty to make certain their educational needs are met along with setting a perfect example of a proper lady. Though she occasionally dreams of having a family, she knows there will never be a husband or any children for her. The girls in her care are usually well-behaved, but lately they are insistent some type of illness is making them feel bad. But most of the time when Dr. Edward Fellows makes a house call, he finds they are in fact not sick.Though Elizabeth hates summoning the doctor for every little ache, she must make sure there is nothing really wrong. Also, a visit from the friendly doctor always makes her feel better, as he takes time to actually talk to her and shares personal information. What neither realizes is that each of them has fantasizes about the other which they would like to become a reality.While not a long story, THE GOVERNESS WAS WICKED manages to convey plenty of emotion during its many compelling scenes along with a touch of humor. From heartfelt longing to painful grief to enthusiastic joy, I got to experience the wide range of sentiments that Elizabeth and Edward felt as they faced various circumstances. Life for Elizabeth was very difficult, as she had few options available to her. I really sympathized with how life turned out for her, as she did not wish for grand things, just to be happy with a loving family. While she would really like for Edward to be in her life, she knows about his yearning to do research and does not want to keep him from his goal. I respected her for putting his hopes before her own. Although he would very much like to have an intimate relationship with her, he has never made a move in all the years they have been interacting. When the desire this couple feels for each other finally takes control of their actions, the moment is steamy because of pent-up sexual craving. I liked how they had come to know one another over time, thus the timing of their encounter was not unexpected.There were several other likable characters in the book, especially the two closest friends of Elizabeth who have their own stories to tell. I am looking forward to seeing what Julia Kelly has in store for them.Copy received from NetGalley

  • Gaele
    2018-10-21 05:00

    Charming doesn’t go far enough to explain this title. Truly a novella-length introduction to the world and the characters, the development of character and story encourage readers to engage and cheer on these young women. Elizabeth’s story is a common one for gently bred ladies in this time. Without protection and charity of family, she needs to find a suitable occupation as either a governess or a lady’s companion. Both require a reputation beyond reproach, and she has dedicated her life, deferring dreams of family and love of her own to do the best for the two young girls she is employed to raise. Dr. Edward Fellowes is well-respected and regarded, particularly as he is willing to tend to his patients at all hours. He particularly looks forward to the house calls to Elizabeth’s charges: the two have experienced an increase in ‘illness’ since the arrival of their infant brother. Not finding the girls to be particularly challenging, Edward’s thoughts about Elizabeth are less than gentlemanly. These two have a palpable chemistry, both stuck in their own moments of inaction due to the circumstances and social conventions. But a search for ipecac and a daring move by Elizabeth open the door to more – and their inability to think and speak to their true wishes almost cost them dearly. Wonderful character development and voice, everything you would wish for in a full-length novel is contained in this story. Light, fun and engaging, I can’t wait for Mary’s story!I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. This review was originally posted on I am, Indeed

  • Catherine
    2018-10-27 05:10

    This book told the story of a young governess called Elizabeth living in Recency London and it follows her life as a governess including her relationships with her friends Miss Ephram and Miss Woodward as well her romance with her Families doctor Dr. Edward Fellows.On Goodreads this book is listed as a Historical Romance which it very definitely is and a very well researched one as well which is shown in the references made about dress codes and expectations placed on women particularly unmarried ones of the time. All the characters were well developed and multi faceted which meant that they were easy to connect with. Elizabeth is a wonderfully well developed and multi faceted character who I connected with on many levels. I loved reading about her relationships particularly the ones with her charges (Miss Norton and Miss Cassandra) and Dr. Fellows. The way the author wrote about the two girls who were Elizabeth's charges really made me the reader see what their lives were like but also that they were typical children in the way that one was the mischievous/prank puller while the other was the sensible/practical/ one.The girls had the tendency to pull pranks especially the older one probably mainly as a way to try to get their parents attention. Dr Fellows was an amazing character who was really caring and a stickler for following etiquette but when you read the scenes that concerned his interactions with and thoughts about Elizabeth you saw him as the gentle loving and considerate person he really was. I really did not like Mr and Mrs Norton at all because although they conformed to societies expectations it was clear they saw their daughters as an inconvenience which was shown perfectly when they came down with Scarlet Fever so they left them in the care of Elizabeth without a by way of leave.The plot was developed and world building done in such a skillful way that it seemed to develop organically while keeping me as the reader wanting more. All the descriptions of the different expectations placed on men and women of the time as well as how people dressed/wore their hair etc. really portrayed the time period well.I gave this book a five star rating because the writing was entrancing and I really connected with the characters, and it was a great start to what I am sure will be an amazing series - I can't wait to read the other books in the series. It is a book that I will both recommend to as well as buy for anyone who I think would enjoy Historical Romance.

  • Wit & Wonder Books
    2018-10-28 08:58

    ***ARC PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***I’ve not read anything by Julia Kelly before but as a fan of historical novels I was keen to read this book. ‘The Governess Was Wicked’ is the first book in a new series called ‘The Governess’. This quick read was a 3.5 star read for me.Forced to take on employment after her father’s death Elizabeth Porter becomes a Governess. As the two girls in her charge are often making her call for the doctor because of their real but also fake illnesses Elizabeth gets to know the sexy eligible Doctor Edward Fellows quite well. The good doctor is also quite smitten by Elizabeth but is leaving for America in a few months.There is a longing and need that Elizabeth feels towards the doctor but as they feel that things cant progress for her reputation and standing they try to remain proper. Unfortunate or not (depends on how you look on it) they are unable to control themselves and things escalate to a physical relationship and are caught up in each other when seen by another. However this action and passion is not something that is looked upon lightly in that day and there are consequences for her actions. Things do not run smoothly and some misunderstanding takes place which might just keep them apart.Both Elizabeth and Edward are great characters and the story is well written but I just had some difficulty thinking of it being set in the era it was meant to be in because of the behaviour of the characters. Also the timing of when they initially come together is not something that sat well with me given how caring Elizabeth was for the girls and what they meant to her. This book is a short quick read with some heat and would be great for an afternoon of relaxing and reading. I will certainly read more from this author as I would be keen to see what else she comes up with in this series.Reviewed by Louise G.

  • Kimberly
    2018-10-17 06:25

    My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin: http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/09...Elizabeth Porter is a governess to two young girls with indifferent parents. She adores her charges, even though they’ve been acting out and feigning illness ever since their brother, the heir, was born. Of course, their theatrics do bring the handsome Dr. Edward Fellows to their door, and Elizabeth cannot deny the pleasure his company brings. She knows the doctor can never marry someone like her, but that knowledge does nothing to halt her attraction to him. The longer they are around one another, the more Elizabeth wonders what harm there could be in a stolen moment or two…The Governess Was Wicked is a bit of a difficult book to review. I wanted to like it a lot more than I actually did. Julia Kelly has a breezy writing style that made the story easy to enjoy, but unfortunately this is one of those tales that the longer I thought about it the less satisfying I found it. Elizabeth and Edward are perfectly likeable characters who have a lot of potential but are never truly fleshed out. They have an easy compatibility and it’s clear to see that they would suit each other well. So why doesn’t he ask her to marry him on page one? It’s honestly not too clear (aside from the fact that there would be no story). The difference in Elizabeth and Edward’s stations isn’t a big leap, and the other obstacles in their path are thrown up and knocked down with little rhyme or reason. They don’t always behave with logic or sense, and though that can work in a story, it has to feel organic and it never did. At the end of the day, The Governess Was Wicked wasn’t my cup of tea, but I did like Ms. Kelly’s writing enough that I’m looking forward to reading about Elizabeth’s friends in the next two Governess books.FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Courtney
    2018-11-04 06:20

    Let's start off with a big ol' NO. NO, I have not read Julia Kelly before. Now, how about a yes? YES, I will be reading the rest of these books! While I will be reading the next two novels in the series, I will say that I had just the slightest bit of cover-to-story disappointment. The cover doesn't quite match the, shall we say, "intensity" of the novel itself. Most historical romances will only give up one or two really good scenes as it is but this cover was positively screaming, "There may be three!" So, let's start with a good ole fashion, "Don't judge a book by it's cover," and move along to what's lovely here.The more I read this book, the more it became a lesson in, "When a door is closed, a window is opened." I'll tell you one thing, I am absolutely sure that I would have been able to cross "Governess" off of my job possibilities if I had been alive during this era. Nope. Not for me. There were several moments that Elisabeth went through that made me catch my breath. You are truly made to feel everything.The always lovely Elisabeth handles it all like a champ whereas I would be crying in the corner with my bottle of wine.The romance itself is simple and sweet. It both is and is not one of the great romances. Its simplicity makes it great. It's a serendipitous story of two pseudo-middle-class people finding each other, falling in love, and going through the normal struggles of a relationship. No marauding pirates, government spies, or secret love children. Just a classic love story to curl up and read with a cup of tea on a rainy day. And aren't those just the best?I will caution that there is a bit of tripping over our own feet here. A lot of the assumption game that always leads to trouble but also provides us with a big fantastic ending of admissions and kisses. While it can occasionally be tedious, it is a great first novel to a trilogy and I am already diving into the next one. Won't you join me?***I was given a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review***

  • Connie Fischer
    2018-11-08 05:11

    Elizabeth Porter, age 26, enjoys her position as governess to two girls, Cassandra and Juliana Norton. Having come to her position from an agency run by the Carrington sisters, Elizabeth knows that her life is destined to be spent caring for someone else’s children.During her first season, Elizabeth’s father died suddenly leaving her with no parent as she had already lost her mother. When she then finds out that her father has gambled all of his money away, there is nothing she can do but find a job.In the six months since Elizabeth started the position, she has found that these two young girls have a habit of “becoming ill” rather quickly and getting better quickly too. One night when Cassandra wakes Elizabeth to tell her Juliana is ill, it appears that this time she truly is. So, Dr Edward Fellows is summoned. When Dr. Fellows arrives, he is secretly happy to see Elizabeth again. To him she is beautiful and she feels the same way about him. Dr. Fellows is planning to sail to America soon and settle in New York. How Elizabeth envys him being able to see all of the wonderful things there. It turns out that Juliana had intentionally made herself ill and Elizabeth is concerned. She knows that the birth of a new baby and heir in the house has made the girls afraid that they will lose even more of the little attention they receive from their parents.But there comes the night that Juliana is truly ill and it appears to be scarlet fever that both girls have contracted. Dr. Fellows is urgently summoned and Elizabeth takes over the care of the girls. Will they survive the fever? Will there be a chance for Elizabeth and Edward to have a future together?This is a very well-written novel and I really enjoyed it. The life of a governess is depicted in the novel and shows how lonely these women were.Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Lucy
    2018-11-05 04:19

    Read the full review on Forget the Classics, I Read RomanceToday I’m reviewing The Governess was Wicked by Julia Kelly, a historical romance about a Governess and a doctor. I was immediately intrigued by the occupations of the hero and heroine because it differs from the usual suspects of aristocrats, soldiers or ‘mistresses’. I wanted to see how Julia Kelly would incorporate ideas of class and social standing into the romance. Also before I start I need to thank Simon and Schuster and Netgalley for sending me an arc copy of this book in return for an honest review.When we meet Elizabeth Porter she is working as a governess for Juliana and Cassandra Norton, two girls who often fake illnesses to gain attention. Although Elizabeth isn’t always convinced of the girl's maladies she won’t take the risk incase they are seriously ill. This results in many late night visits from a Doctor Edwards Fellow, the family physician. Both Elizabeth and Edward occupied an unusual position in society. Elizabeth as a governess is slightly above the rank of a servant but is still considered replaceable and of little importance by her employers. Above all else Elizabeth has to be beyond reproach, she can’t risk any scandal being attached to her name.He was the sort of man Elizabeth could imagine forgetting herself with. But a governess could never forget herself, no matter how much she wanted to.Unfortunately for Elizabeth, Doctor Edward Fellow is just the temptation she doesn’t need...Read the full review on Forget the Classics, I Read Romance

  • Smitten With Books
    2018-10-21 05:19

    Elizabeth is a governess for two young girls and when they continually get sick, she begins to suspect they're pretending so they can see the handsome doctor. Elizabeth doesn't fault them, though, because she can't help but like being in his presence as well, especially because he makes her feel special. And even though Elizabeth is attracted to Edward, and vice versa, she knows their relationship can't go beyond a kiss because she can't risk her job and she knows she can never be the wife of a doctor. Will Elizabeth be able to give into her desires without risking her reputation or her heart?There are many historical romance novels with governess heroines, but Julia Kelly managed to weave a unique story with a doctor hero, instead of the typical titled lord. Edward was also very kind and didn't believe that he was above Elizabeth, even though she was a governess, which is something I liked about him. I also liked Elizabeth and Edward together. Their romance was sweet and heartwarming, even if it was predictable. And Elizabeth was a great heroine because she was serious about her position and loved the children she took care of, but because of that, the story fell apart a little bit for me. I couldn't help becoming frustrated that Elizabeth risked her job to kiss Edward, especially because Elizabeth and Edward would kiss in hallways and open rooms where anyone could easily walk in on them. I also thought the plot was lacking since the author focused so much on the romance.Overall, I enjoyed The Governess Was Wicked and recommend it to anyone looking for a historical romance novel featuring a sweet relationship between a governess and a doctor.

  • Eve
    2018-11-12 11:17

    The Governess Was Wicked and The Governess Was WantonElizabeth Porter and Mary Woodward, friends and governesses, are ladies who must earn a living. Each is resigned to a life of raising and instructing children who are not their own, moving from family to family, subject to the whims of their charges’ parents. While caring for two girls, Elizabeth (Wicked) falls for a young doctor, Edward Fellows, and debates allowing him more than a kiss despite the peril of being dismissed without a character. Later, Mary (Wanton) catches the eye of her employer, the Earl of Asten, but must contend with his widow’s former friend, a commanding lady of the aristocracy, who has her eye on the earl. Both Elizabeth and Mary risk losing their positions and reputations by following their hearts, but to break free of societal constraints, they will have to dare to live a different life.Verdict Kelly (One Week in Hawaii) deftly balances the wistful dreams of her protagonists with humor and competence. Readers cannot help but empathize and be cheered by these hardworking, underappreciated women respecting themselves enough to realize they deserve more out of life. Each novella is a short but sweet indulgence for any fan of rags-to-riches romance.This review was originally published in Library Journal Xpress Reviews: E-Originals, August 4, 2016.

  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    2018-10-17 06:16

    This short historical romance was sweet, bold and sexy. There was a bit of angst, a short separation, some pushing way from both the sexy (beta) MMC and the down on her luck FMC, and a nice HEA.There was a lot of potential between Elizabeth and Edward but I think it was all wrapped up too fast. All this time spent agonizing over her reputation, and then BAM! None of it matters anymore? I was hoping they were going to sail off to America together and start over. It made more sense since the question of reputation would have been easier to handle if they’d arrived as a married couple. As an h, Elizabeth was great, she was nice, smart, adventurist and outspoken when push came to shove. Her attitude and actions sometimes came across as too 21 century but overall I liked her and wanted to see her get her man. Edward left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in the end but definitely left me wanting to see him taking more of a stand when it came to his woman. He was too gentlemanly at times (didn’t think that was possible, but hey, it happened) and didn’t ever seem to take charge of the situation. Just kind of letting things happen and then reacting after the fact. I wanted to see him be more decisive. The steamy factor was present ;) and the characters where well defined. The pacing felt a little rushed at times but didn’t become a problem as it was all wrapped up nicely.*** ARC provided in exchange for an honest review ***

  • Brenda
    2018-11-14 12:11

    Publisher's Description:This delightfully charming and saucy Regency era romance, is first in the Governess series in which three best friends are employed as governesses for different families, and all find themselves wanting something they can’t have.Elizabeth Porter is quite happy with her position as the governess for two sneaky-yet-sweet girls when she notices that they have a penchant for falling ill and needing the doctor. As the visits from the dashing and handsome Doctor Edward Fellows become more frequent, Elizabeth quickly sees through the lovesick girls’ ruse. Yet even Elizabeth can’t help but notice Edward’s bewitching bedside manner even as she tries to convince herself that someone of her station would not make a suitable wife for a doctor. But one little kiss won’t hurt... My Thoughts:I have not previously read anything by this author so I was delightfully surprised. This is a fast paced read and I totally enjoyed it. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that the Hero & Heroine got caught immediately with their first full sexual encounter. Come on if that isn't rotten luck what is?I would give this book a 4 star rating and look forward to reading and reviewing the other 2 books in this series which I have already been approved for.I was provided a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.