The Governess is the third book in the Wicked Wallflowers series. The story seems to follow off from the previous book but with the Killoran family and the Devil’s Den.
I’ve read a couple of comments in which it has been noted that the Killoran family is in fact not related by blood (with exception to Stephen). Their shared connection from Diggory’s street kid gang. It is than assumed that as I have not read the previous two books, this was not picked up until reading the comments. Regardless the story could almost be considered a stand-alone piece.
Post-Diggorys ruling, Broderick has taken over the Devil’s Den. Although he is willing to play dirty, he protects those he calls family as well as those in his employee. From early on in the story one finds out that Stephen was kidnapped when he was a baby. Broderick realizes that as it was on his orders – for Diggory’s men to bring him an orphan child – that he must face the consequences and wrath of Stephen’s father.
To further protect his sisters from the noose in his future, he seeks to find suitable husbands for them. The story picks up from after Cleo and Ophelia have successfully married loving husbands. Only Gretchen remains to find a suitable partner. This fast-forward track could refer to pieces that I may be missing from the previous two books. Gretchen insists that if she must find a husband, that she wants Reggie to be her chaperone.
Regina (Reggie) Spark has been in Broderick’s employee for 10 years. She is a loyal right hand to Broderick, the hell and his family. However, she holds secrets…
- A secret from her past that could destroy all future hope with Broderick
- She is deeply in love with Broderick
- She plans to open a music hall. A future investment and a means for prostitutes from the Devil’s Dean a new purpose.
Reggie’s sad backstory shows an understanding at her strong refusal to return to Polite Society as Gretchen’s chaperone.
Broderick discovers Reggie’s plan to buy a building. He believes that she is out to sabotage his business by opening another gaming hall or saloon in the same area and steal his staff. Anger does not allow him to see reason to her plans – not that she is willing to share her plans in fear that he may steal her ideas. His stubbornness and to slow her plans he backs Reggie into a contract to chaperone his sister until her season is over. Reggie, however, is definitely not a pushover and goes “toe to toe” with Broderick. Despite the broken trust, Broderick admires Reggie’s courage which turns to an attraction for the feisty redhead.
Overall I found The Governess a difficult book to fall into pace with, and even more reluctant to put pen to paper to review. Don’t get me wrong, it had an interesting take on the “slams” and a blossoming romance. It unfortunately did not appeal to me and I found the storyline dragged, and paragraphs were being skipped or skimmed.
** I received a copy of The Governess (Wicked Wallflowers, Book 3) by Christi Caldwell via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Info & My Rating
Wicked Wallflowers, Book 3 Genre: General Fiction (Adult),
Romance Publisher: Montlake Romance Publication Date: 12 February 2019
Regina (Reggie) Spark has loved Broderick Killoran, the resourceful and protective proprietor of the Devil’s Den, ever since he saved her from the streets and made her his right hand at the notorious gaming hell. For just as long, Reggie has never admitted her true feelings for him. Nor has she revealed her spirited ambitions—to buck convention and expectations and open a music hall.
While Broderick built his gaming empire with ruthless cunning, his loyalty to his employees is boundless. So when he learns of Reggie’s plan to leave his side and take charge of her own future, the betrayal cuts Broderick to the core. He responds as he would to any business rival…with swift retribution.
Instead of wilting, the savvy Reggie rebounds with a fury that shocks Broderick and stirs a desire he’s been holding in reserve for only ladies of nobility. But as their seductive battle of wills ignites under the harsh spotlight of the London Season, secrets are exposed as well—ones that could be ruinous in decent society but invaluable for the heart.