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A Governess Should Never... Tempt a Prizefighter (The Governess Chronicles #1) by Emily Windsor. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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“So tell me, Miss Griffin, why should I employ you as governess?”

A question to rouse fear within the breast of any prospective governess but for Matilda, a lady without references, appropriate brown clothing or any experience with children whatsoever, doubly so.

Yet alone in the world except for a brutish guardian and a malodorous betrothed, Matilda must seek her own future, even if that means employment in the household of a rugged ex-prizefighter with sizeable muscles and doubtless minuscule intellect.


“Please continue to enlighten me, Miss Griffin.”

Mr Seth Hawkins, owner of famed Boxing Academy, has reached the point of desperation in his search for a governess.

Yet with no other suitable candidates, could this yellow-clad, bespectacled female who seemed to think him a witless dolt with calloused knuckles and no books, teach his daughter the ways of a lady?


The Lady and the Prizefighter.

One should never judge a man by his well-defined muscles or a lady by her yellow-silk slippers, for beneath both façades lay yearning hearts, shared dreams and a taste for adventure.

With scandalous kisses in midnight carriages, tavern excursions, whifflers, nobblers and dressing as a nefarious footpad on the prowl, the vocation of governess has never been so exciting…


A fun, heart-warming Regency romance, this is the first book in a companion series to the Games of Gentlemen.

This tale contains sensual scenes.


Miss Matilda Griffin is desperate to get away from her hated guardian before he marries her off to one of his old cronies.  Work as a governess is all she can think of,  but with no references or experience jobs are hard to come by.  
Mr Seth Hawkins was born in the rookeries of St. Giles,  and literally fought his way out.  He was a champion prize fighter and now runs his own boxing academy all while bringing up his daughter on his own. 
This is an unusual historical romance and so much fun.  I loved the use of boxing "Cant". It really made it more realistic and caused a lot of giggles.  Our hero has lots of surprises up his sleeve with his large muscles.  There is much more to him than our heroine believes.  Our heroine is highly educated but very realistic and adventurous,  with a fabulous outgoing personality.  
Great fun,  I loved it.  


Emily grew up in the north of England on a diet of historical romance and classical mythology.
Unfortunately, you couldn’t study Georgian slang or the Regency London Season, so she did the next best thing and gained a degree in Classics and History instead. This ‘led’ to an eight-year stint in engineering. 
Having left city life, she now lives in a dilapidated farmhouse in the country where her days are spent writing, fixing the leaky roof, battling the endless vegetation and finding pictures of well-tied cravats.

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