Author: Rebecca Paula
Published: September 14th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Historical Romance
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Clara Dawson always followed the rules, until one terrifying night when her inheritance is stolen and the man responsible is left for dead. Desperate to outrun her troubles, she accepts a governess position at the crumbling gothic manor of the mysterious Ravensdale family. Caring for three orphaned children gives her a purpose, but her vulgar employer, Bly Ravensdale, holds dangerous secrets that may shatter Clara's newfound safe haven. Yet this stubborn brute compels Clara to abandon her etiquette at every turn, and she can't stay away.
Disowned by his family, Bly Ravensdale travels the globe as an explorer and agent of the British Crown until his brother’s passing leaves him saddled with three young wards. Charged with returning them to the family's vacant ancestral seat in the English countryside—the one place he wishes to avoid at all costs—Bly quits the role of spy to play family man. But a man nicknamed Devil rarely gets a clean start in life, even with the aid of the prudish yet lovely governess, Clara. Despite her cold exterior, Bly finds himself drawn to her, even as an enemy from his deadly past resurfaces seeking vengeance. Can he protect all that he has suddenly come to hold dear?
From the minute I heard Rebecca Paula was writing a historical romance, I was excited to see the world she created. Once I dove in, I knew it would be intriguing. Clara goes to Bly for a governess position because she wants to get away from her past. She focuses her life on taking care of the little ones at Burton Hall, keeping her distance from Bly. As much as she wants to stay away, he wants to get closer to her. However, the desires they both gradually develop could pose a problem for them both when something from Bly's past catches up to him.
Etiquette with the Devil is an impressive story full of twists and romance. I enjoyed how the story didn't develop in mere months, and also the growth each character faces as the time goes by. Clara and Bly have an attraction beyond compare, and beyond just the surface, which makes you want to see them reach a happily ever after. This is definitely a great start to The Ravensdales series and I'm very eager to see what is to come!