This was a terrific novel; very well written and such a treat to read. I absolutely loved Christy and Julian together. Christy is a great heroine and Julian has a very logical mind (which works great for his sister’s situation but not so much for his own) and kind heart, even if it takes him a while to reach some… ahem conclusions.
When Miss Christiana Daventry’s brother sets his sights on Julian Trentham’s half-sister, Julian is determined to stop it by any means necessary. At first he thinks Miss Daventry is in fact Harry’s mistress, but quickly comes to the right conclusion that she is not. Still, he knows exactly how he can used Miss Daventry to break Lissy and Harry up permanently.
Christy is in full agreement that her brother Harry is not the sort of man Lissy should marry and agrees to go into Julian’s employ as a governess and companion. From the inside she can help persuade the headstrong Lissy of her brother’s ineligibility… so long as she doesn’t have to tell either Lissy or Julian her greatest secret to manage it.
For his part, Julian is undeniably attracted to Christy. He can hardly stop thinking about her and he doesn't know what to do about it. He's a good man and doesn't believe in sleeping with his employees, but he can't deny that having Christy as his mistress would be very pleasant. He keeps his distance when she tells him to back off but one thing leads to another and all of a sudden they must get married to preserve her reputation... but Christy knows her reputation need be protected and so she reveals to him her darkest secret...