When Luke’s brother threatens to seize custody of his nieces, he and their governess Aislinn decide to get married to provide a more secure home for them – which is only complicated by their attraction to each other.
It is so incredibly frustrating when you are going along reading a perfectly good book populated by perfectly good characters acting out a perfectly good plot – and then one of the characters does something so incredibly stupid and, worse, out of character, that it completely tanks your enjoyment of the book. This is, unfortunately, the case with An Unlikely Match for the Governess.
And there really was a lot I was enjoying! The secondary plot of trying to gain custody of the twins is quite detailed, but the focus remains on the developing relationship between Aislinn and Luke. I liked that both of them put their money where their mouth is as far as their affection for the twins and their attitudes toward class structure and morality went.
But then, at about the 75% mark, something very infuriating happened. The black moment arrived, that usual moment in a romance where the leads are on the verge of breaking things off. While I do not mind the black moment usually, it utterly enraged me here, because it was achieved by Luke acting utterly out of character, believing and doing things that do not mesh with what we’d seen of him so far. Suddenly he was not only cruel but stupid – the conclusion he’s jumped to being so completely out of left field – and his resulting actions so bizarre that it not only took me out of the story but left a bitter taste in my mouth.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.