Title: From Governess To Countess (Matches Made in Scandal, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency/ Russian
Author: Marguerite Kaye
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Harlequin Historical, March 1, 2018 (preorder available)
Description from Amazon:
The scandalous truth about the count’s new mistress!
Count Aleksei Derevenko has hired governess Allison Galbraith for her skills as a herbalist, not a mistress! But when rumors spread, Allison is more shocked by her wanton reaction to Aleksei—inscrutable and impossibly handsome, his icy blue eyes promise white-hot nights of sin. She knows too well how fragile her reputation is, but will the price of their passion be worth paying?
It is refreshing to read a Regency era historical romance set in the opulence of Russia. Ms. Kaye gives us a true introduction to the architecture and vast wealth that was controlled by the aristocracy in that country. There is a mystery to solve, was the death of the Duke murder or natural causes? Can Allison help with the determination since she is an herbalist?
There is an attraction immediately between Allison and Aleksei but will their differing social stations prevent their romance.
I found this book fascinating because of the setting and a good read because of the mystery and romance.