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A Governess’s Guide to Passion and Peril by Manda Collins

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A Governess’s Guide to Passion and Peril

Two friends reunite—and discover hidden feelings—while investigating a murder in this sensual, witty historical romance perfect for fans of Evie Dunmore and Netflix’s Bridgerton!

Jane Halliwell once dreamed of a home of her own—but those dreams (and her dowry) died with her father. Now, she works as a governess, preparing her charge for a future no longer within her reach. When her employer is murdered during a house party, however, Jane is forced back into the world of the ton. But stepping in as hostess will require working with the same lord who once broke her girlish heart.

Lord Adrian Fielding was too consumed with his job at the Foreign Office to pay young Jane much heed, but he always considered her a friend. Which is why he’s confounded by her icy demeanor now. More troubling still is his desire to melt the tensions between them. But his mentor’s murder means he must first find the culprit—and ensure Jane’s safety as she manages a house full of foreign dignitaries.

Only Jane insists on joining the investigation, and Adrian, despite all his diplomatic skills, finds himself seduced by her sharp wit and sparkling eyes. But with a vicious killer circling ever closer, will it soon be too late for their chance at forever?


The Review

Hello Book friends!

Today I’m reviewing A Governess’s Guide to Passion and Peril by Manda Collins, the fourth book in the Ladies Most Scandalous series. In this fourth book we follow two childhood friends, separated over time, Jane Halliwell and Lord Adrian Fielding, now adults, reunite under unexpected circumstances.


Looking for a murder mystery romance that will keep you drawn in from beginning to end? Fans of Collins books will enjoy her latest book in her Ladies Most Scandalous series, continuing to champion strong-willed women who should always be themselves even in a world designed for men.

With a splash of spice, romance readers who love friends-to-lovers and forced proximity tropes and a deeper dive into murder mystery, will enjoy this next installment and hope for one more.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blot – Satisfyingly Inked


About the Author

Manda Collins grew up on a combination of Nancy Drew books and Jane Austen novels, and her own brand of historical romantic suspense is the result. A former academic librarian, she holds master’s degrees in English and Library & Information Studies. Her novel Duke with Benefits was named a Kirkus Best Romance of 2017. She lives on the Gulf Coast with a squirrel-fighting cat and more books than are strictly necessary.

publication details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
26-Mar-24978-1538725603304Forever AdultNetGalley, Digital ARCDecember 11, 2023

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I’m Cecelia and I’m so glad you’re here! You’ll find honest reviews, book recommendations, along with other bookish essentials. So happy you stopped by!

– C




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