Seven Minutes in Heaven

Avon. Feb. 2017. 404p. ISBN 9780062389459. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062389466. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Aristocratic Oxford don Edward Reeve, bastard son of an earl, has just sacked the governess and now needs a new one for his mischievous half-siblings. Naturally, Eugenia Snowe's agency, noted for its premier employees, is his preferred option, and since his former "unsatisfactory" governess was from Snowe's, he won't take no for an answer. But widowed Eugenia is the daughter of a marquis and not to be cowed, even by a man as appealing as Ward, who has no idea of her true social status. However, Ward is involved in a custody battle, so when Eugenia has problems finding a suitable replacement, he's not above whisking her away to his estate until a new governess arrives—in part for propriety's sake but also because he's always wanted to kidnap a woman. Although not directly aligned with earlier novels, this title features character links and a cameo appearance by the Duke of Villiers that are sure to delight James's fans.
VERDICT Graced with stinging banter, delicious sensuality, and lively wit, James's latest Regency is pure magic. James (My American Duchess) lives in the New York City area.
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