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    Another enjoyable and fun story from Emily Larkin

    After reading the blurb I was a little confused...how could the Governess not notice that Octavius was a man?  Well silly me...it's an Emily Larkin book... so it's because he used magic of course!  I love how Emily Larkin mixes magic with historical romance, it is always interesting to see what she (and her characters) will do next.   Her characters are always fun and likeable, and Octavius and Miss Toogood are no exception.  Yes there is a little bit of non-consensual bodice ripping, but nothing most people would find upsetting, and like the blurb says, the culprits get their just desserts.  It was wonderful to see a man experience "being a woman" and feel the need to do something about what they experienced daily.  Octavius and the Perfect Governess is another fun and enjoyable read from Emily Larkin.
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    Enjoyable read

    On losing a bet Lord Octavius Pryor has to use his gift of metamorphosis, and spend the evening at Vauxhall Gardens as a female. On being attacked by the lecherous Baron Rumpole he is determined to teach him a lesson. So as a housemaid he enters the Baron's household. But he meets the new governess Miss Philippa Toogood and is instantly smitten. So his plan must cover the revenge and punishment of Rumpole, while keeping Miss Toogood safe. For this he needs the help of family and friends. An entertaining historical fiction story, with some very likeable and amusing characters.
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    I love Emily Larkin!

    This book, though, was a little heavier, a little more serious than most of her previous books. It probably needs a content warning for assault and attempted rape. None of it is very graphic, but it's there. Partly because it doesn't occur to Octavius just how vulnerable he is as a woman (nor does his cousin, who's escorting him), and partly because after his assault, Octavius decides his assailant needs to be taken down a peg or two. There's an interesting conversation about whether it's more dangerous to be a man or a woman. Octavius says it's more dangerous to be a woman. He's had some experience with both, of course, cut it's not quite the same, if you're unprepared. Pip disagrees.
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    Walk a mile in her shoes (and corset and fears)

    Who would have thought that a book containing Farie Godmothers would be a thoughtful book on the relationship of women and men. WOW. Ladies, all men should do this. Men, you could learn a great deal. Write more Emily!
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    Uplifting

    This book is a great read. It’s romantic without being smutty and magical without being fanciful. I can’t wait to read the next book.
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