Title: The Governess Game
He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson
The accidental governess.
After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart... without risking her own.
The infamous rake.
Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling... and he’s in danger of falling, hard.
Author: Tessa Dare
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: When a Scot Ties the Knot
Series: Girl Meets Duke #2
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: August 28, 2018
Genres: Regency Romance
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This book was absolute perfection. Just…perfect. Le sigh.
Let’s start with the heroine. Alexandra Mountbatten makes her living honestly, and it’s so nice to see someone who isn’t just another rich girl. She’s Filipina and Spanish – so much heritage for an English regency character! And Chase is a great hero – he’s not quite welcomed by the ton, and this story checked off all the boxes of a regency without going into a ballroom. It. Was. Lovely.
So the two girls, Rosamund and Daisy, were alternatively hilarious and heartbreaking. I loved them, and actually found myself trying to skip over the scenes between Alexandra and Chase to get to the girls. But I made myself go back and slow down, because the love between Chase and Alexandra is so beautifully gradual, built upon respect and consent, that missing any of it would be criminal.
Tessa Dare somehow just keeps getting better. Romance readers clamor for more consent”in the sex scenes – she delivers it in a natural, wonderful way that makes you think that’s how it always should’ve been written. Readers want more rounded secondary characters – Barrows is witty, refreshing, and downright real. The banter is fast, but easy to follow. The girls aren’t “fixed” overnight, Chase wants to take care of the girls – not just foist them off on a school, Alexandra’s fears…the list goes on.
This was a definite 5 star read. You won’t regret picking this one up.