Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 Unexpectedly Humorous Stars

The Governess Game is the second installment of the Girl Meets Duke series. I've yet to read the first in the series, so I can attest that this novel could easily be read as a standalone. However, it did whet my appetite to go back and purchase the first novel.

Alexandra is an original heroine, meaning she wasn't cookie-cutter in nature. As an orphan, who originally was raised on a ship by her captain father, she now calibrates clocks. An accidental meeting with the hero of the novel leads to misunderstandings and an unexpected offer of employment.

Chase. Chase is by far one of my favorite historical romance heroes, but not in a broody, heart-aflutter sense. As the guardian of two little girls, the unexpected heir to a duke is beside himself. Rosamond and Daisy... those girls are something else. They were an utter delight of pure chaos. Reading Chase give eulogy after eulogy for Daisy's doll... they were by far the sweetest, most hilarious passages I've ever read.

Not wishing to give a byplay of the plot and scenes... Chase and Alex fit. Their interactions were filled with banter and tension, which lent a realistic edge to the romance that is oftentimes slightly forced in this genre. Organic, Chase and Alex built a friendship of sorts while learning how to handle the girls together. Butting heads was just a form of verbal foreplay for the couple, fueling my need to turn the pages.

But for me, what won me over was Rosamond and Daisy. They offered an unbelievable amount of innocent humor that had me chuckling repeatedly as I read. As a close second, the banter is an honorable mention. Not feeling forced or over-the-top, every interaction between Chase and Alex was entertaining, either putting a smile or a blush on my face.

Definitely recommend to historical romance fans and fans of the author. I'll be checking out Tessa Dare's backlist as I anxiously await the next in the series.

TESSA DARE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty historical romances. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare to read and review.

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