Published by Avon on August 28th 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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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.
Tessa Dare writes my kind of romance. Her latest book proved that once again. The Governess Game is filled with relatable characters, playful banter, and a swoon-worthy romance.
“First he was merely the Bookshop Rake, but as the weeks wore on, he made a rapid ascent up the rungs of the peerage. Sir Read. Lord Literature. The Duke of Hatchard’s.”
When Alex Mountbatten ran (literally) into Chase Reynaud at Hatchard’s book shop, she had no idea that in a few months time she would be working as a governess for the two wards who came under his care. She was a clock-setter, not a governess. But some unexpected circumstances landed Alex her new position as Chase’s governess and thus, the Governess Game begins. And boy, did it ever begin.
“You are the worst example of false advertising. I was led to believe I was hiring a prim scold. Then I learn you’re remarkable and bold and interesting.”
I adored this book. Specifically, I adored Alex. She was, like most of Dare’s heroines, interesting and ahead of her time. Her being a half-mestiza Filipino was a bonus. She was resilient and ambitious with big dreams. Most of all, she took no crap from Chase no matter how irresistible he was, and Chase was pretty much ‘irresistible’ come to life. The man oozed rakishness and sex appeal, and he glories in it.
Their banter was, once again, on point and hilarious. I found myself laughing many times throughout this book. And when I wasn’t laughing, I was swooning. Tessa Dare just knows how to make her readers swoon. This book was also sexy and steamy as hell. There’s one particular scene which I won’t disclose but oh my lawd, I had to fan myself whilst reading that one. It was HOT. Chase was indeed a bad, bad rake in all the best ways possible.
“We should go after the girls”
“Yes, we should”
Neither of them moved.
Alex bit her lip. “We’re going to kiss instead, aren’t we.”
“You’re goddamned right, we are.”
Another wonderful thing about this book was Chase’s wards, Rosamund and Daisy. I have to say that Dare knows how to write kids. Rosamond and Daisy were smart and precocious but their dialogue shows you they are still kids. I loved how she wrote about their relationship with Chase. Those scenes were some of the most hilarious in the book.
We also get to see more of Alex’s friends, which I personally loved. Emma’s story is up next and I’m already salivating at the set up Dare has for her and her Duke. Anyway, I digress.
So why did I not give this one 5 stars when I so clearly adored it? Well, the pacing was a little spotty for me. It didn’t lag exactly but it could’ve been definitely better or smoother, I suppose. There were also moments where I really got frustrated with Chase. He did wise up in the end but man, was he stubborn or what.
Despite those things, Alex, the kids, and the romance made this whole book for me. Tessa Dare continues to be an auto-buy author for me.
“I couldn’t forget you, Alex. And I won’t allow anyone else to forget you, either. Not the Royal Observatory, not the world. Not the universe, for that matter.”