The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

August 27th, 2018 Kimberly Review 22 Comments

27th Aug
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
The Governess Game
by Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke #2
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.

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A feisty heroine, a troubled, soon to be Duke, and two orphaned girls made The Governess Game by Tessa Dare an addictive, swoon-worthy edition to the Girl Meets Duke series. Pirates, malaise, and lessons aided in delivering a heartwarming tale that left me wishing Tessa Dare released a new book every month. A girl can dream right?

I love strong, independent and feisty heroines and Alexandra Mountbatten was positively delightful. Alex, loves books, stars and by daydreams of one day owning her own cottage. By night, she dreams of a green-eyed gentlemen who literally knocked her off her feet.

Chase Reynaud, next in line to a dukedom, finds himself the guardian of two young girls. He has hired and lost an ungodly amount of governesses when Alexandra Mountbatten gives him a set down and he immediately hires hers. The events that unfold had me reading their story in just two sittings.

Daisy and Rosemonde, Chase’s young wards, were positively delightful and enhanced the story on so many levels. Morbid, hurt, fearful and determined these young ladies gave Alex quite the ride. I fell in love with them right along with Alex. And Millicent, the poor doll of a thousand deaths. Oh my. A few scenes had me giggling aloud. Dare shared brilliant one-liners and referenced a few things that pushed this story over the top. I think this is my favorite Dare book.

Heated and filled with deliciously swoon-worthy moments, their romance felt genuine. Sure, Chase is a lunkhead, but Dare allows us to see the man beneath the aloof exterior. I loved how strong and independent Alex was. While the story was predictable, it left me giddy and delivered that book high I am forever chasing.

I cannot wait for the next book. I weep knowing it will probably be a year before a new book is in my hands. If you want a story filled with humor, heat, swoons and more you’ll want to grab a copy of The Governess Game today. I know this will earn a spot in Caffeinated’s Top Ten Romances for 2018.

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About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in 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 pair of cosmic kitties.

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22 Responses to “The Governess Game by Tessa Dare”

  1. Bookworm

    Tessa Dare is a favorite and I’m going to have to read this one soon, I’ve been waiting for it after I read the first in series.
    Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Tessa Dare has some of the best feisty heroines and this one looks amazing. I love a governess romance like this one but haven’t read one in awhile. I think the last one I read was One Little Sin by Liz Carlyle which I loved but it’s been probably ten years since I read it! Adding this one to my TBR.

  3. Lorna

    I still have a Duke book by her from awhile back I still need to read but you make sound so good. I’ve liked other books by her.

  4. Tyler H. Jolley

    Nice review, Kimba, and very steamy! I hope you’re well. Btw, if my estimates are correct, you are crushing your reading goal for the year. Impressive, as always.

  5. Heidi

    You know me, not a huge fan of historical romances but both you and Nick are convincing me to read this one.

  6. Anne

    I don’t really read historical romance but you make this wildly appealing. Great review. Anne – Books of My Heart

  7. Sophia Rose

    That says it all that you had a good time and are dying for the next book. Tessa Dare is an author that I think will be a real treat when I get around to her books (and kick myself for waiting). 🙂

  8. Angie Elle

    Goodness, yes! Poor Millicent could NOT catch a break, and then the Thames nearly did her in. LOL This was such a fun story!

    Great review!

  9. Ailyn Koay

    does it involve frogs? I seem to read a lot of books like these involving something crawl. Not to say they don’t work, but some girls need to know how to really shock someone