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The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke: 2 Mass Market Paperback – 28 August 2018
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“If historical Regency romances are all the inevitable inheritors of the work of Jane Austen, Dare is undoubtedly the lady’s clearest successor when it comes to her wit.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“A sprawling cast of delightfully eccentric characters adds texture and depth to a captivating love story. Dare continues her splendid, quirky Girl Meets Duke series with wit, heart, and humor.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“A ducal heir who dreads failure and a comet-obsessed sea captain’s daughter with her own ghosts to slay finally give in to romance in an affecting gem enhance by laugh-out-loud humor, scorching passion, and sparkling repartee. Pure reading joy!” (Library Journal (starred review))
“From the very first page of this whimsical and wryly inventive masterpiece, the latest in her fetching Girl Meets Duke series, RITA Award–winning Dare reels readers in and then keeps them firmly hooked with her distinctive blend of exuberant characters, lively dialogue, buoyant wit, and bone-melting sensuality.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Romance doesn’t get more delightful than Tessa Dare’s The Governess Game...a standout romance that readers won’t want to miss. (BookPage Top Pick)
From the Back Cover
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.
- Publisher : Avon (28 August 2018)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062672126
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062672124
- Item Weight : 453 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.44 x 16.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #361,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I admit I don't remember the whole of The Duchess Deal as much as I thought I did because when I started reading I'd totally forgotten about Alex's chance meeting in the bookshop. Once I got remembering everyone from the last book, though, I was all kinds of happy. I loved Alex and her total misunderstanding in meeting Chase for the second time. Her swift put down of him and his behaviour was awesome and the names she gave his man cave were awesome. I adored Chase and Alex together from the very beginning. Especially when he chased her and offered her his coat when she was dripping wet and accepting a job offer as a governess for his unruly wards.
Another win for this book was the fact I enjoyed it despite there being children involved! I'm not normally one for books with children in. Sometimes the kids are cute in books and sometimes they just feel like a plot device and don't get fully fledged personalities. That was definitely not the case when it came to Rosamund and Daisy. That pair had so much personality it was bursting off the page with every scene they were in. They were hilarious little troublemakers and they were awesome. From the daily funerals of poor Millicent (a doll) which were hilarious to the petty thievery of Rosamund. They were not good, sweet little girls. They were beasts and I loved them. Especially when they started their lessons in piracy. They stole, they were dramatic, and they weren't afraid to talk back when necessary (or tip some water out of a window when Chase needed to cool off with his womanising).
I admit a little bit more of the cute romance between Alex and Chase would have made me happy, we got plenty of good scenes with them together but I would always be happy for more. Especially as when they were together I felt like they bounced back and forth from being head over heels (and in denial) to acknowledging their love but denying themselves because it's not the done thing. I hate that back and forth in romance and the ending was then dragged out because of it. But I did adore the two of them and was happy with every page we got with them on it. And their grand romantic finale was pretty amazing. I couldn’t help but swoon at Chase’s grand romantic gesture and Alex deserved to be swept off of her feet just a little.
It was a fantastic read. I loved Alex and Chase and their book was amazing I cannot wait for what the next one will be. I will spend my time contemplating rereading Tessa Dare because I know I’ve not read some of her earlier books, like the Stud Club books. She always has me laughing whilst reading her romances and they are the kind of books you want to hug close upon finishing because you are always happy to see her characters got their happily ever after.
I think I need to rethink my ideas about regency romance on the strength of this book.
I understand many devotees of classic regency might find it too modern but that's precisely why it appealed to me.
Alexandra (Alex) is no wallflower, forging her own path in society. She actually works for a living and has a deep knowledge and understanding of astronomy. I loved the spin she put on the accidental job she procured as a temporary governess. No deportment lessons here!
Chase for his part is a very reluctant Duke in waiting. He tries to cultivate a reputation as a cad but Alex easily sees through this facade to the kind hearted, decent man he really is.
The scenes of them together are full of longing and banter and the slow dance into falling in love. I believed in them as a couple and routed for them as things took the inevitable downturn.
Chase, a libertine has unhappily inherited a dukedom (he is next in line) and two wards – due to feeling responsible for the death of someone he cared for/was responsible for, he feels he is unable able to take care of anyone, and so refuses to marry and is planning on sending his two young wards to boarding school – but until he does he needs a governess who won’t be cowered or frightened away by the girls’ antics. Alex in an attempt to teach the girls but also bring them out of their isolation/shells decides to give them lessons in being pirates – and her lessons pay off.
Some of the best components of the book involved all the ways in which Millicent became sick, died and was eulogized (seriously entertaining). Daisy and Rosamund, Chase’s wards were a delight and enjoyable secondary characters. Part of me wishes we had seen some of their antics with the different governesses they had chased away rather than being told about them (that being said the telling was enjoyable).
I really loved the glimpses we got of Penny and Nicola in this book and am looking forward to reading their stories.
Overall, a nice read, although it’s not my favourite, I can see myself re-reading this, even if it’s not as prolifically as the book that came before this.
The story concerns Alexandra, an erstwhile clock calibrator turned governess and Chase Reynaud,, heir to the Duke of Belvoir, guardian of two young girls, a fairly standard scenario for a historical romance.
The initial interactions between Alex and Chase were about the children’s educational needs but each time they met to discuss them it became apparent that there was an attraction between them which descended into sexual encounters in Chase’s study or Cave of Carnality. These encounters seemed devoid of any romance, more about satisfying Alex’s sexual curiosity and re-inforcing Chase’s determination to remain unattached without any family. Add to that Alex’s friends, who were strange in the extreme, not originals just excessive. It just seemed there were lots of different stereotypical historical romance themes cobbled together in this story.
I found the use of language unlikely for middle-upper class England of that time period. It’s almost as though the author thought that throwing in some slang English terms for body parts would make it seem more authentic. I found it irritating.
The plot did appeal but everything seemed very extreme and in the end, overdone. Sorry not to my taste