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Read it for a good, speeding story not for the characters, they aren’t given enough time and space to develop further. Though both the hero and heroine do get a good share of voice but it seems unfair not to let them speak more. Glad that nothing seems repetitive till now when it come to Tessa’s other books. Good to pick, read and leave not ponder.
This was my second Tessa Dare book and it was delightfully different than the first! It had the same charm and humour but the characters and their journey was completely different than Emma and Ash (from The Duchess Deal) so I was very happy about that.
This book belongs to Alexandra and her “bookshop rake” Chase.
Alex is a common-born lady who has a good education and works for her living but through a series of minor misfortunes ends up having to accept an offer to be Chase’s governess in order support herself and generate the income needed to pursue her goals.
Chase is a rakish charmer with a heart of gold. He has gone from 4th in line to inherit a dukedom to the heir over a few short years of pain and misfortune and along with the incoming title he has inherited the guardianship of two delightfully morbid young girls who had me laughing out loud more than once with their antics.
Watching the inevitable befall Chase (i.e falling in love with Alex and his two wayward charges) was super enjoyable and I adored Chase’s goodnatured acceptance of the daily funerals and excentricities of the girls, even if he was bloody-minded for so long about sending the girls off to boarding school!
I found it easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable but there was something about Chase's past ways that felt, I don't know, almost sleazy... It wasn't that he did anything wrong, it's just the I struggled to accept how much he'd spread it about in the past thus I would not have wanted to take him on even if he was charming, lovely and utterly devoted to me (if that makes any kind of sense...) Still, I was happy he was able to accept love and family in the end and become a one-woman man with Alexandra.
It was lovely catching up with the rest of the gang throughout the book and despite not loving this one as much as The Duchess Deal, I was left looking forward to reading more!
I received with thanks an ARC copy of The Governess Game from Mills & Boon and Netgalley.
This is my true and honest review of The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2). This was published on 6th September 2018. This is book 2 of ‘Girl Meets Duke’ and follows Alexandra and Chase. Chase never wanted to be heir to his uncle’s dukedom but due to unforeseen tragic circumstances, he is now heir and guardian to two young and unruly girls. He has hired multiple governesses, and none have lasted. He thinks all is lost until Alexandra turns up to offer her services as a clock repair/maintenance lady. Due to a miss understanding that was started and year and a half before, Alex is offered the job of as his ward's governess. At first, she turns down his offer, but circumstances mean to has to take the offer. Alexandra knows that Chase is not the ideal employer as he is known as a scoundrel and rake well known in society as a seducer of women. But Alexandra can’t help the attraction towards the notorious rake. Like all Tessa Dare’s books, this is romantic, funny and highly enjoyable. I loved Alexandra’s and Chase’s relationship. It was great to see other characters from book one of the series. This was just as adorable as book one. Cannot wait for book 2. A great book anyone who loves romance and historical romance.
This story line was not what I was expecting at all . ...in fact I was beginning to wonder whether to carry on . In parts it was a little slow moving , and the ending was a little rushed , and could have been better , if the reader was allowed to used more imagination to predict the future of the main characters .
I really enjoyed this read, I love Alex as a character and her relationship with the girls. Unfortunately for The Governess Game, however, it is sandwiched between two books that, to me, were far superior (Dutches deal and wallflower wager)! It is still a lot of fun, but I thought the ending was a little abrupt. I think there would have been room for another chapter in there to wrap it up.
I can't say I found myself laughing throughout this book but it is refreshing to read about a main female character who is assertive and clever. The dialogue between the main couple is witty and makes for an enjoyable read.