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The hero of this novel has a couple of brattish wards who are understandably playing up to gain attention. They do this by playacting macabre deathbed and funeral scenes which involve the copious use of breakfast condiments, after this is repeated several times, it is not comic just tedious. The heroine is supposed to be a keen astronomer but the amount you find out about star-gazing could be gleaned in a morning. She has issues about being on boats: - everyone in this book has issues. It's what drives the plot. If one removed all the sex scenes the book would have been much shorter and possibly more interesting. I felt as if I was being manipulated, and it was slightly too twee for my taste
This is one of the first romance novels I read and it was quite rousing. The story line is quirky as Alexandra is not your typical English rose being half English and half Philippine but her hero however is a typical rake, a giant with a heart as we soon discover with his delightful if dour morning routine with his two wards. Alex becomes a governess to the two girls who are indeed a handful and we see that as they eventual warm to her as does the handsome witty Chase. There are the usual bunch of adorable side characters. I like Alex's academic interest in star gazing. Her character is one of the more well rounded heroines, not dainty, pragmatic and while having had a harsh upbringing doesn't behave so foolishly you want to shake them until their teeth rattle.
With this book, it feels like I'm watching a play a deeply satisfying farce. I found it delightful and this is one of my favourites and I cannot recommend highly enough if you want a bit of escape time with a light but filling romance read.
The Governess Game has a much more commonplace and hackneyed plot than The Duchess Deal and the humour seems forced and never raises a smile. The heroine's interest in astronomy seems a bit bolt-on, as though an attempt to add interest to her character, and the characters of the group of friends seem much more flat and two-dimensional than in the earlier story.
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.
Alexandra and Chase, fell in love with Chase, he tries to convince everyone that he has FEELINGS for nothing and nobody just himself. This was a man who was unexpectedly made guardian to two children he did not know. Daisy 7 and Rosamund 10, threatened them with boarding school, he would put a pin in a map to decide where. Hilarious, Chase refused to have anything to do with Daisy and Rosamund , his life was drink and women. Then he accidentally bumped into Alexandra in a book shop. I normally delete books after reading BUT I WILL GO BACK TO THIS BOOK LOVED EVERY CHARACTER IN IT. LEFT ME SMILING A FEEL GOOD 👍👍 STORY GIVE IT A GO.
There were many aspects of this story that I liked; the heroine's keen sense of independence, the humour, the quirky children (I find children in stories can often be an annoying distraction , but these two really added a lot of humour to the story) Not sure why, but didn't feel quite as invested in this couple as I have with those in previous novels by Tessa Dare.
Another beautiful book in this series. Sparkling, intelligent dialogue. Characters you care for. An erotic love story. They are joyful to read. I like her generally but I think this series is so strong. It’s still within a formula but feels like she’s getting braver as a writer, compared to older things I’ve read. Can’t wait for the final book in the series.
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.