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Thin story line, unnecessary sexual encounters. The two kids are more interesting than the hero & heroine. I loved the morbid types of funeral the little girl ( sorry forgot her name) kept thinking up for her doll, & the spunk of the elder one, who inspite of feeling scared & lonely puts up a brave adult facade. Otherwise a dissapointing book from my fav writer.Don't waste money to buy read it for free if available online.
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.
I thought The Duchess Deal was one of my favourite Tessa Dare books but oh my goodness I just could not get enough of The Governess Game. It was so, so good and I couldn't stop smiling throughout. I was that person with a silly grin on her face because the book was so damn adorable and downright funny. Seriously, people on the bus probably gave me side-eye thinking I was going to go off on one… or I was on something.
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.
Not my usual read but my goodness it was a fun, hot read. 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. Hugely enjoyable.
After the tools of her trade slip through her fingers, Alexandra (Alex) Mountbatten finds herself in a bind and so agrees to become the governess for two young orphaned girls, who currently are far from behaving like well-behaved young ladies, to the dismay of their guardian Chase Reynaud.
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.
I read 'the Duchess Deal' and really enjoyed it. I hoped that this second book would be as good - and it is. For me, I think the author's strength is in the genuinely witty writing and amusing dialogue. Don't read it expecting the historical accuracy for the time of Austen or Heyer - but read it if you want to laugh and feel uplifted; in fact, I think the author could apply her writing style equally to modern stories. I shall certainly read the next in the series, called 'the Wallflower Wager'.
I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it sufficiently to buy this one, but this was a bit disappointing. 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
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