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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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.