Book Review – The Governess Game

Posted July 11, 2019 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 4 Comments

Book Review – The Governess GameThe Governess Game Series: Girl Meets Duke #2
by Tessa Dare
Published by Avon Books on August 28, 2018
Genres: Adult Historical Romance
Pages: 383
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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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.

5 Stars for The Governess Game!

Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors, so it came as no surprise that I loved The Governess Game. The Governess Game is the second book in the Girl Meets Duke series. I highly recommend you read the first book to truly understand this world and the sisterly friendship of the women in this series. You will also see how Alex and Chase meet. Their first meeting was a brief encounter that left a mark on Alex, leaving her daydreaming of the mysterious man. Their second encounter is just as memorable because Chase mistakes Alex as the next governess for his two wards, young orphan sisters that have been passed home to home. Alex was an orphan and is accustomed to working hard. When her dreams of being an astronomer are shattered, Alex has no choice but to accept the position of governess.  The Governess Game is a fun, heartwarming and charming story.

What I love about this authors writing is that she showcases independent, intelligent and strong heroines in her books.  Now I can add Alexandra “Alex” Mountbatten to the long list of Tessa Dare’s heroines that I love. Even though she never planned to be a governess she found her own way to educate and bring joy to those girls. What makes Alex even more special to me is that she is half Filipino.  I’ve interacted with the author on Twitter when I learned she had family in the Philippines.  Alex came as a nice surprise because as a Filipino I rarely see characters I can relate to. This made my connection with Alex stronger. I also fell in love with the girls, Daisy and Rosemonde.  They stole the scene with their rebellious and sometimes morbid antics, and it was so sweet how Chase played along with the countless “funerals” of their beloved friend.  These are characters you can’t help but fall in love with.

I enjoyed every minute of reading The Governess Game and I can’t wait to read the next book. I highly recommend this book and author to fans of historical romance.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.

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4 responses to “Book Review – The Governess Game

    • Kathy

      I’m so behind on her books and reading historical romances. This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time lol. Thanks Katherine and I hope you enjoy it!