The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
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.
On to book two of the series! I don’t think it’s very often I read a series straight like this so hurrah!
One thing I noticed with this series is that the relationships do pick up a bit quicker–hookups and feelings known–and then they work through every roadblock known to man, lol. I guess all romance novels can go with the slow burn plot forever with the hero and heroine circling each other for three-fourths of the book. Or maybe it’s just been THAT LONG since I’ve read a historical romance. Anyway…
Once again the strength in this novel is the character of Alexandra, who also has a very complicated past and her soft spot being her understanding and empathy towards orphans. I love the fact that she’s part Filipino somewhere; you definitely don’t see a lot of meztiza in this genre so that was a cool detail. But she too has been through a lot in life so in a way she is the perfect person to help the sisters Rosamund and Daisy if only they would open up to her. I also love that she loves astronomy and is very good at working with clockwork. Chase seems almost like any other rake I’ve encountered in any other historical romance, right down to his deep guilt that he’s harboured for years, except for the fact that despite of his attempts to push people away and keep from forming attachments, he does care very deeply. Makes up for every colossal blunder he makes along the way, lol.
I also warmed to the sisters. Eventually, though, they were such brats at the start lol.
Overall I enjoyed the book enough and Alex’s story (plus, her story started with a bookstore. Tis wonderful). Looking forward to reading the next story in the series.