The Governess Game by Tessa Dare


The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2)
by Tessa Dare
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Avon

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Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

The Governess Game is the second installment in the Girl Meets Duke series and the third historical romance novel that I’ve read so far in my bookworm life. I know, I know, I keep saying I’m going to try and read more books from this subgenre and I will…hopefully sometime soon (don’t hold me to it though). Anyways, let’s get this show review on the road! 

Alexandra Mountbatten never thought she would see the green-eyed man she met at a bookshop again—that is until the morning she walked into his home and somehow manages to land the position as his new governess. Hired to care for two orphan girls, Alexandra must turn them into ladies of society, though she has no idea how to do so. It doesn’t help that she can’t keep her eyes off Chase Reynaud, but with his infamous reputation with the ladies of London, Alexandra knows that giving into her desires will only lead to trouble. 

After having fallen completely in love with The Duchess Deal last year, I was very excited to dive into The Governess Game to see what Alexandra’s story was all about. I fell in love with Alex’s character immediately. She’s a bit of a bookworm who has a love for astronomy and I loved the fact that we get to see a heroine who has a passion for the sciences! She also doesn’t take a lot of BS either. Alex knows how to hold her own which is a good thing because the Fairfax sisters can be a handful at times. She’s had a rough childhood but despite her struggles, she still has such a kind soul. Her big heart is probably one of my favorite most things about Alex.

Then we have Chase Reynaud. Tessa Dare has provided us with yet another broody hero and I was so here for it! Chase too has had a rough past and because of it, he does not believe he is worthy of love. He spends majority of the book pushing Alex away believing that she deserves better than him. I enjoyed seeing Chase grow and work through his struggles and realize that he is capable of love. I especially adored his relationship with the Fairfax sisters and seeing them become closer by the end of the book.   

I will say that this book was a little shorter than I expected it to be. Also, the romance fell a bit short for me. I wanted more scenes with just Alex and Chase getting to know each other more. I felt like just when things were getting all hot and heavy between the pair, the scene was cut short and it left me wanting more.  

The Governess Game was a charming read and I’m looking forward to the next book in the Girl Meets Duke series. I’m so ready for more broody heroes and for whatever shenanigans await in the next book!


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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

8 thoughts on “The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

  1. Wow, and I thought I hadn’t read too much HR. You have put me to shame. I only started reading them a couple of years ago and there is so much catching up to do! You’ve picked a good book as one of the few you’ve read, though. Tessa Dare writes the best books and I enjoyed this one so much! I loved how much of a bookworm Alex was, and I totally had the Monty Python song in my head when she talked about space which had me chuckling. I can’t wait for the next Tessa Dare book and this one isn’t even out yet.

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