The Governess Game by Tessa Dare | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: August 28th, 2018

Dates Read: October 7th 2018 to October 8th 2018

Pages: 373

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre: Historical romance, historical fiction, adult 

Goodreads blurb:

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.

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 R E V I E W 

After reading The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare I was on the hunt for another historical fiction which would give me the same amount of humour. It seems I read The Duchess Deal at the perfect time because the second book in this series had just released. I jumped on The Governess Game so damn hard and I read it so fast. These books are just delightful stories that make you smile and your heart race. They are the perfect feel-good romances with a splash of humour and drama that have you absolutely addicted.

The Governess Game follows Alexandra and Chase. The dual perspective gives us a view into what is going on in each of their minds, and how their personality clashes lead to the eventual romance. With two of Chase’s wards thrown in for extra humour, this book had me laughing so incredibly hard. Alexandra didn’t have the most conventional upbringing, especially in Victorian London, growing up on a pirate ship. However, she has made a good life for herself setting clocks and building a client base. Her passion lies in astrology but she is happy with what she does. That is until she meets Chase, a man who offers her the position of governess for two young girls he cares for after Alexandra gives him a fine scolding. The story is a whirlwind from there, with Alexandra and Chase throwing snipes at each other and the characters growing closer without themselves realising.

I found that The Governess Game wasn’t as good as The Duchess Deal, but it was still a solid laugh out loud read.

I think my main complaint with this book would be Chase. One, I already hate the name. One of my best friends got played by a guy named Chase so I now instantly hate them all. Two, he gave me major whiplash. He could not decide what he wanted and it was incredibly frustrating. I don’t mind when a shitty male character has steady character arc to being a soft cinnamon roll but it seemed that Chase could not make up his mind. He would be kind one minute and then closed off the next, as if he took one step forward to only take three back. There was no explanation for it either. It just threw off the consistency of the book and slowly made me grow to dislike him.

On the flip side of that, I loved Alexandra and the two young girls, Rosamund and Daisy. The three of them had such an incredible dynamic that I would have spent the whole book reading interactions shared between them. Alexandra sharing her tales on a pirate ship – which I would have loved more of – with these two girls who had been orphaned and passed from family member to family member was bot heartbreaking and the sweetest damn thing I had ever read. It was absolutely beautiful and Tessa Dare managed to capture the personalities of the two young girls so well.

This book also carried on the female friendships of the previous, with mentions of Emma and Ash and Penelope also getting thrown in. It is so great to see friendships like that represented, no matter what time period they are set in.

Overall, though I may have had problems with The Governess Game I did adore it. The characters made this story and I don’t say that often, I am very much a plot based reader. These stories are excellent if you’re looking for a fast read that would pull you out of a slump. They will make you laugh and truly are worth every second you spend reading them.

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