The Governess Game is the second and newest book in Tessa Dare’s Historical Romance series Girl Meets Duke. In this hilarious romantic work, Alexandra and Chase have to overcome social class, daily doll funerals, a thieving 10 year old and their own insecurities no matter how deep and surface level they could be.
If you’re a fan of comedic deliveries, forced proximity, the “teach me about intimacy” trope, and quiet heroines that are quite reasonable and yet dreamy, you’ll want to check out The Governess Game.
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 an e-arc of The Governess Game from Edelweiss thanks to Avon in exchange for an honest review.
I read and adored The Duchess Deal, which was the first book in the Girl Meets Duke series, back in March so it was no brainer for me to request The Governess Game. This book had it in for me. I was up at midnight reading and against all of my usual reading habits when it came to historical romance, I finished it. In practically one sitting.
Addresses important issues in Historical Romance settings
I was absolutely delighted by The Governess Game and I say delighted because it felt like fresh air. It addressed setting-related issues of wealth, power imbalances, especially when it came to employer/employee relationships as well as the pressure young girls had to undergo in schools to become well behaved ladies while boys had a fabulous times being boys. I rejoiced at every time Alexandra instilled ideas of independence in the girls’ minds.
Engaging Plot with many Governess shenanigans
The strongest point in the Governess Game is that the plot never stopped surprising me. Even by the last chapter, I was finding myself giggling and sighing over how perfectly worded every little back and forth Alexandra and Chase had. He’d admit he was a cad and she’d agree and try to convince him he still deserved love. It was perfection. These two worked together so well. She was brilliant and he adored every word that came out of her mouth. He was charming and she was smitten by even drip he oozed. Even when they’d been practical strangers who’d just bumped into each other in a bookstore.
You’ll also adore the cameo of Penny and Nicola, who are reoccurring characters and VERY likely heroines of upcoming books in the series. If you’re not a fan of children in a romance, you might change your mind because Daisy and Rosamund are such adorable kids even if they had their moments of pure evil. Actually, those moments of evil were what got me so in love with the two gremlins.
You’ll laugh, sigh, raise both eyebrows at the scenes of “teach me about pleasure” in which both teacher and student get to explore what they like about intimacy, and you’ll definitely want more of The Governess Game.
For fans of Tessa Dare, you might want to check out Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister historical romance series which shares the same wit, delightful couples and social commentary that I, a newbie when it comes to historical romance, adored.
I rate The Governess Game five whole stars. It’s definitely one of 2018’s shining reads for me.