Review Post : The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (4 Stars)

Posted January 16, 2019 by Nix in review / 1 Comment

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
Published by HarperCollins on 2018-08-28
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook

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.

FTC : I bought this book.

Book Tags : #Duke #Beta-trying-hard-to-be-alpha #children-in-story #funny #previous-rake #historical #part-of-series #smart-heroine

Content Warnings : Grief and loss

Heat Level – 3/5. More sweet than scorching hot…

Author-Style – Third person past tense.

Quick Scores –

Plot – 5/5. A smart heroine agrees to become the Governess of two hellion (but amazing and incredibly traumatised) children, in the employ of a former rake. Said smart heroine falls into a sexual relationship with the rake that quickly becomes more ..

Heroine – 5/5.  Alexandra is bloody brilliant in all her roles within the book.  She is a fabulous heroine who owns her own sexuality and stands up for her beliefs within the confines of a very unusual relationship. Although I loved her as a heroine, I loved her more as a Governess. She cared about her charges and went out of her way to ensure that they felt loved and cared for. She is strong, empathetic and and a wonderful heroine.

Hero – 4/5. Chase is wonderful but, if you are looking for a rake, he isn’t it. He talks a good game (kind of seducing women, building a libertine lair and refusing to have a real relationship) but it is completely fake. I loved that he tried so hard with the children and I enjoyed his relationship with Alex – he was trying so not to be lovely but failed dramatically throughout.

Romance – 5/5. It has angst, sensuality and some very lovely moments – I adored it.

Cover – 5/5. Pretty, sensual and eye-catching … I like it!

Re-Read? – I already have!!

Favourite Part – The endless funerals of the doll made me chuckle – I loved how they both made me laugh and aww as it strengthened the bonds between all four main characters.

What didn’t work for me? – I didn’t really understand the reasoning behind Chase’s relationship phobia … It just seemed like a leap!


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