Published by Avon on August 28, 2018
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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.
As many women as he’d charmed and seduced in his life, he could honestly say he had never, ever encountered a woman like this one. She rolled a sugar lump back and forth with the tips of two fingers. He wanted to suck those slender fingers into his mouth and run his tongue over them, between them, lapping up the sweetness until she gasped with forbidden pleasure. The fantasy was so vivid, he could taste it.
Perhaps the brandy had muddled his senses.
Or perhaps he couldn’t help wondering how it would feel for a rational, clear-eyed woman to see
Him—truly see him—and still find him worth the risk. His heart clawed up his throat and battered his eardrums, and all because a tidy little governess was taking longer than usual to reject him. Absurd. Stupid, really.
“I don’t want you to kiss me,” she said, “now that I’ve thought it through.”
See? There it was. She was clever enough to see the black, rotted mess where his soul ought to be, and she wanted no part of it.
She lifted her tiny, delicate hand to his cheek.
Her gaze drifted over his face like an apple blossom, finally coming to rest on his mouth.
“I think . . .” She wet her lips. “I think I’d rather kiss you.”
To celebrate the release of THE GOVERNESS GAME by Tessa Dare,
Avon Romance are giving away one hardcover set of The Duchess Deal and The Governess Game!
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Governess Game is the second book in the Girl Meets Duke series by Tessa Dare which can be read as a standalone story.
Alexandra Mountbatten has quite a unique job, she sets and winds the clocks in the homes of the elite. When she arrives at the home of Chase Reynaud to do the job he assumes she is there to take on the job of governess to two young girls whom he is the guardian of. She quickly puts him straight and leaves. Not long after, events occur which see her not only taking a plunge into the Thames, but also back at Chase’s door with no choice but to accept the governess position.
With the weight of guilt on his shoulders over the death of a loved one, Chase has long decided that he wants no commitments. He has no choice but to take in his two young wards, but he is determined to keep them safe from him by making sure he never develops feelings towards them. He also refuses to become committed to a single woman and has made quite the name for himself as a rake, enjoying passionate nights with many different women. He is content with his life, or is it all just a facade?
Having Alexandra living under his roof, looking after his wards, and constantly being a source of distraction for
him because of her beauty and her whole being changes his whole life. He starts to give in to feelings that he has been fighting for most of his life. Alexandra has been secretly in lust, if not in love with Chase since she first bumped into him, literally, in a bookshop many months ago. Working for him is nothing like she expected, but in ways, it is so much more. The more she gets to know him the more she likes him, and it’s not hard to love his two wards. The three of them need Alexandra even if they don’t realise it at the start. The question is, will the happy months they spend together all come to an abrupt end if Chase keeps to his plans of sending the girls off to school after the summer?
What an absolute delight this book was. Chase’s young wards were fabulous with the antics they got up to, not least the multiple deaths and funerals of one of the youngest one’s dolls. Every scene with them in it was wonderful even if it wasn’t a funny one. The emotional scenes were just as good and happily were evened out with even funnier scenes to follow. As for the relationship between Chase and Alexandra, they were either battling their attraction to each other or giving in to it in a big way. The intimate scenes between them were off the scale because not only was their passion palpable, their love, despite not owning up to it made their lovemaking much sweeter to read. I just couldn’t wait until Chase realised that he wasn’t a danger to Alexandra or his wards.
Everything about this story was wonderful, my poor face ached from so much smiling and laughing throughout it. Romance, passion and fabulous humour throughout made this a perfect book that I happily recommend.