ARC Review + Excerpt | The Governess Game by Tessa Dare


The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
ARC from Edelweiss

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.

| Book Review |

Ever since reading The Duchess Deal, I could not wait to get my hands on The Governess Game! While this book is the second in a series, you can jump in here and be fine. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything, and everything in this story stands on its own. I had no issues following what was going on. Tessa Dare has some of the best meet cutes, and bonus – we get two in this book alone. It seems every time Alexandra and Chase meet, sparks fly. But upon their second meeting, Chase proves to be nothing like the man Alex has been silently carrying a crushy-torch for since their first and only meeting. She’s dismayed to realize he doesn’t recognize her – doubly so when he mistakes that she is looking for a position as governess to his two wards. When fate intervenes, Alex finds herself desperate enough to take the position, and as Alex and Chase adjust living under the same roof, the can’t deny their chemistry. I just loved these two. Alex is desperate to be able to support herself, and Chase is carrying an immense amount of guilt about an event from his past. Alex is lucky to be surrounded by some great friends, and they were a lot of fun throughout this story. They’re all intelligent single women all living together with a bunch of odd pets, and they’re fiercely loyal to each other. They were hilarious while one of them was cheering Alex and Chase on and the other was warning Alex to stay away from him. Alex’s life, right up to the fact that she lives in England, is defined by a single event that has shaped a large portion of her life, and the author did a great job demonstrating how confined she was by it. I instantly fell in love with Chase. He was such a good man, but like Alexandra, he wasn’t able to overcome an incident he felt defined him. He was convinced he was a callous man, but his every action shows otherwise. He didn’t realize how good and kind he was, but Alexandra was determined to change that. Daisy and Rosamund were Chase’s wards, and as Alexandra was their governess, a large part of the story revolved around them. The way they were introduced to the story, the way Chase coddled them without even knowing, and the way Alexandra slowly won them over was such an important part of this book. These girls were deeply damaged by their losses and then being shuffled from residence to residence, and the way things progressed, how slow it was, how Alexandra showed such patience with them, and how they eventually came around was perfectly written. It was obviously a hard road, but it was written such effortlessly, and that Alexandra knew exactly what they needed showed how amazing her character was. It was obvious that Alex was immediately smitten with Chase, but that doesn’t mean this book was insta-love. She knew her fantasies were very girlish and tried to keep them at bay, but the more Chase revealed himself to her and the more he won her over, the harder that came to be, and she eventually found herself having very real feelings for him. Their romance was at times sweet and romantic, and at times taxing for both of them. But I loved how they kept challenging each other through those times, and their willingness to share things and just be there for each other. As I’m sure you can tell, The Governess Game was a definite winner for me. I am cannot wait to read the next book in the series – I’m pretty sure it’s going to involve one of Alex’s friends and a new neighbor, and I’m so excited to see how things are going to play out! If you’re a fan of Tessa Dare, you’re not going to want to miss this one. And if you’re a fan of historical romance and you haven’t read Tessa Dare, this would be the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon!

| Rating |

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| Excerpt |

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.

Good God.

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.”

| About the Author |

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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16 thoughts on “ARC Review + Excerpt | The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

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  1. Between you and some others, I really want to jump into this series as my intro to Tessa Dare books. I like the way you describe them as individuals, her friends, and their unlikely romance. 🙂

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  2. I don’t think that I have read Tessa Dare yet. I have a couple of her books on my wish list and I must say that this one sounds fantastic. I really need to get started on this series very soon.

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  3. I just loved this book, its so fun, I always have to prepare myself for the dialogue though since its pretty modern, but I love the characters that this author writes. And the little girls were so fun, I really admire how she puts kids in her stories. I am super excited for the next book though 😉


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