The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke

The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke

by Tessa Dare

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062672124
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Girl Meets Duke Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 74,187
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.

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The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dare's deft hand with character development, humor, and steamy love scenes make this another great addition to her newest series. Alexandra and Chase are fully realized characters. The 'drama' and conflict here stem from their stuggles within themselves, which I often prefer to the presence of an external antagonist - they are their own worst enemies. (Something so much more relatable than a physical enemy.) The plotting here is tight, no part feels extraneous or unecessary. And there are some truly laugh out loud funny moments. I read the this book while simultaneously listening to the audiobook; Mary Jane Wells's narration matches Dare's writing perfectly and makes those funny parts work even better. I highly recommend listening to the audio if you have the option. Bottom line: Tessa Dare does it again! Alex's and Chase's story is a joy to read and was made even more delightful by appearences from some favorite characters from book one. (Ash's scenes are particularly fun!) If you enjoyed 'The Duchess Deal', you'll love 'The Governess Game'. I can hardly wait for the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are amazing. People ypu would want to have in your life. The story is detailed and compelling. Love does conquer all in a most wonderful way.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I missed the first in this series, and have rushed out and grabbed it, for I adored this read in one sitting title, and didn’t want to wait for the next book. Alexandria is an ‘unusual’ girl, her young life spent onboard her father’s ship, a penchant for astronomy, a talent with clocks, and her best friends with similar dispositions and disinterest in society’s whims. An encounter in a bookshop where she was reduced to a babbling mess, and lost the book she’d been searching for brings her into Chase’s proximity- a meeting that will fuel her dreams for months to come. Alex was a lovely and refreshing character: an unconventional start that reinforced her determination to set her own course: living life on her terms. Orphaned at twelve, then shuffled off to “proper’ schools until relations could consider their responsibility over, she’s desired family and built one with her best friends. But finding a way to support herself and put money away led her to provide a bi-monthly clock-works contract: setting clocks to the proper time for her clients, looking to save enough to purchase her own little cottage. Chase is the Duke presumptive, his Uncle’s three sons are all dead, the last in an alley in London while visiting Chase. Never expecting a title or the responsibility, Chase’s uncle is paralyzed and speechless, and Chase’ is handling all of the Ducal business (with help from his brother) while doing his best to scandalize the ton with his rakish behavior. But Chase is a ‘faker’ – his lips constantly tell everyone that he cares not for opinions of others, and that he wishes no responsibilities beyond finishing his own ‘man cave’, a self-constructed hideaway to revel in the sensual. He is a BIG faker though, he’s responsible for two young girls, ages 10 and 7, girls that have been shuffled around and unwanted most of their years – which means they are constantly testing and trying the boundaries, and the youngest has a penchant for gory and repeated deaths of her doll, many acted out with graphic enhancements. Chase has outfitted their rooms with every bobble, frill and book imaginable, he’s just certain that if he cares for them, they are as doomed as his young cousin who died in an alley when he should have been watching. Rosamund and Daisy are Chase’s wards: clever, insecure and wholly determined to push everyone away before they are put aside. Rosamund is a bookworm with keen observational skills, deft fingers and fiercely protective of Daisy. Daisy’s doll, Millicent, has succumbed to multiple deadly diseases, nursing and repeated eulogies: only to be exhumed and the process repeats. Causing no end of turnover of governesses, the last one staying only a day, the girls are soon to meet their match in Alex: even as the circumstances are less than conventional. Alex and Chase have this electric chemistry, and she sees right through his ‘nonchalant’ air: she sees his fear and frustration with the girls’ behavior, and his guilt and inability to believe that he is worth the love of anyone around him. She understands the fear and pain the girls are experiencing, and uses an unconventional series of lessons, couched in playing Pirates, and her management of Chase to take the girls out of the house, providing both enrichment and ‘quality time’ is lovely. The banter here, combined with the quality of the characters: nuanced, honest and totally human, flaws and al, is wonderful – and despite Chase’s ‘determination to ‘not care’, he tel
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I’ve read >900 historical romance novels and don’t give out a rating over three stars unless I really liked the book, compared to all the others. This one is written with great humor and intelligence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of true Tessa Dare humor and whit along with impossible love, another home run
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (Audiobook) Narrated by Mary Jane Wells Series: Girl Meets Duke book 2 5 stars! LOVED it! Tessa Dare and Mary Jane Wells make such a fantastic pair! I was laughing all throughout the book. Alex and Chase were wonderful together, the two young wards made for amusing situations and I loved watching how the adults navigated them. Tessa Dare's writing was great and Mary Jane Wells performance just put it over the top! So glad I chose this audiobook! If you haven't read the first book in this series, The Duchess Deal please do so. I loved it too! ~ Paragraphs and Petticoats ~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good second book in this series. Really do enjoy her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Great sequel to The Duchess Deal. I loved that Emma, Penny, Nicola, and of course Ash Duke of Mayfair returned! Having Alex's friends by her side my the story all more heart felt and Ash being so protective over her was so sweet. Alex and Chase have a connection right away and Chase can't resist it. I loved that Tessa Dare books do not take forever for the the MCs to interact and start to express emotions for each other right away. I hate books that don't allow the characters emotions to develop until the middle of the book because their love doesn't feel sincere but it always does in a Dare novel. I thought the addition of the two girls Daisy and Rosamund would annoy me by getting in the way of the love story, which secondary characters can do, I was absolutely wrong! The girls are a large part of the story but in the best way. The have emotional connections to both Alex and Chase's histories. The common goal of making the girls happy only brings Chase and Alex closer. I loved that Alex was not a typical female for that time period and that she taught the girls the same way. She wanted them to be independent and do what they wanted and learn real school subjects and not be paraded around London's aristocracy and the Marriage Mart. There was some conflict between the MCs and one large one at the end. It was not heart wrenching but suspenseful none the less. It was a nice turn for Dare some of her novels only have a little conflict and some have larger ones but do not cause too much anxiety. Chase learning from his mistakes and trying to do right by Alex and the girls made this book all the better. I absolutely recommend this book.
2523265 More than 1 year ago
Alexandra Mountbatten makes her living by providing accurate timekeeping services to wealthy members of society. She comes to Chase Reynaud’s home expressly for this purpose, and finds herself face-to-face with the Bookshop Rake she met more than six months ago at Hatchard’s. She fell in love with him at first sight when she met him then, and she often fantasized about bumping into him again, hoping he would admit he fell in love with her at first sight as well, highly improbable a notion though it was. Shocked, and quite flustered, at this turn of events, she makes an attempt to leave straightaway, wondering if he will recognize her, but he does not. Chase mistakenly believes she is there to interview for a job as governess to his two mischievous wards, Rosamund and Daisy, and he immediately hires her on the spot as a last resort. His wards are extremely troublesome and no governess before her has lasted long because of their naughtiness and penchant for misbehaving. Alexandra declines at first, but a mishap involving the Thames and the loss of all her timekeeping equipment, forces her to reconsider, and she eventually accepts the position. She grows to love the girls, while falling even more hopelessly in love with her employer. Chase has a dark secret, however, and a negative incident in his life has rendered him incapable of forming lasting relationships with anyone. Will he be able to look past his mistakes and dare to fall in love, or will his past haunt him forever? I personally adored every single aspect of this romance! Alexandra uses logic, sense, and practicality to guide her through difficulties in her life, and I found her unique interest in astronomy and comets immensely satisfying. She comes across as a strong heroine with a diverse heritage and a great mix of eclectic friends who support her no matter what. Chase is a typical hero who tries to numb his pain through meaningless sex, but he does manage to stand out because of his sense of humor and his ability to understand and mentally articulate the reasons for his behavior. The author did a fantastic job of keeping me riveted to every page, and if I hadn’t been reading other books at the same time, I truly believe I would have devoured this book in one day. The only negative comment I have about this book is that I felt it ended too soon. The author could have handled the ending better and made it feel not so rushed and forced. I think Chase could have been portrayed differently at the end as well. He did not come across as apologetic as I thought he should have, and I felt disappointed by his actions. Overall, I do highly recommend this romance to adults, and I hope it touches every reader’s heart as much as it touched mine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, very cute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very clever writing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fell in love with Chase and Alexandra right off the bat. Funny and simply wonderful
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
What a fun story! I loved the character of Alex; and Chase; and Rosamund and Daisy! And the astronomy interest. And the pirate storyline. And the interesting idea of teaching from a different slant. And the idea that women/young girls can be all they want to be. I truly loved everything about this book. I couldn't put it down. It was a fun and fast read for me.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful historical romance which starts with an unexpected encounter, continues with a misunderstanding, then an accident, two children in need of care and plenty of humorous moments before there’s any possibility of a HEA ending! Alexander Mountbatten has a very different childhood, one that make her unexpected role change to governess to rebellious orphaned sisters who pride themselves on getting their governesses to leave. With pirate adventures and blue sky thinking, Alex starts to win them round because she understands and relates to them and their previous experiences. Their guardian is Charles (Chase) Reynaud, and Alex is just the stubborn, determined and attractive person to break down his barriers and help open his heart to love. Get ready to go through the whole gamut of emotions reading this novel - from spark filled encounters, to scheming, determinedly stubborn children, the story has laugh out loud moments, heartbreaking events and everything in between. It flows well and has great characters - and I really hope some of the secondary characters will have books starring them in future. I was particularly impressed with the characters' emotional and attitude development through the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will definitely be looking out for more by this talented author in future. I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly what you would want from a Tessa Dare book, likable characters and steamy sex scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious & well written as always
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
but still, very good. Lots of humor, engaging secondary characters and a hot romance. You won't be disappointed.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was a charming read that had me smiling and laughing thanks to wonderful characters, extremely witty banter, and an excellent story! I loved it all! This was so incredibly entertaining. It had a great start and continued on from there with an excellent flow and fantastic details. It was funny and sweet with just the right mix of emotion mixed in. I loved Alex and Chase and how they met. I thought Alex was the best heroine! She was strong and spoke her mind and had a big heart. Chase was great too. He was really sweet and had a total roguish vibe happening but he was so endearing. I loved learning about Alex and Chase, their backgrounds, and what their personal battles were. I liked their flirting and the growing chemistry between them. It was simmering! I really liked them coming together and the fun and sexy scenes that were created. Of course there were ups and downs and a bit of drama, a few times I wanted to strangle them both because I couldn't wait for them to come together but it made it all the better by the time the end came around. I loved all the characters. The girls Chase was in charge of were fantastic. I enjoyed the story of them opening up to Alex and Chase almost as much as I enjoyed the couple coming together. I think I love Alex's building relationship with the girls almost as much as her growing relationship with Chase. They just added so much to the story, making it richer. The Governess Game was well executed with wonderful building details and likable characters. It was light and fun, filled with hilarious moments and sometimes subtle humor but it was all fantastic. I loved everything - the happy feeling it gave me, the way it made me laugh, getting to see this great characters get to their HEA. It was amazing! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty and Enchanting story that kept me up all night. Ms. Dare proves to be top of the historical romance authors.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh, this book! It's absolutely delightful from beginning to end. There's so many wonderful details--every single one of Millicent's funerals--especially Chases' eulogies, the fact that Alex and Chase first meet in a bookstore(!), the way that Alex's imagination gets away with her so often in Chase's presence (or even just when she's thinking of him--oh, I can so relate there!), every time Alex is with her friends, every time Chase and Ash ( The Duchess Deal ) are in the same space, every time Rosamund and Daisy are on the page...I could go on and on. This story made me laugh (seriously, beware reading it in public) and made me smile more times than I can count--and at least two spots, there weren't actual tears, but I came darn close. Right now I'm kicking myself for not having read the first book yet--there's no excuse, because I own it in at least two different formats!--but at the same time I'm glad I've at least got that to tide me over until the next book comes out. Though that begs the question--what will I do when both of the other "girls" meet their dukes/HEAs? ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
Tessa Dare has quickly become a favorite and since I loved the first one in this series, I was all over this title. I reaaaaally liked Alex. She’s smart and sassy and stands up for herself. Chase was charming and of course hiding something. Together they have some great banter and I loved how often she logically pointed something out. Hands down, Rosamund and Daisy stole the show, especially with the doll funerals. Plot wise it did had decent momentum. There was a bit of conflict and the inevitable push away, but it didn’t last too long and the redemption slash grand gesture is phenomenal. My main complaint is that I didn’t really see the leap from lust to love and would have liked a bit more fleshed out in that thread. Overall, it was a fun and quick read. I’m definitely here for the next story and I’m hoping it’s Penny and her new neighbor that was mentioned. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alexandra (Alex) Mountbatten happened to accidentally bump into a man in Hatchard’s Bookshop sending a pile of books tumbling to the floor. The man kindly helped her pick them up. Since then, Alex and her friends Penny, Emma, and Nicole have called him the Bookshop Rake. In addition, Alex has not been able to forget him and his green eyes. Chase Reynaud, heir to the Duke of Belvoir, is guardian to Rosamund, age 10, and Daisy, age 7. Keeping a governess for them is becoming impossible, and the girls have just sent another one packing. Today, Alex shows up at the servants entrance at Reynaud’s home only to be met by the Bookshop Rake himself. She is applying for a job whereby she would set the clocks in the house once a week. But when Alex berates Chase for the messiness of the room and his own lack of dress, he immediately hires her as governess to his wards. Since Alex is desperate to make some money, she accepts the position. Daisy and Rosamund are mischievous little girls. Daisy’s doll, Millicent, is always coming down with some dreadful ailment. (That’s all I can say about this without giving out a huge spoiler. Suffice to say, this is a total hoot that had me laughing out loud. In my opinion, this is the best part of the book. But back to the review…) Chase is known for his seduction of women and enjoys that life. But he is also a wonderful guardian to the girls and joins in with them and Alex as they take them on outings to teach them about places. This togetherness means Chase and Alex are drawn closer. Can a rake and a governess find common ground and perhaps a romance? This is a cute book and as I pointed out earlier, the girls and Millicent are the best part - as least to me. The characters of Alex and Chase didn’t impress me as much as the girls did. But I’m sure readers will enjoy the story. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.