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The Governess Game

(Girl Meets Duke #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  11,098 ratings  ·  1,727 reviews
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:
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Avon
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
You are the worst example of false advertising. I was led to believe I was hiring a prim scold. Then I learn you’re remarkable and bold and interesting.”


I absolutely LOVED The Duchess Deal, but I was so unprepared for just how phenomenal this book would be. I kept thinking nothing can top the first book for me, but this one managed to blow it right out of the water! The banter, the romance, the characters, I adored absolutely everything about it. This just may


I love Tessa Dare. Love her books! I stalked this one for a while and was really looking forward to it, but... I don't know. It was a bit weak somehow, especially towards the end.
Now, Tessa Dare is like Lisa Kleypas when it comes to romance novels, in my opinion.
And what I mean by that is that even one of her lesser works is still pretty darn satisfying.


Anyway, this is a cute story about a girl who set clocks (Clocksetterperson?) who ends up governess to 2 loveable odd
Geri Reads
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

Tessa Dare writes my kind of romance. Her latest book proved that once again. The Governess Game is filled with relatable characters, playful banter, and a swoon-worthy romance.
"First he was merely the Bookshop Rake, but as the weeks wore on, he made a rapid ascent up the rungs of the peerage. Sir Read. Lord Literature. The Duke of Hatchard's."

When Alex Mountbatten ran (literally) into Chase Reynaud at Hatchard's book shop, she had no idea that in a few months time she would be working as
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t expecting anything other than pure enjoyment and to be swept away by this story and that’s exactly what I got.
I can’t help but helplessly fall in love with the stories Tessa Dare writes. Granted, the characters are interchangeable and they more or less follow the same plot line making it feel slightly regurgitated, but I am hooked on it every single time. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I’d happily read them all over again. These books are my happy place.

All you need to know
Five stars for every single one of Millicent's funerals.

"Can you tell me about their interests, or their schooling? Anything at all?"
"They've had little proper schooling, but are somehow far too clever despite it. Their interests are mischief, disease, petty thievery, and plotting crimes against the house staff."

As for the rest of this story.. meh?

Embroidery wasn't her favourite hobby, but Alex planned to stitch those words on a sampler and hang it over her bed : Seducing you would never even
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This could also be called 40 Funerals and a Wedding. Because, there is pretty much a funeral every day. And, I loved it. I mean, sure, who doesn't love a good funeral, amIright? But, these funerals are special. And, hilarious.

Perfect eulogy.

Our hero in this book is a rake - my favorite kind of ye olde dude. Why are the rakes the ones who are the funniest and most relaxed, unlike all of the other dudes with sticks up their butts? Must be all the sex. Or, maybe the syphilis? Does that make you
Tessa Dare's latest is one of my anticipated titles this year and it didn't disappoint!

Um...............except for the tiny part of me that expected more kinkiness ever since I read the blurb line. "He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson"??? I mean, c'mon! There was a scene where Alexandra played pirates with her charges and then the kids tied her and Chase up and ran off, and there might be an inner monologue from one of them about tying the other up in bed AND
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Hello my name is Chelsea and I am trash for Tessa dare this was SO MUCH FUN. I didn’t love it quite as much as the first book, but it was still a super solid read and I ADORED the parts that featured the characters from the previous book. My heart! ...more
Aisling Zena
4.5 stars

Review now posted 5/9/18

What an utterly delightful and effortless read! I completely adored the first book and when I saw that there was a second one and it was available to request on NetGalley I rushed to do so. Nearly broke some fingers in haste. And I was right to want it so badly. It always thrills me when I find good books and even more so when my expectations and hopes for them become reality. And for a person that hardly ever highlights, I feel like I highlighted half the book
Delightful prose, wonderful banter and fabulous characters. Tessa Dare has exceeded all my expectations with “The Governess Game”. From the doll with an unfortunate tendency to die from horrendous diseases to inventive sandwich recipes, there is a lot of background entertainment in this story that makes it a memorable experience.

The second book in the “Girl Meets Duke” series features Alex and her “bookstore rake”, Chase. Both have their own charm and are thoroughly likeable. Their love story
Princess under cover
It's been a dry spell in term of gobbling up books, so perhaps my expectations have become too high in the meantime, but... whatever the reason, this was not a great book for me. It helped to pass some time before bed, but I certainly didn't want to finish it in one sitting - it took several sittings and a lot of skipping to finish it. Here's why:

It started out well. I was so pleased with the Prologue. I was ready to hunker down into a witty, humorous story with extremely likable characters.

Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The best part of this book was honestly all the ways Millicent died and was eulogized. You'll understand once you read this haha. This had some of Tessa Dare's humor, which I enjoyed, but I've never been a fan of the 'I can't date/marry because of (*stupid*) reasons' trope, which this book unfortunately has. Maybe it's just been a while, but I don't really remember the other two quirky female friends from the first book? However I do look forward to them, especially the crazy animal lover one ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Completely charming and very enjoyable! The characters were likable and the story was fast and easy to read. Perfect for a restful weekend . The kids and the very troubled hepples doll steal the show from beginning to end ! ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 stars

This is a delightfully fun story, extremely light-hearted but perhaps missing a bit of seriousness and depth for me. I adored The Duchess Deal and THE GOVERNESS GAME connects well with some of the characters from that story, providing connection but also allowing it to be read as a standalone.

Alexandra (Alex) is a very unassuming heroine, I liked her but I didn’t love her. She finds herself governess for Chase’s (heir apparent to a Dukedom) two female wards. Chase reminded me a little
This second instalment was even better than the first, and is worth all of the five stars I’d given! The two little girls in this story added such a refreshing and humorous aspect to it that without them it wouldn’t have been as good! I loved how the younger girl killed her doll every night so that they would all have to join hands and surround the bed to have a funeral for the poor doll!

The entire book was so highly amusing that I just couldn’t put it down! I am in love with Tessa Dare’s work
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The Governess Game only gets 3 stars from me. I wish I could have liked Chase Reynaud more as a character.

The two little girls that Chase was put in charge of were wonderful! Rosamund and Daisy made this book for me. I loved those girls!! The funerals for the doll, Millicent really made me laugh.

I really liked Alex Mountbatten as well. I loved her grit, intelligence, practical nature and her love of astronomy!

The problem with The Governess Game has to do with Chase. I wish I could have liked him
Melanie A.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
"No one is a lost cause."
I don't know what to say here . . . maybe this:

I really wish I could round up because there were a few moments that gave me the warm fuzzies.

But I just can't do it.

Yes, there were a few warm fuzzies going on, but the characters and the plot were just too superficial for me. Except for Millicent and her many maladies, everything felt like it was being presented in black and white instead of Tessa Dare's usual technicolor.

But I guess it's true what they
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I really need to stop looking forward to book releases. This was… ok. I admittedly did laugh an above average amount so the humour is still there. But the dialogue was in no way up to par, in intelligence or snark.

Honestly, this was an odd plot from start to finish. I can’t quite put my finger on what historical setting it was meant to be (I think it claimed 1817) but it definitely was not set in any previously existing earth era.

The hero spoke very oddly, included a large number of modernisms
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Tessa Dare has rapidly become my go to when I fancy a historical romance and The Governess Game hits all the high notes.

description It’s not every day a man collides with a woman who prefers sky smudges to fairy stories.”

We met Alexandra and Chase in The Duchess Deal and, although several months have passed, Alex hasn’t forgotten the man she and her friends have christened the Bookish Rake. Lucky for her, and very much us, their paths are to cross again.

description London is rife with women who’ll happily submit
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
So good!

I loved Alex and Chase together. They get along so well! Also loved Daisy and Rosamund. They made me laugh with their antics.

I had a great time reading this book. This series is pure gold!
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: hr, read-2018, 3-stars
3.5 stars, and read this review with a pinch of salt

I’ll admit that the The Governess Game is the only romance I’ve read in the past few months, besides the one or two other re-reads. But hey, this is Tessa Dare…my go-to feel-good author. So, I decided to pick up a newly released romance book.

If one expects a historically accurate in terms of social norms, time appropriate romance, The Governess Game is the one to avoid. But that’s not really shocking news when it comes to Tessa Dare. And
chan ☆
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A man rose to his feet for a lady, his queen, or a divine being, and she was at least one of those- if not all three

swoon, muthafuggin SWOON! what a fantastic way to kick off smutathon. i fell too hard for this book.

so what had happened was, chase is a duke and he begrudgingly cares for 2 orphans who are probably in some way related to him. 10 and 7 year old girls. after a series of strange circumstances, clock winder and aspiring astronomer alex becomes the girls' governess.

both chase and the
4.25 astronomical (in the literal sense) yet angsty stars

Alexandra Mountbattern has met THE ONE. He has marvelous taste in reading material; he is charming; and he is so very handsome. The only problem? She doesn't know his name. For now, she refers to him as the "Bookshop Rake" because that is where she encountered him about 6 months ago while she was balancing her friend's books and holding tightly to the only second hand copy of the book about astronomy she had been hoping to find. When they
Claire Robinson
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series, m-b
5 - "So long as you're with me..." Stars!

Having discovered the awesomeness that is Tessa Dare, with the first book in the Girl Meets Duke series; The Duchess Deal and absolutely adoring it, I was eager to get started on The Governess Game, and once again the author did not disappoint.

"I don’t care if you’re gently bred, roughly bred, or a loaf of brown bread with butter… You’re educated, you understand propriety, and… you’re breathing."

We met Duke-in-waiting Chase Renaud briefly in book one, as
Aug 31, 2018 added it
This was one of those books that renewed my love for this genre. It's superbly written with some of the most witty dialogue and beautifully crafted yet breezy, easily readable prose you'll come across. It takes tropes that normally make me cringe - the party boy "rake", the employer/governess relationship and its inherent imbalance of power, precocious kids - and somehow makes me love the book not just despite those things but even BECAUSE of them because Tessa Dare's characterizations and ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
After You Only Love Twice, this is just what I needed!

It's a light, funny romance! Do not start reading it expecting something meaningful - you'll not find it here!

The story is simple: a low-born girl and a future duke fall in love. But it's the funny parts that made it worthwhile!

I loved Alex (and her friends too!)! She's level-headed and self-conscious. But when the means to maintain herself are lost, she just knows that a change of profession is inevitable. That it is placed in the most
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-needed
4 “In the Stars” Stars

Full review to come.

I voluntarily read an ARC of this book. A is for Alpha B is for Books.
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a fun read! I think any book would've had a hard time following the first book in the series, The Duchess Deal, because it was just that good! I still enjoyed these two's dialogue and banter, and I really enjoyed the children side characters and their quirks. I think I was just feeling a little disappointed by the end though. While I understood the H's hang-ups, it became a little frustrating when he kept on going back to them. I also wanted so much more in the
Robin (Bridge Four)
There are some audiobooks that I wonder if the narrator saves it for me. I say this because the hero Chase is a scandalous Rake and I wonder if I read this I would have found him unredeemable. But the narrator made him come to life and I had so much fun listening to some of the utterly charming things he said wondering if I was reading it if I would have found it charming at all.

Alexandre and Chase literally bumped into each other in a bookshop. Since then she has had some fantasies galore about
Sammy Loves Books
Tessa Dare never disappoints. Wonderful historical romance about a rake of a Duke afraid to love and be loved. The rakes always fall the hardest!


Loved the heroine. There's nothing better than a strong and independent heroine.
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“You don't need to pity me. I'm here. And I'm alive. So there's your answer, Chase. When am I giving up? I'm not. I did not give up on myself then. I am not giving up on you now." She smoothed her apron. "Now I'm going to tidy myself up, take the girls for ices, eat two of them myself, and not bring you any. When we return, I'll send Rosamund and Daisy in to visit you, and you will behave. Treat me as you like. But you will not belittle those girls for loving you. I won't allow it. And do not ever waste your breath again with more of that 'lost cause' nonsense. Consider yourself found.” 8 likes
“You veriest varlet.” Ashbury lowered his mangled face to within an inch of Chase’s nose. “This. Is. Nap. Time.” Chase was nonplussed. “What?” The duke rolled aside, resting on his elbow as he worked for breath. “My infant son is currently upstairs, sleeping for the first time in nineteen hours. The only thing keeping me from disemboweling you here in the entrance hall, you cream-faced rooting hog, is that you’d probably wake him with all your sniveling and sobbing for mercy.” “Oh.” Somewhere upstairs, a thin wail pierced the silence. Ashbury closed his eyes. “I hate you.” 7 likes
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