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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.


About the Book

The Governess Game
by Tessa Dare

The Girl Meets Duke Series

Historical Romance

Avon Books

Publication Date
August 28, 2018

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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.”


Belladonna’s Review


The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke, #2)The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I was over the moon for the first book in this series, The Duchess Deal. A hilarious, swoon-worthy romance that I highly recommend. In book two of the Girl Meets Duke series, The Governess Game, Tessa Dare shows you the healing magic that is love and the fun that can be had along the way.

Alexandra Mountbatten enjoys her independence, having a job, making her own money and being her own boss. When it is all lost, her only hope at an independent future is to take a lucrative but unsavory position as governess for Chase Reynaud, a future Duke, notorious rake, and guardian to two unruly girls.

The girls are what made this book for me. Sisters Rosamund and Daisy may be uneducated, but they are quick-witted, spirited little girls with a vivid imagination. The scenes with their doll Millicent were both hilarious and poignant and helped me make a connection with all of the characters.

Chase and Alexandra’s banter and antics had me guffawing at my kindle and starry-eyed with love. There were times, though, that their characters seemed almost an over-the-top caricature of a stereotype, with him the ne’er-do-well rake who runs from love and her the independent woman no one will control. Those times jarred me out of the story, but only for a scene or two and then it was back to hilarious hijinks and the journey to love.

The Governess Game is a delightful addition to the Girl Meets Duke series. If you love historical romance, give this series a try.

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About Tessa Dare

TESSA DARE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty historical romances. 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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