Alexandra Mountbatten finds herself suddenly without a way to support herself just as Chase Reynaud, a ne’er-do-well unwillingly in charge of two young girls, offers her the position of governess. As Alex tries to reform him, he seeks to teach her about pleasure, learning about love in the process.
The prologue and first chapter of "The Governess Game" were fantastic and sucked me right in. I found myself amused from the start and ready to journey through Chase and Alex’s love story. From there, the story just got better and kept me wanting to read (even when I should’ve been sleeping).
Chase and Alex are some of Tessa Dare’s finest. She excels at heroes with hearts of gold who try in vain not to care and heroines who don’t know their own inner strength until they need it. Chase and Alex are exactly these types of characters and I loved them both. Chase was hilarious, too. I laughed out loud at his wit several times.
I will admit that I saw one of the major conflicts coming within the first few chapters, shortly after meeting all the characters. This did not dampen my enjoyment of the story, however, as it was not dragged out for dramatic effect.
I enjoyed the ending of the story and felt there was an appropriate amount of groveling on one character’s part. And I will, of course, be reading the next in the series!!!
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.