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5* Review – Tessa Dare – The Governess Game

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. 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 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.

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My Thoughts…

Alex’s supportive group of friends defy convention, preferring to listen to each other, rather than the male-dominated Regency society that surrounds them. Alex’s unusual job gains her entry into society’s most exquisite homes but only as an employee. Alex and Chase met previously at a bookshop, but he doesn’t remember her. However, he wants her for his wards’ governess, despite her lack of skills and social standing. Serendipity ensures he gets his way, but she proves to be a disturbing employee who threatens his dissolute habits.

Alex ‘s caring nature and empathy endear her to the girls. Believable and charming the two girls provide much of the story’s humour and poignancy. Importantly, they catalyse the romance between Alex and Chase. Alex wants Chase to give the girls the parental love they need but getting them the father they need involves constant interaction with the rake whose sense of the ridiculous and sensual expertise endanger her heart.

This lovely story encompasses all the best qualities of Regency romance; humour, historical detail and sensuality intertwine to make an addictive read. The plot showcases other elements of Regency society outside of the ‘Haute Ton’, which gives the story a unique perspective. Alex’s intelligence and tenacity are far more critical in this tale than her looks and social skills.

Escape to Regency London in this absorbing tale, and you may not want to return.

I received a copy of this book from Mills & Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.