Sometimes, when we are desperate, we take a chance that we would not have taken if we were not desperate.
Tessa Dare’s new novel, The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke, was published this year.
Alexandra Mountbatten is desperate. She needs an income, fast. Enter Chase Reynaud, the heir to a dukedom who is saddled with the care of two rebellious young girls. Chase’s reputation in society is less than stellar, especially when it comes to his romantic life.
He offers her a job as a governess, hoping that she will have the magic touch.
It’s nearly love at first sight for Alexandra, but she has to keep her emotions in check as she tries to deny her attraction to Chase.
From Chase’s perspective, his love life has been strictly physical. Then Alexandra comes into his life. She tries to reform him, but he responds by teaching her the art of love. He thinks that trying to deny the attraction on his end will be just as easy. But Alexandra is one tough cookie and Chase will discover that pushing her away will not be so easy.
I’m not usually a fan of this genre, but Tessa Dare is an excellent writer. Her characters are alive, human, flawed and kept me asking if Chase and Alexandra would have their happy ending. I especially appreciated that Alexandra had a brain, a will of iron and had interests beyond marriage.
I recommend it.
Love sometimes comes from the most unexpected of places.
In The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke Series #1) by Tessa Dare, Emma Gladstone is the daughter of a vicar who works as a seamstress and has been on her own since she was a teenager. The last thing she is looking for or expecting is say I do, especially to a member of the aristocracy. The Duke of Ashbury has two scars to deal with: the physical scars from the war and the emotional scars from the breakup of his engagement. Emma walks into the Duke’s library wearing what would have been his fiance’s wedding dress, demanding payment for her labors. But the Duke has another idea.
He proposes marriage, but there will be conditions to the marriage. The marital bed is only for procreation of a necessary heir, the marriage is a marriage of convenience and once Emma is pregnant, she will retire to the country to raise their child. But Emma, who reluctantly says yes to the proposal, has conditions of her own: Until such time when she is confirmed as pregnant, they will have dinner together and talk like a married couple during dinner.
At first, Emma keeps her part of the bargain, until she starts to fall for her husband. But the Duke is the harder nut to crack. Despite his intentions of limiting their marital relations, it’s becoming harder to keep his hands off his wife.
I normally don’t read these kind of books, but I found this book to be well written. Ms. Dare easily hooks her reader and has created two lead characters who stand out from the standard lead characters that readers encounter in the genre. Emma is intelligent, strong and not afraid to say what is on her mind. While the Duke initially comes off as this brooding Heathcliff type, he is slowly revealed to be a man who loves passionately and deeply, but also lives with multiple emotional scars that have not healed.
Do I recommend it? Yes.