Bonus post this week – because the new Tessa Dare book came out yesterday. I read it back at the start of the month and really, really enjoyed it. It is the second book in the Girl Meets Duke series and features the romance between one of the friends of the heroine of the first book and a man you saw her run into in that book. The Duchess Deal was a BotW back in May, and is also well worth reading.
Alexandra Mountbatten makes a living by setting clocks in the London houses of the rich. But when she loses her equipment, she finds herself the governess to two out of control orphans who are in the care of a renowned libertine. Alexandra knows that what they need is a stable, loving home. Chase is the heir to a duke and lives by one rule: no attachments. He won’t settle down and he doesn’t want anyone depending on him. He knows he’s not to be trusted – all he wants is for his new governess to turn his wards into proper young ladies so that they can find men that they can rely on when they grow up. And we all know where this is going. It’s got a grumpy scared to love rakish hero with two children to take care of, a very wary accidental governess who sees the job as her ticket to her own independence and a bit of forced proximity. Bingo, my catnip.
The dialogue is sparky, the characters are great from the hero and heroine, right the way through all the minor characters. I loved the running joke about the funerals. You’ll get it when you read it – but if I tell you it’ll spoil it. Here’s what the author had to say about it on twitter:
And if that doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will. Anyway, if I had one quibble, it’s that the heroine’s surname is Mountbatten which I *think* originated as one of the invented surnames for some of the British end of the Royal Family when they were Anglicizing things during World War One – in this case the bits of the Battenburg family that married Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter and one of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters. It’s also the one that Prince Philip adopted just before he married the then Princess Elizabeth – meaning the current British royal family has the surname Mountbatten-Windsor. If you’re not a massive nerd like me, it probably won’t bother you, but it made me think of Prince Philip every time it was mentioned.* I’m sorry if by mentioning it I’ve caused the same issue for you.
My copy came via NetGalley, but The Governess Game is available on Kindle and Kobo and if it’s anything like the Duchess Deal it may pop up in larger supermarket book selections and some of the bigger bookshops when it comes out in paperback in the UK next week. If not, order it from your local friendly indie.
*Oddly not the only romance novel I’ve read recently that has done this.