• The Governess Game

  • Girl Meets Duke Series, Book 2
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,555 ratings)

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The Governess Game

By: Tessa Dare
Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Eve Ortega (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Pure, Sheer, Absolute Delight

This is the loveliest romp I've read in some time. Everything about this wonderful novel is exciting and funny and sweet and intelligent and a ripping good story.

Tessa Dare has exceeded all expectations with the delightful, intelligent characters of Chase, Alexandra, Rosamond and Daisy (as well as Chase's brother and Alex's friends and the exceedingly unhealthy Millicent.) The plot draws brilliantly on each of their special personalities to weave an only slightly fanciful plot that nevertheless captivated and enthralled me form the moment I started reading. I won't give any spoilers, but there is also just enough suspense that I never once felt like I was sure what would happen next (except, of course, the HEA... but that's just a given.)

And it was all done with a most generous sprinkling of laugh-out-loud funny moments (as well as a fair amount of gasp-worthy surprises)

Mary Jane Wells renders every single character with exactly the right note of respect for their individual personalities and exactly the right tone to give them each distinct voices. She did a simply brilliant job. I have rarely heard a more perfect narration.

Buy this. Listen to it. Let yourself laugh and gasp and sigh at all the right moments. Then do what I'll do in a couple of weeks... listen to it again.

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Charming but not necessarily for everyone.

I do like Tessa Dare's writing (she writes period pieces with modern ideologies so they're not very realistic but they are certainly more emotionally healthy than most romances) but this was the first one that I debated returning. It wasn't the the author's fault; the story had good chemistry and hysterical exchanges. I just don't particularly enjoy the favorite staple of the romance genre where children are always necessary to make relationships better (no insult intended if you do - get married, have babies is very much the time-tested happy ending of romances). This book just happened to take that a step further and make children a LARGE part of the story (which made the romance aspect seem rushed and a bit disjointed to me). So! If you're looking for a good romance about becoming a partner to a man who already has children, I think this would be a favorite listen. If having children around for about 70% of the story isn't what you're looking for, I would maybe reconsider. Mary Jane Wells is a superb narrator though.

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EXCELLANT NARRATION BY MARY JANE WELLS

The Narrator Mary Jane Wells was superb and she brought each character alive and made the story fun romantic and lively.I couldn't put my kindle down. Excellent story. I had laugh out loud moments with chase's two Wards Rosamund and Daisy. They were excellent secondary characters that gave the story that added depth that Historical Romance needs. You will also, understand there deep felt sadness and pain.

Chase and Alexandra were a wonderful couple. The story is realistic there instant attraction is believable. They have wonderful banter and you will love both characters. The story is sensuous and sexy but not erotic. A really good mix of love play.

If I had anything complaints it would be the end. I wanted more and I didn't want Chase, Alexandra, Rosamund and Daisy's story to end.




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You can't stop smiling!

I'm not giving you absolutely any spoilers. Mainly because you just have to read/hear it for yourselves. The story is sweet, sad and as always FUNNY. Don't forget full of heart. Not only is the writing brilliant the performance doesn't miss a beat. I can't wait for the next one....But I suppose I must.

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I am in love with this series

I haven’t laughed this hard at books in a really long time. Full of comic relief.

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Brilliant story!

I really enjoyed Governess Game, especially the little girls Rosamond and Daisy. They truly stole the show. The way Mary Jane Wells narrated them was perfection. Honestly, I'm just a huge Mary Jane Wells fan.

Tessa Dare has such a unique take on historical romance that is both refreshing and unique, but still stays true to the things you expect in historical romance. I highly recommend this book!

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Perfect!

I thought The Duchess Deal was amazing but this book is even better! Tessa Dare and Mary Jane Wells are perfect together. Can’t say enough about how great the narration is. The book had me laughing so many times. I so enjoyed seeing their love blossom and I loved both characters immensely. I have to say he was my character by far. I loved all of him. The only thing I would change is that there would’ve more sex scenes. The actual deed didn’t come until the last hour or so from the end and could’ve used a follow up scene :) worth the credit and can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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Did not disappoint!

After The Duchess Deal, I have been anxiously awaiting this book. The narrator made me laugh over and over at her portrayals of the characters. This book will be listened to over and over. Thank you audible for another well done nook.

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Mary Jane Wells as narrator makes this book

Come alive .The story Is not that entertaining
But the way the narrator holds it together with her enthusiasm really helps

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I wanted to love it

I love me some Tessa Dare and I was so excited for this book, but it was just meh....The first book was so funny and wonderful, but this just missed the mark for me. I am not saying it was bad it just didn’t hold my attention like her other books have. As always Mary Jane Well’s did an amazing job narrating.

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