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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 than 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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Witty Little Romance Novel Perfection

When Tessa Dare announces a new novel, I preorder it. Every time. The day of the book’s release, I drop everything I’m doing (including everything else I’m reading) to gorge myself on her regency romance goodness. In fact, when it comes to Ms. Dare’s novels, I automatically buy the print and audio version of each new release. It’s always money well spent. Her stories are among those I listen to and carry around in my purse to read when I need a shot of hope, humor, and strength.

And if I’m particularly needing a dose of calm, I pop on my headphones and let Mary Jane Wells read me into a blissful state of tranquility. She’s the perfect narrator to voice Tessa Dare’s plucky, sweet, intelligent characters. I want to drizzle her voice over ice cream and shamelessly eat it after avoiding carbs for a month. It feels that decadent.

Both novels in the Girl Meets Duke series are my favorites. I love them so. Please don’t make me choose one over the other. Instead, you should definitely read them both and decide for yourself. Be warned, though. If you have a weakness for men whose external gruffness is proportionate to the hugeness of their big, stupid hearts, proceed with caution. You are in danger of becoming addicted to Tessa Dare’s heroes. What about her heroines? Well, they’re amazing. They remind me of all the best parts of all my closest female friends. Courageous, smart, vulnerable, caring, resourceful, and tough. And the secondary characters? They’re things of genius. In The Duchess Deal, Kahn the sarcastic butler, Emma’s group of misfit friends, and Britches the devil cat will all steal your heart. In The Governess Game, Chase’s orphaned charges (and wannabe pirates), Rosalind and Daisy, nearly steal the entire show. I wanted to adopt them both, especially Daisy, who concocts ghastly deaths each morning for her precious baby doll, Millicent, just so Chase will have to hold her hand at the daily funerals as he eulogizes her.

Really. If you haven’t read these two stories yet, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for. Go! Read them already. You won’t be sorry.

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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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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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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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Great Read

The story is funny, witty and heartwarming. It will make you both laugh and cry. Thoroughly recommend it!

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witty and fun

This is exactly the type of romance I love. full of witt and loveable characters. it was also really well performed. I loved both Chase and Alex and the inventiveness surrounding the two girls had me laughing out loud much of the book.

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Tessa Dare + Mary Jane Wells = Perfection!

I loved this book. It was filled with humor, charm and a very satisfying HEA. Tessa Dare writes such vivid witty characters and Mary Jane Wells brings them to life like no other. She is my very favorite historical romance narrator reading my very favorite historical romance author. When these two ladies team up, it is an automatic credit for me and I've never been disappointed. I just wish MJW could go back and narrate some of Tessa Dare's older titles too. I can't wait for book three in the series.