The Governess Game is Regency romance set in 1817 London.
Alexandra Mountbatten dreams about the handsome womaniser that she met at a bookshop, but, alas, he must remain just a fantasy for girl of her station in life. An astrology enthusiast and clock-setter to the wealthy, Alexander is quite prepared to remain a spinster.
Chase Reynaud is heir to the Duke of Belvoir, a title he’d rather not accept, but a past accident thrust it upon him. Added to his troubles, he’s guardian to two young hellions: Rosamund and Daisy have been continually moved between family, resulting in them becoming wilful and rebellious.
When Alexandra calls in search of new clock-setting work, Chase fancies her as the next governess for his wards. Her refusal of his absurd request, however, sees her back on his doorstep later that day. Alex faces a challenge; years of rejection, blame and hurt have built high walls around the girls’ young hearts. But can Alex’s unorthodox methods and beliefs work magic before a threatened boarding school deadline is reached?
For me this storyline had a little sprinkle of Mary Poppin’s magic which made it a fun read. There is still plenty of hot romance to set the book firmly in the intended genre, but I did like both Rosamund and Daisy and the roles they played. I’ve not read any of this author’s books before, but I shall look forward to more in the future.
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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.