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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.
In Dare's sizzling second Girl Meets Duke Regency (after The Duchess Deal), a young woman discovers that her romantic fantasies about a handsome rake are vastly different from the reality of him. After bumping into the effortlessly charming man of her dreams in a bookstore, Alexandra Mountbatten meets him again when calling at his London home, offering to set his clocks. Chase Reynaud mistakenly believes that Alex has come to apply for the position of governess to his two precocious wards, Daisy and Rosamund and she needs a job, so she plays along. The witty banter of the misunderstanding is the perfect prelude for their future encounters. Chase professes himself a confirmed rake who refuses to marry as self-punishment for his past actions, but Alex sees through Chase's callous fa ade to the kind and generous man inside. Even as she tries to convince him that he deserves happiness, she knows that he must marry someone of suitable rank, which excludes her. Alex is an intelligent, independent heroine who is the perfect match for Chase, whose hardened heart softens as Alex reveals how much she cares for him. Sensuality and witty repartee fill the pages of this fast-paced story, which is made complete by the expertly developed characters and hints at future installments.
Like all things Tessa Dare, this book is charming, well-written, a pleasure to read. The children are undoubtedly the stars of the novel; they add both levity and gravity to the story. Alexandra Mountbatten is a compelling heroine, intelligent, resourceful, secretly hopelessly romantic. Her immediate infatuation with the hero works well with her character as a bit of emotional escapism from the precariousness of her situation, however that tension between her romantic tendencies and the reality of life as a woman supporting herself with plans and dreams is underutilized. Alex is kind of lost in this story and we are left with Chase as the emotional center of the story; Alex spends much of the novel convincing him, a wealthy soon-to-be titled man, of his worth. Chase is a fine hero, but his internal struggles and self flagellation are imo less compelling than Alexandra’s more complicated and potentially nuanced position as a woman with dreams, sensitive yet sensible, but of precarious means. I enjoyed the novel from start to finish but was a bit unsatisfied, though it is hard to pinpoint why exactly. I think it is that the story feels much smaller than the characters, particularly the heroine, deserved.
Catch a Falling Comet
… put it in your pocket, never let it get away. That pretty much sums up the plot, but interesting characters and a rocky path towards self acceptance makes the journey worthwhile.
This was such a fun and emotional book. Yo will laugh out loud and need tissues. I highly recommend this series.