The Governess Game by Tessa Dare | Review


The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

Series: Girl Meets Duke #2

Genre/s: Historical Romance, Adult

Release Date: 6th Sept 2018

Publisher: Mills & Boon

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I recently read and loved 'The Duchess Deal' and was delighted when I got a hold of an e-arc of this from NetGalley. Thank you so much to the publisher!

The book follows Alexandra, a single woman working to provide for herself while living in Victorian London. Until events unfold and she ends up being hired as a governess by the duke's heir, in the hopes of caring for and teaching the young wards that he is newly the guardian of.

I feel as though the author did a great job in keeping the book very authentic to the time in which it is set, although there was a couple of things that I picked up on here and there, but it wasn't worrisome enough to pull me out of the story. The plot was continuously intriguing, and Tessa Dare's writing was once again extremely addictive. It's one of those books that makes you feel happy.

Even though it was a very enjoyable read, I also found it very predictable and a little underwhelming in some cases. I think that was because the plot was predictably structured, whereas most of the book is the build up to a slight problematic dip in the road and is inevitably resolved in a slightly too half hazard way. Which did kind of disappoint me, as I really enjoyed 'The Duchess Deal'. That one seemed to have so much more depth. It's not that this book is bad in any way shape or form, but it just didn't wow me.

The book as a whole was very well written, and a very quick easy read. Alexandra was an interesting and unique protagonist but something stopped me from loving her, I'm not sure whether it was the writing or something else entirely, but I found her a little boring. In addition, Chase was very similar to many other characters/love interests I've read about previously so that didn't help the story at all. I'm not going to lie, my favourite scenes most of the time, were the ones with Rosamund and Daisy. They were hilarious, unique and the most well developed characters in the whole book; they were the entire reason I kept reading.

I also loved the scenes in which characters from the previous novel popped up, that was great! I just couldn't seem to connect to the main characters in this particular story. I found myself rolling my eyes at a lot of the dialogue.

I will be picking up more of the author's work in the future, I just feel as though this one was sadly not for me.

Rating: 42%

Thank you so much for reading!

- Sophie

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