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.
I’m not a fan of the governess trope. Often because they involve cute little moppets who are simply there to push the two leads together.
Note, moppets are not at all how children act in real life. Either they’re ridiculously unruly and then turned sweet when the governess with the magic touch comes to play or they’re just bland little creatures who are just there for the characters to meet (see the brat in Jane Eyre, whose name I always forget-I do know that it starts with an “A” though, but considering I’ve read that book more than a few times I should know the brat’s name).
In this book, we have the ridiculous brat who has a personality change and the kid with the cute little quirk. Both are generic and have me groaning. Seriously, plot moppets should just be gone.
I think the only time I tolerate them is in The Sound of Music and that is because Christopher Plummer tears up Nazi flags.
Anyway, there’s already a huge strike against this book because of the governess plot. I know you’re probably asking why I read it knowing this. Because The Duchess Deal was the best damn romance I read in 2017 and this was written by Tessa Dare.
And there were some cute moments in this one. I enjoyed the one plot moppet’s quirk of giving her doll disastrous diseases but I digress…overall, I really didn’t like this one.
It has very little to no plot, and honestly I didn’t really feel like I learned much about these character other beyond their archetypes. One of the reasons I loved The Duchess Deal so freaking much was I thought Dare did a wonderful job into digging into the characters and what made them tick. Here….I was skimming.
They like each other, they think they’re hot, they have some arguments that are clearly sexual frustration, and then they boink each other. There’s really not much more to it.
I was utterly and throughly bored, save for the occasional laugh from a witty one liner. I really am a plot and character reader though, and in this book I did not really get the satisfaction of putting this book down and feeling like I knew the characters or wanted more.
If you are a die hard Tessa Dare fan and love plot moppets, this might be your thing more than mine. I didn’t outright hate it, so that’s something. However, it does not reach the caliber as her previous book which I outright loved.
Overall Rating: I’m going to give this one a C.