- Series: Girl Meets Duke (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (August 28, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062672124
- ISBN-13: 978-0062672124
- ASIN: 0062672126
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 189 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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.
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Heroine Alexandra Mountbatten is singularly unique for her time. In Regency England she stands out among the English roses. She is an American, and Filipino and Spanish. She is smart and longs for security, she already is independent but she lives with her two friends and her dream is her own little cottage. Alex is logical and romantic. She has harbored a secret yen for a handsome man who knocked the books out of her hand at the bookshop. She never thinks she will ever see him again but she does and he becomes her employer.
Chase Reynaud will one day inherit a dukedom. He is a libertine and unapologetic for it. He is also guardian to two girls who have run off many a governess. He believes Alex to be applying for the position of governess (she's isn't, she is there to fix his clocks). He is desperate and offers her quite a bit of money to take charge of the girls for the summer, just until they can be sent away to boarding school.
From the first moments Alex enters Chase's home, there is a sense of wonder and joy that Alex and her charges feel when they are together. Indeed, some of the best moments in this book are between Alex and the girls. Her kind, compassionate nature is a driving force in her relationship with the orphans who are hilariously funny. I simply adored these young girls who were fiercely loyal to each other.
Alex's relationship with Chase is logical and incredibly emotional. Alex is gentle and insightful when it comes to her dealings with Chase. Alex is a constant surprise and the dialogue between the leads is also written well, especially when the two are emotionally honest with each other. Her background was so unique and interesting that I wish I could have known her as a young girl, standing side by side with her father on the high seas. One of the drawbacks of this novel, and it is a small one, is that I wanted more background on all the characters.
Chase is a typical and not so typical rogue. He was so attracted to Alex and the reader sees it in his actions and his words. His point of view describes his inner life so well that the reader understands his conflicted feelings for Alex. Chase is a good man who just cannot accept that his past mistakes do not have to define him. Fortunately, he has three females living in his home to remind him just how precious love is. I rooted for everyone of these characters as soon as I met them. I wanted them to be a family, I wanted Chase to lower his guard, I wanted Alex to work some magic with her thoughtfulness. That all happens and the end of this novel just comes way too soon. I wanted to know more about their life together. I sincerely hope that Ms. Dare writs sequels about the girls, Rosamund and Daisy.
Now, my favorite part of this book is definitely Chase. He's just soo... snarky, witty, devilish, perfect? All of the above. I RARELY laugh out loud at books, but many of Chase's lines had me lol'ing. And Alex gave me a few giggles too. Her more deadpan sense of humor definitely adds to the feeling that she and Chase are made for each other. At times I felt the chemistry was a little bit off, but I think that's only because the book felt a bit rushed in the second half. All the cuteness with his wily nieces more than made up for the bad bits.
My only, small, complaints were the weird 21st-century nods to the reader. I don't appreciate anachronisms in my historical fiction, especially when they're tired internet memes that were never funny to begin with. Nor did I think the scenes with Ash felt natural, and while bits of them were funny, on the whole they seemed overly forced.
Overall, though, I loved this book and will most definitely continue on with the Girl Meets Duke series.
Hero ~ 5/5
Heroine ~ 5/5
Humor ~ 5/5
Heartache ~ 3/5
Steam ~ 4.5/5
This is one of the tropes that I think has been overused but this book is so far and away above that. Chase was a charming but troubled rake. Alex has a fascinating backstory. Together, they are perfect even if it takes a while for Chase to realize it. In fact, for a while, Alex has three charges to look after based on the way Chase acts. The two girls, Rosamund and Daisy, are also wonderful. The doll funerals are hysterical as well as other sections of the book.
The romance is steamy and the banter is funny. The secondary characters are great; I was happy to see Ash and Emma again which also led to one of the funniest scenes between Ash and Chase. I'm hoping that Penny's new neighbor is a hint for an upcoming book. All in all, this is everything I expect from Ms. Dare and a very enjoyable read.