Release Day Review

The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare, Release Day Review

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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.

My View

This is book two in the Girl Meets Duke series, and it is just as wonderfully romantic and engrossing as the previous. Which is exactly what we all have come to expect from Tessa Dare, her skill at crafting a well-rounded, articulate and mesmerizing story is flawless and incomparable. Like every other Tessa Dare book I have read, this is amazing.

This time we meet down on her luck Clock Setter; Alexandra Mountbatten, who is a little down on her luck she has a handful of client’s but not enough to really be comfortable so when she organizes to tend to the clocks at one of the major houses in London she thinks that this will be the job to finally put her on her feet. It just happens that the lord of the manor is the very man she fell head over heels for in an accidental meeting in a book store, he however confuses her presence there as the new governess for his wild wards. One thing leads to another and after an incident she ends up faced with an uncertain future. She reluctantly takes Chase up on his offer of the post of Governess, even though she knows nothing about children.

Alex is a wonderful character, she real pulls you in and you instantly like her, she is warm, head-strong and has a resilient nature, she is hardworking and caring which you really see when she is working her magic on the stubborn, set in his ways Chase. I really like their relationship, he is supremely sexy and a little distant towards life and the way he is so taken with the little, caring Alex is so loving.

Chase wanted nothing more than to wile away his days in pleasure, no attachments, no responsibilities that is until he becomes the reluctant guardian of two practically feral children. I mean it too, these two little girls are wild and unruly, they repeatedly murder their little doll, so they can have a funeral for it every day. Beneath that wild behaviour there are two vulnerable and scared little girls who are confused by what has happened to them. Alex is really the making of them and their randy and somewhat broody guardian; Chase. He see’s himself as nothing but a reckless libertine, who is way out of his depth especially when he meets the intelligent, spirited and no-nonsense Alex.

I love the moment when Alex and Chase first meet, in a book shop. It is very normal, and a lot of people can relate to that moment, Alex has a bit of a tongue tied, clumsy moment in front of a devilishly attractive man with the greenest eyes. I can relate to that, and I can relate to Alex. She is a wonderfully down to earth and practical woman wo knows that life isn’t all beds of roses, it is hard, people struggle, and she is living proof of that. Ms Dare has this gift at creating ordinary, hardworking women who just do what they have to survive, and Alex is no different.

This is what I love about Tessa Dare she grab’s hold of your imagination and takes you on a delightful and endearing journey as we watch two completely different character’s fall in love. The Governess Game is another win, it is beautifully written, captivating with a mesmerizing and tender romance wrapped up with a thrilling and breath-taking story that will engage and enthral readers.

Utterly fabulous, I cannot recommend this highly enough!

This was an ARC copy via the publisher  in exchange for an honest review

The Governess Game is out today and can be purchased from Amazon.

London’s Wicked Affair (Midnight Secrets #1) by Anabelle Bryant, Release Day Review

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In Anabelle Bryant’s wickedly romantic new series, secrets and seduction go hand in hand . . .

Lunden Beckford, Duke of Scarsdale, has chosen to exile himself far from London, with its painful memories and cruel gossip. Forced back to town on business, he’s eager to make his stay as brief as possible. But first, he must honor his promise to find a suitable husband for his friend’s little sister. On one hand, Amelia Strathmore has grown into a stunning, statuesque beauty. On the other, the willful chit is more likely to scandalize a drawing room with her outspoken opinions than blush prettily. At least she agrees to accept his help—if he fulfills
certain conditions . . .

Though duty-bound to marry, Amelia longs to secretly enjoy some of life’s freedoms first. In this, as in many things, Lunden proves an excellent guide. In fact, Amelia’s girlhood admiration for her brother’s friend is fast becoming something far less innocent. Lunden believes he’s known too much darkness to offer any woman happiness. Yet Amelia is starting to see how much pleasure can lie within the right partnership—especially if one is willing to be a little wicked . .

My View

Firstly, I want to say a huge congratulations to Anabelle Bryant for her first in-print book!! So hugely deserved and what a wonderful start to this new series, I have been looking forward to reading this for ages, and I can honestly say that this does not disappoint. Ms Bryant’s Midnight Secret’s series has started with a blast and going by this first instalment, I can say that we are in for something very special. As always with this fine ladies writing, the story is spell-binging with drama and flawlessly written with real wit an skill.

After years away from London the notorious and equally mysterious Lundon is back, having been forced from his voluntary exile with the death of his brother and rightful Duke, Lundon has to face the one thing that he has been dreading and hiding from, actual public and people. He has been traumatised by the cruel and backstabbing nature of society, which was one of the reason’s he chose to stay away in the first place. But, now he has not choice! But before he can do what he intends to do and then return to his reclusive life he must do one thing; he has been giving the task by his best friend; Matthew to help find Matthew’s rebellious and spirited sister Amelia a husband. Lundon is very reluctant, but he agree’s but he soon finds that the task given to him is far more challenging then he thought, especially once he reacquaints himself with the tantalizing beauty.

Lundon is a wonderfully sensual and complex man, there is so much about this mysterious man he has deep pain and issues that he hides well behind his glacial mask, but I just wanted him to find his happiness that he so deserves. He is so very hard on himself over thing’s that were out of his control, he has been through the mill and doesn’t deserve all the anguish he puts himself through. He is such great hero, he doesn’t think of himself as anything worth loving but I think he is, Lundon is kind, generous, protective and honourable. If you are lucky enough to be under this man intelligent and soothing gaze, you are a very lucky lady.

Amelia has a romantic heart and soul, she refuses to marry any man just because society and her brother dictate it. She believes in love, she wants that in her life and she will not be coerced into something she doesn’t want. At first I thought that Amelia was a little brash and spoilt little thing, she as been indulged to the point she thinks a little too much of herself, But, I love tat my initial thought of her was challenged and soon changed as I soon saw her for the women that she really is; a soulful and a tenacious young woman just wanting love. She is also very high-spirited and free- thinking, and she knows exactly what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to voice those wishes.

This is a delightful, energising read that will keep the reader on their toes. I love the intricate storyline and the relationship between Amelia and Lundon is tense and sensual, there is a spark that jumps at you off the page and keeps you engaged as you wonder what is going to happen between these two. Ms Bryant has created a fun, wonderfully atmospheric and engaging love story that will dazzle and enthral the reader with every page.

Romantic, thrilling and beautifully written, very highly recommended!

This was an ARC copy via the author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

London’s Wicked Affair is out today and can be purchased from Amazon.