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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.
- ISBN-13: 9780062672124
- ISBN-10: 0062672126
- Publisher: Avon Books
- Publish Date: August 2018
- Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.42 pounds
- Page Count: 384
Romance: A Hail Mary pass
Alexa Martin’s Intercepted features a relatable heroine and a hero who might be perfect for her, all set against the high-stakes backdrop of the NFL. Readers get a look at professional football from the perspective of the athletes’ wives and girlfriends, offering a full view of the hierarchies and jealousies, as well as the pressure from the press and public. Narrated in an irreverent first-person voice, this story about a betrayed woman who finds the courage to once again seek love is a cut above the usual sports-themed romance. Marlee Harper loves football, hashtags and maybe even her boyfriend, but is less than surprised when he cheats on her—again. She decides to leave him and walk away from athletes altogether, but the team’s new quarterback, Gavin Pope, isn’t going to concede this game. He understands Marlee’s wariness, but their attraction is one for the record books. Marlee can’t resist Gavin, but that doesn’t mean she can commit. Martin’s debut is fast-paced, fun and promising.
A heroine goes home again in Enticed by You by Elle Wright. With her divorce finally behind her, Kennedi Robinson heads to small-town Michigan to visit her beloved aunt and the family business. On her way, she crashes into trouble, literally, when she gets into a fender bender with wealthy resident Parker Wells Jr. He’s handsome and appealing, but Kennedi has immediate second thoughts when she realizes that Parker’s company wants to buy her family’s property. Parker is swamped by his new responsibilities as a CEO, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing Kennedi. Wright’s characters are smart and thoughtful while trying to address their issues in a mature fashion, but their pasts—along with the various, conflicting interests of relatives on both sides—add to the turmoil. Enticed by You is an engrossing family drama spiced with fiery love scenes and characters that deserve a happy ending.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
Romance doesn’t get more delightful than Tessa Dare’s The Governess Game. Heir to a dukedom, ladies’ man and all-around rascal Chase Reynaud has had responsibility thrust upon him—the guardianship of two orphaned girls who enjoy chasing away governesses. He’s desperate for another woman to fill the position, and when Alexandra Mountbatten shows up on his doorstep, she soon finds herself a member of the duke’s household. Little does Chase know that he and his new governess have met before, during a brief encounter in a bookstore, after which Alex developed an embarrassingly fervent crush. What follows is pure genre gold, as Alex and Chase dance around each other and their searing attraction—while still staying a step ahead of the children. Clever wordplay and physical comedy, as well as the escapades of the surprisingly morbid and very clever girls, make The Governess Game a standout romance that readers won’t want to end.
ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read our Q&A with Tessa Dare about The Governess Game.
This article was originally published in the September 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.