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When a Duke Loves a Governess-Review

When A Duke Loves A Governess

By Olivia Drake

Series: Unlikely Governess #3

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Publication Date: July 27,2021

Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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A stunning new Regency from beloved author Olivia Drake, When a Duke Loves a Governess…!

Tessa James has worked and planned tirelessly to open her own millinery shop. All she needs now is a loan from the lord who sired and abandoned her. The only problem is, she doesn’t even know his name. What’s a woman to do to find him but enter the aristocratic world by becoming a governess?

Guy Whitby, the new Duke of Carlin, has returned to London after years abroad to discover that his young daughter Sophy has become a wild-child known for scaring away every governess who’s crossed his doorstep. When Tessa James applies for the job, he hires her in desperation despite his misgivings that she’s too bold and beautiful–and that she might be fibbing about her qualifications.

Their blooming attraction leads them on a completely unexpected path to love that neither wants to deny. But when an old enemy threatens Guy’s family, their forbidden romance goes up in flames. Can they still learn to love and trust each other as forces try to tear them apart?


I’ve read a few Olivia Drake books over the years and they all hit the same. Enjoyable historical romances, not too many issues, and generally, not stand out. They’re exactly what I expect from Regency romance and When the Duke Loves A Governess hits that mark too. I’d say that most scandalous thing about her books is that sometimes, the dukes end up marrying someone not of their social class. Aside from that, these are traditional regency romances, enjoyable but not ground breaking.

I picked up this one because I like a good governess helping a hopeless father connect with his child and that’s exactly what happens in this book. There is a power dynamic between Guy and Tessa but it’s neatly handled. Same thing with the lies Tessa tells initially to get the job. Both things that could have caused a lot of drama and angst and have the potential to pull me out of a book were skillfully handled and addressed. There was a minor mystery plot and I’ll admit, I didn’t figure out who the villain was, which I liked. Guy and Tessa had good flow in their relationship and both were likeable characters. I did like that the pressures of the ton, while present, was something both decided they don’t need in their lives. Overall, this was a decent and enjoyable read. A solid 3.5 star read for me.

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