Trading Places meets Pride and Prejudice in this sexy, saucy romance—first in a new series!
Three friends. One Wager. Winner takes all.
The Earl—‘Lucky Ned’ Ashby. Pompous, preening, certain that he is beloved by everyone.
The Miller—John Turner. Proud, forced to work as the Earl’s secretary, their relationship growing ever more strained.
The Doctor—Rhys Gray. Practical, peace-loving, but caught in the middle of two warring friends.
Their wager is simple: By trading places with John Turner and convincing someone to fall in love with him, Ned plans to prove it’s him the world adores, not his money. Turner plans to prove him wrong.
But no one planned on Phoebe Baker, the unassuming governess who would fall into their trap, and turn everything on its head...
The Earl of Ashby is known for his luck, he’s even earned the moniker, ‘Lucky Ned’. Although when his secretary, John Turner, tells Ned that his luck has more to do with his title than his personality, Ned is determined to prove him wrong and a bet is laid. The two switch places while visiting Ned’s childhood home and Ned, now playing the part of the secretary, must win a woman using only his luck.
Circumstances forced Phoebe Baker into becoming a governess and she blames it solely on the Earl of Ashby. So when the Earl and his secretary arrive, and stay, at the home where is employed, Phoebe is determined to avoid the Earl although she is strangely drawn to the secretary.
Although as Ned grows closer to Phoebe, he starts feeling guilty about lying to her.
I go bananas for romances where the heroine is a governess. So, when The Game And The Governess arrived in my mailbox, I eagerly devoured the novel.
The prologue of the book was engaging but, if I’m being honest, I didn’t really get hooked on the book until chapter 9, then I couldn’t put the book down. I was eager to see the relationship between Ned and Phoebe grow and just as eager to see how the truth was revealed and the fallout that resulted from it.
I liked Phoebe, I thought she was strong and was able to hold her own. Ned, on the other hand, while he was an engaging hero, I found him to be a wanker at the start although as he takes on the role of secretary he becomes more likable.
While I enjoyed this book, I think too much was going on and too many characters were introduced. If the characters had been limited to a handful, I think things would have smoothed out a bit and more time could have been given to the hero and heroine.
Overall, I liked the book and will be looking forward to reading more from Kate Noble.
Title: The Game And The Governess
Author: Kate Noble
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: Mass Market $7.99 U.S./$9.99
Released On: 7/22/2014
How I Read It: Mass Market Arc from Publisher
Rating: 3 Cups