I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble
Genres: Historical Romance
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Trading Places meets Pride and Prejudice in this sexy, saucy romance—first in a new series from the author of YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
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…
Three best friends make a life-changing bet in the first book in a witty, sexy new Regency trilogy from acclaimed author Kate Noble, writer of the wildly popular Emmy award–winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
It has been said that one should not hire one’s friends.
What I thought of this book
I really wanted to love this one but for the first time I found a historical novel that I really didn’t like. I am so saddened.
Not only does it drag in the beginning you really don’t get the two MC’s together until almost half way through the book and then they are not really together cause she doesn’t really like him when they meet.
Lord Ashby takes on a bet from his secretary who feels that the only reason the Earl ever has all the ladies he wants is because he is the Earl. If he was just a secretary like Turner then he would find it differently. Ned, Lord Ashby is really a bit full of himself as he tell Turner that he could charm anyone and he didn’t have to be a Earl.
So when they go to check out some of Ned’s property they trade places, so that Ned becomes Turner and Turner becomes the Earl. And the Earl learns real quick that it’s not that easy to woo some one who doesn’t even want to look at you. His favorite words are Brilliant and Marvelous and I got so sick and tired of those words that I really wanted to chuck the book at the wall.
Phoebe, hates Lord Ashby because of what happened to her father and how because it she is now poor and has to be a governess. She is not thrilled that Lord Ashby shows up an her employers but she figures if she can just keep out of his way she will be fine.
Then Ned (pretending to be the secretary) decides that Phoebe is probably his best candidate to woo to win his bet, but it doesn’t start off very well. But when he does get her to come around and start to like him he has a problem as he really likes her and he has lied to her the whole time.
I really wanted to like this one but it just didn’t tug me into the story, but there were parts that were funny and that I did like. I wanted to see what would happen in the end though I knew how it would end as it’s a romance novel. I liked that the Earl and the Secretary learnt a lesson in trading places.
I have the next book to review as well so I hope I like it a bit more. I know some who have really enjoyed this one so I am sure it’s just me and maybe I am just not in the mood for it. So if it appeals to you give it a try and see.