21 Oct '14

Review Post – The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan (5 Stars)

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The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
Series: Brothers Sinister #0.5
Published by Courtney Milan on 2012-04-21
Genres: Historical
Pages: 100
Format: eBook
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She will not give up…

Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she’s demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it’s not the duke she fears. It’s his merciless man of business—the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke’s dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn’t stand a chance. But she can’t stop trying—not with her entire future at stake.

He cannot give in…

Hugo Marshall is a man of ruthless ambition—a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner’s son to the right hand man of a duke. When his employer orders him to get rid of the pestering governess by fair means or foul, it’s just another day at the office. Unfortunately, fair means don’t work on Serena, and as he comes to know her, he discovers that he can’t bear to use foul ones. But everything he has worked for depends upon seeing her gone. He’ll have to choose between the life that he needs, and the woman he is coming to love…

FTC : It’s not often I review a freebie but I feel I wanted to share my thoughts. I got this book after seeing a lot from Courtney Milan, re the latest incidents in the romance community, on twitter. She spoke sense, she was professional and she garnered my respect in such a way that I wanted to read her work and I am glad I did. I’ve since bought the series.

This was 101 pages of pure romance and joy. I loved the building of the romance, I loved the fact that this wasn’t a typical titled protagonist historical but, most of all, I loved the writing. Courtney Milan has a beautiful writing style that gives her characters life and texture. I loved them both, emphasized with their plights and I wanted them together in every scene on every page. The interactions between them were fabulous, the tension exquisitely built … ’twas very good!

Hugo is a man willing to do almost anything to be comfortable in life. The infamous Wolf of Clarmont, he is willing to stomp over problems to get to his end goal … that is until he meets Serena. Obviously wronged by the man that he calls his employer, he can’t seem to use his usual tactics to paper over her and she won’t go away. It puts him in an awful dilema…

Serena is a woman who has been wronged in a terrible way. Now suffering the fallout, she is determined to walk away from it with at least a small measure of compensation (which will never cover the original wrong) but she has to get through Hugo first. He’s proving awfully stubborn about it too …

I loved them together. I loved them at war, I loved them in their notes and I loved them when Hugo couldn’t pretend that her welfare was less important to him than his cause. I thought the whole thing was wonderfully crafted and completely romantic. I just want to devour the entire series whole.

It’s free, it’s awesome and I have no idea why you wouldn’t read this…

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