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02 May 2012

The Governess Affair - Review & Giveaway

Publication date: 21 April 2012
Length: 110 pages

Category: Adult Historial Romance
Keywords: Historical, romance, ruined woman
Format: eBook
Source: Purchase

From Goodreads:

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.

Thuy's Review:

Oh, Courtney Milan. I really hope you never stop writing because I pretty much love everything you put out. Milan’s recently released The Governess Affair is a short novella that kicks off the start of a new series coming out this summer. While short in length, The Governess Affair manages to have the emotional depth and punch of a full length novel.

The story starts off by introducing us to Serena Barton, said governess of the title, who comes to town demanding recompense from the Duke of Clermont for as yet unknown damages. The Duke, a selfish and cowardly man, instructs his right hand man Hugo Marshall to get rid of her. Nicknamed the Wolf of Clermont, Hugo is a brilliant and ruthless man who always gets what he wants. What he doesn’t bargain for is being attracted to the stubborn governess. The Duke’s questionable and less than honorable actions make his job even harder as his admiration for Serena grows.

As usual, I fell in love with the characters that Milan created. Hugo, despite his ruthless reputation, has more honor than he realizes. I loved the small, kind things he did for Serena like bringing her tea in the rain. And Serena, finding herself in an extremely difficult position, doesn’t give up or run away. Instead, she is determined and fearless in her quest to secure her future. The pair have fantastic chemistry and I had fun watching them trade playful barbs while fighting their growing attraction to each other. There’s one major love scene in the book that is sensual and sweet and will have you looking at hairpins in a totally new way. I also really enjoyed the clever notes that Serena and Hugo traded throughout the book.

Milan isn’t one for easy answers or happy endings not earned and there is always a bittersweet quality to her stories. But it just makes it better when the characters do finally find their way because it truly feels like they belong together. Milan injected just enough angst into Serena and Hugo’s story to have me worried for a bit. But happily, it doesn’t last too long and the ending left me sighing and happy. While some novellas often feel incomplete, the pacing and development in The Governess Affair are anything but. While I do wish it was longer (just to have more of Hugo and Serena) it is a satisfying and complete story on its own. The last part of the book sets up background for the rest of the Sinister Brothers series and only made me want to know more.

Another great read by Courtney Milan, one that you will not want to miss. I can’t wait for summer to come and the next book in the series, The Duchess War, to come out. The novella is currently only $0.99 in ebook format so you really have nothing to lose. Go ahead, get it, and thank me later. :)

Hi, everyone! We hope you are as excited about The Governess Affair and Courtney's new series as we are. And just because we love you, we are doing a quick giveaway. 2 lucky winners will win an ebook of The Governess Affair. This giveaway is international. As long as you have an email address that can accept ebooks, you're good. This giveaway ends at the end of the day on SUNDAY so hurry and enter! Thanks!

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  1. I have to admit I never read one of her books but well it does sound promising. *g* And I do love those bittersweet books. Thank for the chance!

    1. thanks for entering, susi! i think you'll really like courtney's work.

  2. I loved all of her Turner books but the last one, Unraveled, and the novella, Unlocked, are my favourites!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. And the question LOL: I haven't read one of her books yet because I'm usually not much of an historical reader. Me and the heroines usually don't connect- I hate when the heroine is so helpless and well just wants to me saved.

  4. I've only read Unveiled and Unlocked but I really liked both of them.

  5. I have only read 1 Courtney Milan novel (Unclaimed) but I loved it so much I vowed to read my way through her backlist. I found her writing magically descriptive and beautifully evocative, I loved all those heartsqueezing moments. *sighs*

    Thank you for the chance!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I haven't read any of Ms. Milan's books and this sounds like a great one to start with. Serena sounds like a chaacter I will really like.

  7. I loved her novella, Unlocked. It was a fantastic story. Thank you for the giveaway! I would love a Kindle copy.

    Geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  8. I have not read any of Ms. Milan's books but have heard really great things about them. I would love to read this book, Serena sounds like a great character and I want to know more about Hugo and their story.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  9. I've not read any of her books either and there is absolutely no reason why I should not be. Love the covers and I keep seeing really great reviews. Thanks for the giveaway!


  10. I loved this book and pretty much anything Ms Milan writes. These covers are beautiful!

    Great review.

  11. Very nice review. Lovely cover.


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