"The Governess Affair"
By: Courtney MilanSynopsis from Goodreads:
My Thoughts: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…
As soon as I heard Courtney Milan had a new romance out, I immediately bought it, I had that much faith in her. New series, new characters, even a new time period...it didn't matter, I was just thrilled to have a new story from her! Courtney Milan definitely delivers the romance in her new novella, "The Governess Affair" and the beginning of her new series, the Brothers Sinister.
Serena Barton, our heroine, begins the story by sitting on a bench in front of a disreputable Duke's home. Everyone knows something is going on with her, but she is dedicated to making a stand. Hugo Marshall is sort of the Duke's man of business who has to deal with the troublesome woman sitting on the bench in front of the house. He doesn't know what she wants, but as each day passes he becomes more and more interested in this woman who holds so strongly to her beliefs.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, but rest assured, this story is incredibly unique. Being ruined isn't standard fair in regency romances, yet this story does it admirably. As the romance grows between Hugo and Serena, you see their vulnerabilities, but you also see their strengths. It's a slow go, a slow boil if you will, but the finale is worth it.
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Brothers Sinister Series
"The Governess Affair" (April 2012)
"The Duchess War"
"The Heiress Effect"
"The Countess Conspiracy"
Publisher: Courtney Milan
Date of Publication: April 21, 2012