Series: Brothers Sinister,
Published by Self-Published on 21 April 2012
Genres: Adult, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Girls & Women, Historical, Historical Romance, Love & Romance, Social Issues
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Place(s) Traveled To: London, England // New Shaling, England (1835)
First Line(s): The door to the upstairs library slammed viciously, rattling in its frame.
Courtney Milan is one of those authors that I’ve heard a lot about but just haven’t gotten around to reading until recently when I was searching through my libraries digital catalog and stumbled across The Governess Affair. The Governess Affair is a prequel novella to her Brothers Sinister series and introduces the parents of one of the characters in that story. I really enjoyed the push and pull that existed between Serena and Hugo and I found myself whizzing through the pages of this novella. I was curious to see how things would end up and what new tricks each would employ against the other. I loved Serena’s sass and spunk and how she wasn’t about to sit back and just let things happen to her any more.
The Governess Affair was a short story but it has a lot of heart and feeling to it and my only real complaint was that this wasn’t a full length novel. I would have loved to have seen more of Serena and Hugo as they moved from strangers, to adversaries, to their happily ever after. I really enjoyed how The Governess Affair was written and how well it as paced. Novellas can sometimes feel unfinished as they have so few pages but Milan managed to tell a complete story and even without it being a full length novel there is nothing missing from Serena and Hugo’s story. More pages would only flesh out their chemistry in greater detail than what was already on the page.
This was my first Courtney Milan story but its not going to be my last. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the Brothers Sinister series and then exploring her other titles. She is s fresh voice in historical romance and I love the world that she has created. I am hoping that her other books have equally strong heroines and alpha males who aren’t douchebags. All too often an alpha hero is also a jerk and while Hugo does some unkind things he also shows little kindnesses that show that he isn’t heartless. He was an endearing character and as I said above I liked how he and Serena interacted on the page. This was a fun, fast romance and one that I would recommend to anyone looking to explore the genre. As The Governess Affair is currently a free download from most etailers as well as from the library you really don’t have much to lose.