Title: The Governess Affair
Author: Courtney Milan
Series: The Brothers Sinister #0.5
The Verdict: 4 stars
For: Lovers of Regency romance
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Publication details: April 21st 2012
Format: Kindle, 200 pages
Book Synopsis: 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…
My review: I love a Regency romance – I think its partly because I’m British and from London and the majority are set in London. I don’t have to google where places are and what they look like – I know where they are. The Governess Affair was short, sweet and to the point. I read the first chapter of the first full length novel in the series and The Governess Affair puts a lot into perspective.
It makes for a good and relevant prequel. I have, in the past found that a lot of prequels have no relevance to the actual story and just there as some sort of twisted filler. The Governess Affaie did not have that vide.
So we have, as is typical, a Duke and his man but as is not typical The Governess Affair follows the man and not the Duke.
Hugo Marshall – pugilist, coal miners son and bookkeeper for the Duke of Clermont, he is by definition not an aristocrat but he gives off this vibe that he is aristocratic, noble and honest as well as a vibe that just screams “run and run away quickly!” I introduce you to The Wolf of Clermont.
Serena Barton – disgraced unemployed Governess, future wife, stubborn and oh yeah, pregnant. She is a scandal just waiting to happen.
The storyline is basically a scandal throughout and what The Wolf will do to fix it. He makes a pooling in getting to know Serena after The Duke of Clermont tells him to make her go away due to an employment dispute. Turns out that it isn’t so much an employment dispute as an unplanned pregnancy and adultery. As I said before, it is short, sweet and to the point; the writing style flowed well and had a smooth transition between one character to another.
My only irritation with it was that it was too short. Way too short.