Synopsis 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…
Courtney Milan is a name that I’ve seen around quite a bit since I started reading romance novels a couple of years ago, but surprisingly enough I hadn’t picked up my first book by her until recently. I signed this eBook out of my library on a whim and am I glad I did. I loved it!
Characters. Serena and Hugo were a pleasure to read about. It’s unfortunate, but all too true, that a lot of characters from the different romance genres can start to blend together, but these two characters were refreshing. They had these great personalities and both were so stubborn that it just made for some very fun reading. The budding relationship between Serena Barton and Hugo Marshall was an awesome base for Milan to build the Brothers Sinister series off of.
Story. I loved the story. I feel like Milan did a great job creating something realistic out of a time period we know to be strict in a lot of ways. The way that everything came together was really just perfect in my mind.
Bottom line, The Governess Affair was a great read. There was a lot of entertainment packed into this novella, so it’s no wonder I’ve continued on with the series! This is absolutely recommended and one I’ll be revisiting! 4/5 stars.
The Brothers Sinister Series:
0.5. The Governess Affair
1. The Duchess War
1.5. A Kiss for Midwinter
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy