The Governess Affair (The Brothers Sinister)

The Governess Affair (The Brothers Sinister)

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by Courtney Milan
     
 

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The start of a critically acclaimed historical romance series by New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan...

Hugo Marshall earned the nickname "the Wolf of Clermont" for his ruthless ambition--a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner's son to the right hand man of a duke. When he's ordered to get rid of a

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The start of a critically acclaimed historical romance series by New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan...

Hugo Marshall earned the nickname "the Wolf of Clermont" for his ruthless ambition--a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner's son to the right hand man of a duke. When he's ordered to get rid of a pestering governess by fair means or foul, it's just another day at work.

But after everything Miss Serena Barton has been through at the hands of his employer, she is determined to make him pay. She won't let anyone stop her--not even the man that all of London fears. They might call Hugo Marshall the Wolf of Clermont, but even wolves can be brought to heel...

The books in the Brothers Sinister series:
½. The Governess Affair (prequel novella)
1. The Duchess War
1½. A Kiss for Midwinter (a companion novella to The Duchess War)
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Suffragette Scandal
4½. Talk Sweetly to Me

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940046325478
Publisher:
Courtney Milan
Publication date:
11/09/2014
Series:
Brothers Sinister Series
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
24,385
File size:
451 KB

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The Governess Affair 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 214 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful, well-written story. Can't recommend highly enough. The pins, you guys. THE PINS. Worth reading for that scene alone.
vanessasgram More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this "different" Historical Romance. There were no explicit sexual scenes that made me uncomfortable and the main characters were just great! NO perfect Duke marrying a poor woman (so almost impossible) but REAL people and the woman was a real woman that you could feel what she felt and commiserate with her while admiring her tactics! It was like a chess game but had a very happy ending except I felt it ended to abruptly. I really enjoyed it and will be reading it again I'm sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this, I wish it had been longer, it took about an hour to read.
Lisa82NY More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!! A really great quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A worthy read 165 pages and well done.
mingtsai More than 1 year ago
poignant and brave... even though it's not your full-length novel, the story's so complete and the characters so well developed that the length of the story does not matter... i love the correspondence.. the first time and the second time under changed circumstances... and to quote an anonymous reader who already wrote his/her comments: the PINS, the PINS, the PINS!!! it was sexy but at the same time it was so deeply moving and so very meaningful...
Goddess More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Ms. Milan always seems to flesh out her characters so well that you get caught up from the first page. This book is witty and romantic. Can't beat that combination. Can't wait for the other books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this 100+ page book. It was a light read and the story unfolded well. No action, but a nice little romantic boom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has a nice turn of events. It is a good book that teaches perseverence and class. The governess handled herself well despite the time and her difficult situation. The wolf behaved more humane than his "Lord".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is OK. Well written, but nothing to write home about. The sex scene makes it 18+. JS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't want to spoil this for you with details so to put it simply THIS BOOK IS A VERY ENJOYABLE READ!!! SURPRISED BY HOW GREAT IT WAS and will continue with the series. This author is VEERY talented!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone wrote a regency and for once it is not about the rake of a duke falling in love with the poor but noble wallflower. Well written. Great characters. Sensitive subjects addressed. I will read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just not able to buy into the premise for this book. Nothing awful except the characters seem stiff and bloodless and not particularly riveting or interesting. Every other review gushed like this work was magical but it was just "meh."
alleluia23 More than 1 year ago
A quick read. Great story. Can't wait to read the series that will follow.
Kiwi70 More than 1 year ago
This story was fun, yet emotional. It was a great set-up for the new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was different from your typical hustorical romance. I liked that. The story of the "working" class not just the gentry. I look forward to the brothers stories.
Lulu_Burroughs More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about two people who each fight for their honor in their own way. Both the hero and heroine are worthy characters who refuse to let the past control the future. I really enjoyed this novella.
yuma70 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book and the author who wrote it! To me this is a real historical novel.....loved the people and I want to read the rest of the series.......pleaseeeeeee hurry and publish the rest!!!!
Anonymous 8 months ago
This was a very good book i really enjoyed it
escaping 11 months ago
Outstanding book, awesome romance! Loved the characters. Courtney is an outstanding author. Now one of my favorites!
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Can't wait for the next book.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
I’ve read some wonderful stories by Courtney Milan and definitely intend to read more. I very much enjoyed her Turner series and this novella, the opening to her Brothers Sinister series is, in a word, brilliant. Milan has a talent for novellas; the first one I ever read by her, Unlocked, blew me away. A war of words and wills between a spurned and wronged governess determined to provide for herself pits herself against the philandering Duke of Clermont’s intelligent and ambitious right hand man, Hugo Marshall. “‘I will not be browbeaten, however nicely you do it. I am done with things happening to me. From here on out, I am going to happen to things.’” Marshall is the son of a coal miner, educated in secret by his mother. He has plans to be very rich and Miss Serena Barton will not thwart them. But Hugo comes to admire Serena’s pluck, spark, and her sharp intelligence. He is ruthless but will never harm a woman. When he learns the truth about Miss Barton, his honor and conscience demand justice. "Here, he thought, finally, was a match for him.” The descriptions of Serena’s desperation are vivid and really bring home her precarious situation: "Here, there was only the rickety wood table and yellowing whitewash of an old house, once grand, now little better than tenement housing for women who had slipped into the depths of genteel poverty. The air was cold and musty." The attraction between Serena and Hugo is palpable and sizzling. I like how Hugo has the audacity to acknowledge it—and shock Serena in the process—but the words they exchange are their courtship and the heart of this story. She comes to feel safe with Hugo, which is exactly what she needs, what we all need, in our lives. “‘What is a husband, but the man who offers you support, when all the world turns you away?’” The secondary characters are just as full and rich as the hero and heroine. I like Serena’s shy and sheltered sister, Frederica (Freddy) as much as Serena pities her. I would love to see a story about this fearful wallflower finding true love.  And the completely irresponsible, spoiled, and unfeeling Duke of Clermont is well portrayed as both Hugo’s nemesis and employer. The Governess Affair lays the groundwork for future stories involving the children of both Marshall and the Duke of Clermont, brothers born on opposite sides of the legitimate blanket, among others. My only quibble is minor and very short-lived; for some reason, the ending seems a little abrupt to me, but then the epilogue provides a nice cliffhanger and antidote that more than makes up for it. I look forward to reading the rest of this series as well as all of Milan’s works.