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The Governess Affair (The Brothers Sinister) [NOOK Book]

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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...

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The Governess Affair (The Brothers Sinister)

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Overview

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

  • BN ID: 2940046325478
  • Publisher: Courtney Milan
  • Publication date: 11/9/2014
  • Series: Brothers Sinister Series
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,905
  • File size: 441 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Such a wonderful, well-written story. Can't recommend highly eno

    Such a wonderful, well-written story. Can't recommend highly enough. The pins, you guys. THE PINS. Worth reading for that scene alone.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    Grade: A+ or 5 brightly shining stars Beautiful, poignant, and

    Grade: A+ or 5 brightly shining stars

    Beautiful, poignant, and skillfully written novella! I absolutely loved it!

    ***updated to add full review****

    The Story
    Serena Barton is a ruined woman. Her dismissal as a governess position leads her to demand compensation from the Duke of Clermont. Serena will not leave empty-handed. She is prepared to fight for there is much at stake. She’s aware the duke employs an unmerciful man of business, yet she bravely resolves never to be weak again.

    Hugo Marshall has one grand ambition, which is to become the “richest coal miner’s son in all of England.” Once his employment with the duke concludes successfully he will have the necessary funds to actualize his dream. Hugo has worked too hard to resolve Clermont’s financial woes. Success equals a substantial fortune from a bet. Serena will not cost him his five hundred pounds.

    The Characters
    Serena and Hugo are incredibly well-written characters. I absolutely loved them! Serena’s spirit burns bright. She’s courageous, resilient, charming, and simply powerful. Her inner strength quietly resonates throughout the story. Serena’s sister’s fragility provides a nice contrast to her character. Frederica is a sad character frustrated with her sister’s pugnacious spirit.

    At first glance, Hugo appears to be your typical hero – ruthless, ambitious, and self-serving – he’s not! Courtney Milan structures his character around a bittersweet core. What drives him is more than rising above his coal miner’s background. When I discovered what it was I found it deeply touching.

    My Thoughts
    I adored this achingly lovely historical romance about two ordinary-looking commoners, which Milan gently reveals in layers. Their story and romance was affective, balanced, and beautifully written. The Governess Affair deftly weaves dialogue, reflection (inner dialogue), and expressive actions (the showing part).

    Hugo and Serena are heroic survivors with hopes and dreams. Physical appearance is bypassed; it’s how they make each other feel that establishes their connection. Their happy ending left me feeling triumphant for them. If this story were in paperback it would have a special place on my Keeper Shelf. It is now one of my favorite historical romances, and I’m highly anticipating the upcoming Sinister Series. Ms. Milan has gained a new fan! Overall, this is a touching novella that subtly and ultimately reveals the power of a mother’s love. If you haven’t tried this author’s work yet then this is the perfect introduction! Sincerely!

    Memorable Moment

    Safe, her dastardly senses whispered. He’s safe. There was something comforting about his forthright recital—comfort with an edge that only sharpened when he took a step closer to her.

    “If I were a cobbler,” he said, “I’d offer you a discount on shoes.”

    “Now you’ve completely lost your mind.”

    “No. It would give me an excuse to measure your feet with my bare hands.” His lip twitched up. “And don’t think I’d stop at your toes.”

    She had both her hands on top of his walking stick. She felt herself lean toward him, ever so slightly.

    “But you’re not,” she said. “You’re the Wolf of Clermont, and I’m the woman you cannot drive away.”

    “Can’t is such an unforgiving word,” he said. “I prefer do not wish to.”

    9 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    I really enjoyed this "different" Historical Romance.

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    Wonderful!! A really great quick read.

    Wonderful!! A really great quick read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Really good!

    I really enjoyed reading this, I wish it had been longer, it took about an hour to read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Ms. Milan always seems to flesh o

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Very good

    A worthy read 165 pages and well done.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    poignant and brave... even though it's not your full-length nove

    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...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    The Governess Affair

    Enjoyed reading this 100+ page book. It was a light read and the story unfolded well. No action, but a nice little romantic boom.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Mamasaint60

    This is OK. Well written, but nothing to write home about. The sex scene makes it 18+. JS

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Don't want to spoil this for you with details so to put it simpl

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Bravo...........................

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Mediocre at best

    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."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2012

    A quick read. Great story. Can't wait to read the series that wi

    A quick read. Great story. Can't wait to read the series that will follow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Great Novella

    This story was fun, yet emotional. It was a great set-up for the new series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Nice but not great

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    This is a wonderful story about two people who each fight for th

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    I really loved this book and the author who wrote it! To me thi

    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!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Loved it

    Courtney Milan novels are my favorite! I only wish this was longer than a novella.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    Happy Affair

    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".

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