Friday, July 12, 2013

The Governess Affair

The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5)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…

*May Contain Spoilers*

Courtney Milan writes the prequel to her Brothers Sinister series with, The Governess Affair. A stubborn governess meets the most stubborn man in the ton, but which will bend first? 

Serena and Hugo share the stage as the main characters. The point of view often switches between them and it's a wonder to read. They both are quick-witted, humorous, and will stop at nothing to get what they want. Serena is an adventurous girl who seems to always find herself in trouble, yet she's brave, open, resilient, and persistent. Readers will connect with Serena on her path of justice based on her personality and her hope for the future. 

Hugo is the villain-turned-hero of this prequel. He's given the job to eliminate the problem that is Serena and readers will love how much he struggles! He doesn't expect to meet his match in the tossed away governess, but he does and it's an absolute riot. He chills her to the bone and then gives her hot tea to warm her soul. The match-up is on even ground and it's a thoroughly enjoyable duel. 

The plot that Milan creates is masterful and intriguing. I loved reading the barbed witticisms that Serena and Hugo spit at each other. I laughed at the unexpected situations and hated the Duke as much as Serena. I can't vouch for the whole series, but if the other books are anything like this prequel, read them voraciously. 

Rating: 4/5 Cups

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