The Governess Affair by Coutney Milan (April, 2012)

This novella is NOT on our library shelf (it’s been published exclusively as an ebook, and is unavailable in the RCLS system) — however, I’d like to review it here because I WILL be buying the author’s future books, of which the Governess Affair is the prequel. Courtney Milan has started a new series, the Brothers Sinister, with this novella. I found her writing quite good. This romance novella lacks the annoyingly cliche vocabulary of many in the genre. The intimate scene is well done, but the sex is not the focus. The plot is engaging, realistic, and unlike many Regency-type romance plots, the basic premise could happen today. My criticism is similar to that stated by other reviewers: the character Hugo isn’t quite developed enough and consequently, he is almost too flawed to be a proper romantic hero. And the ending is rather rushed. But overall, I enjoyed the writing and the story, which has the heroine dealing with a violent crime with dignity, stubbornness, and grace.

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About Cheryl McNeil
I am the User Services Librarian at the Orangeburg Library in Orangeburg, NY

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