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The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
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Sep 21, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-romance, novella, kindle-read
Read in August, 2012

This novella was pretty good, overall. I had a really hard time getting started with the book -- I think a scene between Clermont and Serena might have been a bit more attention grabbing. As it stood, I actually had a little difficulty figuring out who was who between Hugo and Clermont in their opening scene.

My other issue with the book was that it seemed a little preachy, particularly about [spoilers removed]. I think it's very interesting to explore this side of historical romance -- we so often have bastard sons as heroes, but rarely see the effects of that on their mothers/fathers/stepfathers. Yet, it seemed as though Milan was very much trying to Make A Point, and it sort of came off as a PSA.

I loved the intimacy between Hugo and Serena -- his ability to set her at ease and make her desire him was impressive. The hairpin game was one of the better sex scenes I've read this year.

A nice little novella, this work is not as lighthearted as some other shorter romance novellas. That being said, I think it sets up the coming books well, and has me intrigued to read the novels.

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