Bookworm Express: The Governess Affair – Courtney Milan

Hi there! Welcome to another week of Bookworm Express on Scribbler Alliance! This week, I was in a dilemma on which book to review for you. So I decided to go back to one of my absolute favorite romance authors, Courtney Milan.

Like the warmth of a steaming coffee mug held between your palms on a rainy day as you curl up with a good book, Courtney has a way to make you feel the warmth of love through her writing.

The Governess Affair

Today’s featured book is a novella, The Governess Affair. It is said to be the prequel for Courtney Milan’s The Brothers Sinister series. With the author’s lovely depiction of the Victorian era London and the lively characters, Courtney Milan brings us a tale of historical romance.

First we meet Hugo Marshall—previously a prizefighter and currently the right-hand man of the Duke of Clermont. With his past of abuse at the hands of his father, he’s a hardened man; often called merciless even. He has only one weakness—he doesn’t hurt women. Enter Miss Serena Barton. Once a lady, reduced to become a governess thanks to poverty, she has just lost her position. Why? Because of Hugo’s liege, the Duke.

While Serena fights to get justice, Hugo is commanded to be rid of her. However, when Hugo decides to confront her, he finds himself being charmed by her despite his orders. What starts as a battle of wills between the two quickly escalates to a battle of hearts. Soon, Hugo who is a problem-solver finds himself unable to solve the problem of the governess affair.

As is her style of writing, Courtney manages to tell a tale of love so unique and yet as old as the time. This book is sensual without crossing the border to being overly sexualized. It makes you yearn for more, and without meaning to, you’ll find yourself crossing your fingers for this unlikely couple to make it to a happily ever after.

Here’s an excerpt from the book to entice you:


Miss Serena Barton, she read. It will behoove you to calm yourself. Convincing Frederica’s landlord to toss the two of you out was the work of a moment. Consider it a warning only.

As you have little to do with your days, the inconvenience of moving houses is, I am sure, nothing. A woman of your fortitude will find the task poses little problem. If, however, I am forced to inconvenience myself to the extent of ruining Daughtry’s Bank—where your sister draws her annuity—you can rest assured I will not remain so pleasant.

My offer still stands: fifty pounds and a reference. I can, perhaps, increase the monetary compensation somewhat.

I’d rather not cause you any further disruption, but I will not hesitate, should it prove necessary.

As always, I am


There was no signature.

Serena stared at the offending missive, anger growing in her heart. She’d been prepared to have any threat levelled at her. But to threaten Freddy once again? It was like abusing baby squirrels.

She flipped the paper over, and on the blank reverse, scrawled her response.

Cut line, sir. My sister and I have scarcely a hundred pounds to lose between the two of us. Such infinitesimal reserves will hardly be missed.

Not true, but in her experience, wealthy men never understood the value of money. She nodded fiercely at that, and then played the card that she’d been holding in abeyance for this moment.

But you know—and I know—and all of Mayfair knows—that the duchess will not be pleased if she hears my story. I am not frightened of you; how could I be? I have nothing to lose. I am already ruined.

Clermont, on the other hand… Do remind me. Is it twenty thousand pounds at stake if his wife deserts him, or forty? The gossips never get the figures clear.

I address one final thing. You are not mine, and I’ll thank you not to address me in so familiar a fashion.

S. Barton


Now tell me that last line doesn’t tickle your fancy. If it does, pick up a copy and get reading already! In Anne’s scale this book gets 5 stars out of 5 stars. Why? Because it deserves it. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. Judging by the prequel, the rest is sure to be amazing.

Thank you for visiting. If there’s any book you’d like us to review, let us know in your comments.




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