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Courtney Milan
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2 Jun 2012
The start of a new series from New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan... 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… The Governess Affair is a novella of about 33,000 words.

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2 Jun 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1477589031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477589038
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 947,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney wishes she could say she has lived in numerous fabulous places. But aside from her husband, there is a distinct lack of fabulousness in her life. Instead, she is happy when standards in the Milan household hover above mediocrity. Her husband attempts not to kill people for a living. In exchange, Courtney attempts not to do the dishes.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating... Having given up on being able to do any of those things, she's taken to heart the axiom that those who can't do, teach. When she's not reading (lots), writing (lots), or sleeping (not enough), she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.

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About the Author

Courtney Milan's debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, she's been a New York Times and a USA Today bestseller, and her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She's been a RITA finalist and an RT Reviewer's Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010. Courtney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating.... Having given up on being able to do any of those things, she's taken to heart the axiom that those who can't do, teach. When she's not reading (lots), writing (lots), or sleeping (not enough), she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Little Novella! 5 Jun 2012
By Lily
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I loved this novella and read it in a couple of hours, the whole story is actually very sweet and I really liked the two main characters. Hugo didn't lack substance like alot of historical romance heroes often do and he was kind enough to Serena without being completely sappy by the end. The reader hears about his childhood in snippets throughout the book, this makes us admire him without pity and you can then understand why he is as 'ruthless' as described. Serena has gotten herself into a right mess and so sits outside the Duke's front door for days, however, she isn't insipid or selfish and I thought she was a likeable character. The other characters such as Freddy, her sister, and the Duke himself are all portrayed well too.
A lovely story that I wish I hadn't read so fast, for only 72p!! Definitely going to check out some of Milan's other books :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected delight 14 Aug 2012
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This is a novella - a prequel to a planned series (the Brothers Sinister). I bought it after enjoying another of the author's stories 'Unlocked' but this one is even better. The main part of the story consists of the hero and heroine talking - he wants to know why she's stalking his boss - but it is incredibly well-written. Even the minor characters are detailed. A sweet, tender romance (with one steamy scene), I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more by this author. Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last - something to shout about! 22 Oct 2012
By Venetia
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This is the first Courtney Milan book I have read and also the first novella - my preference being for something 100,000 words plus. However, The Governess Affair is outstanding and I was totally engrossed by it. Hugo is an extremely unusual hero. He doesn't have any of the normal attractions - but the ones he does have are utterly engaging. There is a great deal of emotion in this book, both lead characters are beautifully drawn and the dialogue is both crisp and witty. The game of the pins is a stroke of genius. If Ms Milan's other work is up to this standard, I'll become a fan. This is the best historical romance I've read in a very long time - and I'd have given it ten stars if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Tale of a Persistent Woman 22 July 2014
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Life in England during this time could be unbelievably difficult. If a woman did not have the protection of wealth or family she was left with very few options.

Governess, Serena Barton, found herself in an untenable situation after being raped by the Duke of Clermont while he was visiting the home of her employer. Of course Serena gets blamed and she is dumped and left to fend for herself.

Finding herself with child, Serena refuses to be so easily dismissed and has the tenacity to go and sit every single day in front of the Duke of Clermont's residence in London as a not-so-subtle reminder of her plight. All she is asking for is enough money to set herself up in a small cottage where she can make a living for herself and her unborn child.

The Duke is a nasty man but he's too much of a coward to deal with Serena directly. His "apparently" equally nasty Man of Business, Hugo Marshall, is known as the "Wolf of Clermont" for the way he conducts the Duke's business matters.

Courtney Milan is an amazing writer and this novella is good example of why her books are so highly rated. I look forward to reading many more of Ms. Milan's novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lesson to us all in writing 26 Feb 2014
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Perfectly simple; perfectly delightful.

I just love a strong leading lady, and without a doubt Serena Barton qualifies. Headstrong and un-bendable, but justifiably so in this case. Life has been less than kind to her. Will she find love?

Courtney Milan is easy to read and an excellent story teller. Always a delightful read.

Ohhh what a joy, and a happy moment for me ... to realise that there were absolutely no notes regarding any errors or bug bears. Kudos to the author for a fabulous all round product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful little novella 12 Sep 2012
By mack55 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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There isn't anything to not like in this novella. The whole story kept me engaged from beginning to end. The plot alone was extremely enjoyable and contained one of the best love scenes I've read in a historical romance for a long time - it was tender, sensual and romantic but also quite steamy. But the thing I enjoyed most of all was the banter between Hugo Marshall, the Wolf of Clermont and Serena Barton - not just when they are face to face but in their written missives and letters, I smiled and laughed to myself a lot. The chemistry between them was perfect, to watch these two proud stubborn people face off against each other and fall in love along the way was a joy. To get such a wonderful treat for .49p , such a small price, was a lovely surprise! Shortish but packed with a clever story. Sweet!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cut Above 4 Sep 2012
By Hawkeye
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I loved this little novella and devoured it more or less in one sitting. Quirky, witty and entertaining with characters you really care about and a very nicely written love scene which manages to be both sexy and tender.
Highly recommended. I'll be checking out other work by this author in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good start to a new series 6 July 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed Milan's first series and this looks like a great new set of books.
Our heroine is pretty gutsy for her time, but desperation makes you do things you wouldn't ordinarily do. And our hero is an interesting mix of harshness and compassion.
Definitely looking forward to the next one in the series.
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I wondered what all the hype was about. Now I know. This was a great read,fab characters,amazing plot with just the right level feel good factor. Am on to the next book now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read
I loved this story. The heroine Serena was resolute and brave in challenging the evil Duke who had forced himself upon her and left her homeless, unemployed and pregnant. Read more
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One of the best short stories I've read in a long time. Loved the leading characters and although the storyline was quite sad in places the author managed to add humour which had... Read more
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