Thrifty Thursday: The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan @courtneymilan ‏#ThriftyThursday

Posted February 15, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 6 Comments

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on January 28, 2018  (currently still free at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post)

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Thrifty Thursday: The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan @courtneymilan ‏#ThriftyThursdayThe Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
Series: Brothers Sinister #0.5
Published by Self-Published on April 21, 2012
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 110
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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…


So I don’t like historical romance, except when I do.  This came up as a freebie yesterday and I was thinking about what to choose for a February Thrifty Thursday post, which obviously needed to be a romance.  As always, I checked it out on Goodreads and saw that Jen at Red Hot Books had liked it. So I one-clicked it and read it and here we are.

So the characters and writing were fun even though there were a few things unrealistic because this is fiction. It felt clever and I do enjoy the details relating to attitudes and trappings of the era. There was a rather tragic event, similar to things still happening today, which may be a trigger for some. It reminds me of how mores have changed and yet some things stay the same.

I liked the main characters who were strong, smart and honest with themselves. Their journeys were not easy but ended well.  I think it is because of their choices. This sets up a series about their child, Brothers Sinister series looks like one I will have to continue reading. It appears it is complete with 3 more books and 2 more novellas. Recommended.

These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited (I don’t have it) or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those.  Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.

So I have thought about doing a Thrifty Thursday Challenge someday. For now,  what I think would be fun is if you have read and reviewed (anywhere) a freebie,  add your link to your review (Goodreads, blog, facebook or wherever) in a comment below  and I’ll also post them on the next Thrifty Thursday review.  (I’m trying to do 1-3 a month which means I only add about 15 or so to my TBR every month. lol)


About Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan’s books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller and a RITA® winner.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After that, just to shake things up, she went to law school at the University of Michigan and graduated summa cum laude. Then she did a handful of clerkships with some really important people who are way too dignified to be named here. She was a law professor for a while. She now writes full-time.

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Posted February 15, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Thrifty Thursday / 6 Comments

6 responses to “Thrifty Thursday: The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

  1. Despite it’s not really your genre it’s great to see you had a good time with it! I love HR so I think it’s for me too!

    • Well, it’s reading so I’ll probably need to stop using stereotypical sayings of I do or don’t like a particular genre. An author can make me care about a book in a genre I don’t usually favor. This is the sign of a good author, or a great one.

  2. Jen

    I’m starting to get more and more into historical romances. I love when the hero and heroine do things unexpected for the times! I’ve yet to try Courtney. Thanks for the review.

    • And this one is free so it would be easy to try! I can do some historical romance, but it is not my regular genre. I am certainly not as knowledgeable about the authors in this area either. I did hear Eloise James and Katharine Ashe speak last year so I REALLY will try their books sometime soon.

  3. KC

    I’m excited to try Courtney Milan. The audio is narrated by Rosalyn Landor, who does a fantastic job on a few series by Lisa Kleypas and Sarah Maclean. One can binge read this series without guilt because Amazon has the ebook set of the Brother’s Sinister (4 books, 3 novellas) for only $9.99 as of this comment 🙂

    • Thanks for the tip on the ebook great price! I always check the library too. And now I check Kindle Unlimited and the Audible Romance packages since I may go in and out of those. I’m doing a trial of KU right now. I’ve checked things out but so far I haven’t read anything.