She will not give up…My Thoughts: Oh, guys. This one *might* have managed to make me a little teary-eyed. Serena's quiet acceptance of what had happened to her GOT to me. Her refusal to stay silent any longer was understandable. I mean, with all that had happened and the fact that she was punished for it, I wanted her to rail at the world and tell them what a despicable man the Duke was. Her decision to not bend in the face of enormous odds was fantastic.
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…
Randomly, one of the things that I admired is that Serena is speaking out by not speaking. She sits quietly in front of the Duke's house day in and day out to get the gossips started. She doesn't say WHY she's there, she lets her presence speak for itself. It worked for me!
I like Hugo. I liked how he had a code he lived by and a wall around his heart. Serena's quiet strength began chipping at that wall from the first time he saw her. When he finds out all the specifics of her situation, he offers her a unique and highly unusual way of solving her problem. I liked that he came to terms with his past and why he was so driven to succeed. You know, there was just a lot of things I liked about him.
A fun (although slightly damp) read with characters that aren't the type you find in your usual historicals. Courtney Milan's writing shines and now I want more sassy ladies and the men who fall for them!
Books in this series
0.5. The Governess Affair - Paperback | Kindle
1. The Duchess War
1.5. A Kiss for Midwinter
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Mistress Rebellion
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The Governess Affair was a free Kindle download I picked up on 03/12/13 for the Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge.