The Governess Affair is a prequel novella of the Brothers Sinister series by Courtney Milan.
Finished on: 28.3.2021
Content Note: rape
Three months ago, Serena Barton was kicked out from her position as a governess in the Duke of Clermont’s household. But she is unwilling to let that dismissal stand. She seeks reparations from the Duke. The Duke asked is right-hand man Hugo Marshall, nicknamed the Wolf of Clermont for his bargaining techniques, to make sure that Serena goes away without a fuss. But Hugo finds that Serena is a tougher opponent than he suspected at first.
The Governess Affair is a sweet story that had me smiling, and also fanning myself. I really enjoyed it and would have liked it to be longer.
Historical romances are not my thing but since I have run out of contemporary things Milan wrote, I decided to give her take on historical romance a try. And The Governess Affair is actually available for free, so it seemed like a good place to start. I’m happy to report: it definitely worked for me. I liked both Hugo and Serena and was absolutely rooting for them.
I also thought that the rape that is the start of the entire story (it’s not described, but referred to) was very well-handled. Serena is neither completely destroyed by it, nor is she unfazed. And her struggle to call her rape actually a rape because she didn’t scream or fight back, so was she really forced? That’s such an important point to make because this is something many people who experience sexualized violence struggle with.
And I loved how careful Hugo is to respect her boundaries. And honestly, the resulting sex scene is not only built around the idea of making sure that Serena can give her consent every step of the way and that she feels completely safe, it is also freaking hot.
So, I guess that means that I have a new series I gotta read. Woe is me.
Summarizing: yes, I’ll take more of this, thank you.