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The Governess Affair (Courtney Milan, The Brothers Sinister Prequel Novella)

4 out of 5 stars

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I’m not normally a fan of novellas (especially historical romance novellas). This one is… good. It’s not as good as her longer works, certainly, and the plot isn’t nearly as thoroughly developed… but then it’s not meant to be. It’s a cheaper, shorter version of some excellent Milan works, and serves as a workable introduction to her newest series.

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The Duchess War (Courtney Milan, The Brothers Sinister #1)

3 out of 5 stars

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It pains me to put a 3 star rating on a Courtney Milan novel, as I am really, really a fan of her writing — normally she creates clear, clever, multilayered characters in a richly constructed drama. The characters makes me swoon and cry… sometimes all at once. But… this particular effort, while still very, very readable, doesn’t shine quite as brightly for me as Milan’s other works. While all of the side characters are richly drawn… they’re SO convincing and interesting that you almost lose interest in the main characters (especially our hero, who feels curiously muted). I still enjoyed the novel (hence 3 stars), but compared to other Milan novels, it just doesn’t feel up to snuff.

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