This is the continuing story from the novella The Governess Affair. Although that one was short it had a great deal of content. I couldn't wait for ..Show More »this first book. The series seemed to focus on three best friends. Robert, The Duke. Oliver, the bastard brother of the duke and Sebastian, the cousin. The series has expanded to sisters, friends, etc. Which has been fine for me. I hope to see it never end..lol. Here we get an introduction to Oliver, the son of Serena from The Governess and bastard brother. We get some insight into the relationship between the brothers and their love for one another as well as meet Sebastian and Violet. This book is about Robert, The Duke and Minerva (Minnie) and how they meet and fall in love. The book follows some great ins and outs and the humor never fails. Keep an eye on Miss Charingford. She's the next in line with the novella, A Kiss for Midwinter. Last but never least is the wonderful narration of Rosalyn Landor. Her voices are amazing and her dramatizations enhance the characters in the stories. I love the series!
I loved this book!!! The characters are complex, the conflicts are real and it's written in a way that you get to care for the different characters. T..Show More »his is a rich story that handles intense subjects such as political influence, human rights, mental illness and epilepsy. And the thread that binds all of those subjects are two great love stories. By the end you feel satisfied and happy because you see that love conquers all. Narration: Rosalyn Landor is one of the most experienced and amazing narrators I've ever listened to. She adds intensity and passion to the story and has an uncanny ability to make very different voices to all characters (and this story had lost of characters). She nails every characterization (men, older men, young women, old women). If you enjoy historical romances then you must add this title to your collection.
I get really overwhelmed when I'm faced with reviewing one of Courtney Milan's books.
I'm going to get really honest with all of you. I almo..Show More »st never buy books at retail price. I just don't. Most of my books are review copies, and the others? I'll wait for years for a book that I want to go on sale. YEARS. However, there are a few authors that I'll willingly shell out the big bucks for, and for Courtney Milan, I not only buy the ebook, but I also ALWAYS buy the audiobook too.
I have died over Rosalyn Landor's stellar narration of this series. In fact, when my daughter started listening to the audiobook of Mary Poppins, I screamed because I saw that Rosalyn Landor was the narrator. She simply KILLS it, just perfectly nailing the male and female voices. I wish most M/M narrators were up to her level, because she shows just flawlessly how it is supposed to be done.
But if the narrator didn't have such amazing writing to go from, none of what she does would be possible. And, let me tell you, Courtney Milan is a master at weaving tales of complicated woman, even more complicated men, and slow burn romances that take years to come to fruition. And I love her for it.
I've been waiting for Free's book since we were first introduced to her character many books ago, and it did not disappoint. She was an incredibly brave character, championing for women's rights when few other people were doing so. I loved her spunk, her disregard for society's rules, and the way she kept going, even when all odds were against her.
I loved Edward Clark even more. His story was heartbreaking, and I loved his character very deeply. I think that he wormed his way more and more into my heart over time, and I couldn't get enough of him.
And just when I thought that this book couldn't get any better, a F/F side story. Gah, introducing queer characters into a story is always a path to my good graces. I love that Courtney Milan went there.
If you are looking for strong, imperfect, interesting characters, look no further. If you want a narration that runs so seamlessly with the story that you forget that you are listening and instead you just FEEL the book, look no further. Courtney Milan does it again.