Title: This Wicked Gift
Genre: Historical Romance Novella (an enhanced e-book)
Author: Courtney Milan
Publisher: Entangled: Edge, July 7 2014
Source: free for review from the author
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Lavinia Spencer is too poor to be anything but practical. But when her younger brother lands himself in trouble, she has no choice but to do the unthinkable. She accepts the help of the dishonorable man that she’s always wanted, even knowing that it might mean her ruination…
This Wicked Gift is a novella prequel to the Carhart series. The full series is:
- This Wicked Gift, a prequel novella
- Proof by Seduction
- Trial by Desire
- This work contains pictures, audio, and author commentary. You can read this enhanced ebook on any device, but the audio content may not be accessible on all ereaders. That content has been made available on the web, so you won’t miss anything if your device doesn’t support audio.
This wonderful novella was originally published in the anthology THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS. I loved it when I first read it and I loved it again as I re-read it. The enhanced version has the author answering questions about the novella and showing art work that was to be used for promotion but was never used. Don’t worry if you can’t read with the audio or video, I re-read it without those and still got all the interesting and enlightening content.
Here is my review from my first reading, and I stand by every word after my second reading:
William has loved Lavinia from afar and when he sees a chance to assist her and to seduce her he grabs for it. After ruining her, he can’t live with himself and he is in no position to offer her marriage. Lavinia loves him but can’t get past his disgust with himself. Can there ever be any happiness at Christmas or ever for these two poor souls of the working class?
Courtney Milan is one of my favorite authors so it was no surprise to me that I was predisposed to liking this novella. However, I was blown away by her perfectly nuanced characters and the feeling of reality she generates in regard to the working classes of the regency period. Her characters are all multidimensional and exquisitely written. The romance is sublimely sensual. (This novella is a first in the Carhart Series and gives a glimpse of Gareth Carhart whose story is in Proof by Seduction.)
Deet’s Rating: 5
Sexy Rating: 5