I have a small confession to make: Courtney Milan writes my flavor of book addiction. I’m fairly certain I’m not alone in this issue, based on the way my twitter feed looked after her latest book posted to Amazon before Christmas. But in trying to explain just what it is that draws me back to her titles and keeps them permanently on my e-reader, that is harder to explain.
Reading romance novels is like being a member in a giant club, and like many clubs you have factions. Some of these factions are determined by type, such as historical romance, suspense, paranormal and so forth. Other factions get to cross-genre ideas like dominant male voiced, socially conscious and female empowerment. Milan’s books hit on a range of these subgenres, which may be why she is a favored author for so many of us.
When you start looking at the books themselves though, that’s when you really start to see examples of why people come back again and again. Take the current series, which starts with a duke who isn’t what he seems at all. When his mother confronts him about a potential scandal concerning our heroine, we get a picture of just how our duke feels about his father and how he behaved: