Title: Her Every Wish
Author: Courtney Milan
Series: Worth Saga #1.5
Genre: Victorian Romance
Crash has never let the circumstances of his birth, or his lack of a last name, bother him. His associations may be unsavory, but money, friends, and infamy open far more interesting doors than respect ever could. His sole regret? Once lovely, sweet Daisy Whitlaw learned the truth about how he made his fortune, she cut him off.
Daisy’s father is dead, her mother is in ill health, and her available funds have dwindled to a memory. When the local parish announces a Christmas charity bequest to help young people start a trade, it’s her last chance. So what if the grants are intended for men? If she’s good enough, she might bluff her way into a future.
When Crash offers to show her how to swagger with confidence, she knows he is up to no good. But with her life in the balance, she’s desperate enough to risk the one thing she hasn’t yet lost: her heart.
Source: Review copy via NetGalley
If there’s one thing I love about reading a Courtney Milan book, it’s that she’s never afraid to tackle the less glamorous side of history and build a romance out of it. Such as in this book. Both Crash and Daisy are working class poor, they’re ordinary folk working hard in the midst of London, but they have big dreams. Daisy is ambitious but held back by her gender and her need to take care of her sick mother, while for Crash people judge him purely by the colour of his skin.
They’re a perfect team, both wanting more from life and seeing the good in each other… Well, okay, maybe not that. Because these two have history and when Daisy previously gave up her virginity to him, let’s just say it didn’t end well. In fact, it ended terribly with both being emotionally wounded by the other. In fact Crash says some things that I would normally regard as unforgiveable.
However, there is a great scene in which Crash’s aunt explains to him – in small words as necessary – just why what he said was so awful and why Daisy might not be able to forgive him. Daisy has to work out her mistakes for herself, but I loved that this happened on both sides – and then they talked about it! A couple talking out their troubles in a romance? What is this wonderland that I have fallen into?
This is also a story with a message about self-belief and having the courage/bravery/confidence to keep going regardless of who tries to hold you back, or what foolish reasons they give for doing so. Yes, it can get a little heavy at times and the message is repeated so firmly it’s undeniable, but since it’s one worth repeating I was okay with that. Especially with how things go with Daisy and how Crash supports her. I loved how this story eventually unfolded.
One other thing, though – it’s sort of implied a few times that Crash is bisexual. Which would be amazing, but it’s never quite stated completely and it’s never discussed, so easily ignored unless you’re looking for it. Personally I’d prefer to have it stated unequivocally, but I already have a poc hero, so I guess I shouldn’t get too greedy. Because I love Crash (his lashing out at Daisy aside) and I loved his family and how he recited his history. He’s amazing enough as he is, so it seems churlish to quibble about his sexual orientation (but still…).
Overall, I found this a thoroughly enjoyable quick read, about two amazing people sharing a lovely romance. A little more sense of their history might have been nice, but on the whole I found it a wonderful read with humour and history and an ending that made me smile.
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