I recently read Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series and decided to go back to her earlier works. This Wicked Gift is a prequel novella to her Carhart, introducing William White and Lavina Spencer and it was her first published work.
I did like the story and the version I have includes commentary from the author and how she wanted to write a story where the man is racked with guilt over taking advantage of the woman and the woman is fine with it. I do think the beginning portion to set up that situation felt rushed and I would have liked to see it developed more. It did set the standard for Courtney Milan and her unconventional historical romances.
Regardless, I enjoyed the book and I think she has gotten a lot better over the years. I look forward to continuing to make my way through her older books in time for her new ones.