I didn’t quite like this novella as much as everyone else seems to, but it definitely proves Courtney Milan hasn’t lost her touch with historical romance, after the disappointing first outing in this series.
Her Every Wish is Daisy’s story. Daisy was Judith’s best friend from Once Upon a Marquess. She has dreams of opening her own business, and when the opportunity presents itself, she decides to enter into a contest to win money to open that dream business. The only problem is, she’s a woman, and nobody takes her seriously. In fact, they openly mock and harangue her, and she wilts under the pressure.
Enter Crash (real name: Nigel, but don’t call him that). He and Daisy used to be . . . together, but things ended badly. Despite that, Crash reaches out to Daisy because he knows she needs his help in order to have any chance at all of winning the contest.
This book has peak Courtney Milan banter and cuteness, and a super satisfying emotional arc for both characters. I only have two complaints: 1) There is not enough sexytimes. This is becoming an increasing problem in Milan’s books. Ms. Milan, I love you and your wonderful brain, but PLEASE MORE SEXYTIMES. Just, like, one more scene per book? Or maybe just make it a longer scene??? And 2) I liked the velocipede metaphor and how it tied in to both characters’ arcs, but she hit it too many times, right on the head. I would have liked it to be a lot more subtle.
Excited for the rest of the series now. And I see that the rest of the series finally has titles and covers! So, you know, who knows when those will be published.