An intro to The Brothers Sinister series, The Governess Affair has me curious about the upcoming books. I enjoyed the characters in this story, the repartee between Serena and Hugo, and the sense that upcoming books will be enjoyable. I'm a fan of Courtney Milan so I know The Brothers Sinister will be a fun series.
I've listened to many of Rosalyn Landor's audiobook performances and think she does a wonderful job with historical romances.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
This novella packs more punch than many full-length historical romances. A delightful, heartwarming story, with some grim, painful scenes, and a tantalizing hint of Robin Hood. The audio performance does not fully do the book justice, but it comes close. Landor shines, with one exception: Her portrayal of the hero during the passionate scenes felt fairly weak. Didn't suit the text, which I read twice before listening.
Now, getting back to the story: Milan is masterful in portraying Hugo's big dilemma and Serena's difficulties.
Hugo. This stevedore-sized, shrewd, boxer-turned-businessman is torn between two desires: power and wealth to overcome childhood poverty versus true love. Give up years of striving and scheming in exchange for a simpler life, comfortable but not pampered or powerful?
Sigh. I totally adored Hugo, and thanks to Milan for making his inner turmoil feel real. I felt his struggle. I wasn't sure when he'd abandon his "grand plan" and give the old villain the boot. I couldn't predict when he'd do right by Serena. Or how he'd do it.
Milan pulled me squarely into Serena's corner, too. I liked and admired this stubborn governess. Her turmoil was real, too. A single woman, pregnant, jobless, with a ruined reputation and an idiotic, useless sister. Enjoyed Serena's defiance of the powerful men pushing her around -- the duke and his huge henchman, Hugo. (Wonderful Hugo, initially a horror but ultimately a hero.)
When Serena and Hugo finally got naked, it was sweet and hot, but not overdone or tasteless.
Intriguing epilogue, set about a decade into the future, hinting at the sequel.
I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.
A great start to a series. I can't wait until the rest of the series is audio available. I love the premise and I like how the author set things up. This is going to be damned interesting.
Of course I am hoping they continue to use Rosalyn Landor as the narrator. She was one of the reasons I chose the prequel.
Hurry up audible... I'm waiting for the rest of the books!!
Great quick listen. It's amazing how she developed the characters and the story in so few words, but it was captivating and quick. Now I want to read the others in this series!
Yes. It was a slight view into a little of the culture of the time, which I sometimes wonder if many people today are aware of the limitations upon people in the past or in a different part of the world. This was entertaining and it appears to be set up for a future book, which always makes me happy. I'm one of those readers who is always sorry when a good book ends.
No. It was far to long, and I also listen to audiobooks when commuting.
It was different to the usual lord-lady love story. The romance was between the Duke's man and a governess. I could picture the two of them sitting on the bench very easily.
The writing was excellent. The dialog between the two characters was very believable. I checked out other books by Courtney Milan.
I love Rosalyn's voice. I went to find other audiobooks she narrated.
Yes, I would have loved to have had the time to listen to it straight through but unfortunately I couldn't..
The whole book was a very enjoyable and a lovely way to spend a few hours.
This was a great story, know beating around the bush, repleating the samething over and over agian, you will not find that here. This audio was short but had a lot of meat. I'm a big fan of CM. The narrator was a excellent fit.
I have recommended this a couple of my historical romance junkie friends. It embodies the time period but with a twist. It isn't about the privileged class - as is the case with the majority of historical romance.
I loved Serena. Her determination, unwillingness to accept defeat.
I have listened to Rosalyn Landor before and I do enjoy her performances. This one is on par with the others.
Yes. I found myself eager to find out what happens in the next interaction between Hugo and Serena.
I can't wait for the next book in this series. The epilogue just makes me want it more.
Witty, fun, charming
I loved when Marshall brought Serena hot tea, sandwiches, towels, and a umbrella because of him she was cold and soak and wet.
No. Really enjoyed listening to her.
I think it was when Marshall realized he needed Serena and no longer cared about his job.
I love both main characters. I haven't read a book like this. Marshall is a pain then can turn around and be so nice and charming to Serena. I love that Serena saw threw his facade. Highly recommend.
Her team of narrators make the story come alive. Absolutely love their work!
I basically buy any audiobooks with Rosalyn Landor.