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.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
I am so so happy I found such a talented artistic author like Courtney Milan. And I am ever HAPPIER that Rosalyn Landor had finally narrated one of her books. WONDERFUL WONDERFUL. You can imagine what kind of audible experience you would get if you combine an excellent story, attractive characters, witty dialogue, and SENSATIONAL performance by Rosalyn Landor.
I LOVED this book. Excellent introduction to the series. I can not wait for the rest of the books in the series. And please please please let it be Rosalyn who narrates them.
I highly recommend this book. BUY it and ENJOY :)
This is a prequel to the series. This was cute, short and different from the usual setup.
I already listened to the 1st story in the series and liked it much less.
I was delighted with Courtney Milan's novella to introduce her new series, a perfect set-up for The Duchess War.
It's a wonderful story about two special characters, Hugo (known as the Wolf of Clermont) and Serena. They were not rich, nor of noble birth, not the most beautiful nor the handsomest, just an unlikely pair who meet under strange and strained circumstances.
Although "The Governess Affair" is an introduction to the Brothers Sinister series it's a charming, beautiful story that lacks nothing--a powerful story with a villainous Duke, humor, romance, passion...it has it all.
It was so enjoyable Courtney Milan has become one of my favorite historical romance authors and I immediately purchased "The Duchess War".
Rosalyn Landor has always been one of my favorite narrators, and she gives an excellent performance.
I highly recommend it for all Romance lovers!