Sentenced to die at age 11 for stealing a pig, Jean-Claude receives an unexpected reprieve when a young aristocrat girl takes the blame instead. When the mobs of the French Revolution fall upon her château years later, Jean-Claude knows he must save her and repay his debt, but as they begin their long flight to safety he makes it clear he is not her servant and he will deal firmly with any disobedience. Though he initially intends to send her off by ship, the beautiful, feisty Corinne inspires a fierce protectiveness in Jean-Claude that makes it hard to say goodbye.
Corinne is alternately infuriated and attracted to the handsome peasant who has no qualms about turning her over his knee and spanking her bare bottom when she steps out of line. When he ends up joining her on a ship to New Orleans, their futures become inextricably intertwined, but can a common-born blacksmith and the daughter of a lord find enough common ground to make a permanent match?
Publisher's Note: Humbled is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, anal play, graphic sexual scenes, and more. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.
©2014 Renee Rose and Stormy Night Publications (P)2015 Renee Rose
The story was more like a very good 3.75. I struggled to listen to this story due to a slight but obvious sort of hollow sound in the background. The narration sounded like it occurred in a cave or something. The narration was very good, but the background hollow sound detracted from the overall experience a bit. Eventually, with the good narration and romantic and sexy telling, the hollow sound became less distracting. There was nothing GREAT about this book, but it is very good in a simplistic way. The coming together of Jean-Claude and Corinne was not easy, but there was also no manufactured happenings to make things harder. It all made sense and was predictable—as romances often are—since since you know there is likely to be a HEA. But it was not predictable in a boring way. Instead, it was quite enjoyable to see HOW they arrive at their HEA. The story is sexy, with intercourse and oral sex and some spankings, but there was nothing extreme or actually explicit, in description or language. There was more focus on sensuality without explicitness, since there was a successful attempt to make it all romantic. And it was. Finally, Jean-Claude and Corinne were likeable characters, so it was fun watching them find love.
This is an erotic romance of the decent of the aristocracy during the French Revolution. Our heroine, Corrine, is humbled into submission as her former servant, Jean-Claude, protects her while the world crumbles about them. His protection comes at a price – many humbling spankings. Having experienced several of Ms Rose’s delightful plots, I must admit that I found this one to flow along too quickly. That is, our characters found their progression through the turbulent times a bit too easy.
As best I can tell, this is Faith Alowyn Alden’s first audio book performance and she is outstanding. Her performance included the addition of a French accent which remained articulate (so many accents in audio books are nearly unintelligible). Also, her building excitement as her voice changes with the erotic scenes magnified the sexual tension of Ms Rose’s skilful words – this combination creates the most exciting, erotic experiences I’ve ever heard in audio books (and I have listed to a lot of audio books).
To be fair, there is a problem with the audio production. I didn’t hear the background noises that others have reported, but I found several odd gaps where it just goes silent for a couple of seconds. Most of these are no problem, but a couple occur at very untimely spots in the hot action.
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