The start of a new series from New York Times best-selling author Courtney Milan....
She will not give up.
Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she's demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. It's his merciless man of business - the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke's dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn't stand a chance. But she can't stop trying - not with her entire future at stake.
He cannot give in.
Hugo Marshall is a man of ruthless ambition - a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner's son to the right hand man of a duke. When his employer orders him to get rid of the pestering governess by fair means or foul, it's just another day at the office. Unfortunately, fair means don't work on Serena, and as he comes to know her, he discovers that he can't bear to use foul ones. But everything he has worked for depends upon seeing her gone. He'll have to choose between the life that he needs, and the woman he is coming to love....
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Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.
I'm a huge fan of Rosalyn Landor's narration, so I purchased this book with no real knowledge of the author Courtney Milan's work. This is a very short romantic tale about a governess seeking recompense from a rather seedy Duke, and the Duke's man of business. The ending was a very nice teaser for more in this series and I, for one, am eager to read more.
Because if you do you'll miss this tender novella written and read by the best.
I love C.M. and all her books have been an automatic download and I've never been disappointed. Yes, it's short but there are a lot of feelings that are packed into it - desperation, defiance, duty, desire and finally...... love.
Worth a credit? It's on sale at the moment so, at $7.77 I'd just buy it.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This novella is in reality a prologue for Courtney Milan's next trilogy. Since it is a novella, I thought the brief form wouldn't allow for depth of plot or characters. However, because Milan writes so well the listeners are not left looking for more.
In spite of the brevity of the book, Milan packs in her usual deft handling of personality disorders, difficulties, or syndromes we recognize today. In this case, a rape occurs before the book begins and during the course of the story the victim's perceptions, the legal and social views of rape during the era of the story, and the hero's atypical-for-the-times stance are all examined. In addition, the heroine's sister, as a reaction to a childhood incident, cannot bear to leave her apartment. Her form of agoraphobia leaves her a prisoner in her home.
The epilogue is one of the best parts of the book and leaves readers tapping their toes impatiently while waiting for the first volume of the next series.
Rosalyn Landor made the book come to life with her expert narration.
I almost never download novellas. I am inevitably disappointed, feeling as though 3 or 4 hours simply doesn't allow enough time for an author to fully entice me into caring for the characters. The plots often feel truncated. But because I have so much enjoyed Courtney Milan's novels I bought this as soon as it was released. Then it sat on my MP3 player for months and I skimmed over the title again and again. Last night my computer was down and this was all I had left that at all appealed... Thank you computer! Simply stated - this was wonderful! I winced, I filled with ire, I smiled, I sighed and at the end I grinned as I experienced that wonderful feeling of satisfaction that comes from listening to one of the good ones!
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.
"Damn-near perfect novella expertly narrated."
This novella was just short of perfect. Serena and Hugo were quickly established as being stubborn yet broken; two lonely people who were single-mindedly determined on a specific outcome which was what was keeping them going in difficult circumstances. Their interactions were by turns intransigent, flirtatious (the scene where they are exchanging notes is fabulous!) and tender; Hugo, while protesting his lack of fairness is nonetheless kind and caring; while feeling himself to be unworthy demonstrates time and again that he is a safe pair of hands. This is a couple I can really imagine living "happily ever after" - although I was surprised that they never properly discussed Serena's pregnancy and the fact that Hugo would be taking on another man's child. Still, The Governess Affair is superb; romantic, sexy, funny and emotionally satisfying. I've just finished listening to the audiobook of this, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's narrated by the wonderful Rosalyn Landor (Honestly - I have a serious girl-crush on those velvety tones!) who gives Hugo just the right gruffness and hint of Yorkshire accent. Her 'regular' story-telling voice is lovely, too - deep and well-modulated, so you're not suddenly jolted out of the story when the character voices switch to narration as I've found happens with some readers.
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