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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So many books, so little time...
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.
"Short But Sweet"
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.
What a pleasant surprise! For being a short book you get a complete and very we'll developed story full of feelings. It's a story about a woman looking for redemption and justice and the man confronting her who only cares about achieving power and riches. Once they meet each other they find out that what they wanted out of life isn't important after all and that love brings the ultimate happiness. A great story with flawless narration. What more can you ask for?
"Great Writers Don't Need 8 Hours!!"
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!
"A short book under 4 hours"
What draws me to romance books is the power given to the heros. I am sure that’s what most readers like and that is why especially most historical romances include a powerful, titled or wealthy man. The heroin however can be from any level of society and really needs not a lot of power, money or beauty to recommend her as long as her personality is likable. Here, the story has a man of business to a Duke as the hero and an impoverished lady as a heroin. The story was good and I do admit I enjoyed listening to it but the short length and the non sizzling storyline was not enough to keep me craving to return to it any single free moment that I had. It was a definite 4 however.
"Wonderfully Told Story"
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Tracking Books Read Review (Short)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The Governess Affair had elements that I normally hate but it totally worked in this story.
Overall Thoughts: Here is the deal: I am not really a fan of novellas and can only think of a handful of times that one has caused me to buy a whole series. The Governess Affair did that even with elements that I don't normally like. I will warn you that for a novella, it deals with a pretty heavy subject matter. It is handled with care and done wonderfully. I really enjoyed this and hope the rest of the series is as unique.
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor/Running Time: 3 h 50 min
Rosalyn Landor is my FAVORITE Historical narrator. I have come to the conclusion that she can do no wrong in my book. She has the perfect voice for historical settings.
This is a truly wonderful love story. While not terribly long, it is so well written and read that it grabs you and you end up listening to it without pause.
Ms Landor is a truly great narrator. She is clear, her characters are easy to distinguish from each other and the listener is instantly caught up in the story. Having read the book, it is a pleasure to listen to the story so well read that it exceeds the written version. Bravo!
The pins...the blue shawl...
"PLSE DON'T LET THE SHORT LENGTH PUT YOU OFF"
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.
"Short, but Delightful!"
This was a perfect 'prequel' to The Brothers Sinister series. I love Courtney Milan's way of creating romantic chemistry between the characters. And I particularly liked the bit about the hair pins... Very sexy!
This book was very short - but each of the characters had good depth! The witticisms exchanged between the two main characters were excellent.
I was a bit confused about the 'Twelve Year Later....' afterward - but it made more sense when I began the actual book 1 of the series. As I said before, this book is actually a prequel.
"Cute and Short"
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.
Loved this novella. Rosalyn Landor is THE QUEEN when it comes to these historical romances. She gives life to the stories.
This one featured Hugo Marshall, "The Wolf of Claremont" (I hope I am spelling it correctly since I listened to this book) and Serena Barton.
Serena Barton was fired from her job as governess and she camped out in front of the Duke of Claremont's estate demanding justice for her termination. But she wouldn't say what he did because she wanted the silence to fuel all sorts of speculations which may be more harmful to the Duke's reputation. The Duke retaliated by sending his "wolf" to solve his problem. What Hugo encountered was a woman unlike any he'd ever known, now his job became very unpleasant.
Loved the writing, love the couple. It was a good introduction to this series. I look forward to book 1
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