From New York Times best-selling author Courtney Milan....
A perpetual wallflower destined for spinsterhood, Lady Elaine Warren is resigned to her position in society. So when Evan Carlton, the powerful, popular Earl of Westfeld, singles her out upon his return to England, she knows what it means. Her former tormenter is up to his old tricks, and she's his intended victim. This time, though, the earl is going to discover that wallflowers can fight back.
Evan has come to regret his cruel, callow past. At first, he only wants to make up for past wrongs. But when Elaine throws his initial apology in his face, he finds himself wanting more. And this time, what torments him might be love....
©2011 Courtney Milan (P)2011 Courtney Milan
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"Great short story"
I wish this book were longer, I really enjoyed it. The flow was nice and the writing superb.
I love Simon Prebbles voice! I've listened to other books by him and have always enjoyed them. Even when he does female voices I believe it. The men's voices and inflection's are excellent.
Love, regret and redemption
When the main character confesses his love to lady Elaine in public
Yes, I've listened to it many times
For being relatively short it's a wonderfully touching story
"Narrator makes A Great Difference"
Depth of characters, storyline, narrator
Can't think of any
You could really tell difference in character voices, depth of emotion through voice, correct accent
Scene with her mother
Great book, narrator makes A Great Difference!!! I also bought A Governess Affair, loved the print book. Courtney Milan is great, but could not stand narration.. So returned that one. But Simon Prebble makes a difference.
"ANOTHER SHORT BUT OH SO SWEET NOVELLA"
If you're into Historical/Romance then you can't get much better than the partnership of Courtney Milan and Simon Prebble.
Another short novella that will have you empathising with both the leading male and female characters because from their first meeting in their teens the attraction was there but then it went badly from then on when Evan tormented and bullied Elaine to cover up his true feelings, but years later can he make amends and will she ever forgive him. What an emotional roller coaster of feelings and desires - it was yummy.
Worth a credit? It's on sale at the moment so I would suggest you buy it while it's cheap.
"In the minority but the narration wasn't my fave"
*3.5 stars, rounded down for the narration*
I listened to this book in audio format, and though I actually thought that the narrator did a nice job acting out the story, his voice was a real stumbling block for me. I looked up the age of the narrator, Simon Prebble, and he is in his mid 70s. He sounds like he is in his mid-70s. While most other reviewers love his narration of this story, I thought he sounded much too old for the MC, and his female voices were just ancient sounding.
In terms of the story, I always love Courtney Milan, and I think she did a great job with this one. It's so hard to tell a complete story in novella format, and while I wish this was longer, I still enjoyed the story a great deal. I'm really obsessed with the Turner series, and I was so curious about Lady Elaine, so I felt deeply satisfied by reading about her HEA.
I liked this one, so the 3.5 stars is a solid rating from me. With a different narrator, I think this would have easily been 4 stars.
"A gem of a book"
Courtney Milan is a terrific writer. This short story is well done, and what a wonderful surprise to have Simon Prebble as the narrator. He is my favorite.
Yes. I wanted this book to be longer. I was pleasantly surprised by this short story!
"This book is a keeper..!"
Narrator brings the story to life..
Very memorable plot line, it brings back memories and sometimes I do wonder what if..?
"What a Story"
I read this book about 4 years ago. I just purchased the audio book. Im as happy with the audio version. The story is just plain old good.
"Just as good the 2nd time!"
This was my 2nd listen and still I enjoyed it!
I felt this story.... got to know and understand the characters... and I found that even if this was a light historical romance it also had depths that we understand better today... even have new terms for it.... but there are lessons to be learned here and we really should learn them.
That said, this was a very enjoyable HEA romance!
NARRATOR : Who doesn't like Simon Pebble? His male hero always has a yummy sexy voice... his delivery is flawless!! Occasionally a female will sound like a bad comedic impersonation. .. but it's uncommon and after the initial shock you tend to forget about it.
CREDITWORTHY? : I would say yes, altho I think I may have bought it on sale for less then a credit costs..... I can't recall.
HEAT FACTOR: Occasion correct and reaching a steady quick full steam.
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