The Governess Affair

  • by Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
  • 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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.
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- Karen "Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss."

Thoroughly Enjoyable

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.
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- Lia "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!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2012
  • Publisher: Courtney Milan