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A Compromising Situation (The "Compromise" Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Donnelly
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Book Description

RWA Golden Heart Winner, Best Regency Romance

“I can't say enough good things about this book except BUY IT!” – Cybil Solen,

“…an amusing and heartwarming tale about these two lonely adults who struggle to overcome some imagined or real flaw.” -- Teresa Roebuck, Romantic Times

Governess seeking position with many young girls--and no handsome lords.

Maeve longs to find a place where she can belong, and forever hide herself. But she winds up making a deal with Lord Rothe--she'll look after his sixteen-year-old niece until she can find a new position. She's soon caught up in the lives of this troubled girl, and this troubled lord.

How can she leave this family that needs her so much?

How can she stay when she is falling in love with a man far above her lowly position?

Lord seeking governess to tame his niece—and teach him how to love again.

A younger son, he was meant for a military career and he's made himself into a hard army man. But now he is Lord Rothe, with a title he never wanted, relatives who resent him, and a desperate need for Maeve's help.

But will he lose her due to her stubborn determination to make everyone follow orders...and to a heart which has forgotten how to love?

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About the Author

Shannon Donnelly's writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the "Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer" contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA's Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: "simply superb"..."wonderfully uplifting"....and "beautifully written." Her books include the Demon & Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. She also recently brought out four Regency Noveallas, which are now available as ebooks. Her work has been on the top seller list of, and include Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance. Her other Regency romances can be found as ebooks with on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing. She has also published young adult horror stories and is the author of several computer games. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at,, and twitter/sdwriter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1621250717
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cielito Lindo Press; 3 edition (January 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KABD9I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not this author's best August 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really like this author and hate to write negative reviews, but this book could have been so much better. The story line is strong and the characters likable. The heroine is an aristocrat forced by disgrace and disownment to work as a governess, helping girls to not end up like she did. She is hired into a house where the Lord has lost his brother, thereby inheriting not only a title but an invalid widow (his brother's) and a troubled niece. He's spent 18 years in the military and his way of handling both women in the home is not working as well as it did in the military. It should be a funny and touching situation for the governess to bring this family together. But it feels as if the book was rushed, and the promise of a good read doesn't really materializes because at some point the plot twists become weaker and predictable. Like many of the Kindle 99¢ releases, this is a reprint from an old 2000 Zebra paperback. This author and publisher have better releases out there. at the same price that are better worth your time and money. This book (in my opinion only, I am not offended by disagreement and for the artist's sake happy to proven wrong) isn't one of the better ones.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A regency romance for grown ups November 9, 2000
By tregatt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I rather liked this book. It reminded me alot of the kinds of plots and characters that novelists like Jane Austen and Maria Edgeworth made famous.
Maeve Midden is hired by Lord Rothe to be a governess to his hoydenish sixteen year old niece, Clarissa. Maeve accepts the position with many reservations: Lord Rothe is too high-handed and seems to have a special talent for setting Clarissa's back up; Clarissa's mother seems to have lost all interest in life with the recent death of her husband, Lord Rothe's brother; and Clarissa is absolutely against the idea of having a governess at her 'advanced' age. However Maeve senses a kind of vulnerability beneath both Lord Rothe's and Clarissa's outward facade, and so Maeve strives to bring uncle and niece closer together and to try and make them understand each other a little better. What Maeve does not bargain for is that she and her employer would be attracted to each other, or that the unexpected kindness and sensitivity that Lord Rothe displays towards her would crack the hard shell Maeve had been careful to cultivate around her heart. Both Maeve and Rothe have secret sorrows and disappointments in their pasts that have coloured their lives. Perhaps it is this that draws them to each other. But can anything good come from it? Afterall lords do not marry governesses, especially ones with tainted histories.
This is truly a tale for adults. Shannon Donnelly has created a truly honourable and adult hero in Lord Rothe. In spite of his growing attraction for Maeve, not once does he press his attentions on her. Rothe treats her with honour and respect. There seems to be a kind of revolution going on in the romance world, and I for one am all for it! Finally more and more novelists are actually writing about the nice guys!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LORD AND THE GOVERNESS October 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Maeve Midden's reputation was ruined years ago disowned by her family, she now works as a governess. Hoping to find a position with younger girls which would mean a longer stay in one place. With that in mind the agency has sent her for an interview with colonel Andrew Derhurst Lord Rothe, upon arrival it is obvious that the girl in question is much older than Maeve had expected, Clarissa Derhurst is sixteen almost ready for her coming out. Lord Rothe requires a governess for Clarissa as she needs her behaviour brought into line, her Father the previous Lord Rothe died almost a year ago, her Mother took to her bedchamber and has not left it since. Andrew Derhurst never expected or wanted to inherit the title, as a second son his Father purchased a commission in the army for him. He manages to persuade Maeve to stay at least until he can find somebody else.
I have read a few books by this author now and she is very quickly establishing herself as a firm favourite with me. Her writing is expressive and flowing, she obviously is knowledgeable of her subject, that shows in the writing, her characters are well rounded and believable. The relationship between Maeve and Andrew was very well portrayed, their growing affection for each other realistic. Although Maeve does hide her past, she does not let it affect her life in the present she presents herself as intelligent and capable. Andrew is more used to commanding soldiers, so his manner is often abrupt but he is essentially a kind and giving man. The supporting characters play their part well in the story and are well drawn. This is the first book in a series of four the others areA Dangerous Compromise and A Much Compromised Lady andProper Conduct all four books are excellent reads.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Debut! January 2, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Compromising Situation is, indeed, a remarkable debut book. Mark my words, however, you'll be hearing a lot about Shannon Donnelly during the next years; she is an author to be reckoned with, believe me!
The depth of the characterization in this book is extraordinary. A sentence, sometimes merely one word, conveys more here than entire pages have in other books. Another plus (at least to this reviewer) is the ages of those characters: Maeve Midden is eight-and-twenty, rather old for a heroine, while the hero, Colonel Andrew Derhurst, now Lord Rothe, is ten years her senior.
One of the problems with the primogeniture system is, if something happens to the primo, the secondary is seldom sufficiently experienced, much less trained to step up and into primo's empty boots. Such is the case with the Colonel, a second son who was sent off to the military at the age of eighteen, courtesy of his father who obligingly purchased his colors for him. The fact that perhaps the lad might not have wanted colors had no influence on the father; the older son would be the next Lord Rothe, and there was an end to it.
When that older son dies, the by-then Colonel is sent home to take over the estates and the title--plus the widow and teen-aged daughter of his brother. They seem like empty-headed flibber-tee-gibbets to the battled-hardened Andrew, who has no patience with them, nor the drawing room skills needed to build a relationship with the only family he now has left to him.
Maeve, on the other hand, was born a gentlewoman, but left motherless at the age of four. Hard-headed and stubborn, she willingly cooperated in her own ruination at the hands of an experienced rake. When her father disowned her, she turned to the only person who had ever been kind to her--her teacher, Miss Midden.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Compromising Situation
I give it only three stars. There is nothing wrong with the book as such but for the grammar, spelling and other mistakes. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Eva Thomsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, poor ending
This book sucked me in almost immediately. I'm a sucker for the "brooding but deeply honorable" Regency lord, especially when he's partnered with a lady who's strong, but... Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by loves2read
3.0 out of 5 stars Story's great- but buggy software
I've managed to get 25% of the way into the story. I've thoroughly enjoyed all the characters, the writing, everything. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by LuxuryShopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost amazing.
i loved this book, loved the characters, the writing... it was good. Strong, believable characters, a heroine you could connect with, a hero just brooding enough to be mysterious... Read more
Published on November 26, 2011 by Ravynfyre
4.0 out of 5 stars Just enough
I did not realize until last night that these books were a series. Needless to say I read them out of order, but I am happy to realize that it didn't matter too much. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Salsa
4.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Traditional Read
Sigh, this book brought back memories of the first romance novels I read in the mid-1980s. Not a goosebumps-inspiring book but a satisfying way to waste an afternoon. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by Incurable Romantic
4.0 out of 5 stars Praise for a well written book.
This book fooled me for a while. I have read so many Regency novels that I thought I knew what to expect. Read more
Published on January 25, 2008 by J. Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars A smashing debut
It's always refreshing to read a debut book and find oneself totally charmed. The last time this happened for me was with Anne Gracie's Gallant Waif. Read more
Published on August 22, 2001 by Susan Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Governess gets a second chance.
I enjoyed this story because first, it didn't take place in London during the season. And second, both lead characters are strong willed adults who had to work for a living, not... Read more
Published on January 20, 2001 by "liny18"
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Shannon Donnelly's writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the "Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer" contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA's Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: "simply superb"..."wonderfully uplifting"....and "beautifully written."

Her books include the Demon & Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers.


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