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Peek Inside The Affair

She was his for one week only... When a beautiful stranger ducks into his bookshop during a rainstorm, Cale Cameron, a well-known rake, is instantly attracted to her, but he has no interest in a long-term attachment. Society would never accept a countess and a mere bookseller, so Cale and Elizabeth agree to a one week affair to indulge their desire, but as their passion ignites and their connection grows, Elizabeth is entirely too captivated by the man who showers her with sensual pleasures. Will their fire be enough to thaw his frozen heart?

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She was his for one week only…

When a beautiful stranger ducks into his bookshop during a rainstorm, Cale Cameron, well-known rake, is instantly attracted to her. Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is restless and hungers for something she cannot name. Society would never accept a countess and a mere bookseller, so they agree to a one week affair to indulge their desire.

As their passion ignites and their connection grows, Elizabeth threatens the one thing Cale has protected above all else – his heart. Letting her go is the only solution… and the one thing he is not prepared to do.


"A well-written novella is like a happy sigh...and Lily Maxton's historical novella The Affair is a very, very happy sigh indeed." --Becky on Books...and Quilts "The Affair is a delightful debut..." --Confessions from Romaholics

"This lovely little historical novella hit the spot!" --Meags, Goodreads

"Highly recommended, definitely a keeper to reread." --Maria Rose, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622665488
Series: Sisters of Scandal, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 14, 2014
Page Count: 81
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: highlander, historical, historical regency
Tropes: fling, second chance

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By Meags January 20, 2019

3.5 Stars

This lovely little historical novella hit the spot!

Bookshop owner and aspiring book publisher Cale Cameron has built a respectable life for himself in the aftermath of a tragic youth. Now a successful businessman, Cale is known as a bit of a rake around London – that is, until he meets the ...more

By Andrea March 29, 2017

Perfectly sweet, drama-free novella that features a bespectacled, working class hero who owns a publishing house/ bookshop/ lending library (who gives the heroine a book with a personal and adorable inscription!) and a young widow who is glad to finally come out of mourning for a husband she didn't ...more

By Maria Rose February 16, 2017

This delightful novella tells the story of Elizabeth, a widow who endured a loveless aristocratic marriage and Cale, a rakish bookkeeper, who meet during a rainstorm. Lightning attraction flashes between them and they begin an affair destined to change them both.

This story has everything I look for ...more

By Noura February 23, 2016

This story reads like a particularly yummy protein bar - it's compact, delicious enough and keep you satisfied for some time. Sometimes there's really nothing much to say other than keeping the drama and unnecessary descriptions and plot twists at bay and just get down to the romancing and falling i ...more

By Deborah April 01, 2016

Elizabeth is a widow, but she doesn't feel remorse for her dead husband. He was less than tolerable and to make matters worse, they were unable to produce an heir. After her period of mourning, she feels restless and doesn't know what to do about it. One day in a rainstorm, she jumps into a store to ...more

By Negar April 02, 2014

This is classified as a "novella". This is a misnomer. This was better than some full-length novels because it skips all the fluff and boring little details. There is a clear beginning, middle and end. At no time time did I feel like I needed more, like "And then...? Wait, that's it?" Some of you mi ...more

By Tin May 10, 2016

First thing that came to mind after I finished reading this book: Why is this only a novella?!? I wanted to read more!

Next thing that came to mind: Must buy the rest of the series -- which I did, and was very thankful that they are $0.99 for the next 2 books and $2.99 for Books 4 and 5. So, I am tak ...more

By Patty October 11, 2014

Lady Elizabeth Thornhill is finally a widow, away from her depression home, but has made a huge error moving back under her scheming mother's roof. Cade Cameron is many things, like an owner of Cameron's Bookstore, started publishing many authors (his newest a scandalous courtesan) & a totally rake, ...more

By Harmony March 17, 2016

I love novellas because I can finish them in one sitting without neglecting work, family, or chores...too much. This novella drew me in with its engaging characters and quick-paced storyline. I'll definitely be picking up the next book in this series! ...more

By Amy July 23, 2016

This is book one in the Sisters of Scandals series.

Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is ready to shed her widow's weeds. Walking home from replenishing her wardrobe, it starts to rain. She quickly dashes into the bookstore to get out of the rain. In the process, she literally runs into the owner.

Cale Camer ...more

By Aarati April 20, 2014

I got a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange of my honest opinion

The Affair was a sweet, passionate and romantic novella and one that I enjoyed a lot. Usually novellas leave me wanting for more, but with this one, Lily Maxton managed to get everything done in just 81 pages.

El ...more

By Sapphyria November 05, 2016

The Affair is set in London, 1817. Elizabeth, Countess of Thornhill, has just come out of mourning after the accidental deal of her husband, Charles, Earl of Thornhill. A rainy day, a chance encounter, and the knowledge that she doesn't want to live the way she had been with Charles, has Elizabeth q ...more

By Tash April 20, 2014

Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics

The Affair is a delightful debut from this author that leaves me in anticipation of her future releases which I hope will be as excellent as this one. She has talent for writing novellas and I hope this writing style carries into her future books. As she looks ...more

By Book Gannet February 27, 2016

Are you looking for a short, sharp Regency read that’s more about the romance than the period? Do you like a swift attraction that develops out of nowhere and deepens really quickly – without actually getting to see much of the falling in love bits? Well, then you’re in luck, because that’s just wha ...more

By Babel April 15, 2014

A pretty, lovely novella about a woman who wants to taste life before it's too late. And she finds herself with more than she bargained for.

First reviewed on Literaria

I've relished reading this short but enchanting story because it's well written, it entails a love ...more

By Mareena April 24, 2014

When a beautiful stranger races into his bookshop to escape a sudden rainstorm, Cale Cameron - well-known rake - is instantly attracted to her. And wholly unprepared by the force of his desire. Especially for a lady whose name he doesn't even know.

Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is restless and hungers ...more

By Linda April 13, 2014

A short, quick historical romance that kept me intrigued from beginning to end with good characters, a captivating premise and juicy sex scenes.

Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is our heroine. She thankfully now finds herself free of her loveless marriage due to the Earl's passing. As the story opens, sh ...more

By Linda April 06, 2014

Very short (less than 68pgs) but sweet & it didn’t feel rushed or incomplete with a wonderful writing style.

The rake who protects his heart falls for the proper lady (a widow) after an affair which lasts a week she calls it off knowing that she has fallen for him. In their ensuing separation, he rea ...more

By Sadia April 22, 2018

Elizabeth and Cale. Short,sweet and with my favourite part of any book,an epilogue. Plan to read the series after this one. ...more

By Sometime March 23, 2018

Very short, quick story. But I enjoyed it quite a bit. Two people who learn to love for the first time. Satisfying romance and a nice epilogue. ...more

By Swati July 18, 2018

3.5 stars ...more

By Kim February 14, 2019

Short read, but beautiful one. ...more

By Becky April 17, 2014

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books.

A well-written novella is like a happy sigh...and Lily Maxton's historical novella The Affair is a very, very happy sigh indeed.

Other than the fact that I'd love to hear more, more, more about Elizabeth and Cale--because I absolutely adored them both--I have not a ...more

By Farrah April 02, 2014

A charming and enjoyable historical romance, The Affair was a lovely novella. I really enjoyed reading this sweet book.

Both Elizabeth and Cale was great characters. Elizabeth started off as a bit of a pushover, but she grew stronger and became determined to life her own life. By the end of the nove ...more

By Marie August 01, 2014

The art of writing a novella is a very rarely perfected art form. But when it is, there is nothing better. This feat is accomplished beautifully with The Affair.

Elizabeth and Cale meet by chance at a bookstore. Drawn to one another instantly, these two agree to a secret affair, as their rank in soc ...more

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Lily Maxton

About the author

Lily Maxton

Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer. When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

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