Date read: August 20, 2015
0.5. The Governess Affair
1. The Duchess War
1.5. A Kiss for Midwinter
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Suffragette Scandal - Paperback | Kindle
4.5. Talk Sweetly to Me
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An idealistic suffragette...Thoughts on The Suffragette Scandal: Oh, Courtney Milan makes me happy. Without fail, her books make me smile. The indomitable Free teaming up with the brooding Edward? Hellllooo, sparks.
Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women's rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope...but she needs more rope, and she needs it now.
...a jaded scoundrel...
Edward Clark's aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger. When the same family that left him for dead vows to ruin Miss Marshall, he offers his help. So what if he has to lie to her? She's only a pawn to use in his revenge.
...and a scandal seven years in the making.
But the irrepressible Miss Marshall soon enchants Edward. By the time he realizes that his cynical heart is hers, it's too late. The only way to thwart her enemies is to reveal his scandalous past...and once the woman he loves realizes how much he's lied to her, he'll lose her forever.
Honestly, I don't know who I felt for more in this book. Free is trying so hard to make changes. She's standing strong in the face of adversity and it's heartbreaking and fantastic all at once. But then there's Edward. What his family did to him was terrible and the fact he survived at all is a testament to his strength. As physically strong as he is, he feels fragile when we first meet him. Determined to do what he needs to do to get his revenge, yes, but he also felt like he was hiding. The Edward he could be was buried under what he showed the world.
And, oh, the things those two could do when they put their heads together.
I loved seeing appearances by couples we've met before. Free's family always makes me grin. Her daddy is something spectacular and I loved how he dealt with Edward when things fell apart.
I read these books all out of order and I'm not sorry about that in the least. Each couple has brought their own issues to the table and they are FANTASTIC!