Monday, January 19, 2015

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan [Review]

 The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1) by Courtney Milan
Format: ebook
Source: free Kindle download 11/22/14
Date read: November 23, 2014

Brothers Sinister
0.5. The Governess Affair
1. The Duchess War - Paperback | Kindle
1.5. A Kiss for Midwinter
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Suffragette Scandal
4.5. Talk Sweetly to Me

Courtney Milan
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Sometimes love is an accident.

This time, it’s a strategy.

Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly--so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

But that is precisely what she gets.

Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he's determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match...
Thoughts on The Duchess War: I have to start off by saying that I'm reading this series ALL out of order. But it's so good, I can't help myself. I start reading whatever I have on hand as soon as I get my hands on it. Which just goes to prove how incredibly entertaining this series and these characters (and Courtney Milan's ability to bring me to tears for those characters time and time again) are.

So. Minnie and Robert. They both have painful pasts. They're both dealing with those pasts in different ways. Minnie by trying to tread the straight and narrow no matter the price it extracts from her. Robert by trying to help those he can because he knows what it's like to be overlooked. Considering he's the son of a Duke, I almost felt worse for him because at least Minnie had someone to lean on when the world chewed her up and spit her out. Robert had only himself and, later, the brother his father wouldn't acknowledge.

I loved watching Robert come to see how intelligent and incredible Minnie was. I loved his candor in admitting he couldn't stop thinking about her. I loved how Minnie tried so hard to keep him at arms length.

I just... THIS SERIES. It gets to me. Everything that happens to shape these characters into who they are hits me hard. The choices they make and the pain they have to deal with before they're ready for their HEA works for me.

*slow thumbs up*


  1. Replies
    1. *gives you big eyes* I can't stop thinking about her contemp NA. SO GOOD.

  2. lol I never manager to read series in order. I've had this one on my TBR pile for a while now. I might have to pick it up soon though. Thanks for the review!

    1. I usually *try* to read series in order. It just doesn't always work out.

  3. I'm sure there will be tomatoes thrown at me for this: I haven't read a Courtney Milan book and yes, I own several. 2015 is going to be all about working on the awesome books that I ALREADY have than about focusing on all the new shiny things.

    Thanks to your review I'm going to try and squeeze this one in, wait, no. I WILL make room for this one in February. I just need to get through the six other books I've started and put down. Time for this girl to get focused! Lovely review Kelly!

    1. I enjoy her characters SO DAMN MUCH. She consistently hits my happy place with the things she puts them through. FYI, my happy place is like the place on a dog where when you scratch it, it makes their leg shake. Yep. That's me. *twitches in delight*