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The Heiress Effect (The Brothers Sinister Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 4 in The Brothers Sinister
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- File size : 1787 KB
- Publication date : July 15, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 281 pages
- Publisher : Courtney Milan (July 15, 2013)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B00D4ANSXE
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1490994718
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,825 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jane is over the top, in fashion, in person. She doesn't want to marry, she knows men want her money, not her, and she goes out of her way to be as unappealing as possible. I thought the part about how she dressed was just a choice she was making to be off putting. I didn't get the sense it was what she truly enjoyed, but as things come to the end, it's still a thing, so I guess she really likes the brazen dress. Cool.
Oliver, when we first meet him at the end of The Governess Affair is a very proud boy, but we see him become more an reserved through The Duchess War, so that here, he has become a very different grown man. He lost his edge and he thinks that is ok and even right, until he meets Jane.
There is also a side story about Jane's sister and some wonderful novels she reads and a lovely Indian lawyer she meets.
So much to love here, also super exited about the next book, because you get just a little tease in this one.
P.S. There's a bonus side romance that was as sweet and satisfying as the main characters'. Such a lovely book.
In the end, it was the hero who had to do all the changing while standing in the shadows and watching the obnoxiously flamboyant heroine garner praise and attention. That's not to say the hero didn't need to make some changes. He did. But the heroine needed to as well, and I hate it when authors make it so one-sided.
The romance between the two main characters wasn't very believable or interesting either. I thought Anjan and Emily's relationship was much more believable.
I see the next book in the series is about the hero's little sister, who I absolutely couldn't stand in this book so I won't be reading any more books in this series.
Jane Fairfield is no dummy. Her poisonous color combinations, loud laughter, and blunt speech are designed with one purpose in mind: repel suitors. You see, her younger sister lack only four hundred and eighty days until she attains her majority and can leave their guardian. Until that day, Jane refuses to leave her sister alone and helpless in his care. He isn't a bad man, only a insensitive one. He truly thinks the medical experimentation he subjects her to may help heal her of her fits, and the pain and the scars he inflicts on her are not enough to stop him. Jane wants to free her sister while she's still alive, and for that, she does everything she can to make men forget her enormous fortune.
Then she meets Oliver Marshall, a man perceptive enough to see the women beneath the dress. He likes what he sees, but he is blind in his own way. The bastard son of a duke, he wants revenge on a society that rejected him because of his birth. Politics is the chosen path to attaining this purpose, and the last thing he needs is a relationship with a woman who talks too loudly, who dresses the way Jane does, and who doesn't keep her self or her opinions in the background.
The working out of this dilemma is classic Courtney Milan. After reading this book, I bought the boxed set.
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The characters in this book are so well-written, with lots of depth and flaws. I especially loved Jane. She is so determined to take care of her sister and is such a passionate woman who's just a little too brilliant and eccentric for her peers. Her devotion to her sister is so touching and heartwarming and her witty conversations with the hero are delightful. She's just so fierce, awkward, relatable and straightforward - one of my all time fave heroines definitely.
Oliver is also great with his attitude of there's no way I'm going to fall in love with this woman - it's quite enjoyable to watch his reluctance slowly melt away and see him realise to his horror that he has in fact fallen in love no matter how inconvenient it is. And in so many good romance novels, it always does feel so very inconvenient at first until our hero and heroine find a way to deal with it. In this book this conflict is so well-written it's a joy to read and see these two finally get together.
Also the side characters are so amazing and full of depth and I absolutely adored the side plot with Jane's sister finding her own happiness despite her epilepsy and the awful way her uncle treats her because of it. She's such a spirited character as well (clearly related to her sister) and the love story there is as believable and swoony as the main romance plot.
I also love the way Milan writes about this time period. She tackles the classicism, racism and sexism of the time and it all feels very true to the time. I also love her strong female characters who are out their defying all of the rules and negative aspects of their societies - this is true to every book of hers I've read.
If you've never picked up a book by Milan yet, I would heartily recommend you do so - the books in this series and especially this one are what have made me fall in love with regency romance. Entertaining, but not completely glossing over some of the issues of the time, and smart with strong heroines and swoony romance, this and the other books in this series truly are a delight!
She also has one hundred thousand reasons to behave in such an appalling way - because Jane doesn't want to get married, but her uncle plans to marry her off to the first man who offers, or throw her from his house. So Jane works extra hard to keep all the fortune hunters at bay.
Until she meets Oliver Marshall, the natural son of a duke, raised by a farmer and with ambitions towards Parliament. He's not like any man she's ever met, in fact he tells her she's the last woman he would ever marry. But he understands her, offering friendship and a chance to be herself. And for a girl who must always pretend, well, that's worth a lot more than a hundred thousand pounds...
This is the second book in the Brothers Sinister series ( The Duchess War ), but it also has close connections to the prequel novella, The Governess Affair , since Oliver is the illegitimate bump that causes so much trouble there. As with all of Courtney Milan's excellent stories this is more than just a historical romance. This time we have politics, the horrors of Victorian medicine and the cruelty of casual racism mixed in with colonial tensions. It's beautifully researched and wonderfully written, providing a rich and vivid backdrop for the main characters' adventures.
I love Jane. Yes, she's awful, but she's clever, strong, funny and so brave. She has excellent reasons for acting as she does, and sad ones for her particular methods. I loved watching her reclaim herself from her role, and wanted her to win everything she desired and deserved. I liked Oliver too, even if I mostly felt sorry for what his education had beaten into him, and occasionally longed to shake some sense into him. His emotional journey is actually tougher than Jane's, for all that he appears to start in the stronger position. His scenes with his Aunt Freddy were heartbreaking.
There's also a wonderful supporting cast of family, friends and even an enemy or two along the way. The secondary romance is lovely and sensitively written, with one scene that made me cheer. I especially liked that none of the cultural difficulties are ignored, but each one raised and considered before solutions are found. We also catch a glimpse of Oliver's wild cousin, Sebastian, where all is apparently not well with the celebrated scientist. (The teaser at the end is just cruel! You might want to put off reading it until the release of The Countess Conspiracy is a little closer.)
Funny yet serious, clever and romantic, this is historical romance at its best. With an excellent sense of time and place, and a cast of wonderfully engaging characters, this series is delightful. Courtney Milan just keeps getting better.
Don't let that put you off though; this is still a very good romance novel, which will surprise you at almost every turn. Its characters are well-fleshed-out and likeable, and there are a few subplots which keep everything ticking over nicely so that you've reached the last page before you realise it. Recommended for everyone who likes historical romance with a dash of politics and main characters who aren't heartstoppingly beautiful.
I like these series books by Milan, a definite re read