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The Countess Conspiracy: The Brothers Sinister, Book 3 | [Courtney Milan]

The Countess Conspiracy: The Brothers Sinister, Book 3

Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised - and he laughs through it all. Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.
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Publisher's Summary

Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised - and he laughs through it all. Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers. So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership...even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.

The books in the Brothers Sinister series:

  • ½. The Governess Affair (prequel novella)
  • 1. The Duchess War
  • 1½. A Kiss for Midwinter (a companion novella to The Duchess War)
  • 2. The Heiress Effect

Each audiobook stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order might want to start at the beginning.

©2013 Courtney Milan (P)2014 Courtney Milan

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    C. Mendez NYC 02-17-14
    C. Mendez NYC 02-17-14 Member Since 2009

    lady_akemi

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    "So much more than a romance"
    If you could sum up The Countess Conspiracy in three words, what would they be?

    Thoughtful, sweet, unique.


    Any additional comments?

    This one's for the girls. For every smart woman out there who has ever felt that her intellect somehow diminishes her lovability. For every woman who has struggled to conceive a child or maintain a relationship. This is a tremendous book. The romance is touching, the characters are well drawn, and the humor sparkles, but that's only part of the story here. The emotions are raw, and you'll feel every bit of what Violet is feeling. This is a book that's mostly about the triumph of the human spirit, and the ability of women to succeed even in a world that doesn't acknowledge their successes. I can't say too much more without giving away key plot elements, but this is a glorious tale.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 05-15-14
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 05-15-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Historical fiction with very little romance..."

    This has been the only Courtney Milan book I haven't enjoyed. This isn't really a romance story, it's more historical fiction. It's the story of Violet and how she went through a journey of self acceptance, she fought for women's rights and equality and found love on the way. The romance is very mild and I got bored hearing about the inheritance of traits in plants. Not even the amazing narration saved this story for me. I do not recommend it. All the other books in The Brother Sinister series are excellent thought.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 05-10-14
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A different kind of romance, one for 'smart girls'"

    Even though the author obviously used some artistic creativity with the history, this story really makes you think about women, their roles in society, and how far we have come. The romance is great, love Sebastian, his personality, how he treat Violet, and the interaction between these two. There is so much to Violet and her history, her accomplishments, and what women went through before any academic freedom was available. Even with that serious side, this is a fun book and a great listen. As one of those 'smart girls' who has raised three smart girls, I could really relate to this character. I only hope history did have some good outcomes like this story, although I imagine more of the outcomes were lost names and faces of women who worked really hard. As usual this narrator is superb. I love this series, all the characters are unique and I can't wait for the next one to come out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 04-27-14
    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2011

    I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.

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    "Eureka!!"

    I have listened to all the books in the series and have loved them all on their own merit. This one was different though. There is a true meaning behind the story. The dedication in the beginning was a bit ominous but the author explains at the end of the book and it all makes perfect sense. A lot of research appears to have gone into this book and I appreciate it all.
    I love Sebastian and Violet. I love Rosalyn Landor.
    I know in reading the authors page she really didn't plan on making this a series that went on and on. There are two more books in the works. I for one am extremely happy to know it isn't ending here.
    You'll enjoy this but start from the novella...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Madison, WI, United States 03-07-14
    Suzanne Madison, WI, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't wait for the next book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Countess Conspiracy the most enjoyable?

    I love the narrator and the way the whole story just played out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Sebastian he is a very kind sweet person and lover. And didn't deserve all the Gruff he got


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is very.period, Sounding and I really enjoyed listening to her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just how very very patient Sebastian was with Violet to resume her sexual life.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read more of Courtney Milan's books

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Purcellville, VA, United States 07-23-14
    Natalie Purcellville, VA, United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2011

    Addicted Audiofile!

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    "wonderful narrating, smart romance"

    I truly enjoyed this historical romance! Only Courtney Milan could make the inheritance of traits interesting! The characters, favorites since the first in the series are colorful, endearing and thetheir relationships and stories are believable and at times painful. The journey is a scientific delight, the ending worth the struggles and wait. The parts about Rakus Erectus and associated scientific names cracked me up! But the author's note at the end had me bursting into tears...the historic representation of the Violets of the world and untold stories touched me. This book took extraordinary research, it shows. Worth the credits, and Rosalyn Landor is flawless as usual.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    V. T. 09-11-14
    V. T. 09-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my favorite"
    What would have made The Countess Conspiracy better?

    I like having more actions in a story. The repeat of the feelings of the heroine was a bit boring. I understand she kept thinking the same thing but I can only handle so many times of her self loathing.


    What could Courtney Milan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't know. I like the hero though.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    The hero.


    Any additional comments?

    Rosalyn Landor did a great job but the story is not very moving. I am not bored by the history part. I am more annoyed of the repeat self loathing of the heroine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PATERSON, NJ, United States 08-21-14
    Amazon Customer PATERSON, NJ, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2010

    Scent

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    "Just Ok"

    This one focused a lot on science and a woman's place, more than romance I thought. Must of Milan books are a page turner for me , this one not so much. I will continue to purchase her books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Newark, NJ, United States 08-13-14
    Anna Newark, NJ, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Much Ado About Elephants"
    What made the experience of listening to The Countess Conspiracy the most enjoyable?

    The hidden yet remarkable humor and passionate interest woVen by the intentional creation of the flow of the title's plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    The harsh beauty of each character's profile and their expression of it towards each other and Rosalyn Landor of course.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her usual immaculate standard of captivating narration


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Green House with Sebastian and Violet


    Any additional comments?

    Courtney Milan is a little knowN author with deserves much acclaim for her perfect selection of the narrator for the delivery of these stories. Landor does not have a vintage tone but the discourse helps her efforts along with admirable brilliance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-09-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Interesting plot & a touching romance"

    Although it says in the Publisher's Summary that Sebastian is a Rake there is absolutely no actions in the book to warrant this title other than he was forced to quote the number of women he'd had which was during an argument. Rather than a Rake he's a kind, thoughtful, charming, intelligent, patient, funny, loving friend, brother and Uncle and greatly misunderstood by all (and I loved him).

    Widowed Violet, on the other hand, came across as cold, manipulative and was focused on her groundbreaking Scientific research at the cost of other's feelings and I think it was for this reason that it took me a while to get into this listen because I hated what she was putting poor Sebastian through. There were hints as to why she was like that and later in the story it was revealed but it made the first part depressing.

    However, in Victorian times sexual equality was non existent and this book aptly describes the roles women of the day were expected and allowed to undertake and the lengths others went to in order for their thoughts, opinions and research to be heard. Violet needed Sebastian for her research..... but he needed her much more but he knew that it was going to be an impossible challenge to break through Violet's shell. There was heartache, secrets, misunderstandings, passion, sex and a hard won touching, tender romance. There was also characters from the previous books as well as family members who were either kind, supportive or thoughtless and amongst it all were funny moments especially when Sebastian describes 'Rakeus Perfectus'.

    Worth a credit? I have all of CM's books that are available on Audible and have enjoyed others more but I haven't yet come across any of her books that weren't creditworthy - so YES if you love a good well-written and thought out HR then I'm sure you'll agree. This could easily be a stand-alone listen.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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