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 her 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...
The Duchess War is the first full-length book in the Brothers Sinister series. It is preceded by The Governess Affair, a prequel novella.
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I loved this book. It had a great storyline, love, mystery and well developed characters. As most writers a bit of repetition on pints and a bit of page fillers but overall I was very pleased with the book. The only thing I wish I had seen more of was passion. This was my first book by C. Milan and I can assure you it will not be my last. I highly recommend it.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
This book is why Courtney Milan is an auto download for me - thanks to her gifted writing you're transported back to1863 where she crafts loveable compelling but flawed characters who find themselves involved in an emotional, touching, sexy, humorous, heartbreaking, breathtaking love story that's full of secrets and scandals that'll keep you riveted.
This is the story about Robert (a handsome, caring, radical Duke) and Minnie (a 'Plain Jane' with brains) both of whom are emotionally scarred but for different reasons and the class differences and obstacles that they have to overcome. Their relationship starts off as a skilful game of wits but, as attraction between them flourishes, there's great chemistry and witty, flirty banter between the pair then they soon realise that their needs, goals and ideals are actually the same.
However, when their feelings for each other grow it forces them to reveal vulnerabilities, share secrets and undergo personal life changes but before their romance can ever progress to a HEA ending that they (and the listener) craves, the truth must painfully and publicly come out by betraying each other and only then can honor, acceptance, forgiveness and love follow.
Plenty of twists, interesting secondary characters, friendships, passion and a bitter-sweet romance can be found in this very entertaining and enjoyable listen but so too can we get a feel for the social divide and working environments between the Upper and Lower classes of a, thankfully, bygone era. Robert says such touching, tender, thoughtful words that you can't help but fall in love with him too.
Worth a credit? As long as CM keeps writing them and they're hopefully narrated by the talented Ms. Landor, then I'll keep buying them - so that's a YES and I hope you too will fall in love with Minnie and Robert as I did.
The story was well told. I enjoyed listening to the book. I was listening to the book and reading it at the same time.
I'd forgotten Courtney Milan can be risqué with her writing. Most people like it. I guess I'm a bit old fashioned. It was a bit to graphic in parts. But the story was fantastic!!!
Loved what a nice guy the hero (Robert) was, and how he saw past outward imperfections and was fascinated by the heroines (Minnie's) intellect and wit. He was intrigued by her, but also attracted to her.
Loved how Minnie was such a strong, intelligent woman, but had a major imperfection brought on by a traumatic experience, and she is quiet and reserved and fearful of crowds.
The person she is at the beginning bears little resemblance to the person she becomes because of the love and constant encouragement of Robert.
I'm an avid reader of Romance and a true romantic at heart. I also read and review in other sub-genres as well. Happy reading!
Wonderful book! The writing is incredible, filled with passion and emotion. Robert is probably the best beta male characters I have ever read. I loved him from the start. Minnie is one of the sweetest and bravest heroines I have ever had the pleasure reading of. Wonderful story, unforgettable characters, I'm so glad I found this novel. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
The Duchess War was an absolute delight! The writing was superb, the characterizations real and the plot filled with twists and turns but never frustrating devices. The historical backdrop was enriching and helped set the scene without being trivial wallpaper or a history tome / you felt like you were part of the story and part of the time period! The audible narration added much to the enjoyment as well! I can't wait to read more from Courtney Milan.
This is Chelsea, not Brandon. I'm not sure how to change that. Voracious romance reader, addicted audio listener.
What a sweet story! It reminded me a lot of the books by Eloisa James but without the major character flaws consistent with that author. These characters were always honorable and true, easy to love. The steamy scenes were light, so if you are looking for a passionate read, this isn't it, but it does have a smattering and those too are sweet.
I was feeling a bit guilty for all the aristocratic romances I've been reading and this series was the antidote! Milan's characters are very aware of their privileges and work hard to make whatever difference they can (while having delicious love affairs). They encourage each other to do more and BE more.
Also, it's refreshing to read books with really smart heroines who have other smart women in their lives. Too often, romance novels have one great lady surrounded by a bunch of silly ones. Milan provides depth and motivation to ALL her ladies.
:: Runs off to download the next one::
I did not feel this was predictable but it was your classic happy ending historical romance story. It kept with all of the general unofficial rules of these types of stories. I liked the story, it was traditional in a sense but I love this narrator she made it come alive.
I'm a fan of Courtney Milan's books. This is the first in the Brothers Sinister series (wait, there's a prequel) and I look forward to reading the next book. Her characters have depth and I like that the heroines are intelligent and passionate.
Minerva has a secret past that might become quite public which would ruin the quiet life she's resigned to live. Robert (a Duke) is secretly trying to right the wrongs of his father but Minnie finds him out. Milan fleshes their lives out as she slowly brings them together. I thought she did it perfectly. They ultimately see the goodness in each and find their HEA. I really liked it.
As usual, I loved Rosalyn Landor's narration.
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