The Duchess War by Courtney Milan {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 21 October, 2013 by Amanda / 12 Comments

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan {Amanda’s Review}The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Series: The Brothers Sinister #1
Also in this series: The Governess Affair, The Heiress Effect, The Countess Conspiracy
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance, Victorian
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted

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…

Fun hero, smart heroine, fantastic historomance.

Thoughts on The Duchess War

Whee! More Courtney Milan. After reading The Governess Affair, I was excited to dive into The Duchess War and see the brothers in action. I wasn’t disappointed.

One aspect of The Duchess War I enjoyed was that Robert, our hero, was not suave. By any means. He was passionate about his causes and funny and moral, but not a charmer of the ladies. Unless you’re charmed by lines like, “You have magnificent tits.” He’s not the typical historical romance hero, and I found that I liked it.

But Minnie  was fun. She has secrets. Scandals. Backbone. Robert never stood a chance. I always enjoy a heroine who’s progressive and smart beyond the times. Minnie certainly fits that role. Strong heroines for the win!

The Duchess War also introduces other characters in the Brothers Sinister series and I can’t wait to dive into their own stories. Though the series surrounds the brothers (and their group), there’s a strong focus on women and as much as I love a good hero, woman power is where it’s at.


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12 Responses to “The Duchess War by Courtney Milan {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I like a guy who tells it like it is. While “I like your tits” maybe isn’t the most suave move, especially back then, it’s definitely straightforward. You’d think a wallflower would approve of this!

  2. “Unless you’re charmed by lines like, ‘You have magnificent tits.’ ”

    Who’s not charmed by compliments to one’s tits Amanda? Honestly. I can’t believe Minnie didn’t fall into a swoon the moment those delightful words crossed his lips:) I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did, I’m a fan of all things Courtney Milan and I need more of this series immediately!

    • There’s definitely that! It’s makes the romance a bit sweeter, too, because you know he’s making such an effort (even though it’s cringe worthy sometimes).

  3. I AM CHARMED BY LINES LIKE THAT mainly because of Wesley in The Princess Bride – “there are a shortage of perfect breasts in the world. T’would be a pity to damage yours.” SWOOOOON.

    Okay sign me up, I am totally reading The Duchess War.

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