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 (97,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series. It is preceded by The Governess Affair, a prequel novella. Each book stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first.
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The Duchess War
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This story mixed politics of the time, with a mystery and a romance and ended it with a surprise.
I like the way the author releases her story in small chunks. When you are down on your luck it is easy to let others kick you and had the Duke not found Minnie that is what would have happened. Robert had his own agenda and was not looking for love when he met Minnie who had fallen on very hard times but who was still helping the workers with hygiene issues to help prevent disease. The book was set in Leicester and it mixed the abuse of powers by the head of the militia into the plot as well as claims of crimes of sedition. All in all a great story, great plot, great romance.
Best romance book I've read in 4 years
This book is an utter rarity, unlike many of the pieces found under the romance section on ibooks, this one is written by an obviously intelligent woman. She manages to write substantial characters that maintain actual personality and creates not only a realistic but an inspiring female character. The plot is gripping and the dialogue is both entertaining and believable (another rarity). I cannot recommend this book enough especially if you ever get frustrated with the absence of feminism or gender education in romance novels. I was enthralled from start to finish, my only criticism is that it made me miss several hours of sleep I simply couldn't leave the stories or characters behind.
Much too long
The book would have been rated higher if it had ended a couple of hundred pages earlier. It became too long and boring. I don't think Miss Milan knows when to end a story