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.
So many romance novels are predictable and cliche. Oh my Lord, this one is not. The characters are complex and lovable, but not boringly perfect - or cute. They are fascinating and unique. There is mystery and suspense. There are villains and one of them has a transformation that is not forced or silly. It is important. And beautiful. The backstories to our leading couple allows for dimension and novelty. You better set aside a few hours because this one will be very hard to put down.
I adore the banter. It is absolutely a delight. I was taking screenshots to share with my offspring.
This author has a gift for wildly, improbably, perfectly romantic scenes and dialogue. If you’re looking for a story that manages to be fanciful and substantive, look no further.