Title: The Countess Conspiracy (#3 The Brothers Sinister Series)
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Courtney Milan
Publisher: Courtney Milan, Dec 2013
Source: Free for review from the author
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
No one, not anyone who is currently writing historical novels, can wring such emotional depth out of characters like Courtney Milan. Here we have two people who have each been brow beaten into low self esteem by family, who fight to rise above the abuse. Violet has been cowed by the times in which she lives and the abuse of her, now deceased, husband. Sabastian is fighting his way through the disregard of his brother and his own feelings of being less because of his arrangement with Violet. Milan’s focus does justice to both of our protagonists deep seated problems. There is a misunderstanding and a surprise that comes unexpectedly toward the end and adds to the drama although I wish it would have been developed further.
The intimacy (sex) in this book is different than in other Milan novels. Because of the problems of the heroine, compromises have been made. Although I understand the reasoning I’m not sure that I liked the solution. But that is just personal opinion. The solution worked for Violet and Sabastian.
This is not my favorite of the Brother Sinister books because the problems of the H/h were a bit overwhelming. That does not mean I didn’t thoroughly enjoy reading Violet and Sabastian’s story. The premise was totally unique to the genre and most welcome. I look forward to Frederica’s (Free) story to come in Milan’s THE MISTRESS REBELLION in 2014.
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
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Mistress Rebellion
4½. Talk Sweetly to Me