Title: The Heiress Effect (The Brothers Sinister Series)
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance
Author: Courtney Milan
Publisher: Courtney Milan, July 15, 2013
Source: Free for review from the author
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com: Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When in company, she always says the wrong thing–and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision.
And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe.
Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances–and he intends to give voice and power to the common people. If he makes one false step, he’ll never get the chance to accomplish anything. He doesn’t need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn’t need to fall in love with her. But there’s something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can’t resist…even though it could mean the ruin of them both.
The Heiress Effect is the second full-length book in the Brothers Sinister series. It is preceded by The Governess Affair, a prequel novella, and The Duchess War, the first book in the series. Each book stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order might want to start at the beginning.
I’m a huge Courtney Milan fan. She does not ever disappoint in her novels and The Heiress Effect is another example of a superbly constructed and executed story. This book starts off by bringing forth the heroine with terrific wit; Jane’s over-the-top shenanigans at a society dinner had me in stitches. But beneath the laughs are the very real problems that plague her sister and herself. The hero has his own problems to deal with but he is the only one at the dinner that can see through Jane’s ploy to the person beneath the disguise.
Ms Milan can breathe life into characters that resonate with purpose and she gives the reader the sense of being thrust into the Victorian era along with them. She captures the societal concerns of the day from women’s rights to working men’s rights. She has fashioned two outcast protagonists who are more alike than they think they are. They both fight against their growing attraction knowing in their hearts that a union would be futile. The romance is slow to develop and wonderfully realized. The side characters of Jane’s uncle and her sister are full of personality. There is a surprise that you won’t see coming. We are given brief looks at Robert and Sebastian from the first full length book in this series, The Duchess Wars. (Sebastian will be the hero in the next book of the series.)
This book is going on my list of best books of 2013. I highly recommend!
The Brother Sinister Series:
1/2. The Governess affair (prequel novella)
1. The Duchess Wars (Robert and Minnie)
1 1/2. A Kiss For Midwinter (Lydia and Dr. Grantham, novella)
2. The Heiress Effect (Jane and Oliver)
3. The Countess Conspiracy(Sebastian)
4. The Mistress Rebellion (Free Marshall)