Synopsis from Goodreads:
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…
The first full length novel of The Brothers Sinister series, The Duchess War made for a great introduction to the characters that we follow through the main three books. While the prequel novella whetted my appetite for the series, this book quite simply pulled me into it’s grasp and didn’t let go.
The main characters and lovebirds in this particular story are Robert Blaisdell, Duke of Clermont and Minerva Lane, or Minnie, not of a titled or well-to-do family. There was a lot about these characters that I just absolutely loved. Minnie has this very scandalous past, but it’s hardly scandalous in the way that one would expect from a historical novel and I love that about Milan’s books. Robert on the other hand is this very affluent figure, yet he has this whole agenda that the peerage would lose themselves over. They’re both very strong characters, but they compliment each other very much and I just loved reading about them in this book.
The story itself is fantastic. As I mentioned before there is a lot happening in this book. Or at least, the book is kinda of built off of a lot of things that have happened to our main characters. Both the Duke of Clermont and Minnie have these secrets that they’re guarding and don’t want to get out. Hidden agenda’s, and scandals that have long since past, and making up for what other people did. It’s all very interesting, but it’s also still a love story… a romance novel. Mad props go to Courtney Milan who has kept me up late reading her books more than once recently.
Bottom line, The Duchess War is fantastic. I loved it, it was a very fresh take on historical romance for me personally and I love what she’s doing with this series. Definitely recommended if you’re a fan of historical romance or looking to give it a try. 4/5 stars.
The Brothers Sinister series:
0.5. The Governess Affair
1. The Duchess War
1.5. A Kiss for Midwinter
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy