The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3)
Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to s...more
I have never met a woman more in need of a mind-blowing orgasm than Violet Waterfield.
This MC was wound so tight that I just wanted to hand her a vibrator and tell her not to come out of her room until she’d rattled that stick out of her ass. Too bad there weren’t any to be had in Victorian England or the beginning of this book might have been less frustrating.
So Violet is a female scientist in a time where even women didn’t think that they should be educated. Instead of publishing her work he...more
Viola odorata or Sweet violet
For every woman whose name has disappeared without recognition.
Violet Waterfield, Countess of Cambury, widow, married previously for eleven years. Sebastian Malheur, her oldest and closest friend, and confidante. Secrets. Violet's got them. Sebastian's got a big one he can't share with Violet. And together Violet and Sebastian share a secret. Should it ever be disclosed, they'll both be ruined.
No one does layered like Ms Milan. This is...more
4 'Brilliant!' Stars
The Countess Conspiracy tells a fascinating story about a woman who has to hide her superior intelligence in order to maintain respectability, and a man who loves her so much he struggles with having to keep her secret.
Violet and Sebastian are such different character types than what I normally read in a historical. She is the female equivalent of a mad scientist. He is a beta-hero, and man enough to love her for her brains as well as her heart. The romance was slower than so...more
It is a story about Violet and Sebastian. Sebastian is one of the world's greatest minds, only it is really Violet. She is conducting brilliant research in a time where women is not allowed to study at university, and society shuns intelligent women. I absolutely adored this part. Sebastian has presenter
The Countess Conspiracy is the third book in the Brothers Sinister series. Here we get Sebastian Malheur and Violet Waterfield’s story. Milan’s incredible talent is stamped throughout and after reading the above dedication, I was excited to begin.
Sebastian is a charming, intelligent...more
It is about a scientist, inventing the study of inheritance a few decades early, in the 1860s. Because she is a woman, nobody will even read her ideas, and so she works with a man to get her id...more
The shortest version i...more
Due to events in her past (which are revealed - and make it so devastating) Violet feels unworthy of basically anything - unlovable, untouchable - she is disgusted by herself.
Her best friend (who is also considered a rake) is Sebastian. He tells her early on in the book he is in love with her - but they both know she can't handle it. He can't even touch her hand without her having an extreme reaction.
So he waits. He ever so patiently starts to court her. AND IT...more
As with all of Courtney Milan's stories, I finished The Countess Conspiracy with a smile on my face and a contented sigh in my heart! It's fun, romantic, poignant, inspiring... all the things that make reading such a delight!
Full review to come....
A copy of this lovely story was provided by Ms. Milan.
There were parts I liked in the Countess Conspiracy and parts that annoyed me. I admit to too many interruptions during the beginning of my read so it was hard to warm up to the heroine. She was too much of a basketcase and I didn't have enough information to want to follow her.
Violet is an honorary member of the Brothers Sinister. Two of the "brothers" are half-bro...more
Courtney Milan never disappoints, and she is really on a roll with the Brothers Sinister series. The publisher's blurb sets up the story nicely: Sebastian is famous for his scientific theories on natural selection, and Violet is his childhood friend and helpmeet. Except, really she's the genius, and Sebastian is tired and a bit ashamed of fronting for her.
We often read of tortured heroes, but Violet is a tortured heroine, and your heart hur...more
Blog rating: A
Violet is a widow who’s been keeping a big secret from everyone but one person. She has a brilliant mind for science and has come up with some amazing discoveries. When she first tried to show her work she wasn’t taken seriously for the simple reason that she was a woman. She partnered with her best friend, Sebastian, published the work under his name and things took off. Sebastian has been giving Violet’s lectures for years, working by her...more
As a romance character Violet was all over the place. She was characterized as being sharp, prickly, cold and out of place, but I never saw that in any of the previous books where she made an appearance. In this book she denied herself any love or compassion but she depended on her sister needing her. She was used (in the worst way) by her deceased husband and felt selfish because of it. She tried to...more
I did devour this story, I truly did. I was so happy for Sebastian in the end. He really deserved more than anyone to be with the woman he loved. Overall satisfying (but OhSoAn...more
Yup. Regency Romance.
Blame Heyer - in my younger army-mad phase, my Father-the-Brigadier-General said Heyer used to be required reading for his Military History class. I picked it up, and lo, it was good.
But I enjoyed the first one in this series - Duchess War - because of how very different it was from every other Regency-type storyline out there.
But I fear Ms. Milan has gone a bit too far: A c...more
Note: AAR 2013 Best Historical Romance Set in the U.K. (Honorable Mention), Biggest Tearjerker (Honorable Mention), Best Romance Hero, Best Romance Heroine
tw: miscarriage, suicide
I honestly don't know if this rating is fair. I went into this book with exceedingly high expectations and I may be rating it as such because it didn't fulfil those expectations...
Sebastian and Violet were favourite characters of mine from the previous books in the series, I couldn't wait to read their book! I loved the way they interacted and I really, really hoped they would end up together.
When I learned this book would feature their romance and even better: shine l...more
(I was eating a square of dark chocolate while reading The Countess Conspiracy.)
There's milk chocolate, which everyone loves. It's sweet and milky -- a taste that is easy to understand and appreciate. And then there's dark chocolate, it is a chocolate that shouldn't be chewed but allowed to linger in our mouths to melt a bit. But what does "dark" taste like exactly? It isn't sweet but a mix of bitterness and creaminess that doesn't come from cream or milk. It's a complex flavour tha...more
This is the third book in the Brothers Sinister series and it focuses on Sebastian and Violet. You may remember Sebastian from the previous books as the controversial scientist who had society aghast with his lectures on reproduction and inherited traits. What we learn here is that none...more
Full Review to come soon.
Don't pass this one up.
The day this book was released I stopped all my holiday preparations to read it. Nothing was more important than reading the third book in the Brothers Sinister series and it did not disappoint.
Can I just say, “WOW”! Ms. Milan has cleverly pulled the wool over my eye...more
That stuff is all awesome. Also, the dedication to the book made me tear up.
However. The over-the-top happy endings to the books in this series have tended to undermine t...more
And Violet is no exception. I love how smart and broken and constrained she is. I found this story much darker than a lot of other HRs and I was fine with that. There was such a sense of despondency and yearning and I honestly don't remember wanting an HEA this badly so that the couple could...more
Sebastian was a wonderful hero! I liked Violet and understood her personality, but it was hard to warm up to her. She was damaged from her first marriage and the many problems - probably more so than most heroines - and she didn't seem to be able to get over it. Even by the end of the book, I didn't have a lot of confidence in her love for Sebastian.
The best intera...more
Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, is a brilliant woman with a quick mind. A scientific mind. But she's also socially awkward and afraid of emotions. She’s afraid that she has no emotions and is thus utterly unlovable. And no one in her life has proved to her otherwise.
Except Sebastian Malheur. He has tried, for many years and in many ways, to show her how he feels. Violet is the only one in his life who truly sees him. Sees him for more than a happy go l...more
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It's not fair to the people around me when I lose my temper. I say awful things when I'm angry. But it's not fair to me, either, that I was made this way.”
She exhaled. “How many would be enough?”
He smiled sadly. “One more, Violet.” He looked over at her—at her arms folded around herself, at her head, turned from his, as if that would be enough to distract him from the ferocity of his want. “I’ve only ever wanted one more.”