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The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  13,516 Ratings  ·  1,486 Reviews
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 wa ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Createspace
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
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Sometimes love is an accident.

This time, it’s a strategy.
The Duchess War is the first full length novel in Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series, and a story that I've been looking forward to. Having read The Governess Affair, the prequel to this story, and having read the epilogue that sets up this book, I knew that what was to come would be a wonderful, emotional read, but this... it was so much more than I had hoped for.
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

I’m not sure if I can convey my feelings into words right now but I’ll be trying anyway. It goes without saying that I’ve had extremely high expectations. Unfortunately, though, The Duchess War will go down in history as a slight disappointment—to put it mildly. Some parts I loved, some I liked and some…not at all. Up until to the 70 % mark I really thought that The Duchess War would work out for me. Hope dies last after all. With this end in mind I felt totally underwhelmed throughout the next
Awww! Outstanding! It was so romantic! There are not enough adjectives to convey how great this book is. It is so much more than your usual historical romance.


WORKERS, read the top line in massive capital letters. And then, beneath it: ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE!!!!!

"Oh, no", she protested. "I've never seen this before. And it’s really not my sort of thing." For one thing, she was fairly certain that any sentences that used more exclamation points than words was an abomination.

Robert is like n

***5 stars***

The Duchess War is intelligent, beautiful, romantic, humorous, heartbreaking. Excellent!

This is everything I look for in a historical romance.

Full review in December issue of InD'Tale Magazine

Reviewed for InD'Tale Magazine
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jul 29, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes basic HR formulas with good writing behind it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: A lot of people
This probably shouldn't have been my first Milan book. I knew going in that a few people didn't like The Duchess War as much as some of her other works but since I'd been wanting to try the author and got a galley for book 2 of the series, I figured 'why not?'.

I wasn't a fan. I mean, it wasn't bad or anything. The book wasn't on the level of 'asparagus pee' bad, but I wasn't feeling it either.

There was something missing from the equation. Without lush historical descriptions or witty banter, I
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
3.5 stars rounded up for Robert

This isn't the type of book I normally read: historical romance. But it was free and some of my friends were buddy reading it, so... peer pressure and all. The first half of the book, I was really enjoying it. I loved the banter and the word play between the two leads. I felt for Minnie. She was trapped and afraid of her future because of reasons. I felt they were legitimate.

Robert. Sigh. Robert was magnificent. He was very attractive and powerful, but he wasn't a
Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
Robert is bae. Robert is love. Robert is life.

I fucking love Robert.

I fucking love this book.

It even had a Raahoshing scene.

So much YAS.

5 marry-me-robert Stars

Thanks fot the buddy read you awesome people over at Unapologetic Romance Readers!
I am dying to read a good romance, but why is it virtually impossible to find one that at least makes some logical sense?!

Search continues...
Reseña completa:

Es una lectura ágil y muy amena. La novela empieza muy bien, buenas luchas dialécticas y unos personajes que resultan muy atrayentes por la "originalidad", sobre todo de él.
El personaje de ella, aunque esconde un secreto, resulta mucho más típico, la anodina guapa.
Entiendo que en la época esa cicatriz que quitara toda su belleza, pero somo siempre la novela empieza dando a entender que es una mujer de lo más normal y, al parecer y tam
Written August 18, 2014

4 1/2 Stars - simply delightful, a genre winner

Book #1

I very much liked the novella prequel in this Brother Sinister series I read more than a year ago. #0.5 - The Governess Affair (4.5 stars) took place in London 1835 and was the story about Serena (Barton) & Hugo Marshall.

Leicester 1863...

This full-length romance takes place when the next generation become adults, 28 years later. We meet two people with very different backgrounds: Minnie (Wilhelmina Pursling / Minerv
4.5 Brilliant Stars

Courtney Milan is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her books flow effortlessly and soon I find myself lost in the world and the lives she’s created.

Robert Alan Graydon Blaisdale is the Duke of Claremont and he’s determined to right his father’s wrongs. For me, he started out not the sexiest hero created, but as the story unfolds we get to know a man of remarkable character. I was drawn to the empathy he feels for those less fortunate. His radical beliefs are such that if
What an original, soothing read! The Duchess War took me completely by surprise, and I'm shocked I still recall most of what happened in it, nearly two months after I read it. Given my crappy memory, that's a sure sign I enjoyed this book.

No doubt, the greatest appeal of The Duchess War lies in the characters. I had trouble fully relating to Minnie, but there's no denying how awe-inspiring she is. After being betrayed by the one man her entire world revolved around at a young age, Minnie reconst
Buddy read with Nenia.

I don't know if I should call this the first romance novel I've ever read, but I think it is my first grown-up romance novel with all the trappings of the genre - the cover and tropes and all that. I was pleasantly surprised by it. Courtney Milan's writing style combines elegance with humor, sending the reader on a dance that twirls gracefully into the absurd.

"Forgive my cousin, for he is a bit of a prude. But my apologies; I was intruding into your very delightful conver
I had a spoilery discussion about this book with Anachronist that is now posted on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog. I recommend you read the book before the blog post.

The blurb says… actually, I don’t have a clue what the blurb says. At this point I never look at the blurbs for Milan’s books because they feel like spoilers. I’d rather go in without any expectations and just enjoy the story and writing. Of course, for The Duchess War I was partly spoiled because of The Governess Affair.

Here, the
Dec 12, 2012 Erika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
2.5 stars

It's very hard for me to rate this book. For a book with such a beautiful writing, it feels almost like a crime to give it a low rating. However, reading is not just a process of thinking, but also a process of feeling. And with romance genre, my rating should reflect how I feel toward the main characters and their way to get the HEA.

With this book, what I felt mostly was frustration.

When I've finished reading The Duchess War I liked the title even more because honestly, I couldn’t ima
Ten stars****or maybe 20 stars*****
Wow! I absolutely loved this and it may be my favorite by Ms. Milan. She writes her heroes so well - I fall in love with every single one. When I read the summary for this, it really did it no justice.

This is a love story. Not just a man loves a woman or a woman loves a man kind of love story. This is about two people who yearn to have love in their life - family love, romantic love, friendship love - just love in its purest form. Acceptance, loyalty, forgiven
Beanbag Love
Dec 10, 2012 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anyone else had written this book I wouldn't have noticed the flaws. It's still a good book, but Milan has set the bar pretty high, so I was very aware when things went wrong.

Minerva Lane goes by the name Wilhelmina Pursling. She has a huge secret in her past, Minerva Lane having been destroyed in society rather than just ruined, and it would be disastrous for her true identity to become public. So she has spent her life incognito in the care of her "aunts". She dresses like a mouse, she acts
May 16, 2015 Tormenta rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Amantes del historical romance
Recommended to Tormenta by: ᴍɪᴄs *ᴀᴍᴀɴᴛᴇ ᴅᴇ ʟᴏs sᴘᴏɪʟᴇʀs*
2015 Reading Challenge: #17 Recomendado por un amigo.

Empecé a leer este libro sin ninguna expectativa. Considero que es mejor que sea así, porque cuando un libro no es lo que yo esperaba la decepción es terriblemente cruda. Pero este me agarró desprevenida y me sorprendí bastante con su contenido. Estoy demasiado desacostumbrada al romance e historical romance porque, les voy a ser sincera, hace mucho que no leo algo así. Fue muy extraño pero la lectura es super agradable. Courtney escribe de un
Penelope ✘ that awkward girl that doesn't go here ✘

For those of you wondering why I've chosen a Pride and Prejudice edit to grace my review, you'll absolutely have to read this book to get the reference (it's so totally NOT because I'm a lazy mofo *shifty eyes*).

The Duchess War is a heart-wrenching story about two souls struggling with the hurtful pasts that they've inherited from their parents, pasts that have their claws so embedded that it shapes their outlook on life and disallows them from seeing anything but a
Miss Minerva Lane lives her life quietly and recedes to the shadows, keeping the attention away from her. When she was a child being the center of attention ended very badly for her and it has scarred her for life, physically and emotionally. Now the Duke of Clermont catches her hiding from a would be suitor and Robert is instantly intrigued by this woman who is quiet yet leaves a mark with her clever remarks. As Minnie starts to piece together Robert's involvement in a possible workers movement ...more
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
**5 Sublime Stellar Stars**

The minute I pick up a Courtney Milan book, I know that I’m going to become totally absorbed in the world she has created. Her stories are original and thought-provoking, her characters are compelling, her research is meticulous and her writing is superb.

Robert grew up watching his father abuse his privileged position without ever having to answer for his crimes no matter who got hurt. This instilled in Robert a determination to be nothing like his father. He champions
♡Karlyn P♡
Nov 18, 2013 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-historical
This book started off GREAT, and I loved, loved, loved it for the first 50%. Couldn't put it down! Then it started to meander and got a bit slower, and we get some manufactured drama between Robert and Minnie that felt a bit false for them, but I didn't mind.

In truth, the book could have - maybe should have - ended there. For me, the last 30% of the book dragged and dragged. (view spoiler)
Jul 16, 2014 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Oh, I'm sooooo happy to discover another wonderful author of historical romances! :)

The way Ms. Milan writes is very interesting and unusual and I like it very, very much!

The main characters are unique too!
The heroine, Minerva/Wilhelmina, Minnie, is fantastic in her very peculiar and interesting quiet way. She makes a weapon of her quiet. Her apparently demure behaviour is like a calm water on the surface, but very strong current beneath! It's fantastic how she uses her clever, clever tounge!

Mimi Smith
Jul 17, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Great book, yet again, by Courtney Milan. Loved it! Yes, it was slower at times, and yes the hero isn't the typical arrogant lord, he's insecure at times and is actually looking for love(go figure), but all the characters were so likable, the writing was, as always, fantastic and the plot was different. Too tired now to write a longer review... So, here are some quotes (I felt an urge to highlight half the book, but I restrained myself :))

. “You see, there’s this woman.”
She wasn’t going
Mar 18, 2016 Lau rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lau by: Clarissa Dorantes
Después de haber leído The Governess Affair tenía expectativas altas para esta novela, pero la verdad es que no me gustó tanto como la precuela.
Esta historia tiene protagonistas ligeramente atípicos para el género, algo que me parece que podría llegar a ser un sello –muy interesante– de la autora.

Inglaterra Victoriana. Conocemos a la señorita Minerva 'Minnie' Lane, sin ningún título ni fortuna a su nombre, que tiene la refrescante particularidad de no ser lo que se dice bonita. Además de eso, s
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 20, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
I keep forgetting how much I enjoy Courtney Milan's books, and this one has become an instant favorite. And suddenly I'm having a hard time articulating why. I think it comes down to the characters. Minnie and Robert aren't just interesting or engaging. They are kind even as they're kind of broken. And they're witty and intelligent and, most tellingly, they need each other desperately.

And I think that's the key to my engagement (with this book, at any rate). It's not just that I liked Minnie or
Lady Wesley
Dec 10, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10 December 2014: Now a Kindle freebie. The Brothers Sinister is an outstanding series.

December 2012:
This is a very good book -- serious, funny, heartbreaking, romantic, and so damn well written that I would have to give it five stars even if I didn't like the story. I highlighted so many passages, but I think this one is my favorite:
It wasn’t that he didn’t believe in love. The thought of love was like water in the desert. Now there was a stupid cliché, one that made him think of a man in ragg
10+ Stars for me!!! This was such an emotionally charged book, I cried, I laughed...I did the shuddering sigh thing when you read the ending of a great book!!! Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, has wanted only one thing from life and that was the true love of a family. But his horrible human of a father has pretty much ensured that was never going to happen. Minerva, as seemily shy wallflower of a woman. Minerva is contemplating accepting the hand of the only man that may ever ask for her ...more
Dec 24, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-historic
An absorbing story, keeping me on my toes. Lots of surprises are contained herein, some delightful, some appalling. I can't write a short review for this story line, so it's looooong, but all spoilers are hidden away.

In The Duchess War, Robert, the duke who would be a commoner, falls in love with Minnie, the star who would rather not shine.

The first half of the story was fairly light and flirty, yet peppered with historical bits about sedition, the abuse of mill workers, and the bias in the En
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Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney wishes she could say she has lived in numerous fabulous places. But aside from her husband, there is a distinct lack of fabulousness in her life. Instead, she is happy when standards in the Milan household hover above mediocrity. Her husband attempts not to kill people for a living ...more
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Brothers Sinister (4 books)
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