It is absolutely disgusting how much I love Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister series. I love how distinct each of her characters are and how each booIt is absolutely disgusting how much I love Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister series. I love how distinct each of her characters are and how each book deals with a different set of issues. The characters have personalities of their owns, opinions of their own, issues of their own to deal with - it's not just like "rich rakish duke falls in love with plain jane poor debutante." Here, Violet is a widowed countess and Sebastian is a rake with no title - but they are both scientists and childhood friends with desires and fears of their own.
I did like Sophie and Brandon and I did like their chemistry. They were cute together and it made much more sense for Brandon to likOkay, here goes...
I did like Sophie and Brandon and I did like their chemistry. They were cute together and it made much more sense for Brandon to like Sophie over Clarissa, his fiance. The problem was, was that I could not get over the "sort of" cheating they were doing and the fact that this sort of cheating was leading up to a situation that could have potentially been the EXACT. SAME. SCENARIO. that left Sophie jilted at the altar in the beginning, but with her being the other woman this time. (view spoiler)[ Even the sort of meet up with her previous fiance, Matthew and his now wife (the other woman that he ditched Sophia for) Letitia (I think?) where they both are like "hellz naw we don't regret this but we did feel kind of bad about jilting you." - this was not sufficient explanation and closure. (hide spoiler)] And it's not like she wasn't affected by the jilting, or that she got over it quickly - she has sheer-on panic attacks where she goes to a wedding and just freezes up and starts doing the rolling back and forth on her heels in her mind. holy crap.
So why would she potentially put herself in a situation that could cause the same sort of trauma to another person - which didn't happen, but that brings me to my next point. The whole thing about a random rich Bavarian prince, who coincidentally just happens to outrank Brandon (duke of two regions), and who is handsome, and is rich enough to cover all of Clarissa's family's debts, who just shows up at the correct time, falls in love with Clarissa so that they can have a double elopement (sorry, not sorry but totally saw this coming - no real suspense here at all) with the "in-love" couples is RIDICULOUS.
Like, I know this is a regency romance and I need to give it some leeway for being ridiculous and feel-good, etc. etc. but this novel lacked logic. Blah.
The reason why this is still three stars though, is because I did like the writing, the characters were written well, and the character interaction was great between the hero/heroine.
So yes, I think I am going to try some more of this series, but I'm probably going to read the reviews first a bit more carefully next time.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really could not stand the treatment of the Indian servants/India in this book. It felt too much like "hey look how the hero treaShort review - but:
I really could not stand the treatment of the Indian servants/India in this book. It felt too much like "hey look how the hero treats the Indians/Native Americans/servants - this definitely shows how this guy is super cultured and whatnot." It's sort of like introducing an ethnic component just to show off how the white guy is so progressive. This element feels shallow; it feels dated; and it's offensive. If you are going to introduce different cultures in your book, either immerse yourself in the culture or don't. I absolutely hate the trope where white person goes to foreign exotic country (usually in Asia) and comes back enlightened with his new Asian family that is still subservient to him.