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The Suffragette Scandal

(Brothers Sinister #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  7,476 ratings  ·  977 reviews
An idealistic suffragette...

Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women's rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope... but she needs more rope, and she needs it now.

...a jaded scoundrel...

Edward Clark's
ebook, 260 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Courtney Milan (first published July 14th 2014)
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I've always been interested in the early suffragettes. It must have been a lot of society women because the working class ladies wouldn't have had the time to go out and march and makes signs and such. I mean, sheesh, it took an entire day to make a meal, let alone washing clothing by fire, pumping water, trying to keep the hovel clean while taking care of a boatload of kids because they had no access to birth control and no right to say no to sex with their husbands. Not to mention no disposabl ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

I get really overwhelmed when I'm faced with reviewing one of Courtney Milan's books.

I'm going to get really honest with all of you. I almost never buy books at retail price. I just don't. Most of my books are review copies, and the others? I'll wait for years for a book that I want to go on sale. YEARS. However, there are a few authors that I'll willingly shell out the big bucks for, and for Courtney Milan, I not only buy the ebook, but I also ALWAYS buy the audiobook too.

I have died over Ros

4.5 stars

Edward Clark has returned to Britain after nine years. Sent away by his late father, abandoned by his younger brother, and thought dead for the past seven years, Edward had survived by turning his aristocratic hand to forgery and blackmail. He has returned, a scoundrel!

Frederica (Free) Marshall, editor and owner of the Women's Free Press, has often put her life on the line, suffered along with other women, all in the hope of bringing about change for women, and the right to vote. She i
Sam (AMNReader)
1/22/2019: reread with my reading buddies, and this book is so goddamn good. That whole reread was excellent, and I hope to do it again next year!

Original Review:
I don't think I've ever had the pleasure of not having one disappointment in a series--other than Kate Clayborn's Luck series. Still, not all of those are gushing 5 stars. For the main novels in Brothers Sinister, they are. And as I've said, don't ask me to pick.

We've had the pleasure to get to know Free for the first 3 novels, and I w
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Do you guys have any idea how much I love Courtney Milan? Do you?!

I don't think you understand. It's maddening at this point. I'm wondering if I can somehow lure her and Rainbow Rowell into some kind of polyamorous relationship. It would be even more perfect if we could find some kind of wizard to bring their characters to life and then we could all have an underpants party.

I'd invite the wizard. too, of course.

Anyway, what can I say? I fucking loved this book. Of course. I haven't always love
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If Courtney Milan’s last book – The Countess Conspiracy – was a love letter to the forgotten women of science, those women who were ridiculed and derided because they dared to encroach upon the male preserve of scientific investigation and discovery, then The Suffragette Scandal is by way of being her panegyric to those women who were ridiculed – and far worse – for their advocacy of the cause of women’s rights.

It’s an extraordinary story, and after I had, with a feeling of immense satisfaction
Lady Wesley
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts upon finishing this book:

Wow! How can I write a review that does justice to this magnificent book?

Well, I can't, but for what it's worth, here goes:

Huzzah! Courtney Milan!

This heart-tugging story of two people living in a world into which they do not fit is a an appropriate ending to Milan’s brilliant Brothers Sinister series. Consider this: despite being called the Brothers Sinister, the titles refer to women, and these books are truly about the heroines and the role of women in
Al George


Yes, Virginia, there is mention of necromancy in this book. And puppy cannons and thimbles full of water to nourish the world.

Series: Yep

Sexy times: Twice. Tame. You got this!

Plan on reading more by the author: Hell yes!

Synopsis: So we have Free who most certainly is not free but is a beautiful, free thinking woman tied to her press and her desire for equal rights and privileges to be accorded to all women. You can't keep a good woman down, can you?

notorious RBG

And then we have Edward. Oh, dearest da
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

5 ‘Huzzah! Suffragettes!’ stars!!!

The Suffragette Scandal is the fourth installment in Courtney Milan’s brilliant Brothers Sinister series. It’s fun, romantic, thought provoking and passionate. It's a tribute to the women of old who blazed trails, conquered new frontiers, and at great cost to themselves paved the way for their modern day sisters to enjoy the rights and freedoms we do!

An idealistic suffragette...

Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspa
Written December 21, 2014

4.6 Stars - Devoutly impressed and totally charmed

Book #4

This sixth part, #4.0, in the Brother Sinister series by Courtney Milan is another triumph to this amazing HR series.

An 11 hrs audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor.


The Sufragette Scandal is set ten years after previous books.

Cambridgeshire / London 1877

Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall, an idealistic suffragette on the barricades for women's rights. Free i
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Milan's writing is like an After School Special for grown women. You sit down after a hard day's work, pull back the cover and settle in for what you assume will be mindless entertainment. But what you get is edge of your seat drama, heart pounding adventure, and sweet romance which contains a thought-provoking moral and an insightful history lesson.

When you crack open this book you will meet an all-grown up Free Marshall who is a Huzzah! Suffragette! She was the strongest, craftiest, ballsiest
Kaethe Douglas
Lots of people avoid Romance as a genre because
1) they don't care about women in ballgowns
2) everything they know about Romance novels is 40 years out of date
3) they assume Romance is a genre for lonely women with too many cats
4) they buy into the idea that a genre by and about women must be inferior
5) they have no idea where to start.

Let me address those concerns.
1) The ballgown on the cover is just to let you know that this is an Historical Romance, and it is available; no actual ball go
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

I bought this book, so I don't "have" to write a review for it and thank goodness because there is no way I could. Here is the bare bones assessment: Edward the hero was amazing, he only wanted to enhance and increase Free's flame. Loved him, loved their relationship. Free is who you want to be. Her character was strong, fierce, and vulnerable; all that is woman. It slowed for me at parts as I thought certain scenes dragged for a while and it felt like the story could have ended three
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2017
4.5 stars! Excellent ending to the series! I loved both characters of Free and Edward.

Frederica “Free” Marshall was such a wonderful character. She's a feisty, focused woman that wants to change the world. She’s the editor and owner of the Women’s Free Press and is hoping to bring change for women. Huzzah Suffragettes!

Edward Clark is a lying, tortured, thieving scoundrel that’s come back from the "dead” and realizes that his brother is trying to destroy her newspaper and ruin her life. He was in
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical

4.5 stars

Really enjoyed reading this yesterday - I spent the whole day with it in fact. One of the best in this series in my humble opinion.

In her inimitable style Milan gives us Edward and Free. I liked that we get so much of the book from Edward's point of view. I also like that Milan as usual walks such a fine line in her historical romances giving us new perspectives of how things might have been always shrouded in a romantic glow of course.

Her Patrick and Amanda subplots were a quiet lovely
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
Queen Courtney, oh how I love you. While I agree with the consensus that this is the weakest of the books in this series (I think the ending really strained credulity, which is fine if it sells me on it, but in this case... not so much), but Milan is my go to purveyor of smart, satisfying angst in a historical. Her books always make me laugh in moments, cry in others, and think throughout. Her prose is lovely, as always, and all in all, I just love this series. I've got 2 novellas left, but I'm ...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

Courtney Milan wins everything. This is easily my favourite of the four full Brothers Sinister novels - maybe because it stars a suffragette. Frederica Marshall is the little sister of Oliver Marshall, the MP, and the male MC in The Heiress Effect. Free is wonderfully rebellious, extremely intelligent, and the editor of the Women's Free Press who is fearless in her reporting. She believes so strongly in her ideals and the written work that it's hard not to fall for her.

And fall for her
Courtney Milan never fails to give the type of heroine I enjoy. Her trademark for producing unconventional, intelligent female leads always captivates. She’s created one of my favorites in Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall. Free is the daughter of Hugo, now all grown up and fighting the injustices against women. This outspoken, clever young woman abounds with optimism and is confident in a brighter future for women. She's willing to work hard, take risk and do what she can to ensure this happens. S ...more
I've given this an A+ for narration and an A for content at AudioGals

The Suffragette Scandal is an extraordinary book, and one which is quite difficult to encapsulate in a review. It’s the last full-length novel in Ms Milan’s Brothers Sinister series, and like the books which precede it, contains a beautifully developed romance set against a thoroughly researched and fascinating historical background. Ms Milan is surely unique among the writers in the genre of historical romance for the incredib
5 High Quality Pure Enjoyment Stars!

She wagged a finger at him. "You're mispronouncing that word."
"Your pardon?" He groped, trying to remember what he'd said. "Suffragette? How does one pronounce it, then?"
"Suffragette," she said, "is pronounced with an exclamation point at the end. Like this: Huzzah! Suffragettes!"


"But we're not trying to empty the Thames," she told him. "Look at what we’re doing with the water we remove. It doesn't go to waste. We’re using it to water our gardens, sprout by
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I feel as if I've woken up every week craving a new Courtney Milan romance. Much like an addict, I've stalked her upcoming releases eagerly, refreshing the page in the fruitless hope that the release date will magically change and my pre-ordered copy will arrive, hot off the press, in just a matter of days instead of months. And though the clock has been ticking and July has creeped closer and closer, my impatience for her work has, in no way, diminished. Thus, to say I scrambled to download thi ...more
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Despite being pregnant during a pandemic, I haven't been reading much. Inability to concentrate coupled with feeling less than human during said pregnancy because, well, pregnancy is tough. Baby is due in a few days, and I'm not sure when my reading will resume as normal. But what even qualifies as normal?

Still, I was able to concentrate enough to finish The Suffragette Scandal. Not exactly a shock, seeing as it's a Courtney Milan story - meaning it is smart, dryly amusing, and rich, with flawe
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
Not another dud! I don't know what it is about this series - I loved the Turner series, but this one! The full-length novels are so CONTRIVED! I hate twists for the sake of twists! The only one of these that I liked (besides the novellas) is the first one.

Jul 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, no-thanks
Felt forced with all the girl power, and the back story with the hero made no sense to me. Add in all the twee cameos from the other books and I could barely finish.
*The Angry Reader*
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2019 is my year. I had proclaimed this The Year of the Historical. What I mean by that is it’s the year of me. I’ve been reading romance with increasing frequency for about 10 years. Over the last couple of years I’ve really begun to figure out what I like. And I’ve made some exquisite book friends. Women I can look to for meaningful recommendations that take me into account as a whole person and reader.
This book may be the pinnacle of my reading journey thus far. A feminist historical romance
I just loved this book.
There were so many elements to the story and the author was able to interweave them so beautifully.

The political and social aspects that Milan loves to include on her HRs were all there, and they revolved around the battle to get universal suffrage in Britain (it was about getting women the vote, too, but there was a bigger picture that was not neglected) and the many drawbacks of such a rigid, class-based society. I love a good context for my romances and this was here i
First: I really liked this book.

Second: I’m really disappointed I didn’t five star love it.

Third: I invented a word to describe my disappointment. That word is ‘swooners,’ and it is to be used in the context of things that make you swoon (obv). As in, unfortunately as much I as I liked this book, it didn’t hit me in my swooners. I’m not exactly sure what part of the body the swooners are in . . . maybe the back of the throat? That would make sense. Maybe swooners are why you sometimes want to ma
I vaguely remember being frustrated over the too complex writing style and some other things regarding the previous book in the series. I don't know if I was right or if I simply was an immature reader whose tastes have grown and are more refined. All I know is this book was perfect in every single aspect and the writing style flawless.

The only negative thing one could say about Courtney Milan is that her writing is so clever it might make you feel stupid in comparison. But that's hardly her fa
Renaissance Kate
3-ish stars. For my full review, please tune in to the podcast! ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
If you have enjoyed the books by Evie Dunmore such as Bringing Down the Duke, then you NEED to pick up The Suffragette Scandal! This book pays homage to the women who have worked to bring about change by the thimbleful, pushing back against the current of patriarchy and misogyny.

This book also has one of the most romantic endings I've read in awhile, at least to my mind. What could be more romantic than a man who supports the woman he loves in her dreams and values who she actually is, rather t
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Courtney Milan’s books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller and a RITA® winner.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After th

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“You need to control your wife.”

“Haven’t you figured it out?” Edward said quietly. “I married her to unleash her on the world, not to keep her under wraps.”

James blinked, as if trying to understand that.

“I married her because she made me believe in her,” Edward said. “Because I wished her beyond your power, not under mine. You have no idea of the debt I owe her. For her I’d do the unthinkable.”

He glanced back at Free.

“If she asked me to do it,” he told James, “I’d even forgive you.”
“But we’re not trying to empty the Thames,” she told him. “Look at what we’re doing with the water we remove. It doesn’t go to waste. We’re using it to water our gardens, sprout by sprout. We’re growing bluebells and clovers where once there was a desert. All you see is the river, but I care about the roses.” 22 likes
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