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The Duchess War (Volume 1) (edition 2012)

by Courtney Milan

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Title:The Duchess War (Volume 1)
Authors:Courtney Milan
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012), Paperback, 270 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:fiction, romance, historical romance, victorian romance, brothers sinister

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An ARe Cafe top pick.

Miss Minnie Pursling was NOT the rodent the man who pursued her had dubbed her, but the man was the best offer of a husband she could hope for… if she could stomach the idea, that is. While attending another party that night she had not expected to be evading her soon-to-be betrothed, finding herself at the feet of a man, or getting accosted by her friend’s fiancé who had been digging into her past. She had her secrets and she couldn’t let the truth out now even if it brought her closer to the intriguing stranger that had found her in a compromising position.
Robert Blaisdele, 9th Duke of Clermont, quietly looked out the window to the street below him in the darkness of the room he had escaped to. His only thoughts were on what he hoped to gain from his personal mission. Watching the “object” revealing itself from the shadows, he didn’t expect to be disrupted by a woman looking up at him, hiding from two very rude gentlemen and apparently trying to evade her very own fiancé.

Minnie’s secret needed to be kept, but with the Captain digging into her past she could only hope that no one ever found out. After calling out the person she believed was responsible for the distribution of radical flyers, she was shocked that he didn’t throw her out. Instead, he made her an offer. An offer to woo and protect her reputation and to vow she would have a wedding proposal before he left town. Robert wanted to find out who was causing the problems that troubled the workers and owners for some time, and would sacrifice himself if it meant protecting Minnie and getting to the truth. Proposing marriage, he hoped she would accept, but when his estranged mother steps in, all is lost. When someone he loves is accused of his crimes he must decide what to do, out his new bride like her father did as a child, or let someone swing for something he didn’t do?

This book was a delicious treat from start to finish. Courtney Milan’s historicals never fail to entertain and I love her headstrong and smart heroines and her sexy and stalwart heroes. Minnie has gone through more than her share of scandal and trials throughout her life, and getting involved with Robert’s plan brings her again into another situation that leaves her vulnerable because of her trust in a man she loves. Robert never wanted the responsibility thrown at him but his strong determination to right the wrongs done by his father leave two of the people he loves in danger, thanks to his method. A very captivating read that was a well-deserved Top Pick for this month. ( )
  AReCafe | May 23, 2014 |
One of the best wedding nights written, next to Jamie & Claire! ( )
  CMBlaker | May 6, 2014 |

Poor Robert.

Poor poor Robert.

This book lacked depth. I expected to be sucked into their world. And nothing of that sort happened. She glossed over so many things that could have spiced up the novel. ( )
  ashpapoye | Jan 24, 2014 |
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Duchess War was just as heavy as the novella was--these are not light historicals but they are good!

Overall Thoughts: I am just going to say it: Courtney Milan goes for the emotional gut every dang time and won't stop until she has rung you dry! These are not for those that prefer light historicals. The issues addressed in this series are real, raw, and sometimes downright emotionally gripping. In this one, the leading lady dealt with something that is pretty easy to identify now but back then would have been paralyzing. I love how Courtney dealt with it and made the love story happen around it. I was less emotionally gutted by the leading guy, Robert, but he was a great match for Minerva. I think together they brought out each others better qualities.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Rosalyn Landor / Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins

Rosalyn is one of my favorite historical romance narrators! I just love how she makes the characters come alive. This was another knock out of the park and I think Rosalyn/Courtney make a good audiobook match set!

Final Thoughts: Emotionally gripping and extremely fulfilling. ( )
  thehistorychic | Jan 16, 2014 |
I loved this book. As I’ve mentioned in other reviews I am fairly new to historical romances – I am much more of a contemporary fan. But if this is representative of the genre, then I might have to convert my allegiance. (Sorry. As you can see, I’ve just finished reading it. The language conventions are lingering in my head.)

As far as I’m concerned, this book had everything – good writing, wonderful characters, an involved plot that allowed the romance to develop, humor, wonderful family and friend relationships – not-so-wonderful family and friend relationships that were quite wonderfully resolved… I could go on. The upshot, however, was that it was utterly satisfying. So much so that I found myself staying up until 2:30 in the morning to skim to the end just to that I could have the pleasure of fully immersing myself in the ending again the next day without being distracted by worrying about the resolution. (Yes, I look at the last page of mysteries and actively seek out spoilers. I’m funny that way.)

Speaking of funny, there were several laugh out loud moments sprinkled throughout the book – partly just from the unexpected twists of language. One of my favorites:

“I earned this, fair and square.” Well, maybe it hadn’t been fair. And maybe it hadn’t been precisely square. Still, she’d earned it legally. Legally and…rectangularly. That would have to do.

The scene with Sebastian and Violet on the train stands out as one of my favorites (I’m a sucker for the whole meeting-the-family vibe), as does the scene with the Duchess, Minnie, and her two great-aunts. I also have to say that the Duchess character was unexpectedly poignant – a word that is not usually a selling point for me, but in this case handled exactly right.

I think that this book may be self-published. This is not the author’s first book (or first series), and, being so new to the genre I don’t know if Courtney Milan is already part of the establishment. The cover does say that she is an NYT bestselling author, which does lean me towards the latter and makes me wonder if this is a case where the author just wasn’t willing to compromise her vision. Should that be true, then I’m glad she didn’t. And I can’t wait to read more. ( )
  jendoyle2000 | Jan 3, 2014 |
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Book description
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 her 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...
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"Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectled 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's 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 her 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."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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