The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

Brothers Sinister, Book 2

Synopsis: Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When she’s in company, she always says the wrong thing—and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision.

And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe.

Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances—and he intends to give voice and power to the common people. If he makes one false step, he’ll never get the chance to accomplish anything. He doesn’t need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn’t need to fall in love with her. But there’s something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can’t resist…even though it could mean the ruin of them both.

Review: Courtney Milan presents here a lovely little historical atypical romance. How not to succumb to the new ideas that have been introduced in this story with this unique heroine who has built herself a gilded cage.

Jane Fairfiels is not a young woman like the others, she is what is called a « bastard » but also a very intelligent rich woman. Something that could be very interesting for one person may prove to be a mortal enemy for a woman who does not wish to marry. Indeed, trying to be present for her sister, until her majority, Jane has the duty to prevent any wedding proposal to protect her junior. This is a full time job when we see how the tutor takes care of the girl, locking her permanently in his house, stopping her from having friends and constantly trying to find her all sorts of doctors to treat her little known evil. It is not an easy task for Jane, but even if our heroine does not really have talents in society, she accentuates her nature to become the most hateful person. In addition to this, she continually wears hideous outfits that are now famous. But now, her plans change when she meets with Olivier, a different man who seems to realize that she could be much more than that but also a man who could do what he dreams of if he manages to publicly and permanently humiliate our dear Jane.

I took a lot of pleasure to follow Jane, it’s a different heroine of the one we usually find in historical romance. The young woman is strong, courageous even if all she does is very difficult … Nevertheless, it is really not easy when we see that she must also confront the terrible remarks of the persons evolving around her. But it is also why she does not change who she is and what she has to wear to suit the company. And finally we have Oliver … It is difficult to identify this man and I must say that he does not know himself how to act in light of the choices available to him. All this, is further complicated when a certain attraction is created between him and Jane. Alas, it is not possible for him to marry a young woman who does not behave herself and who does not hesitate to dress this way, all his politician plans would be seriously affected.

It was a very good novel and even if it’s true that I did not necessarily connect to the first, I was thrilled by this second volume. It was a real pleasure to see some important events here as the laws of parliament, ethnic marriages, the desire of women to become more than what they can be. Yes, we easily find some great themes in the chapters.

As you can see, a new very good novel and I am curious to know what we’ll find later.

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