Happy New Year, Readers! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. I am going to dive right in with my first review of the 2014, The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan.
Official Blurb: Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised—and he laughs through it all.
Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.
So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership…even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good
REVIEW: The day this book was released I stopped all my holiday preparations to read it. Nothing was more important than reading the third book in the Brothers Sinister series and it did not disappoint.
Can I just say, “WOW”! Ms. Milan has cleverly pulled the wool over my eyes with the character of Sebastian Malheur. I have followed this series and the whole time I thought he was the normal type of rake. No, well… yes, he is a rake but dare I say he is a beta rake? Wait- Is that even possible, a beta-rake? YES, it is! Sebastian is intelligent and all he wants to do is make people smile and not in the class clown kind of way but a man wanting to see people happy kind of way. I love that about him. He has a personality that jumps of the page and leaves you smiling.
As cold and stony as Violet Waterfield came across I just wanted to hug her and let her know she is a wonder person and valued. This young woman had been beaten down and truly believes she is not worth love, maybe friendship at a distance but not love. I enjoyed her logical mind and her sarcastic mouth. I, too, have that in common with the Countess. As much as I enjoyed Violet there were a few moments I wanted to have the “come to Jesus” talk, only because I wanted to see Sebastian smile again and Violet relax.
One of my favorite things about this read was the dialogue between Sebastian and Violet. There is so much and I love the language between the two. They have their own language that is addicting and you cannot wait until the next heated exchange comes to pass. There are moments you are just snickering because you can see yourself chatting in the same way with your best friend. There is a lecture that is swoon worthy that will leave you all giddy and full of smiles. Of course, it would not be a Brothers Sinister book without all the boys and their lovely wives. It was great to see Robert and Minnie with Oliver and Jane. Might I add, any scene with Federica Marshall is fabulous. She is a scene stealer! The only thing I did not like was I felt the ending was a bit rushed but hands down still an amazing read and I recommend it to all readers!
Romance Reader Girl