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Sometimes love is an accidentThis time it’s a strategyMiss Minerva Lane is a uiet 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 getsBecause Robert Blaisdell the Duke of Clermont is not fooled When Minnie figures out what he’s up to he realizes there is to her than her spectacles and her uiet 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 than his match


10 thoughts on “The Duchess War

  1. says:

    Kindle Freebie Sometimes love is an accidentThis time it’s a strategy The Duchess War is the first full length novel in Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series and a story that I've been looking forward to Having read The Governess Affair the preuel to this story and having read the epilogue that sets up this book I knew that what was to come would be a wonderful emotional read but this it was so much than I had hoped for Cover blurb Miss Minerva Lane is a uiet 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 attentionBut that is precisely what she getsBecause Robert Blaisdell the Duke of Clermont is not fooled When Minnie figures out what he's up to he realizes there is to than her spectacles and her uiet 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 than his match Let me get this said right up front This book is brilliant The way Ms Milan writes historical romances the way she uses the ridiculous social standards of the times to not only hinder her characters but to make them triumphant – yes Brilliant When I first began reading historical romances I thought things like the ton peerage seasons the need to marry well I thought they were all silly things a bunch of hogwash made up by authors to flesh out their stories But then as I did research of this on my own I discovered that not only was it not hogwash it was often far worse than historical romance portrays it So when I read books like The Governess Affair and The Duchess War and knowing that this was a reality of the times I find I become very emotionally attached to the lessers The Underdogs Those who don’t fit and will never fit regardless of the kinds of people they are It doesn’t matter how much good they do how many lives they might save or how they treat others They would never fit And yet there were those who took up space than they were worth but were welcomed wherever they went it all seemed so unfair So hopeless But not the way Ms Milan tells the story The Duchess War is a story of right and wrong Of honor and not just honor when it’s convenient It’s being a person of high integrity no matter the cost and in this story the cost is terribly high It’s also a beautiful romance And not just about discovering love and holding on to it with every single thing you are importantly it’s about being worthy of that love Robert and Minnie are such compelling characters and had they been real people I would truly believe that their chance meeting was destiny giving them a hand They’re so very opposite from one another but alike in the ways that matter Both flawed emotionally scarred people who recognized that in one another and that's what drew them together Were they perfect? No They were human There were times I was angry with Robert times I was livid with Minnie but in the end I came to adore them both And that's all that mattersThe bottom line Courtney Milan never ceases to amaze me with her stories that are witty clever intelligent sexy and so very romantic She’s one of very few auto buy authors on my list one of the few whose stories I am guaranteed to love and books like those found in The Brothers Sinister series are whySo do yourself a favor and pick up the novella The Governess Affair and this story The Duchess War and settle in for two of the most delightful poignant lovely romances you’ll likely ever read My sincerest thanks to Ms Milan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts with you It was a true pleasure start to finish


  2. says:

    I’m not sure if I can convey my feelings into words right now but I’ll be trying anyway It goes without saying that I’ve had extremely high expectations Unfortunately though The Duchess War will go down in history as a slight disappointment—to put it mildly Some parts I loved some I liked and somenot at all Up until to the 70 % mark I really thought that The Duchess War would work out for me Hope dies last after all With this end in mind I felt totally underwhelmed throughout the next 22 % of the story I’m not someone who beats around the bush it was flat out depressing and a huge disappointment Then we've had 3 % of happy andthat's it The End at 95 % I completely understand that an author has to use conflicts to develop a story however when the already very dry plot is littered with conflicts it becomes utterly oppressive Reading HR emphasis on romance and I mean romance not sex must be a pleasure I want to indulge myself in lush writing great dialogue and banter wonderful and charming characters I want to see the sparks fly I want to feel the chemistry Also I’m fine by dealing with a conflict as long as I can see a resolution as well as a continuous happy development of the MCs relationship But instead of offering a resolution once and for all there is another conflict pain problems heartbreak Sadly reading The Duchess War was not a joy it was a task The hero was too bland and insecure to charm his way into my heart and the heroine which I initially really liked a lot proved me wrong when she allowed herself view spoilerto be bought I thought she would show backbone hide spoiler


  3. says:

    DNF at 26% OMG my eyes have glazed over This book bored me so bad After reading the first little novella in this series I was excited for this book but Lord have mercy no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get into this read I was so bored I got up and did dishes came back tried again got bored went and did my yoga came back tried again I reread the same line like 5 times and still can't tell you what I read I just couldn't connect The main couple have no chemistry together The plot is too slow and boring to hook me and I'm just done I have too many books to read to sit here and try to force myself to read a book that is making me want to take a nap


  4. says:

    If this was set in modern times it would be a cool story of a girl who identified as a boy for her first 12 years of life being raised by an older lesbian couple But this is the ye old days BigotsSo poor Minnie has to act like a good girl and find herself a husband This means that she isn't allowed to do the boy things any like have an opinion act smart or burp the alphabet Okay I guess the last thing is probably good As a mother of two boys I can attest to the fact that they can be strange and gross little creatures Don't play Scrabble with prepubescent boysMinnie ends up meeting a Duke named Robert and he sees this other side of her the boy side and he likes it I'm not saying that Robert has homosexual tendencies I'm just saying that he likes his women to have the balls guts to speak their opinionsAlso I love Robert You will too He will be your next book boyfriend Sorry honey 23 years of marriage was a good run on the fidelity thingRobert is kind of a communist but I love him anyway Everyone has their flaws Also he has the most awesome family ever When his brother and cousin decide to throw him a bachelor party There shall be brandy Sebastian stood And we shall even drink it although Robert will stop after two glasses because he always doesThere will be food Oliver declaimedSebastian grinned On the eve of your wedding Robert we shall offer you the sorts of female delights that you have always lusted after Philosophical tracts upon philosophical tracts all of them advocating political change that would result in an upheaval of the current social order We shall set forth their essays and then Then my friends we shall argue about them Wow these guys know how to party Feminist writings a little brandy and a rousing political discussion? They will feel like hell in the morning Boys Gone WildThis book was witty and cute I loved both of the main characters and all of the side ones There is even a rake who cracks me up so I just can't wait for his book You all know my weakness for funny rakes


  5. says:

    The only good thing about this book was this cheesy lineIf you know Mrin aka me for some timeI am nothing but chessy😂Totally memorized this line heheMinnie leaned over until she found the word MThis is the most important one she saidM is for me I'm yours even when you make mistakes she tapped against itChessy Mrin hopes to use it at least once in her lifetimeWHAT?? A single girl can hope I am thinking about addingM is also for Mrinmayi🤣😆hmmmhow do I start this review???I just wanna start by saying that1This DID NOT feel like a romance2This was probably not for me3I was promised a uiet shy boy that makes me sounds creepy xDBut what I mean is that the love interest was supposed to be this introvert shy guy what did I get?? A FLAKY GUY☝this was me in the beginning of the bookExcept I don't have time to rescue any PrinceI think I have different prioritiesAnywayback to this bookThis was supposed to be a historical romance?? But it read like historical fiction?Look I don't mind some plot in my romance novels BUT that plot should NOT be the focus TBH even the plot would have been better if it was AT LEAST interestingWe have our Main character Minniewho thinks of herself as Nancy Drew wanna beBut was there any mystery?? Not reallyThen we have our Hero ROB Whom I called Bob the Builder for half of the book heheI am mature like thatSTAY FOCUSED TO THE REVIEW MRINHmmmNow BOB THE BUILDER Rob is a Duke with Hero complexTrust me I thought he was sweet until he became too vanilla for meI still held my hope thoughI thought at least they will have sizzling chemistryBUT NOPE NADA NOTHINGAs my Buddy read buddy Tani said I still don't feel any chemistry between MCs Probably should pour some HCl to get reaction between themAgreed Tanibuddy read with TaniThe Hero is uiet shy in this bookMrin to the HeroPotential book boyfriend alert


  6. says:

    Awww Outstanding It was so romantic There are not enough adjectives to convey how great this book is It is so much than your usual historical romance WORKERS read the top line in massive capital letters And then beneath it ORGANIZE ORGANIZE ORGANIZEOh no she protested I've never seen this before And it’s really not my sort of thing For one thing she was fairly certain that any sentences that used exclamation points than words was an abominationRobert is like no other hero He is a duke but a radical duke who cares for the people and who wants to abolish the peerage He is a radical And he is breathtakingly beautiful strong honorable protective and so sweet to Minnie His fingers touched hers and even through their gloves his hand felt overly warm Despite every good sense Minne could feel herself respond to him Her smile peeked out to match his In her imagination for just that moment there were moonlit paths And that silver light painted every bleak facet in her life in magicBeside her Mr Charingford swallowed the sound audible at this distance He is of course His Grace the Duke of ClermontMinne almost yanked her fingers back A duke? A bloody duke had found her behind the sofa? No No ImpossibleMinne is like no other heroineShe makes a wonderful journey throughout this book She is hidden with a new name to escape a great scandal in London ten years earlier Robert is the first one to see something But she is afraid Utterly afraidThis is a book about personal journeys About the strength of love About a true love that survives There is no stupid misunderstandings There are just very real hindrances to work around And it is also a book about the English society in the late 1880 About the enormous differences between the classes About making the world a slightly better place Courtney Milan is a truly remarkable writer After reading The Governess Affair I expected greatness from this book It surpassed my expectations It is somewhat dark but we never lose sight of the strike of light It is fun and very engaging The characters are believable The story is complex and enthralling I can’t wait to move on the next one Come Miss Pursling he said Men wouldn't ask any such thing They'd already know what caught my eye He leaned forward and whispered in conspiratorial fashion It's your titsThe Duke of Clermont was smiling and cheerful and he thrown it out there as if it were merely one fact to be recounted The weather is lovely The streets are paced with cobblestone Your tits are magnificentOn a side note I know that some don't want to read this book because the hero is a virgin I can respect that But putting this book aside solely for that reason is missing out big time Yes there might be a couple of pages of awkwardness But a few pages in a book filled with wonderful wondrous amazing pages are absolutely nothing Robert is strong and caring and radical and honorable and broken in all the ways we love our romance heroes And the reason why he has abstained is that his father raped his best friend and bastard brother's mother I respect him for it


  7. says:

    35 stars rounded up for an awesome narration


  8. says:

    This probably shouldn't have been my first Milan book I knew going in that a few people didn't like The Duchess War as much as some of her other works but since I'd been wanting to try the author and got a galley for book 2 of the series I figured 'why not?' I wasn't a fan I mean it wasn't bad or anything The book wasn't on the level of 'asparagus pee' bad but I wasn't feeling it either There was something missing from the euation Without lush historical descriptions or witty banter I at least hope for there to be something in the story to charm me The story was all so plain and uheh And the sex read almost mechanical It was cute how the man got schooled by his woman but IuhIuhdon't really know what to write The sex just didn't do it for me The plain and scarred heroine lands a Duke? No one really wanted her before? I think I've read this story a few times so I guess I wanted to see something fresh added to the mix Unfortunately there was nothing new happening hereWow I am uite the downer tonight Let's get some good perspective back The writing style was above average and the story was not bad overall I can see the book being fine for anyone who likes to down shots of historical romance like a man after getting off work on Friday hitting the whiskey at a bar The formula was solid enough and would stand up fine alongside other HR books I'll give book 2 a shot since I have it anyway and see if things get better Since this isn't everyone's favorite Milan book I'm hopeful there's still a chance that I might have a positive outlook on take 2 Sorry if there weren't any great uotes or pretty pics but I didn't feel any sort of motivation to have to dig deep for this review But I gave you asparagus pee as a reference so at least there's that p


  9. says:

    5 starsThe Duchess War is intelligent beautiful romantic humorous heartbreaking ExcellentThis is everything I look for in a historical romanceFull review in December issue of InD'Tale Magazine for InD'Tale Magazine


  10. says:

    I am dying to read a good romance but why is it virtually impossible to find one that at least makes some logical sense?Search continues