Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

Series: Brothers Sinister Book #2
Format: Ebook
Rating: 5 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: self-published

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

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.


It's official, I'm on the Courtney Milan trail. I already liked her, but now I have to read all the books. This book was like my crack, but also different. How does she do it?

First, there's Jane. She was basically perfect and I have no complaints. I loved that some of her ridiculousness isn't natural and other parts aren't an act. That helped me really connect with her. Plus, she has a great relationship with her sister.

Then, there's Oliver. Where the hell did he come from. Ms. Milan could've easily made him cold and bitter, but he's actually very kind and thoughtful. The way he feels about and treats his aunt Freddy makes my heart flutter. I loved looking at his journey of self-reflection which I don't often see done with male characters.

This is a perfect example of why self-publishing is great. Ms. Milan plays around with tropes and your expectations. It definitely feels like a historical, but stands out in the best possible way.

And the sequel bait. I want to read the next one so bad, but I'm to practice self-control and ration these books.

Thanks for reading!

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