Ebook Review: “The Heiress Effect (The Brothers Sinister),” By: Courtney Milan
Oh, how I love the Brothers Sinister series. These books follow the stories of a Robert (the Duke of Clermont), Oliver (the Duke’s half-brother), and Sebastian (their cousin). The three were called the Brothers Sinister in school because they are all left-handed and were mischievous.
Side note: I can’t help but love this premise, as I am also left-handed and mischievous. 🙂
The “Heiress Effect” is the second book in the series and is about Oliver, who had a fairly humble up-bringing. Because he is not of “noble” birth, Oliver has had to fight people who think less of him (since he’s not rich or titled) through school and continues to fight for his political ambitions. Oliver is seeking to win a Parliament vote of an old (and evil) school mate, the Marquess of Bradenton, when he meets Miss Jane Fairfax.
Jane Fairfax does her best to discourage men from proposing to her – not an easy task, considering she is an heiress. She plays up her so-called weaknesses (talking too loud, saying things that show she is smart/witty, laughing too loud, wearing too bright-colored clothing) and purposely annoys men so that they won’t be interested in her. But, she has an excellent reason for doing so. If she stays unmarried until her sister becomes of age, Jane can legally take her sister away from the guardian that keeps her sister under lock and key, due to her seizures. Worse still, the guardian allows quack doctors to run “tests,” including burning and electric shock therapy.
Jane’s antics to stop male attention draw the ire of Bradenton. This evil man tells Oliver that if he puts Jane in her place in front of everyone, he will vote as Oliver wishes him to on an upcoming bill. But this isn’t just any bill – this bill will allow regular folk to be able to vote in England. Not only is it important for everyone in England, it holds the key to Oliver’s political aspirations. Will Oliver betray Jane? The closer he gets to her, the more he struggles over the right and wrong, as well as his feelings for this colorful woman who does not fit into his definition of “ideal.”
I love Jane’s character. She has a strong sense of self (something that many women in romance novels or in the real world don’t have) and refuses to change. She’s loud, vibrant, and lovely – and she is proud of it.
Five out of five stars!
I love this series so much! This book is so excellent that it makes me want to go back to read the prequel to the series (“The Governess Affair”), the first in the series (“The Duchess War”), and the mini-novella (“A Kiss For Midwinter“)…perhaps I will. 🙂