- Book Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
- The Brothers Sinister | Awards | LibraryThing
- A site for YA readers who are a little less Y and a bit more A.
- The Duchess War by Courtney Milan: A Delightful Amalgam of Politics and Romance
- The GingerSnap’s review
So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she'll do anything to save their partnership The Governess Affair prequel novella 1. The Heiress Effect 3. The Countess Conspiracy Coming soon: 4. Talk Sweetly to Me. About the Author Courtney Milan's debut novel was published in Since then, her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of The closest thing I have to a criticism is that the book reaches a climax in many senses of the word and then keeps going.
But at the same time I felt like the story had already reached its natural conclusion despite having many chapters left before the ending. I'm not sure how the author could have resolved this — the pacing felt truly off, as though the book had gotten away from the author a bit. At the same time, all that resolution was pretty necessary if the book was to stick to its own messages of honesty and responsibility.
I'll be curious to hear thoughts from others on this.
And then there's the epilogue, when to my utter amazement I actually burst into tears. Truly, you guys, this is just a lovely, lovely book. Why are you still here?
Book Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Go read it right away! Did you see the cover art for The Governess Affair? The worst photoshop. This book sounds intriguing. I love awkward and cute sex scenes that acknowledges that not everyone knows exactly what to do, especially the first time! Although not beautiful, these covers are simple and clean, which makes them stand out a bit compared to other historicals. I read and enjoyed The Governess Affair, so I will definitely be looking this one up.
The Brothers Sinister | Awards | LibraryThing
Thanks Carrie! I forgot to mention the bad sex in my review. Is that out now? I missed the release date by a week. That niggle makes the book an A- for me. The super awkward sex scene and the aftermath nearly had me applauding loudly, though. So very well done, and so encouraging. Very refreshing to have a hero who is not only a virgin not a first for Milan , but a Duke.
I do hate it when books are only available as ebooks. Unfortunately for me, I infinitely prefer to read a paper book, especially when it is by an author I admire like Courtney Milan and is likely to be something I will want to reread. I imagine that those of you who love your ereaders feel the same way about books that are only available on paper.
I agree completely, exactly with this review. I devoured the book the day it came out. It was touching and hilarious and the virgin sex was awful and awkward and realistically resolved. The characterization is fantastic and the dialogue impeccable. I love Courtney Milan and she just keeps getting better at her craft. Still, this latest novel is a delight. The background angst, as I expect from Milan, is original. And the resolution to it is beautifully done. And, yeah, I cried at the last lines of the book. There are some pretty teary scenes getting there, too.
One of the things I love about Milan is how she pulls off personal redemption without having lifetime issues magically go poof. I bought this as soon as Milan announced its availability on Twitter, but am in the middle of another book. And now the new Meredith Duran novella has arrived early on my Kindle.
A site for YA readers who are a little less Y and a bit more A.
The good news is that Courtney is working on a print version that should be available in a few days. She is an amazing talent, and not only does she write wonderful stories, but she designs the books as well. Devoured this on Saturday as soon as I saw it was out and agree completely with the review. What a deal!! Thanks for writing the review, Carrie!
The Duchess War by Courtney Milan: A Delightful Amalgam of Politics and Romance
I was desperately searching on Twitter and GoodReads this weekend to find someone who had read it so I could talk about how much I loved it. She seriously writes the sexiest heroes ever and this sounds like no exception. So cute! Please check out this post by Sherry Thomas describing the process of designing and selcting a book cover for a self pub novel. I think you may want to consider the effort before throwing stones. Courtney Milan is one of my favorite discoveries this year. I love it when I find an author with a nice comfy backlist to get me through the months between new releases! This is on my TBR for the weekend!
- The Tiger Rising.
- The Health of the Cup.
- If 2 (500 New Questions for the Game of Life, Volume 2).
I downloaded this as soon as it was available—and proceeded to hide the rest of the day so I could devour it. Very psyched to dig into this one. I just started this book. Funny and clever, and hopefully gets sexy later. My three faves in a book. And a good price! I love Courtney Milan. I guess this will be the first book I download on it. Devoured this book Friday night and loved it.
I loved, loved, loved this book, and mostly because of Robert. A duke who is well aware of his privileged and has a boner for social reform? Who is a virgin?
Who broke my heart over and over and over again? Marshall actually went?
The GingerSnap’s review
There were tears. Choice was such an important recurrent theme: Robert wanted to live life as dictated by his principles, not his title or his wealth or his face; he wanted family to choose to be with him because they loved him. That kept me up until am.