The Duchess War

The Duchess War

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"Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectled 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's precisely what she gets. Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to her than her spectacles and her quiet 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 more than his match."--Back cover.
Publisher: [United States] : [Courtney Milan]/[Femtopress?], [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781937248284
1937248283
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE MILAN C
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 23 cm.

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Feb 20, 2021

Strong, authentically human characters who are hampered by the realistic constraints of their historical context. I thought the romance was lovely!

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Suellen1111
Aug 17, 2020

I've read half a dozen Courtney Milan books & this is one of the best so far. Well written with well defined characters, interesting back stories, smart dialogue & some loving sex scenes. The last couple chapters were a bit long but that's what happens when you have to meet the publisher's page numbers. One of my favorites. IOTB

CCPL_Carly Feb 03, 2020

This first volume in the Brothers Sinister series offers up an unusual premise for a historical romance, but also provides a steamy and satisfying ending. Readers will cheer for Minnie as her courage develops and her self-worth builds. Witty banter, plot twists, and underlying human rights issues make this an extraordinary romance novel.

RandomLibrarian Aug 20, 2019

Review excerpt: "'The Duchess War' is lovely – smart, touching, funny, sexy, and dizzyingly romantic. Read it right away – yes, now. Everything on your to-do list can wait, believe me."

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HCL_staff_reviews Jul 09, 2019

Book 1 of the Brothers Sinister Series, Milan is known for her complicated and feisty women, and our hero Minnie is a great example. She's in hiding from a scandalous past, but her wallflower facade is a thin one as the Duke of Clermont quickly discovers. Robert has his own secrets as he fights for workers rights while navigating the minefield of society. Not set in London and focusing on social issues of the time, this fresh point of view and compelling characters made the novel a fast read. Sensuality rating: Hot -- Jody W, Web and Online Services

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Feb 11, 2016

Quick, fun, historical romance. Intriguing heroine with an interesting back story and steamy love scenes.

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