The Countess Conspiracy

The Countess Conspiracy

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by Courtney Milan
     
 

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Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he's not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he's outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He's desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised--and he laughs through it all.

Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and

Overview

Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he's not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he's outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He's desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised--and he laughs through it all.

Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she'd like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England's most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian's theories aren't his. They're hers.

So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she'll do anything to save their partnership...even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.

The books in the Brothers Sinister series:
½. The Governess Affair (prequel novella)
1. The Duchess War
1½. A Kiss for Midwinter (a companion novella to The Duchess War)
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Suffragette Scandal
4½. Talk Sweetly to Me

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149054855
Publisher:
Courtney Milan
Publication date:
12/16/2013
Series:
Brothers Sinister Series , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
7,573
File size:
999 KB

Meet the Author

Courtney Milan’s debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She’s been a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller, a RITA® finalist and an RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat.

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The Countess Conspiracy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I love about Courtney Milan is that her characters always work their way into my heart. Violet and Sebastian did just that. Although, it was a challenge with Violet at first because she is so abrasive. She won me over and I was rooting for her happy ending. So many romance novels are love at first sight...I loved that this one was about a long standing friendship that also happens to include unrequited love. Another hallmark of Milan's books is that there are rich relationships among friends and family members. It's refreshing to read a romance novel that depicts many types of love...not just the passionate love between the hero and heroine. Review by kcm.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
For about the first 40% of this book, I wasn't sure if I would actually end up liking it because I felt very distant from Violet, but then her big secret was revealed (not the scientist aspect) as to why she didn't feel worthy of being loved and why she didn't want to be intimate with anyone and my heart absolutely broke for her. I've only experienced (and I do mean this - read the book and you'll understand) 1/19th of what she suffered, but what a nightmare for the character. Poor, poor Violet. There was a great sense of romantic growth between Sebastian and Violet - I loved the way these two have been friends for so long, and even that Sebastian has loved her for so long without ever pushing for more (until the story of course, and he only does it because the time seems to call for it). It's great to see a 19th century heroine be a truly revolutionary scientist and I loved the discovery Violet, with some inspiration from Sebastian, makes toward the end of the book. I'd love to give Violet's mother, despite initially thinking the woman was a cold-hearted snake, a huge hug for what she does in support of Violet's discovery. Violet's sister, on the other hand... These two both have family issues, and I like that. Neither of them have relatives waiting in the wings to kill them (a common plot in historicals). No, they have realistic families, with different angsts and issues. Ms. Milan did a fabulous job of creating the Malheur family, even though I wanted to smack Sebastian's brother a few times for being a jerk. It was nice seeing one of the prior Brothers Sinister as he prepared for his wedding and it provided a great opportunity for showing Sebastian as so much more than simply the jokester he portrays himself as most of the time. In case you can't tell, I adored Sebastian. So - overall, I really liked this book and I'm so excited each time I read a Courtney Milan book. I definitely am eager to see where she goes next with this series! Thank you so much, Ms. Milan, for letting me read this book! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
krystolla More than 1 year ago
Finally a story with a smart heroine who does not need a make over, or a new friend, or a handsome boy. A heroine who is brilliant all on her own, and still can be appreciated for it! Even better the hero isn't somehow lessened by her, or trying to pull her away from her pursuits. As always, Milan is pitch perfect in timing and execution. Her skill as a writer cannot be doubted and I can't wait for the next book in this series.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Violet Waterfield, the Countess of Cambury and Sebastian Malheur has been friends since they were children. They would do anything for each other, including fooling the ton into believing that the work Sebastian is doing in genetics is his work when in fact it is really Violet's. Unfortunately, Sebastian is done living a life that is a lie. He can't pretend that the work he presents is his any longer. When he tells Violet how he feels, they end up in a heated argument that leave both of them hurt. Weeks later they come together for a friend's wedding and both apologize. Soon Sebastian confesses that he is in love with Violet, a fact that she finds hard to believe. Should she admit that she thinks she feels the same way? Violet hold back her feels as she truly doesn't believe that Sebastian's feelings are true. She has been hurt in the past and doesn't not trust that she will not be hurt by his feeling when he realizes they are just a passing fancy. Will Sebastian's love for Violet win her over? Will Violet let her guard down to have the love she deserves? I've been waiting for Violet and Sebastian's story since I read The Duchess War. All through the rest of the series, you can see bits and pieces of the love they feel for each other. Their story did not disappoint.  Violet is so broken from her relationships with her deceased husband and her mother and father that it is no wonder that she has put walls up to protect herself. Once Sebastian confesses his love for her, my heart just kept breaking for both of them. Violet tries so hard to overcome her resistance to be loved and Sebastian is so patient with her.  When Violet finally accepts Sebastian's love and stands up for herself I found myself cheering out loud. This is one of the best books I have ever read. I was so emotionally involved with the characters, that it felt like my heart was breaking at each of the disappointments they went through. Although you could read this as a stand alone novel, you'll get much more out of it having read the rest of the books in the series. Thanks go out to NetGalley and Courtney Milan for a free copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Amazing read! I haven't read all the other lengthy reviews; suffice it to say that this book is nuanced. I liked the fact that her mother obliquely mentioned when her husband and son-in-law accidentally die - we protect our own. Great book. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done story set in the VIctorian perod when women had onl rights allowed by husbands. Violet, a widow is also a scientist ln secret. How she comes to terms with her research and making it public is a fascinatong srory
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why I liked this book: I like the authors style and the plots of her books. It was excellent and you must read!!
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This was such a super book ! I loved the special way the author brings out the strengths and vulnerablilities of the characters in the story. It makes the stories more interesting.
PAW1958 More than 1 year ago
I rate this as a 5, however, the author misrepresents the length  Of the novel. She consistently cuts the length by nearly 20 pages. I feel cheated when that happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
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I love this story. I wanted Violet to succeed but the way you did this story is amazing. I couldn't stop reading as tears fell from my eyes. Its beautiful. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to start it because I wasnt crazy about the premise. Once I started it, I liked it. Violet was prickly, but I liked her. Sebastian was endearing. Good chemistry. Great storyline. Really enjoyed it. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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mlorio More than 1 year ago
While at times the heroine can be frustratingly stubborn by the end of the story you can appreciate the source of her reluctance to accept the love of the hero. There was an emotional depth to this story that make it well worth reading even if it prodded at points. Overall a good story to end the Brothers Sinclair series.
Rosemary_Montgomery More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book.  There is so much more to this book than what is hinted at in the synopsis. It is a great book about an intelligent woman who had the misfortune to be born in an era when a lady did not aspire to be more than a wife, mother and homemaker. A little charity or social work on the side was acceptable, as long as that is all it was, and it did not interfere with what was expected of her. This is not who Violet, the Countess was, she was a scientist to the core. She lived and breathed her work and it was interesting to read about how she and Sebastian had to plot and plan to have her work seen by scholars without anyone knowing that she was the one responsible for the sometimes 'shocking' revelations. The fear of discovery was always there, in the background, and their need for secrecy took over their lives.  Added to this was the fact that they were not married, and as this was the 1860's they could not meet openly to work, which added to the strain and was the reason for their rather unusual working and living relationship. I loved this book, and loved reading about Violet and the problems she faced as an intelligent woman in an era that frowned on free thinking women.  It makes me wonder how many brilliant discoveries were made over the years by women, but attributed to the men in their lives.  This is a great series and I look forward to Book 4 – The Mistress Rebellion.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Courtney has another good book. I like the Victorian era. It was still a time when women were belongings to men but there were spurts of women fighting on. Violet was one of those women. She tried to work according to the men's rules until she was ready to explode. Sebastian has loved her since he was 5. He tries to help her out until he also explodes for duping people. Violet was dismissed by her late husband. He wanted an heir so much she almost died from miscarriages. It carries over to her life at this point. Can she prove her science works to men? Will everyone give her the cut-direct? Sebastian is a loser according to his dying brother. Will his nephew live with him when his father passes away? Will Violet forgive him for not helping her? You should not pass over these characters. This is a good read. I hope to find the rest of this series.
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