The Heiress Effect (Brothers Sinister Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Heiress Effect (Brothers Sinister Series #2)

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Overview


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.

The Heiress Effect is the second full-length book in the Brothers Sinister series. It is preceded by The Governess Affair, a prequel novella, and The Duchess War, the first book in the series. Each book stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order might want to start at the beginning.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148400097
  • Publisher: Courtney Milan
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Series: Brothers Sinister Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 6,818
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Courtney Milan's debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, she's been a New York Times and a USA Today bestseller, and her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She's been 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 medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating.... But her favorite job is the one she's now doing full time--writing romance.
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  • Posted July 19, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Miss Jane Fairfield has a secret and she's willing to do anythin

    Miss Jane Fairfield has a secret and she's willing to do anything and everything to keep it even going so far as to be a laughing stock and the butt of jokes by polite Society. All that changes when she meets Oliver Marshall and her defenses start to crumble. Oliver sees through Jane's sabotage attempts of her character, but he's conflicted. Against his better judgment, he's attracted to Jane and doesn't like it. He has the opportunity to gain important votes on a Reform act he's worked hard on if he goes along with a scheme to humiliate Jane, but will he let his political ambitions guide his choices or will he let his principals guide his decision?
    I enjoyed this book although I think it did get off track a bit with some of the secondary characters. I loved that Jane is such a strong character, but she seemed a bit naive. With her financial independence, why didn't she realize that she didn't have to put up with her uncle's ridiculous ways. I understand why she acted and dressed the way she did, but it was only supposed to be an act, not her true personality. The first meeting of Jane and Oliver was witty and clever, but the more they interacted with each other, it lost a bit of that spark. Without giving away any spoilers, the book did wrap up all the story lines nicely, but I thought some of the events to get there were a bit outlandish. Nevertheless, I'm a fan of Ms. Milan and will certainly be looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    **this review originally appeared on mamakittyreviews (dot) com.

    **this review originally appeared on mamakittyreviews (dot) com. ARC given for the purpose of an honest review**

    This week has to be one of the busiest I've had in a long time, but the reason that I'm sleep deprived is because I was just sent a copy of the second book in the Brothers Sinister series, The Heiress Effect.

    Holy Amazeballs, Batman.

    I reviewed the first book of the series, The Duchess War, and my opinion of Courtney Milan hasn't changed. Her stories are intelligent and unique, touching on issues that don't show up in your average historical romance.

    My, God, Jane and Oliver had all of the angst. Milan had my heart in a choke-hold for the entire 280 pages. To be honest, she still has it. Jane is so undeniably clever and fearless, and Oliver, the character that I'd grown to love in the previous novels, was the tortured hero that I remembered. The Heiress Effect is a novel that everyone will love, and Courtney Milan is the writer you've been waiting for.

    --MamaMia of MamaKittyReviews (dot) com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Good

    700 pgs I read in 2 days I must say she knows how to weave a good tale. I enjoy it Courtney and now for your next adventire. Ms. D from Bronx NY.

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    Another hit for Courtney........................................

    Another hit for Courtney...........................................................................................
    Probably the biggest villain in this story is medical science.  Though certainly not the only one.  It makes you wonder what future generations will think when they read about procedures like chemotherapy etc.  Fortunately there is plenty of  romance , friendship and happy ending to make it a great read.   Loved it that the sister who has been restrained as an invalid finds her own forbidden romance.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Funny

    Milan is refreshing. The story was a funny,twisted surprise. Not the usual boy meets girl and falls in love senario. A few dead spots but otherwise very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Not your typical romance novel

    I really, really...really enjoyed this book. I rarely write a review so when I couldn't wait to get back to the book to "see what happens" I knew I should attempt to share. I'm no expert...I'm just someone who loves a good regency romance story - and I read a LOT of them. And I've read several of Ms. Milan's books but this is the first one I felt compelled to review. This is more than steamy scenes, flounces, balls, and walks in Hyde Park. Ms. Milan dives deep into the actual personalities of the characters and within a chapter or two intrigue sets in to make you wonder why they behave the way they do. And she doesn't disappoint! This story delves into issues of the day and includes everything from women's suffrage to inter-cultural relationships to agoraphobia. I was particularly impressed with how the author captures the essence of missing someone desperately - I've been there and her story brought me back to those very feelings. In my book, that's a great read and worth the time. I haven't finished it yet but there's just a few more chapters. I can't wait for bedtime so I can see what happens!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Interesting characters, good plot!

    The characters are unusual and the plot develops along only semi-traditional lines. Very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Very good

    I enjoyed the characters, such a variety of personalities, you can't help but enjoy them. This story won't disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Ok

    Ive enjoyed the earlier books in this series and looked forward to this one. It didnt really live up to my expectations. The caracters were hard to like, the storyline was ok, but it wasnt very romantic. I'll try the next one and hope for a bit better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Well developed characters

    Have purchased many by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Lots of twists

    This is the third book that i have read by this author. She definitely gets an A for character development, engaging dialogue, and intriguing plots. There are mini stories within the main plot and she ties it together well. I actually preferred this story to the Duchess book. Less repetition and spinning.
    I would recommend.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Excellent unconventional Victorian romance

    Jane, Jane, Jane. Really, you need to stop trying so hard to discourage all your fortune-hunting suitors. Your dresses hurt my eyes. Your laugh, delightful as it is, overshadows all the meek young things dressed in virginal white muslin who can only dream of becoming as audacious as yourself someday. You know, one of these days you'll meet someone who will see through your all your acts of evasion. Then you're in for the rocky ride to true love. He's coming. Tonight. Get your tissues handy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Really enjoyed this book -- it's not your typical romance. The m

    Really enjoyed this book -- it's not your typical romance. The main character is bright and feisty and smart. I'm going to read the rest of Ms. Milan's books and I hope they're as good as this one.

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

    Jane Fairfield is very loud and socially inept. Her hideous clot

    Jane Fairfield is very loud and socially inept. Her hideous clothes and her outrageous plain speaking are the talk of the ton. She is constantly being talked about behind her back and even though she is very wealthy, no man will consider marrying her....and she likes it that way! She and her sister are living with their uncle, their guardian. Jane wants to remain unwed so she can stay at home and protect her sister from the nut-job physicians that her uncle brings to treat her sister's seizures. If they wait just a little longer, they will be free of their guardian and can live their own lives.

    Mr Oliver Marshall, the son of Serena from The Governess Affair, is trying to climb the political ladder. He is doing his best to overcome the stigma of being born a bastard and will do anything to further his political ambitions.

    The Marquess of Bradenton has tasked Oliver with the job of humiliating Jane in exchange for his help with the bills that Oliver wants passed. So Oliver sets out to befriend Jane as he believes that will be the best way to understand her and ultimately humiliate her.

    As Oliver gets to know Jane, he must make the decision of furthering his political ambitions or to pursue the blossoming friendship he is developing with Jane.

    I LOVED this book!  The things that Jane says to others, had me laughing out loud. I loved the secondary romance that involved Jane's sister, Emily. It's not common to have people of other nationalities in historical romances. I also loved seeing characters from the series making an appearance. The next book in the series, The Countess Conspiracy, is about Sebastian. I can't wait for it to be released at the end of the year!

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blo

    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    I probably say this every time I review a Courtney Milan book but, I love this woman’s writing. In true fashion, THE HEIRESS EFFECT is unconventional, heart-wrenching, sexy and emotional ride. From the minute you start reading it until you finish the last word. One of those one-sitting reads.

    Miss Jane Fairfield has one hundred thousand pounds against her. That’s her inheritance, which would make her a very desirable marriage prospect. But she doesn’t want to get married because that would mean leaving her younger and sick sister alone with her guardian, their uncle, who likes to try new therapies on her. To protect her sister and scare suitors away, she’s made herself into the loudest mouth, uncouth woman of society with a horrid fashion sense. The game was working just fine until one Oliver Marshall sees through her charade to the woman underneath all of that.

    Oliver grew up not knowing he wasn’t really his father’s son. Turned out he was actually a duke’s bastard. He’s fought against people that talked behind his back his whole life, and he’s fought to achieve every single one of his goals, political or otherwise. He’s ambitious and won’t let anything stand in his way. Except that Miss Fairfield is everything he loves, but the complete opposite to what he needs.

    I’ll admit I was very scared around the beginning. See, Ms. Milan always has a betrayal to overcome in her books. Oftentimes it’s a difficult one to turn back from. And when this book started I saw potential for major disaster. However, the story didn’t go where I expected it to. Oliver and Jane became friends first, fell in love, then became lovers. It was such a natural transition to see their romance unfold without changing who each of them were.

    This book also has a side story of Jane’s sister, Emily. Sick and not allowed to leave home, she starts sneaking out and meets a dashing young Indian fellow. All wrong for her. And maybe she’s all wrong for him. But they slowly develop their own relationship and even though we didn’t get to see much of them, I felt there was enough of a connection there to be happy for their future together. Breaking the rules of society.

    Another winner from Ms. Milan, that’s for sure. And just leaves me that much more anxious to get the next book in the series. I have to know more about Sebastian Malheur!

    *ARC provided by author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Jane is intentionally obnoxious in company to ward off suitors w

    Jane is intentionally obnoxious in company to ward off suitors who would desire her fortune...she wants to stay in her guardian's home to 
    watch over her ailing younger sister. When her sharp wit runs afoul of a powerful MP, he enlists Oliver Marshall, an up and coming politician,
    to humiliate her publicly. Oliver has his own set of complex motives and both characters are thoughtful and endearingly flawed. Impressive and 
    high quality writing and the plot is well paced. I will be reading more of her books very soon. I'm hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Fanstastic!

    A great addition in the Brother's Sinister series! I cannot wait until the next book in the series comes out!

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    I've a great fondness for Ms. Milan since then. She is definitel

    I've a great fondness for Ms. Milan since then. She is definitely on my auto-buy list.




    This book certainly isn't the one that's going to change my mind. She's created two incredible characters and crafted a phenomenal, rich plot for them to move through. I got approved for this book Saturday evening and gulped this down by Sunday evening. I simply couldn't put it down.




    Jane is definitely not your typical historical heroine. She's not drop-dead gorgeous (though she is to Oliver once he sees past her deliberately ill-fashioned wardrobe), perfectly well-mannered, and of noble birth. No, she's loud when she should be retiring, wears (and honestly loves, it turns out) brilliant, unfashionable shades (such as fuschine, which from the description is fuschia, or some incredibly annoying shade of pink), and doesn't want to get married because she's trying to protect her half-sister.




    Oliver too is not your standard hero. Oh, he's the son of a duke, but a bastard. Oh, that's common enough, but Oliver's ambitious as a man (wants to be prime minister one day). He uses the nobility and they use him...until finally a rather nasty marquess pushes him too far. There's a spectacular confrontation between Oliver and the marquess, where we see the changing opinion about just where the power of society will lie in the years and decades to come.




    They fall in love, but it seems doomed because Oliver is determined to remain a possibility for a great, political future and for that, he needs a model perfect politician's wife, which Jane decidedly is not. Nor does Jane really want to get married, not when she knows it will harm his future.




    The way she resolves their issues goes so far beyond what I as a reader have come to expect - the standard tropes of the genre and all - it just left my flabbergasted and terribly in love with Ms. Milan and her incredible books.




    If you love non-standard heroes/heroines, and non-cookie cutter plots, if you love historical English romances, by all means run, don't walk, to your nearest Amazon website and order this puppy! Now. Go do it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Putting the history back in historical romance

    If you are looking for a wallpaper historical full of Dukes and pretty dresses--this is not your book. First of all, Jane Fairfield eshews pretty gowns in favor of the eye-openingly atrocious--the better to remain unmarried until her younger sister reaches her majority and is free from their abhorrent guardian. Second, Oliver Marshall is not a Duke, but a bastard who must watch his step as he attempts to climb the ranks of government among men who look down on him for the circumstances of his birth. Can a woman who refuses to be a wallflower and a man who feels confined to the straight and narrow find happiness?

    Rich characterizations, a strong secondary romance and a deep sense of history make this novel stand out from the crowded historical romance field. Milan's story goes beyondthe surface to explore the very real issues of class, race and birth that would have been concerns in 1867 England. The relationship between Jane and her sister, Emily, is particularly touching. Though some plot elements feel a bit too neat--like the swiftess with which Jane allows Oliver to see the real her--Milan never takes the expected route, deftly avoiding potential big misunderstandings and allowing her heroines plenty of agency. Plus, there is quite a glorious grovel. Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

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