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“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. Read "The Duchess War" by Courtney Milan available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet. The Duchess War book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Sometimes love is an time, it's a

The Duchess War is a story of right and wrong. Robert and Minnie are such compelling characters, and had they been real people, I would truly believe that their chance meeting was destiny giving them a hand.

Both flawed, emotionally scarred people who recognized that in one another, and that's what drew them together. Were they perfect? They were human! There were times I was angry with Robert, times I was livid with Minnie, but in the end, I came to adore them both. And that's all that matters. The bottom line: Courtney Milan never ceases to amaze me with her stories that are witty, clever, intelligent, sexy and so very romantic.

My sincerest thanks to Ms. Milan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts with you. It was a true pleasure, start to finish.

View all 62 comments. May 07, Baba rated it liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, though, The Duchess War will go down in history as a slight disappointment—to put it mildly. Some parts I loved, some I liked and some…not at all.

Hope dies last after all. I completely understand that an author has to use conflicts to develop a story, however, when the already very dry plot is littered with conflicts it becomes utterly oppressive. Reading HR emphasis on romance and I mean romance not sex must be a pleasure. I want to indulge myself in lush writing, great dialogue and banter, wonderful and charming characters.

I want to see the sparks fly. I want to feel the chemistry. But instead of offering a resolution once and for all there is another conflict, more pain, more problems, more heartbreak. Sadly, reading The Duchess War was not a joy, it was a task. The hero was too bland and insecure to charm his way into my heart and the heroine, which I initially really liked a lot, proved me wrong when she allowed herself view spoiler [to be bought.

I thought she would show more backbone! If anything, the numerous secondary characters were all over the place. In conclusion, a view spoiler [male and a female virgin is one too many. If anything, they were awful and stood in stark contrast to the overall excellent writing. Where was the romance?

If The Duchess War is Ms. View all 88 comments. This book bored me so bad. After reading the first little novella in this series I was excited for this book, but Lord have mercy no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get into this read.

I was so bored I got up and did dishes, came back tried again got bored went and did my yoga came back tried again. I reread the same line like 5 times and still can't tell you what I read. I just couldn't connect. The main couple have no chemistry together. The plot is too slow and boring to hook me and I'm just done. I have too many books to read to sit here and try to force myself to read a book that is making me want to take a nap.

View all 24 comments. If this was set in modern times, it would be a cool story of a girl who identified as a boy for her first 12 years of life being raised by an older lesbian couple. But, this is the ye old days. So, poor Minnie has to act like a good girl and find herself a husband. This means that she isn't allowed to do the boy things anymore, like have an opinion, act smart, or burp the alphabet. Okay, I guess the last thing is probably good.

As a mother of two boys I can attest to the fact that they can If this was set in modern times, it would be a cool story of a girl who identified as a boy for her first 12 years of life being raised by an older lesbian couple. As a mother of two boys I can attest to the fact that they can be strange and gross little creatures. Don't play Scrabble with prepubescent boys. Minnie ends up meeting a Duke named Robert and he sees this other side of her the boy side , and he likes it.

I'm not saying that Robert has homosexual tendencies. I'm just saying that he likes his women to have the balls guts to speak their opinions. Also, I love Robert. You will too. He will be your next book boyfriend.

Sorry, honey. Robert is kind of a communist, but I love him anyway. Everyone has their flaws. Also, he has the most awesome family ever. When his brother and cousin decide to throw him a bachelor party: Sebastian grinned. Philosophical tracts upon philosophical tracts, all of them advocating political change that would result in an upheaval of the current social order. We shall set forth their essays, and then Then, my friends, we shall argue about them!

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Feminist writings, a little brandy, and a rousing political discussion? They will feel like hell in the morning! Boys Gone Wild This book was witty and cute. I loved both of the main characters and all of the side ones. There is even a rake who cracks me up, so I just can't wait for his book.

You all know my weakness for funny rakes. View all 26 comments. Dec 13, Susanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was so romantic! There are not enough adjectives to convey how great this book is. It is so much more than your usual historical romance.

And then, beneath it: Robert is like n Awww! Robert is like no other hero. He is a duke, but a radical duke who cares for the people and who wants to abolish the peerage. He is a radical. And he is breathtakingly beautiful, strong, honorable, protective and so sweet to Minnie. His fingers touched hers, and even through their gloves his hand felt overly warm.

Despite every good sense, Minne could feel herself respond to him. Her smile peeked out to match his. In her imagination, for just that moment, there were moonlit paths. And that silver light painted every bleak facet in her life in magic.

Beside her, Mr.

Charingford swallowed, the sound audible at this distance. A duke? A bloody duke had found her behind the sofa? Minne is like no other heroine. She makes a wonderful journey throughout this book. She is hidden with a new name to escape a great scandal in London ten years earlier. Robert is the first one to see something more.

But she is afraid. Utterly afraid. This is a book about personal journeys. About the strength of love. About a true love that survives. There is no stupid misunderstandings. There are just very real hindrances to work around. And it is also a book about the English society in the late About the enormous differences between the classes.

About making the world a slightly better place. Courtney Milan is a truly remarkable writer. After reading The Governess Affair , I expected greatness from this book. It surpassed my expectations! It is somewhat dark, but we never lose sight of the strike of light. It is fun and very engaging! The characters are believable. The story is complex and enthralling. They'd already know what caught my eye. The weather is lovely.

The streets are paced with cobblestone. Your tits are magnificent. On a side note: I know that some don't want to read this book because the hero is a virgin. I can respect that. But putting this book aside solely for that reason is missing out big time. Yes, there might be a couple of pages of awkwardness. But a few pages in a book filled with wonderful, wondrous, amazing pages are absolutely nothing.

Robert is strong and caring and radical and honorable and broken in all the ways we love our romance heroes. And the reason why he has abstained is that his father raped his best friend and bastard brother's mother.

I respect him for it. View all 58 comments. View all 6 comments. Nov 19, Jill rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is everything I look for in a historical romance. Reviewed for InD'Tale Magazine http: View all comments. Jul 14, Stacia the club rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Anyone who likes basic HR formulas with good writing behind it.

Recommended to Stacia the club by: A lot of people. This probably shouldn't have been my first Milan book. I knew going in that a few people didn't like The Duchess War as much as some of her other works but since I'd been wanting to try the author and got a galley for book 2 of the series, I figured 'why not?

I wasn't a fan.

I mean, it wasn't bad or anything. The book wasn't on the level of 'asparagus pee' bad, but I wasn't feeling it either. There was something missing from the equation. Without lush historical descriptions or witty banter, I This probably shouldn't have been my first Milan book.

Without lush historical descriptions or witty banter, I at least hope for there to be something in the story to charm me. The story was all so plain and uh And the sex read almost mechanical.

It was cute how the man got "schooled" by his woman but I The sex just didn't do it for me. The plain and scarred heroine lands a Duke?

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No one really wanted her before? I think I've read this story a few times, so I guess I wanted to see something fresh added to the mix.

Unfortunately, there was nothing new happening here. Wow, I am quite the downer tonight. Let's get some good perspective back. The writing style was above average and the story was not bad overall.

I can see the book being fine for anyone who likes to down shots of historical romance like a man after getting off work on Friday hitting the whiskey at a bar.

The formula was solid enough and would stand up fine alongside other HR books. I'll give book 2 a shot since I have it anyway and see if things get better. Since this isn't everyone's favorite Milan book, I'm hopeful there's still a chance that I might have a more positive outlook on take 2. Sorry if there weren't any great quotes or pretty pics but I didn't feel any sort of motivation to have to dig deep for this review. But I gave you asparagus pee as a reference, so at least there's that.

View all 28 comments. I think this was a case of me not reading the book correctly, because so many of my friends loved this book to pieces and I thought it was good, but nothing exceedingly fascinating. In fact, I had to skim at different points with this book.

I found it slow at first and a bit tedious with all the talk of factories. It starts off with the Duke, Robert, coming to the town of Leicester and checking out the factories.

He's not too into being the duke and accidentally comes upon Minnie while he's hidi I think this was a case of me not reading the book correctly, because so many of my friends loved this book to pieces and I thought it was good, but nothing exceedingly fascinating.

He's not too into being the duke and accidentally comes upon Minnie while he's hiding at a party. She's a shy miss who's also in hiding from an odious wannabe finance. Robert is intrigued by her intellect and she's interested in him because he's hot. They end up continuously encountering each other because he's writing papers encouraging workers to request better working conditions and wages. Minnie isn't happy about this because she has been accused of writing these unionist papers by the local sheriff.

She sets about to either blackmail or expose Robert into stopping his writings. It rather does the opposite since he's very, very interested in Minnie and her sharp intellect now. The romance as a whole is cute in that it's based on liking each other for their wit and minds vs just physical attributes. Minnie is fun in her stratagems and snappy wit. Robert is super sweet and likeable. And maybe that's why I didn't love this book, I'm used to the male mc's being alpha semi-assholes.

Maybe that's what I'm programed to like now, but I more so think this book didn't click with me because not a lot happens. Minnie is also very insecure in a lot of ways and I didn't enjoy her inner monologue or POV. Robert's POV was funny and sweet. I can see how he's Jess' Bae. The secondary characters of Sebastian, Violet, and the half brother were all good and amusing.

I liked Sebastian and Violet best of all. Lydia was interesting due to her past, but she definitely has very poor taste in men. The aunts were interesting and could've been fun if they'd been eccentric.

The book picked up the pace in the middle and continued at a somewhat better clip as it progressed, but I think the author missed an opportunity to make the villain do much worse and the aftermath was over immediately. It was all resolved instantly, which is much less drama and much less fun. I think this book was too tame for me.

View all 22 comments. Apr 26, Sh3lly rated it really liked it Shelves: But it was free and some of my friends were buddy reading it, so The first half of the book, I was really enjoying it. I loved the banter and the word play between the two leads. I felt for Minnie. She was trapped and afraid of her future because of reasons. I felt they were legitimate. Robert was magnificent. He was very attractive and powerful, but he wasn't a 3. He was very attractive and powerful, but he wasn't a mega-alpha.

He had a kind, romantic side to him that was totally swoon-worthy.

I loved how into Minnie he was. Minnie was supposed to be "not very attractive," but I didn't really download that. She had a smallish facial scar and dressed in plain clothes. But really, she had a great body with great tits Robert mentions this in a hilarious scene and beautiful old-school Nicole Kidman hair. I didn't really download that she was a wallflower; however, in her actions, she played the part well because of reasons.

So about halfway through the book, the drama kicks in and I panicked. I was ready to throw my site across the room, but it wrapped up pretty quickly. It was not dragged out as often is the case and I appreciated that. The scene where Robert's mother, the Duchess, comes to talk to her and that was a good scene. I liked their conversation.

It's what happened after that I found annoying, but it didn't last long. There was more drama, but it also wrapped up pretty quickly. This ended up being one of the better romances I've read in awhile. The characters were done well enough that I am interested in continuing the series. The next one is Lydia's book.

She is the sort of flighty but kind BFF that usually doesn't work for me in books like this. Most writers make this type of character come off as shallow and flat.

However, I liked her. Even though she had some drama with Minnie that annoyed me. I think she should have been more understanding, but at least she came around by the end. Overall, liked it. Rounding up for Robert and because I actually think I would re-read this someday. Also, the sex scenes were more realistic than you usually see. It wasn't "perfect" sex and Robert wasn't a control freak and allowed Minnie to give him "direction" and show him what she liked and how to please her.

Buddy read with the Unapologetic Romance Readers. La primera parte me ha gustado mucho, hasta que llega un hecho en concreto y la novela ha perdido parte de su frescura y una estrella en su camino. Tengo ganas de la historia de Oliver View all 7 comments. Mar 06, Tatiana rated it it was ok Shelves: I am dying to read a good romance, but why is it virtually impossible to find one that at least makes some logical sense?!

Search continues View all 21 comments. Robert is bae. Robert is love. Robert is life. I fucking love Robert. I fucking love this book.

It even had a Raahoshing scene. So much YAS. View all 25 comments. Leicester This full-length romance takes place when the next generation become adults, 28 years later.

We meet two people with very different backgrounds: And, was it a good historical romance Yeah, The Duchess War is a tender sweet, thoughtful and very romantic story about a nice man and secondly the perfect woman and wife for him.

This story was beautifully narrated with a slightly melancholic mood. My heart was touched.

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It is instead a gentle story about two people and a slowly growing attraction. A Cinderella story she with an heartbreaking ugly duckling he theme.

Minnie, Miss Minerva Lane, the heroine isn't the most dazzlingly beautiful woman, but rather a bit of a smart little invisible wallflower mouse in an oldish Jane Eyre style. She is the bespectacled poor woman who always hides in the corners and don't want to be seen but always in the end is the very wise one in the party.

The hero, Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont , however is dazzling handsome, tall, blond and a real tender gentleman. For once, it was also he, the hero, who was the real main character in this romance. Because it was his sad childhood, and his doubts that anyone could love him, which made this to a really interesting story with a great topic.

Overmatch me, Minnie. But his forefinger remained warm and steady on her face. She looked up. To be an historical at least. There is also both a hero here, who is not the typical alpha male, and some tidily interwoven issues about important social status, ancestry, parenting, etc.

In other words: Full marks if you want more than another sweet cheezy historical romance. I enjoyed this HR audiobook a lot, and will absolutely read, or listen to, more books in this series. Next up is the novella 1. Four full lenght novels and three short novellas so far. View all 29 comments. Mar 20, Ira rated it liked it Shelves: Even with the hero excuses to take her back into his life, just made me more angrier.

The story was good though, only I expected more loyalty from my heroine than this.

View all 12 comments. Oct 23, Bubu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Update Oct 21st, I've noticed that, whenever I re-read a Courtney Milan book, how much I am used to the generic male lead characterisation of a possessive, jaw-grinding, growling man who only thinks with his dick. And then Courtney Milan comes along and actually says what it's like to be ruled by a dick, at least where the heroine is concerned.

I guess the best thing to do whenever I re-read this book, is to update my review with quotes. This time it's about 'tits' And then, he gave her a shake of his head and a grin.

At the moment when we most want to say something clever and impressive, all the blood rushes from our brains. Just… not with other people. This has been my first re-read of The Duchess War and it won't be my last.

I still haven't read The Governess Affair yet, but if I were asked by someone who is new to Milan's books, I'd recommend this one. For it's warmth, humour, intelligence, depth, for Minnie and Robert, and all the other characters, for its poignant writing. There are so many beautiful reviews out there, I'll just put my favourite quotes in.

One last thing: I could quote each and every scene with Robert's mother, the Duchess. What a magnificent character.

She shook her head. For that initial year, her great-aunts had constantly corrected her behavior. Time for what? But Robert held up his hand. Consider your strategies, if you must, and advance your supply lines. Whatever it is you must do to feel secure. You know it will be a complete disaster. Now I shall lick my paws for the next five minutes, precisely as I had planned.

They saw matrimony as an annoyance, a wife as another person who would nag and prod. The thought of love was like water in the desert. But the Antarctic was a desert, too—a cold desert, one made dry because water there turned to ice the instant it hit the air. So he believed in love. It was no surprise now when he checked his feelings and discovered that he loved her.

The surprise was that this time, when he dared to take a sip, he found water instead of ice. He could have wept. Charingford said. Charingford drew in a sharp breath. The only thing I understand now is that I cannot comprehend what it is like to stand on a factory floor and look up and sing.

View all 23 comments. May 12, KatLynne rated it really liked it Shelves: For me, he started out not the sexiest hero created, but as the story unfolds we get to know a man of remarkable character. I was drawn to the empathy he feels for those less fortunate. His radical beliefs are such that if 4. His childhood background tugged strongly on my heart and I soon realized how it had shaped him into a man I soon came to love and admire.

Unfortunately, this same background has left enough internal scars to cause him tremendous pain and feelings of inadequacy. I desperately wanted his utmost dream to come true.

Minnie aka Wilhelmina Pursling aka Minerva Lane has overcome great adversity from her past. She grew up delighting in a type of freedom most young women never experience.

Now, her future is bleak and she lives in fear of discovery. How devastating to live each day, masquerading who you are and having no hope for a better future. The setting is Leicester, England, With industry booming we get a glimpse of the conditions of the factory worker and their lack of voice. Robert has arrived determined to fix a problem occurring in this small town. Quite by accident he meets the intriguing and quiet Minnie. Why she tries to be invisible is another mystery to be solved.

Needless to say, I loved this book.

I did have a minor quibble with a few aspects, but overall, it was an incredible read. I was somewhat disappointed at a decision made but it all worked out. A few times this felt more historical fiction than romance. Loving HF, this did not detract from my enjoyment and the sweet, warm romance developing soon gains first place. I became immersed in the relationship between Robert and Minnie along with their secrets.

I found my emotions invested in their HEA. As always, the secondary characters fit perfectly with the story. I loved the banter and the humor. View all 27 comments. Mar 14, Viri rated it really liked it. Es la segunda vez este mes que me pasa esto. View all 5 comments.

Courtney Milan is quickly becoming one of my favorite historical romance authors - maybe even rivaling that spot in my heart reserved for Lisa Kleypas sorry, Lisa! One of the things I love about Milan's books are her sexy beta heroes and her incredibly intelligent heroines. Robert and Minnie meet for the first time while hiding in a parlor at a party. Robert is hiding because he is ashamed of his abusive father's legacy and the obligations and noblesse oblige of his dukedom.

Minnie is hiding because she has a terrible secret in her past and is on the brink of marrying a man who appreciates her only because he thinks that she won't pitch a fuss.

Neither is what they seem. They fall in lust first, which in turn is partially based on an appreciation of one another's uniquely unconventional qualities. As a chess player myself, I thought it was incredibly cool that Minnie played, and I also liked how Robert was so determined to do the right thing, even when he went about it in his well-meaning arrogance in the wrong way.

There is some drahma, because this wouldn't be historical-romance if there were no drahma and misunderstandings, but it's not on a scale of Julia Quinn's, which tend to have the reader screaming, "Why won't they just fucking talk to each other? Minnie, on the other hand, goes to great length to avoid it, even though it's starting to bubble up with increasing regularity.

The good news is that the drahma isn't spun out for the sake of extending page length. Miscommunication is discussed, and so are the reasons for why it occurred in the first place, which is healthy, and which I appreciated. I also liked the sex scenes in this book. It was the hero who was more inexperienced in this instance, and when their first romantic encounter proves unsatisfactory, Minnie actually shows him how to please her. The only other book I can recall that happening in was a short by Tiffany Reisz.

I think Jess said it best: Robert is the bae. Dec 12, Dija rated it really liked it Shelves: What an original, soothing read! The Duchess War took me completely by surprise, and I'm shocked I still recall most of what happened in it, nearly two months after I read it. Given my crappy memory, that's a sure sign I enjoyed this book.

No doubt, the greatest appeal of The Duchess War lies in the characters. I had trouble fully relating to Minnie, but there's no denying how awe-inspiring she is. After being betrayed by the one man her entire world revolved around at a young age, Minnie reconst What an original, soothing read! After being betrayed by the one man her entire world revolved around at a young age, Minnie reconstructed her life by the help of her great-aunts and through sheer determination. Her willpower is absolutely remarkable, and the many facets of her enigmatic personality are revealed little by little as the story progresses.

While I can't say I love her, I certainly came to admire her for her resilience. Robert was simply adorable. I love how Minnie outsmarted him at every turn but he was so obviously better with emotions and completely devoted to her. There was a lot more to this book than just the romance however, and I loved reading about the workers' movement in England at the time.

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The ending was practical and prefect, something that's tough to come across in historicals featuring dukes and duchesses and happily ever afters. Though a bit on the serious side, I highly recommend The Duchess War to anyone looking for a refreshingly different HR. Favorite passage: Something that defies words. I suppose I was. Filtering Exclude erotica Include mainstream erotica Include all erotica.

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The Duchess War Series: Rated 5. Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled 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. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention. But that is precisely what she gets But that is precisely what she gets. Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled.

But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match… The Duchess War is the first full-length book 97, words in the Brothers Sinister series.

It is preceded by The Governess Affair, a prequel novella. Each book stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first. Add to Library. Create Widget. The Brothers Sinister , Book 2 Category: English ISBN:Loved this book. The story was all so plain and uh Leicester, England , The review must be at least 50 characters long.

To ask other readers questions about The Duchess War , please sign up. Book 3. May 07, Baba rated it liked it Shelves: It was cute how the man got "schooled" by his woman but I Lydia was interesting due to her past, but she definitely has very poor taste in men.

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