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The Countess Conspiracy (The Brothers Sinister Book 3)

The Countess Conspiracy (The Brothers Sinister Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

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 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 Countess Conspiracy is the third full-length historical romance in the Brothers Sinister series. The other books in the Brothers Sinister series are: 

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

About 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Courtney Milan (17 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney wishes she could say she has lived in numerous fabulous places. But aside from her husband, there is a distinct lack of fabulousness in her life. Instead, she is happy when standards in the Milan household hover above mediocrity. Her husband attempts not to kill people for a living. In exchange, Courtney attempts not to do the dishes.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating... Having given up on being able to do any of those things, she's taken to heart the axiom that those who can't do, teach. When she's not reading (lots), writing (lots), or sleeping (not enough), she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 23 Dec 2013
By Caz
Format:Kindle Edition
The relationship at the centre of this story is heart-rending and incredibly complex. These are two people who know each other as nobody else does, although there are still secrets between them that threaten to destroy their relationship. They're best friends who care deeply for each other - but even Sebastian doesn't know the true extent of Violet's fears. He knows that her marriage had not been a happy one - especially towards the end of it - but doesn't know how badly Violet has been affected by the emotional cruelty of her late husband. All he knows is that the Violet of today is a different woman to the young woman he grew up and fell in love with; fragile, brittle and sharp-tongued, she shrinks from the slightest physical contact and never wants to talk about herself. So he keeps his distance, never letting on how he really feels until a nasty argument causes things to change between them.

My heart broke for both of them. Violet is so tightly wound and has suffered so much that she feels worthless and regards herself as cold and empty with nothing to offer anyone. She doesn't want to feel emotion because it terrifies her to think of losing herself to feeling, so she focuses on her work, believing that to be the only thing of value about her.

And Sebastian. Oh, what a wonderful character Sebastian Malheur is. Thinking rationally, I know he's far, far too good to be true, even on the scale of romantic heroes, who are, by their very nature, all too good to be true! But his sensitivity to Violet and protectiveness towards her; the way he takes care of her in so many ways that she doesn't even realise, was really quite beautiful to see and won me over completely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant 6 Aug 2014
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I have to confess I don't write reviews nearly as much as I should do, but this book has simply compelled me. Courtney Milan has styled a book that encompasses a beautiful romance as well as a moving tribute to women. A strong female lead with a brilliant mind captures the reader's heart as we root for her - not only with her romance but in her life and her discoveries in the scientific world. A well rounded book that perfectly entwines love and logic with a good strong dose of humour. This romance novel succeeds in being interesting even without the romance with a good plot and character development. The author has accomplished that most brilliant thing; making the reader actively feel emotions throughout, wringing almost tears from me at points (and I'm really not one to sob easily).
In her Author's Note Milan takes time to acknowledge the female minds that have been unfairly unrecognised throughout history, and dedicates it to "every woman whose name has disappeared without recognition"; women for whom I think this book does proud. I'd like to thank Ms Milan for this splendid read, and thoroughly recommend it to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! Amazing, Brilliant Story 23 July 2014
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Courtney Milan is truly an incomparable. As I read Sebastian's and Violet's story, I felt as though I had been taken on a slow steady roller coaster ride. Ms. Milan's ability to reel you in until you are wrung out is a rare quality in writers of this genre. Violet was a brilliant, although sad and wounded creature. Sebastian was first and foremost a genuine friend - albeit a friend who truly loved her even though she could barely allow his touch.

As Violet's story is unraveled and you understand her self-esteem issues, you have an even greater appreciation for Sebastian's role in her life. I absolutely loved their story and can say that it is one of the most amazingly well-written romance novels I have ever had the pleasure to read. I can only liken it to a fine dining experience held in an exclusive restaurant, presented on the very best china, served with the finest wine, attended by the most gracious serving staff. Yes, reading this book was an experience - definitely not your run of the mill romance novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 21 Jan 2014
By sr
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This book is better then the previous one's in series, but still doesn't fulfil the expectations. All books are thought provoking but could do with main character's having more action or dialogue rather the pages full of their thoughts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 21 Jan 2014
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String female heroine, great plot. There were moments where things slowed down a bit but other than tht a wonderful read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, gorgeous story! 19 Jan 2014
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4.5/5 stars

I've been waiting for Violet and Sebastian's story for a long time, and at last Miss Milan delivered! I can honestly say that the dynamics in this book's relationship surprised me.

Usually the man is the aggressor, the pusher, the one who is more detached. In this case it's Violet who is an impregnable fortress and it's Sebastian, who is under his veneer of a scandalous scientist, still a gentle, kind and loving boy who fell in love with Violet at sixteen.

Sebastian is heartbreaking. He is such a wonderful character, - amiable, charming, the person who will make you laugh to put you at ease.

What Violet asks him to do slowly destroys him from the inside because he can't stand when people hate him. The last straw is when his older dying brother refuses to make him a guardian for his son thinking him frivolous and irresponsible. Sebastian decides to change and the biggest thing he can do is to admit that Violet is a genius behind his shocking discoveries on genetics.

This whole book is dedicated to women in science who often hid behind their husbands to force the scientific world accept their work in the past few centuries.

Violet has a brilliant mind, a multifaceted personality and many secrets. She has a formidable mother and selfish sister, so in many ways the only person who understands and supports her is Sebastian. So when he refuses to keep the charade any longer and starts trying to woe her heart, Violet is at loss. She is socially dysfunctional and mentally unprepared to accept that Sebastian's love for her is real even if she secretly desires him.

Oh, this review is such a mess because my feelings towards this book are a mess too! Courtney Milan doesn't write simple historical romances. Ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The countess conspiracy
Violet is a countess and she loves spending time in her greenhouse studying the transmission of inherited characteristics. She's widowed and can do as she likes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars Milan has saved the best for last
Well, hasn’t Milan just saved the best for last in the Brothers Sinister series? I adored the prequel novella and really enjoyed the first and second entries, but this… This was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Erica
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
This series of books was highly enjoyable, the stories are well written and entertaining. I will be looking out for more
Published 4 months ago by ParkerPen
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed reading this. I am really into Courtney Milan now and looking forward to reading all her books. Relaxing!
Published 5 months ago by bookworm
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Published 5 months ago by Lesley Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good series
Standalone read but worth working your way through the others to get the fully fledged picture of all the characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful a story I will treasure and read again
Courtney. Milan writes the most wonderful stories. Her skill is two fold ,one is the engaging story lines and the way they are fitted to the history of Victorian Britain and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by annetta
5.0 out of 5 stars Hhistorical romance
Great read. Easy escapism. Thanks amazon and the seller for a simple and quick way to download books. Not to mention good value too
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Carol Jeffreys
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