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This review is from: The Countess Conspiracy (The Brothers Sinister Book 3) (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.
I am, once again, in absolute and total awe of Ms Milan's storytelling abilities, her amazing characterisations and her emotive and powerful writing. Sebastian and Violet are incredibly well-drawn characters who absolutely and completely belong together, and the level of sexual tension between them is off the charts. I was fascinated by the detail the author included about Violet's and Sebastian's work, and about the discoveries made by one of the secondary characters with whom Violet collaborates towards the end of the story.
"The Countess Conspiracy" had me riveted from start to finish. It's so beautifully written that the emotions just leap off the page, and there was more than one time while reading I found myself with a tear in my eye or a lump in my throat. It might not be the book for you if you don't like a large amount of angst in your romance, but I'm never one to shy away from a high angst content provided I know all will be well in the end and I loved it.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2013 09:42:55 GMT
Brilliant review! Every word hit the spot beautifully and Ms Milan is a writer who is truly gifted.
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