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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Femtopress; 1.1 edition (10 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937248283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937248284
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Courtney has had several occupations--computer programmer, scientist, lawyer--but her favorite job is the one she is now doing full time: Writing romance novels. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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I wish I could dream up never mind write a story like this. It was fabulous!!!!!

I was a bit concerned when I started reading the book as it appeared to be a bit odd.... no once upon a time fairytale here.....but the author draws you in to the gritty reality of victorian society (not unlike the young kids of today in factories making tee shirts which cost you a pound but cost them much more).

You see here the product of a less than loveless marriage Robert (Duke of Clermont) trying to overcome a less than happy upbringing but turning out to be a spectacular human being none the less with the help of his half brother and cousin and finally finding his chosen partner 'Minnie' with a little scandal of her own to overcome....

If you know Courtney Milan's other work, she has got it down to a fine art...an absolute treat
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I've read a number of Courtney milan's romances and enjoyed them all immensely but this is the best so far. They just keep getting better. Less than half way through I was already squealing in delight and guffawing loudly at the witty repartee. The dialogue is even more sizzling than the love scenes, and these are hot but romantic love scenes, not just sex scenes, there is a big difference. These days I buy Ms Milan's books as soon as they are released and read them straight away, knowing that I'm about to experience something wonderful, and she never disappoints.
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This is a good story but I do wish that editors of historical fiction checked their authors' facts. A Davenport is a small wooden writing desk and I suspect the author meant a Chesterfield, it being a type of couch, but as this is a repeated item in the story I found myself being distracted by this irritating mistake. Editors please help a good story to be better.
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I always loved how honest Courtney Milan's writing feels. She has this wry, slick and oddly vulnerable voice that really hits the spot and makes you feel everything with her characters.

Both men and women in her novels are bashful, self-deprecating and at the same time spirited in a very rational way (translation: no TSTL heroes). I really really love that.

The Duchess War starts with a cliche - the duke hides in the library and sees this mousy little woman who finds the same hiding spot he is occupying at the moment to hide from her fiance.
However, the dynamic of conversation between these two, the spark, the game they start playing with each other totally blows your mind straight away.

And it only gets better and better throughout the book. This is a light, heartwarming, very touching, humorous and witty read. I laughed, I sighed with wonder and I cried just a tiny bit.

Now I will have to hold my tongue so as not to give you any spoilers, but if by any chance you love historical romance and haven't read Milan's books yet, you have to try her. She will blow you away. You will finish her book and walk away a better person.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this romance novel. Everything about it was satisfying.

It had a great and unique story-line, well thought out characters and it was beautifully written.

The awareness of each other in a romantic sense hit Robert and Minnie gradually. There was the right mix of romance and sexual tension build-up so that I could not wait for their first kiss. When they finally did, my heart thumped hard. Too many stories have insta-love/lust and sexual romps taking place too early for my liking. Not here. And a kiss was just the beginning of their journey. They had a difficult road on the way to finding love. But the pace was excellent and I enjoyed the ride.

When the relationship is first consummated, the act is realistic and I warmed to the couple more for it. Courtney Milan is courageous to tell it like it really is. I appreciated it.

I loved that the tensions in the book resulted from family loyalties, or secrets being protected for good reasons, rather than stupid misunderstandings. I found both Robert and Minnie intelligent and admirable as I got to know them. Both characters had phobias to overcome. These phobias are believable when you understand Robert and Minnie’s histories. Watching them working to overcome their phobias aroused my sympathy.

The historical context of the story was always in the forefront. The story-line was unique to me and pushed some boundaries, including the role of Dukes and their moral and social responsibilities as Robert saw them. The issue of a girl (5-12 y. o.), travelling abroad with her male parent was handled in an interesting way by Minnie’s father.

There is a prequel novella to this story but I have not read it yet. I did not feel that I had missed anything while reading the Duchess War.
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I really really enjoyed the first half of the book, but I knew I was in for trouble when the H & h got together at roughly the 50% mark. I thought, well, what nonsense is the author going to toss out there to fill the rest of the pages? And that's pretty much what it felt like, a bunch of needless drama to fill pages. Plus, it got too saccharine sweet for my tastes, what with EVERYONE needing their happy ending.

I did appreciate the non-alpha, damaged hero, the smart, feisty heroine and the lesbian aunts. I thought the writing was pretty good. And considering I generally avoid historical romances like the plague I'm shocked to have liked this as much as I did, but again, the beginning far more than the end.
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