The Heiress Effect

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Expected Release Date: July 15, 2013
Publisher: Courtney Milan
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website: http://www.courtneymilan.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Brothers Sinister Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: None
Favorite Tropes: Good Secondary Romance, First Came Love

Official Blurb:

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.

What Worked For Me:

  • I enjoyed that vivid red hair and spectacles aren’t usually at the top of the list in describing a stereotypical romance hero, and yet Oliver had both.
  • adored Jane. Simply loved her.  Dubbed the “Feather Heiress” (because talking to her was likened to being beaten to death by a feather), she had a very compelling reason for acting as she did, and the fact that she intentionally made herself the subject of ridicule by simply exaggerating those characteristics that she knew already kept her from being the toast of society made me love her all the more.
  • I really liked that the “villain” isn’t really a bad person. That’s what made things so difficult — there was no real “evil” to rally against, but rather it was simply the way things were in those times.
  • There is a wonderful secondary romance that somehow manages to be a complete and satisfying story without taking away from the main tale between Jane and Oliver.
  • I think the thing I loved the most about this book was how slowly the romance built between Jane and Oliver. There was no love at first sight, or falling straight into bed together. Instead, it started off with just the tiniest spark of interest and then gradually grew into something so much more powerful as the story moved on. 
  • On a similar note, I adored the fact that Jane and Oliver were both in love with each other (even if they hadn’t yet said the words) before they actually slept together. This is a refreshing change from many romances these days that it really stood out to me.
  • Freddie’s illness was touching, as were the revelations she inadvertently gave Oliver about his own life and personality.
  • The angst of being in an impossible relationship was perfect. In fact, for a long time, I couldn’t imagine Jane and Oliver actually getting a traditional Happily Ever After.
  • I’m dying to read Sebastian’s story next!  The setup was fascinating, and fit in perfectly with the storyline so it never felt forced, which I appreciated.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • Since I have to choose something, I’ll say that I wish it had perhaps been a bit steamier. This is a very minor issue, since I actually appreciated that it took so long for Jane and Oliver to actually make love, but, like I said, I had to pick something for this section. 

With Courtney Milan’s trademark humor, chemistry, and amazing romance, this book was everything I could want in a historical romance novel.  The secondary romance was interesting and fulfilling, without ever taking away from the main story, and I loved getting not one but two Happily Ever Afters in the same story.

The pacing was absolutely perfect, with the romance between Oliver and Jane building gradually as the story progressed, and it wasn’t long before I was just as in love with them as they were with each other.

Even though this is the fourth installment (second full-length novel) of the series, I think it would work admirably as a standalone. It might be obvious to new readers that there are more books available in the series, but I think that they would be able to enjoy this story just fine even if they hadn’t been fortunate enough to read the other installments.

Overall, this book has firmly earned a place on my keeper shelf, and I can see myself re-reading it in the future.

5starsA resounding 5/5 Stars

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