What Happened at Midnight

what-happened-at-midnightJohn Mason did not like to be cheated and he swore he would find out where the money went, even if he was to go after his ex-betrothed. Though when John finds Mary he will see that she is not living like a woman who had gotten away with a large theft of money.

Miss Mary Chartley’s world fell apart when she found out what her father had done. Mary had to act fast to help her father one last time and to find a way out of trouble, which will only cause more hurt to those around her.

What Happened at Midnight is a novella by Courtney Milan. I liked this one a lot more than the previous novella, only because it was longer and I felt that I got to know the characters.

I liked John’s character. He was a man of conviction and wanted to do right by his sister and nephew. He believed the worst of Mary but I liked that he owned to his mistake and that he was able to move on. Mary’s character I liked but she was at times hard to like. Her character was almost too aloof at times. Though I suppose that was her upbringing. I did like that she loosened up and found who she really was.

Within the story there were plenty of problems that the characters face but Milan will give a good twist to make sure justice is served. This will help make sure Mary and John get their happy ending.

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A Right Honorable Gentleman

a-right-honorable-gentlemanMiss Catherine Hooks is a well known governess but it is time for her to move on from her post. She will make sure to do it quickly as it looks like her employer wants more.

Edward Glennon did not want his governess to leave. He was finding that his life would not be complete without her in it, now he just has to convince her.

A Right Honorable Gentleman is a novella by Courtney Milan. I liked this novella but I wanted more from this story. This novella was short and I mean short. I read this story in about twenty minutes. I have nothing against short stories and I know that Courtney Milan can write a great story but this needed more.

I think that if this was a longer novella to novel everything would come together nicely as it did in this story but there would be more depth to the story. You would then feel more for these characters and really cheer for Catherine and Edward to find that love and passion they had kept from each other.

I decided to try another Courtney Milan novella, What Happened at Midnight, which I am reading next.

Talk Sweetly to Me

Talk Sweetly to MeMiss Rose Sweetly was fascinated by astronomy and was very smart when it came to mathematics. What Rose is not smart about is when it comes to the flirting Mr. Stephen Shaughnessy

Stephen Shaughnessy had noticed Rose Sweetly right away and was charmed by her. He found himself falling in love with Rose little by little. He just had to convince her that his feelings were real.

Talk Sweet to Me is a novella in the series Brother Sinister. I liked this novella. I thought that this story was short, sweet and very much to the point.

In the previous book Stephen was introduced and you knew that he was a rogue but was a good man who had a sense of humor. I liked that he was very set in his desire to have Rose but not as his mistress, as his wife. Now Rose was very smart when it came to numbers and science. I liked how Milan wrote Rose to be that smart, to give her character a chance to explore her talent.

When I started this book I realized that it was going to be about an interracial relationship. I find that kind of relationship is a rarity in the historical books that I read. Milan wrote the relationship well. I thought the relationship fit well into this series as it was all about moving forward and changing how the world was.

Well I am at the end of the series with what Milan has written for Brother Sinister. I don’t know it there will be more, I will be happy to read more if she writes them, otherwise there will be other books to try of hers.

The Suffragette Scandal

The Suffragette ScanalMiss Frederica “Free” Marshall was a woman who had started her own paper that was written by women and for women. She will quickly find that she had made an enemy and one man will be there to help her.

Edward Clark wanted revenge against his brother for what James was going to do to Stephan. He will find himself helping out Stephan’s employer who was another target of James.

The Suffragette Scandal is the fourth book from the series Brother Sinister by Courtney Milan. I really loved this book.

Free’s character was really fantastic. She had been mentioned early on and had a small part here and there through the series but it was now her turn. She was a woman who wanted to change the world. She was making sure that women had a voice through her paper. She was fearless with all that she did but she wasn’t completely fearless as the things that she had done gave her nightmares at times. Then there is Edward’s character that is out for revenge against his brother who had abandoned him at war. Edward also wanted to set things right for the men who were his true family. Now even though Edward’s character was pretty cruel at times with his blackmail schemes he will show that he is someone who wants more when it comes to Free.

Free and Edward would not have worked if he had been a nobleman but he had renounced that title, at least for now. She falls for the man that Edward had become. Now they have that insistent mistrust when dealing with each other but that will change when feelings start to get involved.

The villain in this piece was certainly James, Edward’s brother. He was not the most evil villain but he was definitely a bad guy especially with what he will attempt to do to Free and what he did to his own brother.

I will be reading the Stephan’s story next.

The Countess Conspiracy

The Countess ConspiracyViolet Waterfield, widowed Countess of Cambury, leads a double life. The life that society sees is the Countess of Cambry who follows the rules of society. The other life is one where she is a scientist that has been published, but she could not take the credit as Sebastian Malhuer was the one to pretend it was his work. Though it will all change when Sebastian can’t take it anymore.

The Countess Conspiracy is the third book from the series Brother Sinisters by Courtney Milan. I absolutely loved this book. I will have to say that for me there is no favorite for the series as I have loved each book so far. With this book it centers in on Sebastian and Violet.

I liked Violet. From the previous books I had always thought that she was confident, yet quiet. You get to find out more with her character and I knew it right away the secret that she had been hiding. The secret is of course her being the scientist, not Sebastian like Courtney Milan had written. That secret was found out very early into the book. I was shocked but with how the author writes about radical changes this secret of Violet being the true scientist it makes sense. Violet’s background story was heartbreaking with what she had to endure and you cheered for her to realize that it would be okay to take that risk with Sebastian.

Now Sebastian was a good man but his character was almost comical for he was almost never serious or never taken serious. It was a problem for him that he struggled because he wanted his brother to be proud of him. Both of these characters struggled with finding acceptance with family and their peers. I liked Sebastian as you knew that he truly loved Violet, it wasn’t just seduction. It was actually sweet with how he had loved Violet for most of his life.

It would appeared that they were opposites with Violet’s temperament to stay quiet and out of sight while Sebastian was not scared of making himself known in a crowd, but they were very well matched.

I am reading the fourth book next, The Suffragette Scandal.

The Heiress Effect

The Heiress EffectMiss Jane Fairfield was out to make herself look foolish so that no man would want to marry her, which would protect her sister. Jane had become very good at that task until she meets Oliver Marshall. He was the one man that she might want more from.

Mr. Oliver Marshall had a goal which was to have everything. He was after a vote and would do what he had to do to get that vote. Though he will find that he was having a trouble getting that goal with Jane Fairfield as his obstacle.

The Heiress Effect is the second book to the series Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan. I was waiting for Oliver’s story and was not disappointed. I loved this book. There is a way that Courtney Milan weaves a story that makes you compelled to read the story word for word.

Oliver was a man that did not know his place in society but was determined to get his place, for himself and for his father. I liked his drive that he had, but he was also a good man. When everyone laughed at Jane he did not. He knew what it was like to be laughed at. Now Jane’s character was also determined. Everything she did was to help her sister. Jane endured a lot of humiliation during those days.

I wondered about the romance between Oliver and Jane. It was a very slow build kind of romance and it was sweet as they were very much alike. Though because of those similarities that made the romance hard to handle at times.

The villain was clearly the Marquess and you disliked him greatly for how he was using Oliver and threatening Jane. There was also another villain in this book which was Jane’s uncle. He wasn’t a bad man on purpose but he was one that didn’t listen to reason.

There were several side story’s with Emily, Jane’s sister, and then one with Free, Oliver’s sister. I liked these side stories. I know that Emily’s story is over but Free will have her own story soon.

A Kiss for Midwinter

A Kiss for MidwinterMiss Lydia Charingford has lived through her own scandal and had come out with no one knowing anything. Then she will meet up with the man that had been in that room with her parents five years ago who knew the truth of her pregnancy. She will find out that Grantham will not tell anyone but a wager will be made between them.

Doctor Jonas Grantham has wanted Lydia for over a year but he had gotten nowhere with her. She does not like him but Jonas will find a way for them to spend time together so he could try to win her over.

A Kiss for Midwinter is a 1.5 novella in the series Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan. First off I really loved this novella. It had been a while since I read the previous books to this series (The Governess Affaire and The Duchess War) so I decided to read them again to get back into the series. That prepared me for Lydia who was a very cheerful girl except she really wasn’t, she was faking that cheer to pretend to be alright. She doesn’t realize that she has suppressed all those emotions until Doctor Jonas Grantham reminds her of that time in her life.  Now even though it was hard for Lydia to realize I liked that Jonas was there to see the truth. I liked the real Lydia much better who wasn’t just this cheerful girl that seemed naive. Then there was Jonas. He was sarcastic and had a strange sense of humor but he was a very good man. He cared for his patients and went out of his way to help them. I liked how he went about spending time with Lydia and also that he thought her strong, not weak as some might have thought.

When I checked out these first three books/novellas to the series I also checked out the rest that have come out, which are the book from two to five. Next I will be reading about Oliver Marshall in The Heiress Effect which I have been wanting to read.