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Historical Romance Review: The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan (Brothers Sinister #3)


Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

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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. There are always so many layers and impossible decisions to make that they leave your brain muddled, but at the same time she is so emotionally rewarding that I recommend her wholeheartedly. Please, read this book, peeps! It's marvelous.

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Я всегда читаю Куртни Милан с огромным удовольствием, и Заговор Графини - не исключение.

Я с большим нетерпением ждала истории Себастьяна и Вайолет - двух персонажей, активно участвующих во всех книгах этой серии с самого начала, и они меня не подвели, хотя и очень удивили.

Дело в том, то я привыкла к тому, что в большинстве романов главный герой - это невозмутимый, холодный и эмоционально неподготовленный к любви персонаж, и обычно его сердце смягчает главная героиня. У Куртни Милан Себастьян и Вайолет в этом отношении меняются ролями. 

Именно Себастьян под своей маской скандального учёного скрывает милого, доброго, очаровательного мальчика, который заставляет людей смеяться, чтобы они чувствовали себя комфортно в его компании, и который остаётся влюблён в соседку Вайолет с шестнадцати лет и готов сделать всё, что угодно, чтобы она была счастлива.

Вайолет, наоборот, - социально и эмоционально неловкий, рассеяный гений, полный страхов и фобий и готовый восхищаться своим другом издалека, но совершенно не подготовленный к встречным чувствам с его стороны, особенно когда её лучший друг заявляет, что не сможет больше обманывать свет и представлять её работы в качестве своих.

Страх и ужас! Всё её стены рушатся одна за другой, и между знаменитой, строгой матерью и самовлюблённой сестрой Вайолет не к кому обратиться за советом. Очень трогательная и замечательная история двух гениев, которых никто не знает так, как они знают друг друга. Безумно мило, посвящено всем женщинам учёным, и очень очень советую читать!
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