The Countess Conspiracy : The Brothers Sinister

  • by Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
  • Series: The Brothers Sinister
  • 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
The books in the Brothers Sinister series:

½. The Governess Affair (prequel novella)
1. The Duchess War
1½. A Kiss for Midwinter (a companion novella to The Duchess War)
2. The Heiress Effect

Each audiobook stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order might want to start at the beginning.


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I am a fan of Milan's writing and have enjoyed many of her stories. Perhaps my biggest complaint about this story is that Violet does not appear to be the same woman I had encountered in the 2 previous stories. This one is cold and so filled with angst that the majority of the book was tedious having to continually read about her inner torment. I found so little of the humor that I generally like about Milan's stories. Sebastian is such a likable character and although his enduring love for Violet is heart warming, I found that to become tiresome as well as it took quite some time into the story to get an explanation for Violet's inner turmoil.

I was so looking forward to this book as I had read the 2 previous stories and had enjoyed them but could only recommend this one if you really want to read the final book in the trilogy.

Rosalyn Landor's performance was the main reason I finished the book. she was as always outstanding in the delivery of the story.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Interesting plot & a touching romance

Although it says in the Publisher's Summary that Sebastian is a Rake there is absolutely no actions in the book to warrant this title other than he was forced to quote the number of women he'd had which was during an argument. Rather than a Rake he's a kind, thoughtful, charming, intelligent, patient, funny, loving friend, brother and Uncle and greatly misunderstood by all (and I loved him).

Widowed Violet, on the other hand, came across as cold, manipulative and was focused on her groundbreaking Scientific research at the cost of other's feelings and I think it was for this reason that it took me a while to get into this listen because I hated what she was putting poor Sebastian through. There were hints as to why she was like that and later in the story it was revealed but it made the first part depressing.

However, in Victorian times sexual equality was non existent and this book aptly describes the roles women of the day were expected and allowed to undertake and the lengths others went to in order for their thoughts, opinions and research to be heard. Violet needed Sebastian for her research..... but he needed her much more but he knew that it was going to be an impossible challenge to break through Violet's shell. There was heartache, secrets, misunderstandings, passion, sex and a hard won touching, tender romance. There was also characters from the previous books as well as family members who were either kind, supportive or thoughtless and amongst it all were funny moments especially when Sebastian describes 'Rakeus Perfectus'.

Worth a credit? I have all of CM's books that are available on Audible and have enjoyed others more but I haven't yet come across any of her books that weren't creditworthy - so YES if you love a good well-written and thought out HR then I'm sure you'll agree. This could easily be a stand-alone listen.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2014
  • Publisher: Courtney Milan