Title: The Heiress Effect | Series: The Brothers Sinister #2 | Author: Courtney Milan | Publisher: Courtney Milan | Publication date: July 15th, 2013 | Num. Pages: 280 | Genre: Regency Romance
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.
This is the second book in the series and it’s been a while since I read the first book but despite this I found myself falling into old characters with ease. It was brilliant hearing from Oliver Marshall again – he’s a character from the prequel and the first book that I had hoped with have his own book.
The Heiress Effect is Oliver’s book and it’s written in the same style as the previous instalments. It follows the story of Jane Fairfield – a recent heiress with a strange disposition – and Oliver Marshall – basted son of the Duke of Clermont.
Jane is – at first glance – rather odd. She enjoys wearing gowns that are hideous and acts completely unbecoming of a woman but we find out that she is actually a plain Jane with a twist.
She wears the gowns and has the horrible social skills so she does not have to marry and in doing so can keep her younger sister under her care (to an extent) while they reside with her uncle until her sister Emily comes of age.
The ton are trying to get Jane humiliated and a member of Parliament convinces Oliver to humiliate her. The story goes on but I won’t give too much away.
The writing style was very similar to the previous instalments and I found myself liking the characters again even though it’s been over a year since I read the first ones.
Oliver seems to be pretty well rounded considering his situation and the predicaments he’s facing with the whole Jane thing. He’s a little too quiet for me though and he only properly comes out of his shell in the last few chapters which is a pity.
Jane on the other hand is entirely out there with her outrageous dress sense and awful social skills. She’s a hot mess but she does what she does for her sister which is quite nice.
They lied to her; she lied to them. Since Jane wanted to be an object of ridicule, it worked out delightfully for all concerned.
The thing I like about regency romances is that the love isn’t instalove, there’s build up to it for example:
He’d been lying to himself all these months. He was in love with her. And he had no idea what to do about it.
“I love you. And if I let you share in this – if I bring you in at this moment – I don’t know how I could ever let you go. You’d be a part of me. A part of my family.”
It’s well written and flows pretty well with barely misplaced breaks. There were some instances where things could have been said with a little more fluidity and less going all round the houses but despite this I’m moving on to the third book now.