Author: Courtney Milan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: July 2013
Genre: Adult Fiction/Historical Romance
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two
Synopsis can be found here.
I received this book free of charge from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jane, Jane, Jane. She can’t help but be loud, insulting and rude. At least, that is what society thinks. But underneath all of that bad fashion sense is something more. There is much more to Jane, Heiress, than meets the eye.
Oliver has been proving himself to the upper class his whole life. Now he might finally have what he wants within reach. The only thing standing in his way is Jane, this Heiress who he can’t help but be repelled by. That is, until a flicker of something hidden turns Oliver’s head, and he starts to see a kindred spirit.
But society has other plans for both of them. Jane must save her sister, staying one step ahead of her awful uncle. And Oliver can only ruin Jane and her reputation if he intends to get what he wants- power, government and recognition.
Courtney Milan’s writing is, always, fun, effortless and warm. I loved Jane right away. She’s such a complicated character, it’s hard not to fall in love with her. The face she puts to the world so deeply contrasts what is inside, I started rooting for her right away.
Oliver is dashing, handsome and a mixed bag of juxtaposition. Wanting to prove himself, but disgusted by the very men he performs for, Oliver has one goal in mind. I loved his sheer determination and his inner challenges. And I want to mention- he wears glasses! Love love love. So few do we see heroes that wear glasses. Of course, I loved him immediately.
The plot moves quickly and I found myself very very late to get back to work. Oliver and Jane have some fantastic conversation. I especially love him speaking to her about what she is wearing. I was reading this part in my living room and my husband, sitting beside me asked, “What are you smiling about?” I hadn’t realized I had been.
I am sad I didn’t read the first book in the series first, only to find out what is going on with Sebastian and Violet! (Some foreshadowing in this book has left me super excited to read the next book in the series, which is Sebastian and Violet’s story.) But don’t worry about it if you haven’t. I followed the plot along fine, Milan giving us just the right of information as to be a part of the world but not to be overburdened with the past.
Overall, another wonderful book filled with romance, love, fun and layered characters. Jump in now before Book Three releases later this year!
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy