Series: Brothers Sinister
Author: Courtney Milan
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Courtney Milan
An idealistic suffragette...
Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women's rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope...but she needs more rope, and she needs it now.
...a jaded scoundrel...
Edward Clark's aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger. When the same family that left him for dead vows to ruin Miss Marshall, he offers his help. So what if he has to lie to her? She's only a pawn to use in his revenge.
...and a scandal seven years in the making.
But the irrepressible Miss Marshall soon enchants Edward. By the time he realizes that his cynical heart is hers, it's too late. The only way to thwart her enemies is to reveal his scandalous past...and once the woman he loves realizes how much he's lied to her, he'll lose her forever.
Edward Clark comes back to England as a favor to a friend, to save that friend’s younger brother. That he is supposed to save that younger brother from his own, the one who betrayed him and left him for dead seven years ago, is an added bonus. Revenge, after all, is a dish best served cold.
Little does Edward know that he’ll end up saving someone else from his little brother’s (rather demented, if you ask me) wrath, losing his heart, and gaining an unwanted title in the process.
This was by far the best book in the series (for the better part of the book), then unfortunately lost its momentum and never truly regained it toward the end.
Both the leads were amazing in this one. I loved Edward in all his scoundrel-ly, you-can’t-trust-me, I’m-a-liar-and-a-cheat glory with his heart of gold, principles, and deep-rooted honor, and Free with her free-spirited, stubborn, independent nature, though she still knew her limitations. She had principles, integrity, was whip-smart and didn’t let herself be browbeaten. Which is why her decision to run after learning the truth about Edward came as a huge surprise. She was an elitist (only backwards), she spent years deriding lords, inventing jokes (with her friend) about them, she’s been looking down on them for so long, that she figured being lords defined them. Even though she knew better, she still run, she still thought the worst of Edward, not because she knew who he was (she loved him, for crying out loud), but because of what his title supposedly made him. This is one flaw in Free that cannot be overlooked, and that made her act very OOC.
Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints. The supporting cast was wonderful, as always, it was nice seeing Oliver and Robert in more than cameo roles, and the last scene was hilarious.
The pacing was flawless, the writing spot-on, the baddie got his due, everybody lived happily ever after...Loved it.