The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers SInister #3) by Courtney Milan
The Countess Conspiracy (The Brothers Sinister Book 3)
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 Countess Conspiracy was a good read, though it took me a while to get into it. I loved the first two books in this series from the start, but this one took some time. Why? Well because I didn't really like Violet that much. She took a long while to grow on me.
Violet and Sebastian have been friends forever. Sebastian is the lovable, funny guy who is also the guy lots of people love to hate for his scientific theories. He gives lectures about inherited trains and in doing so he must talk about some not appropriate topics. People are outraged, but he has been doing this for a few years and seemed to be fine with everything. Until he isn't. Until he wants to give up the charade that these theories are his. He just gets to the point where he can't go on anymore and it was really sad. You see in this book how much he cares for Violet, how careful he is with her and how he just wants to be with her. He was amazing. It was sad how people never take him seriously even when he is being serious. They all think he is just fun loving Sebastian and nothing ever gets to him, but it does. His friends and family are just awful to him sometimes and you just can't help but love him. You can't help but want things to work out for him. You want people to see there is more to Sebastian than his jokes that help smooth everything over and help everyone get along.
Violet was married at one point, but her husband passed away. Since then she has been this rock, not feeling anything or being warm at all. Yet Sebastian still loves her. The first part of the book I just kept getting angry with her as she kept hurting Sebastian and I couldn't understand why. You know there was something wrong with her marriage, but you don't find out what until later. Once you do then it is easier to see why she would be the way she is, but it was still hard for me to warm up to her. I guess that makes her a good character now that I think about it. She is supposed to be this cold, hard, spiky person and that is what she was for me for the longest time. So that was actually a good job by the author getting her to come across that way, but it was still hard to read. Eventually though she starts to break down and become softer and you can't help but love her by the end.
So Violet is the scientific mind behind all of Sebastian's talks. I loved that. I love that the women in Courtney Milan's books are so smart. Sure I am not sure this is exactly how some things were discovered, but it is a fun story. I did love how Violet would get so caught up in her work, or her reading or whatever that she would just completely shut out everything else. She could sit for hours reading and it doesn't really matter what is going on around her she will not notice it. It was great and Sebastian was amazing with her. Really the way he treats her and their situation is just perfect. He is such a gentleman and so perfect for Violet that I loved it. Sure it took me a while to get past Violet's cold exterior, but once I did I loved it all. Another great read by this author.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★