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I am an avid reader of YA, fantasy, and romance, a librarian, and a writer of fantasy short fiction.

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Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
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The Heiress Effect (Brothers Sinister)

The Heiress Effect - Courtney Milan Okay, so if you've been my friend for more than like two minutes, you know how much I love Courtney Milan. Whenever romance novels come up in conversation, I gush about her. She does the most amazing things with the romance novel formula. She is the only historical romance author I know who consistently writes books I would classify as feminist. And that is so awesome.So it's apparent that I've kind of put her up on a pedestal. And it's sort of inevitable that one of these days she'd fall short of my lofty expectations. This book...was good. It was high-end historical romance. If I'd read this book without knowing who the author was I would have said the author showed promise, would read again. But I wouldn't have guessed it was my beloved Courtney Milan.I was really excited for the first few chapters of this book. Jane was so disastrously amazing. I cackled with glee as she intentionally bumbled her way through social events in a deliberate attempt to repel everyone while still seeming so very well meaning. It was great.Then that aspect kind of fell away and the rest of the book was a fairly paint by numbers Regency: the characters really like one another but they can't be together for reasons that are kind of ridiculous, and in the end they realize that the reasons are ridiculous and...they get together. It's how most romances go. Courtney Milan's usually have a little extra something to make me sit up and take notice. This book was a well-written paint by numbers Regency, but it doesn't stand out from the crowd to quite the same extent as many of her other books.As I said, it's very well-written. It also has a fat heroine (I don't know who the lady in the cover image is, but it sure isn't flamboyant Jane of the 37-inch waist), a disabled secondary heroine, and an Indian secondary hero, so, yay! But I can't help but be just the teeny tiniest bit disappointed that this book didn't live up to [b:The Duchess War|13489919|The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister, #1)|Courtney Milan|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1363009176s/13489919.jpg|19028791]. Still, it's well worth the read for fans of historical romance, and my eagerness for more books by Ms. Milan continues unabated.