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Courtney Milan Books In Order

Publication Order of Carhart Books

Proof by Seduction (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trial by Desire (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Wicked Gift (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Turner Books

Unveiled (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unlocked (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unclaimed (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unraveled (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Brothers Sinister Books

The Governess Affair (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Duchess War (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Kiss for Midwinter (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Heiress Effect (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Countess Conspiracy (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Suffragette Scandal (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Talk Sweetly to Me (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Cyclone Books

Trade Me (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hold Me (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year of the Crocodile (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Worth Saga Books

Once Upon a Marquess (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Her Every Wish (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Lady Always Wins (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Happened at Midnight (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Right Honorable Gentleman (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Courtney Milan is a pseudonym for Heidi Bond an American author best known for writing historical romance, and more recently contemporary romance novels. Milan’s debut novel was “Proof by Seduction”, that was first published in 2010 to critical acclaim and much commercial success. The author went on to become a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, with her subsequent novels receiving starred reviews from the likes of Booklist and Publishers Weekly. She has made the shortlist for Best First Historical Romance from RT Reviewer’s Choice and has been a RITA Award finalist. Publishers Weekly named her second novel “Trial by Desire” the Best Book of 2010. Milan went to University of California Berkeley, where she got her masters in theoretical physical chemistry. For her undergraduate studies, she had studied law at Michigan Law after she became the recipient of the Henry M. Bates Scholarship one of the Michigan’s most sought after and prestigious scholarships. After graduating from law school, she went on to work for chief judge of the US Court of Appeal, Alex Kozinski and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that was an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She has also worked as a tutor at the Seattle University of Law.

Courtney lives in Colorado in the Pacific North West with her husband, a vicious cat, and massive attack dog. Unlike many of her contemporaries that have lived in some of the most fabulous of places, Courtney does not have that much fabulousness in her life. Instead, she prefers to just keep things above average in her house and spend time with her husband. Prior to taking up a career as a full time author, Courtney worked in a variety of vocations including scientificating, dog training, computer programming, and teaching. Teaching is the one occupation that she really loved as one of her mantras is those “that can’t do teach”. When she is not sleeping writing or reading, she can be found in a classroom somewhere learning or for the most part teaching.

Since she started writing in 2010, Courtney Milan has made a name for herself in historical romance set in Victorian England. With the drawing room banter, dresses, and parties, the English historical romances have become very popular among historical romance buffs across the globe. Her novels typically deal with the realities of women’s lives during the 19th century, that for the most part had less control over their bodies, relationships, or money. The novels make a good case on how the three are essential components that intersect in enhancing the dignity of a woman’s life. The novels are a ferocious crusade for women’s rights featuring heroines that overcome the limits placed upon them by the government, the law, and society to become successful. The women seek more than the societal ordained children, marriage, and romance, preferring to engage in a vocation in addition to their love and family life. In one of her most popular works “Trade Me”, Milan shifts gears to write a contemporary romance, which could also be considered part of the new adult genre. Unlike her historical romances, the contemporary romance novels feature younger characters in their twenties or late teens. She goes against the popular trope of the rich person sweeping a poor girl off her feet and showering her with gifts. While the stories of “Pretty Woman” and “Cinderella” have been a very popular monochrome, Milan’s contemporaries focus more on the personalities rather than their wealth. The girl gets swept off her feet by a billionaire suitor but it is not all about the money but the relationship between the two that is most important.

A lot of the legal and scientific background of the author finds its way into her novels. The medical/scientific detail is particularly pronounced as novels such as “A Kiss for Midwinter” study how 19th century medicine was impacted by epidemiological studies, the complex calculus in “Proof of Seduction”, or “Unlocked”’s mathematical progression of comets. The novels bring to life math and science in ways that enhance plot and illuminate characters to make for some very intriguing narrative plots. In addition to the science, the novel also explores the legal systems of the 19th century, particularly how biased and unfair they were to any person that did not belong to the privileged white titled male class. The novels compare the differences in life between titled women such as Trial by Desire’s Louisa, who is the wife of an earl versus poor untitled men such as This Wicked Gift’s William White.

“The Duchess War” is the charming first novel of the Brothers Sinister series of novels by Courtney Milan. The lead character in the series is Miss Minerva Lane a bespectacled and chilled out wallflower who just wants to be left alone. She had changed her name after a highly publicized embarrassment had left her mired in scandal. As a wallflower, she is not the prettiest of flowers but given the strategic position on the wall, she is safer than most from getting trampled. As such, when a gorgeous duke rides into town, catching his attention is the last thing she wants. The Duke of Clermont is not one to be hoodwinked as he knows a good thing when he sees it. It is not long before the man realizes that Minerva has more to her than the quiet demeanor and reserved ways. He is determined to find out all he can about her secrets before she can find out anything about his. But Minnie may just prove more than a match for his wily skills.

“The Heiress Effect” the second novel of the Brothers Sinister series is another delightful historical romance by Milan. The lead in the novel is Miss Jane Fairfield, a woman who cannot seem to do anything right often saying either too much or saying the wrong thing. No matter how much she spends on her gowns, they always seem to be almost a caricature of fashion even as she is an object of derision given her immense dowry. Given that she feels nothing can go right, she will risk staying unmarried and even humiliation for the sake of ensuring her sister is safe. Meanwhile, Oliver Marshall the bastard son of the duke becomes interested in the courageous and lovely woman. All he has ever wanted in life was to uplift the lives of the common people and romance and love is the last thing he needs in his life. Will love and romance be the undoing of the two?

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