Title: The Heiress Effect
Author: Courtney Milan
Release Date: July 15th 2013
Genre: Historical Romance Adult
Pages: 280 Paperback
Copy Origin: Bought
You know, I honestly think that since Courtney Milan began self-publishing, her books have only gotten better. Which is saying something. Her Turner series was already good — even the one I liked least, I gave three stars — but since going her own way, something about her books have changed. They’re simply magical.
The biggest improvement I’ve seen have been her plots. They were always good and different from what you may see in some romance novels, but there was generally something off about them that kept me from calling them great. I still can’t put my finger on it, except to say that her latest novels have been a bit tighter in the plot department, but even that isn’t accurate. There’s never a dull or dragging moment in her novels.
In any case, her novels always have such huge stakes attached to the plots and the characters. There really is a sense of “how are they going to overcome this?” in each of her novels, which makes you root for the characters all the more. Truly, Milan’s characters are what make her novels. They’re always memorable, always thoroughly and carefully crafted, and they’re so amazing that you can’t not root for them to get together. They’re human, with everything that entails.
All of this applies to The Heiress Effect. I think it may even be my favorite Milan book so far. After all, I read pretty much all of it in one sitting without stopping much.
I loved Jane right from the start, with all her outrageous ways. I adored watching her play the people she interacts with, even while I cringed knowing what it meant for her. Her relationship with Emily was heartfelt, and her interactions with Oliver went from embarrassing to cute to hot at just the right pace.
But more than that, I also loved Jane’s relationship with two twin sisters, Geraldine and Genevieve. They use each other at first for their own goals, but when the twins see that Jane might be in very real danger, they immediately step in to protect her. I absolutely loved seeing these women be friends and help each other out.
I gotta say, though, my favorite part of the entire novel? The subplot with Emily and a man named Anjan Bhattacharya. There’s always a very real sense of social justice in Milan’s works, but I think this is the one (next to Unclaimed) that really heavily scrutinizes the failings of Victorian era London and their imperialistic, racist ways. More than that, I loved reading about Emily and Anjan together. It was simply the cherry on top of an already perfect sundae.
I don’t know what more I can say, really. If you haven’t tried a Milan novel, I suggest you do so. Most of all of her books can be read as stand alone, even if they’re in a series, so pick one up as soon as you can.