Review: Unlocked – Courtney Milan

Series: Turner 1,5
Genre: Historical romance
Pages: 111 (ebook)
Published: May 2011
Source: My own shelf

A perpetual wallflower destined for spinsterhood, Lady Elaine Warren is resigned to her position in society. So when Evan Carlton, the powerful, popular Earl of Westfeld, singles her out upon his return to England, she knows what it means. Her former tormenter is up to his old tricks, and she’s his intended victim. This time, though, the earl is going to discover that wallflowers can fight back. Evan has come to regret his cruel, callow past. At first, he only wants to make up for past wrongs. But when Elaine throws his initial apology in his face, he finds himself wanting more. And this time, what torments him might be love…

 My thoughts.

This was a short novella that had so much to offer. It dealt with something that I sure have not seen a lot of in historical romances before. And yes it seems to be a part of a series but it works well as a stand alone since I do not even know where it fits in the series.

The story was just wonderful and heartbreaking. Elaine was happy and sure of herself but her first season was horrible as she was being bullied and she become the eternal spinster that people made fun of, all because she sounded like a horse when she laughed. The person that started it all was Evan, he did not mean to since he actually liked her but it all went to hell, and they truly broke her down until she was a shadow of her former shelf. So yes my heart truly ached for poor Elaine as she hated the ton.

But this book takes place years after when Evan comes back since he ran away so he did not have to face what he had done. He wants to make amends but Elaine does not want to trust him, and who can blame her.

Could I have forgiven Evan? I do not know, he hurt her so badly and made her life hell. I am not going to say what happen but since we all know there is a HEA, I can only say that I forgave him bit by bit. He is truly heartbroken over what he done and the things he does now, well, my heart did melt.

This was a truly wonderful novella that I do recommend to all historical romance fans. It is a look at the scene back then and how words could break someone, so much that no one wanted to touch you afterwards. If Milan always writes like this then I do want more.



31 thoughts on “Review: Unlocked – Courtney Milan

  1. Jenny says:

    Ahhh I didn't know she wrote a novella in this series! I loved Unveiled so I need to read this! I like that Evan works his way into your heart little by little:)

  2. Aurian says:

    Yeah, I can see almost the whole cover this time, just not the last half of the authors last name and below. I like the premise, and that he really has to work for it, to be forgiven. Don't believe I have read anything by this author yet.

  3. anachronist says:

    Wonderful? Hmmm…if I find something of this author I might be tempted, fluff or no fluff.Elaine should have murdered Evan and ransacked his manor. Aren't I a little ray of sunshine today? πŸ˜‰

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    @MaryIt was so good and the subject, wow, I truly like that she dealt with that in a book like this@CarrieAye, sadly it is 😦 Maybe it will be put in an anthology one day@JennyYes, it's really new πŸ˜€ If you liked unveiled then I am sure you will fall for this one too@MelOh but after reading this one you will, I promise@MissieI know, he was an ass, trust me. But damn I forgave that asshole@AurianYes sorry about that, did not have enough info before it

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    @AlyssaI was truly happy :D@Mrs QHi 'waves*Wohoo 550! Good number.@LeontineI must read more by her because the things she dealt with, amazing@Anabad you! Stand in the corner, you will not rain on my fluffy love parade.But yes she could at least have kicked him in the balls@MelissaHm, dunno if he is in book 1, I just do not know.

  6. StephanieD says:

    I'm drawn to the fact that there's so much story going on in a novella-length book so it sounds like it would be a fast, fun read. And I love that splendid red gown on the cover.

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    @SimchaI usually do not like them either cos you always feel like you missed something but here, well she is just that goodPoor Chris!hang in there@DanaI do want to try more books by her@NaidaSo heartbreaking, poor girl.@margIt sure made me wanna read that first story too, I hope I will one day

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    @StaciYes you should have ;)@PattiYes yes you must!@CaroleLovely and hard to read@StephFast, fun, heartbreaking, tough, so many feelings in this one@AlexisThey are a must πŸ˜€

  9. Teddyree says:

    I've just finished a historical romance. I don't read a lot of them but I'm in the the mood for them at the moment and Unlocked does sound great. I haven't read anything by Courtney Milan so thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚

  10. Darlene says:

    This sounds good. Not sure I want to get started in another series. I have the tendency to buy them all even if I won't read them for a long time. Lol.

  11. Blodeuedd says:

    MelissaIt was a truly a good novellaTeddyIt was my first and hopefully not my last. She just have this different air over her stories so do check them outDarleneI hear you πŸ˜‰

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