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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468067044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468067040
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Courtney Milan's debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, she's been a New York Times and a USA Today bestseller, and her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She's been a RITA finalist and an RT Reviewer's Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010. Courtney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating.... Having given up on being able to do any of those things, she's taken to heart the axiom that those who can't do, teach. When she's not reading (lots), writing (lots), or sleeping (not enough), she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.

More About the Author

Courtney Milan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating.... But her favorite job is the one she's now doing full time--writing romance.

If you want to know when Courtney's next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.courtneymilan.com, where you can sign up to receive an email when she has her next release.

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Well thought out characters with very real emotional issues.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Ann Elliot VINE VOICE on December 31, 2011
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I find Courtney Milan's work amazing. Trilogies have lost their charm for me because the author often invests the best ideas and plotting in the first book and then struggles to make the other two entries fit with the first.

Not so with Milan. There is an overarching story connecting all three entries--an increasingly insane and abusive mother and her effect on her three sons when they become adults. Because the sons were differing ages and had different experiences, each left childhood with unique problems.

Smite, who suffered the most at his mother's hands, continues to experience post traumatic stress syndrome as an adult. His past dictates his present life.

In many romance novels, the love of a good woman cures all. Not in Milan's books. Her heroes continue to have dyslexia or PTSD or survivor's guilt. A good woman loves the hero and is willing to share his quirks and his burdens. That's a truly good woman.

Also, in Milan's books, there is no Big Misunderstanding or Secret Child or agonizingly long sessions of I-Won't-Say-I-Love-You-Until-You-Say-It-First. The problems are much more real and defy "solving." Instead they require understanding and acceptance - from both the heroine and hero.

I can give Milan the highest compliment a reader can give: once I close her books, I don't feel that the story has ended. Instead, I can imagine the characters continuing their lives, out of the sight of readers. I can picture Smite coming to grips with the intense emotions and deep love a parent feels for an infant, and Ash living in perpetual terror as he tries to protect a young child from the usual accidents and bruises, or Mark attempting to cope with a randy adolescent son.

Milan seems to get better with each book. "Unraveled" had compelling characters, a great love story, historical accuracy, and was fun to read. What more could a reader want?
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Saring on December 17, 2011
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I'm not a review writer; in fact, I've written only one before, and it was for one of Courtney's prior books. It is an amazing writer that has prompted me to speak up, and one that I expect great things from in the future. Courtney is self-publishing these books, which is a huge undertaking, and a gamble. It is paying off in spades. (And no, I don't know her personally, but I would fly across the country to have dinner with her in a heartbeat!) I read Unlocked first, which is a delightful novella about holding your head high, and allowing love in, even if it hurts. Unveiled Is a keeper; slow and almost uncomfortable in the beginning, it evolves into a fascinating study of not making mistakes while still getting what you want, and letting yourself love whom you think you shouldn't. Unclaimed is much the same; written with depth and humor, it explores what happens when you make mistakes, find yourself on a pedestal, and how on earth to get off it.

Unraveled is the third book in the series about the Turner brothers, and is a great finish to this carefully written and researched trio. It is honestly refreshing to read a book, and understand that the author has correctly portrayed the history and personality of the era. There are no mistakes here in dress, language, or street life, and the characters are very real people, with very real problems.

I like how all three books about the Turner brothers involve imperfect people, both men and women, and how those differences are settled. These are intelligent romance novels, written with love and attention to detail. All of her characters have depth, purpose, and are not your typical rakes and virgins bound by ridiculous romance tropes. Unraveled was well worth the wait, and the series is one of the best I've read in years.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Copeland on April 28, 2012
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I have read this entire series and am so excited to have found another author of historical romances whose stories I enjoy as much as Mary Balogh's. Ms. Milan's heros and heroines have baggage but their inherent good character overcomes the flaws and I found myself becoming emotionally involved in their stories as I do with all Ms. Balogh's books. The best compliment I can make about a story is that I hated to reach the end as I did with all 3 of the full length books in this series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victoriana on April 8, 2012
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I love historical romance, and I've enjoyed all of Courtney Milan's novels to date very much, including this one. She does an excellent job of creating fascinating, multidimensional characters that are fun to read about, and her historical details and settings are realistic and immersive without intruding on the storytelling. Both her heroes and heroines are strong, complex characters. The best part for me though, are the relationships and love - both familial and romantic. The relationships between the Turner brothers and their lovers and friends are so real and relatable, unlike the trite caricatures too often found in romance novels. This book is no exception - it has great characters, great historical setting and details, love and relationships, and all those wonderful things I've loved in Milan's previous novels in this series. However, the reason for my conflicted feelings is because it didn't completely work for me as a romance because I felt the hero never really committed to the heroine and to their relationship as a romantic couple should. There was no satisfactory HEA, and I wasn't left with that romantic sigh of satisfaction I've come to expect and enjoy from a romance novel.

On one level, I really liked the hero, Smite Turner, and found him to be among the more fascinating characters I've ever read in literature. He's been through some horrible, terrifying experiences and hardships in his youth - things that would probably break or at least emotionally debilitate most people. But instead of allowing these past experiences to define or debilitate him, he uses them to mold himself into a stronger character with a mission in life which he pursues with single-minded, relentless dedication: a mission of justice.
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