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Unraveled Paperback – December 9, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Turner Series

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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.
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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: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Where do I begin? I loved everything about this book. 1. It was unpredictable and very nicely done at that. 2. It was unconventional in that the heroine wasn't constantly in tears or ringing her hands. 3. The hero was dark, yet he was likable in that Courtney explains why he feels the way he feels. You can't help but love Smite! 4. It was very fast paced. 5. It was sexy without being vulgar 6. Historically accurate!

I loved all the characters, Smite and Miranda were perfect for each other. What I loved most about Miranda was that she wasn't intentionally trying to change Smite-she accepted him for who he was, warts and all. Because she accepted him, he was able to find a deeper part of himself.

This is a very well written book. If Amazon would let me give it 10 stars, I would!

Suzan Tisdale
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I usually really enjoy Courtney Milan's books, although some are hits and some are misses for me. This was a hit and then a miss. I loved the beginning - a heroine drawn from the working class, she is smart, witty, a survivor, and quite mature for her young age of 20. A hero bent on ensuring justice for all - to a fault. He recognizes her attempts to provide fraudulent alibis for those accused of crimes, confronts her, and threatens her with arrest if she does not stay out of his courtroom. Interesting premise, lots of dilemma, incredible sensual heat once they recognize a mutual attraction to each other. The dialogue is very witty - Miranda, for being as young as she is, certainly can hold her own. Smite was actually quite admirable with his ethically high standards of justice. That was the "hit" part.

The "miss" - the story starts to become a mess as it unfolds. Smite's strained conversations with his brothers -I just couldn't follow what was going on with them. I felt like I walked in on the middle of something. I found it distracting and confusing, although I think it was meant to emphasize Smite's troubled past and emotional struggles. Smite, after entering into a very questionable relationship with Miranda (some will cringe at their arrangement) thinks nothing of introducing Miranda to his family with no consideration for her reputation- geez, what a cad. The moral and ethical standards he insists on upholding seemed to be rather arbitrary. He is such a hypocrite. The more the story unfolded, the less I liked him. I didn't think it was supposed to work that way.

When I read, I envision what is happening. I know where characters are standing, what they are doing, etc. But in one chapter the H sits down, stops horses, and turns around....without changing position.
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