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Unveiled (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011
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HOWEVER....In the case of Unveiled, I have to say that I feel every five-star review here is absolutely deserved by this author. I won't go into detail about the book because several others before me have already done so, but I just wanted to say that the book really surprised me in how beautifully it was written. I've read so many books lately that have just not been written well at all, that I found myself just shocked at how wonderful Milan is as a writer.
The book was completely engaging from the very beginning, and kept me enthralled throughout. The characters were well rounded and believable. I loved both the hero and the heroine and, even though logically, you know they will win in the end, I found myself on the edge of my seat, rooting for both to overcome the hurdles that were keeping them apart.
I would have absolutely no problem recommending this book to any other regency romance fan. Just a brilliant piece of writing. Well done, Courtney Milan!
Ash Turner and his two brothers lived in near poverty because their mother was sick in the head and become a religious fanatic who gave away all their money and livelihood after their father died. Ash lives with guilt over the death of his sister who could have been saved if only his distant cousin, Richard, the Duke of Parford had given him the funds needed for a doctor. The Duke turned Ash out on his ear just because he felt like it. Left with nothing, Ash leaves his family for India where he makes his fortune. When he returns, his brothers are living on the streets. He quickly makes amends, but it's not enough, or at least from his view. Ash promises to get back at Parford, and after years of waiting, has figured out a way to take away the Dukedom from Parford and in a legal way. Parford is a bigamist who married one woman, threw her away and then married another woman of society who became his Duchess. From that union he had three children, two sons and a daughter.Read more ›
The hero, Ash Turner, is a gem. While he can be ruthless and vengeful, when he interacts with the heroine, Margaret, he is supportive, kind, protective, loyal, and extremely empathetic. He is the most lovable hero I've come across in a long time.
Watching the three Turner brothers together is great, too. Just as happens in real life, the siblings offer unconditional love, but frequently fail to understand each other, and often hurt each others' feelings.
I liked the funny bits. The Turners' dreadful mother gave each boy a bizarre name. Ash's full name is revealed in "Unveiled," but disclosure of the "real" names of the other two brothers must wait for the sequels. Including all three names in one book would require an extra chapter just for the names. Also, younger brother Mark is obsessively writing a quirky treatise on male chastity. And, Mark gives self-defense lessons in streetfighting tactics to the housemaids. I could imagine the maids in their dark uniforms leaping about the parlor like early 19th century ninjas.
Courtney Milan has used an interesting device in her novels. Each hero has a syndrome or difficulty that was not identified until the 20th century. In his own way, each man has figured out how he is different from most others. Each feels isolated from the rest of society, but all of them learn to adapt and face the challenges in their lives. The hero of Milan's first book appeared to have Asperger's Syndrome. The second novel featured a bi-polar hero.Read more ›
The story got off to a slow start, but it didn't take me long to realize it wasn't slow...it was deliberate. This author's style reminds me a lot of Madeline Hunter, another writer who takes romance to the next level with fleshed out characters and careful word choices. Like Hunter, Ms. Milan seems more to craft her work than to just slop it down with an inevitable ending.
The family relationships are another stellar aspect of this book. Ash's relationships with his brothers felt true to life...both joyful and painful in the way family relationships are. (Your family may drive you nuts, but you'd probaly still give your life for them.) Poor Margaret drew the short straw when it came to family, yet they're not flat-out villains either. Margaret struggles with wishing she could walk away from them and knowing she just can't.
Bottom line: If you prefer your romances quick, formulaic, and focused on the couple relationship, then this may not be the book for you. If you look for a little more in your light reading experiences, give this one a try. I loved it and am eagerly looking forward to the next two books.
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It was a good story. Parts were a bit far fetched, but I enjoyed it. I also purchased the audible narration, and really enjoyed the narrator.Published 11 days ago by Book Lover
I like this author. This book was an especially pleasant surprise because I expected the chapter where the hero gets mad then forgives the secret. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LL
Ash Turner, the possible future Duke of Parford, hoped to avenge his family for the wrongs inflicted by the current Duke and his two sons. Read morePublished 2 months ago by yardtree
I liked the book and I loved the main male character. It is not often that you see a character that is described as anything other than rakish and that is usually overcome once he... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mom of Two
The character of Ash is probably the key to my enjoyment of this well written book. I have known people who feel inadequate for some reason and find they tend to over compensate... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jean