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Unlocked (A Turner Series) [Kindle Edition]

Courtney Milan
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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...

Unlocked is a novella of 28,000 words (about 111 pages).


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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 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.... 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477584722
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Courtney Milan (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052YFNFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney wishes she could say she has lived in numerous fabulous places. But aside from her husband, there is a distinct lack of fabulousness in her life. Instead, she is happy when standards in the Milan household hover above mediocrity. Her husband attempts not to kill people for a living. In exchange, Courtney attempts not to do the dishes.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The basic idea of a male bully finally growing up and regretting his past mistreatment of a woman he is actually secretly attracted to sounds good in principle, but in application the author fails badly. In all fairness I thought the story started off reasonably well, but sadly after initially being well written and interesting it started to follow a somewhat silly plot line.
The "tie me up so you see how bad I feel about bullying you" scene is just ridiculous.
The heroine having a wardrobe malfunction, then having not only a massive reversal of opinion in relation to forgiving the repentant hero, but rushing to have sex with him also rings false.
After ten years of suffering because of his and his fellow bullies actions she gets horizontal with him when he makes a few overtures begging her forgiveness? Really, is anyone that trusting? How can she be certain at that point that he and his cronies aren't planning a parting shot? Surely she would remain cautious for some time before she starts trusting him? And what woman who has guarded her virtue for so long casts it at the feet of a man who has been so cruel to her in the past?
The language is wrong for the period, there are quite a few Americanisms. It's a short, but not sweet or clean tale.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Read 1 Jun. 2011
By Loves Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a short but perfectly formed story. Once I started I didn't want to stop and resented every interruption. Deeply emotional, the theme of bullying is handled well and the ending is believable and satisfying. Keep a hanky handy! In my opinion, this is Ms Milan's best story yet. Recommended.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing emotional read 16 Jun. 2011
By M. K. Burton VINE VOICE
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Lady Elaine Warren began her first season full of excitement and verve, ready to have her chance at the world. But slowly, she began to fade away and turned into a wallflower of the highest order. The culprit? Evan Carlton, the Earl of Westfield, made Elaine his target. With his insecure cousin in tow, Evan made Elaine's life miserable, until she lost all chance of finding a well-placed husband. But in reality, Evan has always liked Elaine, and his mocking of her was simply an immature reaction to an attraction he didn't know what to do with. Returned from the Continent, and several life-changing experiences, Evan longs to show Elaine just how stupid he was and see if he can have a chance at winning the woman he loves most of all, even if she wants nothing to do with him.

This little novella by Courtney Milan has received rave reviews pretty much everywhere. I'm not going to lie, I was absolutely thrilled when I discovered I could buy it for 86p on my Kindle, even though I'm in the UK. I downloaded it and read it within two days. It's a short novella, equivalent to about 100 pages in print, so it's best read straight in an evening (preferably alone, and with tissues if you're anything like me).

Anyway, despite the reviews, I was genuinely surprised at how well this worked. I often have trouble buying into short romances, because it's hard to believe they'd fall in love so fast, but this one just clicked with me instantly. The back story comes thick and fast, so we're prepared for the characters' reactions immediately. Plus, they tap right into that stereotype of the popular teenager longing for the wallflower, turning around and falling in love with her, then grovelling in order to win her heart back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Downloaded based on reviews 25 July 2013
By Mrs K B
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I downloaded this based on the favourable reviews but it wasn't to my taste. Not a well written regency book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, short, sweet romance 22 Jan. 2013
By Nurrie
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Really good little novella. Very interesting and sexy characters. Suprising depth and build up and tension. Good romance. Liked it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good light read 25 Aug. 2012
By ASUMNER
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I liked this story. The characters are very real and likeable. The heroine had been bullied by her peers for years and the author really demonstrates how that affects victims. Its set in history but the issues raised very much relate to bullying today. To follow Elaines journey and watch her blossom as her confidence grows is very touching.
It's a good light read , well written , enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 14 Aug. 2012
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I downloaded this novella because it was free (I'm shallow like that) but I really enjoyed it. It tackles the subject of bullying - more usually found in contemporary YA novels. As a teenager the hero made the heroine's life a misery. Now he's returned, ten years later, to discover he's ruined her life. It has humour, romance and a few steamy scenes. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 30 July 2012
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I was expecting a normal, frivolous Regency romance but this really surprised me and actually made me cry. The torment of the daughter and oblivious mother is described well, the contrite hero trying to make up for his earlier actions. I'll be purchasing more of her books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A slight and superficial story.
A slight novel in the series. I found it rather superficial - things were resolved much too quickly given the initial premise.
Published 1 month ago by gimmielinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little novella
What a great little novella. Utterly captivating. Read it in a few hours it was so entertaining. Would definitely recommend.
Published 19 months ago by Susan Hodges
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Loved this book loved the story and the characters. Will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy reading it again.
Published 20 months ago by Jangler
3.0 out of 5 stars Unkocked
Ah that was lovely a gentle love story kept you going until the end I will look out for more off her books
Published 22 months ago by linda ann angus
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING!!!!
Rubbish! too many cliches for my liking, and I don't think they spoke that badly in that period either. The only good thing, it was a short read........NEXT!
Published 23 months ago by sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual
This is an unusual but enjoyable book. I thought it would be difficult to have a hero who had been a bully but the author achieved it. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Paula Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i cant say enough for courtney milan. her writing just makes me escape into another world. the sense are high on alert and my mind is spinning with the pictures she creates in my... Read more
Published on 26 Mar. 2013 by aysha
4.0 out of 5 stars A great way to spend a couple of hours
Really nicely written book. The period is perfectly described and has you pulled into the story very quickly.
Lady Elaine's character was really compelling. Read more
Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by 1D82 Many
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocked
What a golden nugget of a read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and was sad when it ended so soon. Would you consider writing a full version Courtney?
Published on 14 Feb. 2013 by Jeb
4.0 out of 5 stars An Easy read
Although a novella and therefore short the characters are well formed and you quickly get involved in their story .You even felt sorry for the nasty Lady Cosgrove ! Read more
Published on 12 Feb. 2013 by cranky history lover
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