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Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past—secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom… ...more
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Published December 9th 2011 by Courtney Milan (first published December 8th 2011)
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4.5 stars

"I'm not broken," he repeated. "Although at the moment..." This was what came of violating the sentimentality quota. Everything he kept bottled inside him came out. He shut his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose. "At the moment," he muttered numbly, "I may be coming a bit unraveled."

Miranda Darling, seamstress and wig-maker, is at twenty years of age also the guardian of a twelve year-old boy. For their protection she works at times for the Patron, a shadowy figure who keeps the pe
UniquelyMoi ~ The 1-click Diva

Every so often I go through my Goodreads book shelves, making sure they're nice and tidy; books listed on all the right shelves, star rated and reviews written. That's what I was doing today, and imagine my surprise when I discovered that I had not written my review for this book! I was floored. Simply shocked that I had forgotten to do so.

Well, it might have been quite some time since I read the book, and though I had forgotten to write the review, I have not forgotten the story, or how much I
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"You anchor me without holding me down. You frighten me without threatening my future. You're unflinchingly devoted. I love you."

It's enthralling. It's thoughtful. It's sweet. It's witty. But above and beyond…it's emotional.

Wow, this was pretty fabulous! *bliss* *swoon* *sigh* Ms. Milan delivers in spades!

The story starts off with Miranda Darling playing a young lady in the hearing room. She is a seamstress and wig-maker and the guardian of Robbie, a young boy.
I'm just going to post a few thoughts from this truly fabulous book.

~Smite Turner. He is the type of tortured soul that you just want to hug but he refuses to let anyone in due to his childhood and the circumstances suffered from his crazy mother. His reasons for keeping all that fresh and foremost in his mind will make you tear up and love him all the more and see him as a wonderful, different, type of hero

~Miranda Darling. Daughter of actors and fluent in disguises, she becomes a central part
Dec 15, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of British historical romance
*potential spoilers*

Each time I read a book by Courtney Milan I think that she can't possibly write anything better, and yet I'm always wrong. I'm going to say it again - Unraveled can't possibly be topped!

Each chapter took us deeper into the psyche of Smite, traveling the long and disturbing road of his childhood, but cheering for him with each small victory that is revealed. I'm at a loss to describe how much I simply loved him as he made Miranda his. Oh he was definitely cruel at times but i
I wish that I could give this 5 more stars!!! There are some books that become more than just a mere romance and this one of those books. The emotions of the book become so sharp that you have to stop reading for just a moment to clear your eyes and catch your breath. That was how Smite's and Miranda's romance went for me. At time is was sharp, beautiful and painful. Smite has closed himself off from everybody, because of his experiences in the past. But once he met Miranda, he couldn't hold him ...more
This book put me in a terrible predicament. In all honesty, I cannot rate a book, no matter how well written (and this one is) high when the subject matter is one I absolutely hate - that of a young innocent selling her body to someone for the promise of money, with the rest of the book centered on that sexual relationship. Unfortunately there was absolutely no reference whatsoever to that subject matter in the synopsis or I would have avoided it altogether, in my defense, however, until now, I ...more
Mimi Smith
5 stars

“I was hoping I could avoid the bit in the proposal where I lay out all the advantages of the match to you. There aren’t nearly enough of them. The truth is simply this: you can find a better man than I. God knows you wouldn’t have to look very hard. But I don’t believe you can find one who loves you more.”

What a beautiful story! A satisfying ending of the trilogy. Before this book I wasn't sure about Smite, but here I really got to love him.

Smite, aka ‘The Lord said in his heart, I will
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I was waiting anxiously for Smite's story, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm a sucker for the damaged heroes bit, and Smite is definitely a bit touched. And, shock of all shocks, I liked the heroine. Like, completely. I don't recall there being anything about her that I didn't like. She was straightforward and not weighed down by petty indecision and useless shame. She doesn't hold herself to some ridiculously high standard and claim some moral high ground all the time, which I find to be exceeding ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: December 9, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Self-Published
Imprint: N/A
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Part of a Series: Yes, Book #3, Turner
Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

I do think that for the most part, this book works well as a standalone. However, there’s just enough interaction with the rest of
I liked the second book in this trilogy better, but still really enjoyed this book. The heroine is a scrappy thief character, and the hero is a slightly Asperger's magistrate. Non-traditional combo, but fun to read. There were some improbable twists, and the hero is kind of a jerk-off sometimes, but you at least understand why he's so psychologically damaged. And you definitely root for it to work out between them.

You don't have to read them in order to know what's going on btw.
Hmmm...Unraveled had me hooked. More sexy times than the first two in the series, but I still liked Ash and Mark's stories better. Smite and Miranda made a great couple and I enjoyed how well they communicated with each other. Even though Smite put me off with his starchy magistrate self, the way he shared his childhood with Miranda was very endearing. They were upfront with each other and worked through things. At first, when Miranda agreed to be his mistress for a month, I was like NOOOOOO!! B ...more
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
I can’t believe that I only discovered Courtney Milan last year, but I’m so glad I did. It’s no wonder she’s become one of my favourite authors. Her stories are original and beautifully crafted, her characters are unique and compelling and her writing is so emotional, evocative and sensual.

There was just enough of Smite in the previous books to intrigue me and I’ve been anticipating reading Unraveled ever since.

The hero, emotionally scarred by past childhood events, is common enough in the worl
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Blog Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I, along with many I’m sure, have been waiting for Smite’s story from the second I finished UNCLAIMED. His past was full of abuse from a mentally unstable mother. When his older brother, Ash, left home, he tried to take the attention off his younger brother Mark – unfortunately that put all her attention on Smite. He suffered so much and when he went to the town elders to voice his concerns about what his mother was doing and what
Milan's talent shines, making this a keeper and a favorite! Captivating read from beginning to end!

Sarah (saz101)
Another absolute delight from the talented Milan. Milan's writing bears far more in common with the darker Lord of Scoundrels and Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase, than the lighter, fun regency fairytales of Julia Quinn, and, despite a hero named for one, this is not a story of rainbows, nor easy happily ever afters. It shares far more in common with the flood preceding.

But do not fear: we do get a happily ever after, and it's the work it takes to get there that renders it so much more rew

“ ‘Well’, Miranda said. ‘It’s a sweet tale about kittens and puppies and rainbows and love.’ “

If I were cruel I would leave you only with that quote (loc. 4736) which is great, true, cynical and deceptive at the same time. Officially it is a romance novel but it also reminded me of Eugene Sue and Jane Austen – not bad authors to be compared to!

Miranda Darling is a gifted girl like no other. She has been raised among actors and had a fairly happy childhood. Unfortunately she was soon le
I read both the other two books in this series, Unveiled and Unclaimed, and I enjoyed it much more than either of them. The hero and heroine really come across as, well, real people. Neither of them do particularly stupid things. What they do, and what they say actually make sense, particularly the hero pushing away anyone who has ever shown him compassion or love. It really does work. I also liked the plot itself. It was intriguing and conjured up Dickens and the wasteland of Victorian slums, a ...more
Rachel Brown
This book was basically written for me: a sweet, sexy romance, with some action and lots of psychologically-based angst. Bonus points for including a bunch of stuff which I happen to like, including scenes at a theatre, food descriptions, characters with families and responsibilities, period-accurate birth control (it bugs me when I keep thinking that the heroine is going to get pregnant at any moment), and a "mistress for a month" agreement.

I managed to read the last in the series first, but it
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So I realized that while I spend rather a lot of time lauding the genuine charms of Courtney Milan's writing, I have only reviewed one of her books. And that one a novella. Personally, I think she's elevated the novella into an art form, but her novels are incredibly entertaining as well. It's high time I went back in the stacks and reviewed possibly my favorite of her full-length novels. Rose Lerner recommended this book to me early last year and, as it is t
Rating: 4.5 Stars

It's official: Courtney Milan is my new favorite author. While I'm not known to have much luck in the historical romance genre, Milan subverts a plethora of overused tropes, making her novels enticingly real. Although I've only read three of her works so far, they've featured a doctor intent on using revolutionary means to prevent the spread of infection, a thug (of sorts) who has followed instructions without questioning them for years, and now a magistrate whose middle name m
11 October 2014: $0.99 on Kindle

What a fantastic series this was! Each book is unique, interesting, and fun. And great, great characters throughout. Plus I really felt like I was back in the 1800s.
Anne OK
(4.5 stars) I thoroughly enjoyed the last book in this series. Good characters written with depth along with an entertaining and interesting storyline add up to the reasons why Courtney Milan has become one of my favorite historical writers. I'm looking forward to her next book with great anticipation.
Having read Unveiled and Unclaimed both, I knew what I was getting myself in for. That's why this review is littered with comments about the anxious wait I was made to suffer until self-published Unraveled was released. You'd think the author would have the decency to write something bad to make it up to me, to make my part as reviewer easier, but no. Damn you Milan, how dare you make me love Smite Turner even more than I thought I would? And Miranda Darling and Ghost? How dare you!

Of the three
Such an enjoyable conclusion to the Turner storyline. One of the things I've enjoyed must about this series (three books, a novella, and a few outtakes on the author's site) has been the interwoven story lines. The bits and pieces spread throughout the various stories tied up very nicely with this book.

Smite was just what I wanted him to be, Miranda was a perfectly matched addition to this crazy family, and the mystery throughout the last story was intriguing without being overwhelming. The hor
It is very rare when every book in a series is considered a 5-Star read. But, that is exactly what happened with Courtney Milan's epic Turner Family series. For those of you who do not know, the Turner brothers were cursed with an insane and abusive mother. Each of these men reacted differently to their mother's treatment and have unique character quirks that endear them to readers.

Unveiledis the first book and tells the story of Ash, the eldest, who escaped from their mother's clutches to make
Suzie Quint
Another home run for Courtney Milan.

It's easy to figure out why I enjoy Ms. Milan's books so much. Her characters are not the run-of-the-mill historical romance characters. (Even their names often speak to their uniqueness. Smite. He may hate it, but I think it's a great name.) The men are not tortured and tormented or, if they have been as it could be argued that Smite has been, they're not broken and the women are not TSTL. I was a little leery when Miranda was threatened with blackmail. It s
K.J. Charles
Ohhhhhh. /melts/ Just loved this, loved Smite, loved Miranda, loved everything. A lovely romance in a vividly drawn setting, made me happy.
Really enjoyed this fabulous story. I would give 5+ stars to the hero, Smite Turner! I absolutely and completely adored him along with his sentimentality quota ;)

“Would you know,” he said, his tone a bit more businesslike, “this conversation has officially exceeded my daily quota for mawkish sentimentality. That’s it, then.” “Quota?” she said. “What are you talking about?” “My sentimentality quota. There’s a limit as to how much sentiment I will tolerate in a day. I’ve just reached it.”

I ended up liking this book very much…but it starts out so slow and although it has great dialogue, (as an audio listener) it kept putting me to sleep! I told myself….okay, this is boring…And if it doesn’t get better in the next chapter, I’m done…but then I couldn’t quit listening…and finally near the end of the book, it heats up a bit and ended nicely. Not my favorite by Milan….but enjoyable.
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“No man is broken because bad things happen to him. He’s broken because he doesn’t keep going after those things happen.” 29 likes
“I'm not broken,' he repeated. 'Although at the the moment, I may be coming a bit unraveled.” 21 likes
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