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Unveiled (Turner #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  4,230 ratings  ·  517 reviews
**12 hrs. and 12 mins**

He was her bitterest enemy…

Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beaut
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Published October 1st 2011 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. (first published January 25th 2011)
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UniquelyMoi ~ The 1-click Diva

And ye shall tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet. - Malachi 4:3.

As much as he hates the name he was given by his religiously overzealous mother, Mr. Ash Turner has every intention of living up to it. He has spent the better part of his life watching, waiting for his chance to mete out revenge on his bitter enemy, the Duke of Palford. Now that the means have been laid at his feet, he’ll stop at nothing to see justice served. But will revenge be as sweet a
FAN-TAS-TIC!!! This was my first read by Ms. Milan and, wow, I was very impressed. I loved her writing, the story, the characters - everything.

Ash Turner, a wealthy man who's built his fortune in trade after enduring years of near poverty as a child, is finally close to avenging his sister's death and his brothers' suffering at the hands of the Dalrymples. After discovering that the head of the Dalrymple family, the Duke of Parford, married his mistress (in haste and in secret) when he was too y
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
"I can't read books," he whispered, "but I have other skills. An instinct, if you will--this ability to know things, people, in the blink of an eye. It's how I made my fortune. It's how I knew, when I first saw you…" He trailed off, and reached out and deliberately ran a finger down her arm. "I knew I could trust you," he explained. "Instantly. Irrevocably."

It's beautiful. It's witty. It's charming. But above and beyond…it's incredibly intimate and I adored the subtleties.

"I want you to paint y
When I sit down with a Courtney Milan book it’s like I’m in for a seven-course meal, with a deep romance, drama, humor, angst, an excellent plot and two amazing leads. Milan expands and weaves her novel to just pull the reader deeply into the story and lives of her characters that leaves you wanting to reach the end and at the same time never wanting it to end.

Ash Turner has long overdue payback on his mind, and with his plan brought into motion, he’s out to finally take claim after the suffe
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This is my second book by Courtney Milan and I really enjoyed this story. This author has a definite talent and I love how she incorporates the unusual in her stories and makes it work so well.

I loved the hero, Ash Turner. He is one of those men just oozing with that sizzling sex appeal that draws you in making you love him. But my love for him was not just his charismatic appeal. I liked his character ...he is strong, intelligent, honorable, resilient and protective of those he loves. And whil
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Ms. Milan has lived up to the promise I saw in her writing in the short story I read in The Heart of Christmas: A Handful of Gold\ The Season for Suitors\ This Wicked Gift. I loved the way she wrote her hero and heroine, and knew she was a writer I wanted to follow. I'm glad that she had written another story that I felt that way about. Her characters are very well-crafted, deep, complex, and textured. I found myself continually evaluating things from each one's perspective, and it was difficult ...more
This must be the only historical romance whose hero’s great weakness is his extreme dyslexia.

It was fairly well-paced and hot but we ultimately didn’t get along because of three themes existing in this novel, that I am not a fan of.

- ‘From the first moment he knew she was the one’: this meant to be and love from the first sight crap is just not for me. If you tell me on page one that he knew she was the one, then you don’t have to really build your characters and their relationship with each oth
I decided to give this book a try, my first ever Courtney Milan, having seen the praise lavished on both author and book gathering the momentum of an avalanche. Obviously, previous crushing disappointment has not yet taught me to mistrust this kind of 'enthusiasm' and see through all this thoroughly undeserved praise.

Everything in this book is so smugly mature, so insufferably idealised, so wishfully civilised, that you could both smell and feel the starch. The reader is assaulted by a narrativ
Mimi Smith
Jul 17, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mimi by: Ana Smith
5 stars

“They want a woman who is a canvas, white and empty. Standing still, existing for no other purpose than to serve as a mute object onto which they can paint their own hopes and desires. They want their brides veiled. They want a demure, blank space they can fill with whatever they desire.”

“Miss Lowell, you magnificent creature, I want you to paint your own canvas. I want you to unveil yourself.”

Wow! This book was much more captivating than I'd thought it would be. I loved it! So many than

Courtney Milan is quickly becoming an all-time favorite HR author for me and "Unveiled" is the perfect example as to why. The characters of Ash Turner and Lady Margaret are two of the most endearing, yet believable, honorable yet torn characters on page today. The story is engaging with twists and turns one never expects - especially the big one at the end! The only glitch for me was the "from the moment he saw her he knew he would seduce her" aspect.. it just didn't fit with his otherwis
Bark's Book Nonsense
4 1/2

Margaret wanted to despise Ash Turner. He had exposed her father’s bigamy, ruined her mother’s reputation, made her and her brother’s bastards and through legal machinations was attempting to inherit everything that belonged to her family. But Ash Turner wasn’t at all who she expected when he shows up to inspect the holdings. He’s handsome and amiable and quickly charms the staff. He seems to truly care about the people and the holdings and may possibly make a better duke than her own fathe
Jess the Romanceaholic
I couldn't come up with a synopsis that didn't contain spoilers, and since this book isn't out yet, I'll begin with the official blurb:
Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his drea
I have to say, Courney Milan did an excellent job making the perfect hero in her newest installment, Unveiled! Everything I thought Ash would become as a character, was entirely different as to how he truly became later in the book. He was sweet, loveable, protective, and very endearing-- even if some of the things that he did made me want to smack him for hurting Margaret. And Margaret, oh she was a strong heroine all right. From the very beginning, she was smart, full of wit and a backbone; wh ...more
I got off on the wrong foot with this: Ash, the newly established heir to a dukedom, is immediately smitten with the old Duke’s “nurse” and in his interactions with her, he seemed like the kind of 1960’s guy who would convince women they had to have sex with him if they really believed in Free Love. I don’t trust men who are proud of themselves for not being rapists.

Luckily, Ash heroed up very fast and turned out to be an awesome guy. (view spoiler)
3.5 stars

When it comes to historical romances, something different can be so refreshing. Unveiled had the potential to stand out, to be different. It doesn't have a common theme like romance between the rake and the innocent. What it has is a romance between an honorable man and an honorable but not-so-innocent lady.

Ash Turner was a figure of a gentleman, through and through. He had all the kindness and patience. He survived from poverty, he makes his own fortune. He knows how to treat a woman
Karen Booklover
Absolutely loved it , a very different book in the sense that even when somebody tried to create misunderstandings between the H/h they still believed in each other instantly.

I loved the hero , he charmed me and swept me off my feet . This was dreamy , swoony HR at its best.

A must read :)
Feb 17, 2011 chanceofbooks rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of: Tess Dare, Elizabeth Hoyt, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Zoe Archer
Courtney Milan is the next superstar of historical romance, and this is her breakout book. Her first two books were innovative, intelligent, and deeply emotional and are also on my keeper shelf, but this book is something truly special. Milan offers a unique voice to the genre--deeply emotional writing that also stays true to deep POV with rich characterization and innovative plots. With the rise of the super-sexy historical, this book is a great middle ground with the intelligent plot and chara ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
It might just be that I'm extra busy right now, but I haven't been able to get into much of anything. However, the pacing of Unveiled seemed slow and I kept waiting for something to happen to make me want to keep reading and when it didn't happen, I decided to move on.
Elizabeth (Liz)
I do believe I'm missing the I-love-Courtney-Milan gene that everyone seems to have. I skimmed big portions of this story. It was deadly dull. Proficiently written, but *deadly* dull.
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4.5 stars


Unveiled focuses on Ash Turner, a man in desperate need of revenge after the Dalrymple family ruined his life. After he propositions to have the current Duke removed and have Ash replace him, he ends up affecting more lives than he intended. Margaret is a seemingly innocent party but more closely involved in the scandal than Ash is aware of, even after he finds himself falling love with her he still doesn’t know the truth.

Every single Courtney Milan book I’ve read has been so full of win. Her writing really speaks to me on so many levels. Courtney’s skill as a writer is shown perfectly with her heroes and heroines and the interactions that on the surface seem to be one thing, when really underneath their dialogue and conversations is another thing altogether. Not many authors can write a successful character driven story, but Courtney has done it time and again. Her latest, Unveiled is another beautifully written ...more
I liked it, I scoffed at it, I loved a bit of it, I rolled my eyes. This book gave me whiplash. ALL of that TO-DO and PISH-TOSH then to finally roll it all up like a scroll in a pretty ribbon in the last 3% or so? I cluck my tongue disapprovingly. Also got a bit of a headache.

I'll post some notes if I feel like revisiting. In short, character wishy-washiness; plot holes abound; general WTF unbelievability (come on, more than a regular ol' historical romance? you know I ain't lyin'). Then some i
I've had this one lurking on my kindle, for well, months. I'm not sure what stopped me from reading it promptly, but when I really started it, I enjoyed it. It's a variation on a couple of old tropes - heroine with horrible brothers and dying father finds out she's actually a bastard.. arrogant, wealthy, sexy distant relative, who was once abandoned by said father comes along to inherit dukedom... blah, blah, blah... But this one actually has a couple of nicely written twists in it, that I can't ...more
Loved. That's all I have to say. Ok, just kidding...but really, I absolutely enjoyed this book. This is the first book I have read from Courtney Milan and I am very happy that I have purchased her two previous books (Proof by Seduction and Trial by Desire) because I can not wait to read them if they are anything like Unveiled!

What did I love about this book? The hero, Ash Turner for one. He has harbored ill feelings to the Duke of Palford for turning him away when he was young and his two brothe
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5+++++ Stars

After having only read 2 books by Courtney Milan, she has now become one of my Automatic Buy authors.

The plot has been dissected by many other reviewers, so I will just concentrate on my thoughts on the characters themselves.

This was without question one of the best historical novels I have ever read. Milan has such a beautiful way of bringing a story to life. Each and every character is fully developed and she especially has a knack for creating
Heroine is the daughter of a duke who has never been "seen" by her family. They take her for granted, when they're not outright mistreating her.
The hero is the distant relative of the duke who's discovered that the duke's current offspring aren't actually legitimate. The duke was a bigamist, who never bothered telling his second wife he'd been previously married and didn't bother to end that marriage. The hero comes to check up on the estate, the heroine has stayed behind to take care of the ai
Lady Wesley
Excellent narrator. Excellent author. Reasonable price. What's not to like? As a businesswoman and as an author, Courtney Milan is the gold standard.
I'm in no shape to write as comprehensive review as I did for the sequel Unclaimed, mostly because I'm lazy and because this not being one of my few ARCs I don't feel obligated enough. But at the same time I feel like I'm not doing this book justice if I don't.

Courtney Milan can write a romance, again, in the best sense of the word. Her characters while highly sexual beings even in historical setting don't just abandon their morals and jump in the sack at the first opportunity. In fact, I'd be
The parts where the brothers think they hate each other made me tear up. The parts where it seemed like Margaret would only find self-worth because Ash told her to made me cranky, but Milan eventually addressed it. Still, this somehow wasn't as good as I'd expected after Unlocked; I kept expecting it to be just a little bit better than it was. Or maybe Ash and Margaret were too sensible for my angst-loving heart; the deceptions which would lead to grandiose melodrama in other books were dealt wi ...more
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