I really liked the characters in this one. Mia has a definite lack of self-confidence, but not to the point where I felt annoyed with it. She's aware of it and in her own weird way she owns it.
I thought Vander's character was really well crafted. Given the relationships of his parents, he's never really known what a solid and loving relationship is. Even though he comes across insensitive at times, I never felt that he intended to come across that way.
Both Mia and Vander struggled with bullies in their younger lives, and I loved how their experiences influence their treatment of Charlie (Mia's orphaned nephew)....more
And Courtney Milan does it again. Seriously, I love her.
It's difficult to write a novella that does a good job of developing character and I felt UnloAnd Courtney Milan does it again. Seriously, I love her.
It's difficult to write a novella that does a good job of developing character and I felt Unlocked excelled at it. Even though the novella takes place within a short window of time, you really get to know these characters and the way their personalities have developed since they were young.
A good quick read and completely stand alone from the other books in the Turner series. ...more
I wish to note that I do not recommend the Audiobook version of this, more info at the end of the review.
Three books down and I have officially adI wish to note that I do not recommend the Audiobook version of this, more info at the end of the review.
Three books down and I have officially added Courtney Milan to my "I-will-read-anything-by-this-author" list.
I've been looking forward to Smite's book since we met him in the first one - he always came across as a aloof, so I was excited to learn more about him. Milan delivered.
I don't wan to get too book report-y on this, so I'm going to make a list of reasons why I loved this book (and, really, Courtney Milan's other books too).
-Smite is nothing like any romantic hero I have ever encountered before, but I still loved him and his story.
-Miranda is smart. She thinks for herself. She's honest. And she's incredibly patient to deal with Smite's inability to show any real feelings.
-There is no magic fix for Smite's issues and this is acknowledged by the characters. I honestly can not express how happy this made me. Smite has some serious psychological issues from his childhood and most romances would introduce a heroine as a panacea, Milan does not. Yes, there is a form of comfort that Smite finds in Miranda, but it is not a cure-all and it made their relationship seem all the more real.
I got a super good deal on this as a whispersync Kindle/Audible package, so I went with it. The book is narrated by Nicole Quinn and she just didn't do it for me. Her voice seemed more appropriate for a late middle-aged woman and I couldn't connect her with our young 20s heroine.
On top of that, it seemed like every man in the story sounded extremely raspy or high-pitched an annoying. All the other women sounded snobby or old and raspy. No one seemed to have a normal voice.
Do yourself a favor and get this in print or ebook. ...more