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(Turner #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  6,447 ratings  ·  649 reviews
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
ebook, 258 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by Courtney Milan (first published December 8th 2011)
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Desiré Any order is fine. I read them completely out of order, 2, 1, 3, 1.5 There isn't any continuous storyline other than couples forming.…moreAny order is fine. I read them completely out of order, 2, 1, 3, 1.5 There isn't any continuous storyline other than couples forming.(less)

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chan ☆
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
this is my second book from Courtney Milan, and regardless of genre, she seems to kill it every time

you have an EXTREMELY stern hero and a really strong willed and passionate heroine. you have a murder plot. you have steamy scenes. you have one of my strangely specific niche passions in historical romance: lawyerly non-dukes.

i won't wax poetic, but pick this up!
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 ~ BlithelyBookish

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
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

"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 b
Sam (AMNReader)
It’s hard to complain when Courtney Milan builds a series around a group of men. At least, so far, I have no complaints. I didn’t like Ash & Margaret’s story as much as I loved these last two, but to be fair, by the point we’re reading about Smite, we already know a great deal about him. At least we have an idea of how tortured he is. Exacting, unforgiving, cold.

And we know Mark knew he needed, and gave him, a dog.

Smite is the difficult character. He’s also intense, straightforward, and loves
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Courtney Milan is my girl when it comes to historical romance, and she rarely disappoints. I'd been looking forward to Smite's book ever since I started the fabulous Turner series, and I am happy to report that I was extremely pleased with this story.

It's been a little while since I read the story, so the details are a little... fuzzy for me. But I loved the stellar writing, the hurt/comfort storyline, and the atypical MCs. I wish the narrator for this audiobook was stronger (the reviews of the
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
Smite Turner might be my fav Hero in this series. Even tho I love Mark (the male virgin), Smite is another trope I just can't resist - the tortured, fundamentally KIND and LOVING serious Hero.


And I love the heroine - Miranda Darling. Miranda, comma, darling :) She's soooo perfect for him! I love how she teases him and understands his bone dry humor. And doesn't let him frighten her with his scowls and coldness and impenetrability.

I Love that Smite has a sentimentality quota. Love the passion bro
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have such fond memories of this book from when I first read it (pre-GRs) in 2014. There are three main reasons for the love.

(1) This was the first Romance I read with an English legal-adjacent hero. Just a magistrate, mind, but I takes what I gets.

(2) Smite, the bottled up, straight laced, stern, emotionally unavailable hero, is pretty much catnip to me.

(3) Then there’s Miranda, Darling, who is his perfect foil and awesome in her own right. I can’t think of too many heroines who, when offere
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
Al George
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And Smite shall be smote, er, rather smitten by love

Crimeny, I am so a fricking Courtney Milan fan girl / woman / old lady. The woman can write. And write well. I adore the tales she weaves and can never get enough. So basically here's what we get:

Smite: tortured hero, abused by cray cray mommie dearest which totes reminds me why religious zealots scare the hell out of me. He has a firm grasp of what he considers right and wrong in his little black and white world. In fact, the dude kinda gets o
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. A decent read about a woman raised in a troupe of actors and a stern Bristol magistrate who fall for each other. Both have issues to be addressed, but they do form a real and convincing relationship, with a HEA.

The heroine's name was Miranda Darling, and I did enjoy the moments in the book where she was trying to decide whether Smite was calling her Miranda Darling or Miranda comma Darling. Cute and nicely done.

It would probably have been better to read the series in order rather than
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to -ya by: Jill
Shelves: hr
Unraveled is a well-written story centered around family dynamics, friendship, poverty and injustice.

Great character development

Smite is an unconventional lord who doesn’t talk a load of bs.

I don’t know how to do anything by halves, Miranda

Miranda is a likable heroine who has common sense.

‘Do you know what they do to men like that?”
They hang them. And it doesn’t matter how good the men are, or how much they keep to themselves, or how kind they are to inquiring children. It doesn’t ma
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Historic Romance Not for me

I didn't realize this was a "mistress" story. The kind where the heroine is forced into it due to poverty or hopeless conditions, while the hero flips back and forth between being nice and being a cold hearted jerk.

Definitely not my cup of tea. I don't care how difficult someone's past is, I want my heroes to be steady and true. I can occasionally extend mercy, but not when he disrespects the heroine to the point that she gives up her dreams.

The story has one bad word,
Carol Cork *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
I have to admit to a little disappointment in this final book of the Turner series. It was a good book, well-written as always, and it was interesting to see it address some issues like the criminalisation of homosexuality in Victorian England and the arbitrary nature of the justice system at the local level. But I was somehow hoping for more from the story about Smite, the third Turner brother, in many ways the most traumatised and damaged of the three.

The heroine, Miranda, was delightful, and
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
i can't believe this series is over! i loved every word of it, one of the only historical romance series to have me so engrossed and captivated. it has all the cliche elements that make this genre so irresistible, yet the romances are set in quite unique settings and the plots are highly intriguing and different.

strongly recommended!
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 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 himse ...more
I finished this a while back, but I've been too lazy to write a review. To be honest, this novel reminded me of all the things that are wrong with this genre.
There are no surprises any more. I'm tired of lazy plots with the sole purpose of filling up pages and bringing angst in the romance. I'm tired of bad villainous characters and spineless heroines. I'm tired of characters forgetting their family, their priorities all for the sake of 'Troo Lurve'. I'm tired of this so-called love happening w
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, romance
Not bad for a historical romance! 3.5 stars
Unraveled is the 3rd book in the Turner series and I ended up reading this as a standalone.

The main characters Smite Turner and Miranda Darling were interesting and had layers. Courtney Milan gave Smite Turner some depth with his backstory and childhood. He suffers from some deep, deep scars and Miranda Darling is an orphan that grew up on the streets of Bristol. She’s street smart, weary and does odd, unlawful jobs for the Patron who is a shadow figure
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

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
Mimi Smith
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel Brown
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
I didn't quite like Smite as much as the other 2 Turner brothers, but it was still a good romance. ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review Posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
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
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
22 October 2015: $0.99 on Kindle

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.
May 27, 2021 rated it liked it
This was my least favourite of the series, I can't really pinpoint why. Probably partially because there was a lot of excitement that could have been had with the plot that never happened, and Smite made a strange turn-around decision on his principles all of a sudden just before the end, which made no real sense to me. But still a fun book and as always, would always recommend you to read a book by this author. ...more
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Courtney Milan’s books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller and a RITA® winner.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After th

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