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(Turner #1.5)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  7,617 ratings  ·  836 reviews
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 wall ...more
ebook, 111 pages
Published May 31st 2011 (first published May 26th 2011)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Because even wallflowers fight back…


This might be the best novella I’ve ever read. It was such an emotional story, one that had me in tears one minute and laughing the next. It’s a story filled with hurt and sadness, hope and happiness, forgiveness and love.

Years earlier a callow, cruel Evan Carlton, Earl of Westfeld and his cousin, Diane, ruined a young woman’s debut into society, and pretty much turned Lady Elaine Warren into a pariah. She lost any hope of marrying well, and as if it wer
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Many GRs friends
Unlocked is a fantastic short novel about a man who faces his past, and earns the love, trust, and forgiveness of the one woman he always wanted but was afraid to go after honorably, to break out of the mode of society's expectations for him.

I totally identified with Elaine. I was picked on incessantly growing up. No matter what I did, it was the focus of ridicule in school. I followed her plan of attack and withdrew into myself, pretending like it didn't matter. If you pretend like it doesn't m
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a changed woman. I have seen the error of my ways.

Why, oh, why did I ever criticize Courtney Milan's writing in A Kiss For Midwinter? Maybe I read it wrong. Maybe I had a momentary lapse in judgment. Maybe an alien from Mars who hated amazing writing took over my brain and spitefully wrote that review.

Because there is no way in hell that Courtney Milan's writing could be anything but great.

Wow. Unlocked was such an enjoyable read. My attention was captured from the first chapter to the la
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More


I first heard about this book on twitter. Jane Litte (yes, THE Jane, the one from Dear Author) was saying how wonderful it was. And as I hustled over to to buy it, Jane did the coolest thing ever-she bought 20 copies of the ebook and gifted it to the first 20 responders from twitter. I was lucky enough to be one of those 20.

That being said, Courtney Milan is a new author to me. With the cruel actions of the hero,
Not feeling the romance buzz of late, I've taken a break from all romance, only to be pulled back with this amazing short story by one author I know can write some amazing novels with beautifully deep characters.

Ten years ago Lady Elaine Warren (BF of the heroine of Unveiled) was mocked and teased by Evan Carlton to the point that even ten years later she's sunned by society. Now a man, Evan returns to see the damage he's done to Elaine a wallflower and feel disgusted with himself, his cousin
I bought this with some trepidation, not having liked the previous Milan book I tried. However, I absolutely love her intelligent blog posts ( and commentary, and a dollar didn't seem much to spend to say thank you. I was so glad I took the small chance.

This novella was special, partially because it has such an original plotline and partially because it's (reasonably) plausible historical fiction that speaks so strongly to concerns we have right now. I'm
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review to come later... In the meantime, here's my favorite line in the book:

"Over the years, everyone stumbles. That's why I'll be here for you — and you'll be there for me. I don't expect perfection. I want you, and you're a thousand times better."
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, novella
Favorite Quote: “If I’m to list the things I want, I want to own your quiet possession,” he continued, “and drive the wariness from your eyes.”

Do you remember when you were young and a kid would pick on you or tease you and your parents would say – oh, that’s just because deep down, he or she really likes you? This is Lady Elaine’s life – except she has to endure it as an adult, in the eyes of the ton. Elaine has quite a laugh – some say it sounds like a horse with a pig’s snort and they have ni
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*3.5 stars, rounded down for the narration*

I listened to this book in audio format, and though I actually thought that the narrator did a nice job acting out the story, his voice was a real stumbling block for me. I looked up the age of the narrator, Simon Prebble, and he is in his mid 70s. He sounds like he is in his mid-70s. While most other reviewers love his narration of this story, I thought he sounded much too old for the MC, and his female voices were just ancient sounding.

In terms of th
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
Oh my goodness, I'm going to be devouring Courtney Milan books over the holidays!

I absolutely love every single book in the Turner series! This novella is perfect despite the brevity.

A man who loved a woman when he was too young to be mature enough to handle it, made fun of her and made her a laughing stock of society. The young man (despite being 19 which is really a little too old to be making fun of women bc he's infatuated) nevertheless reminded me of my Highschool days.

Boys are just so hor
♡Karlyn P♡
Wow, loved it. Thank you to everyone who recommended this gem.

A great enemies-to-lovers historical novella.

Some favorite quotes:
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May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historicals
Full review now posted

"I had hoped you wanted to say that," he whispered into her ear. "Now might I repeat it louder?" He took her mouth again. She tasted of cinnamon. She yielded in his arms as he drew her closer. His hands crept up her side, and found nothing but soft fabric and softer flesh underneath.

Whispers…I'm a little bit disappointed. May I say it louder? I'm a little bit disappointed. Unlocked didn't captivate me.

For such a short novella there were just too many characters involved. In
5 stars – Historical Romance Novella

Wow! All the rave reviews for this little gem are right. Unlocked is a wonderful novella that’s beautifully written, emotional, and sweet, and it made me cry, smile, and cheer. I loved it! 5 sigh-worthy stars!
Really good short story about a heroine who was bullied by the hero and his friends 10 years before. He just came back after the 10 year absence and is trying to apologize and make it up to her. Very nice story! Check it out, it's only 99 cents on Kindle and well worth the money, it was emotional and sweet! ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Here are some of my thoughts:
• Elaine seemed so silly and superficial (but ultimately nice) in the previous book, and I’m glad to like her more here.
• The romance is a conflicting one. Bullying is such a sensitive topic, and I can only imagine how hard it would be to both forgive and love someone who has bullied you before. However, I can recognize Evan’s maturity now and his shame at what he has done. So I do believe him redeemable.
• Aw. Elaine’s relationship with her mother is really sweet an
Geri Reads
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 solid stars!!

This is my first Courtney Milan read, and I must say, she did not disappoint. Unlocked reminded me of Bully, albeit the HR version. I enjoyed Bully, so it was no surprise I enjoyed this one as well.

Elaine Stockhurst had been the object of the ton's ridicule ever since she came out to society years ago. She was different, you see and attracts an unhealthy attention due to her laugh and her, ahem, generous bosoms. Elaine has long accepted her place in society by making herself as in
Pamela Shropshire
Now THIS is how you write a story of redemption! Even though it was a novella, it had better character development and angst than many full length novels I've read.

Years earlier, Evan, Lord Westfield, was attracted to Lady Elaine (best friend of Lady Margaret from book 1) but he behaved very, very immaturely and stupidly. He, along with his cousin, Lady Diana, hurt her deeply. Evan finally realized what he had done and didn't see how he could make it right, so he ran away. Now he's back in Londo
Sam (AMNReader)
The beginning of this just didn't work for me. The trust test was outrageous, 19 is too old for bullying because of love, and again it felt oddly inconsistent. The back half of this book saved it, but unfortunately it was short so it was difficult for me to let go of the early reading experience. While my investment in Lady Elaine was somewhat immediate, that was very much to the detriment of me rooting for Evan. Yes he was sweet and had all the reasons, but his upstaging and stories grated on m ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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I think what I enjoyed most about this story is that it’s not just about a “wallflower” coming into her own, but also about forgiveness and finding out exactly
10 years: that number really hit me in the face. Evan and Elaine met in 1830. That same year, Evan left England. He returned in 1838. When he meets Elaine again, at a ball in 1840, it’s been a decade since they’ve seen each other. Long separation … not a trope I love.

Great opening: why is an earl who once “dominated society” feeling uneasy as he enters the ballroom with his cousin Diana? What had he done that made him hate himself? He spots Lady Equine (Lady Elaine Warren) even though she’s easy
Elizabeth (Liz)
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am, unfortunately, very much able to relate to the character of Elaine. People can be so vicious and cruel to anyone who doesn't look, sound, think, or act as they deem to be within the realm of popularity. It's a very real problem that resonates personally with me, as well as far too many others. And it's an especially relevant topic in today's world where so many young people have been hounded to the point where they take drastic measures. This short story addresses the topic seriously, and ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best novellas I have had the pleasure of reading - EVER! Usually I shy away from the shorts because they just can't seem to successfully carry an interesting and thorough plot while allowing for character development in such a short period . Not so with "Unlocked", in it Ms. Milan hit every single point dead on.

The story is creative and unique (if there is such a thing in HR by now), the character development is pitch perfect. Starting with a wallflower who has been tortuousl
One of the best novellas I have read. This is a truly heartbreakingly beautiful story of a woman who was ridiculed her first season out and how she has dealt with the aftermath. When the man who started the taunting returns ten years later to make amends, you get to see the ostrich bloom into a beautiful swan. She stands strong against temptation and will make you shed a few tears throughout the process. A truly excellent story of overcoming bullying that is truly beautifully written and worth w ...more
I was reading another novel by this author and got a wee bit bored. So I came back to this one and appreciated it all the more, second time 'round. I do hate when the hero is too soft on the 'bee with an itch' out of misplaced 'gentlemaness' and unwarranted compassion. Well it's terribly moral to think of her as a regular person who could mend her ways... as he had. (irreverent 'snort'). Other the fact that I hate novels where 10 years are wasted, this is a great little read. He's more of a beta ...more
Marie Lu
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First of all: Lady Stockhurst. Best mother EVER. This made me want to call my mom and tell her I'm proud of her. :) What a sweet motherly character, always cheery and endearingly oblivious to the biting remarks of others, passionate about mathematics and astronomy....agh, love. LOVE. Milan's romance is sizzling, as always. Evan and Elaine are flawed, sympathetic leads. This is one heck of a good story. ...more
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars

"Over the years everyone stumbles. That's why I'll be here for you-and you'll be there for me. I don't expect perfection. I want you, and you're a thousand times better."

One of the best historicals I read lately. Pity it wasn't longer.
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
I have read book #1 in this series, which was an okay read and so I wasn’t so keen on the rest of the books.
But I’m glad I stumbled on this one by chance. For the spectacular grovel if nothing else.

A very angsty and intriguing premise – a heartless young man makes a laughing stock of a young deb who’s lovely looking but not in the conformed accepted way. Her social life becomes intolerable as she becomes the butt of everyone’s joke and the labels stick so much so that she rarely gets acknowledg
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
To begin with, I must say I really appreciate Courtney Milan's writing ability and have enjoyed her previous novels very much. For some reason, this novella is not my favorite work of hers and it's probably because of those 10 years of suffering of the heroine here.

10 years is a decade. 10 years is one tenth of a century. 10 years is the time it takes for a newborn to grow enough to enter 5th Grade at school. And it shouldn't take 10 years for hero Evan to face up to his big mistake. Evan's cous
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
AMAZING - that’s the first word that came to mind after I’d finished reading Unlocked. Even within the constraints of the novella, Ms Milan‘s story is original, deeply emotional and profoundly moving. I have certainly never come across the theme of bullying in a historical romance before. I am sure that Ms Milan must have done a lot of research to convey with such realism not only the emotional effects of verbal abuse but also the motivations of the abuser as well.

I loved Evan because Ms Milan m
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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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