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Unveiled (Turner #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  6,871 Ratings  ·  745 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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"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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Bless you, Courtney Milan, master of historical romance, for giving me this gift of a book. Holy crap, you are one talented lady.

I'm obsessed with everything Courtney Milan, and I'm beyond excited to have a new-to-me series from her to explore. I've loved every book by this author that I've ever read, and this book was no different. It was clever, sexy, smart, and impeccably written. Courtney Milan needs to teach a class so she can SCHOOL all the historical romance authors who try, and fail, to
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, victorian-era
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
Jan 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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.
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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Unveiled is a blended story that roots for love, whether it’s filial or romantic, meshed with an intriguing buildup.

The story follows Ash Turner, a self-made man who rose to power by outwitting his enemies. He is determined, and he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty if the situation requires it. His desire to take revenge on the man who had forsaken his family had landed him as the possible heir of a dukedom.  Then, he meets Lady Margaret. To his knowledge, she was the nurse to the duke of the
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
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
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of family romances
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)
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Courtney Milan can do no wrong in my book. This one wasn't one of my favorites, but it was still an engaging, enjoyable, well-written romance. Milan's sex scenes are always hot without tumbling into squick or, even worse, spouting cliches. Terms like "searing kiss" and "rocked her to her core" are really starting to piss me off, and thank heavens, Milan does not stoop to that level.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Making this short but Unveiled reminds me why I love historical romance. Ash is simply the best, most amazing hero. Never have I wanted a character in a book to be as real as this one. Tender, patient, some decent alpha. Just plain excellent.
Juliette Cross
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! I'm dying to read the brothers' books now. Milan has a brilliant flair for creating such compelling characters, I simply can't get them out of my mind. This one tugs on the heartstrings in so many ways.
Laura V.
Leí el primer capítulo hace mucho. Lo descarté porque en ese primer cap, la atracción de Ash por Margareth es un flechazo a primera vista y porque Margareth siente una obvia hostilidad hacia él. Las historias de venganza o engaños no me gustan mucho.

Pero hoy, revisando el reader, vi que no lo había borrado, así que lo continué para darle una oportunidad a esta autora que Mics tanto recomienda.

Si pudiera abrazar a los Turner y besuquearles hasta quedarme sin aliento lo haría. Son tan bellos *-* A
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Duchess Nicole
This seemed to be one that everyone else like but I didn't. To be honest, I was just bored throughout nearly the whole thing. I can understand the allure of it, I suppose. The idea behind the story is one that sounded interesting. Who doesn't love a little revenge? Especially when its taken too far and becomes an obsession?

It's a bit darker than a lot of the HR that I've read. The emotions maybe more real, the situations a bit less fantastical. But that's what I like about Historical romance, es
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

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
Katherine 黄爱芬
Ash Turner sudah merancang bertahun-tahun utk membalas dendam kpd Duke Parford, sepupu jauhnya yg sdh sepuh. Ash sdh nyaris berhasil merebut gelar Duke tsb dgn pengajuan bigami yg mengakibatkan anak-anak Parford dinyatakan anak-anak haram.

Margaret, anak gadis satu2nya Parford, memutuskan mjd sukarelawati utk memata-matai Ash, dgn menyamar sbg perawat ayahnya. Seiring berjalannya waktu, Margaret & Ash malah saling jatuh cinta. Margaret terbelah kesetiaannya antara kepada kakak2nya atau kepada
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 03, 2015 11:04AM  
True Love 101: Turner and Brothers Sinister series 28 22 Dec 31, 2013 11:21PM  
  • A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
  • Sweet Disorder (Lively St. Lemeston Book 1)
  • Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5)
  • Three Nights with a Scoundrel (Stud Club, #3)
  • Ravishing the Heiress (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #2)
  • The Black Hawk (Spymasters, #4)
  • Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3)
  • Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven, #3)
  • How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6)
  • A Little Bit Wild (York Family, #1)
  • My Dearest Enemy
  • Reckless (The House of Rohan, #2)
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
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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