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An Unconditional Freedom

(The Loyal League #3)

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Daniel Cumberland’s uneventful life as a freed man in Massachusetts ended the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. To then have his freedom restored by the very man who stole his beloved’s heart is almost too much to bear. When he’s offered entry into the Loyal League, the covert organization of spies who helped free him, Daniel seizes the opportunity to help take ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Kensington
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Ashley
I liked this! Almost without reservations! It feels so good to really like a book Alyssa Cole has written. I had some troubles with the first book in this series similar to the ones I've had with Reluctant Royals (character chemistry, mostly), but the second two have both been my favorite things by far that she's written. I think maybe it's because they're such hardcore historical fiction, and with this one especially, the focus is almost equally split between historical detail, individual chara ...more
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I was ambivalent about Alyssa Cole's earliest novellas, but I liked the concept of them. Shorter stories did not really seem to be her forte, and in my review of one of her earliest works, I wrote that she was an author I'd want to revisit if she ever did a full length novel. Well, she did, and that was a while ago, and I've been coming back over and over again, ever since. Alyssa Cole is walking proof that it pays to be an author who i
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Geri Reads
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I've been a fan of Alyssa Cole ever since I picked up A Princess in Theory about a year ago, and hasn't stopped singing her praises. Call me a Cole evangelist from now on. I'll gladly embrace that title because this author has constantly delivered great stories.

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, An Unconditional Freedom is the story of Daniel Cumberland, born a free man in the North, Daniel thought he has his life ahead of him until a betrayal sent him straight south into slaver
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Mónica BQ
I think I liked the book overall, or at least I somewhat enjoyed it, and I loved the cover, but the Spanish is atrocious.

Also, and being honest, I haven't forgotten about Cole's outspoken endorsement of Santino Hassell and how her name led credence to them and she never backtracked from it or at least acknowledged that she played a part in the whole thing.

Anyway, whatever I have to say good or bad about the book has been swallowed entirely by how much I abhorred the Spanish in the book. Main cha
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
There's little doubt that An Unconditional Freedom was written post-November 2016, though no doubt planned earlier. This romance novel is jam-packed with rage. It's a good book, but I will caution that, where the two prior books had a nice balance between romance and political/spying action, An Unconditional Freedom really does not focus on the romance aspect.

As ever, the political aspects are fascinating and nuanced. The heroine, Janeta, is half-Cuban, half-Black, the wealthy daughter of a Cuba
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Kelsie Maxwell
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole is book three in The Loyal League series. Cole has re-exposed the ugly side of American history in these historical fiction novels. This series highlights the civil war and the efforts of individuals working to end the institution of slavery and restore a united nation. Though part of a series, this novel is a standalone. However, I do recommend reading the two previous books for connecting details and added depth. This book brings the story full circle.

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mindful.librarian ☀️
[free review copy] There is historical romance as a genre, and then there is Alyssa Cole's niche there. This series, The Loyal League, takes on an aspect of US history (the enslavement of millions of people) that is difficult to cover with the appropriate severity in romance, and does not hold back one tiny bit in showing the true horrors of the reality.
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In this third installment in the series, it feels as if the rage against the injustices of the treatment of Blacks are dialed up to (a much-war
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
An amazing book! My favourite historical by Alyssa Cole. Set in the American civil war, the story is about 2 people with a lot of growing to do. Daniel, a Black man born free in the North, is experiencing PTSD after having been kidnapped into slavery. Janeta is the Cuban daughter of a slaveowner and a former slave; she's been raised to think herself above other Blacks. Their love story and individual journeys are so beautiful and moving. So is Cole's afterward about the resonance of the themes o ...more
Dorine
AN UNCONDITIONAL FREEDOM by Alyssa Cole is a difficult and inspiring story about racism within American history. The emotion, fear, sadness, and hope for the future shines brilliantly in a novel that’s not always easy to read, even though everyone should.

Author Alyssa Cole emotionally illustrates the American Civil War through pain and aggression from a free man’s point of view, after he unjustly experiences slavery first-hand. This character’s story brought forth my emotion regarding the lack o
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Taryn
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don’t tell me romance isn’t real literature! This is the best of what historical fiction can be. An Unconditional Freedom is the third and final book in the Loyal League series, which follows members of a secret society fighting against slavery during the Civil War. In this book, Daniel Cumberland was born free but captured and sold into slavery. He’s now free again and working for the Loyal League, but his experiences have left scars both visible and invisible. He’s assigned to work a case with ...more
Tqwana
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on 80 Books Blog

Romance takes a bit of a back seat in this final installment in Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series.

And that is not a bad thing. It is the slowest of slow burns, focused more on the individuals loving themselves while gradually falling for each other.

The hero and heroine, Daniel and Janeta, go on an intense journey of healing and self-discovery, which worked for me because I had such a hard time sympathizing with sheltered Janeta at first, knowing th
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Sam (AMNReader)
He was glad she had left this foul chamber pot of a country, that would make a man love it, then remind him how it despised him at every turn.

Daniel's character, a lawyer born free then captured into slavery late in life sets up an interesting trajectory. The sentiments in this book apply as much today as they did then. The anger fueling these pages and that easily ignites within the reader is so persistent and relevant now. And that's why I 'd read this book. This is still an underrepresented v
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Tia
This was the most gritty out of the series. My emotions were everywhere. So many times I held my breathe. Both Janeta and Daniel were trying to find their place in the world. Both of them had little faith in their abilities. In the compassion and trust they had for the other they each found salvation and redemption. I loved the characters (not the confederate ones) and how Cole humanizes them so the reader can connect easily and quickly.

'An Unconditional Freedom' didn't start off well for me. I
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Leigh Kramer
An Unconditional Freedom marks the end of the Loyal League series, a series that needs to be on the every reader’s TBR. While the series is historical romance, I believe it will appeal to non-romance readers as well. The way Alyssa Cole centers the narratives of free Black and enslaved people during the Civil War is not to be missed. This is an important part of American history.

I can't stop marveling over not only what Cole accomplished in this story but the series as a whole. She crafted an am
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Casey
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I admire most about Alyssa Cole's Loyal League series is her effortless fusion of action, history, and romance. Each book has all the thrills of a spy novel (which each is), but Cole finds hope, vulnerability, and emotion in the inhumanity of the Civil War. Having read the two novels before this, I was surprised by the slow burn of Daniel and Janeta's connection. Having said that, I was also impressed by it. Cole spends a lot of time establishing Daniel's trauma as a free black man who is c ...more
Tina
Hum....

I loved this book. I have a LOT of feelings about this book. It was masterfully written, made me angry and sad. The romance was chemical. The characters were fully realized. More serious and darker than the other two books in the series.

I will probably expand more later. This author is really impressing me with the breadth of her writing.
Deanne Patterson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic, being that this is the third book in the series and I've read the two previous ones I have come to know what to expect from this author's writing. No let down here at all.
Daniel Cumberland was born a free black man in Massachusetts to a seamstress and a blacksmith. Studying law so he could help free those enslaved he was tricked and kidnapped by men pretending to be abolitionist for the cause. Offered entry into the Loyal League and organization of Black spies who helpe
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Sophia
An Unconditional Freedom brought me full circle with book one in this series by telling the story of the man who was rejected by An Extraordinary Union's heroine. Each of these Loyal League stories bring history alive, send the reader into pulse-pounding intrigue and danger, and introduce characters and relationships that tug hard on the emotions. This latest has reached down deeper than any others in the series.

An Unconditional Freedom is book three in the Loyal League series. It could be read
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Kristen
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arcs
i have read the reluctant royals series and the first two books in this series. i have enjoyed all of alyssa cole's books that i have read, though i vastly prefer the contemporary series. i still liked the first two books in this series a lot though.. i liked this one too but unfortunately, it was a little bit underwhelming. this is possibly more like 3.5 but unfortunately not enough to round up.

i am not american and even though alyssa cole writes very well and in a way that is easy to understan
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Amanda
Wow.

How is every book Alyssa writes even better than the last? How does she do it?

I’d seen the author’s note for this book when it first came out because it’s so powerful, but it meant even more reading it after finishing the book and going with these characters through their journey.

Janeta is one of the most interesting heroines I’ve ever come across in a historical romance and I defy anyone to use the excuse “a product of their time” (which is BS anyway) after seeing how she’s able to un-learn
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Timitra
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Stars

An Unconditional Freedom is in no way, shape or form an easy book to read. The opening scene of had me pissed to hell off, it only took a few minutes for me to go from zero to angry. It had nothing to do with the writing which was great as always but everything to do with the subject matter. All the books in this series are difficult to read for that very reason. Although they're set in the past they're in a lot of ways mirror images of present day America and other parts of the w
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Adele Buck
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read (and recommended many times) all three of Alyssa Cole's Loyal League series. Add this one to sit by its sisters on the recommended shelf. As with the other two books, there is a lot of nail-biting, heart-pounding suspense and action as Janeta and Daniel navigate both their own histories and the landscape of the Civil War.

Janeta and Daniel are both smart, complex people who evolve and grow in such a satisfying way. I was really not sure how they would get around certain obstacles (both
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Kazen
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favorite Loyal League book, but paradoxically I feel it has some of Cole's best craft to date. The characterization is especially superb and the way puzzle pieces come together at the end makes up for pacing issues early.
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I requested an ARC of Alyssa Cole’s An Unconditional Freedom for the most superficial of reasons: I couldn’t resist the hunk on the cover. I’m a sucker for an open-necked shirt, soulful brown eyes, and the man is holding a scroll and lantern … can it get any better? As for the contents, I was open to them, but didn’t go in with any great expectations. What I found was, finally, FINALLY, someone who can put the history back in historical romance. You can’t historically “wallpaper” a history so un ...more
Bri
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
An Unconditional Freedom is definitely my least favorite of the Loyal League series. I still enjoyed it, but I felt like the romance part could’ve been left out entirely. Even though most of the book built up to them getting together—and how I love a slow burn!—Daniel and Janeta didn’t have much chemistry, imo. Maybe I feel this way because I just couldn’t get into Janeta’s character, even though both she and Daniel had pretty good character arcs.

I really loved Daniel’s character, and I honestl
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Cat
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So intense

This book was amazing, just like the others in this series, but it was so intense and it was hard for me to think of romance when every turn in the road brought new dangers (one of the reasons I can't do romantic suspense!). However I loved seeing both main characters grow throughout the story, especially Janeta waking up to how distorted her worldview had been. Daniel had a very powerful story as well but it was too visceral at times especially with his death wish tendencies, and it w
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Jen Davis
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. What an engrossing and powerful book. This is the third installment in Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series, but the first for me. And it holds up completely as a standalone.

If you’ve read even a handful of my reviews, you know I am a sucker for a tortured hero, and my gosh, Daniel Cumberland is certainly tortured. He was a black man born free who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He spent months being subjugated and abused, until the day he was rescued and delivered to the Loyal League. Th
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OutlawPoet
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
First kudos to Alyssa Cole for bringing us historical novels in which people of color don't just play supporting roles - they star in it! Janeta's background had some similarity to mine and it was so cool reading about a character who likely looked something like me! Cole has a huge fan base and, though this is my first experience with her books, I get it.

Now, I didn't give this one five stars. When I first started reading it (admittedly out of curiosity), I thought maybe I'd made a mistake. I d
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MusicalTati
Jan 31, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Alyssa Cole has solidified her place as one of my favorite, auto-buy authors. This is the third installation of her Loyal League series and brings us to the story of Daniel Cumberland; an easter egg from the first 2 novels. One of the things that Cole does a great job of is taking what would be taboo along the lines of relationships and perceptions, and presenting them in a way that would be more receptive to the reader. The whole idea of the character of Janeta in this novel is wonderful! This ...more
Cristal
3.5 Stars

This romance is a compelling multi-faceted read. This whole series is. In "An Unconditional Freedom," Alyssa Cole gives us two complex characters living in an unfair and complicated world, characters who I was instantly invested in. Told from the dual perspective, my heart broke for Daniel and Janeta, even if I wasn't able to connect with their romance completely.

I enjoyed Cole's writing, her blend of compelling historical context, character development, and plot intriguing. I felt such
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