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An Unconditional Freedom

(The Loyal League #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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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Jun 04, 2018 marked it as to-read-romance
I want to know what kind of tribute Alyssa Cole had to pay to the book cover gods to get such attractive, plot accurate book covers for this series and her Reluctant Royals one. Seriously, romance novel covers are generally terrible and very inaccurate. But these are proof that it can be done! IT CAN BE DONE. THERE ARE NO EXCUSES.
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
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
Kate Olson
[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.
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
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Taryn Pierson
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
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
Leigh Kramer
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arcs, 2019-rrrc
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
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
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
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
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
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
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
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
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
Sharonda Isadora
The emotional depth of these characters, mainly Daniel's is what I loved most about this story and I'm always down when it comes to learning a bit of history when I'm reading especially when it comes to black and brown people both freed and enslaved who helped during the civil war.

I think the author did a good job of covering things about the war. Some of those things included that White people weren't the only ones to profit off of the despicable acts of slavery. Ms. Cole also gives us a charac
Jen Davis
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Cristal Hummingbird
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
Robin Loves Reading
Janeta Sanchez has an incredibly difficult role. She is about to become a double agent. Her father has been unjustly accused of treason and imprisoned and if she succeeds, she hopes to get him released. Janeta will be working with a spy named Daniel Cumberland, but he doesn't realize that she is working at cross purposes.

Daniel definitely has challenges. For one thing he is trying to come to terms with the fact that his beloved now belongs to someone else. But the real issue is his assignment. H
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Alyssa Cole has done it again--what a perfect ending to the Loyal League trilogy. Make sure you read the afterword, as the author writes really poignantly about her struggle to write this book in the wake of the 2016 election, and the difficulty in moving Daniel from a place of anger to a place of hope when what we see in the world can make it feel like things are reverting back to the world he was fighting against. In fact, I would even recommend reading it first (or you can read it ...more
Frankie Reviews
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am ashamed to say it, but this is the first I have read by Ms Cole. Gasps in horror! Have I been living under a rock? Any-how, this is book three in the Loyal League series, I can happily say, this can easily be read as a stand-a-lone.

After being kidnapped and sold into slavery, Daniel is full of anger – not just at himself, but at those who have treated him so maliciously. He has lost the one woman he loved and when he is rescued he is determined to do what ever he can not only to fight agai
Jennifer Koudelka
It was fine, but the romance aspect of it was lacking, in my opinion. I liked the flawed nature of both Daniel and Janeta, how they were both unlikeable characters who had so much to overcome. I understood why they behaved the way they did and wanted them to heal and find love and acceptance. However, I did not feel that there was much attraction between the two of them. When the romance part starts happening, it felt somewhat out of nowhere nearer to the end of the book than the beginning. I'm ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alyssa Cole, guys. ALYSSA COLE. A genius.

A powerful book with so much to say about the deep injustices that plagued the U.S. during the Civil War and continues to plague it now. I loved Janeta's dawning awareness of her own political position in relation to what she had been told and grown up with. Daniel is such a well-drawn, complex character-my favourite of the MCs in the Loyal League series-and his loneliness and his walls and fears are almost painful in their vividness. Already know that th
God, this book. I say without a doubt it is my fave of the three (i'm sorry Elle!). Daniel stole my heart. Being in his head was so gut wrenching. He feels he's broken. Daniel is a free black man who was then captured and enslaved, and works now as a detective for the Loyal League. so whew...being in his head is pretty hard at times but it's such a powerful read !

Also the heroine Janeta is a Cuban woman whose father freed and married her enslaved mother. Sooo all sorts of internal conflict ther
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daniel's story was my favorite from this series. Born a Free man, Daniel was kidnapped and sold into slavery for one year before he managed to escape. The year of bondage left him traumatized and his interest in becoming a spy for the Union was more rooted in revenge than helping the North get ahead. His new partner, biracial Janeta who was the privileged daughter of a plantation owner. With a complicated upbringing, Janeta became a spy for the Confederacy and her partnership with Daniel allowed ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Arc received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Sometimes you read a book and it is so hauntingly beautiful and powerful, and it resonates so deeply with you that you feel almost as though your heart can’t contain the emotions properly to express just how much you love it, how much it moved you, how much it impacted you. This was that book for me.

First of all, let me just get this out of the way: Alyssa Cole could rewrite the phone book at this point and I would be like “YES PLEAS
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, complex, nuanced book, balancing romance, a spy plot and the pain and injustice of slavery very well.

This was my first book from Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series, and I was blown away by how well she developed Daniel and Janeta’s individual story arcs, together with the historical elements of the American civil war.

Daniel is the son of a free man, tracked and sold into slavery, he is badly damaged by his experiences in many ways, and has now joined the Loyal League detectives, determ
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Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who splits her time between fast-paced NYC and island-paced life in the Caribbean.

In addition to writing, she has hosted a romance book club and taught romance writing at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching cat videos on the Internet with he

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