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Unlocked | [Courtney Milan]

Unlocked

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 wallflowers can fight back. Evan has come to regret his cruel, callow past. At first, he only wants to make up for past wrongs.
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Courtney Milan....

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 wallflowers can fight back.

Evan has come to regret his cruel, callow past. At first, he only wants to make up for past wrongs. But when Elaine throws his initial apology in his face, he finds himself wanting more. And this time, what torments him might be love....

©2011 Courtney Milan (P)2011 Courtney Milan

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    Karen Southern United Starex 01-21-12
    Karen Southern United Starex 01-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great short story"
    Where does Unlocked rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I wish this book were longer, I really enjoyed it. The flow was nice and the writing superb.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Simon Prebbles voice! I've listened to other books by him and have always enjoyed them. Even when he does female voices I believe it. The men's voices and inflection's are excellent.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    COREY TIGARD, OR, United States 06-09-12
    COREY TIGARD, OR, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderfully touching"
    If you could sum up Unlocked in three words, what would they be?

    Love, regret and redemption


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unlocked?

    When the main character confesses his love to lady Elaine in public


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Lady Elaine


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I've listened to it many times


    Any additional comments?

    For being relatively short it's a wonderfully touching story

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maribee7 Earth 02-17-13
    Maribee7 Earth 02-17-13

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    "Narrator makes A Great Difference"
    What did you love best about Unlocked?

    Depth of characters, storyline, narrator


    What other book might you compare Unlocked to and why?

    Can't think of any


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    You could really tell difference in character voices, depth of emotion through voice, correct accent


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Scene with her mother


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, narrator makes A Great Difference!!! I also bought A Governess Affair, loved the print book. Courtney Milan is great, but could not stand narration.. So returned that one. But Simon Prebble makes a difference.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 10-15-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "ANOTHER SHORT BUT OH SO SWEET NOVELLA"

    If you're into Historical/Romance then you can't get much better than the partnership of Courtney Milan and Simon Prebble.

    Another short novella that will have you empathising with both the leading male and female characters because from their first meeting in their teens the attraction was there but then it went badly from then on when Evan tormented and bullied Elaine to cover up his true feelings, but years later can he make amends and will she ever forgive him. What an emotional roller coaster of feelings and desires - it was yummy.

    Worth a credit? It's on sale at the moment so I would suggest you buy it while it's cheap.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Pennington, NJ, United States 06-15-12
    Judith Pennington, NJ, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A gem of a book"

    Courtney Milan is a terrific writer. This short story is well done, and what a wonderful surprise to have Simon Prebble as the narrator. He is my favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Pollock 06-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I wanted this book to be longer. I was pleasantly surprised by this short story!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-05-15
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    "This book is a keeper..!"
    What did you love best about Unlocked?

    Narrator brings the story to life..


    Any additional comments?

    Very memorable plot line, it brings back memories and sometimes I do wonder what if..?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shad in DC DC 05-26-15
    Shad in DC DC 05-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "What a Story"

    I read this book about 4 years ago. I just purchased the audio book. Im as happy with the audio version. The story is just plain old good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 05-20-15
    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Just as good the 2nd time!"

    This was my 2nd listen and still I enjoyed it!
    I felt this story.... got to know and understand the characters... and I found that even if this was a light historical romance it also had depths that we understand better today... even have new terms for it.... but there are lessons to be learned here and we really should learn them.
    That said, this was a very enjoyable HEA romance!

    NARRATOR : Who doesn't like Simon Pebble? His male hero always has a yummy sexy voice... his delivery is flawless!! Occasionally a female will sound like a bad comedic impersonation. .. but it's uncommon and after the initial shock you tend to forget about it.

    CREDITWORTHY? : I would say yes, altho I think I may have bought it on sale for less then a credit costs..... I can't recall.

    HEAT FACTOR: Occasion correct and reaching a steady quick full steam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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