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 beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….
And her dearest love
Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion.
©2011 Courtney Milan (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I really wanted to hate this book. Really, really.
But I didn't. I can't.
I won't bore you with actual story details. You should read the book for that.
The story and the performance are both spectacular.
Even the male protagonist is believable and relatable.
Nicely done, ladies.
I struggled to finish this book. It sounded whiney and incredibly drawn out. I loved Milan's Sinaster series so I had high hopes for this one. I was not impressed.
This is Chelsea, not Brandon. I'm not sure how to change that. Voracious romance reader, addicted audio listener.
I love Courtney Milan but this wasn't my favorite. It felt stiff in the way old romance novels do. Even though it was written in 2011 it felt like it was from the 90s. There was no wit in the dialog and the passion was minimal. I liked the spin on it with him being unable to read and being the cause of her family's downfall. The premise was interesting, but it was missing this author's characteristic zing.
This is my favorite book by Courtney Milan. The H and h are both delicious. It took time for me to get used to the narrator. She did a good job, though. The cover of the book reflected my image of the protagonists perfectly.
Like the story. The narrator sounds old for this story. Makes it difficult to relate to the heroine since she is a young woman.
Rosalyn Landor, Carolyn Morris or Susan Durendan
The story got me to finish the book but only because I want to know what happen.
I love this series but I didn't get the other two audiobooks. I would rather read it myself.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This book is great....it's not perfect....but I love Ash and Margret's relationship and the path it takes.
The narrator was very good I liked her female voices and her male voices.
I did get a little bit tired of the constant father / daughter relationship in the beginning I mean it seemed like there was a lot of repeating. It was the same conversation every time they had one and once I knew they had the relationship they had I didn't need it to be beat into my head anymore.
I also felt like Ash's relationship with Mark was a little annoying the beginning it was kind of the same thing it was just a constant beating and are headed that Ash was doing everything for his brother and his brother was being a jerk about it.
I loved near the end when Margaret told her father what "how it was going to be" it was great!
All this being said, I loved this book! In the beginning I was annoyed with some things....but once I got over those things....I couldn't put it down! There were some really great aspects of this book that made the story really deep and interesting.
I got this book on a special sale...but I think it is for sure credit worthy!
I love a good romance but there has to be action to the story as well. This was too much thinking, discussing, agonizing . . . and I did not connect with the heroine's reason to stay away.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
It was such a delight to read/listen to a book from a gifted author like Courtney Milan. Her prose, writing style and ability to capture the emotional aspects of her characters was wonderful to experience. I also enjoyed the narrator, Rebecca De Leeuw, whom I thought helped bring this book to life.
In Unveiled, the intricate themes of family, loyalty and attachment are explored at every angle. The hero, Ash Turner, was so appealing to me as he stood out as an enlightened figure in his era. The poverty he endured in his youth formed his work ethic and value system that was vastly different than what society dictated should be valued. The power of his character was found in his charisma, drive to overcome barriers, and his ability to value people for their own personal qualities.—WHAT A NOVEL CONCEPT IN THAT ERA! Also, Ash Turner is a classic first born who put the happiness and welfare of his siblings before anything else. He worked very hard to make up for the lost years of his brothers’ childhood and to fill the vacuum he saw in their lives. (I can’t wait to read both of Mark and Smite’s stories in the following books!)
One of the finest pleasures is how he fell for his heroine, Lady Ana Margaret. Despite being enamored by Lady Ana (aka “Margaret”), the moment he set eyes on her, he did not account for the intense draw between himself and the daughter of the man he set out to destroy in order to avenge his family. The irony is that even though Ash served as the catalyst for the loss of Lady Ana’s position, dowry, friends, and mother (all within a year) something strings the leads together in an unlikely love match that is sure to devastate their families and society, alike.
I love a romance story in which the hero pursues the heroine relentlessly. And, this is the case for Margaret and Ash. Ana Margaret learned to forgive and develop a perception that made her incredibly powerful, especially to her father and brothers who overlooked her and left her behind in their plans for the future. I love a story that empowers women in this era!
I also loved how the plot was so unique and character-driven. The resolutions to the conflict in family affairs were sewed up pretty nicely in the end. My only complaint is that I was hoping for a more beefy epilogue. I had a lot more questions, but since this is a series, I am confident I will hear more about Ash and Ana Margaret in the books that follow. Great read/listen!
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The story started out slow for me with the characters being almost uninteresting and the story line blasé. It didn't quite pick up until half way through, but when it finally did I ended up really liking the characters and the way the story and ending turned out.
Ash Turner is ruthless and focused on his endeavor to steal the dukedom inheritance from a heartless distant cousin, but what he lacks in finesse he makes up for in charisma. He is loyal and fierce in his love for his brothers and that later includes Lady Margaret. Lady Margaret, on the other hand, is strong-willed with a sharp-tongue and although she knows she should hate Ash for what he's done to her family, Ash wins her over with his kindness and sentiment.
This was a heartbreaking story because the characters are damaged and try hard to be the better individual in the tale which helps as well as hurts their progress. The supporting characters in this story were fascinating and I am intrigued enough that I've purchased the following two books.
In addition to a great romantic tale, the bits and pieces within the story is smart and interesting. There are hints of a fanatically religious mother and an upbringing that may prove to be devastating and shocking.
Narrator: Rebecca De Leeuw
De Leeuw did a decent job with the narration. Accents remained pretty consistent and the tone and pace were easy to follow at the speed I listened to her read at.
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