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….
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—
Publisher and Release Date: HQN Books, January 2011
Time and Setting: 1837-1840, English countryside and London
Genre: Historical romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 5 stars
Review by: Maria Almaguer
This is the first book in Ms Milan’s Turner series, and the first book I have read by her. I was inspired to read it because twice in one week, tantalizing quotes from the Tumblr blog, quotesfromromancenovels, as well as an excerpt from Sarah Wendell’s non-fiction tribute to romance, Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels, mentioned it, so, of course, I had to read it.
This is a family story about an inheritance dispute and, as expected, it was emotional and heart-wrenching. At its center, however, is a passionate and seductive love story. Wealth, power, and love are all at stake for the Dalrymples and the Turners.
The name of the heroine, Margaret, is a jumble of contrasts, a buttoned-up and serious name for a woman filled with deep passions and inner strength. She lost everything and was left behind by her brothers, scorned by her father, and is secretly posing as a servant to spy on Ash.
Ash Turner isn’t anything like Margaret expected. He is kind, honorable, and unpretentious. It’s wonderful to see these two come together and the sizzling passion between them is evident in the sexy love scenes. Ash’s unwavering devotion and love for Margaret are surprising and breathtaking and the lovely, devastating note that Margaret leaves for Ash to find in his study made my heart leap for him in joy. He understood her, cheered for her, and supported her despite all of their secrets.
I enjoyed reading about Ash’s complex relationship with his brothers, Mark and Smite, whose stories will follow in later books in the series. He did everything for them to try and make up for their miserable childhood yet he felt separated from them. Mark’s entertaining and scholarly treatise on the topic of chastity is a funny and much-needed dose of laughter in an otherwise serious and rather dark book.
Margaret’s struggles with defending her own ineffective and selfish brothers, Edmund and Richard, amid her growing love for Ash are, at times, difficult to swallow but reflect her strength and maturity. Heaven help a single woman with inept and unsupportive brothers.
Unveiled is a gorgeously written love story. I will definitely be reading more books by Courtney Milan.