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Unveiled (Hqn) (edition 2011)

by Courtney Milan (Author)

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Title:Unveiled (Hqn)
Authors:Courtney Milan (Author)
Info:HQN Books (2011), Edition: Original, 384 pages
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As always, fascinating characters, unique and interesting plot, and multidimensional villains/conflict. Milan never disappoints! ( )
  PNRList | Aug 15, 2018 |
When Ash Turner discovers the Duke of Parford was in a bigamous marriage, the discovery delegitimizes the current heir and his siblings as well as putting Ash in as the Duke's heir. The current Duke is bedridden, nursed by his daughter Margaret who assumes a different identity in order to derail Ash's plans.
Ash is stubborn and brash which at times made me not like him so much, but Margaret is a strong woman who stands up to him. Ultimately, they're a good couple. Much of the drama resides in Ash's relationship with his brothers and Margaret's with her own siblings. These loyalties clash with their own relationship, testing loyalties against their love.
There's a subplot with Ash's competence and education which, quite honestly, I'm just tired of in historical romances. Learning disabilities are a real thing but it seems sometimes the entire Ton suffered from one type or another. Still, it's not overly emphasized here and doesn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jul 15, 2018 |
Ash Turner’s machinations made him the heir presumptive to a dukedom—he revealed the current duke’s marriage as bigamous and his supposedly legitimate heirs as illegitimate. Now he’s come to look at his future holdings and confront the duke who treated him (and his family) so badly before. But he doesn’t know that the duke’s putative nurse, Margaret, is actually also his daughter—whose prospects and dowry have been destroyed by this revelation, and whose mother died, devastated, not long before. Too bad they fall for each other, right? As usual, Milan focuses on situation-driven clashes between men and women who are passionately attracted to one another and don’t deny it. ( )
  rivkat | Jan 11, 2017 |
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  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
Anne Margaret was a lady who effortlessly belonged to the upper crust of society--until Ash Turner, her third cousin, revealed that her parents' marriage was bigamous. Now known to be a bastard, she and her brothers are utterly disinherited, and their cantankerous father doesn't intend to help them. Their last chance at regaining their titles is to win a vote in the House of Lords, and to that end Margaret pretends to be a nurse in order to spy upon Ash Turner. She discovers a number of secrets that would win her family's case, but she also falls in love with him. Margaret is torn between loyalty toward her brothers and her knowledge that Ash would make a much better duke than they would.

I didn't care a jot for the romance between Margaret and Ash--in fact, I ended up skimming portions of it, because it was so by-the-numbers. I was surprised, however, by the energy and depth the author managed to give to two well-worn tropes: Ash helps Margaret to respect her own judgement above society's, and Margaret helps Ash come to terms with his learning disability. I've read these kinds of stories a dozen times before, but Milan managed to imbue them with far more emotion and tension than I've seen elsewhere. Too, the relationships between siblings engaged me. I look forward to reading about Ash's brothers, who already have a great deal of personality.

That said, I hate the cover and the title has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Someday romance novels will not have titles and cover art assigned to them at random, but that day is not yet come. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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"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...."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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