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Unlocked (The Turner Series) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Courtney Milan
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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...

Unlocked is a novella of 28,000 words (about 111 pages).

Biographie de l'auteur

Courtney Milan's debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, she's been a New York Times and a USA Today bestseller, and her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She's been a RITA finalist and an RT Reviewer's Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010. Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating.... Having given up on being able to do any of those things, she's taken to heart the axiom that those who can't do, teach. When she's not reading (lots), writing (lots), or sleeping (not enough), she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 314 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 181 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1477584722
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  • Editeur : Courtney Milan (26 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0052YFNFQ
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Le premier roman de Courtney Milan a été publié en 2010. Depuis lors ses livres ont reçu des critiques élogieuses de la part de Publishers Weekly et de Booklist. Elle a été dans la liste des best sellers du New York Time et de USA Today, finaliste du RITA® et nominée aux RT Reviewer's Choice dans la catégorie Meilleure Première Romance Historique. Son deuxième livre a fait partie des meilleurs livres 2010 de Publishers Weekly.

Courtney vit aux États Unis dans les Montagnes Rocheuses, en compagnie de son mari, d'un chien assez mal dressé et d'un chat d'attaque.

Avant d'écrire des romances historiques, Courtney a d'abord décroché une maîtrise en Chimie physique et théorique à l'université de UC Berkeley. Ensuite, histoire de pimenter un peu les choses, elle a étudié le Droit à l'université du Michigan où elle a eu son diplôme avec mention très bien. Puis elle s'est mise à travailler avec des gens très importants qui sont bien trop distingués pour être mentionnés ici. Elle a été professeur de Droit pendant quelques temps. Aujourd'hui elle consacre tout son temps à l'écriture.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un petit bijou de novella ! 14 mai 2012
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Lady Elaine Warren est une jeune femme tombée en disgrâce en raison d'un homme : Evan Carlton. Lorsqu'elle débuta sa saison à Londres, celui-ci la prit pour cible de ses moqueries et mesquineries et, immédiatement imité par ses pairs, fit d'elle une paria de la Société au point qu'elle ne put jamais se marier.
Dix ans plus tard, Evan est de retour à Londres après une longue série de voyages à l'étranger et l'homme a changé : il s'est acquis une conscience et souhaiterait s'excuser auprès d'Elaine pour ses actions du passé. Mais la jeune femme, qui a elle aussi changé, ne l'entend pas de cette façon. Après une décennie de souffrances subies en silence, elle ne compte certainement pas excuser son ancien tortionnaire aussi facilement...

Le novella de Courtney Milan est une romance proche de la perfection. Les héros sont attachants et leur histoire est crédible. Il n'y pas d'actions spectaculaires, pas de "méchants" qui planifie d'enlever l'héroïne pour se venger du héros, pas de sentiments qui changent en quelques heures... Leur romance ne se fait pas en quelques jours, le pardon se s'accorde pas sur une seule bonne action. Il faut du temps aux choses et l'auteur a bien compris ce concept.

Le style est clair et agréable. Bien qu'au départ réticente à l'idée de lire un novella, je me suis vite rendue compte des points positifs d'une romance plus courte en termes de pages : pas d'action inutile, de descriptifs barbants, de personnages secondaires destinés à étoffer d'intrigue...
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Par Jade
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Courtney Milan est incroyablement talentueuse. Sa prose est élégante. Pas un mot de trop. Chaque mot compte. Cela donne des histoire très intense. On en reste le souffle coupé.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is an anthem for any girl who ever was picked on, belittled or teased. 28 mai 2011
Par Jane Litte - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lady Elaine Warren entered her first season, flush with excitement and brimming with vitality. Evan Carlton, the young Earl of Westfield, was drawn to this vitality. Yearned to feel it. But because he was callous and immature, the popular Evan Carlton began to poke at Elaine, making fun of her at nearly every party until she became the butt of every joke in the season, until the vitality of Lady Elaine's spirit was damped out.

Evan, recognizing his wrongdoing but afraid of his consequences and unsure of how to react, flees England and doesn't return for 10 years. Upon his re-entrance into society, Evan is a changed man but society has not changed with him. Instead, it is the same people, with the same prejudices, making the same jokes that he had started 10 years ago, including the one about Lady Elaine. Unmarried and a wallflower, Lady Elaine looks at Evan Carlton defiantly refusing to allow him to diminish her one iota. She has spent the last 10 years trying to survive society and protecting her mother, a brilliant thinker in a time when brilliance in women is deemed nothing short of madness.

Evan's feelings of longing toward Lady Elaine haven't changed and he attempts to set right the wrongs he did to Lady Elaine. The more time he spends with her, the more he attempts to make reparations, the deeper in love he falls even knowing that he does not deserve Lady Elaine's affections and that he may never win her heart.

This story is like an anthem for every girl who has ever been mocked, criticized or made fun of. Lady Elaine's pain, her courage, and her ultimate triumph is painful and poignant. And Evan is just as sympathetic even though he was the instigator of a deep wrong against Elaine. There is so much emotion that pours out of this novella that I felt like my throat was tight the entire time. It is a magnificently constructed story that gives a real romance within a confined space of about 100 pages but I never felt like I was shorted in any way. I've had problems connecting with Milan's characters in the past, but this story resonated with me. I know I will be re-reading this story regularly.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Does a 19-year-old guy need 10 years to grow up? 31 mai 2011
Par OLT - Publié sur Amazon.com
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To begin with, I must say I really appreciate Courtney Milan's writing ability and have enjoyed her previous novels very much. For some reason, this novella is not my favorite work of hers and it's probably because of those 10 years of suffering of the heroine here.

10 years is a decade. 10 years is one tenth of a century. 10 years is the time it takes for a newborn to grow enough to enter 5th Grade at school. And it shouldn't take 10 years for hero Evan to face up to his big mistake. Evan's cousin Diana, his partner-in-crime in the belittling of heroine Elaine, spends these 10 years marrying and producing babies and still continues to mock Elaine, no mellowing with motherhood for Diana here. And our heroine, Elaine: What can I say? She spends these 10 years allowing herself and her mother to be mocked and belittled. She might as well have posted a KICK ME sign on her back.

Go back these 10 years and we have 19-year-old Evan liking Elaine but she doesn't pay much attention to him, so he does the equivalent of pulling her pigtails and calling her carrot-top. (No, she doesn't have orange hair. That's just for saying something.) All his friends and dear cousin Diana take up the clarion call and mock Elaine too. Ashamed of what he is doing to poor Elaine, Evan runs off to climb mountains in Europe for 10 years. His friends and Diana stay behind and continue to make Elaine's life a living hell for those 10 years. Elaine rolls over and plays doormat for 10 years.

Then Evan returns, ten years later. He's ashamed and wants to make amends. He apologizes and starts to defend Elaine and her mother against the mockery of the ton. All of a sudden Elaine loves him. Oh, please. How???? For me, Milan needed to expand more on the relationship of H and h from the time of his return up to the time of their declarations of love for each other. I couldn't quite feel the reason for the love. All of a sudden it's just there. I realize that part of the problem is the short novella length, but some of the many pages spent on the H/h love scene could have been pages better spent, IMO, in showing me how they got to that stage in their relationship.

The idea of this novella is good. Milan writes very nicely. If that 10-year period had been 2, or maybe even 3, I would have liked this story so much more. (Did I by any chance overmention anything about 10 years in this review?)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unlocked 30 mai 2011
Par A. Schreiner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Do you remember when you were young and a kid would pick on you or tease you and your parents would say - oh, that's just because deep down, he or she really likes you? This is Lady Elaine's life - except she has to endure it as an adult, in the eyes of the ton. Elaine has quite a laugh - some say it sounds like a horse with a pig's snort and they have nicknamed her Lady Equine. Evan Carlton, the Earl of Westfield pretty much knew he was in love with Elaine the first time he met her. But he was immature, and didn't want anyone to know he was in love, so he made fun of her. He teased her and he made her feel small, and embarrassed. After awhile, his entire group of friends would turn and say hurtful things to Elaine, Evan felt bad. Really bad. He fled England to travel abroad. He became a mountaineer and learned the true value of friendship.

Ten years later, he is back in England, and at a house party, in the presence of Elaine. Now he wants to make amends, but he has much ground to cover. A mere apology is not going to make all those hurtful years go away. The teasing is actually still occurring from many in the ton, and Evan can't believe he was ever a part of it. So he decides to become friends with her. And it is a wonderful journey to read.

Unlocked is a novella by Courtney Milan that is an amazing read. It affected me so much, I just want to read it over and over again. Elaine immediately cringes inward when she sees Evan at the party. She lives her life always planning how to stay out of everyone's way. Wearing pale, muted dresses or she takes notice in the décor so it doesn't look like she wants to dance. But once the teasing starts, she uses laugher as her defense.

I also find it very intriguing that her mother is a social outcast. Extremely intelligent in mathematics and science, she is slow in other parts of her life. She doesn't get sarcasm. She thinks if people are laughing they are happy, not laughing at her. So not only is Elaine the butt of jokes, but her mother even more so. And Elaine gets embarrassed for her mother. And her mother is not there to understand the insults both of them receive. It is this constant circle that exhausts Elaine to no end.

For as much pain as Evan has caused, there is still attraction. But when Evan starts to make amends, the trust is so slow to build. Elaine wants to be embraced, but in the back of her mind, she thinks he is just setting her up for ridicule in the next few minutes. I love how hard he has to work to get to a place where a romance can develop. This is a pretty short story and about halfway through we jump ahead nine months - which makes their basis for a friendship and eventual romance very believable.

Unlocked show us such exquisite pain from both the hero and the heroine. It is a really beautiful story of acceptance, forgiveness and of course, love.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 She had come to love herself 20 décembre 2011
Par upfront_reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I didn't hate this book, but it was close. I had heard a lot of good things about Unlocked--a lot of romance review sites were quite high on the story--so when I saw the free download at Amazon, I grabbed it. But after reading it, I have no idea what all the fuss is about. The story seems quite commonplace, even a little silly at times: a bit like an anti-bullying after-school special transferred to Victorian London. I never felt any great interest in either the hero or heroine and wasn't too concerned whether they found their happy ending or not.

The heroine of the story, Lady Elaine, has been the butt of society's jokes for ten years, ever since Evan, the hero, started making fun of her to hide the fact that he was in love with her. The story explains that he did this because he was nineteen years old and didn't know better. That explanation seems pretty odd since most boys grow out of that sort of thing in the sixth grade, but I guess we're supposed to assume that Evan is a slow learner. Actually, we know he's a slow learner because when the story begins, Evan is returning to society after a ten-year absence, which he spent learning to climb mountains. During that ten years, he climbed ONE mountain twice. If that doesn't qualify you for slow-learner status, I don't know what would.

Lady Elaine, in the meantime, has been qualifying for doormat status by spending the ten years as the butt of everyone's jokes. She never stands up for herself or tells her mother that going into society is torture for her. Instead, she's the long-suffering victim who lets other characters make fun of her without ever fighting back. The whole bullying thing was a bit of a puzzler for me. I find it hard to believe that people in Victorian society spent a lot of time mocking each other so openly. Manners, etiquette, breeding, etc., were pretty important to them, weren't they? And since Lady Elaine is LADY Elaine, doesn't that mean that her father is fairly high up in the nobility (at least an earl)? Wouldn't there be a certain amount of sucking up to her, rather than mocking her? Especially since her parents are both still alive (although the father doesn't rate a mention until the novella is almost over), and presumably in possession of their titles?

Either way, when Evan returns, he has some 'splaining to do. He keeps reflecting on how transformed he is (by the mountain climbing, of course) but none of the other character seem to notice his transformation. In fact, his cousin--Lady Elaine's main tormentor--begins tormenting Elaine in his presence, expecting him to approve and join right in. Evan tries to stop her, but with little success. The really strange part is that the cousin is portrayed as like a sister to him and someone he wants to keep in his life--and yet she's saying the most monstrous things imaginable to the woman he supposedly loves. It was all very odd, very confusing, and very hard to believe.

Eventually, of course, Evan manages to convince Elaine that he really is a changed man and that he's been in love with her all along. Whatever. Even as a novella, Unlocked dragged and I was not at all invested in the story or characters. I've read worse historical romance, but I expected a lot more from a novella that has been as well-reviewed as this one.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 very weird book 20 juillet 2012
Par Jan of Queens - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Even the bad historical romantic books have a kind of expected behavior (Romantic gestures) etc. that causes one's heart to beat faster (smile) as romance should. This book is the total opposite to that, for example when the heroine broke down and left a room the hero just let her go, no follow up! Where's the romance in that. The entire book is in disconnect mode. The first rope scene was so inappropriate and just cold. How could a person who was mocked for so long just respond to this stupid guy. He was not a child when he mocked her endlessly and publicly. Sorry I could not finish this one.
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