They say revenge is a dish best served cold. No one understands and executes this idea better than Ash Turner. Years ago he showed up on the doorstep of a distant cousin, begging for help for his family. He was ridiculed and turned away. Now a successful businessman he has found a way to have revenge on the man that ruined his family all those years ago by not only stealing the dukedom from him but taking his place as the rightful heir. Unfortunately in his single-minded quest for revenge, he didn’t take into consideration the innocent people that would be affected by his actions.
Lady Margaret’s privileged life as she’s known it has been ruined. Because of Ash Turner’s actions her father has lost his title and as well as his fortune and she has been shunned by polite society. Now her family has ordered her to pose as the Duke’s nurse in order to spy on Ash as her brothers try to figure a way to reclaim their family fortune. She has every reason to despise Ash but the more time she spends with him, she begins to see things in a different light. After some time under the same roof with him, not only does she no longer despise him, she may have fallen in love.
Unveiled is the third book I’ve read by Courtney Milan and I have officially put this author on my ‘will-devour-anything-she-writes’ shelf. Ms. Milan’s voice in the historical romance genre is absolutely delightful and Unveiled is so beautifully written that I found myself completely enthralled from beginning to end. It was a true pleasure reading this story and I was surprised to realize that I actually missed the characters once I was finished reading.
Courtney Milan weaves her tale and slowly strips away the layers of her characters to reveal people that are deep and complex, flawed but very likable. Ash and Margaret both have very valid points of view on the very serious matters at hand and Courtney Milan does a wonderful job at presenting both sides of the story quite convincingly.
I loved that although Ash is the type of man that is accustomed being in charge he never pushes Margaret in his pursuit of her heart. He builds her up, encourages her and wants her to come to him on her terms not his. He was a wonderfully romantic hero and he wants Margaret regardless of her class, title etc., he simply wants her as she is.
Margaret, having every reason to hate Ash is eventually able to see beyond the title, money and personal loss. With time she is able to see her situation from all sides and what she truly wants is for all parties to be happy, cared for and provided for even if it means she must make the sacrifices.
Unveiled is a wonderful historical romance. If you have not read it, you need to put this on the top of your list.
“I know you the way I’ve learned everything. I know your taste. I know your scent. I know the shape of you in my hands. I know the flash of your eyes when you’re angry, and the melody of your laughter. Don’t tell me I don’t know you. You’re a woman.” His voice dropped. “And you’re mine.”