Date read: December 19, 2013
1. Unveiled - Paperback | Kindle
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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....
Thoughts on Unveiled: *stares at everyone* Good gravy! Courtney Milan sure knows how to bring on the emotion, doesn't she? I'm all flaily now. FLAILY. With hands going everywhere and crazy eyes. *hunkers down and tries to pull myself together*
Okay. OKAY. Margaret. She killed me. The disdain she puts up with from her father, the lies she's forced to tell, the pain Ash unwittingly put her through... everything about her flayed me. And she has to hold all the pain and emotion inside. Her jerkwad brothers expect her to give up everything to do her duty to the family and she gracefully acquiesces.
The moment when Ash tells her she matters and she begins to believe in herself again is beautiful.
And Ash... oh, Ash. What he sees as his failings killed me. Yes, again. That his vision of how he failed his brothers is so different from the way they viewed his actions was a heartbreaker. His secret shame, his way of working around his problems... everything worked.
Basically, I was a ball of mush after reading this book. Ball.Of.Mush.
In case you're wondering, I'll be reading the rest of the series at some point in the near future.