Unlocked by Courtney Milan
Series: Turner #1.5
Published by Courtney Milan on May 31, 2011
Genres: Historical, Romance
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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...
This is not your typical historical romance. Serious Male Groveling Beyond This Point. And Spoilers.
Lady Elaine Warren is a spinster and likely to stay that way. At the beginning of her first Season Evan Carlton, Earl of Westfield made her into a mockery. He picked on her laugh (he said it reminded him of a horse), her looks and everything about her. She was a laughing stock and no one wanted to marry her. Then Evan disappeared but her tormentors never let up. He disappeared because he loved Lady Elaine and he only picked on her because he was young and wanted her attention but all of it exploded in his face. Shades of elementary school…
Ten years pass and Evan Carlton is back. He’s a different man but he realizes that the situation he’d created and ran from was still the same. Lady Elaine is still being tormented and is still unmarried. Evan realizes that he might have (another) chance with Lady Elaine – but he has to humble himself because of his actions.
Man! There was some serious apologies happening in this book! I really enjoyed the way that Evan manned up to the things he’s done wrong in his life and to Lady Elaine. I also loved the fact that it took TIME for Lady Elaine to deal with him. The relationship didn’t just happen because he said “I’m sorry” – the relationship grew. There’s not much more I can say other than “read it!” LOL!