Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: Unraveled by Courtney Milan

Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past—secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom…

Miranda Darling isn’t in trouble…yet. But she’s close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction. And yet no matter how forbidding the man seems on the outside, she can’t bring herself to leave. Instead, when he tries to push her away, she pushes right back—straight through his famous self-control, and into the heart of the passion that he has long hidden away… 

A wonderful ending to the trilogy featuring the Turner brothers, though I will admit my eyes widened just a bit upon seeing 773 pages for Unraveled.  It passes quickly, however, thanks to great characters whom I am thoroughly enchanted to meet and deeply saddened it will be for the last time.

Smite Turner is a strong albeit broken man. He and his younger brother, Mark, suffered unspeakable treatment at the hands of their mentally ill mother. While eldest brother, Ash, was gone to provide a better life (ultimately for his brothers) and Hope, Smite's twin, died, which was indirectly caused by their mother, Smite because strength.  He sought to forge his way ahead in the world, to listen and value each person equally.  But he is also a man who while more than capable as a magistrate is plagued by nightmares.

Miranda Darling is an actress, used to playing a role, more often than not to keep a roof over her head and food on her table.  She also has a ward to consider.  This is how she ends up beholden to the Patron, putting her squarely in Smite's view.  Miranda also likes the thrill of the chase, and once Smite catches a glimpse of her true self, he cannot stop chasing her. 

I'm still torn whether I like Unveiled or Unraveled best.  Both feature likeable and strong yet flawed heroes, heroines with gumption and grit; both have some oh so good sexual moments.  I may have declare it a tie -- and read both books again. 

While each book in this series can stand alone, I would caution that maximum enjoyment can only be achieved if the entire series is consumed. 

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