Unlocked by Courtney Milan

Released: May 26, 2011

Title: Unlocked

List Price: $0.99

Author: Courtney Milan

Pages: 94 pgs; 287 kb

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Description (Amazon): 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).


In year plagued with increased suicides because of bullying, it was poignant to read this novella.

Lady Elaine Warren enters her first Season, excited like millions of kids were over the weekend ripping into their presents. Evan Carlton, Earl of Westfield, young and barely a man, spots her in a ballroom.

Then, proceeds to make fun of her laugh, relentlessly put her down, shame her in front of his friends, and come up with nicknames that stick a decade after the fact.

Evan leaves London for 10 years. When he returns, he finds Elaine beautiful and unmarried. While Evan realizes his mistake and tries to fix it, Elaine is still angry (why wouldn’t she be??).

I found this novella sweet because, although ten years is a bit long to stay away and THEN realize the error, the timeline of the story wasn’t rushed. He didn’t see her one day, and marry her the next. Milan allows the development and takes the reader along. (Still hate his sister though.)

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.


Also, I think Pink’s song fits perfectly:

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