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, or about 111 pages.
Obviously Unlocked is a quick read, but it's a good one. Short-story romances sometimes lack the time needed to sell the romance to the reader, but Milan uses the character's back-story with each other to add the depth to their relationship. For a short story the love story is actually really touching and I found myself wishing it could have been stretched out into a full-length book. I really liked Elaine and Evan and their story was sweet and actually kind of believable. I liked the elements about growing up and being who you are, not who you think you need to be for people to like you.
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind." ~Dr. Suess
Is one of my favourite quotes and I thought of it while reading this novella.
Overall, if you like Milan's writing this is a sweet story to tide you over until Unclaimed and if you haven't read Courtney Milan this is not directly related to her other works and stands alone so it's a great way to get a sample of her writing to see what you think (It's only $1.99)
Oh, my other favourite quote is
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly"
That kind of applies here too.