Unlocked by Courtney Milan

Posted May 30, 2011 by Meoskop in Book Reviews, Historical, Romance / 5 Comments

A blond white woman in a red historical dress is shown from nose to knees, looking downward and slightly over her shoulderThere are so many things I love about Unlocked I don’t know where to start. 

1. Pricing –  Unlocked is selling (as of this writing) for 99 cents. That’s the magical marketing price of “pocket change”. Unlocked is certainly up there with Mary Balogh’s A Matter of Class, which (as you may recall) was priced at $16 USD. So, practically free. In fact I already gifted a few copies of Unlocked myself.

2. Marketing  – Milan is self publishing a novella set in the world of an ongoing series as a placeholder between the books. What could possibly make waiting for an anticipated book better? It’s like the Pixar short being shown on demand instead of right before the feature.

3. Names – In Unlocked we meet Evan and Elaine. Lady Elaine. Can we all have a Mr. Roger’s moment please? Not since finding out Simple Kid’s real name is Keiran McFeely and getting my Cap’n Kangaroo flashback on have I smiled so much at a character’s introduction. Ok, her last name isn’t Fairchilde but she has time.

4. Concept – Evan met Elaine when he was young and stupid and immature. In other words, in his late teens / early twenties. Their initial relationship is that of bully and victim, and like many in that situation Evan has moved past his actions while Elaine has lived with them. When Evan returns to England and discovers what his impulsive cruelty cost her he is ashamed enough to try and repair the damage. Elaine may have been victimized but she’s not exactly a victim. Her coping mechanisms may be outdated but they’re clever enough. Elaine has learned to stop internalizing the cruel words of others. She’s not ready to forgive Evan, she’s not even ready to believe him, but neither does she feel the need to please him. Both have to examine the part they played in their past. (But mostly Evan)

5. General Awesomeness – Unlocked was just a great read. Ultimately all that matters is the story, was there a good one, did I enjoy it, will I remember it? Yes, yes and yes. Any point I might argue about Unlocked would come down to wanting more. If it was in an anthology I’d feel sorry for the other stories, frankly. 


5 responses to “Unlocked by Courtney Milan

  1. OMG this sounds like an amazing book! I love the premise and the $0.99 price. I wonder if that price is available outside North America…

  2. I hope you don’t mind my commenting on a review post, but I set the price at the minimum amount worldwide. In some countries, Amazon tacks on a “Kindle delivery charge” (even if you’re not having it delivered to Kindle), but you should be able to get the novella from All Romance eBooks at 99 cents anywhere in the world.

  3. That’s would be quite a double standard, if I could comment on your books but you couldn’t comment on my comments about your books. (I think I just got lost)

    Comment away, I wasn’t sure if it was all markets or not.

  4. Thank you so much Courtney for clarifying. My apologies though, when I wrote price I meant book *blushes* But it is – YAH!

    Update – I has it and am very excited!