Sophia’s #CBR5 Review #10: Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

If I were more charitable, I’d say that I didn’t like Unclaimed (2011) by Courtney Milan because I’ve been reading too many romance novels lately and they’re just getting old. But I think it’s more than that. I was bored by the unbelievable characters and story and I just couldn’t get into this one. Someone, somewhere mentioned Milan as a favorite, which is why I picked up Unclaimed, but her writing definitely does not work for me.

Read the rest of my review here.Unclaimed

And just to make it clear what you’d be getting yourself into, here’s the cover art.

6 thoughts on “Sophia’s #CBR5 Review #10: Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

  1. Right there with you. I’ve been trying to muster up the enthusiasm needed to write a review of Unveiled (same cover art in blue). I found both characters to be really flat and the book delved far into their daddy issues and emotional hangups. I thought the whole point of a good historical romance was escapist fantasy with a dash of you know…history thrown in? The hero has this dark shameful secret (spoiler: he can’t read) that supposedly makes him deep. No it doesn’t. Again I don’t want to hear about your emotional hangups. I want you to wear tight pants, make cutting remarks at the ball, and know how to ride a horse. This is the kernel of historical romance.

    • Unclaimed is my least favourite of the trilogy and I claim Milan as one of my favourite romance authors.
      As for Unveiled, I loved Ash! I didn’t much care for Margaret.The third book, Unraveled, is the best of the three, but if Milan isn’t your taste, she isn’t your taste. She’s a relatively new author and I think she is getting better with every book.

      • Milan has great reviews on Amazon, so a lot of people seem to enjoy her. I guess I like a bit more action.

  2. I also just read this trilogy thanks to Prolixity and Malin, but I came away pleasantly surprised (as someone new to romance.) From your review, it almost seems like a lot of the stuff you didn’t like is what I did like! I am curious to know if you would like Unraveled, though, since I agree with Prolixity that it is the best of the three.

    • My whole thing with romance is that I do not want a lot of subplot – no spies, no mysteries to solve, just a straight up story of people falling in love. Judging by the majority of novels in the genre, I am in the minority. Since I am the kind of person whose favourite products always seem to get discontinued, I am willing to concede that I might just be odd about this, and in general. There are a lot of more plot heavy books. Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster series is highly recommended because of the other plot and history elements. It’s why it left me cold.

      I will say, whether you found the story boring or not, in terms of just the quality of the writing, Milan is head and shoulders above 95% of the people working in the genre.

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