Sizzing Book Club Pick: Unveiled by Courtney Milan

Sizzling Book ClubIf you’ve been reading on Twitter or read the transcript of the Sizzling Book Chat, which over 7500 people have (whoa!), you know that the February Sizzling Book Club pick is Courtney Milan’s Unveiled.

Ahem. And now, I squee.


There, how was that for a blurb? Heh. Here, have some cover copy to whet your appetite:

Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance.

Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion.

As usual, if you use SBTBARE at checkout, you will get a 50% eBook Bucks Rebate at, the official sponsor of the Sizzling Book Club. You can also buy a copy at, or Book Depository, or wherever the books in your preferred format are sold.

Want to win a copy? Harlequin’s awesome Amy W. has challenged me, after reading my tweets about wanting to chew on this book, to actually take a few bites out of a paper copy, and she threw 3 extra copies in the package so I have some to give away. WOO! Want one? Just leave a comment and tell me what I should cook my copy in or with. Baked Unveiled? Unveiled sashimi? Braised Unveiled with polenta? I’m actually going to try to cook it so please, give me some pointers. You have 24 hours to make your liter-culinary suggestions!

Standard disclaimers apply: I’m not being compensated for this giveaway. Winners are chosen by the Random Integer Generator. Your mileage may vary. Void where prohibited. Watch for falling ice. Contents may be hot. This giveaway has not be rated by the FDA and has no nutritional value whatsoever. May contain speed, but not velocity. International entries welcome, unless prohibited by your particular country, because they don’t like really good books or something.

If you’ve been watching Downton Abbey, the question of inheritance and Who is Who when One Has a Title will be deliciously familiar. I cannot wait to chat with you about this book, and I so hope you enjoy this smart and decadently rich historical novel. I really enjoyed reading it. It remains to be seen whether I will enjoy eating it.



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  1. 1

    I’ve read this book…it’s just amazing…it has a great plot…

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    Ell says:

    Hey, if you mush it up enough you could use it as the basis for some papier mache, too!

    Cooking? What’s that?

  3. 3
    Debbie says:

    Unveiled cookies!

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    Christina M says:

    Hm… if you shred it up a bit, I’m sure you could add it to a baked ziti…

    Just make sure to cover it with sauce so that it doesn’t catch fire!

    captcha clearly88. There are clearly 88 ways to cook a book.

  5. 5
    Ariabella says:

    What about stir-fry?

    BTW, book looks awesome

  6. 6
    StephB says:

    I vote for cooking it with garlic and onions. ALWAYS good! ;)

  7. 7
    Laura (in PA) says:

    I say boil it until soft, then cover with chocolate sauce.

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    hollygee says:

    Could you use the pages for en papiote and then Unveil your food? Of course, then, you aren’t eating the book.

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    Faell says:

    Someone taking his “rightful place as heir to a dukedom” at a manor house?  Some mistake as to the English class system, I think.  There’s a manor house every other parish in England.  Dukes that aren’t royal tend to be dukes of whole counties (Devonshire) and lords of dozens of manors.  The heir to a duke would “take his place” at a house which probably only needs one name for the post to find it from anywhere in the country – think Chatsworth or Blenheim.

    Cooking suggestion: baloney. Although that doesn’t particularly stop me from reading and enjoying.

    Captcha is married65 – neither, thank god.

  10. 10
    Virg says:

    Sounds yummy!

    How about Unveiled pancakes with bits of strawberry and chocolate? Great way to start a day!

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    Galadriel says:

    I suggest you slow-roast it, keeping a careful eye on the pages so they don’t catch fire and turn to Ash. Serve it with Par


    boiled potatoes, and a pitcher of strawberry Margaretas, and after you’ve Unveiled it, you’re sure to have a dish well-marinated in the tastiest of HEAs.

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    Diatryma says:

    I think you have to fry it.  Paper’s tough, but boiling it will just make it mushy and tough.  Shredding it and adding it to something, bit by bit, might also work, but what’s the point of devouring a book if you have to hide it in lasagna?  Although curled pages as a garnish on some sort of chocolate pie might be excellent.

  13. 13
    Chelsea says:

    Maybe you could blend it into a chocolate milkshake and serve it wilk cheese burgers. Mmm, milkshake…

    Also, I am super excited for a historical pick, since I don’t get to read many historicals. Yay!

  14. 14
    kathleen B. says:

    Unveiled Weiner Schnitzel.


    Lay contents of book on cutting board
    Separate into several succulent pieces
    Dip your piece in whipped egg
    Dredge that thing in flour
    Dip your piece in wet egg again
    Dredge it in something crummy
    Saute in a hot skillet until brown
    Serve on a soft bed of let us with a squeeze of a tart…uh…lemon

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    BookwormBabe says:

    My thinking took a couple of tangents with this idea so…
    My first thought was chocolate because what doesn’t go with chocolate??? So I was thinking dipped in chocolate.  This got me thinking about deserts, so I was thinking tiramasu as it would breakdown if pages were placed between the layers.  Then I was thinking make the book into confetti and you could add it to anything.  So that made me think of adding to choc chip chocolate muffins.  Here I took another turn and I thought you could use the pages as baking liners so your muffins could be “literary muffins” and you could read and excerpt whilst you eat.  Then I took another turn and thought what if you took your favourite four/six scenes from the book, glued them on nice card and laminated them – you’ve got a literary place setting and a sure fire way to leave your guests wanting more!  Then I continued this them and thought if you papiered mached the rest of the book you could make a couple of serving bowls and platter and you could have Unveiled with whatever you want whenever you want!

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    Jen H says:

    Blend the shreds into a cheesecake, topping of your choice.  Bon appetit!

  17. 17
    Charlotte says:

    What about brownies? Shredded story goes into the chocolaty mix and is baked right in. That or chocolate-chip cookies – at my house we always add coconut to the dough when we add the chocolate-chips.
    Regardless of the potential of being transformed into noms, this book sounds delicious. Oh yes, that was a pun. Forgive me, I’ve been ill.

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    miz-geek says:

    Unveiled latkes.  Just shred a few pages in with the potatoes.  With enough applesauce, you won’t even notice!

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    Carin says:

    Oh, I can’t even joke about cooking a book.  You must give it to someone to read!

    Instead, you could make a cake – no brownies would be better! – in the shape of the book.  You could do pixel art with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and m&ms; to make the cover.  See!  Eat the book symbolically.

    Plus, then you could eat the book while you read it!

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    Jen G. says:

    Shredded and replacing the coconut in macaroons.  (I recently developed a coconut allergy and am seriously missing macaroons.)

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    Thalia says:

    Chopped salad with kale and other crunchy things.  If you’ve ever had rice paper in your chicken salad, it’ll seem quite familiar.  Although if you want to actually cook it, rather than just eat it, I agree with the poster above that wienerschnitzel is the way to go.  If you take a page, bread it properly and fry it, the combination of carbs and oil will make it all better.  If you don’t mind further adulteration, add a pounded slice of turkey with the bread.  You will love it.  As much as you can love eating books.

    Provide22:  I could provide 22 recipes, but I would still prefer if you only used the blank frontispiece, and sent the book to me instead.

  22. 22
    Amy P. says:

    Don’t books have a lot of fiber?!?  Hmmm . . . maybe bake it and call the dessert “healthy”!


    This books sounds “lick the spoon” worthy!

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    Jan O'Hara says:

    I say you go raw with a smoothie. A Forbidden Fruit Smoothie.

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    Morning Glow says:

    Sad to say, this is the second time in my life that I have had to think of a good way to cook a book. But that’s a story for another time.

    I say baked Unveiled with bowtie pasta, and a nice homemade (or semi-homemade… yay cans!) marinara sauce. Add in some basil and maybe an entire apple pie for dessert.

    Or if you’re feel particularly excited about eating Unveiled… bake half the book with the pasta, and the other half, bake it into a pie. OMG GO WITH THE PIE IDEA!

    Ahem, so yeah. Thanks. ;)
    Red89: Someone lost 10 of their luft balloons!

  25. 25
    Ashley says:

    I’m with Carin on this, I can’t bear to deliberately mess up a book.  I threw one in the trash once, ‘cause I was pissed at the stupid, but even then didn’t cover it with goo.  I second the symbolic cake idea, and maybe rip out the title page (cringe) to decorate it and cover the bet.

    The things you do for us. . . :-)

  26. 26
    jody says:

    Unveiled veloute vol-au-vents. 

    Avec champignons.

  27. 27
    Megan B says:

    Unveiled cheesecake-stuffed chocolate-covered strawberries. Just whip it right into the cheesecake.

    But let me read it first!

  28. 28
    Megan M says:

    I see were you are going with all this food, but I want this book over and over so eating it doesn’t work for me. I am more inclined to crafting: am thinking of wallpapering my bathroom with pages or doing fabric transfer to quilt squares and wrapping myself in it…the house key, I just love the house key. Sigh.

  29. 29
    Megan M says:

    Ugh. Can’t believe I typo-d were instead of where on that post. This book is so not WERE! duh

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    Kimberly Gavin says:

    Make a delish unveiled pizza… Sizzling hot pepperoni with some sweet peppers and some tangy sauce.  Yummy and now I’m hungry.

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