Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Unforgettable Hero

No, I’m not talking about Rupert. At least, not right now. Be on the lookout for something in the future. We can get together and discuss crafting an unforgettable hero. No, today I wanted to share my review of The Unforgettable Hero by Valerie Bowman.

Where to start? Ah yes, the blurb. As always…

“To escape a forced marriage to her loathsome, social-climbing cousin, Cecelia Harcourt banks on selling a romantic novel. But when she’s hit by a coach on the way home from meeting a potential publisher and loses her memory, the accident leads to an encounter with a fascinating man. . . who she’s convinced is the hero of her novel.

Due to his brother’s influence, Lieutenant Adam Hunt finds himself honorably discharged from the army. Adam intends to make his way in the world without the help of a war-hero duke, brother or no. He finds his plans for independence sidetracked by a chance encounter with a lady whose memory has gone. She believes he’s a hero. Can Adam become the man he was meant to be and fill that lofty role?”

First of all, I’m sold on a Lieutenant Adam because I am slightly obsessed with Kylo-Ren. Adam Driver. Mmmm…

Anyway.

First of all, I was given a copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review…

Now, this is a novella, and I am finding that I love novellas that are done well. When done right, one gets all the emotional punch of a full length novel with not as much commitment, which one needs while attending school full time, working full time, and writing a novel of one’s own.

Here’s the thing about reviews – you get the gist of the story itself from the blurb, so I don’t want to bore you with that. What I do want to do is tell you why I feel you should read it.

1. It’s lighthearted, despite the presence of a thoroughly offensive cousin.
2. The characters are well-developed.
3. The premise (amnesia) is well-handled and not done too frequently.

I will state that there are a few minor mistakes with editing, but despite seeing them, I was able to glide right past them.

To summarize: fun, well-developed, quick read. Buy it.

It’s time for a giveaway!

I know, I play fast and loose with grammar (specifically capitalization) on here. I apologize. I’m back on my laptop, but after a few months of not using it, I’m out of practice with the smaller keys, and let’s be honest – desktop keyboards are just better. Yes, only in my opinion. Whatever.

Anyway. It’s been two weeks, and it’s time for me to announce a winner of the book giveaway. Now then, I had two people comment on the post, and frankly, because it’s only two, I’ve decided to just gift them BOTH a copy of the book.

Anyway, I will be contact the winners privately and arranging to get the book to them (or, as it is more commonly known: figuring out how to do this).

Whether you participated or not, I appreciate everyone stopping by! I think I’m going to make it my weekend routine to visit blogs and catch up.

Now then, I’m going to devote some time to writing. I’ve ignored it lately, and that’s not good. 😦

I found too many plot holes in my last outline, so that’s the first thing I’m going to address.

Book Review – Bargaining With a Rake

It feels like forever since I started it, but I finally finished Bargaining With a Rake by Julie Johnstone. And I blame that on school and work, not the book itself. (That said, it took me a whole 3 weeks to finish, TYVM Goodreads.)

So, let me first share the blurb –

For eleven years, Gillian Rutherford has dreamed of escaping her family’s dark secret and living a normal life. Now, faced with an unwelcome marriage that will chain her to London and the secret slowly killing her, she’s desperate to save herself and the sister she adores. Salvation comes in the form of an American shipping tycoon, and all she must do is seduce him into marrying her. But Gillian’s scheme hits a snag when she makes a bargain with a notorious rake Alexander Trevelle, Lord Lionhurst. He’ll help her win the hand of his American friend, if she’ll assist him with exacting revenge against her unwanted fiancé. But the price of the pact may just be their hearts.

Now, let me share my thoughts – This is my first Julie Johnstone book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gillian and Alex are perfect for each other, and despite their almost instant connection, they fight it tooth and nail. I liked the slow build up to realization, and I felt the characters were both fully formed.

Shall we discuss the villain? I’ve seen a reviewer state they liked him, and even hoped for his reformation. No.

Seriously, just no. He is not redeemable, not from the moment he comes into play, and that is perfectly wonderful. If he were redeemable, he and Gillian would be together, would they not?

I’m not sure what you’re waiting for – go buy  the book. It’s currently free on Amazon. And don’t forget, the giveaway from my last review ends tomorrow. So far, I have like 3 persons who actually qualify. I’d love to open that field a bit…