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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review: The Unforgettable Hero by Valerie Bowman

Sadly, I didn't enjoy this novella by Bowman but that doesn't mean she isn't a fabulous author. It just felt rushed.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Swerve (St. Martin’s Press)
Release Date: February 2, 2016

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?

Cecelia Harcourt hopes to escape a forced marriage to her cousin by selling her novel but on the way home from a potential publisher’s; she is hit by a coach and loses her memory. She meets Lieutenant Adam Hunt and believes he is the hero of her novel and she the heroine. As Adam tries to find out who his mystery woman is, the two become closer and closer.

I’ve enjoyed Bowman’s full length novels before so I was surprised and disappointed that I didn’t really enjoy this novella.

It wasn’t a bad story per say, I just felt that it was rushed and underdeveloped. An amnesia case isn’t really fit for novella length because no matter how talented a writer, it just isn’t enough time to give the character with amnesia a chance to form an attachment to their significant other, especially if, like in the case of Adam and Cecelia, the characters have never met before and have no history. The amnesia romance is like having to repeat the “Get to Know You” stage twice. Once as the amnesiac and a second time when the character recuperates their memories and that takes time do to, time that isn’t found in novellas.

I felt that Cecelia and Adam didn’t have a chance to get to know each other the way they should have in order to have me believing in them as a couple and once Cecelia regained her memories there should have been a period where Adam got to know her as Cecelia instead of “Lady Magnolia,” the woman Cecelia thought she was.

I did enjoy the appearance of previous characters even though I’ve yet to read the first two books in the series (I have my fingers crossed that I can get to them soon) and the dash of humor that Bowman puts in each story.

Final Verdict: The Unforgettable Hero just didn’t give me a chance to get to know either character separately, much less as a couple before it was over. As disappointing as this novella was, Bowman remains a new favorite at least when it comes to full length novels.

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