THE Unforgettable Hero
“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?” -Goodreads
If you couldn’t tell from previous reviews and Top Ten Tuesday posts, I absolutely adore Valerie Bowman’s works and generally rate them pretty high. Sadly, she fell short on this novella. Despite being my favorite historical, regency romance series, she did not do this Playful Brides story justice. I honestly feel that the reason I did not like this story as much as all her others is because it was entirely too brief. I know that is the point of a novella, but it just did not fit with this story. It could have been more fully explored, better explained, and much more enjoyable had it been a full-length novel. Many aspects of the story, like Adam and Cecelia’s backstories needed more substance. Additionally, one event in particular that took place in the story was abrupt and I’m not sure a virgin maiden would have known what to do there, so it definitely could have used more of an explanation. Overall it was a decent side story for this wondrous series.