As much as I am a fan of author Valerie Bowman, I was not too fond of the plot of this story. I have to give a thumbs-up for how creative the backdrop was and yet at the same time it just felt completely out of place for a historical romance.
In my opinion, it was perfectly acceptable for Cecelia, the heroine, to have amnesia and to fall in love with the hero afterwards. This is the part of the romance that I liked the best. Together, Cecelia and Adam had wonderful chemistry from the start. What I did not like about their romance was the fact that Cecelia was dead set on Adam being the hero from the romance novel that she had been writing. In honesty this is where the story took a turn for the worse.
My main fault with the plot has to be the fact that it made the romance suffer. After all, Cecelia believed throughout a portion of the novella that she was falling in love with the hero of her own story. Adam was a handsome individual and in reality was the ideal match for Cecelia, but their romance certainly was an odd one from the start.
Lastly I just want to be clear that I adore the author. She is one my absolute favorite writers and I have enjoyed Bowman's Playful Brides series. I will continue to read books published by the author regardless of the fact that this novella was a miss for me.
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?