Published by SMP, Feb 2016, 100 pages, £1.49
Quick description: Novella, regency romance, love despite amnesia.
Plot: 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?
As novellas go, this is not too bad. Its very tricky to do a short love story, especially a regency one. You don’t have many pages to build up tension, chemistry as well as slip in a mystery element. I thought this book was quite sweet. Its about love in curious circumstances. Its not the best of the £1 eBooks, but it will guarantee a good few hours of reading. Another blogger has described Bowman’s work as ‘light and fluffy’. This certainly describes this book. Both Cecelia and Adam are cute. The story, veering towards the silly side, is pretty funny when you think of it. It creates confusion, conflict and reunions. These are all structured pretty well, despite being condensed. I wanted to see how far Cecelia will go with her false memory and what would happen when she recovers.
I actually liked this better than the last Bowman romance I read, The Irresistible Rogue which I found getting a bit too graphic. The Unforgettable Hero isn’t hot as lightning, but it has a moderate amount of swoon and steam.
Thanks SMP for my review copy xx