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?
Valerie Bowman writes historical romances on the light and fluffy end of the spectrum, whereas I usually go for darker and more serious books. I thought I’d try this novella anyway, and while I enjoyed some aspects of it, it definitely needs a massive suspension of disbelief.
Your enjoyment of The Unforgettable Hero will be based on two things:
#1 Whether or not realistic depictions of amnesia and illness are important to you.
#2 Your ability to deal with extremely fast-moving novella-style relationships.
This story is definitely fine to be read as a standalone. Other series characters appear, but you don’t need to be familiar with them to understand the story (I am certainly not familiar with them!).
However, the version of amnesia our heroine has is definitely Romance Novel Amnesia. A condition that is nice and neat and easily cured. I cannot buy into a serious head injury that takes a woman’s memory but is also mild enough she can go to a ball the following night!
As for the fast-moving relationship? In the end, I suppose I didn’t really care about that, seeing as the rest of the plot was already dialled up so high nothing was realistic!
One language thing: it’s he almost SPAT it out, not he almost “spit” it out! I’m sick of seeing this mistake turning up in books!
I do think I can take more of this sort of historical romance in smaller, novella-length doses than I can in full novel form. I can’t say I loved The Unforgettable Hero, but there was nothing all that objectionable about it.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.