Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Only a Hero Will Do

Susan Lodge
Regency Romance

"The only book I have been able to locate on board is one of the midshipman’s mathematical texts. It was informative but lacked plot."

Hetty Avebury has never had a very happy home life, but when her father arranges for her marriage to an odious man, it turns unbearable.  Unbearable enough to send her on a daring bid to get away - dressing as a boy to sail away.  What she doesn't count on is being pressed into His Majesty's navy.  Revealing her gender may get her out of becoming a sailor, but lands her in the mercy of Dr Robert Withington, who must see her safely back to the one place she never wants to return to.  But the long days at sea may just be enough to turn the good doctor to her side.  What will Robert do when they get back to England?  And what will he choose to do when Hetty may just need his protection even after they return to shore?

My Opinion: Although I opened this book with great anticipation, I ended up a bit disappointed.  Hoping for a high seas adventure and forbidden romance, I was left with  a much longer and convoluted plot.  Characters that were as ever changing as they were shallow, I never really cared about any of the characters, main or side.  The romance was barely touched on and I never saw any catalyst to change from frustrated strangers thrust together to those who care for each other.  Technically, there were various grammatical mistakes that showed a poor grasp of turns of phrase, modern or time-period, which altogether were distracting.  Overall, a great set-up for a story that didn't fulfill its potential.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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