Monday, September 29, 2014

Damsel in Distress? by Kristina O'Grady

Damsel in Distress?

By Kristina O'Grady

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Published by: Carina UK - September 30, 2014
Genres: Regency Romance
Rating: 2.75 Stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A chance meeting that could scandalise the ton!

19th century England. Harriet is running for her life, chased by three men on horseback through Hyde Park. Knocked unconscious, everything goes black…

Philip, Baron Eaglestone, has never seen such a beautiful damsel in distress. And he’s even more intrigued when she opens her eyes, and begins to speak. Because this irresistible woman can only remember her first name, and has no knowledge as to who was trying to kill her… or where she is!

As Philip cares for Harriet, their attraction burns… and neither can shake the feeling that their chance meeting was truly a moment out of time. But if her memory returns, Harriet will be faced with a question. Will she return home or could it be that family is where her heart is – with a Regency rake!

When I requested this book, I didn't know it was the second installment in a time-travel series. As someone who is bad at suspending disbelief, I thought I might dislike this regency romance for the pure fantasy element of time-travel once I figured out that's what was going on. I found that I liked that element of the story for quite awhile. I thought it was fresh, well placed, and interesting . . . until the author decided to lay out how the time-travel worked. I had a really hard time believing that if we just use our minds and wish ourselves to another time, we'll suddenly be there. That's where the time-travel plot turned into unpolished writing for me. It wasn't fleshed out very well and seemed very elementary. A regency romance that had plenty of heat as well as mystery, one that intrigued me, suddenly had me wishing for the end. I was also slightly annoyed that the author couldn't tell the difference between "peek" and "peak" as it was used incorrectly throughout the book. Just a pet peeve of mine.

I wish I could give it a higher rating, and maybe I would if this is the type of story I typically read. That said, I still think the immaturity of the time-travel section would have bothered me.

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