Hero of My Heart: A Loveswept Historical Romance by Megan Frampton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Two people are in need of salvation, one from the hands of her rotten half brother, one from a life of drug addiction and self-loathing. Put these two together and you have a delightful tale of adventure, redemption and love with a splash of attitude and spice! In other words, a great escape into another time and place that is easy to read and get lost in!
Told from different POVs, the story becomes even more likeable! There didn't seem to be a need to stick to 'words of the day'-for some, this is a negative, for me, it kept things a little lighter!
Mary Smith is a deceased vicar's young daughter, being auctioned off into slavery/prostitution by her half-brother, who has gambling debts to pay.
Alasdair Thornham has a laundry list of problems, including opium addiction that are leading him to self-destruction and risk his title and fortune at the hands of his dastardly cousin. In his drunken haze, his conscience suddenly roars to life and he 'buys' Mary to save her from her fate. He offers to accompany her to London where she is seeking the mother she never knew and hopefully start a new life.
Their adventures on the road (and in a bed) to London are a huge part of the story, including their less than romantic marriage, all in the name of propriety! Their interaction is prickly at times, both having the ability to get under the other's skin!
The question is, what happens after they get to London? Will Mary find her mother? What if she does? What about their 'marriage'?????
This wasn't a totally accurate 'period' romance, but it WAS a fun read that was easy to enjoy!
This ARC copy of Hero of My Heart was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: April 8, 2013.
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