Runaway Heart by Claudy Conn

Runaway Heart  http://www.Amazon.com/dp/B009G9LJKG

Review:  Runaway Heart by Claudy Conn

A couple of weeks ago, I headed to Fargo with my husband for his doctor’s appointment.  We knew he’d be needing an operation. So, with all the optimist in me,just in case they decided to operate that day, I downloaded a couple books to my Kindle to read.  Since I didn’t have the time to choose wisely, I only perused the free romances, figuring that if it turned not to be worth reading, I wouldn’t have wasted any money on them.  The doctor thought we were insane to expect him to operate immediately if it wasn’t an emergency, so we came back home and I forgot about the books until the next time I wanted something to read.

Runaway Heart was one of those books.  It was the one I chose to read first.

If you like Regency romances, you’ll like this book.  I like them occasionally so I enjoyed it.  If you like most romances but don’t particularly care for the Regency genre, then I suggest that you skip this read,  Regencies are filled with the words, idioms, habaits and stuff of that period.  The author (or authors, because two authors are mentioned though only one is on the cover) have done their homework and know the period intimately.  So, as we watch heroine, Chelsea, be rescued from the school where she’d been languishing and given a season in London during which she will hopefully make a good match, we also learn a lot about London in the Regency era and meet several people whom history has made famous.  Or infamous.  Until she, of course, wins the heart of the most eligible bachelor of all.

Chelsea is a Regency feminist.  She rescues animals and people from bad situations without thinking and in spite of any danger to herself.   So I found myself cheering her on and didn’t really care whether she ever got married or not.  But, of course, a happily-ever-after ending is always good.  The book was well edited and the grammar was good, nothing to complain about there.

Tonight I’ll read the other free book I downloaded and didn’t read in the hospital.  When he does have an operation, I plan to be proactive and find time to carefully peruse selections and choose according to  potential readability instead of cost.  Still, I’m glad I downloaded this book, even if it was on impulse.

A Chance For Charity

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003PPCTS8

Book Review:  A Chance for Charity by S.L. Baum

A nice read.  Probably Young Adult or New Adult, but I like those kinds of books, partly because I like ‘clean’ romances that don’t go into endless detail about sexual encounters.

This is the story of a woman who, years earlier, learned she was practically immortal and had powers other people don’t.  A familiar theme in books of this kind.  By the end of the book I thought the author had gone a bit over the top with too many super powers that various characters posses.  There are vampires,shapeshifters,  etc.  But those characters come in at the very end so if you don’t care for a plethora of paranormal characters, don’t worry, there aren’t too many of them, they don’t come into play until almost the end, and they are likable.

The thing that I thought raised this book above others that are similar was Charity’s love interest, a very human male who is mortal and, therefore, has a shorter life span than Charity herself, though the author deals with that problem rather neatly.  I didn’t care for the somewhat contrived connection that brought them together but it didn’t distract from the story so I’m okay with it.  The story moves at a good pace and is readable, things I like when I’m sitting down to enjoy a couple hours visiting the world of fiction.

The book was edited and formatted in a decent manner.  Nothing took me out of the story.  Thank you S. L. Baum for taking the time to do your job right!

And I’ve decided against stars unless the review is going up on Amazon or elsewhere that stars are required and then I’ll only do stars if I can’t avoid them. So no stars for this book from me but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it.  I did.