Getting close to the end of this series – this is book four of this clever Regency Romance series that focuses on the Kellington siblings: 4 sons and one daughter all named for the Kings and Queens of English History.
The fourth in this series focuses on the youngest son of the Kellington family: Henry or Hal as he is known. It’s been harder to get a grasp on him throughout the series, although everyone’s story has at least one of the family member’s remarking on his “casual façade” and that he was the most effected of all of the siblings by their parent’s untimely deaths, Hal has rather floated through life using his looks and name to advantage. Not that he was particularly deviant or outrageous: but he was aimless.
Melanie Sutton is an orphaned American, recently relocated to London in the care of an uncle. While not titled, Melanie is possessed of a healthy trust and a passion for social activism. From using the temperance movement as part cover, and part introduction to those who could help the poor improve their plight, she is also busily recruiting prostitutes to help them relocate to America for opportunities to change their lives. When the two meet, there is an instant connection, even if they both are unable or unwilling to recognize that it is the first twinges of love.
In this story, there are several scenes that are far more sexual and steamy than one would expect from the earlier books in the series, so it is steamier Regency than most others. Additionally, there are such wonderful characters with a solid sense of heroines that are far from simpering or cowering: they are matches in brains and strength for the men, and not always behind closed doors. The constraints of societal expectations, and the men’s reactions to those very proper maids is funny, yet they often seem at a loss when confronted with the women who pose them a challenge, even as they are often admiring if not agreeing with the opinions expressed.
I love the mix in these stories – the love and the clueless, the humor and the heart. With just enough of a hint to lead to the next matching, Liam’s story is next and I can’t wait to finish it. Another advantage of waiting until the series is completed is not waiting….
Title: Never Run from Love
Author: Maureen Driscoll
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Self-Published
Get Your Copy: Amazon
Another Kellington brother finds love in the fourth book of Maureen Driscoll’s critically-acclaimed Regency romance series.
When Hal Kellington sees a respectable reform worker with the stockings of a courtesan, he’s intrigued. When his friend wagers he cannot kiss the chit, he’s challenged. And when he gets to know the spirited American, he realizes the stakes are higher than he could possibly imagine.Since arriving in England to live with her uncle and aunt, Melanie Sutton has been working to help London prostitutes start new lives in America. When they begin disappearing, she accepts the help of a notorious rake to track them down. But she soon discovers that resisting temptation is much easier preached than practiced.
NEVER RUN FROM LOVE contains explicit language and adult situations. The earlier books in the series were NEVER WAGER AGAINST LOVE (Book 3), NEVER MISS A CHANCE (Book 2) and NEVER A MISTRESS, NO LONGER A MAID (Book 1), which USA TODAY’S HAPPY EVER AFTER blog called “enjoyable, suspenseful and satisfying.”
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.