Runaway Lady Conquering Lord by Carol Townend is a historical romance from Harlequin.
I’m quite a fan of historical romances especially those from Georgette Heyer and at one time used to devour historicals from Hqn too by the dozen. However, I moved onto other kind of genres as one does and so have taken up this one after a long time. Having finished writing a medieval Indian historical myself, I was in a mood to read a period romance and also to look into how much historical romances have changed over the years.
Harlequin has certainly evolved in this genre too. They have high standards and this was borne out by this book. As far as research is concerned, the author has fairly excelled. She has seamlessly woven research into the story. The descriptions are very vivid – so much so that you can actually visualize the damp on the castle walls as you read on. From my experience I know how difficult it is to manage research while writing about the past and I salute the author for this.
The romance is also good initially. The setting isn’t one I had the chance to read before this and I found it intriguing. Mostly one finds virgin heroines in period romances so it was quite a change, at least for me, to read a heroine who had an affair in the past. I quite enjoyed the story but as it neared the end, it lost its course a bit. The internal conflict was tapid and the characters overall came across as a bit too stoic. I would have welcomed some overt emotion in the heroine but she’s portrayed as being too perfect and in control. Without giving away the end, I can only say it was a bit unsatisfactory to find they didn’t have to face any major obstacle to get their HEA.
Verdict: I give this book five stars for the research and setting and four stars for the romance. It definitely gets you into history. You will not regret picking it up.
Recommended for historical aficionados.