Book Review

‘Never Run From Love’ by Maureen Driscoll

STORY: Another Kellington brother finds love in the fourth book of Maureen Driscoll’s 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.

REVIEW: Awhile back I was approached by Maureen Driscoll to read her first self-published Historical regency novel, and as most of you know by now, I have great admiration for self-published authors [which is not to say that any of the other authors are lacking in my admiration], so I jumped at a chance to do it.

Her first book, ‘Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid’ was the one that totally hooked me on the Kellington family and after reading the subsequent ‘Never Miss a Chance’ [the second Kellington book], and ‘Never Wager against Love’ [the third one], I wondered what she had in store for Hal, the youngest brother. Well, I wonder no more!

Hal is one of those rake’s that’s more a scoundrel who hides his pain and heartbreak behind a façade of the charmers smile, a healthy sexual appetite and a copious amount of drink, not necessarily in that order. His family loves him and every one of them would do anything to help him, yet they do realize that Hal himself would have to want their help in order for his life to take another turn.

None of them, including Hal himself, would even dream about that ‘the turn’ would walk into his life by way of a very smart, witty and most forward thinking young woman by the name of Melanie Sutton.

Mel was orphaned at ten and went to live with her maternal aunt, but when that aunt passed away nine years later, her uncle, the Earl of Heffner and his wife were happy to take her in and introduce her to English Society. Mel, a free thinking American and Quaker educated, wasn’t so much impressed with the ton and she was restless until she met a reformer by the name of Mrs. Seton. This woman, albeit a bit harsh and at times full of herself, gave our heroine some purpose in life and made her life worthwhile. She never dreamt that she would meet someone like Hal and against all odds, help him find his.

Ms. Driscoll starts off this tale with a scene of Hal and his friend Francis in a brothel…and multiple partners! Holy cow! Get yourself a fan!

As all her other books, Ms. Driscoll gives her all in giving us another tale of happily-ever-after. I truly admired the character of Mel, but I just couldn’t help but fall in love with Hal. I am such a sucker for the fallen angels!

If you haven’t yet read Ms. Driscoll’s books, you are missing on a wonderful family dynamic she created with Kellingtons, and I am waiting with abated breath for Liam’s story as it promises to be one of those heartbreaking love stories I adore.

ARC provided by the author

14 thoughts on “‘Never Run From Love’ by Maureen Driscoll”

  1. Hi Melanie!

    Maureen Driscoll’s latest book Never Runs from Love sounds like such a fun read and I loved your review!

    You know how much I love Regency romance and in my mind I’m trying to picture a American Quaker understanding English society. Just adjusting from her “quaint” up-bringing in America and going to England would be een’s a challenge much less facing the excesses of English society!

    It looks like you’ve added another author to my TBR list. Do you thiink I should read the previous three books in Maureen’s series before I pick up Never Run from Love?

    1. Jeanne, you really do need to start with book one and read them in order. Each story picks up where the other left off – there is very little time between each book. Plus, all the siblings are in each book so it helps to know their stories and their spouses. Enjoy!!

    2. Thanks Jeanne!

      Love all her books! I think you should read them in order if only for the family dynamics. These ‘kids’ were young when orphaned and all their personalities are different yet all are strong, stubborn and fearsly protective of each other…

  2. Maureen can tell a tale like no one else. The first book, Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid, was my very favorite – until that rake Hal came along!! There is just something about this character that makes you want to cheer him on. The story is full of plot and mystery – you really are not sure who the bad/good guys are. It keeps you guessing as the relationship between Mel and Hal grows. Now I’m just waiting on Liam’s story….. *sigh*

    1. OMG! Can she ever! So glad you liked it. I honestly can’t pick the favorite, but I am thinking Liam’s story just might change that for me!

      1. Oh I agree!! I love love Liam! I think his story will be the best yet – his character is so complex. I think Rosalind is going to surprise us all, too. The very sad part is that it will be the end of the series – unless we can convenience Maureen to revisit them all over again!!! The adventures are endless……

      2. LOL!

        She teased me with his story and it will be a ‘scorcher’!
        After that, I think we need to see if she can give us maybe a Georgian hot romp ;D or maybe we could ask her to do a time travel? OMG! Let’s draft her to tell one of those!!!! I love time travels!!!

        Mel

      3. I love me some hot cowboys! Maybe she could go western….

        I can honestly say I have never read a time travel book. Can you recommend one to start? I’m always open minded to new genres. ….although, I don’t get the whole vampire/warewolf thing. 🙂

  3. Obviously the choice is out of my hands and I have to buy all Maureen’s books in this series! Since my birthday is next month this year I’m going to give myself a gift and get them all at once so I can start with the first and then read straight through!

    After all you both told me to do it and I follow orders well!

    1. LOL!

      Happy B-Day woman!

      BTW have you entered the book giveaway from Karen’s post? She’s giving away a Christmas story and who doesn’t love those?!

      Mel

      1. Yes I did notice ;D Thanks so much for all your support!!!! Get ready for a HUGE [did I say HUGE] November celebration!!!!

  4. I love coming back and reading comments I missed! Jeanne, thank you so much for giving me a shot. Mel and Linda have been such great cheerleaders it’s made the process a lot more fun. And Happy Birthday-ish.

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