Review: An Officer’s Vow by Penny Hampson (2019)

Heat Factor: Not too steamy, but a lot of tension

Character Chemistry: Starts out pretty innocently and then gradually intensifies

Plot: Young heiress escapes a machinating cousin with the help of young, wounded officer.

Overall: It’s a straight up stress-reliever. Fall right in and enjoy the ride.

I did feel a little guilty reviewing this one–first, it has a feel-good, classic regency vibe that I know Erin would enjoy. But second–the hero’s first description is of his aquiline, Wellington-esque nose. Erin’s a sucker for an aquiline nose. However, I’ve had two very stressful weeks, and before long I could tell this was going to be the type of romance novel that just takes the edge off.

Despite the adventurous plot, the story unfolds at a nice gradual pace. There are certainly some early moments where you feel a little fizzle of “oh dear, what terrible luck!” and then before long you’re going to need to take a break to fold laundry. (Anyone else do that when the plot gets too tense?) It’s just right.

The lovebirds (and the plot) start out a little predictable, but around the halfway point you’ll start to change your mind. The plot really does thicken slowly, with just these little threads of “hmm, that seems off…” and then before you know it there’s a rollicking adventure underfoot.

But honestly, the best way I can describe this book is as a delicious, well-written escape. The author does an amazing job of adding layers of mystery and interconnectedness–you don’t know you’re getting to know complex secondary characters, she just kind of crafts something dynamic and engaging that gets under your skin and sticks in the back of your mind when you’re supposed to be, say, an adult with responsibilities.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255.

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