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Runaway Hearts Mass Market Paperback – 3 Apr 2001
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Worried about her family's future, amateur scientist Mary Lou Finch travels to Milltown, New York to obtain a job as governess to the son of the owner of Damien's Curse. That enables her to go undercover to begin sleuthing using modern scientific methods. However, May Lou's expertise, when she is not blowing something up, is chemistry, but her skills never prepared her for the attraction between her and the owner, Pierce Thorndike, nor his son.
RUNAWAY HEARTS is a zany but cleverly crafted Americana romantic mystery. The story line is filled with twists that make for a wonderful amateur sleuth tale while brimming with a romance between the lead characters that smoothly glides into the who-done-it. The cast helps bring alive the gay nineties racing crowd adding to the feel of a well written period piece that showcases Katie Rose's abilities to entertain readers from the two genres.
Edward became a challenge to her. He had gone through several governesses recently. However, no matter what Edward did, Mary Lou turned it into a learning experience. He sneaked a snake into her room. She taught him all the Latin names. He like worms. She taught him all the types and then how to dissect them. As she earned his respect, he earned her love.
Pierce Thorndike had never met a woman like Miss Finch before. Since his wife's death, his son had been out of control. Miss Finch was not only beautiful to him, but fantastic with Edward. However, he kept catching her investigating his horse's disappearance and feared for her safety.
***** An exceptional tale combining romance and mystery! I spent my every free moment reading non-stop! It is about time that someone had a heroine that did not have the perfect figure and also had high intelligence! Brava, Katie Rose! *****
"Runaway Hearts" started strongly and I thought that I was in for quite a treat, but the book lost steam and was rather flawed. There was practically no character development at all in regards to Pierce. Mary Lou was more fleshed out, but between the two of them, I felt zero chemistry. The writing was also extremely repetitive. Basically, this book was pleasant but in the words of the delightful Miss Finch, The plot was "as thin as the chocolate glaze on an eclair".