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Never Run From Love (Kellington Book 4) Kindle Edition

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"I found myself in love with a fictional character within one short chapter."  Terree Nelson Lyman, THE WINDOW SEAT ON A RAINY DAY

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  • File Size: 688 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OH2U8U
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First things first: a huge thank you to Jennifer Omner at for the book covers and designs. An equally huge thank you to JBC Images at for the author photo.

Maureen Driscoll is an Emmy-nominated writer-producer in Los Angeles whose credits include "The Dish" on the Style Network, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and Nickelodeon's "BrainSurge." She was also a recipient of a Walt Disney Studios screenwriting fellowship, where she wrote a romantic comedy based on her rather painful divorce. The script didn't make it to the big screen, but it did teach her a few things about happily ever after.

Before moving to Hollywood, Maureen spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. Her novel DATING GEORGE CLOONEY is a political satire inspired by her time there.


Maureen is currently working on Rose's story, ALWAYS FOREVER, the next book in the Emerson series.

She loves hearing from her readers on Facebook at Maureen Driscoll Author, Twitter, Goodreads and

She is very, very appreciative of her readers and thanks people for taking the Kellingtons and Emersons to heart.

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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.
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This 4th installment in the Kellington series was really fun to read. There was passion, intrigue, action, and scandal. The only thing that bothered me was Mel's reluctance to be with Harry "Hal". It's understandable up to a point because he does have some big changes to make in his life in regards to drinking, gambling, and " whoring", so he really isn't much of a catch in the beginning. It's later in the book when she basically tossed him out the door after letting him, ummmm, can't think of a tactful way to say that. Heavy petting? Anyway, she encourages and enjoys it, and then tosses him out. Sure, she's shocked at what happened but then she starts seriously considering marrying her friend from America! So, I spent a few chapters wanting to smack her. But, she changed her attitude, and he started thinking of them more seriously and cleaned up his act. After that, the story became really enjoyable again, and I liked seeing them work together for their cause. There ended up being two villains which surprised me a little. I had suspected both of them, but wrongly assumed there was only one guy behind all the trouble. I like surprises, though, so that was good. Overall, it's one of the better ones in the series.
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A little more interesting than Driscoll's Never Deny Your Heart. This book is about another Kellington, Lord Henry, Hal, and an American, Melanie Sutton. Hal is the bad boy of the family, fornicator, wild one and on the receiving end of his older brother's rebuke. Hal meets Melanie when he spots her in a group of women outside a gaming establishment; they are protesting liquor and it's evils. Melanie has more interest in trying to convince prostitutes to leave their way of livelihood and travel to America for a new start in life. Hal is determined to have Melanie, to the point of joining the ladies in their protest groups. This book has explicitly written sexual scenes and language. There are a few twists to the story that kept me pondering who the bad guy was.
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So far, I feel like this is the weakest book in the series. It's not that I dislike Hal, I just never really warmed up to him as I did the other Kellingtons and their partners as yet. I liked Melanie, and I really liked her characterization of a reformer, trying to help women find better lives. But some aspects of the story fell flat and dragged a little. Also, I feel like I should subtract a star just for the repeated use of the word "c*nny." This is the first book in the series that has featured this word, I believe, and for some reason, it rubs me the wrong way. C*nt is fine. Tunnel, passage, sex, vulva, whatever. But c*nny just strikes me as uncouth, and sounds jarring coming from the thoughts of a well-bred lord (albeit a lord who frequents brothels on an almost daily basis). I appreciated the character development with Hal, how he changed his ways, and saw the light, etc. But I still didn't feel like we were really getting to know him. Maybe we'll learn more about him in the next two books. There's definitely still a wall there, regardless of his realization that love is an emotion he can/should/is allowed to experience.

One major high point of this book was the inventive sex scenes. Without giving major spoilers, there is a scene with both Melanie and Hal in a brothel, and it was completely unexpected, and hot as hell. Ms. Driscoll has a penchant for writing sex scenes that challenge traditional regency narratives (and senses of propriety), for which I am extremely grateful. I like the attention to detail as far as discussions of consent, desire, and protection go.

And while I wasn't as engaged in Hal and Melanie's story as I have been with other protagonists in this series, I was so happy to be able to find out what happened between Liam and Rosalind during the wedding in the last book. I have been waiting so long to find out what happens between them, and cannot wait to read the next book.
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