Mary Jo Putney: Never Less Than a Lady

Recalled from war as his vicious uncle s sole remaining heir Alexander Randall gives away his commission and returns to England to find a wife and sire an heir He should find a typical noble wife but the only woman that appeals to him is Julia Bancroft widow and village midwife who has stayed in his thoughts since he met her Randall visits friends in England and Scotland mostly to avoid his uncle who allowed his cousin to torture Randall and who barely cared for Randall when he was wounded His final visit is to friends in Julia s village Randall discovers that Julia has been kidnapped by men who accuse her of murder He follows rescues her proposes marriage and they elope to Scotland Only as they travel does I was finding the writing of this story very prosaic so when it turned out to be one of my least favorite romance themes the heroine afraid of sex there seemed no point in continuing It was ust ok and frankly slightly boringI had not read the previous instalment in the series in which Randall met Julia and not having insights on the future couple s first meeting is always an intense disappointment to me Several times I almost felt like the author was trying to rub in that number 1 in the series should have been read beforeThe heroine had been through very difficult experience with physical and mental abuse from her first husband an accident perceived as murder reject from her father an escape masueraded as a suicide and then 10 years or less working as a midwife in a small village She should have been interesting and touching But at the same time and once again she was so ladylike all the time never slipping from her pedestal of supreme perfection that she did not interest me that muchThe hero also did not have much personality He s supposed to always have been opposed to marriage before the starting of the book I m not really sure I understood why he changed his mind so uicklyThe plot could have been ok except there are 2 huge coincidences in the story which rang absolutely fake and destroyed the credibility of the story in my eyesAnd the l A slightly better read than the first book in the series but still disappointing I enjoy MJP s style I always have One can hear her writing voice in this book her signature style so to speak The first book in the series was very disappointing with 2 un memorable characters The heroine of the first book Mariah featured prominently in this book too and I was bored out of my mind whenever Mariah popped up She was a boring character then and a nuisance now Alexander and Julia met briefly in book one and caught my attention right away I was looking forward to reading their story and the beginning of the book about 30% was rather engaging Things were looking good for Alexander and Julia Having suffered abuse in her first marriage Julia was reluctant to accept Alexander But somehow they agreed to get married which was Booties And The Beast just as well The plot was thin since Alexander and Julia pretty much had no conflicts between them at all The threat was external and there was no difficult decisions to make Julia overcame her tragic past uickly and settled into the role of Alexander s wife with ease Theirs was not a great love story no coming to terms with oneself or each other I lost interests at around 60% when the story became about Julia s re introduction into society and family reunions I wish I could recommend this book If it wasn t MJP s work I d have abandoned ship in the middle of it So far this series is unremarkable I have the feeling that MJP is trying to re create her Fallen Angels series with a new group of men but these men are a lot less interesting than their predecessors and the relationships are a lot less meaningful Iust cannot feel that they cared for each other But Alexander and Julia s story is better than Adam and Mariah s book 1 I rolled my eyes every time when Adam and Mariah showed up in this book and appeared to be all lovey dovey If you have read book 1 you d know that they had absolutely zero chemistry and all that my beloved is Dance and Cultural Diversity just a load of baloney excuse my language but this isust my personal honest opinionThe first 30% 40% of the book gets 3 stars. New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney continues her stunning Lost Lords series with this stirring sensual story of a rebellious nobleman drawn to a lovely widow with a shocking pastAs the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry Alexander Randall knows his duty find a wife and sire a son of his own Th.

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T her Three thugs arrive at her home first and drag her off in chains Randall rushes after them determined to save the day Backstory Julia has been hiding for the past few years after killing her husband Well sorta killing him if pushing him away when he was trying to kill her counts Seems the sick rapey bstrd was drunk and he clunked his head and died Aww shucksTo pile coincidence on top of coincidences the creepy rapey liked to use a knife dead hubby ust happens to be Branford the heir to the Daventry earldom until he croaked In other words he s Randall s cousin Randall s solution to Julia s problem is genius because evidently if she s his wife and thus necessary if the earldom is to continue Daventry will call off the hounds After being raped beaten and carved on by her last hubby Julia s not so keen on marriage It takes a bit of persuasion for her to agree to a chaste union and a LOT persuasion for her to agree to an UNchaste oneThe periodic attempts to kill Julia kept me from being too bored with the will she won t she angst Lots of logic flaws in this view spoilerlike the fact that we re told several times that Daventry isn t a killer even though he did try to kill Randall and even though when Daventry s men came for Julia she was so sure she wouldn t survive being taken to him that she wrote her will I still wonder why this marriage would stop Daventry if he were determined that Julia should die hide spoiler 35 starsAnother audiobook I borrowed from the library principally because Simon Prebble is one of my favourite narrators Julia a widow is a country midwife who had captured the interest of Alex Randall in the previous book although he was reluctant to show any interest and gave her to believe he disliked her But Julia has a dark past and is hiding from her late husband s father who believea that she murdered her late husband who was Alex s cousin In fact he was an abusive bastard and she killed him in self defence but she knew she d never have been believed and ranAt the beginning of the story she is discovered by two thugs hired by her ex father in law and kidnapped Alex rescues her and offers her marriage in order to protect her She s reluctant but sees the sense in it and eventually agreesPutney doesn t shy away from describing the horrors of Julia s first marriage and her fears about intimacy and sex are well grounded I suspect her recovery was probably uite fast although I have absolutely no knowledge about how a woman who has been subjected to what Julia went through would have reacted or if she could ever have let another man touch her But this is a romantic novel so one has to allow some degree of poetic license and the author did a good ob of giving the situation a degree of credibility and in showing Julia s struggles and both the forward and backwards steps that were taken in her relationship with Alex In fact the part that felt least plausible to me came later in the book once Alex and Julia have discovered that she is in fact a great heiress and he begins to worry that she no longer needs him a fact which rather wounds his masculine pride But then she had given him little reason to think otherwise especially given her initial insistence on there being a way out of the marriage if she wanted it at the end of a yearThis isn t always an easy read but it was an engaging story and I liked the characterisation of the two principals Alex is kind and honourable and Julia is no nonsenseSimon Prebble is an excellent narrator He differentiates character voices clearly and although one or two of his accents were a bit wobbly overall I enjoyed his performance I guess I am ust relieved Sadly relieved This is much better than the ridiculous first book in the series Loving A Lost Lord but still not a romance I would ever recommend to readers new to MJPFor longterm readers of MJP like myself this historical regency will come across as a bit generic Having ust reread The Wild Child1999 earlier this week I couldnt help noticing how much shorter and choppier her sentences have gotten which is very on trend as well as the hackneyed Mine Mine Mine love scene that I am beginning to hate finding in ev. And proposed to by a man she scarcely knows Stranger still is her urge to say yes A union with Alexander Randall could benefit them both but Julia doubts she can ever trust her heart again or the fervent desire Randall ignites Yet perhaps only a Lost Lord can show a woman like Julia everything a true marriage can.

From me and the rest a very lame 2 stars rating Out of respect for MJP I am settling on 3 Something seemed missing here I ve read all of Ms Putney s books except the few dealing with magic Almost all are on my keeper shelf I don t think this one will be This one did not have the great historical details of the Fallen Angels series or the Silk Trilogy This seemed like a plain old regency anyone could have written by throwing in a carriage a long dress and a trip to Gretna Green The characters seemed static not growing or changing realistically Alexander was a grump in the last book but here that was dealt with by a few sentences saying That was ust because I didn t want you to know I liked you I would have liked to see him change before my eyes POSSIBLE SPOILERS Julia has a fear of men from having an abusive first husband bad enough that she demands the ability to divorce Alexander after a year Yet she is over it almost the first time they get together Whoops non issue It seemed there were too many irons in the fire Was it the story of woman learning to trust again The story of him saving her from bad guys No real sense of danger was ever developed Introducing her to society We skipped most of the only ballsocial outing None of these issues was developed fully leaving them all feeling underdone It was really only when they went to find her first husband s bastard son that I got interested I liked that kid I could have used a lot of the three of them learning to be a family And it would have been a stronger story if Julia had indeed been barren making this part of the story important Most of the book was formulaic and predictable Of course Julia is really the daughter of a duke Of course the boy was decent Of course her brother didn t hate her Of course the Earl of Daventry had a daughter and of course Julia who thought she was barren ended up pregnant This was Loving Lies (Summer Lovin, just missing the depth of emotion that I have become accustomed to in Ms Putney s works Most of her works get 4 or 5 glowing stars from me Sadly not this one I will read the next one though because everyone is entitled to a not so good book now and then and Ms Putney has long been one of my favorite authors Yep it s official I m hooked on this series So far I must loving these Lost Lords Randall was a great character in the first novel as was Julia I really enjoyed getting to read their story Learning about Julia s secretive past was of course greatly anticipated and this didn t disappoint So after the mild antagonism between these two in the first book of course they were going to be the subjects of the second I did ust adore Randall as the knight in shinning armor though He s such a gentleman and yet his military life has shaped him into a man of honor and integrity with a backbone of steel He has such a wonderful need to help the damsel in distress For all that she s a damsel and in distress Julia to slightly mis uote Disney s Hercules She can handle itJulia has had a ton o Pretty goodMature hero and heroine both with a lot of sense Solid reasons for getting married Beliveable and multilayered romantic conflicts Audiobook with Simon Prebble doing fantastic narration Great way to pass a few hours If you read Loving A Lost Lord you probably knew that it was inevitable there d be a romance between Julia Bancroft Mariah s friend who is a midwife in Hartley and Major Alexander Randall I mean it was obvious the way they instantly hated each other These two were meant to be The book starts with Randall being summoned home by his not so doting uncle the Earl of Daventry This is the earl who tried to starve Randall to death some years ago Seems the last of Daventry s sons are now dead so it s up to Randall to come home marry and carry on the earldom Randall is hardly keen to do anything his uncle asks of him but he s fed up with soldiering so what the hey Once he reaches British soil though he s not so sold on the idea of presenting himself to Daventry let the old bd wait Randall decides to head north to visit his pal Kirkland Maybe he ll drop by Hartley on the way so he can scowl some at Julia Unfortunately he s not the only guy who wants to scowl E perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft a village midwife with a dark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protectionWithin the space of a day Julia has been abducted by her first husband's cronies rescued.

MJ PutneyMary Jo Putney was born on 1946 in Upstate New York with a reading addiction a condition for which there is no known cure After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Balti Maryland where she has lived very comfortably ever since While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acuired a computer for other purposes When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold uickly thereby changing her life forever in most ways for the better “But why didn't anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads” Like a lemming over a cliff she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full time writer as soon as possible Since 1987 Ms Putney has published twenty nine books and counting Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism death and dying and domestic abuse She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times Wall Street Journal USAToday and Publishers Weekly Five of her books have been named among the year’s top five romances by The Library Journal The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist published by the American Library Association A nine time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards four NJRW Golden Leaf awards plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance Though most of her books have been historical she has also published three contemporary romances The Marriage Spell will be out in June 2006 in hardcover and Stolen Magic written as M J Putney will be released in July 2006 Ms Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose