Never less than a Lady by Mary Jo Putney

Book 2 in the Lost Lords series is Never Less than a Lady. As you might have read last week, I received the first in this series as a “bargain” book from the Sony eReader Store. I liked it enough that I purchased book 2, this one, and I am glad I did. Book 2 was even better than the first.

Product Description: 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 past.

As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son of his own. The 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 protection.

Within the space of a day, Julia has been abducted by her first husband’s cronies, rescued, 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 be…

This book did not have the contrived mistaken death trope like the first (over and over), so that is in part why it was more enjoyable. I was surprised by Randall’s openness since the first book portrayed him as closed and uptight. Nonetheless, the characters in the book were interesting, and I really liked seeing characters from book one appear for longer than two pages, especially Mariah. I also liked the new Lost Lord introduced. I liked that the woman was the one leery of marriage. I liked that trust was a key factor in resolving the conflict. It was a quick read, and I think if you like historical romance, you would like this one too.

According to the author’s website, she is working on book 3 of this series now, and it is tentatively scheduled to release in May 2011. Until then,

Happy Reading.

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