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,
I spend a lot of time on the Sony eReader Bookstore looking for free / bargain-priced books (there are new ones available each month, I think), so that I don’t spend all of my money on books (which is a very real concern for me). About three weeks ago, I ran across this one.
Product description: In the first of a dazzling series, Mary Jo Putney introduces the Lost Lords–maverick childhood friends with a flair for defying convention. Each is about to discover the woman who is his perfect match–but perfection doesn’t come easily, even for the noble Duke of Ashton. . .Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor of the shipwreck that almost claimed his life. However, he’s delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds is his wife. Mariah’s name and face may not be familiar, but her touch, her warmth, feel deliciously right. . .When Mariah Clarke prayed for a way to deter a bullying suitor, she didn’t imagine she’d find the answer washed ashore on a desolate beach. Convincing Adam that he is her husband is surprisingly easy. Resisting the temptation to act his wife, in every way, will prove anything but. And now a passion begun in fantasy has become dangerously real–and completely irresistible. . .”Intoxicating, romantic and utterly ravishing…”–Eloisa James career achievement award for historical romance. Though most of her books have been historical, she has also published three contemporary romances.NJRWGolden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four RITATop Ten Romance lists. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America BooklistMary Jo Putney has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. Five of her books have been named among the year’s top five romances by The Library Journal, and three more made
I have not read a historical romance in a while, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This was a good book, and it was fabulous for the first in a series. The characters were all introduced and future romances were hinted at. There was not too much back story to confuse us (like often in firsts). The male characters had an incredible friendship that was described in a believable way. The females were strong and independent. The main male character, Adam, was loving and supportive rather than bossy and arrogant like in many historicals. If I had one criticism it would be that of the mistaken death ploy. It is not surprising when people come back from the dead if they do so more often than not. Putting that aside, I really did like it, so much so that immediately after finishing it, I went to the eReader Bookstore and purchased the second in the series (which I hope to review next week).
The author’s website has an excerpt from Chapter one if you’d like to read it first. Happy Reading!