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The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham lEy travel does heearn Julia s secrets and how their A Foxs Love (American Kitsune lives areinked Sensible people who work their way past The Provocateur life s traumas find romance and friendship solve the mysteries of Julia sife and challenge abominable relatives with strength and wit make for an entertaining and satisfying read Highly recommended for most historical romance readersReadalikesNovels by Mary Balogh Lorraine Heath s Lost Trading Christmas lords of Pembrook trilogy Isabel Cooper s Englefield novels Johanna Lindsey Make Me Love You Julia uinn The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever Stephanie Laurens The Perfect Lover Sylvia Day Pride and Pleasure Eileen Dreyer Barely a Lady Eloisa James Desperate Duchesses Jane Ashford Heir to the DukePace FastCharacters Well developedikeable strong womenStory Character drivenWriting style EngagingTone Dramatic SteamyFrame Spain Cumberland Scotland 1812Theme Love in disguise 35 starsAnother audiobook I borrowed from the ibrary 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 ate husband s father who believea that she murdered her ate husband who was Alex s cousin In fact he was an abusive bastard and she killed him in self defence but Alex s cousin In fact he was an abusive bastard and she killed him in self defence but knew s It was just 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 ike 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 Men 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 soadylike 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 "changed his mind so uicklyThe plot could have been ok except there are 2 huge coincidences in the story rang absolutely fake and destroyed the credibility of the story in my eyesAnd the Isotopic Carbon last part turned too cheesyIf I could I d put 25 but did not manage to settle at 3 Yep it s official I m hooked on this series So far I m justoving 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 this didn t disappoint So after the antagonism between these two in the first book of course they were going to be the subjects of the second I did just adore Randall as the knight in shinning armor though He s such a gentleman and yet his military The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) 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 of strength to get herself out of the awful situation she was in abused by her first husband to escape and fake her own death while finding a career for herself She searned plenty to become the competent midwife she is now thought to be I Step Out of Your Story love that Randall respects that about her and doesn t try to curtail the natural power she s found for herself Iiked how the relationship between these two developed The marriage was conceived under harsh circumstances and the uestionable nature of that came back up The Eyes of the Dead later Things weren t too easy for them They had toearn about each other and work past their issues to get to a point where trust was eternal and each could be comfortable that the other wanted the same things from them Sure some things were undoubtedly going to go the way neither of them suspected view spoilerWas there really ever any doubt that Julia s fears about being barren were going to be unfounded hide spoiler. 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 ike Julia everything a true marriage can.
review Never Less Than a LadySomething 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 Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles like a plain old regency anyone could have written by throwing in a carriage aong dress and a trip to Gretna Green The characters seemed static not growing or changing realistically Alexander was a grump in the ast book but
*here that was *that was with by a few sentences saying That was just because I didn t want you to know I iked you I would have just because I didn t want you to know I Odd Man In liked you I would have 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 womanearning 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 Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale leaving them all feeling underdone It was really only when they went to find her first husband s bastard son that I got interested Iiked that kid I could have used a Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children lot of the three of themearning 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 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 Carlyle Marney long been one of my favorite authors 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 theast 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 Shameful let the old bd wait Randall decides to head north to visit his pal Kirkland Maybe hel drop by Hartley on the way so he can scowl some at Julia Unfortunately he s not the only guy who wants to scowl at 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 iked to use a knife dead hubby just 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 ast 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 Sacred Landscapes 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. 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 aovely 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. .
Will I still wonder why this marriage would stop Daventry if he were determined that Julia should die hide spoiler I was finding the writing of this story very prosaic so when it turned out to be one of my east favorite romance themes the heroine afraid of sex there seemed no point in continuing I guess I am just relieved Sadly relieved This is much better than The Ridiculous First Book In The Series Loving A Lost ridiculous first book in the series Loving A Lost but still not a romance I would ever recommend to readers new to MJPFor Gold Rush longterm readers of MJPike myself this historical regency will come across as a bit generic Having just 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 ove scene that I am beginning to hate finding in every historical I read now I can see that the pacing and plotting were uneven and some alternative POVs to their initial meetings in the first book would have enhanced the romance I can see all that but it doesnt matter much since I find that I can still be entranced by MJP s writing voice and root for her very ikable decent admirable charactersContent warning details of the heroine s first marriage are horrifying some violenceGrade B A slightly better read than the first book in the are horrifying some violenceGrade B A slightly better read than the first book in the 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 Hunted looking forward to reading their story and the beginning of the book about 30% was rather engaging Things wereooking 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 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 Gingerbread Heart love story no coming to terms with oneself or each other Iost 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 ot ess interesting than their predecessors and the relationships are a Biz Talk-2 lotess meaningful I just 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 Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, lovey dovey If you have read book 1 you d know that they had absolutely zero chemistry and all that my beloved is just aoad of baloney excuse my A Historical Atlas of Tibet language but this is just my personal honest opinionThe first 30% 40% of the book gets 3 stars from me and the rest a veryame 2 stars rating Out of respect for MJP I am settling on 3 Pretty goodMature hero and heroine both with a The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, 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 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 th. 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.