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Never Less Than a Lady (Lost Lords Series #2)
     

Never Less Than a Lady (Lost Lords Series #2)

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by Mary Jo Putney
 

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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

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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. . .

Praise for Loving a Lost Lord

"Intoxicating, romantic and utterly ravishing. . ." --Eloisa James

"Entrancing characters and a superb plotline. . ." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Will leave readers smiling, breathless, and anxiously awaiting the next adventure. . ." --Library Journal, starred review

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Library Journal
Arriving in rural Hartley just in time to rescue midwife Julia Bancroft from a band of kidnap-minded thugs, Maj. Alex Randall quickly realizes that the only way he can keep Julia safe is by marrying her. Fortunately, that's exactly what he's wanted to do since he met her, and Julia, although wary after a brutal first marriage, reluctantly agrees. Alex's gentle patience soon wins Julia's trust, but as Julia's heritage comes to light, Alex is the one who wonders if their marriage will last. VERDICT Delightful, well-conceived secondary characters, including a particularly difficult earl and a take-charge, no-nonsense duchess, add humor and depth to a fascinating story that is more complex than most. Cleverly plotted, stirring, and flawlessly written. Putney (Loving a Lost Lord) lives in Baltimore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420119091
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Series:
Lost Lords Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
31,533
File size:
675 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Jo Putney graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in eighteenth-century literature and industrial design. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. She was the keynote speaker at the 2000 National Romance Writers of America Conference. Ms. Putney lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her Web site at www.maryjoputney.com.

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Never Less Than a Lady 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
Randall has just sold his commission in the army because he's suddenly become an heir apparent to Daventry. Before heading there, he decides to revisit the village of Hartley to look up old friends - a serendipitious decision because said midwife, Mrs. Julia Bancroft, has just been kidnapped by old enemies, namely her father-in-law, Lord Daventry who thinks she murdered his son. A Sir Galahad if there ever was one, Randall contrives to free her. Julia is actually Lady Julia Raines, brutalized as a young bride of 16 by her bestial husband who died during one such bout of violence when he fell and struck his head. She fled and faked her own death becoming Mrs. Julia Bancroft. Randall was a cousin to Julia's husband (!), and was also abused by him when he was a youngster. To escape this tyranny, he managed to get sent to the Westerfield Academy where he met the other "lost lords". This is just the beginning of the saga of Never Less than a Lady. Perhaps these were good ingredients for a potentially interesting romantic stew, but the main characters and convoluted plot needed much more seasoning to make it less bland and more interesting to swallow.
RCJBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Intoxicating, intriguing, provocative and thrilling are only a few words to describe, "NEVER LESS THAN A LADY", second book in "THE LOST LORDS" series by New York Times Bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney. Prickly Major Lord Randal is the last remaining of the Daventry family. Forced to come home and take the title and do his duty-meaning get a wife and begot an heir. Biddable wife is what he believes he should attain but the beautiful and charismatic widow Julia Bancrofts haunts him day and night from their very first meeting those long months ago. Julia Bancroft is anything but meek or docile-but she plays the part so well, at first-- and not only hiding secrets but herself from the demons that try to take her in the night. Everything goes awry when she is found and kidnapped and on her way to the one person that knows all of Julia's secrets and will make her pay dearly for them-with her very life. Unbeknownst to Randall of the going-ons of this quaint little village he is on his way to Scotland to ask for the hand of the docile sister of his best friend wife, Mariah, Lady Ashton of "LOVING A LOST LORD" first of The Lost Lords. Upon his arrival Randal is thrust into pursuit of the carriage filled with bandits that have absconded with the one woman who stirs his blood back to life. He will save and marry, the widow at any cost. And if that means bring these miscreants down at any cost, well by God he will do it. You would think that after rescuing the fair maiden that everything would go smoothly, but no. Secrets are revealed, titles are lost and found, trickery is a foot, and old lies that destroyed a young woman reputation and the hearing of brutality are a small part that plays in the hero winning the woman of his heart. For Julia fears touch just as much as she fears men and their lies. Can Randall climb over the insurmountable wall that Julia has built around her heart? Is Julia willing to take down her guard to see that all mean where never created equal but that there are still good men deserving of the love she has to share. "NEVER LESS THAN A LADY" is pure magic at its best. Created by the incomparable New York Times Bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney. She has woven a magical story of heart break, disillusionment and sorrow and strung the prose with compassionate compensation to love triumphing over insurmountable evils. The characters leapt off the page with Ms. Putney's masterfully creative lush eye-popping scenes. Ever the one to thrust her hero and heroines into a thrilling ride that leaves readers at the edge of their seats with their hearts palpitating in worry that true love might not survive only to have her rip us right back into a euphoric world of happily ever after. A classic in the making with memorable characters, plush and exotic setting and a love story that will delight romance readers the world over. Bravo, Ms. Putney for another job well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not well written. The hero is suddenly in love with no real detail or build up. It just happens. Their first encounter was so odd and sudden i had to back up and read it again to figure out how it happened. I feel like some parts were missing to this story and it was a bit rushed. Numerous parts that just all the sudden happen and theres no build up. Not one of my favorites
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Never Less Than A Lady is another fantastic read by the talented Mary Jo Putney. Randall and Julia's story is full of drama, action, awesome characters and a bit of sizzle. This well written book is the highpoint of my reading week. Once I started this book, nothing got done until I finished. I enjoyed Never Less Than A Lady and look forward to reading more from Mary Jo Putney in the future. Never Less Than A Lady is book 2 of the Lost Lords series, but can be read as a stand alone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
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It isn't often I can say that a book leaves me wishing it was much longer. I almost feel as if this story needed a sequel. Two damaged souls finding each other and the need to protect each other is a powerful feeling throughout this story.
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Great book wonderful characters and a must read for any historical romance reader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After her abusive husband dies, well born Lady Julia fakes her own death and retreats to Norther England and supports herself as a midwife/surgeon/etc. Everything is going relatively quietly until she returns to London in Book 1. This alerts her husband's family that she is alive. Her father-in-law blames her for his son's death and wants her dead. He sends some men to abduct her and kill her. Enter Major Alexander Randall. Broken, melancholy, Major Randall. He's been fighting his attraction for Lady Julia since Book 1 and is quite pleased that he has the opportunity to play a knight in shining armor to Lady Julia. He persuades her to marry him in order to benefit from his protection. He is kind, patient, and dedicated. He helps her blossom from a scared, scarred woman into a passionate, confident woman. It's delightful to experience her awakening. The reason this didn't get 5 stars from me is that the author basically neglected poor Major Randall's needs. We know that Julia benefits immensely from her marriage to Alex, but what exactly does she do to help him and his issues? Not much. We seem to have to accept that he is healed simply by watching her heal. I wish she would have explored Alex and his character a little more. 
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I read a lot of romance and can deal with a certain factual fuzziness and even ridiculous coincidence, but in chapter 6 Julia's chains magically disappear. Since Ms. Putney's characters usually talk about everything, it seems odd they don't mention this.... i
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avid-readerST More than 1 year ago
Again we see a wonderful love story unfold, from the Lost Lord's Series. The characters are strong and the story set to please. I so enjoy her writing in this period.
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