Not Always a Saint (Lost Lords Series #7)

Not Always a Saint (Lost Lords Series #7)

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by Mary Jo Putney
     
 

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“Adventure, passion and pure reading pleasure!”  —Jo Beverley

After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards. 

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“Adventure, passion and pure reading pleasure!”  —Jo Beverley

After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards. 

Most men would be thrilled to learn they've inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling.  Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife—a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful…

Jessie Kelham’s looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart—and soon they are drawn into a union that may bring joy—or shattering danger…

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Library Journal
★ 08/01/2015
Although surprised and dismayed to find his current service-oriented life upended when he suddenly inherits the Romayne barony, dedicated surgeon and vicar Daniel Herbert bravely shoulders his responsibilities and sets off to London in search of a wife. There, he finds himself totally captivated by beautiful Jessie, Lady Kelham, a recent widow in desperate need of a husband—but a woman who seems bent on avoiding him at all costs. And then a threat and a compromising kiss change everything, and Jessie and Daniel are forced to come to terms with their fears and their feelings as they struggle to outwit both expected and unexpected blackguards. VERDICT A caring heroine with a sordid past who doubts her self-worth and a hero plagued by soul-destroying guilt find love and redemption in a captivating romance that is graced with impeccable character development, flawless prose, and several surprising twists. Putney (Not Quite a Wife) lives in the Baltimore area.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420127171
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/25/2015
Series:
Lost Lords Series , #7
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
214,125
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.  Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed.  Visit her at maryjoputney.com.

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Not Always a Saint 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, believable storyline, and left me wanting more from all the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My copy was not blank. I enjoyed staying with characters that you got to know from the previous books, but you wouldn't need to read them to enjoy this book. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. It wasn't my favorite of the series just due to the number if issues Jessie seems to need to endure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked the respect shown by the hero for the heroine but could have used a little more action. Good addition though to Putney's great Lost Lords series. Lots of old friends show up.
Gina04 3 months ago
I really liked reading this book from this author. The characters are the plots are fun, bawdy and very human and so likable. They way Mary Jo tells a story it makes you feel like they could be your best friend or neighbor and they make you feel like you are right there with them going through whatever it is thats going on. I cant wait to read more.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not as exciting as the other Lost Lords, but being a doctor and clergy he wouldn't be as involved in the darkest side of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this as I have been in the last few of her books. The story was a good one but the writing totally fell apart. Instead of fun dialogue we get rote and boring movement of the story. I think it just limps along. I keep hoping that Mary Jo Putney will return to her earlier writing style and am sorry. Lat one of her books I will buy.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 7 in the Lost Lords series. Daniel Herbert has suddenly inherited a title that he has no use for. He is a doctor by trade and doesn't want the burden that the title will bring to him. But knowing that he take up the mantle, he heads to London to find a bride that can run his estate for him while he continues to practice medicine. Jessie Kelham's looks have caused her more pain than anything else in her life. As a recent widow, she would like nothing better than to stay in her home and enjoy raising her daughter. But when her nephew by marriage threatens to take away her daughter's heritage, Jessie realizes that she needs a high born husband to help protect her. Daniel and Jessie can't seem to fight their attraction for each other even when the other is not what they think they wanted. Can they make a marriage work? After reading Not Quite a Wife, I wondered who Putney would pair Daniel with. He was so dedicated to his work that he didn't seem to have time to find a significant other. I really liked the twist of Daniel inheriting a title. It forced him to go into society when he wouldn't have gone back had he the choice. The chemistry between Daniel and Jessie was red hot from the very beginning. It was always sizzling at the surface every time they were near one another. When chemistry is that strong, it is hard to deny it. I really enjoyed this story and I can't wait to see what Putney has for us next! Thanks go out to Kensington Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
GypsyL More than 1 year ago
Mary Jo Putney's knack for creating original characters that stay with you, and that you want to visit with over and over again is, happily, in evidence with Not Always a Saint. Jessie Kelham is about as far from your typical lady as you can get, despite her title. Of modest birth, this recently widowed beauty has what would politely be called a 'mysterious past' and in the exclusive world of the ton where everyone knows everyone, several generations, back her mysterious past places her continued guardianship of her daughter, a substantial heiress, in jeopardy. In societies eyes, and in her own, she is a sinner. To amend the deficit she is looking for a respectable, stable, and connected mature and understanding gentlemen to marry. The last thing she wants is a young, eligible, man who is, in her estimation a saint. Daniel Herbert has happily devoted his life to medicine. To his many that makes him a saint. And while most people would be thrilled to be the unexpected heir to titles and lands, Daniel is quite dismayed upon receiving these honors. He has no desire to exchange the joys of practicing medicine for those of land management and the obligations of being a Lord. As a result Daniel is searching for an practical wife who will be his helpmate and administer to his new responsibilities in order to leave him free to continue to practice. What he does not want is a beautiful widow that sets him on fire. But regardless of what these two people think they want, what they need is each other. And watching them come to that conclusion themselves is a joy to read. The strength of this book is, as it should be, the relationship between the hero and heroine. They are unaccountably attracted to one another but both afraid to trust in their good fortune with each other. Mary Jo develops their relationship deftly and believably. Additionally, readers will enjoy catching up with characters from the previous books in the Lost Lords Series, as they play a large role in this book. Four Stars! I received this book in exchange for an honest review on Net Galley
Janga More than 1 year ago
This is a book I have eagerly awaited since I turned the final page of Not Quite a Wife, and I am happy to report that it exceeded my expectations. Putney has indicated in the past that she finds the alpha/beta tags unsatisfactory, preferring to describe her heroes as “warrior poets.” Nevertheless, I suspect most readers will see Daniel as a beta hero. Regardless of labels, he is a rare hero, complex and likeable with a strong sense of honor, a compassionate heart, and a clear vocation in the fullest sense of that word. He is a good and decent man, but he is a far cry from the stereotypical pallid saint. He is a fully dimensional character with fears and regrets and as much passion as piety. Having fallen for Daniel in Laurel and Kirkland’s book, I was particularly interested to see what kind of heroine Putney would give him. Jessie is as unusual in her way as Daniel is in his. A beautiful woman whose beauty for most of her life has led to abuse and exploitation, she has little sense of her own worth. Despite having been a victim, she has developed surprising strength and is fierce in her determination to protect her daughter. Beginning with some of her earliest books, Putney has integrated social issues into her stories in interesting and realistic ways. She does so once again in this book by using Jessie’s situation to show how vulnerable women were physically, psychologically, and legally in a world that saw them as the property of males. If you like historical romance that combines character-driven stories with intense action and historical accuracy, I highly recommend this book. I never miss an MJP book, and I loved seeing characters from earlier Lost Lords books appear in this one. I was especially pleased to see Lady Agnes again. (I’d love to know more of her history.) But I think Not Always a Saint can be read as a standalone, although reading it after at least Not Quite a Wife likely provides a richer reading experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Lost Lords series and was sorry to learn that this book, the seventh Lost Lords book, marks the official end of the series. However, I am delighted that MJP’s new series, Rogues Redeemed, is a spinoff from the Lost Lords. Will Masterson, half-brother of Damian Mackenzie (hero of Nowhere Near Respectable, Lost Lords #3) will be the hero of Once a Soldier, the first book in the new series. Look for it in 2016. For readers like me who are intrigued by Gordon, Lady Agnes’s one failure and a minor but significant character in Not Always a Saint, I have it on the best authority that we will see more of him in the new series. The first book is not yet available for pre-order, but I’m already hooked on the series.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Jessie Kelham, a gentlewoman, by birth, who has had many trials and tribulations. She was raised by her vicar father who taught her that women were the worst sort of creatures. Useless in his eyes and not worth his time, or love. Her mother died when she was very young. Daniel Herbert grew up with love, but some disappointment. His parents wanted him to enter the clergy, but he wanted to study medicine. He lost his love at a young age so he did both, one for them and one for him. When his sister married, he was happy for her, but the marriage did not suit, so she left her husband. Daniel learned more about his parents in that moment that she needed them, they disowned her! He took her in and together they started a medical practice. One evening as they were closing for the night, a badly beaten woman showed up on their doorstep. Her injuries were terrible, but would heal. Daniel did all he could for her, gave her 20 pounds and she fled into the night. That is the night that he and his sister, Laurel, decided to open a home for women and children who are abused. Daniel comes into an unexpected, and unwanted inheritance and title. He then decides he needs a wife to run things so he can go on in his normal manner. Someone not too pretty, with experience in running an estate. He does not plan on Jessie Kelham. Jessie has suffered the death of her husband and now her daughter is in danger from a relative who believes the estate and title should be his. She is in need of a husband. Someone older, not prone to drinking or gamble, who can help her protect her daughter’s inheritance. She does not plan on Daniel Herbert, now Lord Romayne, They are attracted to each other, but she has secrets and must be careful. The attraction is very intense. I really enjoyed this story of trials and triumphs! The characters are likable people, certainly not perfect! But good hearted people that you would like to know. The past will haunt them until they can come to terms with it. But a happy ending may be in their future! Excellent writing!
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
Having enjoyed several of Ms. Putney’s previous novels, I couldn’t wait to read “Not Always a Saint” and see what she had to offer in the Lost Lords Series, I was definitely impressed and cannot wait to play catch up and get my hands on the previous 6. Initially I wasn’t sure if I would like Jessie’s character as I easily saw this going down a slippery slope of lies, misery and heart ache if she tried to hide her past from Daniel but she handled the situation very well and for the most part was very upfront with Daniel early on. This made her a much more likeable character and I had to commend her for her honesty. Daniel’s character I believe stole the show. He was a hard-working, honest, all around likeable guy. He inherited a Barony and was burdened with a huge responsibility he really didn’t want but he handled it like a true gentlemen. He could have easily left Jessie to fend for herself but he chose to stick with her and help her work through her past. While I wouldn’t consider the story suspenseful there were a few twists I didn’t see coming and certainly didn’t see the resolution happening as they did. This was very refreshing because many times we’ve seen the same cookie cutter type scenarios before. ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Dr. Daniel Herbert runs a free infirmary out of the home he shares with his sister, Laurel Kirkland (currently estranged from her Spymaster husband), who one fateful night treats a badly beaten young woman and once treated sends her off into the night. Seven years later, finding himself facing the position of reluctant heir, his title will now bring new demands beyond "bone-setting" with no other choice the quiet doctor finds that he is in need of a wife. A dark beauty viewed from across the room draws Daniel's attention but could she also claim his heart. Action, mystery, passion and danger along with the welcome mix of returning Westerfield Academy Alumni make this a read that can not be put down. The 7th release of the Lost Lords series by Mary Jo Putney, one of the best installments yet!
LoveLifeandBookLust More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore The Lost Lord's series by Ms. Putney and have been waiting for what feels like an eternity for Daniels story. Doesn't it always feel like eternity when one's waiting on the next book in a series to come out ? With that being said Daniel's story turned out to be way more adventurous than I thought it was going to be. I'm mean he's always been such a laid back and endearing person. Who knew he would have such passion locked within. And Jessie is such a brilliant character and does an amazing job of unlocking his passion . Together the two ignite the pages and lead the reader on a fantastic journey !
cutiephinphin More than 1 year ago
I mentioned in another review that I wouldn't say historical romance is my favorite genre and as they are often a hit and miss for me. But not so for MJ Putney's. To date, I've enjoyed all her books including the historical romance. Daniel is just a down to earth person with such a strong passion to help heal others with his medical skills and knowledge even though it may have been triggered by the death of his beloved sweetheart. Through the death of a distant relative, he inherited a title and an estate. In order that he can continue to concentrate on his work, he needs to find himself a wife to help him oversee the management of the estate. Jessie Kelham is one complicated lady with lots of twists and turns to her story. She definitely did not go through an easy life even though her marriage to her last husband gave her some reprieve. That reprieve ended with his death and when her husband's estate was bequeathed to their daughter Beth. In dire need of protection, she seeks to marry someone who would be as sweet and gentlemanly as her last husband and one who would love and protect Beth. I enjoyed the banter between Daniel and Jessie and their futile attempts to resist the attraction. I also enjoyed reading how Daniel encouraged and helped Jessie build up her confidence and her sexuality. I especially loved the sweet moments between Beth and Daniel and I'm glad that MJ Putney gave a fitting closure for Jessie. It was needed after all that she had gone through. Even though there were lots of twists and turns to this story, I enjoyed it and felt they gave a complete feel to this book. The events were well paced and none of it felt rushed including the ending. I sure fans of regency romance will appreciate this read and not forgetting to mention, the great book cover. I was given an advance copy of this book by the author through Netgalley and Kensington Books in exchange for a honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
#7 in the popular and intriguing "Lost Lords"series, but can be read as a stand alone. Fast paced tale of second chances, passion and romance. This is a romance to savor on a cold night. The characters are engaging and entertaining. The storyline is well written with an interesting and intriguing concept. There is some danger involved, lots of lust, romance, adventure, some suspense and mystery as well. And of course, as any good romance, finding love, and healing. I found "Not Always a Saint" to be interesting and thought-provoking with a few facets and surprises to the story, concerning humanity, such as white slavery, brutality and sacrifices. A well written, thought out tale that is both compelling and entertaining. An enjoyable and satisfying read. Ms. Putney always manages to keep the reader engaged in her stories of life and romance. Another hit for Ms. Putney! * Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Galley * Rating : 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Can a Saint and a Sinner find love and happiness together?. Daniel Herbert is considered a Saint by all. He's a doctor and a vicar, but he's alone. Suddenly his life changes and he is now Lord Romayne. He decides that he needs a wife to assist him. He goes to London to look and sees a beautiful woman. He's attracted but she rejects him. Jessie Kelham is a wicked woman who has just buried her husband. Her daughter is her life. She will protect Beth from her greedy Uncle. She needs a powerful, titled husband. Fate has brought them together, but will her secrets tear them apart? Daniel and Jessie are larger than life characters that pull you into their story from the first page. Sparks fly when these two engage in their battle of wills. I loved seeing them fight the attraction that draws them together. Their road to a HEA is not easy. The story is well plotted and has some unexpected twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. The dialogue is snappy and the setting perfect for romance. Mary Jo Putney does her usual wonderful job. Not Always a Saint is filled with passion and pleasure as well as danger and intrigue. It is a perfect addition to The Lost Lords series. I loved it.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Not Always A Saint by Mary Jo Putney is a wonderful read. Daniel and Jessie's story was well written and reading it was a pleasure. The characters were lovable, the story had drama, humor, action and sizzle. I can't wait to read more from Mary Jo Putney. Not Always A Saint is part of The Lost Lords series but can be read as a stand alone. This is a complete book, not a cliff hanger. I won a copy of this book in a Rafflecopter giveaway.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Jessie needs a husband quickly to keep the threat towards her daughter from happening. Daniel, a surgeon and newly a Baron, wants a wife so he can remain a surgeon and she can handle his estates. Will either get what they want? I enjoyed this story. It can be read as a standalone but it is more fulfilling to read in order so you know the back story of the other characters in this story especially Laurel, his sister. I loved Dr. Daniel Herbert. He is so refreshingly honest about what he wants to do but he will do his duty and his best to find a wife so that she can run his estates while he does surgery and helps the poor. Jessie is complicated. She is more than a pretty face but she holds many secrets and Daniel wonders if he will ever learn them all. She is honest up to a point. It is that up to a point that held my interest especially when the point loses its sharpness and Jessie's past catches up with her and the doctor. That held me at the edge of my seat to see if they would get through it and have a future. The secondary characters are an interesting mix of old and new. I do not know how Jessie was so unfortunate to run into the worst society had. The returning characters were like old friends who I wanted to visit and renew acquaintance. The story had a sweetness to it. I felt happy reading it even as Daniel and Jessie struggle. I got my HEA but I also liked that it did not have the overdone epilogue where Daniel and Jessie had several children and life was good. The ending was perfect for this book especially as Daniel was more than a surgeon. It was right for them.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
After the death of his college love, Daniel buried his head and heart into the practice of medicine. When he learns he has inherited a title and estate he finds it a burden he doesn’t want. Therefore he goes into society to find the right woman to oversee his estate while he continues to practice medicine. He becomes attracted to a woman called the Black Widow, Jessie has secrets and problems of her own and is looking for protection will Daniel ruin her or save. The story is fast paced and entertaining and even though part of a series can be read as a stand-alone. I admit there was a lot going on in this story which made it seem a bit overdone and I liked the characters but not loved them. Overall I really liked the story and if you love historical reads I imagine you will too.
elizabethSE More than 1 year ago
The next release in The Lost Lords series, 'Not Always A Saint', is a lovely Regency romance read...with a twist!! Mary Jo Putney has written a romance about two people: one a patient, loving, hardworking soul that strives to make the world a better place through healing of the sick and the needy; and the other, a struggling character who has fought tooth and nails to raise them self above the bitter circumstances surrounding their birth. Which of these backgrounds is the Hero and which is the Heroine?? In this lies my appreciation of this novel. Dr. Daniel Herbert aka Lord Romayne, is the virtuous, patient, 'saintly' Hero who falls head over heels for the beautiful yet complicated, Jezebel 'Jessie' Kelham. Daniel has just been surprised with an inheritance that includes not only a title but new (and unwanted) responsibilities. He wants nothing more than to continue his simple life as a Doctor and running of small country hospitals. However, now he must find a wife; one who can teach him how to run an estate (or better if she'll just do it herself), knows something about moving about Society, and is NOT beautiful. Enter Lady Jezebel 'Jessie' Kelham, a beautiful, 'un-saintly', young widow looking for an old, titled gentleman who can protect her from her sordid past and who is NOT interested in the caring, handsome Doctor who may or may not remember helping her from an abusive situation long ago. This was a fun read, and whereas the Hero is not the domineering, macho "Me Tarzan, You Jane", type of man, Daniel is FAR from unmanly or boring. He is strong physically, but his true strength comes from his character; how he supports Jessie and is patient with her despite her tangled past. He does struggle with his own feelings for her and is not at all a pushover and that makes me like him even more. Jessie was an interesting character. I was not sure at first that I would like her as it seemed that she was always falling for the wrong guy and getting herself into bad situations; however, that was really a premature observation as Jessie is really stronger than I first thought. She has consistently fought to raise herself above her abusive past and is honest about her mistakes. Daniel has a great quote to her on their wedding day, "You have strength and vulnerability and the wisdom that comes of hard experience. Without those things, you would be merely beautiful, as a great statue is beautiful. A woman to be admired and forgotten. You, [Jessie], are unforgettable." She is a great match to Daniel and is as supportive to him and his dreams of creating more hospitals as he is to protecting her from her past. Fans of The Lost Lords series will enjoy reuniting with past characters. Daniel's sister Laurel and her husband, Lord Kirkland, play supporting roles in Daniel and Jessie's story, as well as the Duchess of Ashton and other members of the Westerfield Academy.
ButtonNose More than 1 year ago
Full of romance, suspense, twists and turns, Not Always a Saint is an enjoyable and fast moving way to spend an evening. It is the 7th installment of The Lost Lords series and can be read in series or as a stand alone. Dr Daniel Herbert is a vicar and a physician with a talent and passion for helping and/or healing others. He was not prepared to inherit a barony and feels the need to find a wife to help him oversee his responsibilities and properties. He fixes his sights on Lady Jessie Kelham, a widow with a young daughter. Jessie is seeking a husband to protect her daughter from her late husband's nephew. She has learned to be an independent lady and her past is a bit darker than she would like for polite society discover. The story is tastefully composed and with the surprises and the heart rendering twist at the end, it was a pleasure to read.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Not Always A Saint gave me a chance to get reacquainted with Mary Jo Putney. I have always liked her ability to focus on her characters frailties and gradually ease her readers into their strengths. By doing this it allows the reader to look at both characters with a more empathetic eye and not become judgmental too quickly. That is a great quality for any writer. The complexity of this story makes that skill a lot more noticeable. Daniel's strength is being a doctor and helping people . His weakness is blaming himself for events that can't be changed. Doing this causes him to miss out on remarkable experiences. Jessie weakness is her ability to trust people. Her lot in life has caused her undeniable pain because of her looks. Beneath her beauty lies an insecure individual. There were times I found the story to be wordy, but I still believe Not Always a Saint to be a well defined regency read. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
brandihowell1 More than 1 year ago
This is the next installment in Mary Jo's Lost Lords series. Daniel, a physician by trade, has become a Lord due to the untimely death of most of his male relatives during a house party. Jessie comes to his clinic in need of healing after a fairly brutal beating years before he would succeed his distant cousin. He knew then that she would cause a stir in his life but didn't know exactly why. We pick up the story years later when Daniel finds out that he is the closest male relative that is able to inherit his family's lands and title. Jessie has since married and finds herself at her husband's deathbed where he makes it impossible for her to live without some protection. Both go to London in search for a suitable spouse. Both dismiss the other on site but as the story goes, you see things fall into place for them. As Jessie's past comes back to haunt her, we see that both have found the ability to love again. This was a well written book with only one loose end that I wanted to see tied up better but maybe that will be in a future book. I look forward to reading more of this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this nookbook and it was all blank pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
259 blank pages. Very upsetting.