Not Quite a Wife (Lost Lords Series #6)

Not Quite a Wife (Lost Lords Series #6)

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by Mary Jo Putney
     
 

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"Putney's endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight." —Sabrina Jeffries

"No one writes historical romance better." —Cathy Maxwell

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent

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"Putney's endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight." —Sabrina Jeffries

"No one writes historical romance better." —Cathy Maxwell

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent. . .except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love. . ..

"Of all Putney's heroes, the Lost Lords are the most irresistible—bad boys who are so very good." —RT Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-15
An estranged couple is brought together by fate and tries to make a go of it again, but the tensions that drove them apart still exist, and unbeknownst to them, they have a shadowy, malevolent enemy, too. Ten years ago, James, Lord Kirkland, and Laurel Herbert tumbled into love and marriage with lightning speed, but things fell apart in one violent moment before their first anniversary. Leaving her aristocratic husband also created a rift with her parents, and with nowhere else to go, Laurel moved in with her brother, Daniel. Together, the siblings used the allowance James granted her to fund Daniel's medical education, then opened a clinic and a shelter for women and children in a poor Bristol neighborhood. Now, fate will intercede when James is in Bristol on business and, weakened by a bout of malaria, is set upon by thieves. Bloody and unconscious, he's brought to the clinic, where Laurel treats him—and can't quite bring herself to stop him when, in a dreamlike hallucination, he reaches out to her sexually. The next day, Laurel lets him leave, oblivious to their lovemaking, but must revisit the situation when she learns she's pregnant. James is unwilling to abandon his child, and the two reconcile. Working on old grievances, misunderstandings and secret yearnings, they begin to believe in their love again; however, just as happiness is in sight, Laurel is attacked by a new enemy made when she stood up for a vulnerable victim, and James must turn to his closest friends to save the brave, principled wife he knows he can't live without. Putney continues her Lost Lords series with two passionate lovers who are convinced love can't save the day; she then forces them to mine their own vulnerabilities before they can truly be happy with each other. Elegant and tender; a compelling sweep of romance and adventure with a gratifying undertone of social justice elements.
Library Journal
★ 08/01/2014
Ten years ago, teenager Laurel Herbert and James, Lord Kirkland, fell hopelessly in love and married after a whirlwind courtship—only to separate soon after owing to opposing values. Now, because of a chance mugging and a brief, passionate interlude, they are back in each other's lives attempting a civilized rapprochement—all for the sake of an unplanned baby. But their paths have taken new turns, and Laurel's work with abused women and children, while sometimes dangerous, is too important to give up, but can it be reconciled with her situation as James's countess? VERDICT A deeply caring, capable heroine who struggles with her feelings about violence and a ruthless, protective spymaster hero with a well-honed sense of justice gradually work through their differences to find common ground in this provocative, penetrating romance. Undeniable passion wars with clashing views on right and wrong in another memorable masterpiece from one of the genre's best. Gorgeously done. Putney (Sometimes a Rogue) lives in Baltimore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420127164
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Series:
Lost Lords Series, #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
243,897
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Not Quite a Wife 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 22 reviews.
moosereads More than 1 year ago
This long-awaited sequel for the Lost Lords series was very good, yet I was a touch disappointed because it felt more contrived than what you could usually expect in a romance novel. Given that the hero is a spymaster, I think that more could have been done to explore his character's duality and that of the heroine than what was done by Ms. Putney. Still, it is very entertaining to read about them and you may find yourself sitting up late finishing the novel!
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Laura left her husband ten years ago not because she didn't love him but because of something she saw. She never thought to see him again and has put to good use the money he gives her. She does everything she can to help others in need and has built a great place for those in need to go to. Now she crosses path with her husband and she has another passionate encounter with him that leaves her no other way than to talk to him. James has always loved Laura but he let her leave. Now he sees this as a great time to work things out. He is very proud of who she has become and all she has did. He wants to show her it can work between them. They both have did things that have made them enemies with others but one enemy is not going to let things go. James or Kirkland as he is mostly called is a great man. he has did some bad things but he has a cause for doing them. He may seem hard at times but his line of work has called for it. He will risk his life to help people in need and he tries his best to show nice people he means no harm. He never pushes Laura but he tries in his way to show her he cares for her still and loves her. Laura has such an amazing heart and will give her last dime to help those in need. She loves Kirkland but doesn't think she can move past their history. She sometimes rushes into danger without thinking but it is usually to help someone. I like how she is so sweet and caring. This was a great read as both main characters have such a drive to help those in need. I liked Laura right away but wasn't sure about Kirkland. He won me over when he stood up to her parents. They both have love between them but don't think it will work. Kirkland worries Laura will run again but he doesn't want to push her to stay with him. He gives her the space she needs. Laura has to learn that life isn't perfect and that even great people sometimes have hard decisions to make. There is danger as someone is after Laura and her amazing maid Violet. They both don't want to be a victim and try to manage things themselves. I have to admire Laura for what she does. I felt sorry for her at one point in the book as I know what she was going through is like. The love between the two may not always show but you can tell they are perfect for each together. If you like danger and great characters give this one a try.
Cuppateabigbook More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from a publisher in exchange for an honest review. How It Made Me Feel:The start of the book was a bit slow and forced for me, but after a few chapters, it felt like it picked up a bit.  At first, I was a bit turned off to Laurel's character.  She seemed so stiff and it was hard for me to get a feel for her character, but she loosened up and became more realistic as the book went on.  I enjoyed James' character and I enjoyed learning more about him as the story went on.  It was an interesting twist with the Methodist background and the Zion House, but I really liked how the author tied everything together. What I Thought Didn't Work:I wasn't too sure how I felt about Laurel's brother, Daniel throughout the story, and now that I've finished the book, I'm definitely not a fan.  Though some of his brotherly characteristics shown through, I did not like how uptight he seemed. Why It Got That Rating:I greatly enjoyed the history, romance, and character development that occurred through the book and was happy I read it. It was a fast and easy read that was as entertaining as it was romantic. Who Would I Recommend To:I would recommend to an audience of 18 or above, as it is a romance novel with some steamy bits, but also to someone who enjoys Regency Romance. Last Impressions/Remarks:I enjoyed reading this book and it has made me think about reading the rest of the books in the series
Laura10 More than 1 year ago
Not Quite a Wife – Kirkland’s story – the book I’ve been waiting for! I was finally going to bed early, but it didn’t happen. I stayed up to see what would happen. In addition to an intricate relationship, this book has a most inventive chase scene! And a climax that made me feel I was at a flat out run!
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I like the Lost Lords series and this story fits right in. Mary Jo always has twists I never could have thought of and they work well with her people. I sort of expected to be pulled into the story or them to jump out and join me. The Lords were brought up in difficult modes as children. They were sent to Westerfield Academy to be brought up to snuff for the Ton. They remain friends. James married Laurel but when he killed an intruder in their house in front of her she bolts to the country. 10 years later they meet when he is beaten and taken to her. They decide to try again and try to hold the vows they swore at their wedding. Please read this book. There is action, romance and friends to keep everyone grounded. Enjoy! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A disappointing love story for a favorite character... After reading the first five books in this series, I was eagerly anticipating Kirkland's story. He's been introduced as a wickedly intelligent spymaster and I had high expectations for the type of woman who could win his heart. In the end, I found the heroine disappointing and the premise a bit hard to swallow. It's hard to get behind the idea of a woman who could walk away from her husband and her vows (for ten years!) because she of something she saw him do. This was all the more unbelievable because she is a woman of faith with an admirably strong sense of right and wrong. How could a woman with such a grounded set of values ignore her sacred marital vows? I wasn't buying it. Several of the earlier books have really wonderful adventure stories, and the mysterious and unflappable spymaster was due an adventure of his own. Instead, he pined for a woman who didn't deserve him. The heroine wasn't all bad, and the author did try to guide the reader through her motives and the complicated reasons why she could turn her back on her husband. But ultimately, it was the weakest of the series and a bit of a disappointment.
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ExArkie More than 1 year ago
Really dislike this type of woman and cannot imagine what a great guy from any era of time would see in a female like Lauren - especially, during the Regency! If your taste runs to weak, unloving and unlovable women, this is the book for you.
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Just_ma More than 1 year ago
Good read,but not exceptional.  I found the detail about abused women's shelters overdone.  When I read a light romance I dislike a character's charity work to bog down the story, which happens too much in this book.   The story is heart-warming but no original twists. I didn't like Laurel until the end, but I loved James throughout the series.  I found him more likeable in other books.  I think a 10 year estrangement is sadly long when a shorter span would have served the same purpose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For you Mary Jo Pitney fans, a decent read. It is probably not her best of the lost lords series, but worth reading nonetheless.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 6 in the Lost Lords series. Married when they were quite young, Laurel Herbert and James Kirkland separated and have been living their own lives for the past 10 years. That is until James is brought into Laurel's infirmary one day. Having been beat up and in the midst of a fever, James thinks he is dreaming of being intimate with his wife. That is until a month later Laurel informs James that she is pregnant. Having lost his wife once, James will do anything in his power to get his wife back. They agree to at least be cordial to each other for the sake of the baby. Laurel moves to London to live with James for a month to see if they can make it work. Can James convenience Laurel that their marriage is worth saving and make it a marriage in truth? Let me start by saying that I haven't read the stories that come before this in the series. I had planned on doing so, but it just didn't happen. There were a few parts in which I had wished that I had (it would have been easier to keep everyone straight), but even saying that I don't think it took away from my enjoyment of the story not having read them. I really liked James. He wanted his marriage to work so badly, but when it didn't he thought that that was what he deserved. I was heartbroken for him. I thought that Laurel was a little too judgemental when she left him after a year of marriage, but then we wouldn't have a storyline would we? This is definitely a series that I want to go back and read. The next book in the series is about Laurel's brother and it looks to be just as good! Thanks go out to Kensington via Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this author. I have every book she wrights.
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amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
This was only my second book by Mary Jones Putney and I'm sure I'll read more. I guess I'll always have a problem with reading books in a series out of order, which I have done once again with this one. It's the sixth book in the series, but I've only read this one, obviously, and the one before it so I'm a little behind in the complicated relationships that go on in this series. It seems as if everyone is related somehow. This book we have James, Lord Kirkland and his estranged wife, Laurel. They've been apart for over ten years and an unforeseen consequence has brought them back together. They try to reconcile and learn to be a married couple again. I wasn't much interested in their problems, but found myself liking the secondary romance a little more. It was between a lady's maid and the valet. All the action took place in the last couple chapters and I think if there would've been more action I would've liked it better. I am planning on reading more by Ms. Putney and especially the beginning of this series. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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BHogWild More than 1 year ago
Fans of Mary Jo Putney's Lost Lords series will enjoy this latest episode in the series. As always, Putney provides strong men and equally strong women in her lead roles. Without giving away the ending, Laurel and James were married early on in their twenties, had a huge misunderstanding, and find each other through again after ten years apart. The flames of love burn hot in this novel. Both James and Laurel prove that love can stand the test of time, and that forgiveness is possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mediocre
lucyblue60 More than 1 year ago
I usually like Putney books but this one is a slow read. It feels like she fleshed out the story but forgot to add in the interesting dialog, character development, and fun that I'm used to. Very blah this time around.