Once a Rebel

Once a Rebel

by Mary Jo Putney

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Wednesday, October 24  Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.
    Same Day shipping in Manhattan. 
    See Details

Overview

Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney

“Putney’s endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight.” —Sabrina Jeffries

A ROGUE REDEEMED

As Washington burns, Callista Brooke is trapped in the battle between her native England and her adopted homeland. She is on the verge of losing everything, including her life, when a handsome Englishman cuts through the violent crowd to claim that she is his. Callie falls into her protector's arms, recognizing that he is no stranger, but the boy she'd once loved, a lifetime ago.

Lord George Gordon Audley had been Callie’s best friend, and it was to Gordon she turned in desperation to avoid a loathsome arranged marriage. But the repercussions of his gallant attempt to rescue her sent Callie packing to Jamaica, and Gordon on a one way trip to the penal colony of Australia.

Against all odds, Gordon survived. Finding Callie is like reclaiming his tarnished soul, and once again he vows to do whatever is necessary to protect her and those she loves. But the innocent friendship they shared as children has become a dangerous passion that may save or destroy them when they challenge the aristocratic society that exiled them both . . .

Praise for New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Jo Putney’s Rogues Redeemed series

“RITA Award-winning Putney begins her new Rogues Redeemed series on a high note with an impeccably written book that realistically integrates the cost of the Napoleonic Wars into a compelling story that neatly balances dangerous adventures and passionate romance.” —Booklist

“A thrilling, romantic tale.” —Bookpage, Top Pick of the Month

“Putney’s multifaceted and well-developed characters add depth to this romance, which is complete with the trials of war and the promise of future series installments.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420140941
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Rogues Redeemed Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 106,012
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Read an Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

Kingston Court, Lancashire, 1799

"ichard! Richard!"

Lord George Gordon Richard Augustus Audley, third and most worthless son of the Marquess of Kingston, snapped awake at the hissing voice outside his open bedroom window. Callie? She wasn't supposed to be home from school for another week. He frowned; it had to be her. Only two people had ever called him Richard, and she was the only one who might be climbing up the thick vines below his window.

In the warm night he wore only his drawers. Though he and Callie had been best friends since they were in the nursery, they weren't on terms of seminudity, so he grabbed his robe and tied the sash as he swung from the bed.

He leaned out the casement and looked down into the rustling vines. In the light of a full moon, the heart-shaped face and shining red-blond hair were unmistakable. But what the devil was the Honorable Catherine Callista Brooke doing scrambling up to his room in the middle of the night?

"Callie, you're insane!" he said affectionately as he leaned out and extended a hand to help her up and over the sill. "If I'd known you were home from school, I could have called tomorrow in a perfectly civilized manner."

Her hand clamped onto his and she scrambled over the sill and into his room. She was dressed as a boy, which was sensible for climbing vine-covered walls.

He was about to say more when the moonlight revealed shining streaks on her face. Callie was crying? She never cried. She had nerves of Damascus steel. "What's wrong, Callie?" he asked sharply.

"Everything!" she replied in a raw voice.

She was shaking, so he instinctively wrapped comforting arms around her. He must have grown in the last months of school, because she seemed smaller as she buried her face against his shoulder. "Steady, Catkin," he said quietly as he patted her back. "We've been in and out of enough trouble to know how to fix problems."

"Not this kind of problem." She took a deep breath and stepped back, though she kept hold of his arms as if not trusting her balance.

Moonlight touched her face, revealing a dark mark on her left cheek. Swearing, he skimmed a gentle fingertip over the bruise. "Damnation, your father has been beating you again!"

Callie shrugged. "I'm used to that, being the most disobedient, rebellious, devil-touched daughter in England, as he informs me regularly. But this time ..." Her voice broke before she continued. "It's much worse. He's going to marry me to some horrible old planter from the West Indies!"

"Good God, how has that come about?" Gordon steered her to a chair, then retrieved his hidden flask of forbidden brandy. He poured a small measure into a glass and added an equal amount of water before handing it over. "How would a planter from the Indies even know you exist?"

"He's some kind of distant connection of my father. A widower." She sipped at the watered brandy, coughed, sipped some more. "He called at Rush Hall to discuss business, saw me, and offered marriage because I'm so beautiful!" She almost spat the words out.

"Beautiful?" Gordon blinked at the thought. She was ... Callie. Pretty enough with that sunset red-gold hair, and she was athletic and graceful as well. An old man might consider the hair and Callie's vibrant good spirits enough to be beauty. "You're only sixteen, so surely that means a long betrothal."

She shook her head violently. "He wants to marry immediately, before he returns to the Indies! He's staying at the Hall now. As soon as my father said he could have me and good riddance, the fellow sent to London for a special license. It came today. My father told me this evening that I'll be married the day after tomorrow."

"He can't force you to marry a stranger!" Gordon said, aghast. "Just keep saying no. It won't be easy, but you're practiced at disobedience."

She shook her head, shaking again. "If I don't obey, I'm afraid he'll take his anger out on my sisters."

Damnably, she was probably right. Callie's sisters were vulnerable, and her father was quite capable of bullying or hurting them to insure Callie's cooperation. Gordon wrapped an arm around her shoulders, murmuring soft, comforting words until she pulled away with a smile that almost worked. "You're talking to me like I'm one of your horses."

"It works with frightened fillies, so it seemed worth trying." He smiled when she rolled her eyes with elaborate disdain, but sobered swiftly. "What do you want me to do, Callie?"

"I'm going to run away and I need money," she said bluntly. "Can you lend me some?"

He frowned. "Run away to where?"

"My Aunt Beatrice. She's my godmother and has said I'm welcome to visit anytime. I'll be safe with her."

"But for how long? If your father comes to drag you off to get married, she won't be able to stand up to him."

Callie bit her lip. "Then I'll change my name and disappear into Manchester or Birmingham. I'll find some sort of work."

"Become a mill worker?" he asked incredulously. "This is not a good plan, Callie!" "Not a mill worker! You know how good I am at sewing. I'm sure I can find a job as a seamstress," she said impatiently. "If you can lend me twenty or thirty pounds, it will be enough to get me away and support me until I'm established somewhere my father will never find me."

He bit his lip, thinking how many disastrous things might happen to a pretty, inexperienced girl, even one who was intelligent, ingenious, and brave.

He caught his breath as a thought struck. Yet it made sense. "I have a better idea, Callie. Marry me. We can be in Scotland in two days and we're old enough to marry there without permission."

She gasped, her hazel eyes widening. "And you think I'm insane! We're too young to get married, even if it is legal in Scotland. Marriage is forever." She bit her lip. "I've always wanted to marry for love."

"My parents did that and it didn't work out particularly well," he retorted. "I've always thought that in the unlikely event that I marry, it would be to a friend, and aren't we best friends?"

She frowned as she considered his proposal. "I suppose marrying you would be better than a fat old planter with damp hands."

He grinned. "I am so very flattered."

"You know I didn't mean it like that! It's just that marriage seems so ... so extreme."

"It is, but so is being bullied into marriage to a man you can't stand." He shrugged. "If someday you meet someone you really want to marry, I won't stand in your way. It's easier to get a divorce in Scotland than in England. In the meantime, you'd be better off with me because I won't try to force you to do anything you don't want to."

"There is that," she admitted. "If we're married, we'll both be free of our fathers and able to look out for each other."

"It would be a grand adventure," he said, liking the idea more and more. "At twenty-one I'll have control of half the money my godfather left me. It's enough for us to live comfortably. Between now and then, we'll discover what life is like for average people. We'll find work with some decent country squire. You can be a lady's maid and I'll look after the horses."

Callie's face lit with laughter. "You're right, it would be an adventure! Far better than marrying a dreadful stranger. We'll make it work. We always do. No more adults telling us we're too rebellious and ill behaved!"

"Too wild and fated to come to a bad end!" Exhilarated, Gordon swept Callie into his arms and kissed her. He started the kiss as a friend, and ended it as ... something else. She was sweet and warm and strong in his arms, and for the first time ever he thought of her as a girl. No, not a girl, but a young woman ripe for marriage.

She also reacted to the kiss, leaning into him, her lips parting. Heat kicked through him. He'd admired his share of pretty girls and stolen a few kisses, but this was different. More. She would be his wife and they would have physical and emotional intimacy beyond anything he could imagine. The prospect was alarming, but also exhilarating.

Callie drew back, her eyes shining. "The adventure of a lifetime," she breathed. "And the sooner we begin, Richard, the better!"

*
Within a quarter of an hour, they were on their way. Gordon had always been good at saving, and he had nearly a hundred pounds, a small fortune. He tucked it into a money belt around his waist, then dressed for the journey. He gave Callie a hat to stuff her hair under and a shapeless coat he'd outgrown. He grinned at the result. "You can pass as my little brother if no one looks too closely."

"That should make us harder to follow." She folded a light blanket into a canvas sack that could go into a saddlebag. "What route should we take?"

"There's only one decent road toward Scotland from here, but once we get beyond Lancaster, we can cut east on some less traveled roads. Slower, but we're less likely to be discovered."

"Do you think we'll be pursued?" She slung the canvas sack over one shoulder. "Even if they figure out that we've run off together, they might just think good riddance to both of us."

Gordon shook his head. "My father won't miss me. I'm just a third son and one he doesn't like. Since your father has an advantageous marriage for you, he won't shrug off your disappearance. But it will take them time to realize that we've eloped. If we travel fast, we should be in Scotland before they can catch us."

Silently they left his bedroom. He wondered if he'd ever see it again. Callie's father might not want to let her go, but his own father would be glad if he disappeared.

They left through the kitchen, adding bread and cheese to their bags. The wind was from the west and there was a faint, sulfurous smell of burning from the smoldering coal seam not far away. He wouldn't miss that smell.

In the stables, he saddled two horses that he knew had excellent endurance, and they headed out. They made good speed along the moonlit roads for several hours, but rain blew in from the Irish Sea as dawn approached.

Callie was drooping with fatigue, though she'd never admit it, so he suggested, "Let's stop for a few hours in that barn there. We and the horses need rest, and with the rain, it's hard to see the road."

Wordlessly Callie turned into the lane that led to the low barn. No farmhouse was near, so they should be safe for a few hours. In the barn, they tended to their horses, then curled up together in a pile of hay since the night was chilly. As Callie tucked the blanket around them, she murmured, "Thank you for saving me, Richard. We will do well together."

He brushed a kiss on the top of her head, feeling a tenderness and protectiveness that were new to him. "We will. Sleep well, Catkin."

He knew society would find their elopement outrageous, but they were both used to outraging people. It gave them so much in common. With a smile, he drifted off.

*
"They're in here!" a voice bellowed as the barn doors swung open.

Sunlight flooded into the barn as Gordon fought his way free from the blanket and hay. He knew this was disaster even before the looming figure of Callie's father, Lord Stanfield, appeared in the open doorway. Behind him — dear God, it was Gordon's father, Lord Kingston! And two Stanfield grooms.

"Lord George Audley. You filthy bastard, you've ruined my daughter!" Stanfield carried a driving whip in his right hand, and he slashed it viciously at Gordon.

The lash knocked Gordon off balance, and before he could regain his footing, the two grooms had grabbed his arms. Stanfield closed in and began pummeling Gordon with his huge fists, smashing into his face and gut. Gordon had learned some fighting skills at the Westerfield Academy, but he couldn't break free of the grooms.

Callie screamed and tried to wrench her father away. "Stop it! Stop it! You're going to kill him!"

"Good!" Her father jammed a knee into Gordon's genitals.

Gordon collapsed in agony as the world blackened. Callie dropped to her knees and covered him with her own body. "He hasn't ruined me! He was helping me to escape that vile marriage you're trying to force me into!"

Stanfield grabbed Callie's arm and wrenched her to her feet. "You're still a virgin?" "Given the amount of ground they covered during the night, there hasn't been time to do much else," Gordon's father drawled. "I'm not sure the boy is capable of anything more. I've wondered if he's a molly boy. He certainly doesn't look like a son of mine. He's far too pretty. His mother was the worst mistake I ever made."

The insult pulled Gordon to consciousness and he tried to struggle to his feet. "Shut your evil mouth!"

Stanfield kicked him back into the hay, then kicked him again. "Mind if I beat him to death, Kingston?"

"Feel free to kill him," Gordon's father said with exquisite malice. "I have better sons." He turned and strolled from the barn.

Stanfield was winding up for another kick when Callie threw her full weight against him. "Stop this! You'll have to kill us both because I'll never let you get away with murdering him!"

When her father hesitated, Callie said frantically, "If you stop beating him, I promise that I'll marry your horrible friend and act like a good and obedient wife! I'm a virgin — he'll never know this happened. But you must promise to stop hurting Richard!"

Her father paused, frowning. "For all your wild behavior, you've never been a liar." His eyes narrowed. "You swear that you'll be a good, obedient daughter and go through with this marriage?"

"You have my word," she said bitterly. "But tell me, how did you find out so quickly that we'd eloped?"

"One of your sisters has a better sense of duty than you've ever had," her father replied. "She saw you sneaking out and guessed where you were going. After she woke me up, I drove over to Kingston Court. When Lord Kingston saw you were both gone, we set after you. Satisfied?"

Callie's lips thinned. "I can guess which sister it was. May she rot in hell!" Her father shook her. "Don't forget your promise! You behave and I won't touch your filthy lover again."

She yanked free of his grip. "You can't order your servants to hurt him, either."

He frowned, then nodded. "But you'd better be a damned obedient bride!" He gestured to one of the grooms. "Take her outside."

As Callie was escorted roughly from the barn, Stanfield stood over Gordon's bleeding body, his hands on his hips. "I'm sorry that I can't finish the job, Lord George, but she's worth a pretty penny married off." His lips twisted in a vicious smile. "I won't kill you. But, by God, you'll wish I had!"

CHAPTER 2

London, summer, 1814

Gordon was bored. Months had passed since anyone had tried to kill him. Luckily, this tedious spell of safety should end soon. Lord Kirkland had summoned him, and Kirkland was an excellent source of missions that required Gordon's varied and nefarious skills.

Gordon was bemused by the fact that he and Kirkland had become friends of a sort. They'd known each other since their school days at the Westerfield Academy, a small, elite school for boys of "good birth and bad behavior."

Gordon had hated all the schools his father had sent him to, of which the Westerfield Academy was the last. He actually enjoyed learning, but he picked up new material very quickly, and then was physically incapable of sitting still. When he was a boy at Kingston Court, he and his brothers had been tutored by a young curate who had allowed his most restless student to prowl around while his brothers struggled to master Latin or maths or the globes.

The marquess had never understood, so when Gordon reached an age to be sent off to school, he was placed in one of the most brutal academies in Britain so the masters would force him to sit still and behave properly. Despite the school's best efforts to beat him into submission, Gordon had become ever more difficult. At the end of the year, he was asked not to return. The same thing happened at the next school. And the next. Gordon was rather proud of that fact.

By the time he reached Westerfield, he was so angry and rebellious that even calm, caring Lady Agnes Westerfield, founder and headmistress of the school, had been unable to reach him. He'd hated the school, hated his classmates, and rejected all friendly overtures. He skipped classes whenever possible, and when he showed up, he acted conspicuously bored and uninterested. To amuse himself, he'd perform brilliantly on exams just to madden his teachers.

Gordon had particularly hated Kirkland. Despite his youth, Kirkland had a cool, ferociously intelligent composure that was damned unnerving. Gordon felt disapproval whenever the other boy looked his way.

(Continues…)



Excerpted from "Once a Rebel"
by .
Copyright © 2017 Mary Jo Putney.
Excerpted by permission of KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Once a Rebel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love M J P's characters and storylines but something was missing in this one. Can't win 'em all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was not one of her best. I felt distanced from the characters. The pacing was off. I love this author and have bought and read everything she has ever written and most are on my virtual keeper shelf. I'm not really sure why I couldn't engage with these characters, it (that mysterious IT) just wasn't there. Truly sorry I can't give this book 4 or 5 stars.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Love this entire series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed character development of major and minor chsracters. Good description of 3 different lifestyles, English manor, carribean plantation and colonial america.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of her best, but still a good read. The characters are a bit shallow and the danger at the end seems a bit contrived.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I just wasn't feeling this one. I am a huge fan of Putney, but the writing in this particular story just felt off to me. I did like the premise of the story, best friends reunited and then that friendship blossoms into love. I hope that the next book in the series it up to par with the rest of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
.
Janga More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars at The Romance Dish I like these characters. Callie and Richard had cruel fathers whose treatment of them certainly shaped the adults they became, but neither protagonist broods over his/her wrongs or withdraws from commitment. I believe in them as individuals and as a couple, and that belief is based in large part on the growth the characters experience. The connection between them endures, but the adults who meet in 1814 have been tested and tempered. They are not the impetuous young people who eloped fifteen years earlier. Molly, Trey, Sarah, and Joshua--the freed slaves who make up Callie’s family--are also credible and interesting, and their roles in the story add dimension and poignancy. I also loved seeing more of Kirkland and Laurel. They are one of my favorite MJP couples. And Callie and Richard’s visit to Lady Agnes was delightful. I read a Mary Jo Putney book with high expectations. Nobody combines adventure and romance better than she does. Her characters always face danger and find the resources to survive. They risk their hearts and often their lives with high courage. Putney calls her heroes “warrior poets” who are “brave and protective, vulnerable and kind . . . wounded by life, but not broken.” I find such heroes irresistible. Her heroines are strong and resilient, capable of toughness and tenderness, but they remain women of their time. They are practical enough to understand conventions and the price of defying them. I have been falling in love with MJP’s books for nearly three decades, and Once a Rebel (and I love the layers of meaning in that title) is another Putney keeper. A couple of caveats: the business of the hero’s name changes can become confusing, and the last bit of the book that takes place in England is less powerful than the American-set section. But I found these minor niggles in an overall excellent novel. If you are a Putney fan, you will certainly want to add this one to your TBR list. If you like historical romance with the spice of danger and a romance with an HEA that is earned and believable, you should read this boo
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this historical fast-paced read. The story has plenty of drama, suspense and Callie and Richard have a huge history together. I liked the characters and I found the story entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads as story within a story, within a story. Callie and Gordon/Richard share a childhood which ends abruptly. She's headed for marriage in the West Indies while he's headed on a prison ship for Australia. Years later they chance to meet again, after numerous personal life changes... Good historical romance, better historical novel. Interesting mix of American and English history in same book. Characters buildup was good though sometimes missed the mark. Still enjoyed the stories. Would like to read more of Molly, Trey and Joshua's family and Peter and the Carroll family. Voluntarily read ARC, through Netgalley and publisher, for honest review.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Once a Rebel' by Mary Jo Putney is Book Two in The "Rogues Redeemed" series. This is the story of Catherine Callista 'Callie' Brooke and Lord George Gordon 'Richard' Audley. I have read the other book in this series but feel this can easily be a standalone book. Callie and Richard have been childhood best friends until one day when she was sixteen her father informed her that she will marry and older man. Callie's father never really liked her, he beat her and was happy to be rid of her. The same with Richard, his father never had any use for him since he was the third son of Marquwss of Kingston. So they had build a closeness that each went to the other for help and advice. So when Callie needed away out of this up and coming marriage she ran to Richard for help. Richard suggested they run off and get married. Scotland allows a 16 girl to marry and Richard was 21. But they were caught midway there and Callie was forced to go through with the marriage to save Richard from her father trying to kill him. His father didn't care if he was killed but Callie stood firm that she would only go through this marriage if her father didn't hurt Richard. But her father did ship him off and she thought he had died on the prison ship. Now years later, Callie is a widow with two step-children on the run from her former husbands family member. This has her in Washington DC where there is a fight brewing and she just got placed in the middle of it. Richard is an Captain now and has been asked to help find a former English Women by her family. It seem that she is thought to be in danger and they also want to make sure that she is well off. But when Richard finds this women he sees it Callie who he hasn't seen since that faithful night they were separated. Callie is using a false name to protect herself and her step children. But Richard claimed her as his wife to save her from the headed seen he found her in. But can these two pickup where they left off or are they meant to be more than best friends? "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Once a Rebel' by Mary Jo Putney is Book Two in The "Rogues Redeemed" series. This is the story of Catherine Callista 'Callie' Brooke and Lord George Gordon 'Richard' Audley. I have read the other book in this series but feel this can easily be a standalone book. Callie and Richard have been childhood best friends until one day when she was sixteen her father informed her that she will marry and older man. Callie's father never really liked her, he beat her and was happy to be rid of her. The same with Richard, his father never had any use for him since he was the third son of Marquwss of Kingston. So they had build a closeness that each went to the other for help and advice. So when Callie needed away out of this up and coming marriage she ran to Richard for help. Richard suggested they run off and get married. Scotland allows a 16 girl to marry and Richard was 21. But they were caught midway there and Callie was forced to go through with the marriage to save Richard from her father trying to kill him. His father didn't care if he was killed but Callie stood firm that she would only go through this marriage if her father didn't hurt Richard. But her father did ship him off and she thought he had died on the prison ship. Now years later, Callie is a widow with two step-children on the run from her former husbands family member. This has her in Washington DC where there is a fight brewing and she just got placed in the middle of it. Richard is an Captain now and has been asked to help find a former English Women by her family. It seem that she is thought to be in danger and they also want to make sure that she is well off. But when Richard finds this women he sees it Callie who he hasn't seen since that faithful night they were separated. Callie is using a false name to protect herself and her step children. But Richard claimed her as his wife to save her from the headed seen he found her in. But can these two pickup where they left off or are they meant to be more than best friends? "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel. It is a well-written, heart-wrenching, and touching read. Mary Jo Putney is a great writer and storyteller. Callie Brooke and Lord George Gordon Audley have been best friends since childhood. When Callie, at age sixteen, complained to Gordon that her father planned to marry her off, to an old Jamaican Planter, Gordon asked her to marry him instead. Their plan to escape and elope in Scotland, however, was thwarted. Callie was forced to marry right away, and Gordon was whipped, charged with kidnapping, and sent to a penal colony. Life had not been easy for either of them, but fate was on their side. After fifteen years, during a British invasion in America, they met again. They were not the same people, though, their childlike silliness had dulled over the years, and their hearts, scarred. They decided to return to England to settle together and confront their childhood demons. Life, though, was not done thrashing them about; but their deep friendship and trust in one another carried them forward. I was captivated from the first page. Don’t pass this book up. It’s a keeper. Thank you, Kensington Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney Rogues Redeemed #2 I was expecting so much more from this book and though it is well researched and the writing fine the story seemed more a way to give a history lesson or two that included the evils of slavery, the war between England and America, the power of men through law over women, children and slaves and other such things. There was much violence, attempted rape, war, sibling rivalry and a bit of romance. The fifteen years without seeing one another was glossed over in some ways as Callie and Richard picked up almost as if nothing happened in between their last encounter and his trip to find Callie in America. This was a full length novel that will appeal to some more than others and a solid read but not what I was looking for today – I had trouble relating to either of the characters and can’t put my finger on why… Anyway, thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Zebra for the ARC – this is my honest review. AND, though I rate this lower than the five I gave the first book in the series I would gladly read book three when it comes out.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
With a flair for the dramatic and a love for the romantic, Ms. Putney knows how to make a splash in the world of historical romance. Her tales of battle scarred heroes and fierce women of courage are as thrilling as they are healing. Once a Rebel is an epic story of love that spans war, betrayal and years. George and Callista's path to happily ever after was long, heartbreaking and dangerously intriguing but it was worth all the obstacles that they had to face.
JustReadingABook More than 1 year ago
A whirlwind story that starts with two best friends being torn apart by their fathers and how they come back to each other to find love. Great historical information about the time in history during the war of 1812 woven through this storyline. A lot of the story takes place in Washington DC and Baltimore. I enjoyed the strength of each main character and how they used their assets and didn't let the situation they were thrown into get them down. Lots of little twists and turns to make you keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
.