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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney

Not Quite a Wife (Lost Lords, #6)Publisher: Zebra
 Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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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….

My Review:

Intro: Mary Jo Putney is one of those authors that I inherited from my Mother. I love her books. 


Heroine: Laurel-She is one of those rare characters that started out bad and stayed bad. I mean, her husband killed an assassin in their home and instead of being thankful that they are still alive even if a bit rattled, she freaks out a considers him evil. And then proceeds to do it again. She’s just intolerable because she doesn’t change her behavior.

Hero: James-I loved him. He was such a good guy and was far more tolerant of Laurel’s behavior than she deserved. I actually ended up feeling quite bad for him throughout the book because his heroine gave me a headache.

Chemistry: I didn’t necessarily find it difficult to buy into their story because I quite enjoy angst. But I did have trouble in that I did not like Laurel at all and given that I loved James, I wanted him to divorce her and find someone nicer and less prone to tantrums.

Chemistry Rating:

Conclusion: I really wanted to love this one and I came quite close at times but this one fell a bit short of love. Laurel was a source of great frustration for me. We just didn’t mesh well. But James almost completely made up for her shortcomings. And as always, Mary Jo Putney is a fantastic writer. 
Overall Rating

Author Info
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.

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  1. Hmmm. Not Quite a Wife. That's like saying "not quite pregnant." You either are or you're not. I think Laurel shouldn't have run away and I think James shouldn't have given up on her so he had a very good reason for doing what he did even though it was violent. Oh well. I'll catch all the reasons and nuances when I read the book in its entirety. :-)



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