Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney

Happy Release Day!!!

Not Always a Saint
by Mary Jo Putney
Kensington Books

Romance, History
Pub Date Aug 25, 2015

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…

Kathie's Review:

This is the 7th book in the Lost Lords Series. I've only read the 6th...and loved it. I enjoyed this one even more.

I liked Daniel a lot. He's a vicar, he's a surgeon, he's a healer...and now he's a lord. This last isn't something he's ever wanted. It seems like it will take a lot of time from his vocation of doctor. He begins to see some hope in the title when his brother-in-law (Lord Kirkland from the last book) mentions all the good his newly acquired wealth can do. But...he's going to need a very helpful wife to organize and run his life...and all those houses and properties. He has a short of things he's looking for in a spouse...and while he wants her to be somewhat attractive, a Diamond of the First Water is not on that list. So when he sees Jessie across a crowded room and is immediately hit with lust...well, he figures he needs to just walk away.

Jessie, for her part, has just lost her very elderly husband. They both love their four year old daughter and he left her the title of Lady. This is not good news for the nephew that thought he would get nearly everything. He makes threats and Jessie realizes she's going to need another husband to keep her daughter safe. That would be husband #3. When she and Daniel lock eyes across that room and then meet, she is in lust, too. It has been a very long time since she's felt that way, but Daniel just can't be the husband she needs. He's much too attractive...and young.

When things come to a head with that nasty nephew, the only way to find safety for Beth is a marriage between her mother and Daniel.

That's when the real fun begins. These two aren't in love, even though the lust is thick. They have to come to know each other...and I truly enjoyed their path to happiness.

Ms. Putney adds twists and turns, bad guys, and people showing up from the dead. It was quite the journey for these two...and I loved it and I highly recommend it.

Thank you, Kensington and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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