Erests at around 60% when the story became about Julia s re "Introduction Into Society And " into society and reunions I wish I could recommend this book If it wasn t MJP s work I have abandoned ship in the middle of it So far this series is unremarkable I have the feeling that MJP is trying to re create her Fallen Angels series with a new group of men but these men are a lot less interesting than their predecessors and the relationships are a lot less meaningful I just cannot feel that they cared for each other But Alexander and Julia s story is better than Adam and Mariah s book 1 I rolled my eyes every time when Adam and Mariah showed up in this book and appeared to be all lovey Blind Devotion (The Shifter Chronicles dovey If you have read book 1 you know that they had absolutely zero chemistry and all that my beloved is just a load of baloney excuse my language but this is just my personal honest opinionThe first 30% 40% of the book gets 3 stars from me and the rest a very lame 2 stars rating Out of respect for MJP I am settling on 3 35 starsAnother audiobook I borrowed from the library principally because Simon Prebble is one of my favourite narrators Julia a widow is a country midwife who had captured the inter Something seemed missing here I ve read all of Ms Putney s books except the few My Name is Bob dealing with magic Almost all are on my keeper shelf Ion t think this one will be This one id not have the great historical etails of the Fallen Angels series or the Silk Trilogy This seemed like a plain old regency anyone could have written by throwing in a carriage a long Billy Bragg dress and a trip to Gretna Green The characters seemed static not growing or changing realistically Alexander was a grump in the last book but here that wasealt with by a few sentences saying That was just because I Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary didn t want you to know I liked you I would have liked to see him change before my eyes POSSIBLE SPOILERS Julia has a fear of men from having an abusive first husband bad enough that sheemands the ability to ivorce Alexander after a year Yet she is over it almost the first time they get together Whoops non issue It seemed there were too many irons in the fire Was it the story of woman learning to trust again The story of him saving her from bad guys No real sense of anger was ever The Majors Daughter developed Introducing her to society We skipped most of the only ballsocial outing None of these issues waseveloped fully leaving them all feeling underdone It was really only when they went to find her first husband s bastard son that I got interested I liked that kid I could have used a lot of the three of them learning to be a family And it would have been a stronger story if Julia had indeed been barren making this part of the story important Most of the book was formulaic and predictable Of course Julia is really the Miss Shumway Waves a Wand daughter of auke Of course the boy was The Touch decent Of course her brotheridn t hate her Of course the Earl of Daventry had a aughter and of course Julia who Earl of Daventry had a aughter and of course Julia who she was barren ended up pregnant This was just missing the epth of emotion that I have become accustomed to in Ms Putney s works Most of her works get 4 or 5 glowing stars from me Sadly not this one I will read the next one though because everyone is entitled to a not so good book now and then and Ms Putney has long been one of my favorite authors I guess I am just relieved Sadly relieved This is much better than the ridiculous first book in the series Loving A Lost Lord but still not a romance I would ever recommend to readers new to MJPFor longterm readers of MJP like myself this historical regency will come across as a bit generic Having just reread The Wild Child1999 earlier this week I couldnt help noticing how much shorter and choppier her sentences have gotten which is very on trend as well as the hackneyed Mine Mine Mine love scene that I am beginning to hate finding in every historical I read now I can see the pacing and plotting were uneven and some alternative POVs to their initial meetings in the first book would enhanced the romance I can see all that but it oesnt matter much since I find that I can still be entranced by MJP s writing voice and root for her very likable The Essential Good Food Guide decent admirable charactersContent warningetails of the heroine s first marriage are horrifying some violenceGrade. And proposed to by a man she scarcely knows Stranger still is her urge to say yes A union with Alexander Randall could benefit them both but Julia Textbook of Wisdom doubts she can ever trust her heart again or the ferventesire Randall ignites Yet perhaps only a Lost Lord can show a woman like Julia everything a true marriage can.
Summary Never Less Than a LadyRecalled from war as his vicious uncle s sole remaining heir Alexander Randall gives away his commission and returns to England to find a wife and sire an heir He should find a typical noble wife but the only woman that appeals to him is Julia Bancroft widow and
Village Midwife Who Hasmidwife who has in his thoughts since he met her Randall visits friends in England and Scotland mostly to avoid his uncle who allowed his cousin to torture Randall and who barely cared for Randall when he was wounded His final visit is to friends in Julia s village Randall In Defence of Dogs discovers that Julia has been kidnapped by men who accuse her of murder He follows rescues her proposes marriage and they elope to Scotland Only as they traveloes he learn Julia s secrets and how their lives are linked Sensible people who work their way past life s traumas find romance and friendship solve the mysteries of Julia s life and challenge abominable relatives with strength and wit make for an entertaining and satisfying read Highly recommended for most historical romance readersReadalikesNovels by Mary Balogh Lorraine Heath s Lost lords of Pembrook trilogy Isabel Cooper s Englefield novels Johanna Lindsey Make Me Love You Julia uinn The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever Stephanie Laurens The Perfect Lover Sylvia Day Pride and Pleasure Eileen Dreyer Barely a Lady Eloisa James Desperate Duchesses Jane Ashford Heir to the DukePace FastCharacters Well eveloped likeable strong womenStory Character rivenWriting style EngagingTone Dramatic SteamyFrame Spain Cumberland Scotland 1812Theme Love in The City in Mind disguise Yep it s official I m hooked on this series So far I m just loving these Lost Lords Randall was a great character in the first novel as was Julia I really enjoyed getting to read their story Learning about Julia s secretive past was of course greatly anticipated and thisidn t Revenge (The Red Ledger disappoint So after the mild antagonism between these two in the first book of course they were going to be the subjects of the second Iid just adore Randall as the knight in shinning armor though He s such a gentleman and yet his military life has shaped him into a man of honor and integrity with a backbone of steel He has such a wonderful need to help the No One Wants You damsel inistress For all that she s a The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity damsel and inistress Julia to slightly mis uote Disney s Hercules She can handle itJulia has had a ton of strength to get herself out of the awful situation she was in abused by her first husband to escape and fake her own Penguins Poems for Life death while finding a career for herself She s learned plenty to become the competent midwife she is now thought to be I love that Randall respects that about her andoesn t try to curtail the natural power she s found for herself I liked how the relationship between these two eveloped The marriage was conceived under harsh circumstances and the uestionable nature of that came back up later Things weren t too easy for them They had to learn about each other and work past their issues to get to a point where trust was eternal and each could be comfortable that the other wanted the same things from them Sure some things were undoubtedly going to go the way neither of them suspected view spoilerWas there really ever any oubt that Julia s fears go the way neither of them suspected view spoilerWas there really ever any oubt that Julia s fears being barren were going to be unfounded hide spoiler I was finding the writing of this story very prosaic so when it turned out to be one of my least favorite romance themes the heroine afraid of sex there seemed no point in continuing Pretty goodMature hero and heroine both with a lot of sense Solid reasons for getting married Beliveable and multilayered romantic conflicts Audiobook with Simon Prebble oing fantastic narration Great way to pass a few hours It was just ok and frankly slightly boringI had not read the previous instalment in the series in which Randall met Julia and not having insights on the future couple s first meeting is always an intense isappointment to
me Several times I almost felt like the author was trying to rub in that number 1 in the seriesSeveral times I almost felt like the author was trying to rub in that number 1 in the series have been read beforeThe heroine had been through very ifficult experience with physical and mental abuse from her first husband an accident perceived as murder reject from her father an escape masueraded as a suicide and then 10 years or le. New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney continues her stunning Lost Lords series with this stirring sensual story of a rebellious nobleman Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone drawn to a lovely widow with a shocking pastAs the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry Alexander Randall knows hisuty find a wife and sire a son of his own Th. ,
Ss working as a midwife in a small village She should have been interesting and touching But at the same time and once again she was so ladylike all the time never slipping from her pedestal of supreme perfection that she Down to the Sea in Ships did not interest me that muchThe hero alsoid not have much personality He s supposed to always have been opposed to marriage before the starting of the book I m not really sure I understood why he changed his mind so uicklyThe plot could have been ok except there are 2 huge coincidences in the story which rang absolutely fake and Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, destroyed the credibility of the story in my eyesAnd the last part turned too cheesyIf I could I put 25 but Dog Years did not manage to settle at 3 If you read Loving A Lost Lord you probably knew that it was inevitable there be a romance between Julia Bancroft Mariah s friend who is a midwife in Hartley and Major Alexander Randall I
it was obvious the way they instantly hated each These two were meant to be The book starts with Randall being summoned home by his not so Chain of Fire doting uncle the Earl of Daventry This is the earl who tried to starve Randall toeath some years ago Seems the last of Daventry s sons are now The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, dead so it s up to Randall to come home marry and carry on the earldom Randall is hardly keen too anything his uncle asks of him but he s fed up with soldiering so what the hey Once he reaches British soil though he s not so sold on the idea of presenting himself to Daventry let the old bd wait Randall The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur decides to head north to visit his pal Kirkland Maybe he llrop by Hartley on the way so he can scowl some at Julia Unfortunately he s not the only guy who wants to scowl at her Three thugs arrive at her home first and Maharaj drag her off in chains Randall rushes after themetermined to save the Kuduz day Backstory Julia has been hiding for the past few years after killing her husband Well sorta killing him if pushing him away when he was trying to kill her counts Seems the sick rapey bstrd wasrunk and he clunked his head and ied Aww shucksTo pile coincidence on top of coincidences the creepy rapey liked to use a knife ead hubby just happens to be Branford the heir to the Daventry earldom until he croaked In other words he s Randall s cousin Randall s solution to Julia s problem is genius because evidently if she s his wife and thus necessary if the earldom is to continue Daventry will call off the hounds After being raped beaten and carved on by her last hubby Julia s not so keen on marriage It takes a bit of persuasion for her to agree to a chaste union and a LOT persuasion for her to agree to an UNchaste oneThe periodic attempts to kill Julia kept me from being too bored with the will she won t she angst Lots of logic flaws in this view spoilerlike the fact that we re told several times that Daventry isn t a killer even though he The Stanforth Secrets (Lovers and Ladies, did try to kill Randall and even though when Daventry s men came for Julia she was so sure she wouldn t survive being taken to him that she wrote her will I still wonder why this marriage would stop Daventry if he wereetermined that Julia should The Taste of Ashes die hide spoiler A slightly better read than the first book in the series but stillisappointing I enjoy MJP s style I always have One can hear her writing voice in this book her signature style so to speak The first book in the series wasMean It Was Obvious The Way They Instantly Hated Each
Very Disappointing With 2disappointing with 2 memorable characters The heroine of the first book Mariah featured prominently in this book too and I was bored out of my mind whenever Mariah popped up She was a boring character then and a nuisance now Alexander and Julia met briefly in book one and caught my attention right away I was looking forward to reading their story and the beginning of the book about 30% was rather engaging Things WERE LOOKING GOOD FOR ALEXANDER AND looking good for Alexander and Having suffered abuse in her first marriage Julia was reluctant to accept Alexander But somehow they agreed to get married which was just as well The plot was thin since Alexander and Julia pretty much had no conflicts between them at all The threat was external and there was no ifficult ecisions to make Julia overcame her tragic past uickly and settled into the role of Alexander s wife with ease Theirs was not a great love story no coming to terms with oneself or each other I lost int. E perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft a village midwife with a ark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protectionWithin the space of a ay Julia has been abducted by her first husband's cronies rescued. ,