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Not Quite a Wife par [Putney, Mary Jo]
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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

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing and Annoying 28 août 2014
Par arc - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The description of this novel was interesting and had great potential. I was hoping for an exploration of the emotional depths of a precise and self contained man who has buried his humanity in service to his country. I was also hoping for the slow maturation of a young and optimistic woman as she learns the complexities of human nature and relationships and the ambiguity of morality. What a disappointment! This is one of the most cliché ridden books I have read in a long time. Every single character is no more than one dimensional. The "shocking act of violence" (which should have been the cold assassination of an enemy of the state witnessed inadvertently by his new wife,)was the hero defending himself from an assassin sneaking up on him. He later ends up again killing someone else who is beating a woman and attacking him with a knife. The heroine, with strong 21st century sensibilities, is convinced that he could have defended himself without using excessive force. What a twit! The resolution to her idiocy is to eventually kill someone who is threatening her husband so at last she gets it. First this story isn't in the 21st century. Second, even today if you are being attacked you have a right to defend yourself. One of my major complaints about any book is when an author writes a historical novel with no historical accuracy. In the time this story takes place no one talked the way these people talk and upper class people didn't behave the way these people behave. There was no battered women's shelter with space for 50 people anywhere. When the heroine meets the wives of the hero's friends she spills her guts in about two minutes about everything, which is not how people behave. They in turn spill theirs. I would hate to be in a room with these women. TMI alert! This was a terrible premise for this disaster of a book. I ended up skipping about a third of it. By the time I was less than half way through I knew the heroine and her maid would be kidnapped, the hero and his friends would rescue them, the maid and the valet would end up together so I just skipped to the last few pages. Believe me, I didn't miss anything except probably some sex scenes and even the ones early in the book were annoying. We get to experience the drama of her miscarriage for sympathy and then the joy of discovering that she is still pregnant with the unexpected twin. Everything about this book, everything, is too pat, too easy, too contrived and just plain cartoonish.
32 internautes sur 33 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Quite a Good Read. 27 août 2014
Par OLT - Publié sur
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M.J. Putney's writing for the past five years or so has been a disappointment. I'd been a fan of long standing because of The Rake (Zebra Books) and her Fallen Angels series, but with her Lost Lords series, it's more than the lords who are lost; it's also her spark, her edge, her muse as it were, that have gone AWOL.

This latest in the series is my least favorite of all. I could find only enough plot for a novella in this novel-length book and that was a shame because I'm always drawn to estranged-couple romances. Reading this, if I hadn't known it was by MJP I would have thought it was a particularly dull Christian historical romance, except that the couple is in a relationship with benefits. (There are sex scenes.)

The hero and heroine of this were married some eleven years before the time of the story. Newly-married righteous, virtuous, altruistic heroine discovers something about her husband which she cannot reconcile to her Christian beliefs and principles. Instead of rationally discussing this with him, she leaves him and they are estranged for a decade. During this time, the clueless hero does pretty much nothing to save the marriage.

When they accidentally meet years later, she still has doubts about him. He still doesn't really try to figure out how to fix things. They end up back together anyway but will it work out? Oh, be still my anxious heart! This boring couple have boring interactions, boring conversations, boring sex, get together with all the boring couples of all the previous Lost Lords books and there's a boring HEA.

I checked this book out in hardcover from my local library in May of this year. It took until August for the book to be available on Amazon for posting reviews. Because of the months between reading the book and writing the review and because the story is so uneventful, I'm lucky to remember as much about it as I do.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 3 septembre 2014
Par Denisedr - Publié sur
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I was so disappointed in this book. I've read most everything Putney has written and generally enjoyed her books. But the heroine in this one was a twit. She couldn't forgive her husband for killing someone who attacked him. And she didn't wait around for an explanation instead abandoned him and their marriage. I kept waiting for it to get better, but no. Her relationships with the other wives seem to meld too quickly. And then when she kills the villain to save her husbands life she runs away again. Just stupid.
13 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 An OK read (but only OK) 29 août 2014
Par S. Mahnken - Publié sur
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Not Quite a Wife is the newest novel in Mary Jo Putney’s Lost Lords series. In this book, Laurel has been estranged from her husband James, Lord Kirkland, for a decade. After they cross paths unexpectedly in the clinic run by Laurel and her physician brother, circumstances dictate that they give their marriage another chance. But James, who is part of Britain’s spy network, has been involved in dark deeds that the gentle Laurel finds difficult to accept. They both must learn to trust each other and in their shared love in order to rebuild their fractured relationship.

This novel doesn’t match up to Putney’s best work, like The Rake or One Perfect Rose. The focus here isn’t really on falling in love, as it is in those novels, but on the difficult task of building a lasting relationship based on love and mutual respect, which is probably inherently a little less interesting to read about. I also had a bit of a problem with the couple’s initial estrangement, which might possibly have been resolved by simply talking to each other about what they were thinking and feeling. (Although their inability to communicate well can at least be excused somewhat on the grounds that they were extremely young when they got married.) And the plot was a bit predictable at certain points, which weakened the overall effect of the story.

Putney is such an experienced writer, though, that even with these issues, I still liked the book. She always does a good job creating characters that are well-rounded and internally consistent. I liked both Laurel and James, and I thought that their relationship problems were resolved in a way that made sense within the context of the story.

Bottom line, if you’ve been enjoying the Lost Lords series, you’ll probably want to give this book a read. If you haven’t find Putney’s latest books all that exciting, you might want to give this one a miss, too.

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 For the most part I've enjoyed the Lost Lords series and usually enjoy Mary Jo ... 2 octobre 2014
Par Margaret J - Publié sur
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For the most part I've enjoyed the Lost Lords series and usually enjoy Mary Jo Putney's novels. However, this book stunk like rotten eggs. I developed an extreme dislike of the heroine to the point of actually hoping she would be killed during her abduction. The author's attempt to portray the heroine as righteous and moral thus abhorring violence fell short of her goal. What we readers got was a self-righteous heroine who was too selfish to see the difference between violence for violence's sake and someone's defense of life from evil acts.

Through out this series the author has decried the violent actions of her heroes with increasing vehemence. Ms Putney's criticism of the hero in this book was even greater than her attacks on her fictional character Randall which began in book 2. I realize that it's currently popular to moralize against the military, self-protection and weapon ownership but I'm rather tired of Ms Putney's debasement of her own fictional heroes service to their country. A soldier isn't a murderer. Most of the time he is a man who carries the weight of his actions for the remainder of his life and he suffers greatly. Those who serve do so for the greater good of their country, it's people and their own family. Ms Putney however, creates her characters then shames them for their service and presents them as having a violent and murderous heart which is only saved by the moralistic and condemning heroine.

I'm rather sick of Ms Putney's presentation that a man who has fought a war, been a spy, had to kill to protect another is a terrible person. If Ms Putney wishes to write anti-war or anti-arms propaganda then she should do so but at least be honest about it and not attempt to slip it into her romance writing.

I'm also deeply offended that Ms Putney would choose to portray a man as being wrong for fighting and yes killing another man who sought to beat, allow others to rap and possibly kill his wife not to mention sell his own young daughter into prostitution. Frankly, if you attempted to sell my daughters into prostitution I would become just as violent and I dare say most people would.

This will most likely be the last of her books I purchase unless Ms Putney decides to stop attacking her own heroes.
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