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Hat was ealt with by a few sentences saying That was just because I Teaspoon and an Open Mind 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 A Celtic Miscellany divorce 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 ofanger was ever eveloped Introducing her to society We skipped most of the only ballsocial outing None of these issues was eveloped 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 Foxs Feud (Farthing Wood, daughter of auke Of course the boy was The Culture Code decent Of course her brotheridn t hate her Of course the Earl of Daventry had a Banish Clutter Forever daughter and of course Julia who thought she was barren ended up pregnant This was just missing theepth 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 that the pacing and plotting were uneven and some alternative POVs to their initial meetings in the first book would have enhanced the romance I can see all that but it Stolen Magic (Stardust, doesnt matter much since I find that I can still be entranced by MJP s writing voice and root for her very likableecent admirable charactersContent warning The Billionaire Daddy details 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 Juliaoubts she can ever trust her heart again or the fervent esire Randall ignites Yet perhaps only a Lost Lord can show a woman like Julia everything a true marriage can.

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Recalled 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 has stayed 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 iscovers that Julia has been kidnapped by men who accuse her of murder He follows rescues her proposes marriage and they elope 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 this Loss (Gus Dury, didn tisappoint So after the mild antagonism between these two in the first book of course they were going to be the subjects of the second I The Last Rite (Danilov Quintet, did 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 theamsel in Alacrity (Illumine, distress For all that she s aamsel and in istress 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 eath 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 and Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, doesn t try to curtail the natural power she s found for herself I liked how the relationship between these twoeveloped 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 Arnhem doubt that Julia s fears about 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 New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney continues her stunning Lost Lords series with this stirring sensual story of a rebellious noblemanrawn to a lovely widow with a shocking pastAs the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry Alexander Randall knows his uty find a wife and sire a son of his own Th.

Retty 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 Love Is Blind disappointment to me Several times I almost felt like the author was trying to rub in that number 1 in the series should have been read beforeThe heroi 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 mean it was obvious the way they instantly hated each other These two were meant to be The book starts with Randall being summoned home by his not so oting uncle the Earl of Daventry This is the earl who tried to starve Randall to eath some years ago Seems the last of Daventry s sons are now The World in the Curl dead so it s up to Randall to come home marry and carry on the earldom Randall is hardly 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 was very isappointing with 2 un 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 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 interest of Alex Randall in the previous book although he was reluctant to show any interest and gave her to believe he isliked her But Julia has a A Personal Influence dark past and is hiding from her late husband s father who believea that she murdered her late husband who was Alex s cousin In fact he Something seemed missing here I ve read all of Ms Putney s books except the fewealing with magic Almost all are on my keeper shelf I Americas First City don t think this one will be This oneid not have the great historical Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, details 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 longress 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 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 Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women dark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protectionWithin the space of aay Julia has been abducted by her first husband's cronies rescued.

MJ PutneyMary Jo Putney was born on 1946 in Upstate New York with a reading addiction a condition for which there is no known cure After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Balti Maryland where she has lived very comfortably ever since While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acuired a computer for other purposes When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold uickly thereby changing her life forever in most ways for the better “But why didn't anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads” Like a lemming over a cliff she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full time writer as soon as possible Since 1987 Ms Putney has published twenty nine books and counting Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism death and dying and domestic abuse She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times Wall Street Journal USAToday and Publishers Weekly Five of her books have been named among the year’s top five romances by The Library Journal The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist published by the American Library Association A nine time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards four NJRW Golden Leaf awards plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance Though most of her books have been historical she has also published three contemporary romances The Marriage Spell will be out in June 2006 in hardcover and Stolen Magic written as M J Putney will be released in July 2006 Ms Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose

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