Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Never Less Than a Lady - 2nd in the Lost Lords series
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency era, England and Scotland
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Mary Jo's Website: maryjoputney.com
Julia Bancroft and Alexander Randall are both scarred, literally and figuratively. The healing only begins with the support, care, and trust of each other.
Randall was taken with Julia when he met her some months before, yet he wasn’t in a position, nor did he desire to, pursue his attraction with the reserved lady. He had been fighting for his life and his country. Now, however, he has been summoned home as heir presumptive to his uncle’s title. Time to marry and settle down, but he’d do it on his terms, not his uncle’s.
She is no longer Lady Julia, but Mrs. Bancroft the midwife. It came about as a necessity to save her life from the gallows. Unfortunately her dire past has caught up to her and her life is about to end unless a miracle happens.
Apparently it’s not time for Julia to leave this earth. Through a short series of circumstances, Randall comes to Julia’s aid. Upon hearing her surprising and grim story, Randall comes up with a solution to both of their problems. Marriage. With much thought and conversation and specific stipulations, Julia agrees.
The ensuing days brings Julia and Randall closer as they join forces, but all isn’t necessarily well as things don’t play out exactly as either had anticipated. Whether it’s for the best or spells trouble for their relationship remains to be seen.
Julia and Randall are a SuperCouple working toward the common goal of banishing ghosts and fighting similar demons, not fighting each other through the majority of the story. Whoo hoo!!! They both have a blend of the best qualities; Randall is chivalrous, romantic, and fierce, while Julia is compassionate and courageous. She wears her dignity like a finely spun cloak. Of course questions and fears arise when changes happen and they are faced with the possibility of life without each other.
For many, many years, historical romance used to be my reading of choice. I simply loved being transported to another time and place. For various reasons I’ve become disconnected with this genre of romance. However, if historical romance as a whole could be restored to the emotions, stories, and writing such as Ms. Putney’s in Never Less Than a Lady (and select few other authors), I’d come running back, eagerly and with no reservations. Of course reading would become extremely boring should every relationship and couple mirror Julia and Randall exactly, but the intent and underlying foundation should remain the same.
Lush, emotional, romantic…Very nice, Ms. Putney.
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