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Uncommon Vows

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From New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney comes a passionate tale about a lady and an earl who become hostages to desire. A single moment of impetuousness sweeps them both up in the royal battle of kings, into a dangerous intrigue of sweet caresses, and a fiery, all-consuming love...
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Signet (first published 1991)
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Apr 12, 2009 seton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like dark, angsty reads
This book may well be my favorite of all of MJP's books for a variety of reasons. First of all, never has her writing been more clear and poetical than in this book. She uses more visual metaphors than usual, especially because of the unique nature of the hero and the simpler time setting (this is MJP's only medieval). I am not a big fan of the medieval period and I know that MJP isn't either but she felt that that the medieval period was the right setting for the tormented hero and the dark lov...more
If MJP's capable of this calibre, she should turn out more timeless medievals (my fav setting). I wish she'd write sequels for Alan & Richard someday. UV's catapulted to my Top-5 All-time Fav list. It's v. easy to luv magnetic Adrian & fall for his heartfelt devotion to Meriel. I'm always drawn to amnesia theme & gloomy angsty roller-coaster luv-stories. Despite my initial misgiving that the plot seemed too thin & Meriel's gesture was over-dramatic - in choosing death over being...more
Usually with a Mary Jo Putney novel I can't put it down. It's one of those books that you think you're going to read a few chapters of before bed and then it's morning and it's time to get up and the couple chapters had turned into the whole novel. Unfortunately with this book that was not the case.

If I was religious it probably wouldn't have been that bad for me, but since I'm not it felt like I was kind of reading a warped version of the bible. Ho...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This book was intense because of Adrian's fixation on Meriel. I found it incredibly well-written but with a strong emotional draw. Probably one of my all-time favorites by Mary Jo Putney.
I have to start by saying that I am not too wild about reading medieval romances. It is hard to convey what people went through in those days and not gloss it over. If it is realistic in nature, women are portrayed as little more than personal property and men come across as brutish and coarse. Putney manages to write her only medieval story with a twist.

It begins with fifteen year old Adrian de Lancey, an aristocrat's son, anticipating his monk’s vows until he learns his family has been slaught...more
One of my favorites by MJP. Lots of angst and desparate love which is my favorite type of romance even if I also enjoy lighter reads. I no longer read many medieval romances because after nearly 20 years of research into the medieval period I get pretty picky about authenticity. This one does a pretty good job at keeping the details correct while also adding in the love story.
it's not an awful read but i hated the 1st half while i liked the 2nd half quite well, it too unreal! adrian was a mad stalker, so mad it got 2 the point of horrific! he pushed melric 2 suicide. i admired her 4it, 4 jumping through the window. i say it takes tremendous courage ! yes rather than be raped n kept as a prisoner, better 2 commit suicide. life was not worth living. adrian did atone very painfully 4 his sins. i liked dat he worked hard n suffered 2 get melric back. however, i still fee...more
Jane Stewart
Enjoyable romance novel, although I was annoyed with the heroine.

The first part of the book was the best. I was eager to keep reading to see what would happen. There were also a few humorous lines. But later in the book, I wasn't as drawn in. I was annoyed with the heroine for traveling alone in the forest. She was told and knew that it was dangerous for a woman to travel alone. Both times she did this she ended up being kidnapped. She was offered an escort the first time, but refused it. The se...more
Hanife Albayrak
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Aug 20, 2010 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Recommended to Liz by: nana
Earl Adrian captures Meriel in the royal forest with a hawk with her. He immediately is captivated by her and decides to hold her against her will. He is trying to force her to be his mistress, and is unsuccessful. He has her come to his bed chamber and proposes marriage, she decides to jump threw a stained glass window into the water deep below. Adrian jumps right after. She is knocked unconscious. Eventually she comes around, and remembers nothing of her past life. She falls in love with Adria...more
I thought this book gave a unique spin to the 'obsessed hero captures heroine' genre.

Hero was a youngest son, destined to be a monk when his family was slaughtered. Now the eldest, he felt obligated to leave the monastery and take up his title/lands and avenge his family. The h was also a younger child and had also considered the religious life before deciding it was not for her. I'm normally not a huge fan of religion in my romance, but I think it was true to the times. The church was very pow...more
Rebecca ♥ Kishan & Warner ♥
A version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven

This was a unique and captivating romance. Adrian, a dark hero who daily struggles against his darker nature, and only just defeats it through the devout worship of god and constant prayer. But his darker nature wins out when he sees the beautiful and free Miriel who he cant resist. He attempts to cage and control her and make her his. It takes a long time but eventually he learns the error of his ways, and Miriel eventually learns...more
Crystal Carroll
He finds her literally wandering in a dark wood, at which point his way is lost. He knows it’s wrong, but arrests her on a trumped up poaching charge and takes her back to yonder castle. Then things go completely wrong. Then completely right. Well, it is a romance novel.

This is my favorite of Putney’s books. Even though it pulls some very common (and often annoying) tropes. We’ve got kidnapping and the whole whatnot. Except, she doesn’t fall in love with the kidnapper. She rejects any curtailmen...more
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Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Wow, this is the best book I've read in ages. I've been struggling to even finish any books for the last few months, being in a real rut, and this one made me realise why I've been continuing on in hope. I couldn't put it down. Definitely, for me, a keeper! I loved the way the author really made me feel like I was in the time period. So many historical books these days are wallpaper - that doesn't necessarily mean they are bad, but books such as this where you know from the writing where and whe...more
"When he refuses to set her free and her only options seem to be death or rape Meriel attempts suicide by jumping out a window. The Earl desperate to save her jumps in behind her.

Though she shouldn't have lived she does survive, but has amnesia. It is during this time that the Earl convinces her to fall in love with him and marries her. He neglects to tell her what happened before she woke up. During a tempest she's almost struck by lightning and in the fall regains her memory of everything exc...more
Lady Raven RAVE!
My first time reading a MJP book and it was worth it, i love the story and the begin for me was turly wonderful even though Adrain has his moments he was the nicest hero i have read in a while meaning really nice and Meriel was a wonderful person to get to know..

I really enjoy it because i don't really take to many new authors(meaning authors i have never read before) because sometimes you get their books that are not really up there and it makes you not want to read any more of their books, get...more
I read this after reading two less-well-written books by Putney, so this one was refreshing! The level of research and detail I've come to expect from one of her books was in full force here. She manages to bring a culture completely foreign to the modern individual to life in vivid color. I love the way she mentions terms and customs generally unknown to modern people and explains them succinctly and without fanfare. This book embodies what I love about Putney's writing: well-researched backgro...more
My favorite of all her books. Sure, the amnesia is over used *now* but it wasn't when this book was originally released. The hero is a great character, not stereotypical at all. He has deep religious faith but isn't above acting like a rake at times, as many wealthy and powerful men of the time were wont to do. His character growth was wonderfully told. The treatment of the Jews in England at the time was also a nice addition to the story. Dark but with a solid love story. Not your dime-a-dozen...more
My first medieval romance and first Mary Jo Putney. I like it. A lot.
I usually not into medieval romance, but the writing in this book is good. The characters are likeable. Meriel is one sensible girl. Apart from the duality of her response to Adrian, I likehow she examine her feeling for Adrian after she regained her memory. Adrian, on the other hand, turned out as a "good man", despite his one 'downfall' by taking Meriel hostage.
Like it very much.
Given the rave reviews I expected to be swept up and absorbed into the telling of this romance yet while I was appreciative of the writing I was also emotionally divorced from it. Something was off and I don't necessarily blame the book. It might have just been the mood or something.

What I did connect with is the strong thread of faith that runs through this. I think I may yet come back and reread it sometime in the future.

This was a good book.
What I didn't like,
1) The Hero wants to be a Monk. Seriously? I don't find that hot.
2) Too much religion.
3) Too many characters. Confusing at times.

What I liked,
1) Heroine was feisty, except when she lost her memory.
2) Heroine's brother was a good male character. Really liked Alan!
3) Hero's brother was a good character too.
4) Story was interesting

My all-time favorite romance, right here. And the jist of this wonderful story:

Besides that, there is plenty of tension. Lots of back-story, side story, and yes, foreshadowing! A classic romantic tale, not just about sex. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so just know this has all of my support.
One of the first historical romance books I read when I was fourteen (?). I still remember the story and still have the book until now!
Jan 30, 2011 Mariel rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mariel is a better name than Meriel
Recommended to Mariel by: Ivanhoe
It wasn't rape because God said it wasn't.
Uncommon Vows by Mary Jo Putney (2003)
Putney never disappoints!!
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born 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 Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably...more
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