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Nowhere Near Respectable (The Lost Lords #3)

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He's a bastard and a gambler and society's favorite reprobate. But to Lady Kiri Lawford he's a hero - braver than the smugglers whom he rescues her from, more honorable than any lord she's ever met, and far more attractive than any man has a right to be. How can she not fall in love? But Damian Mackenzie has secrets that leave no room in his life for courting high-born you ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Zebra (first published 2011)
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It has been a long time since I have read a new Putney book. There are certain things I know I can expect in a book by her. The predictability gives me a certain comfort and nostalgia, even while I roll my eyes a bit. A hero somehow involved with spying? Check. A set of identical twins? Check. A heroine more progressive than the times? Check. The list goes on, but I’m sure you get my point.

I approached this book eagerly. I have very fond memories of many of her books, especially my favorite, Ang
Apr 27, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
"I am not a gentleman," he said with a laugh. "In fact, I'm nowhere near respectable, which makes life easier than if I was a gentleman."

When Lady Kiri Lawford overhears her suitor's mother disapproving of her and her mother, Kiri is affronted and livid. Her mother may be Indian, but she is descended from royalty and Kiri, though she is half-Indian and half-British, is the daughter of a Duke. Deciding it best to leave Lady Norland's unwelcoming home in Kent, Kiri borrows a horse to ride to Dover
Elis Madison
The story in a nutshell:
But how did one interrupt a conversation to say, “By the way, last night I slipped out to an alarmingly fashionable club and helped foil a royal kidnapping, and I intend to move to a house in a bad neighborhood so I can live with dangerous strangers and dress like a doxy and go to gambling hells and sniff men to see if they’re French conspirators?”

It’s rare that a sequel rates better than the first book in the series, but this one has gone and done it, mainly because Pu
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jun 22, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of historical romance
Shelves: romance, read-in-2011
I was thrilled to come across this at Half Price Books, because I liked the first two books in the series. I think this third story is best of the three.

Lady Kiri is the daughter of an English Duke, but her mother is a princess of India. She had an unconventional upbringing around the British Army camps of India due to her stepfather, a British General. This is how a princess learns to have such diverse skills as to make tea, set broken arms, brew perfumes, and perform martial-arts self-defense
Jun 09, 2011 Angelc rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I was looking forward to this book because I really liked the previous book in "The Lost Lords" series. Unfortunately, this one didn't have the last book's charm.

Mac was a nice hero, with a heart of gold underneath the seedy image. And there wasn't a touch of alpha-male in him, much to my relief. Kiri was also the sort of heroine that I like when you read the traits written out on paper. She was strong, unique, and independent. But there was something missing from this couple that would
Sep 19, 2011 Elena rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This is what Regency romance should be. It doesn't do anything particularly exciting or new with the genre, but what it does is traditional historical romance extremely, extremely well. My favorite bit was that the hero and heroine actually genuinely liked one another. When thinking about each other, they were all, "S/he is so smart and talented and funny! Oh, and also gorgeous," instead of the more typical, "God, s/he is so annoying, but so hot! I guess I have no choice but to furiou ...more
This book was at least better than the last one in the series, but that's really not saying much. It wasn't that it was a particularly bad book but that it is nowhere near as good as MJP's earlier works. The characterization wasn't very deep. The actions of the heroine, Kiri, were not appropriate to the time period. I get that the heroine was a foreigner but even so the author didn't sell me on the idea that (view spoiler) ...more
May 24, 2016 Dawn rated it liked it
Actually not one of my favorites. It was OK. But I've come to realize that I don't revel in books where romance is not the central storyline. There was a mystery to be solved here which overshadowed the romance.

Kiri and Damien accidentally meet when she is kidnapped by smugglers she inadvertently discovered. Damien was using smugglers to supply his gaming establishment with the best in alcoholic beverages from France. Damien also works for a underground government intelligence organization. So
Barbara ★
I loved every minute of this book. Mac was to die for and Kiri was such a sweetie. This was forbidden love at it's finest. Kiri is a Duke's daughter and a mixed blood (English and Indian) while Mac is a bastard and a gaming club owner. Kiri is a little wild and hates the stuffy Englishmen who see her as inferior. When she meets Mac, she is instantly smitten but Mac knows that he is not the one for her. After all his former school mate, Adam Lawford is her brother and he knows Mac and Mac's ways. ...more
El argumento es interesante y creo que lo que más me ha gustado del libro es que la protagonista, lady Kiri Lawford, no es la típica dama inglesa - sumisa e inocente - que vive acatando las normas de la sociedad londinense. Sin embargo, también es un personaje casi perfecto (muy bella, muy buena en perfumes, muy segura de sí misma, muy buena en artes marciales, etc) que me ha hecho pensar si no estaré frente a una Mary Sue. Eso y el hecho de que muchas cosas se resolvían de forma tan conveniente ...more
Beth Johnson
Jun 15, 2015 Beth Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: hea, 2015-reads
This series is fun because not only does it deal with issues that used to be ignored in Regency romances, but Putney constantly reevaluates the concepts of honor and respectability. Women make their own choices sexually, birth control is a given, and everyone continues to play the game of "keeping up appearances" until caught. I wish the OTP would have been more honest -- why is it SO HARD to tell someone you love them, damn the consequences? Quit being all self-sacrificing for once! But the int ...more
May 09, 2011 Jackie rated it it was ok
Truly not up to Putney's usual standards, either in terms of character-development or in terms of crafting a believable, engaging plot. Lots of secrets about the hero's past are told to little effect -- we never really see how his past shaped the person he is today. And Lady Kiri was simply too out of period to be at all believable (perhaps if Putney had included more specific incidents from her upbringing, I might have bought it, but without...). The central plot conceit -- that Princess Charlo ...more
May 31, 2012 Virginia rated it liked it
When it comes to Regency Romances, I'm always a little torn. By nature of their setting and time period, the characters are rarely diverse. I mean, really, how much variety in terms of race and class can there be amongst the lords and ladies? However, when I do encounter characters of non-Anglo descent (eg: Indian, Chinese, etc), I am very leery of it being done poorly. They could be just like white characters - but with a tan or differently shaped eyes. That would annoy me, too.

Ah well. So it g
Aug 25, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Another page-turner from Mary Jo Putney.

Back to the Lost Lords, those boys from the Westerfield Academy, this time we meet Damian Mackenzie, the bastard half-brother of Lord Masterton. He's made a living for himself running a gambling establishment in London. He's off to pick up smuggled goods for his business. But then he meets

Lady Kiri Lawford who needs help immediately. Damian's chivalrous instincts rise to the fore and the two escape away into the night.

More complications lead to the two of
Sep 18, 2015 Sharyn rated it really liked it
And now I have reread it again!! I really like this series and am plowing through it, apparently for the 3rd time This is an edit of my last review from October 2013!.I am rereading the "Lost Lords" series, after reading the newest one. I really like the story line, a 1/2 Indian sister of a Duke Becomes embroiled in a spy conspiracy to kill the Royal Family. Princess Charlotte is a character, as are the other Lost Lords. Damien MacKenzie is part of the Lost Lords, though he is a bastard whose b ...more
Contrived With a Capital "C"

Lady Kiri Lawford runs into the night from a house party after hearing her hostess talk disparagingly of herself and her mother. She blindingly runs into smugglers in her haste and they kidnap her. After Kiri is chained to a wall, a new visitor enters the cave where the kidnappers are holding her. He offers to ransom her. Kiri does not know if this man is to be friend or foe.

Damien MacKenzie is the owner of a gentlemen's club and he is at the cave to bargain with the
Heroes & Heartbreakers
Mary Jo Putney continues her Lost Lords series with Nowhere Near Respectable. In it, Mackenzie and Lady Kiri foil the attempted kidnapping of the teenaged Princess Charlotte and then work with a larger group to foil the larger plot to kill most of the Royal Family.

There's an interesting bit of role-reversal going on here. Lady Kiri is a Regency kick-ass heroine. She's the daughter of an English duke and an Indian princess and trained in hand-to-hand combat. She's not your usual English miss and
Jan 17, 2015 Poschina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kiri è una bellerrima mezzosangue angloindiana. Due meravigliosi occhi, immagino un bel corpicino e un carattere combattivo ed orgoglioso. Fino a qui nulla di nuovo sotto il sole. Scappa dalla magione multisterlinaria di un tizio che se la voleva sposare solo per il patrimonio e finisce tra le grinfie di alcuni contrabbandieri che, inspiegabilmente, non la stuprano, rapinano, ammazzano, sfruttano…. no. Si limitano a tenerla prigioniera e a non riempirla di botte quando lei li prende letteralment ...more
I think this was my favorite book out of the series so far. This book was not like most of the historical romance books I have read. It was a mystery/romance book all in one nice little package. Without ruining the book for other readers, the main characters Kiri and Mac were delightful. Kiri, or Lady Ashton, knew how to use a type of martial arts to bring down bad guys. Mac went to school with Kiri's brother and kept placing in Kiri in the off-limit category. Kiri and Mac teamed up to solve a m ...more
I literally could not get past page 125. This book just did not do it for me. Firstly, the story is too unbelievable. The plot was too mysterious with not enough romance and the characters Kiri and Mac barely had any chemistry. Kiri was too perfect and Mac was just not likeable enough. This story may have been better suited for a contemporary 2014 drama novel but it doesn't fit the historical genre. This was my first book by Putney and I'm sad to say it may be the last.
May 17, 2016 Tina rated it it was ok
In theory, this book should have hit all my areas of interest: a "kickass" and diverse heroine, a hero with an atypical flaw (he hates the sight of blood, especially his own, which causes him to faint), strong bonds between siblings, spies, gambling, smuggling, the heroine saves the hero... But it all just fell utterly flat. The more perfect Kiri was, the more I actively disliked her. Mac was fine, I suppose, is occasionally annoying with his "Kiri is so perfect! And beeyootiful!" thoughts and c ...more
3.7 Stars. Public Library 7/7/14. This is the third book in the series but I don't think it matters and it can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed the book although the H and h are not traditional. As I've not read the other books I don't know if this is typical of Ms. Putney or atypical. If I had to guess I'd say all of her characters probably have an air of adventure and trouble. I would've liked more at the end but you will probably see them in her other books.

Lady Kiri has one foot in two wo
May 12, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
This was the first of Mary Jo Putney that I've read. One of the many free reads I picked up from the RT convention this year. I loved that the heroine in this story lived outside the bounds of society. I realize that it probably didn't happen often in real life, but this is fiction people... so why not? The hero is flawed and charming. I really did enjoy this.
Jul 17, 2011 TJ rated it it was ok
For those who prefer titillation to intelligence, this will do. 2.5/5.0

For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online at: - May 2011 issue.
Dec 15, 2014 Viccy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Another improbable but wholly enjoyable Regency romp by Mary Jo Putney. Lady Kiri Lawford is not the prime and proper English woman she wants to be. Daughter of a Hindu princess and an English general, now deceased, Kiri is the step-daughter of General Lord Ashford and sister to the Duke of Ashford. Damien Mackenzie is trouble with a capital T, illegitimate son of a duke and half brother to an officer serving in the British army. He runs a gentleman's gambling club, not at all respectable. But, ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library
This enjoyable series continues to deliver with the story of Kiri and Damian. She is the half English/half Indian sister of the Duke Of Ashton from the first book, he is the illegitimate brother of Will a friend of Ashton and I'm sure one of the Lost Lords to come. Both Kiri and Damian know what it's like to be looked down upon and to be on the fringes of "polite" society.

Kiri comes upon smugglers who capture her and Damian undercover as a buyer rescues her. The attraction is instant and so is
I never thought I would say this about a book by MJP but it was too boring to finish. :(
Viridiana Ivashkov
Primer libro que leo de esta autora y me gustó muchísimo. Mary chica deberías darle unas clases de lo que es escribir romance histórico a escritoras como Jude D.
Con un lenguaje bien cuidado, situaciones llenas de intriga y acción es una lectura bastante amena. Lady Kiri es una protagonista de armas tomar aunque demasiado independiente y audaz para sus tiempos. Aunque debo decir se nota el esmero de Mary Jo Putney por describirte una Inglaterra del siglo XIX y el toque de creatividad al insertar
Rachel Rogers
May 06, 2016 Rachel Rogers rated it really liked it
Putney seems to have a slightly different approach to Regency romance that's very refreshing. I can't put my finger on what that difference is, but I've read 2 of her books and had a hard time putting them down. The women are strong and capable; the men honorable and brave; the villains ruthless, but that doesn't distinguish her books from those of her peers. Regardless, after reading about Will Masterson a few days ago I was delighted to find the story of his brother and ultimate wife, Kiri in ...more
Aunque el protagónico masculino ha sido de mis favoritos en lo que va de la serie, la novela en sí me pareció aburrida y hasta cierto punto predecible.

¿Por qué aburrida? Porque pasan muy pocas cosas y esas pocas son muy iguales entre sí lo que resultó tediosa a pesar de que en algunas partes Damian Mackenzie es sencillamente delicioso; eso y el final romántico son lo único que salva a este libro de puntuarlo con 2 estrellitas.

Pero ojo, no está mal, es solo que los otros libros de la serie me ha
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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
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