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Nowhere Near Respectable (The Lost Lords #3)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  2,460 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
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 ...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
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
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
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
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
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 ...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 ...more
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
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
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 ...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
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 ...more
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
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
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 ...more
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
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 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.
I never thought I would say this about a book by MJP but it was too boring to finish. :(
Jun 21, 2016 Mariana rated it really liked it
I'm reading all out of order but have enjoyed every book thus far.
Nov 28, 2016 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, e-book
The hero is illegitimate but recognized and loved by his older brother Will. The heroine is sister to the Duke of Ashton whose story started this series. Their father was English, their mother Hindu with royal blood. Damian and Kiri are each very interesting characters who don't fit cleanly into English society and it's expectations. She's quite intrepid for someone who looks innocent and fragile. For a bit I found her too forward but Damian put her into place with logic, not meanness and my ...more
You know how an author wants to make REALLY SURE that no one thinks that her depiction of a half Hindu, half English heiress is racist? So she goes out of her way to make her heroine really extra awesome and sparkly and "authentic" and have hidden depths due to her double heritage? And you know how that can look an awful lot like Orientalism?

This book makes so many attempts to reassure the reader that it is not Orientalist in the slightest, no sir, not a trace of Orientalism here...

Yeah. Not rec
Debra McEathron
Nov 12, 2016 Debra McEathron rated it it was amazing
This is a good series about the English and the spys that worked to save the monarchy.
Nov 12, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing
:-) I'm loving this series!
Yellow Rose
Aug 21, 2012 Yellow Rose rated it liked it
I loved the story line, I loved the writing, I loved the development between the heroine and hero. Some of you have put forth concerns that the story is unrealistic; yes, it is highly unlikely for a young lady at that time to be involved in fighting. However, in my opinion I think the author redeemed that and made it sound believable the main heroine is half-Indian and half-English, her father was a general she was raised surrounded by military men. So obviously, she has experienced more ...more
Lisa Jo
Sep 24, 2011 Lisa Jo rated it really liked it
Mary Jo Putney’s Nowhere Near Respectable is an exciting and intriguing historical journey. While the romance may be a little distracted...this novel is still an enjoyable read.

Lady Kiri Lawford is looking for an eligible bachelor to marry. When she overhears the family of her potential suitor saying disgusting things about her mixed blood, Kiri rides off into the night to escape. A short time later, a band of smugglers kidnaps her in the dead of night. Luckily Damian MacKenzie, gambling club ow
Sep 13, 2016 Cruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
"I love you truly, madly, and deeply, my sweet and indomitable lady"

Read as part of Putney's Lost Lord Bundle containing the first four books.

Plot: Lady Agnes Westerfield runs an "academy for boys of good birth and bad behaviour". As her "Lost Lords" enter Society they must deal with the problems that sent them to Westerfield in the first place, and finally come to terms with who they are, and what they want.
Nowhere Near Respectable: Lady Kiri was prepared to be a proper English gentlewoman, but
Apr 26, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nowhere Near Respectable by Mary Jo Putney
Historical Romance –April 26th 2011
4 stars

Nowhere Near Respectable is the third in the Lost Lords series. This was a fun, well-written read with deep characterization. Both main characters have a shady heritage - the heroine due to her mixed blood and the hero due to his illegitimacy. I liked how the author does not dwell on their backgrounds so much that it makes the story depressing but rather shows how they used these 'disadvantage' to become better
May Mostly Romance
Aug 27, 2013 May Mostly Romance rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
เลมนีเปนเลมสามในชุด The Lost Lords คะ แตไมใชเรืองของสมาชิกดังเดิมของแกงคนีหรอกนะคะ ตามทีคนเขียนอธิบายเอาไว เดเมียน แมคเคนซีโผลเขามาในเรือง แลวกขโมยซีน จนทำใหคนแตงตองเขียนเรืองของเขาออกมาในทีสุด

เดเมียน แมคเคนซี หรือแมคเปนลูกนอกกฎหมาย แตความสัมพันธอันแนบแนนทีเขามีกับพีชายวิล ลอรดมาสเตอรสัน ทำใหแมคกลายเปนสวนหนึงในกลุมเพือนเกาจากโรงเรียนสำหรับเดกที "มีชาติกำเนิดดี แตพฤติกรรมแย" อันทีจริงแมคคือเหตุผลทีวิลไมไดเขาเรียนในอีตัน หรือฮารโรว เพราะวิลปฏิเสธทีจะไปโรงเรียน หากแมคไมติดตามเขาไปดวย ดังนันพอของพว
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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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