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Sometimes a Rogue

(The Lost Lords #5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,545 ratings  ·  253 reviews
"Putney's reputation as one of the finest writers of Regency romance is well deserved. She never shies away from different plots or atypical characters and writes wildly exciting adventure romances. She's done it all again in the marvelous, emotional and thrilling fifth book in the Lost Lords series." --RT Book Reviews on Sometimes a Rogue Top Pick

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Mass Market Paperback, 415 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Zebra
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
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One of my all-time favorite books is Mary Jo Putney's The Rake, which had a startling amount of brilliant characterization, to the extent of subtly overshadowing the prose, plot, and dialogue. This one is no different. Perhaps it is easier to simply say that Putney is one of the finest historical romance authors ever, able to instill such ingenuity and sentiments into her characters to make them immensely likable, but more importantly, u
Aug 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
I cannot believe that putney wrote this. I managed to read half of the book before tossing it aside in disgust. The story is just so shallow. There is no depth, no pause, no introspection. It just lurches from one event to another. Even discovering something as huge as an illegitimate child is given a cursory treatment. The lead couple do not slow down and think what it means, there are zero emotions - oh! I have a child, ok, she will stay with me., lets move on to the next plot twist. As a read ...more
Margaret Sholders
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book. I love to read Mary Jo's books and my shelves show it. It took me a bit to shuffle the characters around in my head. After I got them in place the action took off. Sarah took the place of her pregnant twin Mariah in a kidnapping plot. Rob, a Bow Street Runner, followed her to Ireland to rescue her. After fleeing across Ireland, sailing back to England in a storm and wrecking on shore life becomes progressively crazier. Rob gets news he doesn't like. Sarah doesn't want ...more
H.M. Gooden
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable historical romance with mystery, spies and women who are more than capable of holding off a bad guy.
Mrs Giggles
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
It has been four years since Mary Jo Putney started her The Lost Lords series, but it is still a bit of a culture shock to read Sometimes A Rogue and marvel at the direction the author has taken with this series. Where she was once better known for rich internal conflicts, the author is now moving towards more action-driven romance where characterization takes a back seat. The problem with this direction is evident all over this book.

First, the plot. Sarah Clarke-Townsend is the twin sister of M
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sarah is a twin and wants adventure. Rob is a Runner and good at adventure. He saves her from people, finds out he's an Earl, they get married, etc. etc. For all the stuff that happens, it's all very boring and flat.

1. My biggest issue with this book was the sheer laziness of the characterization and plot. So much information is left out of the narrative until it's important, which makes everything feel oh-so-handy and easy. Rob doesn't know how to run an estate? Sarah was raised like a boy! The
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? It was perfect! I loved every part of it. Sometimes a Rogue was a brilliant historical romance, a truly enjoyable read.

Sarah was a very strong heroine. It was immediately evident, with her determination to protect her sister. And, it didn't end there as she faced abduction, a treacherous road back home, and a stood up to anyone in her way. I thought she was very likable and a wonderful character.

Rob was a hero with a dark past that became a good man despite it. He
Sheryl Pittman
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness - this was the best historical romance ever. This is my first experience with Mary Jo Putney. I can't wait to read more. I was in love with the novel from the first paragraph to the very end...
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, historical, romance
Weirdly juvenile and unpolished, considering MJP is a Regency veteran who I know can do better. I was looking forward to Rob Carmichael's story, but it was way less interesting than I expected. Oh well.
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Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
So very boring. It's as passionate as dry toast--zero tension.
Kate McMurry
Exciting Regency romance, #5 in the wonderful "Lost Lords" series

Sarah Clarke-Townsend is the identical twin sister of Mariah, the Duchess of Ashton. They've recently discovered each other after being separated for decades due to their father's abandoning their mother and Sarah and taking Mariah away with him when the twins were toddlers. While Sarah is visiting with Mariah, who is in the last stages of her first pregnancy and due to deliver at any moment, the two of them go alone on an early mo
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book starts out with a lot of stuff going on. A childbirth emergency, an abduction, a heroic rescue, a storm at sea, a shipwreck, an unexpected inheritance, a long-lost love child. Then there's a lot of housekeeping. A lot of housekeeping. There's a wedding. More housekeeping. The hero and heroine have an Oprah-style heart to heart about the psychological baggage they each carry from childhood that prevents them from fully giving their hearts to each other. More housekeeping. Finally, in th ...more
I've given this a C for narration and C- for content at AudioGals.

Last year, I read the sixth book in Ms Putney’s Lost Lords series, and was terribly disappointed in the weakness of the writing and storytelling – I gave it a C- at AAR. But I’ve listened to one or two of the earlier books in the series, so when Sometimes a Rogue (book five) came up for review, I thought I’d give it a go in the hope that Not Quite a Wifehad been a freak dud.

Sadly, that wasn’t the case, because Sometimes a Rogu
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
Sometimes a Rogue (Sometimes a Hero) by Mary Jo Putney is a wonderful historic romance novel.

It's actually more like two stories. The first story is about how Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend gets kidnapped and how Rob Carmichael goes to rescue her as Bow Street Runner and Sarah's sister's husband's best friend.

When half a book is through starts another story. This is a story about how Rob finds out his the new Earl of Kellington and Sarah helps him come to terms with it and Rob finds it's convenient
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has it all--a fascinating gem of a read!

A dastardly kidnapping, a daring rescue alongsidetalks of love and the differences between honour and justice. The relationship between Lady Sarah Clarke-Townsend and Rob Carmichael, the Bow Street runner certainly starts with a jolt. Other nefarious deeds are waiting in the wings with the Irish fighters as central. Harrowing rides across Ireland is just the beginning.
The level of conversation between the Sarah and Rob is quite fascinating and not wha
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this a lot better than I did. This book is tedious. The ninny-heroine, Sarah, is happy to be kidnapped after she pretends to be her sister, Mariah, saving the pregnant Mariah from this dubious adventure. The Bow Street Runner hero, Rob, who rescues her, morphs into a newly-dubbed lord and the entire narrative goes downhill from there. Nothing much happens after that, except he tries to figure out how to be lordly, they marry out of friendship (but still lust for each other) and ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters in Sometimes a Rogue. I found them endearing and charming. Their romance was sweet and I enjoyed watching it slowly develop from friendship into love. Once I started reading it was hard to put it down until I finished it. Mary Jo Putney has a way of captivating my attention from the very first page.
I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of the books in the Lost Lords series, and now eagerly await Kirklands story which is set to come next. I also enjoyed catching up with some
Olga Godim
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
This historical romance starts with a bang. A young English noblewoman Sarah, twin sister of the Duchess of Ashton, is abducted by Irish rebels and smuggled to Ireland for the unknown but definitely nefarious reasons.
Roguish Rob Carmichael was born a younger son of an earl. Estranged from his family, he doesn’t want anything to do with his aristocratic heritage. Instead, he makes his living as a Bow Street Runner. Rob arrives at the estate of his school chum, the Duke of Ashton, to find the hou
Sep 13, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
I've loved some of this author's books before (I recommend "The Wild Child" and "Silk and Shadows"). This felt very paint-by-numbers to me.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Disclosure: I received the ARC through Netgalley. (Thank you to Mary Jo Putney, to Zebra and Kensington Books for accepting my request.) Yes, this is an honest review.

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Sarah Clarke-Townsend is staying with her sister, Mariah, the Duchess of Ashton as she nears the end of her confinement. Despite being separated by their feuding parents when they were little, Sarah loves her sister Mariah and yearns for the same adventure that her sister had. (Read Loving a Lost Lord .)

Be careful what you
Looking for an exceptional historical romance? A story of daring do? A story where people make the right choices for the right reasons? A story of adventure and love? Of creating family from what you are given? (No I am not going to say well read something else.. although I was tempted to just to play with your heads). Well Mary Jo Putney offers us all of this and more! This was my first Mary Jo Putney book and I promise it will not be my last!! I was captivated from the very beginning.

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Rating: 4.25 Stars

I found this book through the Kindle Unlimited program and was able to purchase the audio version for an excellent price as well. I vaguely remembered reading some of the other books in the Lost Lords series years ago, and like Ms. Putney’s writing style. I am so glad I discovered this excellent tale of friendship blossoming into true love.

Sarah Clark-Townsend willingly puts her life in danger to save her very pregnant sister from kidnappers, bend on spiriting he
Kate McMurray
Guys, this book has EVERYTHING. Some of the tropes included in this bonanza include (some spoilers):

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2.5 stars

The first half of this book was pretty darn good! The second half? I wanted to kill myself!!

I'm still scratching my head about the story/character development in "Sometimes a Rogue" . Although I felt that the writing in the opening chapters was something I'd read in fan-fiction with a juvenile sort of hint to it, Mary Jo Putney righted this ship and it took a surprising turn, blasting off with amazing kick and sterling potential. But just as the story was soaring and absolute joy fil
Chessela Helm
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah is no fading flower, and I loved her. I loved Rob, too. He hasn't had an easy time of life, but he cares about helping others, and it's rewarding to watch him finally realize he's worthy of Sarah. There is definitely high adventure, and while there are less appearances by other Lords it's fine because the story works so well.
What an oddly pragmatic couple.

This was my first attempt at Mary Jo Putney and I can’t tell if it’s just this book that I found oddly different to your “typical” historical romance or if this is how she normally writes her romance. Not to say it’s bad, just that it was different.

I found Rob and Sarah to be an extremely pragmatic couple, to the point where while I knew the reasons why they could like each other very much, there was little of the overwhelming sweeping romance that’s the norm of hi
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
A remarkably dull story, despite opening with a kidnapping and ending with a would-be foreign invasion. Bow Street Runner Rob Carmichael sets off after the mistakenly abducted Lady Sarah, rescues her from Ireland, then sails with her back to England, conveniently washing up on shore during a storm right by his ancestral home. His estrangement from his family meant he had no idea that his father and his brother had recently died, leaving him the heir to the earldom. Sarah's knowledge of estate ma ...more
Barbara ★
Each book in this series so far has been wonderful. Ms. Putney creates such wonderfully romantic, roguish heroes and also the perfect female to complement their strengths and weaknesses. Rob Carmichael and Sarah Clarke-Townsend were no different. Sarah, a duchess' sister with no more than average financial assets and a broken heart from the death of her fiancee. Rob, a Bow Street Runner from lofty originals but disinherited for being unique. When Sarah puts herself in danger to save her pregnant ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is number 5 but I only vaguely remember 1-4. Very fast read and some interesting history about England and Ireland. Wonderful Heroine, raised by her mother and Uncle with 4 male cousins, so she can fight and shoot and is very brave. Took a little too much time for the hero to realize he should marry her. Now I have to go back and reread the story of her twin! Now I only have one more to read and I am caught up!! I enjoyed this second (maybe 3rd) reread. I have loved Rob from the very beginn ...more
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary 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 Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very com

Other books in the series

The Lost Lords (7 books)
  • Loving a Lost Lord (Lost Lords, #1)
  • Never Less Than a Lady (Lost Lords, #2)
  • Nowhere Near Respectable (Lost Lords, #3)
  • No Longer a Gentleman (Lost Lords, #4)
  • Not Quite a Wife (Lost Lords, #6)
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