Not Quite a Wife
Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent. . .except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.
Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violen...more
This, the sixth book in Ms Putney’s Lost Lords series tells the story of a couple who have been estranged for over a decade. I’m a sucker for a good second-chance romance, so this book seemed as though it would be right up my alley – and while it did tick a few of my favourite boxes, there are some really big flaws that I found it impossible to ignore, and which kept pullin ...more
The author gives notes after the Epilogue which detail some factual events &/or social concerns of the time; these notes are short but helpful.
One thing, not included in the notes, that struck me about the heroine and her ...more
This latest effort though didn't make the cut. I bought into the idea of the couple marrying too young, before they knew one each other well, but the heroine's actions at the end of the novel made me roll my eyes and want to toss it. Maybe it's just me, because other readers liked it.
Author: Mary Jo Putney
First published: 2014
Length: 4040 locations
Setting: Bristol and London, ~1814.
Sex: Infrequent, reasonably explicit.
Hero: Master Spy.
Heroine: Sister to a friend, works as a nurse, runs a refuge for battered women.
Includes: Excerpt from Not Always a Saint.
I've recently read another book where the couple had a long separation before reconciling. Their marriage died a long death but they were adult and mat ...more
A decade later, James ...more
The rescued mixed race lady's maid was very underdeveloped as a subplot. She seemed like a cardboard cutout and was represented rather simplistically for someone who formed a major plot point. Her secondary romance seemed like squeezing water out of rocks and you just wanted to get back to ...more
Really, though, what killed me was the fact that they're back together because Laurel has sex with Kirkla ...more
Laurel was annoying, I didn't care much for her or her reasoning.
Kirkland surprised me, a spymaster, capable of killing barehanded, yet did not try to keep his wife or fight for her, even ten years later it was circumstances and not their own wishes that brought them together.
And then the whole thing almost happened again.
I was also a bit annoyed at Daniel, Laurel's brother, he was supposed to be Kirkland's best friend, yet when his sister walked away he stopped be ...more
A lot of Putney's books start with some action, but this one starts with our hero falling ill, gettin ...more
If only she can only get past the fact that her husband is...da da dum...a murderer who did the dastardly deed on their honeymoon. She's advised to become more physically intimate with him to help her get around this "problem" and help her reconcile their marriage. What a gigantic bowl of crazysauce!!
Let's forget about the fact that in reality her husband works for the government as a "spy" of sorts so it wasn't really murder and during the course of the story her husband kill ...more
Married when they were quite young, Laurel Herbert and James Kirkland separated and have been living their own lives for the past 10 years. That is until James is brought into Laurel's infirmary one day. Having been beat up and in the midst of a fever, James thinks he is dreaming of being intimate with his wife. That is until a month later Laurel informs James that she is pregnant.
Having lost his wife once, James will do anything in his power to get his wi ...more
so we've got our 'heroine' who is estranged from her husband. ok. sounds interesting. until you find out why.
laurel left her husband, Lord Kirkland, 10 years ago in fear of her life. He reappears after he is brutally mugged during a bout of malaria. laurel nurses him back to health only to discover he intends to reconcile.
All sounds good. until the heroine starts talking. she's afraid for her life because she sees Kirkland kill someone in front of her. A rival spy a ...more
It was a predictable book where you knew Laurel would have her own taste of violence to even the scales so to speak.
At least we get updates on some of the previous couples from the earlier books. Sadly, Lady Agnes doesn't make an appearance nor does Will McKenzie. Is he up next for his own book?
It is very well written, the plot is well built the characters are believable and likeable. I didn't love Laurel, she was annoying and immature, she judged her husband negatively without trying to think that he couldn't act differently. James instead is loyal, kind and sweet, thanks to him, the story was more pleasant
Not Quite a Wife is book six in the Lost Lords series featuring six (so far) rather unconventional British gentlemen (most of them lords, to justify the title) who attended the Westerfield Academy, a school for boys of "good breeding and bad behavior." Kirkland, the hero of this book, appears in all the first five books to one degree or another, and I've been eagerly waiting for his book. He's a complicated man with a lot of pain in his pas ...more
Almost a decade later and Laurel has set up house with her brother who has studied to become a doctor. She also ...more
I reflected on two words after I finished reading Not Quite a Wife, the latest instalment in Mary Jo Putney's Lost Lords series: estrangement and separation. The idea of "estrangement" is particularly curious, because of the idea that something familiar and known to someone suddenly becomes treated as a stranger and alien. The secon ...more
Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney is my first read from the author. Book 6 in The Lost Lords series, Not Quite a Wife’s title reminded me of Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas and I expected something similar to that when I requested for the title on Netgalley. And though the story didn’t deliver the exact sort of tale that I was expecting and I found myself a tad bit disappointed in the story, there were aspects to it that worked for me that kept the pag ...more
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 ...more
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