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Not Always a Saint

(The Lost Lords #7)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,380 ratings  ·  294 reviews
After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind, he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards.

Most men would be thrilled to learn they've inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is app
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Zebra (first published April 28th 2015)
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Juliana Philippa
The hero was promising. The heroine was promising. But together they just did not work for me.

The "instant lust" almost never works for me and that was DEFINITELY the case here. As I wrote in one of my status updates: "Lightning keeps shattering when he looks at her. Enough with the thunderstorm!!" The constant taking-breath-away and electrocution really got on my nerves.

I also felt like Putney threw in way too many twist and turns. Jessie was an overdone onion - layer after layer after layer
Janet Robel
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful love story for readers who like their romance on the tamer side. Charming characters make this book come alive. As part of The Lost Lords series, it is not necessary to read the others but far more enjoyable if you do. It's nice to have a heroine who is not an innocent miss and can hold her own. Perfect book to savor with no big mysteries here. Be sure to add this author to your summer reading list. ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sigh. This book was very, very boring. And sort of generic. And...did Mary Jo Putney suddenly find Jesus? Not that that's a problem, but the last couple of her books have started to feel almost inspirational and it's just not for me. This book was just...cheesy. It's almost impossible for me to comprehend that this is the same writer who gave me The Rake. I didn't hate this like I did the last book in this series, but it was just so utterly forgettable with utterly forgettable characters and...s ...more
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Mary Jo Putney has a gift for making even the most unlikely or incredible situations believable through the very real emotions her characters feel. In Not Always a Saint, Jessie’s past holds far more than her fair share of troubles, but I easily connected with her and even more with Dr. Daniel Herbert, now Lord Romayne – who may not always be a saint but is always a good, kind, and honorable man.

The book pulled me in from the very first scene, in which a battered, bleeding, half-strangled woman
Jen Davis
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Mary Jo Putney, and I guess I am overdue when you consider the fact that I am a historical romance fan and she has written something close to a hundred books in the genre. Obviously, she is doing something right. I didn’t love this one, though I liked it ok. It didn’t move me, but I didn’t have to force myself to finish or anything like that.

This is the 7th book in The Lost Lords series, though it holds up fine as a standalone. The hero is Daniel, a doctor and surgeon co
Nov 25, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF at 15%
The writing felt so stilted and off, which is so odd for a Putney novel, if I hadn't read and loved so many of her other books I would have assumed this is a debut author who has yet to find her voice.

Can anyone give me a reason to give this book another shot? Does it get better after a plodding beginning?
Rose Blue
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Since Daniel Herbert lost his young love, Rose, before they could ever marry, he has dedicated his life to being a doctor and helping people. He's a serious man (also a vicar) and isn't the least bit frivolous. When he unexpectedly inherits a barony, instead of being overjoyed, he's unhappy with the burden, as it will take away from his life's calling. He decides that he needs to find a wife, one who can help run his estate, leaving him time to focus on being a doctor and establishing clinics wh ...more
Kathie (katmom)
Happy Release Day!!!

This is the 7th book in the Lost Lords Series. I've only read the 6th...and loved it. I enjoyed this one even more.

I liked Daniel a lot. He's a vicar, he's a surgeon, he's a healer...and now he's a lord. This last isn't something he's ever wanted. It seems like it will take a lot of time from his vocation of doctor. He begins to see some hope in the title when his brother-in-law (Lord Kirkland from the last book) mentions all the good his newly acquired wealth can do. But...h
Diane Peterson
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This latest installment from Putney's well-established Lost Lords series offers another solid romance. Our hero, Daniel Herbert, is a very decent guy. He lost his fiancee when younger so he has compensated by devoting himself to medicine. The book begins when the hero and heroine have a brief encounter. They meet again later after Daniel learns that he has inherited a title and estate. Overwhelmed by new responsibilities he confronts the need to take a new direction, such as marrying and produci ...more
Olga Godim
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
That was an enjoyable read, set in regency England, although the timing doesn’t play an important role in the story. In fact, it’s unrecognizable. No details except the subtitles under the chapter headings suggest the era. The events of the plot could’ve happened any time during the 19th century.
Daniel, the protagonist, is a doctor. Recently, he inherited a few profitable estates and a title from his suddenly deceased cousin. He doesn’t want to abandon medicine – healing people is his vocation
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
First, I fully acknowledge that the plot and all its twists and turns are ridiculous. Worthy of several seasons of soap operas.

However, at the heart of it are two good and kind people that I enjoyed and cared for and thoroughly liked reading.
Adria's Musings
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review.

I’m not sure what went wrong with this book because up until now I’ve enjoyed this series by Mary Jo Putney so Not Always a Saint was a bit of a letdown and to me seemed like it was part of a totally different series.

The plot revolves around Daniel Herbert, a doctor who still grieves for the woman he lost when he was in medical school. When Daniel inhe
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Seventh Book in The Lost Lords series is amazing!! Daniel is a Doctor and a Vicar who has just inherited a title and estates that he has no real interest in. His sister, Laurel, who is the heroine in "Not Quite A Wife" suggests he go to London for the little season to find a wife. Daniel is a honorable man who's passion is helping his fellow man not attending social functions, but he now has a responsibility to his tenants and his heritage to find a wife and take his place in the House of Lo ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Herbert had buried his grief in medical studies after the death of his childhood sweetheart whom he’d intended to marry. Basically, he’d closed off his heart and was passionate only for his medical studies which of course made him an exceptional doctor whom most who knew him viewed as a saint.

Unfortunately, when he learned that he’d inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, Daniel was less than overjoyed as the burden of wealth would interfere with his medical calling. Reluct
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

When I started this book I was unaware it was the seventh in a series. I think that even though it was clear there were some things I’d missed out on from previous books, and some characters I should already know, the author did a really good job of keeping this story separate from her others. So from that point of view I think it’s fine to read this one on its own.

This is a dark book in many ways. The heroine has had an endless life of abuse from three different men,
Elis Madison
I really appreciated the presentation of the hero as a Christian. Non-judgmental, not holier-than-thou, actually the kind of person a Christian SHOULD be. And I loved the take on prayer on page 86: "He couldn't pray for deliverance from his desires, because he didn't want to be free of them. But he could pray for the best possible outcome for himself and the woman who was fast becoming his obsession." This is not, per se, a Christian book, and the characters' faith is pretty incidental to the st ...more
Debra Elsner
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't read that many historical novels, but I still read Ms. PUtney's books. This is the next installment in The Lost Lords series. You don't read much about Doctors in the 1800's especially not ones who inherit a title and have to learn how to balance his lives. Jessie is a "black widow" who has survived 2 husbands and marries Daniel to protect her daughter from her late husband's nephew,who is trying to take over her fortune. ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-romance
I believe the problem with my favorite authors is their reliance on sequels which go on and on and on. A sequel implies an ending, this author has beat this series into the ground. Unappealing characters, a tired plot, and no end in sight.
BJ Rose
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I love the Lost Lord series, and enjoyed this one as well - just not as much as the others. This is really 3.5* but doesn't quite rise to 4* ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
We often think that virtue and beauty as things to aspire for -- that they are means towards a certain end.

We often see in romance novels that it is the hero who is in need of redemption, and, like Dante's Beatrice, it is the heroine who guides him towards salvation.

But, what if this wasn't the case? What if we flipped everything over its head?

This seems to be Mary Jo Putney's intention when she wrote Daniel and Jessie's story.

Daniel Herbert lost his one and only love to fever when he was a you
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
Perfect. Everything you want in a Regency romance.
Lassarina Aoibhell
The last book in the series, and packed with so much melodrama. Murder! Secret pasts! Schemes to steal inheritance! Planting seeds for a future series!

I didn't find either of the main characters especially likable, and once again with the fucking rape backstory. There are other ways to cause people trauma!

Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
[reviewed the paperback edition ] ...more
Sheila Melo
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wicked Woman Tempts Saintly Man

“I don’t belong with a man who is almost a saint!”
“I am no saint.”

FINAL DECISION: Complex, mature characters (and a woman with a shady past) enliven the story of two people who on the surface are completely wrong for one another and yet fit together perfectly. I love stories where the characters talk and manage their relationship as adults and this one fits the bill. Twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing as to what the ultimate outcome would be.

Sharon Tyler
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not Always a Saint is the seventh book in the historical romance series, The Lost Lords, by Mary Jo Putney. It is currently scheduled for release on August 25 2015. This is a book that can stand well on its own, but reading the previous books might give a better sense of some of the secondary characters. I have only read one of the previous books.

Daniel Herbert has spent most of his life focused on his medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as saintly by those who know him, he never
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I read this a few days ago and I've already forgotten most of what happened in this book. It was well written and put together nicely, but just underwhelming, I guess. Nothing like Mary Jo Putney's "The Rake" or the "Diabloical Baron" - those two were masterpieces, in my humble opinion!

Let's see.... so the hero's name is....(sorry about these ellipses...I'm trying to remember as I type)... Daniel and the heroine's name is Jessie (short for Jezebel). Daniel is a doctor who unexpectedly inher
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I have eagerly awaited since I turned the final page of Not Quite a Wife, and I am happy to report that it exceeded my expectations. Putney has indicated in the past that she finds the alpha/beta tags unsatisfactory, preferring to describe her heroes as “warrior poets.” Nevertheless, I suspect most readers will see Daniel as a beta hero. Regardless of labels, he is a rare hero, complex and likeable with a strong sense of honor, a compassionate heart, and a clear vocation in the f ...more
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

After losing beloved betrothed while he was away studying, Daniel Herbert spends his life attempting to help as many people as possible through his work in the medical field, regardless of ability to pay. Not much else matters to Daniel but his work and his sister, Laurel, who finally finds her true love. When Daniel inherits a barony after the entire line is wiped out, he begrudgingly takes on the title. The one thing he knows he must do, is find himself a wife who will be able to help him mana
Chessela Helm
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a tender story about a man who does the right thing and a woman who needs to meet a man like that. The background of their lives plays out well and their romance with each other moves along at the pace it needs to. We know less about Daniel than the other Lords (I would have preferred putting Will's story in this series and having a spinoff with people like Daniel), but he is a good character, and he learns to pull that stick out of his butt. Not the best in the LL series, but still ver ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jessie needs a husband quickly to keep the threat towards her daughter from happening. Daniel, a surgeon and newly a Baron, wants a wife so he can remain a surgeon and she can handle his estates. Will either get what they want?

I enjoyed this story. It can be read as a standalone but it is more fulfilling to read in order so you know the back story of the other characters in this story especially Laurel, his sister. I loved Dr. Daniel Herbert. He is so refreshingly honest about what he wants to d
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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)
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