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Uncommon Vows

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,127 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Lady Meriel de Vere had deceived Adrian, Earl of Shropshire. Standing in the royal forest, her falcon perched on her arm, she boldly claimed to be a Welsh commoner, not a noble Norman. Lord Adrian beheld in wonder her raven-black hair and defiant blue eyes, heard her lies, and felt a dark, primeval passion rob him of all reason.

In one irrevocable move of fate, he ordered t
Paperback, First Signet Printing, 384 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Signet (first published 1991)
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Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like dark, angsty reads
This book may well be my favorite of all of MJP's books for a variety of reasons. First of all, never has her writing been more clear and poetical than in this book. She uses more visual metaphors than usual, especially because of the unique nature of the hero and the simpler time setting (this is MJP's only medieval). I am not a big fan of the medieval period and I know that MJP isn't either but she felt that that the medieval period was the right setting for the tormented hero and the dark lov ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Usually with a Mary Jo Putney novel I can't put it down. It's one of those books that you think you're going to read a few chapters of before bed and then it's morning and it's time to get up and the couple chapters had turned into the whole novel. Unfortunately with this book that was not the case.

If I was religious it probably wouldn't have been that bad for me, but since I'm not it felt like I was kind of reading a warped version of the bible. Ho
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If MJP's capable of this calibre, she should turn out more timeless medievals (my fav setting). I wish she'd write sequels for Alan & Richard someday. UV's catapulted to my Top-5 All-time Fav list. It's v. easy to luv magnetic Adrian & fall for his heartfelt devotion to Meriel. I'm always drawn to amnesia theme & gloomy angsty roller-coaster luv-stories. Despite my initial misgiving that the plot seemed too thin & Meriel's gesture was over-dramatic - in choosing death over being ...more
Regan Walker
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 and 1/2 Stars! - A Worthy Tale from 12th Century England

Not many readers of historical romance may know that Mary Jo Putney wrote a medieval, but she did, and this is it! Set in 1143, when England was torn apart by the war between King Stephen and Matilda, King Henry I’s only legitimate heir, it tells the story of Lady Meriel de Vere, a high spirited young woman who loves riding fast and training her falcon. Convent raised, she is considering taking the veil until a vision of a mounted knight
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
As much as it hurts me to give up on this book, especially after so many good reviews, I just can't force myself to read any further. I made it half way, page 195, but that is all I am willing to be put through.

Meriel (h) thought she was ment to become a nun and during her time as a novice she met a man who made her question what she thought she knew all of these years. Once her eyes were open to what she really wants she leaves the Abby to live with her brother. One day while out for the day wi
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This book was intense because of Adrian's fixation on Meriel. I found it incredibly well-written but with a strong emotional draw. Probably one of my all-time favorites by Mary Jo Putney.
I have to start by saying that I am not too wild about reading medieval romances. It is hard to convey what people went through in those days and not gloss it over. If it is realistic in nature, women are portrayed as little more than personal property and men come across as brutish and coarse. Putney manages to write her only medieval story with a twist.

It begins with fifteen year old Adrian de Lancey, an aristocrat's son, anticipating his monk’s vows until he learns his family has been slaught
I thought this book gave a unique spin to the 'obsessed hero captures heroine' genre.

Hero was a youngest son, destined to be a monk when his family was slaughtered. Now the eldest, he felt obligated to leave the monastery and take up his title/lands and avenge his family. The h was also a younger child and had also considered the religious life before deciding it was not for her. I'm normally not a huge fan of religion in my romance, but I think it was true to the times. The church was very pow

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I can't put my finger on it, but there was something off about the writing. Things were too black and white, the writing seemed ill at ease and maladroit, if that makes sense, like it was the author's first attempt at writing a book. With more skilled writing this book might have worked- needed a more subtle way of showing Adrian's conflicting characters of light and darkness. Too much tell and no show and that in an awkward, self-conscious way. Two bouts of amnesia was pretty ridicu
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites by MJP. Lots of angst and desparate love which is my favorite type of romance even if I also enjoy lighter reads. I no longer read many medieval romances because after nearly 20 years of research into the medieval period I get pretty picky about authenticity. This one does a pretty good job at keeping the details correct while also adding in the love story.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that I honestly do not know how to rated it. I was between 2 and 3 stars in the end I settled to give it 2.5 stars.
Warning it will contain a few spoilers!

The story is about a noble woman named Meriel who finds herself imprisoned by Earl Adrian Lancy because he falls in love with her at first sight.

Yeah I know totally corny but bear with me

So after wanting to throw the book away I keep reading and the obsessions of Adrian to subdue her are so intense that make Merie
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For the past nine years, when I retired from writing, I've been catching up on my reading without pause. Several of the authors I had never heard of and were recommended to me; others I knew their name but had never read anything by them.

I feel blessed to not only know Mary Jo, but to have had the opportunity to chat with her at various writers' conferences. I thought I'd read every book she'd written. And then I was handed this book. I was thrilled and knew before I even started it that I would
Jane Stewart
Enjoyable romance novel, although I was annoyed with the heroine.

The first part of the book was the best. I was eager to keep reading to see what would happen. There were also a few humorous lines. But later in the book, I wasn't as drawn in. I was annoyed with the heroine for traveling alone in the forest. She was told and knew that it was dangerous for a woman to travel alone. Both times she did this she ended up being kidnapped. She was offered an escort the first time, but refused it. The se
Serban Georgiana
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nu stiu de ce ,dar aceasta carte este foarte asemanatoare cu cele scrise de Johanna Lindsey .Poate ca acesta era trendul la inceputul anilor 90,cert este ca este o premiera pentru mine sa citesc o carte scrisa de Mary Jo Putney in care protagonista este supusa unui astfel de "tratament barbar".
Ca de fiecare data,autoarea prezinta o poveste de dragoste complicata si reuseste sa tina cititorul cu sufleteul la gura.
Tensiunea si suspansul acestei carti este mentinuta nu numai de situatia complicata
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Wow, this is the best book I've read in ages. I've been struggling to even finish any books for the last few months, being in a real rut, and this one made me realise why I've been continuing on in hope. I couldn't put it down. Definitely, for me, a keeper! I loved the way the author really made me feel like I was in the time period. So many historical books these days are wallpaper - that doesn't necessarily mean they are bad, but books such as this where you know from the writing where and whe ...more
Lady Raven RAVE!
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first time reading a MJP book and it was worth it, i love the story and the begin for me was turly wonderful even though Adrain has his moments he was the nicest hero i have read in a while meaning really nice and Meriel was a wonderful person to get to know..

I really enjoy it because i don't really take to many new authors(meaning authors i have never read before) because sometimes you get their books that are not really up there and it makes you not want to read any more of their books, get
Oh bummer, I really tried to like this book! But it dragged on and on.The conversations sounded modern and not at all medieval. I couldn't get into Meriel and Adrian! There was something missing!! Plus after a while it began to sound like some religious tome to me. Not that there's anything wrong with religious tomes....but when I'm reading a romance novel I'd rather not feel I'm being preached on. 1 star because the concept was awesome. It was only in the execution that the book failed. :/
Carol Storm
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the research and the atmosphere of this action-packed Medieval romance -- but the hero was just too creepy with his religious mania and his constant stalking!
Nov 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: soft-copy, 1-star
It was long and boring and the same thoughts from the characters were repeated over and over again through out the book. I just started skipping pages and I was still able to understand the ending.
slow,boring,religious story and a annoying 200 pages...
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an oldie that is very different from most books I enjoy. It's a little slower in some parts but I love how intense Adrian is from the very beginning. He falls madly in love with Meriel at first sight and from that point he knows he should let her go but he just can't bear to. That's the sort of love we all love to read about but so rarely get. He finally understood that to truly have her he had to let her be free and only then was she able to really separate her captor from her love. I j ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Alpha hero obsessed with heroine. Medieval setting. Well-written, MJP portrays his obsesson and his dilemmas over it very well.
Some people may squirm at his taking advantage of her vulnerability when she is injured. I think MJP could have justifiably have been classified in the bodice ripper category if she weren't contemporary.
Mary Joseph-Alvarado

Good storyline with characters that are believable. Historical research good and character development understandable plot lines. your really hate earl Guy and although you can see the dark side of Adrian you also understand his struggle to be a good men and to serve his.God and his people under his charge.
Jessica Potts
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
The visual imagery was good. However, the romance scenes were not strong enough. Adrian's devotion to Merial was touching, but not well supported in the beginning. I guess it was amlove at first sight thing for him. I prefer a little more depth behind the romance.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
K. Amazing book, great tormented hero, with good and evenly inside him, and an equally compelling, interesting and properly likeable heroine.
Brian Almquist
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting characters and settings ruined by some of the worst romance tropes, esp. an amnesia plot.
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Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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Linda Hays-Gibbs
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Uncommon Vows
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Genre: Historical Romance
Review Rating: Five Stars
Reviewer: Linda Hays-Gibbs
What an outstanding romance from the dark ages. I couldn't stop till I devoured the whole thing. I love Mrs. Putney's work and she did not disappoint.
It's hard to write romantically about the dark ages. Most of the men had to be brutes to survive and women were not treated well. This story does the impossible. It takes two people in a savage age and land and makes them real pe
The first historical medieval romance where the hero isn't this giant neanderthal, instead, he's described as a lithe 'monk like' demeanor which for me at the time I read this, seemed like a new thing to me. Loved how devious Adrian was at first and the means he used to keep the heroine... I dunno, but those types of tropes, where the hero falls for the heroine but his love isn't reciprocated is one of my favourite. There isn't much that hasn't been said about this book, but this is mainly for m ...more
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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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