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Once Dishonored

(Rogues Redeemed #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Bestselling author Mary Jo Putney's romantic Regency-set series features soldiers, spies--and the special redemption only love can bring . . .

A man who has lost his honor has nothing . . .

London, 1816. As a Royal Navy officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, has fought his share of battles on the high seas, followed by long years of imprisonment. But on this night, he'd
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Zebra
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A good story with well-written characters that I definitely enjoyed.

As I read this book, I realized that I really like when the main characters meet in the first chapter, just like in this story. We meet Kendra and Lucas in the first chapter, and we learn about the tragic events in their past. I liked these main characters straight away.

They are multi-dimensional and interesting. Lucas is a strong man, but not your typical imperious alpha male that romance now abounds. He is an excellent example
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Kendra has lost everything, her son, her marriage, her life, all because of a lie. Her husband only cared about her money and labelled her the black sheep of society. As a newly divorced women, ostracized by society, she much fight her way back to regain her honour and get back her son. With the help of a certain handsome Royal Navy officer, she is able to face her battles head strong and regain what she loves.

I really liked how well rounded the two main leads were. In most historical dramas, t
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Lucas Mandeville, Baron Foxton, served admirably as an officer in the Royal Navy, but that all ended when his ship was captured, and he was taken prisoner by the French. Given the fact that he broke his parole, his honor is now in question and his first attempt at braving a London ballroom isn’t going so well. Lucas would rather be anywhere else, in fact.

When a lovely lady enters the ball dressed all in black and bringing with her not so subtle whispers of scandal, Lucas comes to her aide by ask
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with this book. This was a pleasant read with very clear distinction between the good guys and the bad guys. It did feel that almost everyone was little too nice and that everything always turned out so well. But, maybe that's not a bad thing in the crazy world we live in today.
A question of honor!

All this should have made for a mezmerizing read and yet for me the electricity just wasn't there. The opening scene promised that. A strange woman sweeping into a ton ballroom dressed in black and for some reason the center of the ton's disdain. She's rescued by a gentleman of uncommon empathy.
What follows is a story of Revenge and Second Chances, with strong aspects of women in Abusive Marriages, and the problems surrounding divorce. Themes of friendship and education in 18
Safety warnings attached at the end.

This is my first book of the series and I felt it's fine read as a stand alone. You probably get more character introduction and death by reading the series in order though. I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything though.

This book, as you can probably guess from the title, is about two people who have lost their honor according to society. Our hero, Lucas, was an officer in the navy and a prisoner of war. The heroine, Kendra, is a scandalous divorcee
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was attracted to the book cover, which has a woman holding an epee. That looked promising, I thought.

It has been years since I have read a straight historical. This one really hit the spot. It is vintage Mary Jo Putney. It is outlandish, slightly over the top, and while set in the early 1800s in England, it is it's very own self. If you want a Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer type romance, this is not your book.

If, however, you want
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucas and Kendra could have their own soap opera show with the amount of baggage they each carried and I was positively hooked on what the final outcome would be! There’s a little bit of everything happening-reputations at stake, divorce law-fascinating business there, high society...the good, the bad, and definitely the ugly, a dashing bit of romance, a women’s fencing club! information merchants, and an extended family you’ll wish to have over for holiday dinners just to hear about their color ...more
Julie - One Book More
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed series, Once Dishonored is a story of redemption. Lucas has returned to London after years away. Struggling with a tarnished reputation, Lucas immediately connects to Kyla Douglas, a recently divorced woman whose reputation is even more sullied than Lucas’. When Lucas learns that the cause of her dishonor is her greedy and vicious ex-husband, he determines to help this vulnerable woman regain her reputation, her child, and her life. Will Lucas and Kyla resto ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Royal Navy officer Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra Douglas, former Lady Denshire, come together as two society outcasts. Lucas escaped French capture and is considered dishonorable for breaking terms of prisoner parole. Kendra is a divorcee, set up and accused by her husband of adultery. Lucas, disdained but accepted because of his title, agrees to help Kendra clear her name and restore her reputation so she can get her son back.

This is the fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed. It's helpf
Oct 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
Another wonderful story of courage, redemption, and of course love by Mary Jo Putney. I love The Rogues Redeemed Series. Mary Jo's stories glide along at a wonderful pace, her characters are first-rate. She knows how to pull the reader into her stories with action, adventure, and surprises that will leave you gasping and satisfied to the very end. Her love scenes are erotic and sensual without being crude or offensive. I have been reading her books for a long time and will always anticipate the ...more
Diane Peterson
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once Dishonored continues the Rogues Redeemed series from veteran romance author Mary Jo Putney. The series features strong, interesting women and a variety of situations. The hero and heroine of this book have both been dishonored in completely different ways. Kendra Douglas finds herself a social pariah after a sensational divorce and loss of her son, none of which was her fault. Lucas Mandeville, now Lord Foxton, has a complex past as a naval officer, military prisoner, assistant to a traveli ...more
Tracy Emro
Lucas Manderville, Baron Foxton is back from the dead and trying to reacclimate himself into society, but by escaping his parole while a prisoner of war has brought his honor into question and made him a bit of a pariah. He is floating on the edges of the ballroom when a beautiful woman in black arrives and the whispers start. Feeling a kinship to her, he asks her to dance and realizes that he knows her or rather knew her years ago when he was getting ready to ship out with the navy.

Kendra Dougl
Sophie Barnes
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A different sort of historical romance

I really enjoyed this one because of its originality. The characters had a lot of depth and worked extremely well together. Having a divorced heroine in a Regency romance is not a simple task to pull off and I think Mary Jo Putney did a remarkable job with it. The hero also had an intriguing background as an escaped POW. When the two meet and start working together, both find the trust and love they never believed could be theirs. A wonderful story of fighti
2020 bk 308. Mary Jo Putney continues her series of survivors of the Napoleonic wars and her crusade to explain how bad the lives of women were in that time period. With few legal rights, a woman was at the mercy of her husband, and when that husband was a terror. This is the story of Kendra who seeks to have her son restored to her and her name cleared. Lucas Mandville is trying to clear his name and find his place now that he has returned to England. This novel ties together so many threads an ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I decided to have a quick glance at the first chapter of this book at bedtime and I was still reading three hours later! Literally couldn’t put it down and I was instantly engaged in both the hero and heroine’s lives. They are both considered ‘dishonoured’, and although this takes a different form for each of them, their shared experiences and feelings of being outside society draw them to each other. I loved the way they battled each other’s enemies and stood up for one another, and it is alway ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Poor Kendra is a shunned woman, she is divorced and her husband made her out to be an adulteress. Kendra is stubborn and shows up to party for the ton. While there she almost turns to fell but Lucas saves her.. He is not comfortable with the ton either an after hearing her story, he and his friends decide to assist and while at each getting a chance at happiness, which they both truly deserve
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Perfect escapism. I loved every page.
Cathy Geha
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney
The Rogues Redeemed #5

This book resonated and educated all in one story. I loved the idea of two people coming together that had both experienced situations that gave them insight into how the other was thinking and feeling. The two were mature, insightful, caring, and wise. They came together over a cause that gave them both purpose and achieved the goal they set out to achieve…and in the process they found affection, friendship, and abiding love.

What I liked:
LianaReads blog
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of the author's books and this is one of those stories that made me fall in love all over again with historical romance.
It's hard to believe that in regency era , a woman was allowed to divorce but it happened and we get a happily ever after with this one.
I enjoyed their banter, their friendship and romance, the slow burn and acceptance as who they are as they both had a rough past that didn't define them.
It's a more unusual setting but if you love historical romance , give it a
Juliana Sandis
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Nothing like meeting a new author and becoming addicted, right? How had I not read anything by Mary before ??
Once dishonored brings us a story about injustices, about the search for truth, about friendship, love, loyalty and about redemption too.

Our protagonists will be united by something in common: they have been banned from English society. Her, because she was accused of cheating on her husband and went through a divorce (super scandalous for the time!) And him, for being a navy veteran cons
Norah Gibbons
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is the fifth book her Rogues Redeemed Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I do recommend reading at a minimum book four as the hero of this book features prominently in that one. Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton and Kendra Douglas, formerly Lady Denshire, first met during her first season, but she was looking for a husband and he was heading off to a career in the navy, so w ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is an excellent historical romance that is the fifth book in the series titled Rogues Redeemed.

I have to admit that I have not read any books by Ms. Putney before, but this book has definitely made me a fan. I have not read any of the previous books in this series and I was easily able to follow along, however with some of the characters arcing from the previous into this novel, I am most definitely going to read up on the previous books.

This novel has it all:
Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Stars

I was really excited for Lucas’s story after he was finally found and brought home in the last instalment in the Rogues Redeemed series (Once a Spy), but I was not able to invest in his redemption as much as I have with past rogues.

Lucas Madeville, has been retuned to London and his rightful place as earl, now he must find a way to regain his honour after breaking his parole with the French in the Napoleonic wars. He is looked down upon by the men and women of society, until a woman a
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title for an honest review. Once Dishonored can be easily lead as a stand-alone and features the story of Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra, Lady Denshire. Lucas was presumed dead for several years during the Napoleonic wars, but has recently returned home. Suffering from guilt over his escape, he spent his past years wondering the Europe working as an assistant for a bone setter. Now that he is home, he struggles with society's and his own view of his loss of h ...more
Mary Gallo
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heavy 5 stars. This was such a soul searing story. There was a level of drama that was not over the top, but it pulled the reader in. As a reader, I could feel the helpless anger of the heroine. She lost everything and then, because she was a weak woman, she was divorced and vilified after having survived what most women would not have been able to. The hero is willing to step back and see the big picture and allow her to be justified in her attempt to not only get her name and reputation retu ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fight for Justice
Mary Jo Putney jumps right into Lucas and Kendra’s story. They find a kindred spirit in each other’s loss of reputation, and Lucas promptly offers to help Kendra regain custody of her son. Simon and Suzanne Duval, from Once a Spy, are eager to help. Kendra’s experience is tragic, as she is a woman during a time of patriarchal law in English history. Thankfully Lucas has the rank, persistence, healing knowledge, and friends to help her. Friends such as Lord and Lady Kirkland fr
Nancy Haddock
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ms. Putney's books are always wonderful, and this title is no exception. I have to say the requirement of having a consummated relationship in this genre has worn thin with me - particularly when there were good reasons the characters shouldn't have done the deed. There was perhaps more at stake in this plot to avoid sex. That said, the hero's background and abilities were fascinating and added a great deal for me to the story. The heroine triumphs (with some help from her new friends) and the v ...more
Les Romantiques
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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Reviewed by Rinou
Review Copy from the Publisher
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Once Dishonored is the fifth volume in the Rogues Redeemed series, and if the characters from the previous volumes appear here, we can read this novel alone without difficulty. WE meet Lucas, former Royal Navy officer, when he rushes to the aid of Kendra, a scandalous divorcee.

What I especially liked in this
*I received an ARC through NetGalley. All thoughts on the novel are voluntarily given.*
I will be honest, this book wasn't my favourite in regards to light romances. Though I did enjoy the storyline and the unique perspective of a divorcee in the regency era.
What makes this book different from others is the portrayal of the legalities that women and children faced in the regency era. Having no rights and being property to their husbands and fathers was a particular plot that was woven throughout
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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

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  • Once a Rebel (Rogues Redeemed, #2)
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