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Loving a Lost Lord

(The Lost Lords #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  4,962 ratings  ·  440 reviews
In the first of a dazzling series, Mary Jo Putney introduces the Lost Lords—maverick childhood friends with a flair for defying convention. Each is about to discover the woman who is his perfect match—but perfection doesn't come easily, even for the noble Duke of Ashton...

Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor the shipwreck that almost
Mass Market Paperback, 340 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Zebra
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Juliana Philippa
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: 0-reviewed
Very weak compared to Putney's other work - started off promising, but definitely didn't follow through (2.5)

Loving A Lost Lord is the first in Mary Jo Putney's new series, "The Lost Lords." Ever since rereading her novel The Wild Child my interest in her has been renewed and I have been on the lookout for more of her books, since I enjoyed that one so much (I found The Rake which is an absolute treasure and I highly recommend). Unfortunately, Loving a Lost Lord was a complete disappointment. I
Amnesiac Lord found by heroine who pretends he is her husband. Cute premise, but this one did not work for me.

Teresa Medeiro’s A Kiss to Remember has the exact same bare bones plot, but there it worked.

In each book, the heroine is in a bind and needs the security that marriage and a husband will provide. You know, Regency era. In each book, the heroine makes a wish which is fulfilled by finding the amnesia victim.

A Kiss to Remember worked for me because the tone was light and frothy, with a bri
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it wasn't written by Mary Jo Putney, this book would have gotten 2 stars from me.

Adam and Mariah had zero chemistry. A man who lost his memory rescued by a woman who needed a husband. Mariah lost me in the beginning with her lies and I couldn't really relate to her character. Putney is usually much better at characterization and building a meaningful and colorful scene, both of which didn't come out in this book. I didn't know why they were all hots for each other. I didn't have a mental pic
Elis Madison
Suddenly alone in the world, Mariah Clarke finds she's vulnerable to an unwanted and very aggressive suitor.

To get out from under the guy, she claims she has a husband. The creep backs off, but he's suspicious. He's also determined. It's a matter of time before he's back.

Calling on her gypsy roots, Mariah does some voodoo (or whatever gypsies call it) to get some help. She hears the ghost of her grannie telling her to go to the shore. Where she finds what's left of a hunky, half-drowned guy. He'
BJ Rose
Oct 17, 2009 rated it liked it
The first chapter of "Loving" started out in typical Putney fashion, and I looked forward to a great read. It started out great, but then it was almost like someone else wrote the next couple of chapters. Just about the time I wondered where Mary Jo had gone, she came back. This was not a bad book - just not her usual great writing, so I'm 'grading' her according to what I expected. There were some really good parts - when Adam's friends were searching for him, and the dreams/nightmares that gav ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
I'm a sucker for these plots. I know they will disappoint me. I know the crazy plots do little but set the stage for irritating bedroom scenes that I will just skip over. And I know the stories will all sound the same by the end.
But I'm still a sucker for the 'duke forgets his memories and maiden needs a pretend husband' plot.
Or any ridiculous, improbable story involving titled lords and ladies. I guess it is the Heyer lovers eternal search for something as good?
Oh I just loved this book! Sure there's a bit of a well that's convenient vibe about some of the coincidences in this story, but they only make for a happier happily ever after so I was totally satisfied. The characters in this story are wonderful and I really loved all of them.

Mariah has spent most of her life without a permanent place to call her own as her father made his living as a gamble within the ton. While never destitute they were never solid enough to settle down anywhere either. Now
Loving a Lost Lord
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Following news of her father's death, Mariah Clarke finds herself not only in charge on an estate, but the target of an overly amorous suitor as well. As if in answer to her prayers, she discovers a man with no memory washed ashore on a nearby beach and convinces him that they are married. But what will happen when the man regains his memory and discovers that he is none other than Adam Lawford, the Duke of Ashton…

Unfortunately, this book is so badly written, the characte
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment after the other two books I've read by Putney. The main pair was engaging enough, but there's too much time setting up storylines for the future books in this series. And then there are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many returns from the dead and long-lost siblings that no one even knew existed (seriously? both of them?). A very easy to spot baddie, and those stupid murder attempts? (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2009
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Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loving a Lost Lord is the first book in a new series by Mary Jo Putney, Lost Lords. It is about a group of unconventional school hood boys who grow up into upstanding men who find their true love. When the Duke of Ashton goes missing, the group presumes the worst that he is dead and begins a search to recover his body. Meanwhile off the coast of Northwestern England, Mariah Clarke finds the body of a man barely alive hanging onto a piece of driftwood. She manages to get him into her house and in ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This makes x3 Mary Jo Putney books that I have rated 2-stars. 'It was OK". It was so 'ok' that I lost all interest in the story line. The hero has amnesia, and upon being rescued from the sea that he had been floating in for 2 days, the heroine informs him that yes, she is indeed his wife (not true at all). He believes it with no question at all and immediately treats her very lovingly and sweet. Which is ok, but I lost interest quickly because I like to watch people fall in love. Which I am sur ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
My first Mary Jo Putney book, so I'm not in a position to compare it with her other work.

The main story arc had a disturbing similarity to The Bourne Identity, with an amnesiac duke dragged from the sea, cared for by a genteel lady, and regaining motor skills such as horse-riding and shooting before recalling his identity and past -- while all the time someone is trying to kill him.

The narrative was weak in concept and execution and the characterisation lack-lustre. Where the book excelled was i
Ana Ivkov
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought all four books in the series, but didn't get around to reading them until WAY after I'd bought them. (Like, months and months later.) I have no idea why I did that, but it just made reading them all the more sweet (I suppose) because I REALLY enjoyed this book.
It had a lot of twists and turns, but I liked the whole "amnesia causes man to forget everything he ever knew but he turns up and is saved by woman claiming to be his wife" plot. I think it was well done, what with getting rid of
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Decided to reread the series after I read the newest one. I enjoyed all the characters in the book, and only vaguely remembered the villain-amnesia befalls Adam, he is found by Mariah and mayhem and love ensues. Adam is 1/2 Indian and has had a difficult life after becoming a Duke, Mariah has had an unsettled life with her father, a gambler, so they make a perfect couple. I enjoyed the book just as much the second time. Now on to the next Lost Lord!
Sept 15, 2015 Can't believe I have now read it
Jacqueline J
This was decent and maybe from any other author I would have rated it higher. But I know that MJP can deliver much more powerful stories. This one didn't have the depth of characterization I am used to from her nor the level of historical accuracy/depth. I do like an amnesia theme almost any time and that was fairly well done here. I have read the other 2 in the series which have been written so far and will keep on reading because even if they're not up to her very best, MJP still delivers an i ...more
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Victoria Vale
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is hard to rate. I did mostly enjoy it, mainly because of the romance between the H and h. Amnesia stories can be so absurd but I still love them. They're a guilty pleasure of sorts and present room for all kinds of juicy drama. I liked the sweet, blossoming romance that develops as Adam leans on Mariah while recuperating from his injury and trying to rebuild his memory. There was great chenistry and sexual tension and Adam is a totally likeable hero. Mariah does mislead the hero but d ...more
Christine (KizzieReads)
This was so good. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars was that I figured out the mystery halfway through the book. It was an interesting premise. A man goes missing and is presumed dead after the steamship he was on exploded. But no body was recovered, so his friends go on a mission to at least find his body and bring it home to be buried properly. Unbeknownst to them, his body washes up on shore and Mariah finds him very much alive, but with amnesia. It takes off from there.

I loved the writin
I liked this book a lot. I had read a lot of the reviews before I bought this book & a lot of the reviews weren't very flattering. I liked the premise of the book alot& have liked everything else by this author I have read so far, so I thought I would take a chance. I'm so glad I did. It was a fun type of read with a lot of interesting twist & turns. It is the first book in the Lost Lords series and gives you the backgrounds & characters for the rest of the series. I will be reading the next boo ...more
Barbara ★
I don't usually like stories with heroes (or heroines) with amnesia so I was pleasantly surprised by this book. In all honestly, I haven't really enjoyed a historical novel in years. I guess I just got away from them with all those great vampire and werewolf books. Anyway, this one caught my attention and I found I really liked Adam (and his many friends). And I even liked Mariah who was just protecting herself from a creep with more power than herself.

I thought that Adam's clinging tightly to M
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amnesia
While I truly did enjoy this story, there were some things towards the end that were just so ridiculously contrived that I found myself shaking my head asking WTF? This really should have been a 3 star read because of that, but I chose to ignore it. I do love a good amnesia story and it was a good lead up to the other books.

My shaking head WTF moment: (MAJOR spoiler!!)
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Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-read
While there is a sweet fuzzy atmosphere in this book, mainly generated by all the good feelings shared by the characters, the protagonists are a bit tame for me.
No big thrills, then, despite mysteries and treacherous villains, illicit love affairs, and sudden, if not unforeseen developments. Instead you've got a nice comfort read with a few unlikely events, a bit too fantastic to be true, but hey... it's a novel ;)
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finally a good book! I have enjoyed every Mary Jo Putney I've read. Too bad I read this series all out of order. ...more
Lissy Liz
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this sweet contradicting at times story.
Addie H
Jun 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Far from the quality of MJP's usual writing. Reminds me of my first attempt at fanfiction.


- Despite his flawless English, she wondered again if he was a foreigner. Retreating into a corner of one’s mind to survive dangerous conditions seemed…rather foreign.

- “I have missed you.”
Though she knew it was unwise, she relaxed into him, grateful for his strength and protectiveness. “Do you remember being with me?” she asked warily.
“I’m afraid not.”

- “She said the gypsy blood made the women in our fam
Olga Godim
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
I recently read several of this author’s earlier books, and I must say: this novel doesn’t compare favorably. While the characters in the other novels were alive and multifaceted, the characters in this novel are flat and faintly boring. While her narrative flowed and bubbled like champagne in The Rake or The Wild Child, in this book, the writing feels professional and grammatically correct but totally uninspired. Somewhat colorless.
If the same author’s name was not on the covers, I’d have susp
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loving a Lost Lord is book one in the Lost Lords series by Mary Jo Putney. I liked this book. I felt the pace dragged a bit in the middle. But overall, I really liked the hero Adam Lawford. He is an intriguing character - of mixed heritage: English and Hindu, he endures prejudice and disdain. Involved in an accident, Adam wakes up with a severe case of amnesia. Who is he? What will happen when he gains his memory back? And then he discovers that the accident was no accident but rather an attempt ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This had heaps of ridiculously unlikely events, but it was somehow anchored by the characters so that I didn't mind going along with it. The villains were paper thin, but the main characters were likable. Putney did a good job capturing the yearning between them. It's not amazing, but it brought me enjoyment and entertained me, so I'm rounding up. ...more
The beginning was hard to swallow, the ending even more so. But damned if I don't want to read the next book in the series anyway... ...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

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