One Perfect Rose (Fallen Angels #7)
Few romance novels have touched readers as deeply or as lastingly as this classic by New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney. Poignant, passionate, and tender, One Perfect Rose is the story of two mismatched lovers drawn into a fragile, unforgettable union...One Perfect Rose
Stephen Kenyon, the new Duke of Ashburton, has always known exactly what society expected...more
The proloue covers the heroines childhood trama. Read it. Don't skip over it like some readers do.
Chapter one opens with the hero (an unmarried duke) receiving a diagnosis of death from his physician, only three to six months to live. To cope with the ...more
Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, is dying. His doctor warns him that he has 3-6 months to live, but probably will not make it all the way to 6. So Stephen - desparate to live what litt ...more
Set in the later 1810s, the hero of the book is Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton (the older brother of Michael Kenyon from Shattered Rainbows, glimpses of whom I loved in SR though reading SR is unnecessary to get the brunt of this book).
I followed this up from The Bargain. It's not quite the same trope but has resonances -- the dying hero --I picked it out from its fellows in its series from the descriptions on Amazon, so it must be what I was (still) in the mood for. A staid duke (why must it always be dukes, these days? Isn't the lesser aristocracy sufficient? Rank inflation...?) gets bad medical news (happily for the rest of the tale, not the pox), and rides out alone to deal with it; he encounters a group of traveling playe ...more
So why not 5 stars?
Ohhh because I am a very very very impatient reader ...more
I loved Stephen! He was such a different romantic hero. He was kind and nice and not overbearing or bossy. He was genuinely a really good person. I felt SO protective of him. And I loved his brother, Michael. Their relationship was sweet.
Rosalind's sob story was a little silly and pointles ...more
Stephen, the Duke of Ashburton, has three months to live, six on the outside. After receiving the news, he fills two saddle bags with supplies and takes off alone to come to terms with his mortality. He might only have been gone a week, but when he saves the life of a boy who might have drowned into the river, he becomes a part of the boy's family -- a traveling theat ...more
The overall writing is rather better than most of recently written books and that really makes it pleasant to read.
The plot with some secrets, some fool play, some adventure, came along very nicely, without ever dragging for too long. It supported the characters' development and change over time, especially regards their relationship which came unexpected but felt nonetheless true and strong enough to last a lifetime whatever came to them. I liked that the secrets are ...more
My only quibble, and it's a small one, is that the ending is a little too neat and a little too sweet.
One Perfect Rose isn't the first in ...more
Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburdon, has always faithfully fulfilled his obligations. He even married a woman because that was his obligation. She died, and sometime later Stephen is given a death sentence of his own.
He decides it is time for him to do the things he would like to do for a change. One of the things he does, is to set off on an adventure across country where he runs into a family of stage actors.
As he ...more
My absolute favorite one in the series. I am a sucker for terminal illness romance but this one was so much more. It can be read as a stand alone. I don't think there was a character that I didn't care for in this book except the old already dead Duke... but I already hated him from previous books.
Most of the conflict revolves around the fact that Stephen has been given a diagnosis that means he only has a few months to live. This changes the way he views everything in his past, present and future.
I give this 3 stars because it all was so predictable to me. I immediately guessed that (view spoiler)[the pills w ...more
1. a 3 year old child sees and not only remembers awful events but understands the implications, and 25 years later is able to tell all.
2. NO ONE asks for a second opinion- even the guy who is told he has 3 months to live, until the midnight hour when he's going down for the count.
3. The guy who is deliberately responsible for attempted murder is forgiven by almost everyone for pretty flim ...more
The plot was unusual as well as highly dramatic: a terminally ill duke runs away from all responsibility, and joins an acting troupe, where he falls in love with a actress who is really [spoiler alert] a lost French duche ...more
After that it becomes rather laboured and the cliches come fast and thick. The bits about the near-death experiences are almost unreadable. This is only the second book by Mary Jo Putney I've read and *both* of them have lost heiresses! What's up with that, especially when the heiress aspect doesn't add anything to either book?
The passion he finds with his heroine is beautfully described, and their love felt totally genuine and natural. No rushing and contriving here.
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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 ...more