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No Longer A Gentleman (Lost Lords) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.
Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.
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I really liked the book overall, but there were a few areas of weakness that I feel I need to point out.
First though I would like to say that the great things about this book are Cassie and Grey. I absolutely adored the both of them. If I had to give stars based on the main characters this book would have gotten a resounding 5 stars for me. Cassie is probably one of the strongest female characters I've ever read in a historical romance novel. Grey's a true flawed hero, who learns from his mistakes and at times, he made me want to cry because he makes himself so vulnerable to Cassie and vice-versa. Both of them are written beautifully and I definitely felt the vulnerability, heat and romance of the pair. I felt their connection from the first and I really liked how Putney developed their romance.
The story itself was quite well-done, as I said above I really liked the book overall. Grey is imprisoned by a cruel and deranged French government official and Cassie is sent to find information on his disappearance and ends up rescuing him. I loved the aspect of the reverse 'damsel in distress' here, or I should say 'Gentleman in distress'. I love that she was so clever a spy that she managed to rescue Grey and Pere Laurent. This gets a big thumbs up from me. I also loved the addition of Regine and her puppies and that Grey rescued Regine and showed a sensitivity few male heroes exhibit in historical romance novels.
And here we come to the not-so-good.
1) Cassie's explanation of why she never contacted her relatives in England. She basically tells her cousins that she didn't think they would remember her after all those years. She had played with those cousins and been around the British side of the family when she was a child.Read more ›
My second peevish remark has to do with the printer and not the author. The pages of my book were poorly printed, sometimes bound so close to the fold that I had to hyper extend the book spine backwards to open the book wide enough to read the text, sometimes printed so close to the edge of the page that I read each sentence twice to make sure no words were cut off, and page 362 of my book was blank, leaving page 363 to start in mid sentence. Unprofessionally done, Zebra.
Overall this was an interesting addition to Mary Jo Putney's The Lost Lords series. I did feel that the characters' conflicts and emotional traumas were quickly and conveniently resolved and the depth of their personal interactions was somewhat shallow. I will continue to read the series, however, and look forward to stories featuring Kirkland and Rob Carmichael.
With No Longer A Gentleman (The Lost Lords), I used not even one bookmark, proving that there was no insipid and meaningless dialogue, no lengthy descriptions of costumes, no overly-dramatic and irrelevant descriptions of scenery, and that the plot swung hummingly along telling a tale about interesting characters that I liked and wanted to survive the most interesting aspect of the Regency period, the Napoleonic wars and the spycraft involved in it. It was Mary Jo Putney's best book in this very enjoyable and well-written series.
Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Zebra Books,published by Kensington Publishing Corp,the author's website,and My Book Addiction and More.
Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy,mild violence or profanity.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have loved Mary Jo Putney since sometime in the seventies. Her writing is awesome. The same goes for this story. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
What was with the constant "ima slut" mentions! Over and over she's a slut...his mother and brother instantly think she's a gold digger b/c red hair, she looks slutty..... Read morePublished 29 days ago by dearreader
I really like Mary Jo Putney's books and her Lost Lord Series.Published 3 months ago by Geraldine Ellis
Great story, just a tad too many sex scenes. But absolutely loved those too. I like the the women wasn't a damsel in distress like usualPublished 4 months ago by nicole
An interesting story, don't know plausible it really was. Entertaining. I liked both the hero and heroine, strong characters.Published 5 months ago by Nell
Among the Lost Lords series, this is not the best, but it is still a good story. Ten years in a solitary dungeon cell could easily have destroyed the hero. They didn't. Read morePublished 8 months ago by one of three