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Sometimes a Rogue (The Lost Lords, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – August 27, 2013

4.1 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
Book 5 of 7 in the Lost Lords Series

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Prolific Regency romance author Putney's fifth Lost Lords installment (after No Longer a Gentleman) shows off her expert storytelling skills. Sarah Clarke-Townsend is with her heavily pregnant twin sister, Mariah, the Duchess of Ashton, when the two are set upon by a band of kidnappers. Sarah pretends to be Mariah in order to protect her, claiming to have given birth and left the baby with a wet nurse. Sarah remains stalwart as the kidnappers whisk her to the coast of Ireland, while Mariah's husband hires Bow Street Runner Rob Carmichael to bring her back safely. When Rob finally catches up with Sarah, he is deeply impressed by her tenacity as they make a harrowing trek home. The two are soon wondering whether mutual admiration and desire are enough to build a relationship upon. Readers will especially love Sarah, a beautiful and resilient damsel in distress. (Sept.)

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*Starred Review* Sarah Clarke-Townsend would do anything for her twin sister, Mariah, the Duchess of Ashton. So when a very pregnant and very cranky Mariah pleads with Sarah to accompany her on an early morning carriage ride, Sarah reluctantly agrees. Everything is going without a hitch until the two women arrive at a long-abandoned church on the Ashton estate, and Mariah realizes that it’s time to give birth. Sending their groom off for help, Sarah tries to make Mariah as comfortable as possible when matters suddenly go from bad to worse. A band of dangerous men suddenly turns up with plans on kidnapping the duchess. After safely hiding Mariah away, Sarah presents herself as the duchess and lets the men take her instead. Fortunately for Sarah, the Duke of Ashton’s good friend Rob Carmichael has just arrived for a visit, and finding people is Rob’s professional specialty. Composed of equal measures of dangerous intrigue and potent passion, Putney’s fifth elegantly written installment in her Lost Lords series delivers captivating characters, an impeccably realized Regency setting, and a thrilling plot rich in action and adventure. --John Charles
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Product Details

  • Series: Lost Lords (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420127152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420127157
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a shame this romance took such a dip down as it had a very promising beginning. I really enjoyed the damsel-in-distress introduction. Two sisters are on a morning excursion because one, the duchess, is pregnant and restless. Timing couldn't be more ill when the duchess goes into labor and, at the same time, abductors are nearing to kidnap her. Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend, her sister, fearlessly takes her sister's place so that the duchess can have her baby (of course). But inevitably she is whisked off to Ireland.

Rob Carmichael is a second son who has been long shunned by his family as a black sheep (though they are black sheep and he quite white) and he has been making his living a Bow Street Runner. He is sent to collect Sarah and follows with hot pursuit, trusting both his gut and his sense to lead the way. What follows is a wonderful and daring pursuit to save said lady in distress. I enjoyed this entire part - up to where the couple make it back to England.

The story really just fell apart and became one ridiculous plot filler after another. There were several major issues with this book. One - no proper villain. The villain (and the motive) is borrowed from another story in the series and has nothing to do with the hero and heroine so there is nothing to write about for a long expanse of time, basically, until the end. So I guess the author needed plot fillers which are random and only a deus ex machina could lead one lame plot point to another.

Two - No proper plot and at least three coincidences too many. When the hero and heroine crash land from the ocean during a huge storm in the middle of the night and just so happen to land EXACTLY at his family's historic home by complete coincidence I thought.. ok... I guess I could let that go.
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Hmm... After reading the first four books in the Lost Lords series and liking them a lot (solid 4 star books!) I was expecting more from Sometimes a Rogue.

Rob's character in previous books seemed very mysterious and alluring. I was looking forward to unraveling the enigma of a Lord turned dangerous Bow Street runner. While I got what I was looking for in Rob; the ridiculous coincidences, and Sarah's numerous TSTL (too stupid to live) moments overshadowed what should have been a great love story.

I'm planning to stick with the Lost Lord's series, but I don't plan on reading this one again. :/
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Mary Jo Putney has long been one of my all-time favorite historical romance writers, and in this latest book, her talents shine as brightly as ever. She has the gift of writing memorable, compelling characters who captivate with their inner conflicts and their inner strengths. The storyline is full of adventure, and provides plenty of twists that help develop and deepen the relationship between her hero and heroine. Don't miss this one--you won't be disappointed!
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Having read Ms Putney's works before and recognized her style of bringing historical research, passionate love scenes and deep character development I find pretty much all of it lacking in this novel. None of it makes any sense.

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- What 9 month pregnant woman goes out for a joyride in a curricle, magically goes into labor with blood and fluid all over her gown and still has the energy to crawl down into a crypt to avoid kidnappers? Mind you her labor was so bad that she was unconscious for 5 days after giving birth because she'd lost a great deal of blood. Yet 2 weeks after this horrendous deliver she declares herself fit enough to go off on a day's journey to visit her sister with her infant in tow. No woman would do that in modern times. In the early 1800's it was certain suicide for mother and child. Ms. Putney also showed a greater understanding of how the human body works and how dangerous medical care was then.

- There's a huge difference between the body of a woman who's given birth in the last weeks than one who's never been pregnant. Even if they are identical twins, there's no way Sarah's kidnappers would ever mistake her for the pregnant duchess Mariah.

- Just to be truly idiotic, when Mariah does visit her sister she just happens to bring along the most perfect wedding dress (The Duchess Dress" that is fashioned to fit Sarah perfectly. Ummm Mariah was heavily pregnant for months. Even if she did cart along such a thing for state occasions (Um she was visiting her sister who'd just been rescued from kidnapping so why did she think she'd be pressed to open a new school or dedicate a hospital along the way?) there's no way it would be fitted to her sister's unpregnant virginal form.
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With the caveat that I know Ms. Putney--I'm also a reader and I've been reading her books since she first started writing. In those twenty plus years, she's covered a lot of romance ground. With this book, she's flaunting her Regency roots. She knows the era, the history,the customs, and the etiquette.But what she does best is character. From the moment the book starts, we know we're on a wild adventure with a wonderful heroine who--ultimately--forces a hero to recognize her worth. Why else would one read romance? Extremely satisfying.
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