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“Even though this volume of the Lost Lords series was sitting on my shelf, I skipped to number four when the nice folks at PLA gave me that volume. It would be good if once in awhile I read a series in order, but there really is no need. Most romances stand on their own.
Every thing I said about No Longer a Gentleman holds for this volume by Mary Jo Putney. I had fun reading this, it took my mind off my life especially my work. I was glad to get some of the background on the characters in volume four.
If you don't read historical romances, I would think that Mary Jo Putney would be a good place to start. The characters are real enough, many parts of her stories are based in history and her sense of romance is as good as most contemporary romance writers. The setting is just a bit different.
I am grateful for the time I got to spend with Lady Kiri and Damian Mackenzie. I plan to go back and read the first book when I have time.”
“I love her books. I really liked this one and I am going to read the rest of this series.”Pat K wrote this review Friday, January 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mary Jo Putney’s Nowhere Near Respectable is an exciting and intriguing historical journey. While the romance may be a little distracted...this novel is still an enjoyable read.
Lady Kiri Lawford is looking for an eligible bachelor to marry. When she overhears the family of her potential suitor saying disgusting things about her mixed blood, Kiri rides off into the night to escape. A short time later, a band of smugglers kidnaps her in the dead of night. Luckily Damian MacKenzie, gambling club owner and bastard son, happens to discover her as a prisoner and ensures she escapes. The two feel a strong attraction to one another, but when Damian finds out she is a well-bred lady and sister of his former classmate, he immediately tries to distance himself from her.
When Kiri attempts to see him again at his establishment, she becomes involved in a horrifying plot of deadly threats to England’s crown. Damian, Kiri and their small group of spies take their knowledge to the streets of London in order to ensure that their country’s royalty is safe again. After working so closely together, Kiri realizes she cannot imagine a life without Damian, but has no idea how to escape the potential damage from their impassable social standings. MacKenzie wants her more than he can possible bear, but knows one thing for certain; he’s nowhere near respectable enough to love an amazing woman like Lady Kiri.
Damian was my favorite type of hero...the tortured hero. I believe this is the first hero I’ve met that fainted at the sight of his own blood. At first, it was comical but by the end when you find out why, it just devastates you and makes you love him more! I always admire a hero with a few weaknesses that overcome those weaknesses for their heroine. Damian was that kind of hero and not ashamed to admit it. He was more submissive than your general historical hero which was rather interesting since it was then left to Lady Kiri to seduce him!
Kiri was an interesting heroine, by that fact that she wasn’t the true ideal English lady. She was stuck between two worlds, trying to belong in both. Sometimes this made you question if she stayed true to the general ideal of the ‘gentle lady’ within a historical romance novel. Really, she didn’t. She was and really could not be a true English lady. That just was not her personality. She always kept you on your toes because she never played by the rules and relished the idea of becoming involved in any dangerous adventure.
Putney pens an interesting back story using historic icons and events. With the threat of French terrorists causing true anarchy and devastation to the throne, Putney give a literary voice to iconic figures from England’s history that is truly enjoyable to read about. It made Kiri’s temporary position as a spy working to save her country much more interesting and intriguing. Kiri’s mission became more personal and displayed why it was so important to her. I found it wonderful to read about Princess Charlotte and the prince regent as actual characters in this novel, even if the historical truth may have been stretched a bit.
The love match was a little off. I understood without a doubt that these two felt a strong undeniable passion between then, but I just wasn’t sure about the love they felt towards one another. Even the characters discovery of the emotions they felt was surprising and shocking to them at times. It was not the most passionate or steamiest novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading, but it was a satisfying romance. You knew they belonged together by the end, but there were a few times I doubted their romance.
Overall, Nowhere Near Respectable was a satisfying read. This was the first novel I have read from the Lost Lords series and it can easily be read as a stand alone and without having read the previous installments. This novel was lovely, but also a lot of fun. Nowhere Near Respectable by Mary Jo Putney delivers a superb cast of characters and takes readers on a delightful historical adventure.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Heat Level: 3/5
Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter”
“It's summer so it is romance novel time. This didn't disappoint!”Kate S wrote this review Thursday, July 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Far-fetched, unbelievable, and completely cardboard.”Kathy B wrote this review Friday, May 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nowhere Near Respectable by Mary Jo Putney
Historical Romance –April 26th 2011
4 ½ stars
Nowhere Near Respectable is the third in the Lost Lords series. This was a fun, well-written read with deep characterization. Both main characters have a shady heritage - the heroine due to her mixed blood and the hero due to his illegitimacy. I liked how the author does not dwell on their backgrounds so much that it makes the story depressing but rather shows how they used these 'disadvantage' to become better people.
Lady Kiri Lawford is of mixed Indian blood. Although her father was a Duke and she is a great heiress, polite society sees her and her Indian mother with disdain. When she impulsively flees from hurtful words about her heritage to return home, she is captured by smugglers. But fortunately she receives the aid of the rakish Damian Mackenzie. Damian is a rich businessman but is also 'tainted' because he is a bastard. Together they use their resourcefulness to escape the smugglers only to find an instant and mutual attraction.
Kiri is drawn to Damian because he is so unlike the dandified men she has met in London. She cannot help thinking of him even in the safety of her home. Determined to thank him for his help in her rescue, she disguises herself and enter his gaming house, but quickly finds herself caught up in a royal kidnapping! As the main witness, she is pulled into secret service to help identify the conspirators against the crown along with Damian. They are forced to work together and although Damian wants Kiri, he believes their differences in station prevent any real relationship. Can Kiri persuade him otherwise?
I really enjoy reading Regency romance but sometimes the heroines are very bland in comparison to the hero. I am overjoyed to say this is not the case in this story. Kiri is high spirited, smart with good, common sense. She seemed almost the perfect heroine. I liked that she had Indian heritage which made her more sympathetic and interesting, especially since she is able to defend herself and is at home at different levels of English and Indian society. Kiri is kindhearted and is aware that her Indian blood 'taints' her but is proud of her heritage despite English society. I liked her confidence in herself and her mischievousness which made her fun to read. The hero also had depth as he is a bastard of a lord who never cared for him. If it weren't for the love his legitimate brother, he would have been out on the streets. He is aware of his lowly status in society, but his hard life has shaped him. I enjoyed how the author brought together two 'misfits' who deserved each other. I enjoyed this book so much I am going to read the prior books in the series.
The best part of the book was the indomitable heroine. I liked how she was essential to the investigation and how the author created some very memorable characters that I would love to revisit. This is a Regency to remember and re-read!
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club