The second in Mary Jo Putney’s Lost Lords series, NEVER LESS THAN A LADY tells the story of two characters who captured our imaginations and intrigued us with possibilities in the first novel of this new series, LOVING A LOST LORD.

As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, battle weary Major Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son.  The perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding. But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft—a quiet village midwife with shattering secrets that thrust her into Randall’s protection.

Within the space of a day, Julia has been abducted by her first husband’s cronies, rescued, and proposed to by a man she scarcely knows—yet has been unable to forget. Though a union with the handsome, enigmatic major offers safety, she fears she can never trust any man again.  But as passion slowly warms Julia’s damaged heart, she starts to hope that perhaps a Lost Lord can teach her what a true marriage can be…

Loving a Lost Lord

Published: March 6, 2012

Oil and water—from the outside, that is what this couple seems to be. From the moment they meet in LOVING A LOST LORD, both coming to the aid of a dear friend, sparks fly but not in a way they each imagine. For Julia Bancroft, Major Randall represents everything she disdains about the so-called nobility, with their snobbery and un-acceptance to what is deemed a profession only suitable for those of the male persuasion. Alex, on the other hand, is put off by Julia’s frosty resolve and believes her cold and unfeeling. But, lying beneath the surface is an attraction that frightens them both silly.

When their story picks up again in, NEVER LESS THAN A LADY, Julia’s mysterious past has caught up with her and she becomes the victim of an abduction that can only end in a deadly income for her if she cannot escape. Fate brings Alexander to the right place at the right time, to come to her aid and when she confesses the tale at the heart of her trouble, Alexander offers a solution in the form of a marriage proposal.

…[Putney] takes you on a journey that you will want to revisit time and time again.

Julia is torn by the prospect of putting her life into the hands of any man again, especially one she believes holds her in such low regard, but when her honest admission of faults (that should dissuade any man in need of a loving wife and heir) are accepted and the offer stands, she reluctantly agrees. Perhaps, she has misjudged the good Major after all.

Alexander prides himself on his control in every situation, a talent that helped him to survive the horrors of war, but from the start this one woman keeps managing to slip past that control with little effort and nearly destroy it. No one is more surprised than he is when the offer of marriage tumbles past his lips, but at the same time it also feels incredibly right. Beneath Julia’s cool exterior is the wounded warm heart of a woman he would do anything to protect—even if it means protecting Julia from him.

Julia and Alexander’s journey is rife with pitfalls, misconceptions and awakenings that touch the reader’s heart in that special way that only Putney can and takes you on a journey that you will want to revisit time and time again.

While not completely necessary, but highly recommended, I urge you to read Adam and Mariah’s tale in  LOVING A LOST LORD first, to get a proper introduction to the Lost Lords of Westerfield’s Academy and Alex and Julia’s rocky beginnings. You will be glad you did.

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.