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Sometimes a Rogue (Lost Lords (Kensington)) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Jo Putney
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29 Aug 2013 Lost Lords (Kensington)
Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they've abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life...Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420127152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420127157
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Anna Oxford VINE VOICE
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I have read most of Mary Jo Putney's previous books and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I'm not quite sure what went wrong with Sometimes a Rogue. The most entertaining part of the slow and painful process of trudging through this story was playing "spot the historical romance cliche". If you can think of a hackneyed or overused plot device or characteristic, it's here in this book; the hero is the despised younger son of a wastrel Earl, his older brother hated him and sold him to a press gang, he was in love with a beautiful commoner but his father paid her off, then he became a Bow Street Runner (because what would Bow Street have done without despised sons of wastrel earls in the 19th century?), he has a crotchety old Dowager Countess for a grandmother but she secretly has a heart of gold... I could go on and on and on. Our heroine has an equally complex and implausible family history and all these various story strands are glossed over along with Irish politics, a kidnapping plot, a sudden inheritance and the discovery of a love child. Somewhere in the middle of all of this, I think the heroine and hero eventually fell in love after having existed in a comfortable, passionless friendship for the first 95% of the story. For anyone who has read any of Julia Quinn's superb recent novels, you will know what I mean when I suggest that Sometimes a Rogue is exactly what I imagine Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron to be like. This is not a compliment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful as usual from Mary Jo Putney 21 Oct 2013
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Once again a wonderful story.
It finished to soon.
Thank you for a wonderful opportunity to hide in a book while the rest of the world went bye.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh... barely average period romance of recycled material. 10 Sep 2013
By Romantic Glutton - Published on
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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. Sometimes we need to get from A to B, right? But then it just continues like that with nonsensical bits and pieces of, what felt like, other stories just thrown in. The coincidences became ridiculous. Like the hero happens to show up not only at his family's home but JUST as his brother has died, leaving him the heir. It just continues like that with coincidence after coincidence. And then the contrived tropes add insult to injury. The long lost illegitimate child (that barely bothers the heroine or anyone in the least) and random characters that literally show up at the door step for all of four paragraphs... and a hero who denies himself the pleasure of the heroine's company for no good reason at all. When it's so plainly obvious she's his best option and he's just scratching his head like a buffoon.. ugh. When one of the only great characters, the stuffy dowager, makes an unlikely and sudden character change that just seemed ridiculous I just wanted to throw this book at the wall.

Even the title of the book seems borrowed from another story. Who the heck in this tale is a rogue? How is the hero a rogue EVER let alone sometimes? This hero was one of the most Marty-Stu gentleman heroes I've just about ever read in a romance. He has had all of two other relationships - both committed and long-term - which both ended against his will and he would have stood by them. He actually waits 'till his wedding night to consummate his marriage (unheard of in this genre) but even then is willing to wait because his lady love is just not feeling it. He's only ever had long and loyal jobs, relationships and friendships. Rogue? Is it just me or does this guy seem the opposite of a dishonest or unprincipled person?

What bothers me is that a book can get published like this. Because Putney is a solid name in the industry I plucked down full price the Kindle edition. So getting something like this... a jumbled mess... felt insulting to me. Pass.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Regency romance, #5 in the wonderful "Lost Lords" series 9 July 2013
By Kate McMurry - Published on
Sarah Clarke-Townsend is the identical twin sister of Mariah, the Duchess of Ashton. They've recently discovered each other after being separated for decades due to their father's abandoning their mother and Sarah and taking Mariah away with him when the twins were toddlers. While Sarah is visiting with Mariah, who is in the last stages of her first pregnancy and due to deliver at any moment, the two of them go alone on an early morning carriage ride and stop at a church on the Duke's estate. Sarah overhears evil men outside the church who are clearly there to kidnap Mariah and, on the spot, devises a daring scheme to save her sister. She urges Mariah to hide while Sarah pretends to be her sister. When Sarah is surrounded by rough men who have her helplessly outnumbered and demand to know where her baby is, she declares that she left the baby with a wet nurse. Not wanting to miss the chance to capture her while she is undefended, they grab her and carry her away with them. Sarah soon is very grateful that she made her plan for her sister's sake, for it is clear that Mariah and the baby would never have survived the rigors Sarah is subjected to. Her kidnappers spirit Sarah away to Ireland, and though hungry and afraid and living in physical deprivation, Sarah never gives up watching for a chance to free herself from her captors.

Meanwhile, Rob Carmichael arrives at the estate of the Duke of Ashton right after Sarah is taken. He is a long-time friend of the Duke and the younger son of an Earl. Rather than leading the idle life of a privileged aristocrat, Rob has made a career for himself as a Bow Street Runner. Because of his training, he is eminently suited to mounting a rescue attempt, and he instantly volunteers to go after Sarah. The Duke cannot go with him because Mariah is in labor, but Rob assures him this is a one-man job since he needs to be as nimble and invisible as possible if he is to have a chance of success.

When Rob eventually catches up with Sarah and the evil men holding her, he makes a bold plan to help Sarah escape, but it comes very close to disaster until Sarah offers feisty and timely assistance to Rob.

Mary Jo Putney (MJP) is justly famous for her very strong, extremely sympathetic heroines, and Sarah is a terrific addition to that remarkable coterie. It is difficult for me to choose one favorite heroine among so many that I have adored over the years as a long-time fan of MJP, but Sarah is definitely in the top tiers of my list. She never complains, no matter how difficult the conditions her captors subject her to. She is always ready to do whatever it takes to survive--and make sure that Rob or anyone else she cares about is kept safe as well. In short, she is the very best kind of protagonist. She gets into trouble because she is brave, compassionate and sacrificial.

Sarah and Rob are well matched, because he is brave, compassionate and sacrificial as well. Without offering spoilers as to specific details, I have to say that I particularly enjoyed the middle section of the book. Rob's fortunes shift drastically and the manner in which, with Sarah's influence and input, he adjusts to those circumstances is a very entertaining read. Theirs is a relationship in which we experience, every step of the way, that these two people are made for each other. They are an ideal match in temperament, outlook and personal ethics. Every romance novel implicitly claims that the protagonists are soul mates, but MJP delivers on that promise in every possible way in this moving story.

As always for MJP, the historical detail of her story is precisely and accurately done, but it is offered as a natural, seamless backdrop, never intruding on the story itself. That is, there is never any feeling in a book by MJP that we are reading a dull recitation of historical facts. Instead, we are immersed in a world as real and vivid as if we had a personal time machine that had delivered us in the midst of the colorful, Regency era.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroine: 5 stars
Hero: 5 stars
Subcharacters: 5 stars
Romance Plot: 5 stars
Action-Adventure Plot: 5 stars
Historical World-Building: 5 stars
Writing: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Putney shines, as always 8 July 2013
By inkblot - Published on
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!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another satisfying Putney romance 9 July 2013
By Patricia Rice - Published on
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Keeping it short 27 Aug 2013
By CaroleDee - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
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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