Not Always a Saint

Mary Jo Putney
Not Always a Saint
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Kensington Zebra
Release Date
August 2015
Book 7 of Lost Lords Series
Historical Romance

After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards.

Most men would be thrilled to learn they've inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling. Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife—a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful…

Jessie Kelham's looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart—and soon they are drawn into a union that may bring joy—or shattering danger…

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Aug 26, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
131 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed this book. NOT ALWAYS A SAINT is seventh book in the Lost Lords Series from Mary Jo Putney. It was a very lovely story.

Daniel Herbert was one of the Lost Lords of Westerfield Academy. A tragic lost love changed his life and now Daniel is a devoted doctor who helps the people that need it most. He is often referred to as a saint. He is not pleased when he inherits an unexpected title and the responsibilities that come with his newfound wealth. He decides to marry and let his wife take care of his properties while he continues his medical practice.

Which brings us to the heroine, Jessie. She has a complicated past and needs protection from her late husband's greedy nephew. The story takes a few turns when Jessie's dark past comes back to haunt her in more ways than one.

I enjoyed this story, but it's probably my least favorite in the series. The writing was lovely, and the story flowed easily. My problem was that I simply wasn't captivated by the characters. For one thing, I need a hero who takes my breath away, and Daniel simply didn't do that for me. I'm giving this one Three Flying Stars!
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