Not Always a Saint (The Lost Lords, #7) by Mary Jo Putney
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Pages: 352 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Daniel Herbert lost the love of his life many years ago, a young woman who died before they could marry. He has since lived a life dedicated to service as a doctor and a vicar. As a man with no worldly ambition, he finds it an obnoxious burden when he unexpectedly inherits a barony. He decides the solution to his problem is to enter a marriage of convenience with a very capable woman who will take over his new worldly responsibilities so that he can continue with his true calling as a doctor.
Jezebel (Jessie) Kelham is a young widow who hoped to avoid ever marrying again after terrible past experiences with brutal men, but her late husband's cruel and avaricious nephew threatens to take her daughter from her in order to gain control of her inheritance, and the only way available for her to protect her daughter is to find a man of substance to marry.
These two wounded souls embark on a marriage in which they can both offer each other something practical that they desperately need, but neither has any idea that an utterly impractical, explosive passion will spark between them, undermining everything they thought they knew about themselves and marriage itself.
This is an exciting pairing of two very sympathetic protagonists. As we fans of the talented Ms. Putney have come to expect over the many years of her prolific career, this novel contains a very strong and determined heroine and a compelling hero. In addition, the historical details of the story are woven seamlessly into an exciting plot with lots of "woman in peril" moments from a dark villain.
Though this is the seventh book in the Lost Lords series, and it can be read as a standalone, the rest of the series is highly recommended as well.
I rate this book as follows:
Romance Plot: 5