Thursday, July 9, 2009

Review - Loving a Lost Lord

Title: Loving a Lost Lord
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Publishing Date: July 2009
Genre: Historical
Rating: B
Sensuality: Warm

Loving a Lost Lord is the first book in a new series by Mary Jo Putney, Lost Lords. It is about a group of unconventional school hood boys who grow up into upstanding men who find their true love. When the Duke of Ashton goes missing, the group presumes the worst that he is dead and begins a search to recover his body. Meanwhile off the coast of Northwestern England, Mariah Clarke finds the body of a man barely alive hanging onto a piece of driftwood. She manages to get him into her house and into bed. Mariah's father has just passed away and to keep a persistent suitor at bay claims the man she rescued was none other than her husband. Since Adam has no recollection of whom he is and this seemed like a smart plan at the time. Only, one lie leads to another and Mariah is quickly in over her head.

I love a good amnesia story and Loving a Lost Lord easily caught my eye. Even more fortunate for me, the book was free through Amazon last week as an e-book. The first part of the book I really enjoyed. It focused on Adam and Mariah getting to know each other as Adam struggled to recall his past. Mariah and Adam were instantly drawn to one another. Even though Adam couldn't recall Mariah being his wife, it felt right to him and gave him hope. Mariah felt guilty perpetuating the lie, but she couldn't seem to find a way to correct it without dashing Adam's hopes. She finds herself falling in love with him and hopes he will be able to forgive her when she reveals the truth.

The second part of the story lost some steam after Adam's friends find him and tell him who he is. Slowly, Adam starts to recover some of his memory, but unfortunately he can't seem to recall what happened just before his ship blew up. His friends uncover that there was foul play involved. Adam can't imagine who would want him dead. I thought the mystery portion of the book was weak. It didn't hold my interest and took time away from the real conflict which was Adam and Mariah trying to work through their feelings for each other.

In summary, Loving a Lost Lord is a very sweet, warm hearted romance. The first half of the book is wonderful, but the second half stumbles a bit with the mystery. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy amnesia themed books and also to readers who like their heroes on the beta side.

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This book can be purchased in print or kindle format at Amazon.


Maija P. said...

I also love amnesia stories. Like you said, this was a nice read :)

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

I have this book waiting, but I am not a big fan of amnesia stories. Hopefully I will feel the same way you do.

Barbara said...

I like the amnesia plots. This one sounds like a good read.

nath said...

Nice review, Jill :) It's hard to find good amnesia plots ^_^;

Lori said...

I'm actually not a big fan of amnesia stories, but I liked this one. Like you, I got it free on Amazon :) and also like you, I enjoyed the first half more than the 2nd half.

Jill D. said...

Maija - Did you get it free last week? Smart marketing, because now I'll be likely to get the other books when they come out.

Katie - I hope you enjoy it too!

Nath and Barbara - I don't know what it is, but I like amnesia plots. Linda Howard had one and I can't remember the title, but it was good. Do you have any to recommend?

Lori - Sounds like we have very similar reading tastes! Will you be reviewing this one?

Maija P. said...

Jill, nope, I bought it from a bookstore here in Finland. Usually brand new books tend to come within some weeks delay (if they come at all), so I was so surprised when this book was at the bookstore a week before the US release date 0_0

Jill D. said...

Maija - I totally forgot you didn't live in the states. Can you purchase from at all from Finland?