Title: Not Quite A Wife (The Lost Lords)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Publisher: Zebra books, reprint August 26, 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent. . .except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.
Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl–until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.
Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love. . ..
Sometimes a beautiful book cover is just not enough. So much of this plot just didn’t make any sense to me. Yes, it might be just me, but hear me out. We have a young woman who married in haste because both she and her husband found love at first sight. They were ecstatically happy for a year. Then he kills an intruder in front of her and she decides that he’s a murderer and she leaves him for ten years. He doesn’t pursue her because he is feeling guilty about the killing. Here is where I don’t get their reactions: He is killing the guy in self defense so why is she all “he’s a murderer” and why is he feeling guilty? Spoiler Alert: Then they get back together under fantastical circumstances where coincidence abounds. Okay not so much “spoiler” but if you want to read this book I don’t want to spoil it all for you. There is a very predictable side plot about a former slave girl. All in all I find Ms. Putney’s command of language to be first rate but this plot was so unbelieveable that I find it impossible to give it a glowing recommendation.