Title: Not Always A Saint (The Lost Lords, book #7)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Publisher: Zebra, reprint, Aug. 25, 2015
Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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…
This was love at first sight for Daniel and since Jessie was looking for an older man to marry, Daniel did not fit the bill. Daniel was persistent and Jessie succumbed to his charm. Jessie did have secrets in her past and eventually she disclosed them to Daniel. He vowed to protect her and he would love her. But Jessie’s past was soon to catch up with her.
There is certainly enough dialog between Jessie and Daniel to give us a clear understanding of each character but for me I just did not connect with either. I could never really care about them and found myself frequently putting the book aside. There was some danger and action toward the end that seemed too easily resolved and part of the past transgressions were not resolved. I only thought this book to be “okay”. Not one of my favorites from Ms. Putney.