A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author, Mary Jo Putney has won two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards.
In No Longer a Gentleman, the gentleman in question, Grey Sommers, is conducting a bit of light espionage in France when a dalliance with a government official’s wife gets him thrown into a dungeon. Enter beguiling spy Cassie Fox, sent to free the suffering lord - and perhaps to liberate his heart.
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A historical thriller /romance. This is one of 3 historical romances dealing with the same group of characters in a continuum - one is introduced to each major character in the 3 succeeding novels by Mary Jo Putney. 'No longer a Gentleman' follows the quest for a long missing colleague friend of the main characters. The action is set in France during the napoleonic wars, and the search proceeds based on clues introduced in the previous novel of ' No where near Respectable ' The main hero shows a remarkably minimal effect from years of solitary confinement! The books are well written, with interesting historical descriptions lashed however with a good dash of poetic licence. The independence of the female characters (who are in fact the main characters of each novel) would appeal to the modern feminist but like the presence of 'Indian lords' is pushing the boundaries of credibility. There is a fair amount of explicit sex which is probably unnecessary.
Overall an enjoyable light historical adventure which is enjoyable if not quite historically feasible or accurate.
The book is well read but I preferred the English accent for Lady Kieri as in the previous novels read by Mr Reynolds, to the affected 'indian' accent in this performance. A young girl,daughter of and brought up by an English aristocratic army officer , in English army camps, all be it in India, would not have had the heavy 'Indian' accent as portrayed in this performance. The English accent is far more credible for someone moving in English aristocratic society in the early 19th century.
Would enjoy another novel involving this group of friends and comrades.
Part of the Lost Lords series, this is a well-written (and well-read) story by Mary Jo Putney. As usual, the characters are the best part. The female protagonist Cassie had a moderately sizable role in the last book of this series, definitely a supporting character there but very much a strong and viable heroine here. At the same time, Cassie isn't Buffy the Vampire Slayer or one of the 21st century kickass heroines; she is smart, resourceful, and dedicated to her craft without having to defeat hordes of enemies in hand-to-hand combat (not that she's a slouch). Wyndham, in a nod towards Monte Cristo, comes out of his desperate situation a changed man: Powerful in his own right, but definitely damaged (just as in her own way Cassie is, just in a healed-over-scars sort of way). They suit one another very well, as the people of that time-period would say.
The reading was well-done, just as all the other books in this series have been. Sometimes I wonder if it is better to have the same narrator through a series, but the Lost Lords readers, all different so far, have all been very good (thus demonstrating that it isn't always better to have all of them from the same reader).
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
The story line had the potential there but it just didn't deliver. 17th century female spy Cassie Fox is sent into France to rescue a imprisoned English lord and return him to his family. The plot is interesting but it just fizzles out, there is no emotion, or struggles, it seem just to be a reciting of actions and that's it. No depth or development into the characters, and if you don't care about the characters then why would you care about the story. I would pass on this one.
I love M.J.P's books and this one was no exception, although it took me a little while to get hooked into the story I'm glad I did. Cassie, a capable English spy, rescues the flawed but repentant handsome Lord Grey Summers who has been imprisoned in France for 10 years and they have to escape back to England, despite being hunted.
They are drawn to each other from the start of their journey and, as it continues, he hopes for a future with Cassie but she knows there's no hope as they are from different classes in Society....... or that's what she believes !!
Yes there's holes in the story and, at times I found myself thinking "mmmm 'really!" but worth the credit - I thought so.
I read so I can write
I enjoy Ms. Putney's books. The stories are well written and never overdone. In this case there are two very strong characters whose lives are woven together by a finely constructed story.
The story was spoiled for me by horrid narration. I'm not sexist when it comes to narrators but when a male narrator does such a bad job with female voices it takes a lot of patience for me to listen.
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
I loved this story. The spy plot makes it continually interesting to read, and the relationship that develops between Cassie Fox and Viscount Grey Sommers is incredibly touching. She rescues him after ten years in solitary confinement, from which he emerges as a psychologically damaged individual. But thanks to a fellow prisoner - a French clergyman - he has been saved from madness. Now Cassie becomes his guide, his source of understanding and support, and his lover. Grey depends upon her to keep his anger and fear of people in check. When he takes her to meet his family, she must abandon her disguise as an old woman, and the sparks fly. This is a well-written story with endearing lead characters. I loved both of them. And the spy plot has a wry and ironic ending. A good listen!
Read this one a while ago and was kind of annoyed by it's inference to other characters that it seemed like I should know about. Just found out it is part of a series, The Lost Lords, book 4. So now I am reading it again in order which is no hardship, because Putney weaves good tales with likable characters and some suspense and I found the book enjoyable the first time so I would imagine it will be even better now that I have all the background information!
Just wish audible had identified this as a series and that they had book 5: "Sometimes a Rogue"
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