I purchased the Audible book after a great sale recently. I had read and liked Mary Jo Putney's works in the past (though not in the last decade) and..Show More » decided to find a good Summer read.
What I really liked about this book is that it managed to avoid nearly every cliche that are so rampant in the romance field right now. Despite there being many chances, there were no "great misunderstanding" and the characters reacted logically, calmly, and intelligently to situations. There was no evil 'big baddie' forcing deus et machina situations. The female character isn't an annoying 'spitfire' who gets into situations just so she can be rescued by the alpha male. The male isn't even alpha - he's respectful of the heroine but not so much that it is anachronistic. The Heroine doesn't suddenly develop the ability to shoot a gun, ride a horse, or any other implausible ability just to get out of a situation. Nor is modern knowledge of medicine used to make fun of the doctoring of that era.
What we have is a very gentle, well written, emotionally resonating story of two people getting to know each other and learning to trust. It is skillfully plotted novel that doesn't rely on action so much as communication to build the relationship over time. It's what I would characterize as a mature novel - for those who are tired of the cliches and overwrought plots and just want a novel of two decent people, with hard pasts, who learn to overcome their own fears of intimacy to create a love match.
The audible narrator, though male, did an excellent job of both the female and male voices as well as the plot.
A historical thriller /romance. This is one of 3 historical romances dealing with the same group of characters in a continuum - one is int..Show More »roduced 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.
I would love to buy the next book in this series but will not because it is also read by Steven Crossley. He reads the female voices in a tone of ridi..Show More »cule, like he is making fun of or satirizing them.
I'm assuming, that the fact that this book was not filled with chapter after chapter of gratuitous erotic sex and that the hero was not a reformed rac..Show More »k or libertine, made the book boring or bland to a few other readers.The author, a favorite of mine, instead filled the page with great character development and unusual villains. The hero, a Lost Lord was a very honorable man..I liked him. The heroine, a very beautiful woman, was like a Lost Lady. They found each other, love and a marvelous, supportive relationship. The bad guys were unusual too. I liked the way other characterers from the Lost Lord series were used in the tale.
The narrator was definitely on track with a fine performance! I enjoy his voice and characters very much.