ROMANCE

Not Always a Saint

Zebra: Kensington. (Lost Lords, Bk. 7). Sept. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781420127171. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420127201. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarAlthough surprised and dismayed to find his current service-oriented life upended when he suddenly inherits the Romayne barony, dedicated surgeon and vicar Daniel Herbert bravely shoulders his responsibilities and sets off to London in search of a wife. There, he finds himself totally captivated by beautiful Jessie, Lady Kelham, a recent widow in desperate need of a husband—but a woman who seems bent on avoiding him at all costs. And then a threat and a compromising kiss change everything, and Jessie and Daniel are forced to come to terms with their fears and their feelings as they struggle to outwit both expected and unexpected blackguards.
VERDICT A caring heroine with a sordid past who doubts her self-worth and a hero plagued by soul-destroying guilt find love and redemption in a captivating romance that is graced with impeccable character development, flawless prose, and several surprising twists. Putney (Not Quite a Wife) lives in the Baltimore area.

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