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Nowhere Near Respectable

Zebra: Kensington. (Lost Lords, Bk. 3). May 2011. c.352p. ISBN 9781420117226. pap. $6.99. HISTORICAL
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When she overhears a conversation maligning her biracial heritage, fiercely independent Lady Kiri Lawford flees from the estate of her fortune-hunting suitor and runs straight into a band of smugglers. When distraction arrives in the form of notorious but most observant Damian Mackenzie, Kiri escapes—and finds herself on the run with a sexy rogue who has not only rescued her but remarkably manages to save her reputation, as well. Separated by a vast social gulf (he's a bastard gaming club owner; she's the daughter of a Hindu princess and an English duke), Kiri and Mac fight the magnetism that crackles between them—until a bizarre, deadly threat to the throne takes them on an adventure that levels the playing field.
VERDICT In Kiri, a strikingly beautiful, lethal warrior queen, Putney has created one of her most memorable heroines to date. She pairs her with an honorable, valiant hero and drops them into a fascinating, fact-based dilemma that thoughtfully and realistically addresses some serious social issues and is guaranteed to keep the pages turning. This third "Lost Lords" title is exquisitely and sensitively written. Putney (Never Less Than a Lady) lives in the Baltimore area.

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