ROMANCE

Sometimes a Rogue

(Lost Lords, Bk. 5). Zebra: Kensington. Sept. 2013. c.352p. ISBN 9781420127157. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420127188. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarNot about to leave her pregnant twin, Mariah, Duchess of Ashton, to the mercies of the two thugs who arrived at the isolated chapel where the sisters stopped when Mariah went into labor, Sarah Clarke-Townsend passes herself off as the duchess and ends up kidnapped and whisked off to Ireland in Mariah's stead. Fortunately, Rob Carmichael, an intrepid, canny Bow Street Runner with a rejected aristocratic past, is soon hot on their trail. Though Rob quickly rescues Sarah, avoiding the relentless villains and getting back to England are not so easy. Complications multiply as inheritance issues, duplicity, social status, Irish nationalism, and at least one wickedly insane villain spice up the action for all concerned.
VERDICT Witty humor, deep character development, thrilling sexual edginess, and a remarkable pair of protagonists combine in this exhilarating addition to Putney's addictive and exquisitely written series. Putney (No Longer a Gentleman) lives in the Baltimore area.

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