- Publisher: ZEBRA BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 25mm | 181g
- Publication date: 3 October 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1420127160
- ISBN 13: 9781420127164
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 52,220
James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent...except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife. Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl - until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest. Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love.
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By April Hollingworth 27 Jul 2014
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth
This is the 6th book in The Lost Lords series but can be read as a standalone. Mary Jo Putney brings you into the world of danger and intrigue. Where love once lost is a battle to be regained. I adored this book.
James, Lord Kirkland, owned a shipping fleet and half a fashionable London gaming house, and was a darkly effective spymaster in the shadow war between Britain and NapoleonÃ¢??s France.
Burning with fever, attacked and left in an ally, James is rescued and brought to a clinic, a clinic his estranged wife of ten years helps run. Shocked to find him in such a state, Laurel helps him and once again the burning passion inside them for each other sparks. After a passionate night consequences that cannot be ignored unite them once more. But with enemies closing in, the past of their separation not healed, is it too late for a second or is their great love for one another too broken to ever heal?
Ã¢??Oh, God, Laurel!Ã¢?? He caught her around the waist and pulled her onto the table beside him in a crushing embrace. Ã¢??I had the most ghastly dreams that IÃ¢??d lost you. I looked everywhere and couldnÃ¢??t find you.Ã¢?? His grip tightened as he said in a hoarse whisper, Ã¢??You were gone and I was so afraidÃ¢?Â¦Ã¢??
She gasped, shocked by being held full length against his barely clothed body. She knew she should break free, but the sheer physical rightness of being in his arms paralyzed her.
Even more shocking was the raw emotion and need in his voice. When sheÃ¢??d left him, heÃ¢??d seemed cool and uncaring, as if relieved that sheÃ¢??d no longer require time and attention. HeÃ¢??d shown no signs of pain.
Trying to control her trembling, she said, Ã¢??IÃ¢??m not lost; IÃ¢??m right here. You need to rest and drink more JesuitÃ¢??s bark tea. By morning you should be fine.Ã¢??
Ã¢??Now that IÃ¢??ve found you againÃ¢??-he rolled over so that he was braced above her-Ã¢??IÃ¢??ll never let you go.Ã¢?? He kissed her with naked hunger, as if craving her very soul.
Wisdom evaporated in an instant and she kissed him back, drinking from his mouth as if she were dying and his passion was the nectar of life. All the years of weeping with loneliness and heated, frustrated dreams had made her as hungry as he.
FTC Advisory: Zebra Books through Net Galley provided me with a copy of Not Quite A Wife by Mary Jo Putney. Published through Kensington publishing corp. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, Ã¢??material connections,Ã¢?? or bribes were exchanged for my review.