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Sparks fly in the page-turning new read from mistress of the Regency genre and historical romance legend, Mary Jo Putney. Will a disgraced former soldier and a beautiful brazen woman determined to regain custody of her son from her devious former husband make the perfect match…even as they are shunned by the London ton? Bestselling author Mary Jo Putney’s romantic Regency-s Sparks fly in the page-turning new read from mistress of the Regency genre and historical romance legend, Mary Jo Putney. Will a disgraced former soldier and a beautiful brazen woman determined to regain custody of her son from her devious former husband make the perfect match…even as they are shunned by the London ton? Bestselling author Mary Jo Putney’s romantic Regency-set series features soldiers, spies—and the special redemption only love can bring... A man who has lost his honor has nothing... London, 1816. As a Royal Navy officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, has fought his share of battles on the high seas, followed by long years of imprisonment. But on this night, he’d rather be on the burning deck of a ship than in a ballroom, where it is just a matter of time before someone challenges him because of what happened on the Continent. A woman who has lost her reputation is nothing... When dark-haired beauty Kyla Douglas arrives, a whisper of scandal ripples through the ton. The disgraced divorcee’s entrance is an act of daring. Which is exactly why Lucas asks her to dance... A couple who stands together has everything... Unexpectedly, Lucas offers Kyla his aid in finding the evidence to regain her good name—and her beloved young son. Together they investigate the wicked conspiracy that destroyed her life, and in the midst of danger, find a deep love that will redeem them both—if only they can live long enough to build a future together.


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Sparks fly in the page-turning new read from mistress of the Regency genre and historical romance legend, Mary Jo Putney. Will a disgraced former soldier and a beautiful brazen woman determined to regain custody of her son from her devious former husband make the perfect match…even as they are shunned by the London ton? Bestselling author Mary Jo Putney’s romantic Regency-s Sparks fly in the page-turning new read from mistress of the Regency genre and historical romance legend, Mary Jo Putney. Will a disgraced former soldier and a beautiful brazen woman determined to regain custody of her son from her devious former husband make the perfect match…even as they are shunned by the London ton? Bestselling author Mary Jo Putney’s romantic Regency-set series features soldiers, spies—and the special redemption only love can bring... A man who has lost his honor has nothing... London, 1816. As a Royal Navy officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, has fought his share of battles on the high seas, followed by long years of imprisonment. But on this night, he’d rather be on the burning deck of a ship than in a ballroom, where it is just a matter of time before someone challenges him because of what happened on the Continent. A woman who has lost her reputation is nothing... When dark-haired beauty Kyla Douglas arrives, a whisper of scandal ripples through the ton. The disgraced divorcee’s entrance is an act of daring. Which is exactly why Lucas asks her to dance... A couple who stands together has everything... Unexpectedly, Lucas offers Kyla his aid in finding the evidence to regain her good name—and her beloved young son. Together they investigate the wicked conspiracy that destroyed her life, and in the midst of danger, find a deep love that will redeem them both—if only they can live long enough to build a future together.

30 review for Once Dishonored

  1. 5 out of 5

    fleurette

    A good story with well-written characters that I definitely enjoyed. As I read this book, I realized that I really like when the main characters meet in the first chapter, just like in this story. We meet Kendra and Lucas in the first chapter, and we learn about the tragic events in their past. I liked these main characters straight away. They are multi-dimensional and interesting. Lucas is a strong man, but not your typical imperious alpha male that romance now abounds. He is an excellent example A good story with well-written characters that I definitely enjoyed. As I read this book, I realized that I really like when the main characters meet in the first chapter, just like in this story. We meet Kendra and Lucas in the first chapter, and we learn about the tragic events in their past. I liked these main characters straight away. They are multi-dimensional and interesting. Lucas is a strong man, but not your typical imperious alpha male that romance now abounds. He is an excellent example of how you can create a really strong male character that supports the heroine but does not impose his will on her. I also love that Lucas appreciates Kendra for her character and how she handles problems, not just for her beauty. Kendra deserves it, she is indeed a strong woman, fully capable of independent decisions. Together, Kendra and Lucas make a remarkably successful couple. I think they fit together perfectly, and you definitely feel it. The fact that they become friends before becoming lovers also contributes to this impression. There is no insta-love or even insta-lust here. They are unquestionably attracted to each other, but they don't play on it right away. I appreciate it for sure, it’s refreshing. The sex scenes aren't very explicit. Kendra and Lucas had known each other in the past but are now reconnecting. And although they only spend a few weeks together, you don't get the feeling that everything is happening too fast. There is something very comforting and heart-warming about their relationship. And these are the vibrations that persist throughout the book, even though there are some rather serious and even dark topics. I really like it when there is also an extensive non-romance thread in my romances. This is the case here. Kendra and Lucas's developing feelings are intertwined with their efforts to solve Kendra's problems. It works for me very well. I was really interested in this plot. The author also did a great job of letting the events and actions of the characters show their stories and their personalities. This is especially true of Lucas, who is often ostracized in the society and this is how we learn what his situation is and how he reacts to it. We can also see it in the case of Kendra, we observe how she slowly regains self-confidence and takes control of her life. Great job. The only thing I didn’t like was a minor paranormal thread. It was unnecessary in my opinion. I think it could be easily avoided by relying on the normal skills of the characters. So far, I have only read the older books by this author, published in the 90s. This one I undeniably liked the most and I will undoubtedly look at other books in this series. I also recommend this book to people who like endings in Shakespearean style. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Neha

    Kendra has lost everything, her son, her marriage, her life, all because of a lie. Her husband only cared about her money and labelled her the black sheep of society. As a newly divorced women, ostracized by society, she much fight her way back to regain her honour and get back her son. With the help of a certain handsome Royal Navy officer, she is able to face her battles head strong and regain what she loves. I really liked how well rounded the two main leads were. In most historical dramas, t Kendra has lost everything, her son, her marriage, her life, all because of a lie. Her husband only cared about her money and labelled her the black sheep of society. As a newly divorced women, ostracized by society, she much fight her way back to regain her honour and get back her son. With the help of a certain handsome Royal Navy officer, she is able to face her battles head strong and regain what she loves. I really liked how well rounded the two main leads were. In most historical dramas, the story very much surrounds their love story and not much else. Putney strays away from the norm with success and some fails. She tackles issues which are little talked about for historical romance genre even though they would be prevalent for the time. I really enjoyed how the author handles issues surrounding Kendra's domestic abuse and the inequality faced by women during the times. I also appreciated seeing a community which supports hurt women much like the present day women's shelter. Although I did like the deviances it took from the norm, I did wish there was more romance in the novel. I didn't feel a strong spark for the love interests which I really need with my historical romances. Despite this, I do think readers who prefer a more realistic and mature romance will enjoy it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Thank you NetGalley for providing me with this book. This was a pleasant read with very clear distinction between the good guys and the bad guys. It did feel that almost everyone was little too nice and that everything always turned out so well. But, maybe that's not a bad thing in the crazy world we live in today.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Lucas Mandeville, Baron Foxton, served admirably as an officer in the Royal Navy, but that all ended when his ship was captured, and he was taken prisoner by the French. Given the fact that he broke his parole, his honor is now in question and his first attempt at braving a London ballroom isn’t going so well. Lucas would rather be anywhere else, in fact. When a lovely lady enters the ball dressed all in black and bringing with her not so subtle whispers of scandal, Lucas comes to her aide by ask Lucas Mandeville, Baron Foxton, served admirably as an officer in the Royal Navy, but that all ended when his ship was captured, and he was taken prisoner by the French. Given the fact that he broke his parole, his honor is now in question and his first attempt at braving a London ballroom isn’t going so well. Lucas would rather be anywhere else, in fact. When a lovely lady enters the ball dressed all in black and bringing with her not so subtle whispers of scandal, Lucas comes to her aide by asking for a dance. Lucas realizes he met the now divorced Kendra Douglas before he left for the Navy. He offers to help her in any way he can as she seeks to clear her blackened reputation and find the beloved son her former husband has hidden from her. As they work together to uncover the truth of what happened on the night that brought about her ruin, Lucas and Kendra develop a close relationship and a trust that could see them through a happy life together, if they can ever clear the way forward in the midst of such disaster. This is only my fourth read from this author, but I can safely say it is my favorite of her works. We have a mature hero and heroine communicating openly with each other and helping each other through their respective issues and hurts. There was something lovely in that, especially when added to the great chemistry they had together. The rallying of friends and allies around Kendra and Lucas was also quite delightful, as was the fact that this felt like a hard-won second chance for both of them. The plot took us all over the place, but somehow it always felt purposeful, rather than discombobulated. This story held my attention and I loved that Lucas and Kendra stood up for themselves and each other. I’m hoping this series continues. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    A question of honor! All this should have made for a mezmerizing read and yet for me the electricity just wasn't there. The opening scene promised that. A strange woman sweeping into a ton ballroom dressed in black and for some reason the center of the ton's disdain. She's rescued by a gentleman of uncommon empathy. What follows is a story of Revenge and Second Chances, with strong aspects of women in Abusive Marriages, and the problems surrounding divorce. Themes of friendship and education in 18 A question of honor! All this should have made for a mezmerizing read and yet for me the electricity just wasn't there. The opening scene promised that. A strange woman sweeping into a ton ballroom dressed in black and for some reason the center of the ton's disdain. She's rescued by a gentleman of uncommon empathy. What follows is a story of Revenge and Second Chances, with strong aspects of women in Abusive Marriages, and the problems surrounding divorce. Themes of friendship and education in 1816 are present with the school, Westerfield Academy, the Rogues attended making a reappearance. Both Kendra Douglas and Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, have ghosts to bury, the theme being honor. Kendra, a victim of her husband's perfidy has been divorced under shameful and awful circumstances. But even worse revelations about her husband will be exposed. Lucas has been the subject of speculation around parole from the French and circumstances that forced him to break that parole. He spent his time making amends, hiding out with a Franciscan healer, a trained bone setter. I found this part of Lucas' life, his bone setting abilities, that border on gifted, intriguing. However there were so many themes bouncing around I felt quite giddy. An interesting read but I didn't quite feel the continuing electricity between Kendra and Lucas that the opening promised. A Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Safety warnings attached at the end. This is my first book of the series and I felt it's fine read as a stand alone. You probably get more character introduction and death by reading the series in order though. I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything though. This book, as you can probably guess from the title, is about two people who have lost their honor according to society. Our hero, Lucas, was an officer in the navy and a prisoner of war. The heroine, Kendra, is a scandalous divorcee Safety warnings attached at the end. This is my first book of the series and I felt it's fine read as a stand alone. You probably get more character introduction and death by reading the series in order though. I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything though. This book, as you can probably guess from the title, is about two people who have lost their honor according to society. Our hero, Lucas, was an officer in the navy and a prisoner of war. The heroine, Kendra, is a scandalous divorcee. They come together at a ball and sense each other's vulnerability and protect each other. Kendra is a very strong character. Independent, fierce, and determined to get back what is hers. Society has been cruel to her since her divorce but she still holds her head up proudly. Lucas is very sweet and caring. He's been through a lot, emotionally and physically, but hasn't let that damage his personality. He's very steadfast and willing to help Kendra and protect her. Give this a try if you're in the mood for: -A regency time period novel – this takes place in 1816 -A novel with darker themes (lots of emotional turmoil, loss, abuse) -An experienced heroine – she's been married and divorced -Soldier hero – the hero was a soldier in the navy -Lots of things going on – there are lot of factors in play here, things the couple are trying to resolve -Lower to mid steam – kisses and sex happen and it's open door but it's pretty short I wasn't a huge fan of this story. It was rather dark, but without the emotional pull and angst of, say Kerrigan Byrne's work. There's a lot of loss, struggles, hurt from the past going on and not a lot of romance. I didn't really understand the characters attraction to each other. I wasn't getting butterflies. And the sex was very short and lackluster. I haven't read much of Putney's work, but I do remember Thunder and Roses. WHERE was that heat and fire? There's a scene from that book that had me breathless when they are playing billiards. I felt no remnant of that heat and sexiness here. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions about the story are my own. Safety warnings (spoilers) . . . . . . . Miscarriage, adoption, physical/verbal abuse

  7. 4 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Royal Navy officer Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra Douglas, former Lady Denshire, come together as two society outcasts. Lucas escaped French capture and is considered dishonorable for breaking terms of prisoner parole. Kendra is a divorcee, set up and accused by her husband of adultery. Lucas, disdained but accepted because of his title, agrees to help Kendra clear her name and restore her reputation so she can get her son back. This is the fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed. It's helpf Royal Navy officer Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra Douglas, former Lady Denshire, come together as two society outcasts. Lucas escaped French capture and is considered dishonorable for breaking terms of prisoner parole. Kendra is a divorcee, set up and accused by her husband of adultery. Lucas, disdained but accepted because of his title, agrees to help Kendra clear her name and restore her reputation so she can get her son back. This is the fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed. It's helpful, but not completely necessary, to read the series in order. Lucas is introduced in previous books, and many characters from the series appear. Lucas's "almost-brother" Simon is the hero of the previous book, and he and his wife Suzanne feature heavily. This was a somewhat enjoyable story, but my rating reflects the fact that the romance took a MAJOR backseat. Kendra's journey was the real front-burner and a majority of the book centered on revealing details that led to her divorce, regaining her confidence, finding out secrets, and getting her revenge. I felt like there were too many things along the way that clicked into place too easily. Lucas also had his own side plot as a healer that took up a lot of space, as well as a couple of encounters with numerous characters in a co-ed fencing facility. When it did come around to the romance, it was a bit plug-and-play and didn't draw me in at all. Tropes: Second Chance, Revenge, Redemption * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #OnceDishonored #Netgalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ay

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was attracted to the book cover, which has a woman holding an epee. That looked promising, I thought. It has been years since I have read a straight historical. This one really hit the spot. It is vintage Mary Jo Putney. It is outlandish, slightly over the top, and while set in the early 1800s in England, it is it's very own self. If you want a Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer type romance, this is not your book. If, however, you want I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was attracted to the book cover, which has a woman holding an epee. That looked promising, I thought. It has been years since I have read a straight historical. This one really hit the spot. It is vintage Mary Jo Putney. It is outlandish, slightly over the top, and while set in the early 1800s in England, it is it's very own self. If you want a Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer type romance, this is not your book. If, however, you want an outlandish/over the top story with a romance plot line with all kinds of other really cool stuff going on, and nice fun characters (who decide to call each other by their first names as soon as they meet), this is just the ticket. It is very much in line with Putney’s other books. In this present moment, with what is going on in the world, this was exactly what I needed. Recommended! In fact, I might just go off and read more of Putney's recent work. --

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    Lucas and Kendra could have their own soap opera show with the amount of baggage they each carried and I was positively hooked on what the final outcome would be! There’s a little bit of everything happening-reputations at stake, divorce law-fascinating business there, high society...the good, the bad, and definitely the ugly, a dashing bit of romance, a women’s fencing club! information merchants, and an extended family you’ll wish to have over for holiday dinners just to hear about their color Lucas and Kendra could have their own soap opera show with the amount of baggage they each carried and I was positively hooked on what the final outcome would be! There’s a little bit of everything happening-reputations at stake, divorce law-fascinating business there, high society...the good, the bad, and definitely the ugly, a dashing bit of romance, a women’s fencing club! information merchants, and an extended family you’ll wish to have over for holiday dinners just to hear about their colorful pasts! I haven’t read previous books in this series, the matter of which will be rectified sooner rather than later, and had no trouble following along. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley/Kensington and this is my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed series, Once Dishonored is a story of redemption. Lucas has returned to London after years away. Struggling with a tarnished reputation, Lucas immediately connects to Kyla Douglas, a recently divorced woman whose reputation is even more sullied than Lucas’. When Lucas learns that the cause of her dishonor is her greedy and vicious ex-husband, he determines to help this vulnerable woman regain her reputation, her child, and her life. Will Lucas and Kyla resto The fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed series, Once Dishonored is a story of redemption. Lucas has returned to London after years away. Struggling with a tarnished reputation, Lucas immediately connects to Kyla Douglas, a recently divorced woman whose reputation is even more sullied than Lucas’. When Lucas learns that the cause of her dishonor is her greedy and vicious ex-husband, he determines to help this vulnerable woman regain her reputation, her child, and her life. Will Lucas and Kyla restore their reputations and find a way to be together? I love the romance in this story! Lucas and Kyla are characters that have gone through so much in their lives, and both struggle to find themselves in a judgmental and rigid society. Shunned and judged by others, Lucas and Kyla feel a connection almost instantly. What develops is a slow-building relationship built on trust and admiration. I love that Lucas and Kyla have such respect for each other. They share their deepest shame and darkest secrets, and it only makes them grow closer to each other. They are unflinching in their resolve to help each other, and their chemistry is fantastic! I also found it interesting that, even though they are two of the most honorable people in the story, they are disrespected and judged by less honorable people. Kyla fled an abusive relationship and is persecuted for it, and Lucas gave his life for his country and is judged harshly for escaping when he was a prisoner of war. This says a lot more about the conditional society in which they live than is does about Kyla and Lucas. Further, it frustrated me that women had no voice and no legal rights during this time. Kyla’s husband does some terrible things to her, and there are no ramifications because Kyla has no voice. The men hold all of the power. Putney brings to light important messages about the rights of women and the oppression of women and children, which I appreciated. Another aspect of the story that I liked was the representation of strong, independent women and forward-thinking men. Lucas and Kyla find themselves embraced by people who accept them and appreciate them. This lovely group of people not only aid Kyla in exposing her ex for the liar he is, but they also provide unwavering support and understanding. A story laced with dynamic characters and strong messages about gender inequities, Once Dishonored is a great novel for readers who enjoy strong historical romance. Though this is the fifth book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Kensington Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Lucas Manderville, Baron Foxton is back from the dead and trying to reacclimate himself into society, but by escaping his parole while a prisoner of war has brought his honor into question and made him a bit of a pariah. He is floating on the edges of the ballroom when a beautiful woman in black arrives and the whispers start. Feeling a kinship to her, he asks her to dance and realizes that he knows her or rather knew her years ago when he was getting ready to ship out with the navy. Kendra Dougl Lucas Manderville, Baron Foxton is back from the dead and trying to reacclimate himself into society, but by escaping his parole while a prisoner of war has brought his honor into question and made him a bit of a pariah. He is floating on the edges of the ballroom when a beautiful woman in black arrives and the whispers start. Feeling a kinship to her, he asks her to dance and realizes that he knows her or rather knew her years ago when he was getting ready to ship out with the navy. Kendra Douglas, formerly Kendra Hawthorne, Lady Denshire is a divorcee and out for justice. Her ex-husband George, Lord Denshire told vile lies about her to gain a divorce and has taken her son from her all because her grandfather left her fortune in her hands and she refused to give him free reign. She wants to clear her name and get her son back, but has no idea where to begin. Dancing with Lucas opens a world of opportunities and when he offers to help her, it is a godsend! While they are trying to clear her name, he too will have to face his past and come to terms with his actions. As they work together and shocking secrets are uncovered and memories are recovered, they grow closer, but thanks to her divorce decree, Kendra cannot remarry while Denshire lives, so HEA many not come for years – if ever. This was a great slow burn, friends to lovers romance, with wonderful lead characters and lots of cameos from the Lost Lords and Redeemed Rogues and their wives. The book has a bit of everything, lies, scandal, intrigue, surprising twists and turns, familiar faces, grudges, forgiveness, a dash of paranormal, warm love scenes and a wonderful and sweet ending. And if that wasn’t enough, I found the author’s notes about Regency divorce and POW parole absolutely fascinating. This is the fifth book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title. I really enjoyed this installment and am happy to recommend this title. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diane Peterson

    Once Dishonored continues the Rogues Redeemed series from veteran romance author Mary Jo Putney. The series features strong, interesting women and a variety of situations. The hero and heroine of this book have both been dishonored in completely different ways. Kendra Douglas finds herself a social pariah after a sensational divorce and loss of her son, none of which was her fault. Lucas Mandeville, now Lord Foxton, has a complex past as a naval officer, military prisoner, assistant to a traveli Once Dishonored continues the Rogues Redeemed series from veteran romance author Mary Jo Putney. The series features strong, interesting women and a variety of situations. The hero and heroine of this book have both been dishonored in completely different ways. Kendra Douglas finds herself a social pariah after a sensational divorce and loss of her son, none of which was her fault. Lucas Mandeville, now Lord Foxton, has a complex past as a naval officer, military prisoner, assistant to a traveling monk, and bonesetter/healer. He sympathizes with Kendra’s plight and vows to help clear her name with the help of his friends. Kendra and Lucas were both intriguing characters. Despite their troubles they weren’t bitter. They just wanted to right the wrongs done to them and move on to a better life. Their attraction grew slowly, but steadily. Their relationship was based on genuine affection and respect, with plenty of steamy stuff thrown in. The story had many twists and turns before the HEA. While this is not Ms. Putney’s strongest book, she is such a solid writer that every story makes a worthwhile read. There were some unusual elements in Once Dishonored: the divorce (a rarity in Regency England), women fencing, Lucas’s power of hands-on healing. The tone of the book was definitely feminist in nature. Overall, a well-written book that keeps the reader’s attention. ARC provided through Netgalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jaci

    Another wonderful story of courage, redemption, and of course love by Mary Jo Putney. I love The Rogues Redeemed Series. Mary Jo's stories glide along at a wonderful pace, her characters are first-rate. She knows how to pull the reader into her stories with action, adventure, and surprises that will leave you gasping and satisfied to the very end. Her love scenes are erotic and sensual without being crude or offensive. I have been reading her books for a long time and will always anticipate the Another wonderful story of courage, redemption, and of course love by Mary Jo Putney. I love The Rogues Redeemed Series. Mary Jo's stories glide along at a wonderful pace, her characters are first-rate. She knows how to pull the reader into her stories with action, adventure, and surprises that will leave you gasping and satisfied to the very end. Her love scenes are erotic and sensual without being crude or offensive. I have been reading her books for a long time and will always anticipate the next in her wonderful series. My favorite is The Fallen Angels Series and The Silk Trilogy. I have never read a book by her that I wouldn't recommend. She is one of my go-to authors and the diversity and volume of her work stand the test of time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I decided to have a quick glance at the first chapter of this book at bedtime and I was still reading three hours later! Literally couldn’t put it down and I was instantly engaged in both the hero and heroine’s lives. They are both considered ‘dishonoured’, and although this takes a different form for each of them, their shared experiences and feelings of being outside society draw them to each other. I loved the way they battled each other’s enemies and stood up for one another, and it is alway I decided to have a quick glance at the first chapter of this book at bedtime and I was still reading three hours later! Literally couldn’t put it down and I was instantly engaged in both the hero and heroine’s lives. They are both considered ‘dishonoured’, and although this takes a different form for each of them, their shared experiences and feelings of being outside society draw them to each other. I loved the way they battled each other’s enemies and stood up for one another, and it is always immensely satisfying when a truly horrible villain gets his come-uppance. Add a couple of delightful children, a whole host of protective and helpful friends, and you have a wonderful story – I loved it! (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Barnes

    A different sort of historical romance I really enjoyed this one because of its originality. The characters had a lot of depth and worked extremely well together. Having a divorced heroine in a Regency romance is not a simple task to pull off and I think Mary Jo Putney did a remarkable job with it. The hero also had an intriguing background as an escaped POW. When the two meet and start working together, both find the trust and love they never believed could be theirs. A wonderful story of fighti A different sort of historical romance I really enjoyed this one because of its originality. The characters had a lot of depth and worked extremely well together. Having a divorced heroine in a Regency romance is not a simple task to pull off and I think Mary Jo Putney did a remarkable job with it. The hero also had an intriguing background as an escaped POW. When the two meet and start working together, both find the trust and love they never believed could be theirs. A wonderful story of fighting back against the strictures condemning them both, of restoring reputations, and finding happiness against all odds.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 308. Mary Jo Putney continues her series of survivors of the Napoleonic wars and her crusade to explain how bad the lives of women were in that time period. With few legal rights, a woman was at the mercy of her husband, and when that husband was a terror. This is the story of Kendra who seeks to have her son restored to her and her name cleared. Lucas Mandville is trying to clear his name and find his place now that he has returned to England. This novel ties together so many threads an 2020 bk 308. Mary Jo Putney continues her series of survivors of the Napoleonic wars and her crusade to explain how bad the lives of women were in that time period. With few legal rights, a woman was at the mercy of her husband, and when that husband was a terror. This is the story of Kendra who seeks to have her son restored to her and her name cleared. Lucas Mandville is trying to clear his name and find his place now that he has returned to England. This novel ties together so many threads and has the perfect ending. I do enjoy Mary Jo Putney's regency novels.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Dunnett

    Perfect escapism. I loved every page.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    Poor Kendra is a shunned woman, she is divorced and her husband made her out to be an adulteress. Kendra is stubborn and shows up to party for the ton. While there she almost turns to fell but Lucas saves her.. He is not comfortable with the ton either an after hearing her story, he and his friends decide to assist and while at each getting a chance at happiness, which they both truly deserve

  19. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Sandis

    Nothing like meeting a new author and becoming addicted, right? How had I not read anything by Mary before ?? Once dishonored brings us a story about injustices, about the search for truth, about friendship, love, loyalty and about redemption too. Our protagonists will be united by something in common: they have been banned from English society. Her, because she was accused of cheating on her husband and went through a divorce (super scandalous for the time!) And him, for being a navy veteran cons Nothing like meeting a new author and becoming addicted, right? How had I not read anything by Mary before ?? Once dishonored brings us a story about injustices, about the search for truth, about friendship, love, loyalty and about redemption too. Our protagonists will be united by something in common: they have been banned from English society. Her, because she was accused of cheating on her husband and went through a divorce (super scandalous for the time!) And him, for being a navy veteran considered dishonored after escaping from prison where he was. And if both are considered dishonored, why not join forces, right? "She took his hand, desperately grateful that he was offering support in a whirlpool of condemnation." Kendra suffered a lot from the divorce process and before that too, at the hands of her ex-husband. But all she wants now is justice, to have her name cleared in front of society after the lies told by her ex-husband, but mainly, her goal is to get her son back. But at that time, nothing was easy for a woman. And that's when Lucas, Lord Foxton, appears, willing to help, to face these battles with her, to be the rock she needs to establish herself during these difficulties. Lucas is extremely cute. Seriously, he is the kindest and herper person that I’ve ever seen. It makes you want to hug him all the time. His past broke my heart, but the way he developed after that is really cool. I love his relationship with medicine and healing within the story, it gave an interesting tone to everything. The romance between them is smooth, delicate and progresses on each page very naturally. “ - I had forgotten how wondrous a kiss can be. Though I think it’s you who makes it wondrous. - I think it’s the two of us together who create wonder.” Something I loved about this book was seeing the partnership between the characters. We have Lucas with his cousin, uncles and the group of friends he has, but especially Kendra and the group of empowered women who support her. I wanted to be friends with them too, you know? I connected a lot with the characters, with the story of this couple. I suffered and got angry at the difficult times, I hated the ex-husband with all my strength, I hoped things would work out and I also smiled with each happy part. “- But how can I say no when you are in my arms and the most alluring woman in the world? -Then don’t say no.” If I have anything to criticize, it is that the ending was a little to fast, and that I would like the book to have an epilogue. But for the rest, it's an incredible story. The reading is fluid, the plot holds us all the time and the characters are complete and captivating. I just loved so much and highly recommend it! Now I just need to read all of Mary's other book series 🤣

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay pinkcowlandreads

    3.5/5 Stars I was really excited for Lucas’s story after he was finally found and brought home in the last instalment in the Rogues Redeemed series (Once a Spy), but I was not able to invest in his redemption as much as I have with past rogues. Lucas Madeville, has been retuned to London and his rightful place as earl, now he must find a way to regain his honour after breaking his parole with the French in the Napoleonic wars. He is looked down upon by the men and women of society, until a woman a 3.5/5 Stars I was really excited for Lucas’s story after he was finally found and brought home in the last instalment in the Rogues Redeemed series (Once a Spy), but I was not able to invest in his redemption as much as I have with past rogues. Lucas Madeville, has been retuned to London and his rightful place as earl, now he must find a way to regain his honour after breaking his parole with the French in the Napoleonic wars. He is looked down upon by the men and women of society, until a woman also as reviled shows up and he finds kinship and a purpose. Kayla is a disgraced and divorced woman. Her honour has been taken away from her by the lies spread by her ex-husband. He has not only taken away her life and standing, eh has taken her son… she would do anything to get him back. Allied by a kinship of their lost hour and a mutual like a they shared when they were younger, Lucas and Kyla band together to restore their honour and get Kyla her son back. **SPOILER** I found the at the solution to the return of their honour unsatisfying. For Lucas it. Was too simple, just finally owing up to what happened and the circumstances righted his slight. While, for Kyla her solution was overly dramatic and only got more so by her accusers actions in the aftermath. In general I found this story had a slow start and picked up well in the middle, but the ending while entertaining wasn’t what I had hoped for and wrapped it up too neatly. In general, the book was good, but it didn’t rank as highly as some of the other Rogues for me. The fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed series, Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney is due to release September 29th, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books and Zebra Romance through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #OnceDishonored #MaryJoPutney #NetGalley #pinkcowlandreads

  21. 5 out of 5

    Moriah

    I received a copy of this title for an honest review. Once Dishonored can be easily lead as a stand-alone and features the story of Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra, Lady Denshire. Lucas was presumed dead for several years during the Napoleonic wars, but has recently returned home. Suffering from guilt over his escape, he spent his past years wondering the Europe working as an assistant for a bone setter. Now that he is home, he struggles with society's and his own view of his loss of h I received a copy of this title for an honest review. Once Dishonored can be easily lead as a stand-alone and features the story of Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra, Lady Denshire. Lucas was presumed dead for several years during the Napoleonic wars, but has recently returned home. Suffering from guilt over his escape, he spent his past years wondering the Europe working as an assistant for a bone setter. Now that he is home, he struggles with society's and his own view of his loss of honor over his escape after giving his word that he would not and receive parole. Kendra, is a notorious divorcee who is trying to deal with society's opinion of her in addition to trying to be re-united with her son. Once Dishonored features two wounded individuals trying to come to terms with their lives while finding a new version of normal. I liked both Kendra and Lucas overall and appreciate as always Ms. Putney's portrayal of adults who act as such within the confines of the time period. I also appreciate the emotional depth of the story, but there were a couple of elements of the story that strained my credibility and prevented me from rating this 4 stars as I did previous books in the series. Overall, I did enjoy the story and found it a good way to spend an afternoon; I'll be reading the next entry in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is the fifth book her Rogues Redeemed Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I do recommend reading at a minimum book four as the hero of this book features prominently in that one. Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton and Kendra Douglas, formerly Lady Denshire, first met during her first season, but she was looking for a husband and he was heading off to a career in the navy, so w I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is the fifth book her Rogues Redeemed Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I do recommend reading at a minimum book four as the hero of this book features prominently in that one. Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton and Kendra Douglas, formerly Lady Denshire, first met during her first season, but she was looking for a husband and he was heading off to a career in the navy, so while they enjoyed each others company, the time was not right. Many years later, Lucas is scorned as one who has broken parole, and Kendra is a scandalous divorcee who arouses his protective instincts. Determined to redeem both her good name and retrieve her son Kendra is quite willing to accept his help, and the attraction between them grows, but as a divorcee, she can never remarry, and their relationship, if known, would only add the scandal. I enjoyed reading this book and finished it in less than a day. Medium Steam. Publishing Date: September 29, 2020. #OnceDishonored #MaryJoPutney #HistoricalRomance #RegencyRomance #KensingtonBooks #ZebraRomanceNovels #bookstagram #bookstagrammer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gallo

    A heavy 5 stars. This was such a soul searing story. There was a level of drama that was not over the top, but it pulled the reader in. As a reader, I could feel the helpless anger of the heroine. She lost everything and then, because she was a weak woman, she was divorced and vilified after having survived what most women would not have been able to. The hero is willing to step back and see the big picture and allow her to be justified in her attempt to not only get her name and reputation retu A heavy 5 stars. This was such a soul searing story. There was a level of drama that was not over the top, but it pulled the reader in. As a reader, I could feel the helpless anger of the heroine. She lost everything and then, because she was a weak woman, she was divorced and vilified after having survived what most women would not have been able to. The hero is willing to step back and see the big picture and allow her to be justified in her attempt to not only get her name and reputation returned, but get her child back. Her ex-husband had so many people lie in order to cheat her out of her inheritances on the pretext that he had to raise his son and that he was the victim. Not only did he cheat his ex-wife of everything, he also beat the crap out of her during their marriage. This type if book just pulls at my soul because not only did it happen and the perpetrators got away with it, there are people still doing this today. I understand that this is fiction, but it is fiction based on what was historically happening to women. Sometimes a book will transcend time and this is one of them. I recommend this book with a solid 5 stars. Ms. Putney has proven again that she is a relevant author and does not rely on tricks to keep the readers attention. She uses good old fashioned talent and hard work to create a book that will be on many 'keeper' shelves.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is an excellent historical romance that is the fifth book in the series titled Rogues Redeemed. I have to admit that I have not read any books by Ms. Putney before, but this book has definitely made me a fan. I have not read any of the previous books in this series and I was easily able to follow along, however with some of the characters arcing from the previous into this novel, I am most definitely going to read up on the previous books. This novel has it all: Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is an excellent historical romance that is the fifth book in the series titled Rogues Redeemed. I have to admit that I have not read any books by Ms. Putney before, but this book has definitely made me a fan. I have not read any of the previous books in this series and I was easily able to follow along, however with some of the characters arcing from the previous into this novel, I am most definitely going to read up on the previous books. This novel has it all: historical fiction, friendship, romance, mystery, suspense, and villainous characters that experience well-deserved outcomes. I enjoyed the fact that some characters were inherently good such as the main characters: Kendra and Lucas, his cousin Simon and wife Suzanne. These characters were likeable, realistic, still imperfect, yet had a moral compass. The love, compassion, foregiveness, acceptance, and loyalty between these two couples was enjoyable to read. I can't wait to check out the previous book to read up on Simon and Suzanne's stories. I really enjoyed Kendra. She was stronger then she realized. The friendships and relationships she acquired during the course of this book added to my interest. I truly enjoyed both Kendra and Lucas's complicated past stories, their flaws, and how they were able to finally love and trust again. I thought the plot was creative, intricate, complex yet interesting. It kept drawing me in. Just when I thought I knew it all and could see where this was going, the author added in just enough to keep things realistic as well as addictive. I enjoyed the pace, the well-thought out dialogue, and I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters. I also truly enjoyed the ending. It was definitely theatrical in nature, and finishing with quite the bang. These characters truly deserved the wonderful (and rightful) ending that was presented. If you like regency romance, creative plots, wonderful characters, romance, and great endings, then this book is for you. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    A Fight for Justice Mary Jo Putney jumps right into Lucas and Kendra’s story. They find a kindred spirit in each other’s loss of reputation, and Lucas promptly offers to help Kendra regain custody of her son. Simon and Suzanne Duval, from Once a Spy, are eager to help. Kendra’s experience is tragic, as she is a woman during a time of patriarchal law in English history. Thankfully Lucas has the rank, persistence, healing knowledge, and friends to help her. Friends such as Lord and Lady Kirkland fr A Fight for Justice Mary Jo Putney jumps right into Lucas and Kendra’s story. They find a kindred spirit in each other’s loss of reputation, and Lucas promptly offers to help Kendra regain custody of her son. Simon and Suzanne Duval, from Once a Spy, are eager to help. Kendra’s experience is tragic, as she is a woman during a time of patriarchal law in English history. Thankfully Lucas has the rank, persistence, healing knowledge, and friends to help her. Friends such as Lord and Lady Kirkland from Not Quite A Wife. It was nice to see how wonderful these families are doing, and how kind they are to their extended family. Kendra’s bravery and fortitude in her situation is admirable. I was genuinely happy that she finally got her happy ending. Lucas and Kendra’s love is the quiet dependable type, with a strong root of trust and mutual understanding. A great read for Mary Jo Putney fans!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    Ms. Putney's books are always wonderful, and this title is no exception. I have to say the requirement of having a consummated relationship in this genre has worn thin with me - particularly when there were good reasons the characters shouldn't have done the deed. There was perhaps more at stake in this plot to avoid sex. That said, the hero's background and abilities were fascinating and added a great deal for me to the story. The heroine triumphs (with some help from her new friends) and the v Ms. Putney's books are always wonderful, and this title is no exception. I have to say the requirement of having a consummated relationship in this genre has worn thin with me - particularly when there were good reasons the characters shouldn't have done the deed. There was perhaps more at stake in this plot to avoid sex. That said, the hero's background and abilities were fascinating and added a great deal for me to the story. The heroine triumphs (with some help from her new friends) and the villain gets exposed in the perfect way. An altogether lovely read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    I'm a big fan of the author's books and this is one of those stories that made me fall in love all over again with historical romance. It's hard to believe that in regency era , a woman was allowed to divorce but it happened and we get a happily ever after with this one. I enjoyed their banter, their friendship and romance, the slow burn and acceptance as who they are as they both had a rough past that didn't define them. It's a more unusual setting but if you love historical romance , give it a I'm a big fan of the author's books and this is one of those stories that made me fall in love all over again with historical romance. It's hard to believe that in regency era , a woman was allowed to divorce but it happened and we get a happily ever after with this one. I enjoyed their banter, their friendship and romance, the slow burn and acceptance as who they are as they both had a rough past that didn't define them. It's a more unusual setting but if you love historical romance , give it a try and i'm sure you'll fall in love with this story as i did.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    *I received an ARC through NetGalley. All thoughts on the novel are voluntarily given.* I will be honest, this book wasn't my favourite in regards to light romances. Though I did enjoy the storyline and the unique perspective of a divorcee in the regency era. What makes this book different from others is the portrayal of the legalities that women and children faced in the regency era. Having no rights and being property to their husbands and fathers was a particular plot that was woven throughout *I received an ARC through NetGalley. All thoughts on the novel are voluntarily given.* I will be honest, this book wasn't my favourite in regards to light romances. Though I did enjoy the storyline and the unique perspective of a divorcee in the regency era. What makes this book different from others is the portrayal of the legalities that women and children faced in the regency era. Having no rights and being property to their husbands and fathers was a particular plot that was woven throughout. Personally I enjoy getting to know the characters before knowing them in relationships with others. If that makes sense? Knowing who they are individually or following along with them as they learn who they are. I didn't get to care about any of the characters individually as they were all immediately attached in one way or another. Whether that was friendship, or family, or through romance. I also wished that some scenes were fleshed out a bit more. I felt as if the direction shifted quickly from one setting to the next. Although that is on par with other romance novels. I enjoyed the relationships between the women and how they lifted each other rather than one another down. It is always nice when an author can mix romance and female friendships without there having to be a misunderstanding. Overall this book had some good qualities. It fell in the middle of the pack for me. However, I don't regret reading it and if I am ever in the mood for a regency romance then I will give this book another shot.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trudi Jorda

    A woman in Regency England wearing all black until she can get her name cleared of adultery and a man who feels guilty for escaping a French prison both scorned by society team up to fight for what's right to clear their names and to get her son back from her ex-husband. What could possibly happen?? Just about everything! I really enjoyed the story with all it's plot twists and enjoyable characters? Enjoy this GoodRead!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Such a fun quick read I enjoyed with fantastic characters I fell in love with and loved reading about! Never thought to love regency adventure and romance this much!

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