No Longer A Gentleman Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2012
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About the Author
Mary Jo Putney graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in eighteenth-century literature and industrial design. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. She was the keynote speaker at the 2000 National Romance Writers of America Conference. Ms. Putney lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her Web site at www.maryjoputney.com.
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Cassie Fox was introduced (ASFAIK) in Nowhere Near Respectable. And in this she is tasked with recuperating one of the Lost Lords who was previously thought to have died in France. She rescues Grey Wyndham, but he is a shell of his former self. Though at the time, PTSS had not been described as a medical condition, Grey exhibits the classic signs, and if anyone is able to understand his situation, Cassie can. She can relate, having braved countless dangers during her time as a secret agent. The two become close, but in society a great gulf separates them. When they must go back to France to settle old debts, the two must sort out whether their need of each other overcomes their differences.
First off, Cassie is so much more sympathetic as the heroine than as a secondary character in the previous book. Then Grey Wyndham is also an interesting hero, having been a golden boy for whom everything was a fete and having acquired a great deal much depth in his ordeal. Also though the romantic conflict sometimes seems a little stretched thin, Putney writes with conviction and makes me buy into it, so to speak. It is interesting that in this novel, it is Cassie who is the rescuer, and who is the strong one on whom Grey must depend. But it also closely mirrors the relationship of all those men of years past, coming home after having lived through countless ordeals who were literally pulled from despair by the quiet support of the women they had fought for.Read more ›
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I really liked the book overall, but there were a few areas of weakness that I feel I need to point out.
First though I would like to say that the great things about this book are Cassie and Grey. I absolutely adored the both of them. If I had to give stars based on the main characters this book would have gotten a resounding 5 stars for me. Cassie is probably one of the strongest female characters I've ever read in a historical romance novel. Grey's a true flawed hero, who learns from his mistakes and at times, he made me want to cry because he makes himself so vulnerable to Cassie and vice-versa. Both of them are written beautifully and I definitely felt the vulnerability, heat and romance of the pair. I felt their connection from the first and I really liked how Putney developed their romance.
The story itself was quite well-done, as I said above I really liked the book overall. Grey is imprisoned by a cruel and deranged French government official and Cassie is sent to find information on his disappearance and ends up rescuing him. I loved the aspect of the reverse 'damsel in distress' here, or I should say 'Gentleman in distress'. I love that she was so clever a spy that she managed to rescue Grey and Pere Laurent. This gets a big thumbs up from me. I also loved the addition of Regine and her puppies and that Grey rescued Regine and showed a sensitivity few male heroes exhibit in historical romance novels.
And here we come to the not-so-good.
1) Cassie's explanation of why she never contacted her relatives in England. She basically tells her cousins that she didn't think they would remember her after all those years. She had played with those cousins and been around the British side of the family when she was a child. I'm pretty sure that even at 17/18, when she came back to Britain after about five years of being away, they would have remembered her and not thought her an imposter, especially because of her distinctly red hair which is a family trait from the British side of her family. Plus, she was very much loved by the family and she adored them in turn, so it really puzzled me that she chose to basically ignore her family for 12 years and just become a spy in order to survive.
2) The resolution between Grey and his captor.
Major Spoiler: please don't read on if you don't want to know how Grey's kidnapping storyline in France is resolved:
Grey kills his tormentor; a French government official, who is quite high up in the government. To clarify, Grey has to go back to France, after his escape, because Pere Laurent and his family (who helped Grey and Cassie as well) have been captured and taken to the dungeon by the official. This was an obvious plot point and I knew this was going to happen from the beginning, but it actually didn't bother me that much. But I digress. Consequently, the soldiers serving under him get ready to kill Grey. This makes sense as an Englishman, the enemy, just killed a high French official. But then, the French official's wife (and the reason Grey was in the dungeon for 10 years) comes in and stops the soldiers from killing Grey by saying it was self-defence on Grey's part. That may well have been true, but it wouldn't have mattered all that much, given the two countries were at war and saw each other as enemies. Even if Grey would not have been killed by the soldiers right away, at the very least they would have arrested him. But after the interference, nothing happened, the soldiers just let everyone go as if nothing had happened. This, I found not believable.
3)The French government official imprisoning Grey for 10 years without a ransom demand. I get the official wanted to make him suffer, but I think he would have either killed him, especially after Grey attacked him in the dungeon once, instead of having him in his dungeon for 10 years. More likely, he would have sent a ransom demand to Grey's family, despite the fact that Grey said his family wouldn't care to pay it. Grey is the heir, even if the family didn't like him, they would have still paid to get him back. The French official liked power, possesions and luxuries, and the money he would have gotten as ransom, would have enabled him to become even more powerful, so I simply didn't understand why he wouldn't at least try. That didn't make sense.
So that's it; the great, the good and the not-so-good. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this read and would recommend it.
My second peevish remark has to do with the printer and not the author. The pages of my book were poorly printed, sometimes bound so close to the fold that I had to hyper extend the book spine backwards to open the book wide enough to read the text, sometimes printed so close to the edge of the page that I read each sentence twice to make sure no words were cut off, and page 362 of my book was blank, leaving page 363 to start in mid sentence. Unprofessionally done, Zebra.
Overall this was an interesting addition to Mary Jo Putney's The Lost Lords series. I did feel that the characters' conflicts and emotional traumas were quickly and conveniently resolved and the depth of their personal interactions was somewhat shallow. I will continue to read the series, however, and look forward to stories featuring Kirkland and Rob Carmichael.
With No Longer A Gentleman (The Lost Lords), I used not even one bookmark, proving that there was no insipid and meaningless dialogue, no lengthy descriptions of costumes, no overly-dramatic and irrelevant descriptions of scenery, and that the plot swung hummingly along telling a tale about interesting characters that I liked and wanted to survive the most interesting aspect of the Regency period, the Napoleonic wars and the spycraft involved in it. It was Mary Jo Putney's best book in this very enjoyable and well-written series.
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Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy,mild violence or profanity.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
Grey Sommers and Cassie Fox are both interesting characters. Grey has been locked up for a decade in a dungeon. He was basically in solitary confinement. You might think that he would not escape without any psychological damage but his senses remain mostly intact. He is drawn to the woman who saves him and who is also master of disguise, Cassie. She is very clever and resourceful. She lost her family when she was just a girl visiting France. She was saved but circumstances brought her to England and also made her a spy.
The story line is very captivating. The excitement and thrill of the chase across France kept me riveted. Also the obstacles that stand in Cassie and Grey's path to be together is intriguing. I also love how Putney uses the power of family and forgiveness in this novel. Both characters are so afraid of their family's reaction to certain events they underestimate them. Overall this is a good read. I highly recommend it. This is a series that I would love to read more of in the future.