Review: Sometimes a Rogue by Mary Jo Putney

Sometimes a Rogue - Mary Jo PutneyPublisher: Zebra (August 27th 2013)
Paperback: 432 pages
Series: Lost Lords #5
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars


Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they’ve abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life…

A Rogue…

Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn.


This was my first attempt at Mary Jo Putney and I can’t tell if it’s just this book that I found oddly different to your “typical” historical romance or if this is how she normally writes her romance. Not to say it’s bad, just that it was different.

I found Rob and Sarah to be an extremely pragmatic couple, to the point where while I knew the reasons why they could like each other very much, there was little of the  overwhelming sweeping romance that’s the norm of historical romance. No constantly swooning or lusting or illogical actions due to love, I just wasn’t sure they were meant to be. That being said, they are a couple that definitely compliments each other.

I felt like there was two story lines in this book. The first was the kidnapping and the second is Rob’s story with his family. I really enjoyed the cross-country adventure from England to Ireland and back again, it was daring and thrilling and it gave me a chance to watch Rob and Sarah bond. The “second of the book was cute but just okay. I think I was hoping for more development with Rob and Sarah but they  just lacked the bit of chemistry for me.

I realize that this is book 5 in the series and that both characters were introduced long before this book, so maybe if I had known their personalities more I could have gotten behind this romance a wee bit more. That being said however, it was an enjoyable read and a good introduction to Mary Jo Putney. I’ll probably check out more of her works in the future.

{*Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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