New Release Books by Mary Jo Putney

Mary Jo Putney is the author of Once a Laird (2021), A Yuletide Kiss (2021), Once a Soldier (2021), Once a Spy (2021), Once a Scoundrel (2021) and other 127 books.

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Once a Laird

release date: Dec 09, 2021
Once a Laird
Reunited at long last, will they give in to their passion? After the death of his fiancée, Kai Ramsey left Scotland to roam distant lands. Having barely survived after being imprisoned as a spy during the Napoleonic War, Ramsay has lived on the edge of danger for years, but everything changes when a letter arrives for him from Scotland... Signy Matheson has dedicated her life to the people of Scotland’s remote Thorsay Islands. With a fiery spirit and agile mind, she is a faithful ally to the aging laird. Now their leader is ailing and Signy must summon the laird's successor at once – it’s time for Ramsey to come home. When Ramsay returns to Thorsay, he’s shocked to find that Signy has blossomed into an alluring beauty, and a force to be reckoned with. Because of their complicated past, Ramsey and Signy must deny their desire for each other. But after a wild storm sparks undeniable passion, the discovery of an ancestral treasure trove places them in harm’s way, and the two will have to come together to protect Thorsay. A thrilling Scottish Regency romance from New York Times bestseller Mary Jo Putney, for fans of Julia Quinn and Stephanie Laurens.

A Yuletide Kiss

release date: Sep 28, 2021
A Yuletide Kiss
The reigning queens of Regency Romance return with another delightful Christmas collection of three sparkling holiday romances, as stranded travelers find merriment, mistletoe, and holiday romance awaiting at a quaint country inn . . . THE UNEXPECTED GIFT by Madeline Hunter Jenna Waverly has closed her inn, anticipating a blissfully quiet Christmas, until a snowstorm brings the first of several strangers to her property. Lucas Avonwood, as charming as he is secretive, is on a mission to track down a scoundrel, but the inn’s lovely owner is giving him a more compelling reason to stay . . . WHEN WE FINALLY KISS GOOD NIGHT by Sabrina Jeffries When Flora Younger first met Konrad Juncker, she thought she’d found her match, only to have her hopes dashed. Konrad is now a famous playwright whose plays Flora has secretly panned in reviews. But a chance meeting in a secluded inn may help them rewrite this star-crossed romance . . . WHEN STRANGERS MEET by Mary Jo Putney Kate Mcleod is shocked to find that her fellow guest in the snowbound inn is the dashing soldier who may or may not be her husband. Daniel Faringdon barely remembers that long-ago night when he rescued her from disaster, but the desire they discover now will be impossible to forget, or to ignore . . .

Once a Soldier

release date: Aug 19, 2021
Once a Soldier
All's fair in love and war... As heir to a title, Will Masterson should have stayed home and tended his responsibilities. Instead, he went to war. After years fighting the French, he intends his current mission to be his last. But all his plans are forgotten when he arrives in the small mountain stronghold of San Gabriel and meets her. Knowing herself to be too tall, strong and unconventional, Athena Markham has always gloried in her independence. Yet for the first time in her life, she finds a man who might be her match. Two of a kind, too brave for their own good, Athena and Will vow to do whatever it takes to vanquish San Gabriel’s enemies, while finding a love deeper than they’d ever imagined. A thrilling historical romance for fans of Mary Balogh and Stephanie Laurens.

Once a Spy

release date: Aug 19, 2021
Once a Spy
Love and survival in the shadow of Waterloo Wearied by his years as a British intelligence officer, Simon Duval resigns soon after Napoleon’s abdication. Returning to England, he discovers his cousin’s widow working as a seamstress and living in reduced circumstances. Suzanne is done with love. So when Simon proposes a marriage of companionship, she accepts. Not expecting a true marriage, Suzanne can’t help but be drawn to Simon, until news from France shatters their happiness. Napoleon has escaped and Simon must once again help prevent war. Only this time, he does not go into danger alone. He and Suzanne will face deadly peril together. A heart-racing Regency romance for fans of Mary Balogh and Georgette Heyer.

Once a Scoundrel

release date: Aug 19, 2021
Once a Scoundrel
An outcast on the high seas. A woman who defies convention. Gabriel Hawkins was born to command the sea, until he left the Royal Navy in disgrace and was disowned by his family. Now captaining his own ship, earning his living through dubious means, he is the best choice to ransom an aristocratic beauty captured by Barbary pirates. Facing the prospect of a life as a harem slave, Lady Aurora Lawrence is beyond horrified. Her only hope of escape lies in a quiet, steely captain who ignites an attraction in her that burns hot within the close confines of his ship. But even if they endure the perils of the waves, can their love survive a return to England, where the distance between a disgraced captain and an earl’s daughter is wider than the ocean? A stunning historical romance for fans of Bridgerton and Johanna Lindsey.

Once Dishonored

release date: Aug 19, 2021
Once Dishonored
He lost his honor. She lost her reputation. Together, will they find redemption? As a Royal Navy officer, Lucas Mandeville has fought his share of battles on the high seas, followed by long years of imprisonment. But he’d rather be on the burning deck of a ship than in this ballroom, where it is just a matter of time before someone calls him out for what happened during the war. When dark-haired beauty Kendra 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... Lucas offers Kendra 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. But will helping Kendra be enough to atone for Lucas’s dark past?. A thrilling and gorgeous Regency romance for fans of Lisa Kleypas and Mary Balogh.

Seduction on a Snowy Night

release date: Sep 24, 2019
Seduction on a Snowy Night
THIS WINTER, STEAL AWAY WITH THE REIGNING QUEENS OF REGENCY ROMANCE . . . plus one or two dukes, one heiress, and one headstrong beauty—to a surprise snowstorm, the comfort of a blazing fire, and the heat of a lover’s kisses . . . A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter Caroline Dunham has a bone to pick with notorious rake Baron Thornhill—and a creative plan to insure his undivided attention. Yet once in close quarters, she finds herself beholden to their smoldering connection . . . A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina Jeffries Whisked away from a wintry ball by the officer she knew only through letters, Cassandra Isles struggles with her feelings for the commanding Colonel Lord Heywood. For he, secretly a fortune-hunter, must marry for money to save his estate—and Cass, secretly an heiress, will accept nothing less than love . . . ONE WICKED WINTER NIGHT by Mary Jo Putney Dressed as a veiled princess, Lady Diana Lawrence is shocked to discover that the mysterious corsair who tempts her away from the costume ball is the duke she once loved and lost. Now snowed in with Castleton at a remote lodge, will she surrender to the passion still burning hotly between them? “The passion is hot enough to melt a snowbank. This fanciful Regency anthology will keep readers warm all winter.” —Publishers Weekly “It's clear that these historical romance dynamos know their craft and can make any dubious reader believe in a happily-ever-after. . . . A solid and varied collection for readers who adore a holiday setting.” —Kirkus Reviews

Dearly Beloved

release date: Jun 25, 2019
Dearly Beloved
LOVE MUST FIND A WAY . . . A sheltered life in the countryside has left Diana Lindsay restless to see the wider world, for both herself and the son she is raising alone. She cannot marry, but perhaps as a courtesan she will find love and protection despite her painful past. Gathering her courage, she moves to London—and finds herself the city’s most desired woman, as admired for her charm as for her beauty. But it is one man who captivates her—handsome, haunted, and harboring a secret as deep as her own . . . Bound by the sins of his youth, Gervase Brandelin, the Viscount St. Aubyn, has spent his adulthood seeking redemption through service to England. Now a spymaster, he can allow nothing to distract him from his duty. But when he meets Diana, his burdens seem to lift. Though she can never truly be his alone, their genuine love fills him with hope, until a treacherous deceit—and a deadly enemy—threatens to tear them apart forever . . . Praise for Mary Jo Putney’s Rogues Redeemed series “A compelling story that neatly balances dangerous adventures and passionate romance.” —Booklist “A thrilling, romantic tale.” —Bookpage, Top Pick of the Month “Putney’s multifaceted and well-developed characters add depth to this romance, which is complete with the trials of war and the promise of future series installments.” —Publishers Weekly

The Last Chance Christmas Ball

release date: Oct 01, 2016
The Last Chance Christmas Ball
“Eight romance authors walk into a Regency-era ballroom and wreak fabulous, shimmering holiday mischief all over the place.”—Publishers Weekly Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Abbey is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year . . . “The tales are rather sentimental, a box of chocolates with sweet, soft centers inside a dark covering, a pleasant confection for the holiday season. My personal favorites are Anne Gracie’s ‘Mistletoe Kisses,’ a charming variant on the Cinderella story, and Susan King’s ‘A Scottish Carol,’ whose lovers must struggle to find healing for the wounds of self-doubt and past failures; but there is ample variety here for other tastes. Recommended for lovers of Regency romances.”—Historical Novel Society “In this wonderful collection of eight short stories, Christmas in the Regency world is brought to life in extraordinary fashion, with love, secrets, scoundrels and heroes of every description.”—Fresh Fiction “If what you are looking for is a set of short stories with a common location and holiday feel that are well done, quick to read, and entertaining then this will be a book for you . . . one of the best historical romance collections I’ve read in a long time.”—Smexy Books “Each author’s unique style and storytelling talents are at their best, gifting readers one scrumptious treat after another . . . glowing with the joy and romance of the yuletide.”—RT Book Reviews (4 Stars)

Not Always a Saint

release date: Aug 25, 2015
Not Always a Saint
Regency thrills from the New York Times bestselling author of Not Quite a Wife, who always delivers “adventure, passion and pure reading pleasure” (Jo Beverley). After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards. Most men would be thrilled to learn they’ve inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling. Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife—a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful . . . Jessie Kelham’s looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart and are soon drawn into a union that may bring joy—or shattering danger . . . Praise for Mary Jo Putney and the Lost Lords series “Romance at its best!”—Julia Quinn “Intoxicating, romantic and utterly ravishing. . .”—Eloisa James “Putney’s endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight.”—Sabrina Jeffries

Not Quite a Wife

release date: Aug 26, 2014
Not Quite a Wife
From the bestselling author of Sometimes a Rogue. “Of all Putney’s heroes, the Lost Lords are the most irresistible—bad boys who are so very good.”—RT Book Reviews Marry in haste, repent at leisure. 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 . . . Praise for Mary Jo Putney and the Lost Lords series “Romance at its best!”—Julia Quinn “Intoxicating, romantic and utterly ravishing. . .”—Eloisa James “Putney’s endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight.”—Sabrina Jeffries “Adventure, passion and pure reading pleasure!”—Jo Beverley “No one writes historical romance better.”—Cathy Maxwell “Delivers captivating characters, an impeccably realized Regency setting, and a thrilling plot rich in action and adventure.”—Booklist (starred review)

Mary Jo Putney's Lost Lords Bundle: Loving a Lost Lord, Never Less Than A Lady, Nowhere Near Respectable, No Longer a Gentleman & Sometimes A Rogue

release date: Oct 01, 2013
Mary Jo Putney's Lost Lords Bundle: Loving a Lost Lord, Never Less Than A Lady, Nowhere Near Respectable, No Longer a Gentleman & Sometimes A Rogue
Loving a Lost Lord In the first of a dazzling series, Mary Jo Putney introduces the Lost Lords—maverick childhood friends with a flair for defying convention. Each is about to discover the woman who is his perfect match—but perfection doesn't come easily, even for the noble Duke of Ashton. . . Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor of the shipwreck that almost claimed his life. However, he's delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds is his wife. Mariah's name and face may not be familiar, but her touch, her warmth, feel deliciously right. . . When Mariah Clarke prayed for a way to deter a bullying suitor, she didn't imagine she'd find the answer washed ashore on a desolate beach. Convincing Adam that he is her husband is surprisingly easy. Resisting the temptation to act his wife, in every way, will prove anything but. And now a passion begun in fantasy has become dangerously real—and completely irresistible. . . Never Less Than A Lady New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney continues her stunning Lost Lords series with this stirring, sensual story of a rebellious nobleman drawn to a lovely widow with a shocking past. As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son of his own. The perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding. But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft—a village midwife with a dark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protection. Nowhere Near Respectable Mary Jo Putney's riveting Lost Lords series unleashes a high stakes royal plot—which may prove easier for Damian Mackenzie to handle than his own unruly desire. . . He's a bastard and a gambler and society's favorite reprobate. But to Lady Kiri Lawford he's a hero—braver than the smugglers he rescues her from, more honorable than any lord she's ever met, and far more attractive than any man has a right to be. How can she not fall in love. . .? No Longer a Gentleman Grey Sommers, Lord Wyndham, never met a predicament he couldn't charm his way out of. Then a tryst with a government official's wife during a bit of casual espionage in France condemns him to a decade in a dungeon, leaving him a shadow of his former self. Yet his greatest challenge may be the enigmatic spy sent to free his body--the only woman who might heal his soul. Cassie Fox lost everything in the chaos of revolution, leaving only a determination to help destroy Napoleon's empire through her perilous calling. Rescuing Grey is merely one more mission. She hadn't counted on a man with the stark beauty of a ravaged angel, whose desperate courage and vulnerability thaw her frozen heart. But a spy and a lord are divided by an impassable gulf even if they manage to survive one last, terrifying mission. . .. Sometimes A Rogue. . . 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. . . 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.

Mischief and Mistletoe

release date: Oct 01, 2013
Mischief and Mistletoe
This delightfully daring collection of holiday Regency novelettes, follows the lives and loves of eight individuals, from a spirited lady who sets out to save her rakish best friend from a unsuitable engagement, to a bold spy who finally gets his chance with the woman he has always loved. Original.

Petals in the Storm

release date: Jan 01, 2020
Petals in the Storm
Love and betrayal...A cool master of sensuality, Rafael Whitbourne, the Duke of Candover, earned his rakish reputation in the silken boudoirs of London's highborn ladies, never giving away his hand or his heart. Then a vital mission for his government takes Rafe to Paris to work with the Countess Madga Janos, "the most beautiful spy in Europe." He is appalled to discover that the smoky eyed temptress is no Hungarian countess, but the deceitful doxie who betrayed him a dozen years earlier—the only woman he ever loved, and the only one he’s ever despised. Margot Ashton wants nothing more than to walk away from her turbulent past and the mesmerizing man who ruined her life. But patriotism binds them together in a shadowland of intrigue where a diabolical plot may plunge a continent back into war—and a whirlwind of passion sweeps Margot and Rafe into a shattering passion that cannot be denied.

An Imperfect Process (The Starting Over Series, Book 3)

release date: Jan 11, 2013
An Imperfect Process (The Starting Over Series, Book 3)
Romantic Women's Fiction. Previously titled: Twist of Fate When lawyer Val Covington receives a windfall and leaves her corporate career to practice "do-gooder law," her assistant offers to come with her—if Val will look into the case of Kendra's former lover, who is on Death Row for a crime he didn't commit. Val agrees, but she can't do it alone. She finds help in Rob Smith, her landlord, who is as capable as he is mysterious. If justice is an imperfect process, so is falling in love. Val and Rob are drawn together as they fight to save an innocent man's life, but can they overcome their fears to build a lasting future? REVIEWS: "...an emotionally-charged story of honor, courage, and the healing power of love [that] readers will remember." ~Susan Lantz, Romance Reviews Today "Electrifying! The perfect balance between the heart of the matter and matters of the heart." STARTING OVER SERIES, in order Stirring the Embers Phoenix Falling An Imperfect Process A Holiday Fling, the novella

Stirring the Embers (The Starting Over Series, Book 1)

release date: Jan 11, 2013
Stirring the Embers (The Starting Over Series, Book 1)
Romantic Women's Fiction. Previously titled: The Burning Point Kate Corsi always dreamed of working in her family's world-famous demolition business—a wish her old-fashioned father denied until his untimely death. He leaves a fortune to Kate and the business to her ex-husband, Donovan—but only if they agree to live under the same roof for a year. Kate and Donovan married too young and stayed too long in a dangerously destructive marriage. Ten years later, surely they're mature enough to co-exist peacefully. But the embers of attraction swiftly flare into flame again. Now, they must confront the pain of the past if they are to have a chance for a future and save their business from a saboteur they're beginning to suspect of murder. REVIEWS: "Ms. Putney takes a taboo issue and creates a poignant tale about forgiveness and the awesome power of love… I could not put it down." ~Darlene Kendall, Rendezvous STARTING OVER SERIES, in order Stirring the Embers Phoenix Falling An Imperfect Process A Holiday Fling, the novella

Phoenix Falling (The Starting Over Series, Book 2)

release date: Jan 11, 2013
Phoenix Falling (The Starting Over Series, Book 2)
Romantic Women's Fiction. Previously titled: The Spiral Path Though they are sliding toward divorce, Raine Marlowe persuades her enigmatic superstar husband, Kenzie Scott, to play the lead in a movie she wants to produce and direct. Kenzie agrees, but without realizing how dangerously close the character’s dark secrets are to his own. Then Kenzie's past explodes into a career destroying scandal. Like a phoenix, Kenzie had created spectacular success out of torment. Now his carefully constructed life has shattered. When Kenzie tries to push Rainey away, she knows only she can help him come to terms with his past—and if she fails, she’ll lose the only man she’s ever loved. REVIEWS: "...gripping... darkly emotional… and holds out such promise of hope, redemption and triumph that you will be unable to put it down." Romantic Times "...emotionally honest... richly developed" ~Publishers Weekly THE STARTING OVER SERIES, in order Stirring the Embers Phoenix Falling The Imperfect Process A Holiday Fling, the novella

A Holiday Fling (The Starting Over Series, Novella)

release date: Jan 11, 2013
A Holiday Fling (The Starting Over Series, Novella)
Romantic Novella, 88 pages Previously titled: A Christmas Fling British actress Jenny Lyme isn't a movie star, but she's well loved in England for her television work. Now her hometown community center is in danger of being sold. The only hope for its salvation is if Jenny can film and sell the Christmas Revels production she's directing. A really good cameraman is needed—and she knows just the one…. Greg Marino is a top Hollywood cinematographer with an Oscar in his kitchen to prove it. He also has fond memories of the fling he once had with Jenny Lyme when they worked together on a disastrous movie. So when Jenny calls and asks Greg to film her Christmas show, he decides it'd be a fun break... and really, really nice to see Jenny again. But how can they build a life together when both have demanding careers thousands of miles apart? STARTING OVER SERIES, in order Stirring the Embers Phoenix Falling An Imperfect Process A Holiday Fling (novella)

Dangerous Gifts

release date: Oct 18, 2012
Dangerous Gifts
DANGEROUS GIFTS A shy mortal girl rashly accepts a faery lord's offer of beauty and charm. Then he comes to claim a terrible price—the loss of her new love and everything she holds dear. Praise for Mary Jo's Lost Lords series "Romance at its best!" —Julia Quinn "Exquisitely and sensitively written." —Library Journal, starred review"Intoxicating and not-to-be missed." —Romantic Times (4 ½ Stars, Top Pick) 25,000 Words.

HEARTS KISS

release date: Jan 25, 2017
HEARTS KISS
A Magazine Celebrating Romance ISSUE 1: February 2017 Denise Little, Editor Shahid Mahmud, Publisher Stories by: Mary Jo Putney, Diane A.S. Stuckart, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dayle A. Dermatis, Petronella Glover, Casey Chapel, Neesa Hart. Christina F. York Serialization: Galatea: A Modern Myth by Laura Resnick Writers Corner: Denise Little, Julie Pitzel Recommended Books: C.S. DeAvilla Interview: Mary Jo Putney Heart's Nest is a bi-monthly romance magazine published by Hearts Nest Press, the romance imprint of Arc Manor, an award winning independent publisher based in Maryland. Each issue of the magazine has a mix of new and old stories, excerpts, a serialization of a novel or novella, columns, how to guides, book recommendations and an interview with a prominent personality in the industry.

Songs of Love and Darkness

release date: Oct 02, 2012
Songs of Love and Darkness
Featuring five of the greatest authors of fantasy, romance, and science fiction, this exclusive eBook set is a chilling collection of unearthly delights and harrowing thrills. Featuring stories by Mary Jo Putney, Carrie Vaughn, Yasmine Galenorn, M.L.N. Hanover, and Lisa Tuttle these contemporary tales of ill-fated love, originally published in the anthology Songs of Love and Death (edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois) explore romance in five wildly creative settings—from the hidden supernatural side of New York City to werewolf-occupied West Texas. Available at a special low price, these stories promise to keep you up all night.
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