Once a Soldier
by Mary Jo Putney

Overview - "Putney's endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight." --Sabrina Jeffries

Rogues Redeemed

As heir to a title and great wealth, Will Masterson should have stayed home and tended his responsibilities.  Read more...

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"Putney's endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight." --Sabrina Jeffries

Rogues Redeemed

As heir to a title and great wealth, Will Masterson should have stayed home and tended his responsibilities. Instead he went to war. Now, after perilous 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 to appeal to a man, Athena Markham has always gloried in her independence. But 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. For neither will back down from death, and only together can they find happiness and a love deeper than any they'd dared imagine. . .

Praise for New York Times Bestselling Author

Mary Jo Putney's Lost Lords series

"Exquisitely and sensitively written." --Library Journal, starred review

"Rich with historical detail and multifaceted characters." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Intoxicating and not-to-be missed."--RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick)

"Classic Putney--engaging characters, entertaining story, a delightful read " --Stephanie Laurens

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  • ISBN-13: 9781420140927
  • ISBN-10: 1420140922
  • Publisher: Zebra
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 pounds

Series: Rogues Redeemed

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An aristocrat and an unconventional lady find love and adventure in the first in Mary Jo Putney’s Rogues Redeemed series, Once a Soldier. Following the Peninsular War, Will Masterson is ordered on one last mission before he returns home: a journey to San Gabriel to view how the small mountain kingdom has fared. In this ravaged land, he meets Englishwoman Athena Markham, companion and advisor to the presumptive queen. He’s intrigued by her competence and independence, and the attraction pleasantly surprises them both. Athena, the daughter of an infamous courtesan, has suffered for those circumstances and warms to handsome Major Masterson’s sincere acceptance of her illegitimacy. However, when she learns that he’s titled, she knows there is no future for them—society would never accept her. Before Will has time to persuade her differently, a lethal force threatens the country, and they are caught up in trying to save something bigger than themselves. Will they live to find happiness? Once a Soldier is a thrilling, romantic tale.


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