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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More About Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney
"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

  • 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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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-05-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Putney begins her Regency-era Rogues Redeemed series (a spin-off of the Lost Lords series) with a man who survived the horrors of war meeting a most unconventional heroine. Several years after nearly being executed as a POW, Will Masterson agrees to undertake his last wartime mission, leading a small troop of cavalry to the tiny country of San Gabriel, an ally of the English located between Spain and Portugal. Once he arrives, Will meets Lady Athena Markham, a very tall and stunning Englishwoman who is a companion to Princess Maria Sofia of San Gabriel. Will is attracted to Athena’s bravery and beauty, and she’s not immune to the handsome and charming soldier. But Athena is reluctant to get involved with a man for a brief fling and especially unwilling to follow in the footsteps of her mother, a famed courtesan. Working together to help protect San Gabriel, Will and Athena begin to realize that their initial attraction has led to greater emotions. 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. (July)

BookPage Reviews

Romance: Lover of darkness

A man with paranormal powers finds his fated mate in Shadow Rider , the first in Christine Feehan’s new -Shadow series. Stefano, oldest of the wealthy and notorious Ferraro family, sees Francesca Cappello on the streets of Chicago and knows she has his same gift—an ability to ride the shadows and move about unseen. His family uses their various supernatural powers to serve up justice, and while he falls for Francesca immediately, he worries that his family’s unconventional—and illegal—crime-fighting might scare her off. Francesca has troubles of her own, however, and turns to Stefano for help, quickly learning what marrying a Ferraro would mean. As an orphan, she longs for the closeness of a family like Stefano’s, but becoming his bride has implications beyond agreeing to belong to a domineering and protective man. Can she accept him and the powerful love they share? Gritty action and scorching love scenes make this series launch a winner.

It’s a classic tale—brooding loner with a secret past fascinates sheltered heroine—and Diana Palmer tells a version of this story with flair in Defender. Paul Fiore works as head of security for millionaire Darwin Grayling, which means he spends time watching over Grayling’s daughters. But soon, the mutual attraction between Paul and the oldest, Isabel, sends him running: The financial gulf is too wide, and he’s too commitment-averse. But years later, he’s back in her life as an FBI agent investigating her father’s illegal dealings. Now an assistant district attorney, Isabel has told herself she’s over the silly crush from her youth, but her feelings for Paul return. She wants to avoid Paul and any further risk of heartbreak, but she also wants to stop her cruel and ruthless father. An assassin’s contract on Isabel makes matters more dire, and Paul will do anything to protect her. Palmer’s latest is a sensual and suspenseful read.

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.


This article was originally published in the July 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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