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Bestselling author Mary Jo Putney’s romantic Regency-set series features soldiers, spies—and the special redemption only love can bring... A man who has lost his honor has nothing... London, 1816. As a Royal Navy officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, has fought his share of battles on the high seas, followed by long years of imprisonment. But on this night, he’d rather b Bestselling author Mary Jo Putney’s romantic Regency-set series features soldiers, spies—and the special redemption only love can bring... A man who has lost his honor has nothing... London, 1816. As a Royal Navy officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, has fought his share of battles on the high seas, followed by long years of imprisonment. But on this night, he’d rather be on the burning deck of a ship than in a ballroom, where it is just a matter of time before someone challenges him because of what happened on the Continent. A woman who has lost her reputation is nothing... When dark-haired beauty Kyla 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... A couple who stands together has everything... Unexpectedly, Lucas offers Kyla 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, and in the midst of danger, find a deep love that will redeem them both—if only they can live long enough to build a future together.


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Bestselling author Mary Jo Putney’s romantic Regency-set series features soldiers, spies—and the special redemption only love can bring... A man who has lost his honor has nothing... London, 1816. As a Royal Navy officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, has fought his share of battles on the high seas, followed by long years of imprisonment. But on this night, he’d rather b Bestselling author Mary Jo Putney’s romantic Regency-set series features soldiers, spies—and the special redemption only love can bring... A man who has lost his honor has nothing... London, 1816. As a Royal Navy officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, has fought his share of battles on the high seas, followed by long years of imprisonment. But on this night, he’d rather be on the burning deck of a ship than in a ballroom, where it is just a matter of time before someone challenges him because of what happened on the Continent. A woman who has lost her reputation is nothing... When dark-haired beauty Kyla 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... A couple who stands together has everything... Unexpectedly, Lucas offers Kyla 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, and in the midst of danger, find a deep love that will redeem them both—if only they can live long enough to build a future together.

30 review for Once Dishonored

  1. 4 out of 5

    fleurette

    A good story with well-written characters that I definitely enjoyed. As I read this book, I realized that I really like when the main characters meet in the first chapter, just like in this story. We meet Kendra and Lucas in the first chapter, and we learn about the tragic events in their past. I liked these main characters straight away. They are multi-dimensional and interesting. Lucas is a strong man, but not your typical imperious alpha male that romance now abounds. He is an excellent example A good story with well-written characters that I definitely enjoyed. As I read this book, I realized that I really like when the main characters meet in the first chapter, just like in this story. We meet Kendra and Lucas in the first chapter, and we learn about the tragic events in their past. I liked these main characters straight away. They are multi-dimensional and interesting. Lucas is a strong man, but not your typical imperious alpha male that romance now abounds. He is an excellent example of how you can create a really strong male character that supports the heroine but does not impose his will on her. I also love that Lucas appreciates Kendra for her character and how she handles problems, not just for her beauty. Kendra deserves it, she is indeed a strong woman, fully capable of independent decisions. Together, Kendra and Lucas make a remarkably successful couple. I think they fit together perfectly, and you definitely feel it. The fact that they become friends before becoming lovers also contributes to this impression. There is no insta-love or even insta-lust here. They are unquestionably attracted to each other, but they don't play on it right away. I appreciate it for sure, it’s refreshing. The sex scenes aren't very explicit. Kendra and Lucas had known each other in the past but are now reconnecting. And although they only spend a few weeks together, you don't get the feeling that everything is happening too fast. There is something very comforting and heart-warming about their relationship. And these are the vibrations that persist throughout the book, even though there are some rather serious and even dark topics. I really like it when there is also an extensive non-romance thread in my romances. This is the case here. Kendra and Lucas's developing feelings are intertwined with their efforts to solve Kendra's problems. It works for me very well. I was really interested in this plot. The author also did a great job of letting the events and actions of the characters show their stories and their personalities. This is especially true of Lucas, who is often ostracized in the society and this is how we learn what his situation is and how he reacts to it. We can also see it in the case of Kendra, we observe how she slowly regains self-confidence and takes control of her life. Great job. The only thing I didn’t like was a minor paranormal thread. It was unnecessary in my opinion. I think it could be easily avoided by relying on the normal skills of the characters. So far, I have only read the older books by this author, published in the 90s. This one I undeniably liked the most and I will undoubtedly look at other books in this series. I also recommend this book to people who like endings in Shakespearean style. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Neha

    Kendra has lost everything, her son, her marriage, her life, all because of a lie. Her husband only cared about her money and labelled her the black sheep of society. As a newly divorced women, ostracized by society, she much fight her way back to regain her honour and get back her son. With the help of a certain handsome Royal Navy officer, she is able to face her battles head strong and regain what she loves. I really liked how well rounded the two main leads were. In most historical dramas, t Kendra has lost everything, her son, her marriage, her life, all because of a lie. Her husband only cared about her money and labelled her the black sheep of society. As a newly divorced women, ostracized by society, she much fight her way back to regain her honour and get back her son. With the help of a certain handsome Royal Navy officer, she is able to face her battles head strong and regain what she loves. I really liked how well rounded the two main leads were. In most historical dramas, the story very much surrounds their love story and not much else. Putney strays away from the norm with success and some fails. She tackles issues which are little talked about for historical romance genre even though they would be prevalent for the time. I really enjoyed how the author handles issues surrounding Kendra's domestic abuse and the inequality faced by women during the times. I also appreciated seeing a community which supports hurt women much like the present day women's shelter. Although I did like the deviances it took from the norm, I did wish there was more romance in the novel. I didn't feel a strong spark for the love interests which I really need with my historical romances. Despite this, I do think readers who prefer a more realistic and mature romance will enjoy it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Thank you NetGalley for providing me with this book. This was a pleasant read with very clear distinction between the good guys and the bad guys. It did feel that almost everyone was little too nice and that everything always turned out so well. But, maybe that's not a bad thing in the crazy world we live in today.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Royal Navy officer Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra Douglas, former Lady Denshire, come together as two society outcasts. Lucas escaped French capture and is considered dishonorable for breaking terms of prisoner parole. Kendra is a divorcee, set up and accused by her husband of adultery. Lucas, disdained but accepted because of his title, agrees to help Kendra clear her name and restore her reputation so she can get her son back. This is the fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed. It's helpf Royal Navy officer Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra Douglas, former Lady Denshire, come together as two society outcasts. Lucas escaped French capture and is considered dishonorable for breaking terms of prisoner parole. Kendra is a divorcee, set up and accused by her husband of adultery. Lucas, disdained but accepted because of his title, agrees to help Kendra clear her name and restore her reputation so she can get her son back. This is the fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed. It's helpful, but not completely necessary, to read the series in order. Lucas is introduced in previous books, and many characters from the series appear. Lucas's "almost-brother" Simon is the hero of the previous book, and he and his wife Suzanne feature heavily. This was a somewhat enjoyable story, but my rating reflects the fact that the romance took a MAJOR backseat. Kendra's journey was the real front-burner and a majority of the book centered on revealing details that led to her divorce, regaining her confidence, finding out secrets, and getting her revenge. I felt like there were too many things along the way that clicked into place too easily. Lucas also had his own side plot as a healer that took up a lot of space, as well as a couple of encounters with numerous characters in a co-ed fencing facility. When it did come around to the romance, it was a bit plug-and-play and didn't draw me in at all. Tropes: Second Chance, Revenge, Redemption * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #OnceDishonored #Netgalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ay

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was attracted to the book cover, which has a woman holding an epee. That looked promising, I thought. It has been years since I have read a straight historical. This one really hit the spot. It is vintage Mary Jo Putney. It is outlandish, slightly over the top, and while set in the early 1800s in England, it is it's very own self. If you want a Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer type romance, this is not your book. If, however, you want I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was attracted to the book cover, which has a woman holding an epee. That looked promising, I thought. It has been years since I have read a straight historical. This one really hit the spot. It is vintage Mary Jo Putney. It is outlandish, slightly over the top, and while set in the early 1800s in England, it is it's very own self. If you want a Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer type romance, this is not your book. If, however, you want an outlandish/over the top story with a romance plot line with all kinds of other really cool stuff going on, and nice fun characters (who decide to call each other by their first names as soon as they meet), this is just the ticket. It is very much in line with Putney’s other books. In this present moment, with what is going on in the world, this was exactly what I needed. Recommended! In fact, I might just go off and read more of Putney's recent work. --

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I decided to have a quick glance at the first chapter of this book at bedtime and I was still reading three hours later! Literally couldn’t put it down and I was instantly engaged in both the hero and heroine’s lives. They are both considered ‘dishonoured’, and although this takes a different form for each of them, their shared experiences and feelings of being outside society draw them to each other. I loved the way they battled each other’s enemies and stood up for one another, and it is alway I decided to have a quick glance at the first chapter of this book at bedtime and I was still reading three hours later! Literally couldn’t put it down and I was instantly engaged in both the hero and heroine’s lives. They are both considered ‘dishonoured’, and although this takes a different form for each of them, their shared experiences and feelings of being outside society draw them to each other. I loved the way they battled each other’s enemies and stood up for one another, and it is always immensely satisfying when a truly horrible villain gets his come-uppance. Add a couple of delightful children, a whole host of protective and helpful friends, and you have a wonderful story – I loved it! (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 308. Mary Jo Putney continues her series of survivors of the Napoleonic wars and her crusade to explain how bad the lives of women were in that time period. With few legal rights, a woman was at the mercy of her husband, and when that husband was a terror. This is the story of Kendra who seeks to have her son restored to her and her name cleared. Lucas Mandville is trying to clear his name and find his place now that he has returned to England. This novel ties together so many threads an 2020 bk 308. Mary Jo Putney continues her series of survivors of the Napoleonic wars and her crusade to explain how bad the lives of women were in that time period. With few legal rights, a woman was at the mercy of her husband, and when that husband was a terror. This is the story of Kendra who seeks to have her son restored to her and her name cleared. Lucas Mandville is trying to clear his name and find his place now that he has returned to England. This novel ties together so many threads and has the perfect ending. I do enjoy Mary Jo Putney's regency novels.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    Lucas and Kendra could have their own soap opera show with the amount of baggage they each carried and I was positively hooked on what the final outcome would be! There’s a little bit of everything happening-reputations at stake, divorce law-fascinating business there, high society...the good, the bad, and definitely the ugly, a dashing bit of romance, a women’s fencing club! information merchants, and an extended family you’ll wish to have over for holiday dinners just to hear about their color Lucas and Kendra could have their own soap opera show with the amount of baggage they each carried and I was positively hooked on what the final outcome would be! There’s a little bit of everything happening-reputations at stake, divorce law-fascinating business there, high society...the good, the bad, and definitely the ugly, a dashing bit of romance, a women’s fencing club! information merchants, and an extended family you’ll wish to have over for holiday dinners just to hear about their colorful pasts! I haven’t read previous books in this series, the matter of which will be rectified sooner rather than later, and had no trouble following along. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley/Kensington and this is my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    Poor Kendra is a shunned woman, she is divorced and her husband made her out to be an adulteress. Kendra is stubborn and shows up to party for the ton. While there she almost turns to fell but Lucas saves her.. He is not comfortable with the ton either an after hearing her story, he and his friends decide to assist and while at each getting a chance at happiness, which they both truly deserve

  10. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Sandis

    Nothing like meeting a new author and becoming addicted, right? How had I not read anything by Mary before ?? Once dishonored brings us a story about injustices, about the search for truth, about friendship, love, loyalty and about redemption too. Our protagonists will be united by something in common: they have been banned from English society. Her, because she was accused of cheating on her husband and went through a divorce (super scandalous for the time!) And him, for being a navy veteran cons Nothing like meeting a new author and becoming addicted, right? How had I not read anything by Mary before ?? Once dishonored brings us a story about injustices, about the search for truth, about friendship, love, loyalty and about redemption too. Our protagonists will be united by something in common: they have been banned from English society. Her, because she was accused of cheating on her husband and went through a divorce (super scandalous for the time!) And him, for being a navy veteran considered dishonored after escaping from prison where he was. And if both are considered dishonored, why not join forces, right? "She took his hand, desperately grateful that he was offering support in a whirlpool of condemnation." Kendra suffered a lot from the divorce process and before that too, at the hands of her ex-husband. But all she wants now is justice, to have her name cleared in front of society after the lies told by her ex-husband, but mainly, her goal is to get her son back. But at that time, nothing was easy for a woman. And that's when Lucas, Lord Foxton, appears, willing to help, to face these battles with her, to be the rock she needs to establish herself during these difficulties. Lucas is extremely cute. Seriously, he is the kindest and herper person that I’ve ever seen. It makes you want to hug him all the time. His past broke my heart, but the way he developed after that is really cool. I love his relationship with medicine and healing within the story, it gave an interesting tone to everything. The romance between them is smooth, delicate and progresses on each page very naturally. “ - I had forgotten how wondrous a kiss can be. Though I think it’s you who makes it wondrous. - I think it’s the two of us together who create wonder.” Something I loved about this book was seeing the partnership between the characters. We have Lucas with his cousin, uncles and the group of friends he has, but especially Kendra and the group of empowered women who support her. I wanted to be friends with them too, you know? I connected a lot with the characters, with the story of this couple. I suffered and got angry at the difficult times, I hated the ex-husband with all my strength, I hoped things would work out and I also smiled with each happy part. “- But how can I say no when you are in my arms and the most alluring woman in the world? -Then don’t say no.” If I have anything to criticize, it is that the ending was a little to fast, and that I would like the book to have an epilogue. But for the rest, it's an incredible story. The reading is fluid, the plot holds us all the time and the characters are complete and captivating. I just loved so much and highly recommend it! Now I just need to read all of Mary's other book series 🤣

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay pinkcowlandreads

    3.5/5 Stars I was really excited for Lucas’s story after he was finally found and brought home in the last instalment in the Rogues Redeemed series (Once a Spy), but I was not able to invest in his redemption as much as I have with past rogues. Lucas Madeville, has been retuned to London and his rightful place as earl, now he must find a way to regain his honour after breaking his parole with the French in the Napoleonic wars. He is looked down upon by the men and women of society, until a woman a 3.5/5 Stars I was really excited for Lucas’s story after he was finally found and brought home in the last instalment in the Rogues Redeemed series (Once a Spy), but I was not able to invest in his redemption as much as I have with past rogues. Lucas Madeville, has been retuned to London and his rightful place as earl, now he must find a way to regain his honour after breaking his parole with the French in the Napoleonic wars. He is looked down upon by the men and women of society, until a woman also as reviled shows up and he finds kinship and a purpose. Kayla is a disgraced and divorced woman. Her honour has been taken away from her by the lies spread by her ex-husband. He has not only taken away her life and standing, eh has taken her son… she would do anything to get him back. Allied by a kinship of their lost hour and a mutual like a they shared when they were younger, Lucas and Kyla band together to restore their honour and get Kyla her son back. **SPOILER** I found the at the solution to the return of their honour unsatisfying. For Lucas it. Was too simple, just finally owing up to what happened and the circumstances righted his slight. While, for Kyla her solution was overly dramatic and only got more so by her accusers actions in the aftermath. In general I found this story had a slow start and picked up well in the middle, but the ending while entertaining wasn’t what I had hoped for and wrapped it up too neatly. In general, the book was good, but it didn’t rank as highly as some of the other Rogues for me. The fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed series, Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney is due to release September 29th, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books and Zebra Romance through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #OnceDishonored #MaryJoPutney #NetGalley #pinkcowlandreads

  12. 4 out of 5

    Moriah

    I received a copy of this title for an honest review. Once Dishonored can be easily lead as a stand-alone and features the story of Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra, Lady Denshire. Lucas was presumed dead for several years during the Napoleonic wars, but has recently returned home. Suffering from guilt over his escape, he spent his past years wondering the Europe working as an assistant for a bone setter. Now that he is home, he struggles with society's and his own view of his loss of h I received a copy of this title for an honest review. Once Dishonored can be easily lead as a stand-alone and features the story of Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, and Kendra, Lady Denshire. Lucas was presumed dead for several years during the Napoleonic wars, but has recently returned home. Suffering from guilt over his escape, he spent his past years wondering the Europe working as an assistant for a bone setter. Now that he is home, he struggles with society's and his own view of his loss of honor over his escape after giving his word that he would not and receive parole. Kendra, is a notorious divorcee who is trying to deal with society's opinion of her in addition to trying to be re-united with her son. Once Dishonored features two wounded individuals trying to come to terms with their lives while finding a new version of normal. I liked both Kendra and Lucas overall and appreciate as always Ms. Putney's portrayal of adults who act as such within the confines of the time period. I also appreciate the emotional depth of the story, but there were a couple of elements of the story that strained my credibility and prevented me from rating this 4 stars as I did previous books in the series. Overall, I did enjoy the story and found it a good way to spend an afternoon; I'll be reading the next entry in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gallo

    A heavy 5 stars. This was such a soul searing story. There was a level of drama that was not over the top, but it pulled the reader in. As a reader, I could feel the helpless anger of the heroine. She lost everything and then, because she was a weak woman, she was divorced and vilified after having survived what most women would not have been able to. The hero is willing to step back and see the big picture and allow her to be justified in her attempt to not only get her name and reputation retu A heavy 5 stars. This was such a soul searing story. There was a level of drama that was not over the top, but it pulled the reader in. As a reader, I could feel the helpless anger of the heroine. She lost everything and then, because she was a weak woman, she was divorced and vilified after having survived what most women would not have been able to. The hero is willing to step back and see the big picture and allow her to be justified in her attempt to not only get her name and reputation returned, but get her child back. Her ex-husband had so many people lie in order to cheat her out of her inheritances on the pretext that he had to raise his son and that he was the victim. Not only did he cheat his ex-wife of everything, he also beat the crap out of her during their marriage. This type if book just pulls at my soul because not only did it happen and the perpetrators got away with it, there are people still doing this today. I understand that this is fiction, but it is fiction based on what was historically happening to women. Sometimes a book will transcend time and this is one of them. I recommend this book with a solid 5 stars. Ms. Putney has proven again that she is a relevant author and does not rely on tricks to keep the readers attention. She uses good old fashioned talent and hard work to create a book that will be on many 'keeper' shelves.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is an excellent historical romance that is the fifth book in the series titled Rogues Redeemed. I have to admit that I have not read any books by Ms. Putney before, but this book has definitely made me a fan. I have not read any of the previous books in this series and I was easily able to follow along, however with some of the characters arcing from the previous into this novel, I am most definitely going to read up on the previous books. This novel has it all: Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is an excellent historical romance that is the fifth book in the series titled Rogues Redeemed. I have to admit that I have not read any books by Ms. Putney before, but this book has definitely made me a fan. I have not read any of the previous books in this series and I was easily able to follow along, however with some of the characters arcing from the previous into this novel, I am most definitely going to read up on the previous books. This novel has it all: historical fiction, friendship, romance, mystery, suspense, and villainous characters that experience well-deserved outcomes. I enjoyed the fact that some characters were inherently good such as the main characters: Kendra and Lucas, his cousin Simon and wife Suzanne. These characters were likeable, realistic, still imperfect, yet had a moral compass. The love, compassion, foregiveness, acceptance, and loyalty between these two couples was enjoyable to read. I can't wait to check out the previous book to read up on Simon and Suzanne's stories. I really enjoyed Kendra. She was stronger then she realized. The friendships and relationships she acquired during the course of this book added to my interest. I truly enjoyed both Kendra and Lucas's complicated past stories, their flaws, and how they were able to finally love and trust again. I thought the plot was creative, intricate, complex yet interesting. It kept drawing me in. Just when I thought I knew it all and could see where this was going, the author added in just enough to keep things realistic as well as addictive. I enjoyed the pace, the well-thought out dialogue, and I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters. I also truly enjoyed the ending. It was definitely theatrical in nature, and finishing with quite the bang. These characters truly deserved the wonderful (and rightful) ending that was presented. If you like regency romance, creative plots, wonderful characters, romance, and great endings, then this book is for you. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    A Fight for Justice Mary Jo Putney jumps right into Lucas and Kendra’s story. They find a kindred spirit in each other’s loss of reputation, and Lucas promptly offers to help Kendra regain custody of her son. Simon and Suzanne Duval, from Once a Spy, are eager to help. Kendra’s experience is tragic, as she is a woman during a time of patriarchal law in English history. Thankfully Lucas has the rank, persistence, healing knowledge, and friends to help her. Friends such as Lord and Lady Kirkland fr A Fight for Justice Mary Jo Putney jumps right into Lucas and Kendra’s story. They find a kindred spirit in each other’s loss of reputation, and Lucas promptly offers to help Kendra regain custody of her son. Simon and Suzanne Duval, from Once a Spy, are eager to help. Kendra’s experience is tragic, as she is a woman during a time of patriarchal law in English history. Thankfully Lucas has the rank, persistence, healing knowledge, and friends to help her. Friends such as Lord and Lady Kirkland from Not Quite A Wife. It was nice to see how wonderful these families are doing, and how kind they are to their extended family. Kendra’s bravery and fortitude in her situation is admirable. I was genuinely happy that she finally got her happy ending. Lucas and Kendra’s love is the quiet dependable type, with a strong root of trust and mutual understanding. A great read for Mary Jo Putney fans!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    Ms. Putney's books are always wonderful, and this title is no exception. I have to say the requirement of having a consummated relationship in this genre has worn thin with me - particularly when there were good reasons the characters shouldn't have done the deed. There was perhaps more at stake in this plot to avoid sex. That said, the hero's background and abilities were fascinating and added a great deal for me to the story. The heroine triumphs (with some help from her new friends) and the v Ms. Putney's books are always wonderful, and this title is no exception. I have to say the requirement of having a consummated relationship in this genre has worn thin with me - particularly when there were good reasons the characters shouldn't have done the deed. There was perhaps more at stake in this plot to avoid sex. That said, the hero's background and abilities were fascinating and added a great deal for me to the story. The heroine triumphs (with some help from her new friends) and the villain gets exposed in the perfect way. An altogether lovely read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    *I received an ARC through NetGalley. All thoughts on the novel are voluntarily given.* I will be honest, this book wasn't my favourite in regards to light romances. Though I did enjoy the storyline and the unique perspective of a divorcee in the regency era. What makes this book different from others is the portrayal of the legalities that women and children faced in the regency era. Having no rights and being property to their husbands and fathers was a particular plot that was woven throughout *I received an ARC through NetGalley. All thoughts on the novel are voluntarily given.* I will be honest, this book wasn't my favourite in regards to light romances. Though I did enjoy the storyline and the unique perspective of a divorcee in the regency era. What makes this book different from others is the portrayal of the legalities that women and children faced in the regency era. Having no rights and being property to their husbands and fathers was a particular plot that was woven throughout. Personally I enjoy getting to know the characters before knowing them in relationships with others. If that makes sense? Knowing who they are individually or following along with them as they learn who they are. I didn't get to care about any of the characters individually as they were all immediately attached in one way or another. Whether that was friendship, or family, or through romance. I also wished that some scenes were fleshed out a bit more. I felt as if the direction shifted quickly from one setting to the next. Although that is on par with other romance novels. I enjoyed the relationships between the women and how they lifted each other rather than one another down. It is always nice when an author can mix romance and female friendships without there having to be a misunderstanding. Overall this book had some good qualities. It fell in the middle of the pack for me. However, I don't regret reading it and if I am ever in the mood for a regency romance then I will give this book another shot.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Fantastic book. I have looked forward to Lucas's story since his appearance in Once a Spy . Lucas is Simon's cousin and foster brother, and it was because of Lucas that Simon and Suzanne were on the Continent when Napoleon broke loose. I couldn't wait to see what would happen once Lucas returned to England. It hasn't been easy for him. First, he had to regain his health, which he did under the watchful eyes of Simon and Suzanne. Then he had to resume his place in Society. This was difficult to Fantastic book. I have looked forward to Lucas's story since his appearance in Once a Spy . Lucas is Simon's cousin and foster brother, and it was because of Lucas that Simon and Suzanne were on the Continent when Napoleon broke loose. I couldn't wait to see what would happen once Lucas returned to England. It hasn't been easy for him. First, he had to regain his health, which he did under the watchful eyes of Simon and Suzanne. Then he had to resume his place in Society. This was difficult to do with many people disapproving of his actions during the war. Lucas himself feels guilty over his breaking parole to escape, even though his captors had already broken those rules. As the book opens, Lucas is drifting, unsure of his place in the world of his birth, and missing the healing work he did with Friar Emmanuel. But all of that changes when a woman in black enters the ballroom. Kendra attended the ball in a desperate attempt to repair her reputation. Her husband accused her of infidelity, divorced her, and took her son away from her. Her bravado quickly fades as whispers circle the ballroom, and no one will look at or speak to her. Just as she's ready to retreat, one man comes forward and asks her to dance. I loved this scene between Kendra and Lucas and its immediate insight into both characters. Kendra is brave, independent, and determined. Lucas is kind, compassionate, and gentlemanly. I loved how they bonded over both having "dishonorable" reputations, ready to support each other. Then they realized that they knew each other years before and connected over their shared memories of that carefree Season. I liked how they made their escape and continued their conversation. When Lucas heard Kendra's story of what happened to her, he immediately offered to help. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of the relationship between Lucas and Kendra as they worked to discover and reveal the truth. Both are fully conscious of the rules of society and are careful in their actions. Kendra needs to restore her reputation to gain custody of her son, so she and Lucas are careful to maintain the proprieties. I liked that they first expanded on the friendship of their youth, comfortable with being honest with each other. The more time they spent with each other, though, the sparks of attraction began to complicate matters. I liked the way that they supported each other. Lucas introduced Kendra to people who could help her, people who quickly became friends. Kendra helped Lucas see that he needed to continue his work to feel whole. I ached for them as their feelings for each other grew stronger because they could see no possibility of being together. I loved following the progress of Kendra's quest. The abuse that she suffered and the humiliation of her husband's actions could have broken her, but she was stronger than she knew. It was satisfying to see the support and help she received from Lucas's friends and family. It was grand to see so many characters from earlier books as they joined the search for justice. I especially liked the ladies' fencing group and the eyebrows they raised. These women played a pivotal role later in the book. There was an unexpected twist regarding Kendra's son that added extra complications to her quest. There were also several appearances by Kendra's ex-husband, a nasty piece of work whose threats were frightening. I liked how the search for answers began to get results, instilling hope that Kendra would succeed. The plan that she and the others devised was beautiful in its simplicity and theatricality. I was on the edge of my seat as they carried it out and cheered at its success. I especially loved what it meant for Lucas and Kendra. In addition to Kendra's problem, Lucas also had his cross to bear. The guilt he felt over his escape made him particularly sensitive to the way other people viewed it. I ached for him every time someone made a comment or accusation. There was one man who was especially vitriolic every time he saw Lucas, but would never come out with any details about why he felt that way. I had to laugh when Kendra intervened, accusing them both of acting like children and forcing them, at swordpoint, to settle the matter. It's amazing what a little communication can do. I loved that not only did Lucas not hold a grudge, but he also used his healing talents to help the man. It was also a turning point for Lucas, who finally let go of his guilt. I also LOVE this cover.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate McMurry

    Wonderful, heartfelt, Regency romance Kendra Douglas, formerly Lady Denshire, was brutally dishonored by her venal, corrupt husband when he divorced her on the grounds of trumped up charges of adultery. Being unfairly shunned by society is a horrendous burden to bear, but it is as nothing to the pain of her ex-husband taking away her beloved son, a child of nine, and sneeringly informing her she will never see him again. Disgraced naval officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, spent almost 10 years Wonderful, heartfelt, Regency romance Kendra Douglas, formerly Lady Denshire, was brutally dishonored by her venal, corrupt husband when he divorced her on the grounds of trumped up charges of adultery. Being unfairly shunned by society is a horrendous burden to bear, but it is as nothing to the pain of her ex-husband taking away her beloved son, a child of nine, and sneeringly informing her she will never see him again. Disgraced naval officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, spent almost 10 years abroad living under an assumed name, and after his first seven years away from home, with no word to his family, he was declared legally dead. He did not feel worthy of coming home due to breaking parole when captured by the French, even though there were extreme, extenuating circumstances involved. As a form of atonement for his perceived unforgivable sin, he spent those long years working as a humble, vows-of-poverty novice, apprenticed to a Franciscan friar who was very skilled as a type of healer called a “bonesetter.” Lucas might never have come home at all if not for the intervention of his first-cousin Simon, with whom he was raised as a child, and whom he regards as his “almost-brother.” (These events between Lucas and Simon occur in Once a Spy, Book 4 in this series, in which Simon is the hero. Though it is not essential to read that book before reading this one, it is a wonderful book which is well worth reading. It also adds a crucial dimension to this story by allowing the reader to get to know Lucas’s, history of Simon tracking him down and convincing Lucas to return home, by directly experiencing it, rather than just hearing about it via a short narration of the basic facts in this book.) In the opening scene of the novel, Kendra and Lucas meet unexpectedly at a society ball, when he boldly steps forward to rescue her from the “cut direct” that she is receiving from everyone else at the ball. Lucas recognizes a kindred spirit in Kendra, as they are two dishonored individuals. Kendra is amazed and extremely grateful when Lucas freely offers her his assistance—and that of his network of powerful friends—in order to find the necessary evidence to restore her reputation and regain custody of her son. I very much admired Kendra. She is a strong, determined, brave, and active protagonist. I especially enjoyed her connecting and bonding with multiple other wonderful heroines from previous books in this series and from the Lost Lords series, forming with them a loving, supportive sisterhood. The scenes with her learning fencing together with these ladies were especially entertaining. I absolutely adored Lucas. He is a shining exemplar of the archetypal Positive Warrior who protects and defends. As such, he is a beacon of compassion and generosity, in his relationship with Kendra, in his male friendships, and as a gifted healer. It was a pleasure for me to encounter, in brief cameos that are crucial to the plot of this novel, various heroes from previous books in this series and from the Lost Lords series who are friends of Lucas. It is refreshing and very fulfilling to read about men forming a family of affiliation with each other, which is one of my all-time favorite themes in a romance novel, but which is almost always only done for the heroines and not the heroes. Ms. Putney offers both. As always with this talented author, the sex scenes are not included just for the sake of raunchy titillation. Instead, there is always tenderness as well as passion in the lovemaking, and these events are always plausibly motivated within the context of the constricting social mores of the Regency era. Finally, all loose ends of the main plot and the subplots are tied up completely in the satisfying HEA, and there is also a lovely epilogue. I look forward to checking in on these wonderful protagonists in future books in this series, in which I’m hopeful they will, in their turn, have important cameo appearances. I rate this book as follows: Heroine: 5 stars Hero: 5 stars Subcharacters: 5 stars Romance Plot: 5 stars Friendship Plots: 5 stars Historical Setting: 5 stars Writing: 5 stars Overall: 5 stars Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily posting a review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tarra

    Once Dishonored is the fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed series by Mary Jo Putney. This is the first book I've read in this series, and I feel it can hold well as a stand alone. I love this cover! And yes, there are fencing scenes, which are descriptive and well done. The concept is so unique and interesting dealing with the divorce laws during the the Regency period. I did enjoy that part of the book. Kendra Douglas is a divorcee, scandalous for the time, whose ex-husband did a lot of horrible th Once Dishonored is the fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed series by Mary Jo Putney. This is the first book I've read in this series, and I feel it can hold well as a stand alone. I love this cover! And yes, there are fencing scenes, which are descriptive and well done. The concept is so unique and interesting dealing with the divorce laws during the the Regency period. I did enjoy that part of the book. Kendra Douglas is a divorcee, scandalous for the time, whose ex-husband did a lot of horrible things to get her out of the picture, and as the story opens, Kendra feels she is out of resources to find her young son, who the ex-husband has hidden away. Enter noble Lucas Mandeville, Earl of something, who stands up for her during a ball where she is being shunned. I loved this opening scene, where Lucas immediately becomes Kendra's hero. But right off the bat, there's just so much talk. We learn both Lucas and Kendra's life histories in a chapter or two. Lucas had a lot going on -- war hero, prisoner of war, Friar's companion, bonesetter. He said he did so much it became unbelievable because he was just so good. Now look, I like good characters, but Lucas should be considered for sainthood. In fact, the lines were deeply drawn in this book, most main characters were either completely good or very, very bad. There wasn't much gray, which can make them more interesting. I was confused a bit about this book. I honestly thought at first that this was an inspirational or Christian book. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, I just hadn't thought this author wrote in that genre. There is a lot of talk of religion and prayers, even laying of hands for a "miracle" to occur. So it was a bit jarring going through almost 50% of the book thinking this was an inspirational story, only to have the leads do the deed rather quickly, and unromantically, right after the "healing" occurs. It was just an odd place for a sex scene, these characters hadn't even kissed up to that point. Because there was so much talking, the dialogue was pretty unrealistic. I just couldn't get the character's distinct voices in my head, because their words just felt too forced. Even the children, who where around nine years old, sounded like the adults. Too many things happened in this book that were way too convenient. Lucas makes a big show talking about his dirk. Uh oh, next thing he's being attacked and needs that dirk. Finding the child also happened way to conveniently. I did like the comradery between all the women of different classes and how they were intelligent and fiercely protective of their friends and families. So, overall, I was conflicted about this book. There were parts that I really enjoyed, and parts not so much. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this novel, my opinions are freely given.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed series, Once Dishonored is a story of redemption. Lucas has returned to London after years away. Struggling with a tarnished reputation, Lucas immediately connects to Kyla Douglas, a recently divorced woman whose reputation is even more sullied than Lucas’. When Lucas learns that the cause of her dishonor is her greedy and vicious ex-husband, he determines to help this vulnerable woman regain her reputation, her child, and her life. Will Lucas and Kyla resto The fifth book in the Rogues Redeemed series, Once Dishonored is a story of redemption. Lucas has returned to London after years away. Struggling with a tarnished reputation, Lucas immediately connects to Kyla Douglas, a recently divorced woman whose reputation is even more sullied than Lucas’. When Lucas learns that the cause of her dishonor is her greedy and vicious ex-husband, he determines to help this vulnerable woman regain her reputation, her child, and her life. Will Lucas and Kyla restore their reputations and find a way to be together? I love the romance in this story! Lucas and Kyla are characters that have gone through so much in their lives, and both struggle to find themselves in a judgmental and rigid society. Shunned and judged by others, Lucas and Kyla feel a connection almost instantly. What develops is a slow-building relationship built on trust and admiration. I love that Lucas and Kyla have such respect for each other. They share their deepest shame and darkest secrets, and it only makes them grow closer to each other. They are unflinching in their resolve to help each other, and their chemistry is fantastic! I also found it interesting that, even though they are two of the most honorable people in the story, they are disrespected and judged by less honorable people. Kyla fled an abusive relationship and is persecuted for it, and Lucas gave his life for his country and is judged harshly for escaping when he was a prisoner of war. This says a lot more about the conditional society in which they live than is does about Kyla and Lucas. Further, it frustrated me that women had no voice and no legal rights during this time. Kyla’s husband does some terrible things to her, and there are no ramifications because Kyla has no voice. The men hold all of the power. Putney brings to light important messages about the rights of women and the oppression of women and children, which I appreciated. Another aspect of the story that I liked was the representation of strong, independent women and forward-thinking men. Lucas and Kyla find themselves embraced by people who accept them and appreciate them. This lovely group of people not only aid Kyla in exposing her ex for the liar he is, but they also provide unwavering support and understanding. A story laced with dynamic characters and strong messages about gender inequities, Once Dishonored is a great novel for readers who enjoy strong historical romance. Though this is the fifth book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Kensington Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is an excellent historical romance that is the fifth book in the series titled Rogues Redeemed. I have to admit that I have not read any books by Ms. Putney before, but this book has definitely made me a fan. I have not read any of the previous books in this series and I was easily able to follow along, however with some of the characters arcing from the previous into this novel, I am most definitely going to read up on the previous books. This novel has it all: Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is an excellent historical romance that is the fifth book in the series titled Rogues Redeemed. I have to admit that I have not read any books by Ms. Putney before, but this book has definitely made me a fan. I have not read any of the previous books in this series and I was easily able to follow along, however with some of the characters arcing from the previous into this novel, I am most definitely going to read up on the previous books. This novel has it all: historical fiction, friendship, romance, mystery, suspense, and villainous characters that experience well-deserved outcomes. I enjoyed the fact that some characters were inherently good such as the main characters: Kendra and Lucas, his cousin Simon and wife Suzanne. These characters were likeable, realistic, still imperfect, yet had a moral compass. The love, compassion, foregiveness, acceptance, and loyalty between these two couples was enjoyable to read. I can't wait to check out the previous book to read up on Simon and Suzanne's stories. I really enjoyed Kendra. She was stronger then she realized. The friendships and relationships she acquired during the course of this book added to my interest. I truly enjoyed both Kendra and Lucas's complicated past stories, their flaws, and how they were able to finally love and trust again. I thought the plot was creative, intricate, complex yet interesting. It kept drawing me in. Just when I thought I knew it all and could see where this was going, the author added in just enough to keep things realistic as well as addictive. I enjoyed the pace, the well-thought out dialogue, and I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters. I also truly enjoyed the ending. It was definitely theatrical in nature, and finishing with quite the bang. These characters truly deserved the wonderful (and rightful) ending that was presented. If you like regency romance, creative plots, wonderful characters, romance, and great endings, then this book is for you. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Safety warnings attached at the end. This is my first book of the series and I felt it's fine read as a stand alone. You probably get more character introduction and death by reading the series in order though. I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything though. This book, as you can probably guess from the title, is about two people who have lost their honor according to society. Our hero, Lucas, was an officer in the navy and a prisoner of war. The heroine, Kendra, is a scandalous divorcee Safety warnings attached at the end. This is my first book of the series and I felt it's fine read as a stand alone. You probably get more character introduction and death by reading the series in order though. I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything though. This book, as you can probably guess from the title, is about two people who have lost their honor according to society. Our hero, Lucas, was an officer in the navy and a prisoner of war. The heroine, Kendra, is a scandalous divorcee. They come together at a ball and sense each other's vulnerability and protect each other. Kendra is a very strong character. Independent, fierce, and determined to get back what is hers. Society has been cruel to her since her divorce but she still holds her head up proudly. Lucas is very sweet and caring. He's been through a lot, emotionally and physically, but hasn't let that damage his personality. He's very steadfast and willing to help Kendra and protect her. Give this a try if you're in the mood for: -A regency time period novel – this takes place in 1816 -A novel with darker themes (lots of emotional turmoil, loss, abuse) -An experienced heroine – she's been married and divorced -Soldier hero – the hero was a soldier in the navy -Lots of things going on – there are lot of factors in play here, things the couple are trying to resolve -Lower to mid steam – kisses and sex happen and it's open door but it's pretty short I wasn't a huge fan of this story. It was rather dark, but without the emotional pull and angst of, say Kerrigan Byrne's work. There's a lot of loss, struggles, hurt from the past going on and not a lot of romance. I didn't really understand the characters attraction to each other. I wasn't getting butterflies. And the sex was very short and lackluster. I haven't read much of Putney's work, but I do remember Thunder and Roses. WHERE was that heat and fire? There's a scene from that book that had me breathless when they are playing billiards. I felt no remnant of that heat and sexiness here. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions about the story are my own. Safety warnings (spoilers) . . . . . . . Miscarriage, adoption, physical/verbal abuse

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Lucas Manderville, Baron Foxton is back from the dead and trying to reacclimate himself into society, but by escaping his parole while a prisoner of war has brought his honor into question and made him a bit of a pariah. He is floating on the edges of the ballroom when a beautiful woman in black arrives and the whispers start. Feeling a kinship to her, he asks her to dance and realizes that he knows her or rather knew her years ago when he was getting ready to ship out with the navy. Kendra Dougl Lucas Manderville, Baron Foxton is back from the dead and trying to reacclimate himself into society, but by escaping his parole while a prisoner of war has brought his honor into question and made him a bit of a pariah. He is floating on the edges of the ballroom when a beautiful woman in black arrives and the whispers start. Feeling a kinship to her, he asks her to dance and realizes that he knows her or rather knew her years ago when he was getting ready to ship out with the navy. Kendra Douglas, formerly Kendra Hawthorne, Lady Denshire is a divorcee and out for justice. Her ex-husband George, Lord Denshire told vile lies about her to gain a divorce and has taken her son from her all because her grandfather left her fortune in her hands and she refused to give him free reign. She wants to clear her name and get her son back, but has no idea where to begin. Dancing with Lucas opens a world of opportunities and when he offers to help her, it is a godsend! While they are trying to clear her name, he too will have to face his past and come to terms with his actions. As they work together and shocking secrets are uncovered and memories are recovered, they grow closer, but thanks to her divorce decree, Kendra cannot remarry while Denshire lives, so HEA many not come for years – if ever. This was a great slow burn, friends to lovers romance, with wonderful lead characters and lots of cameos from the Lost Lords and Redeemed Rogues and their wives. The book has a bit of everything, lies, scandal, intrigue, surprising twists and turns, familiar faces, grudges, forgiveness, a dash of paranormal, warm love scenes and a wonderful and sweet ending. And if that wasn’t enough, I found the author’s notes about Regency divorce and POW parole absolutely fascinating. This is the fifth book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title. I really enjoyed this installment and am happy to recommend this title. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Raissa

    This book is an ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Our protagonist, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, is a former military man who, at the beginning of history, had recently returned to England and was at a party full of English aristocrats when Kendra, our heroine, appears, causing great commotion. Kendra Douglas is a woman who was unjustly accused of adultery by her then husband, who subsequently filed for divorce and obtained complete custody of their only child. However, K This book is an ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Our protagonist, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, is a former military man who, at the beginning of history, had recently returned to England and was at a party full of English aristocrats when Kendra, our heroine, appears, causing great commotion. Kendra Douglas is a woman who was unjustly accused of adultery by her then husband, who subsequently filed for divorce and obtained complete custody of their only child. However, Kendra is not willing to give up her son (which is the only good thing resulting from her marriage), and although nobody in the whole aristocracy seems to belive in her version, she is determined to fight for him. Shortly after meeting her, Lucas is immediately fascinated by Kendra, and it doesn't take long for Kendra to tell her heartbreaking story to him. Lucas then, to Kendra's surprise, decides to help her prove her innocence and get her son back. In general I’ve read few books that address divorced mothers in historical novels, and I really liked that this story addressed that. Another point that I also liked is that, despite the clear attraction between the main characters, Lucas and Kedra developed their relationship gradually, first becoming friends and, later, lovers. There were some things that bother me a little, like some twists that I found too crazy to be credible, but overall, it was a good read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Pascale

    When Kendra Douglas became Lady Denshire, she was heiress to her grandfather's fortune. Her grandfather did not approve of her husband, Lord Denshire and made it difficult for him to get access to the fortune. Lord Denshire began to beat his wife when she questioned his constant requests for money and he decided to divorce her and get all of the money. Divorce in the Regency Era was difficult, costly and complicated. He drugged Kendra, hired a prostitute to lay with three of his friends and had When Kendra Douglas became Lady Denshire, she was heiress to her grandfather's fortune. Her grandfather did not approve of her husband, Lord Denshire and made it difficult for him to get access to the fortune. Lord Denshire began to beat his wife when she questioned his constant requests for money and he decided to divorce her and get all of the money. Divorce in the Regency Era was difficult, costly and complicated. He drugged Kendra, hired a prostitute to lay with three of his friends and had them swear in court to the charge of Adultery against Kendra. He also took her nine year old beloved son, Christopher away from her and accused her of being an unfit mother. Disgraced and broken-hearted Kendra begins to search for truths after her injustices. This is the story of her fight for justice with twists and turns that are unexpected. Lucas Mandeville, a.k.a Foxton, is also fighting for justice. Captured and thrown in rison during the war, Lucas was tortured by the sadistic prison warden because he hates noblemen. Lucas escapes and returns home to regain his honor. When he meets feisty, lovely Kendra and hears her plight, he joins in her fight. A lovely Regency romance with a cast of colorful characters and an adventure told beautifully by Mary Jo Putney. This is Book 5 of Rogues Redeemed and I eagerly await her next. Bravo!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is the 5th book in the series Rogues Redeemed. The series is all about soldiers and spies. Her theme that love conquers all, makes the books even more enjoyable. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone. Honor is an interesting element to the tonne of London and England. A man’s word is his honor and no matter why it might be broken, once broken all honor is lost. Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton knows this and feels it keenly. As a soldier, he needed t Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney is the 5th book in the series Rogues Redeemed. The series is all about soldiers and spies. Her theme that love conquers all, makes the books even more enjoyable. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone. Honor is an interesting element to the tonne of London and England. A man’s word is his honor and no matter why it might be broken, once broken all honor is lost. Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton knows this and feels it keenly. As a soldier, he needed to make a decision to save his life at the expense of his honor and people are slow to forgive him. Kendra Douglas also is without honor, but for a different reason. She refused to give her husband any more money for his “pastimes”. To punish her he put on an elaborate scheme to deprive her of her son and her standing in the tonne. Kendra wants her son back, so faces the ugliness the tonne dishes out to her. Lucas and Kendra end up helping each other along with characters from previous books. The story line and the characters are what makes this book so much fun. I quite enjoyed several of the scenes where Kendra finally tells her secrets to find out other women will care and help her! Once Dishonored by Mary Jo Putney was a good read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Spurned by the society where she once flourished, the former Lady Denshire, Kendra Douglas seeks justice for the wrongs done against her by her former husband and his manipulation of a system that does not let women tell their side of a story. Having slandered her reputation and kidnapped her son, Kendra needs allies to gain back her voice and her life. Lord Foxton, Lucas Mandeville, is scarred by his time in war on the continent, but more damaged is his sense of honor after his escape from a Fr Spurned by the society where she once flourished, the former Lady Denshire, Kendra Douglas seeks justice for the wrongs done against her by her former husband and his manipulation of a system that does not let women tell their side of a story. Having slandered her reputation and kidnapped her son, Kendra needs allies to gain back her voice and her life. Lord Foxton, Lucas Mandeville, is scarred by his time in war on the continent, but more damaged is his sense of honor after his escape from a French prison. He admires Kendra’s determination to face her problems head on and offers his assistance in writing the wrongs done against her. Finding comfort and encouragement neither before have experienced, they soon find maintaining propriety while fighting the inextricable pull towards one another quickly becomes as large of a battle as restoring Kendra’s reputation and finding her son. Putney continues to restore the honor of rogues in the fifth entry in her “Rogues Redeemed” series (after Once a Spy). Readers of historical romance will jump at the chance to root for one more brave and intelligent woman of English society and the man who stands beside her.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book is amazing! It is action-packed, witty, heartwarming, pulls at your heart-strings, and is just all around incredible. Whenever I picked up "Once Dishonored", I was whisked back in time to Regency Era England, and got pulled into this incredible story. This is the 5th book is Ms. Putney's "Rogues Redeemed" series, but the first I have read. Oh I absolutely can't wait to go back and read the previous ones, and I hope there will be many more in the future! She truly knows how to bring a st This book is amazing! It is action-packed, witty, heartwarming, pulls at your heart-strings, and is just all around incredible. Whenever I picked up "Once Dishonored", I was whisked back in time to Regency Era England, and got pulled into this incredible story. This is the 5th book is Ms. Putney's "Rogues Redeemed" series, but the first I have read. Oh I absolutely can't wait to go back and read the previous ones, and I hope there will be many more in the future! She truly knows how to bring a story to life. All of her characters seem so real, and every single interaction and moment is very well-thought out to push the plot forward. Kendra Douglas is such a strong, kind, and caring woman. What she has been put through is absolutely heartbreaking, but the fact that she is able to remain true to herself and seek justice is incredible. Her determination and will to drive forward and protect those she loves is beautifully expressed. Lucas Mandeville is also extremely strong, kind, passionate, and does what he believe to be the right thing, regardless of what society says. He has such a caring nature, and while he himself has had some horrific experiences in the past, he does not allow them to negatively affect who he is. (Possible Spoilers!) What an incredible couple these two make. They truly bring out the best in one another, and I love how they do not judge one another based off what others think. Their passion and emotional connection is so strong, and they really just understand each other in ways no one else has before. Watching their relationship develop was absolutely beautiful, and they are there supporting each other through the good, bad, and everything in between. Also, I absolutely adore many of the supporting characters in the novel, especially Simon and Suzanne. What kind, compassionate people with hearts of gold. If you enjoy Regency Romance and / or Historical Fiction, I highly recommend this book! I had a very hard time putting it down, and read it in two sittings! The only reason I put it down was I needed to be up early the next morning, and I got back to it just as soon as possible! There are quite a few twists and turns that made my mouth absolutely drop. It truly pulls you in from the very first moment to the last! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC of this book, and to Kensington Books for sending me a physical ARC as well, I so enjoyed it. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Please note: This book does deal with some heavier topics, such as domestic abuse and memories from being a prisoner of war. I believe the author handles them with great care and respect.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    Can love overcome scandal for two scarred souls? Kendra & Lucas have both been unfairly accused and treated horribly by their peer. Lucas who was a hero and battle scarred worn escapee from France was accused of acting dishonorably without knowing all the facts! Kendra’s husband divorced her for allegations of sexual misconduct of an orgy with his friends in a court of law , but she was not allowed to defend herself. Of course it never happened, he wanted to obtain her fortune and control of the Can love overcome scandal for two scarred souls? Kendra & Lucas have both been unfairly accused and treated horribly by their peer. Lucas who was a hero and battle scarred worn escapee from France was accused of acting dishonorably without knowing all the facts! Kendra’s husband divorced her for allegations of sexual misconduct of an orgy with his friends in a court of law , but she was not allowed to defend herself. Of course it never happened, he wanted to obtain her fortune and control of their son! Now that the two have met they were going to try and sort out the lies and fix the problem of Kendra’s never seeing her son or being allowed to get married. The author has done a tremendous amount of time to twist together a campaign to guide a wonderful blend of characters and humor and spice to make this book attention-grabbing and refreshing! I was enamored with the storyline and how captivating the characters were for me. Thank you to the authors and publishers who work diligently for us the readers. I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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