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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (#6)

Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

So, the novel I'm featuring is...

                                              The Rake The Rake(2012 cover)
                                              The Rake by Mary Jo Putney, published in 1998
                                                                Goodreads | Amazon


A man's past doesn't have to map his fate, especially when a woman holds the key to his destiny in this timeless novel by New York Times bestselling author and legend in historical romance Mary Jo Putney...

Disinherited and disgraced, Reginald Davenport's prospects cried for a dire end. But fate has given him one last chance at redemption—by taking his rightful place as the heir of Strickland, his lost ancestral estate. Davenport knows his way around women, yet nothing prepares him for his shocking encounter with Lady Alys Weston.

Masquerading as a man in order to obtain a position as estate manager of Strickland, Alys fled a world filled with mistrust and betrayal. She was finished with men—until Strickland's restored owner awakens a passion she thought she would never feel. A passion that will doom or save them both…if only they can overcome their pasts.

To find out more about Mary Jo Putney and her books, click the links below:
                                Website | Goodreads | Facebook

Mary Jo Putney is, quite frankly, one of the best historical romance authors. The Rake won the prestigious RITA award in 1990 and remains one of my favorites. The story is vastly moving and the characters are intensely realistic and complex, yet it is Reggie's redemption that is the most moving aspect of the story.

I have reviewed only one other Mary Jo Putney book, and that is her latest novel, Sometimes a Rogue, Always a Hero (review here). A fantastic 5 tulips from me -- I would give it 10 if it would not bounce off the scale. ;-)

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World for her pick of the week.  Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading has also joined us, so be sure to visit her blog as well. :-)


  1. Oh you had to bring this up!!! :D I so can't wait for Luckiest Lady, but then now I'll have to read the past two book that'll lead to Luckiest Lady :(

  2. I've had this in my TBR file a few years ago and I remember starting it but now have no idea why I haven't finished it yet.. :) must tackle all those backlogs..

  3. This one was a case of me judging the book by its cover -- and it paid off! I love this book -- it still makes me cry when I reread it.

    1. Same here! I was thinking this will just be another rake-falls-in-love story, but it has so much more depth.

  4. Great idea, Mary! I have so many I'd have to go through!

  5. I haven't read this author yet, but I do love the sound of her books, so I will have to get one of her books the next time I go to my local library. I do agree that her upcoming book is just gorgeous.

    1. You really should. Mary Jo Putney is a fantastic author :)

  6. LOL Mary. You would love another Mary! And I do love those masquerading ladies in breeches. :)

  7. I actually have not read any of her books yet and this one sounds like a great book to start with. :)

    1. Yup. It's standalone (though you'll see characters from other books) but it's great. Really great.

  8. Hi, Mary!

    I only started reading Mary Jo Putney with her Lost Lords series -- I really should look at her older books. This one looks interesting. ^_^

    1. lol So do I. I'm notorious for not reading in order XD

  9. Great choice!! I haven't read this author, but her books are on my to read soon list. I definitely need to check this one out. I love the theme of "a disguised male", I can see that it would be a good one. Definitely going to bump this one to the top of the list of books to get at the library next.

    1. It's actually less about that aspect. Tbh, it wasn't much of a secret at all, and once Reggie found out, the story centers on his problem with drinking.

  10. I love this book! It is the only MJP one I've read so far, but it has definitely inspired me to try more soon. Reggie's redemption is the highlight for me though I love Alys too. Great choice!

    1. Hehe, this is my first MJP, and Sometimes a Rogue is my second. I need to read more of her backlist :)



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