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Once a Soldier

Book 1, Rogues Redeemed

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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 ½ Stars, Top Pick)

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

From Publishers Weekly

May 09, 2016 – 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.

Customer Reviews

A wonderful story full of heart, tension, duty and the sort of ‘all for you’ dedication from the her

A story that highlights the conflict between desire and duty, and just how emotional decisions can sway your destiny. Will Masterson, heir to a title was grieving at the loss of his wife and daughter. Turning his back on England and his responsibilities, he purchased a commission to fight Napoleon. Seeing the surrender, a later skirmish had him facing a hanging with four other men, a somehow fitting end to his journey. But, destiny, fate and a bottle intervened and the five men escaped, vowing to stay in contact through letters to a pre-determined location. However, Will has been tasked with accompanying a small group of men back to their homeland of San Gabriel, to shore up the tiny municipality after the French army’s destruction.

Athena Markham has been serving as Princess Sophia’s aid and confidante. With the regent aging out, the next in line nowhere to be found and Sophia as next in line, safety and security for the princess is tantamount. Not to mention that Athena’s cool confidence, independent streak and desire to be ‘useful’ works to everyone’s advantage. Illegitimate daughter of a lord and his courtesan, Athena’s childhood was tumultuous and full of bullying and behind the hand comments. She’s fled to find her place and leave the past behind, and her ability to think logically and see what needs to be done are hugely advantageous.

Together Will and Athena are a unique couple, their attraction is instant. Will has never met such a tall and hard to intimidate woman before, nor one that is so interested in what he has to say. Not in a flirtatious way, but with helpful and insightful comments, and a calmness that surrounds her decisions to help Sophia. Although Will intrigues Athena, and she won’t deny their chemistry, she won’t risk his name or her heart with a short term affair, preferring friendship and a camaraderie that is tinged with sexual tension. She finds that she can trust Will with her big secret past, yet it matters not to Will. He wants to marry this woman and take her home.

A wonderful story full of heart, tension, duty and the sort of ‘all for you’ dedication from the hero that just makes him irresistible. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

A thought provoking beginning to a series.

I enjoyed this story. Athena's past rules her head. Will has managed to survive the war only to find himself in a small country trying to recover from the ravages of war. The two find an instant attraction and get to know each other as they rebuild. They face danger, coming close to death before committing to each other. There are a couple other happily ever afters within this story. For a story so steeped in violence, there are a lot of uplifting and touching moments. I recommend this story.

I received this story from Netgalley for an honest review.


Too slow for a romance , took to long to develop a story and ended in utter disappointment.

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Once a Soldier
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jun 28, 2016
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Rogues Redeemed
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