Books by Mary Jo Putney

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A Distant Magic

A Distant Magic is Mary Jo Putney's third, and final, Guardian novel. Guardians are mages, humans with magical powers who have pledged to use their magic for the good of humankind. While I enjoyed the first third of this novel with its intriguing leads and magic, Putney's change of course into tim ...

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Thunder and Roses

Unlike many romance fans, I’m not a chronic re-reader. There are so many books that need to be reviewed in the here and now that I rarely feel like I can take the time to indulge myself with an old favorite. I also can’t help wondering if it really was that good. I first read Thunder and Roses i ...

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Angel Rogue

While not technically one of Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels, Lord Robert Andreville played a pivotal role in Petals in the Storm; he was that heroine's former lover and fellow spy. Now that the war is finally over, Robin has come home to England a man on the brink, exhausted physically, emotionally ...

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Dancing on the Wind

Unquestionably, Mary Jo Putney was an early pioneer in the connected books phenomenon. You can argue whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, but more than ten years past the publication of the first in the series, her Fallen Angels books pretty much remain the gold standard. Dancing on the W ...

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One Perfect Rose

One Perfect Rose is the final book in Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels series and features Stephen Kenyon, the Duke of Ashburton and older brother of Michael Kenyon from Shattered Rainbows. I was surprised to find that there was no AAR review for One Perfect Rose for it has always been special to me ...

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The Marriage Spell

The Marriage Spell is the first in a series set in an alternative Regency England which is familiar in every way except in this England, some people have the ability to perform magic. In a refreshing change of pace, magic workers - called wizards - are not burned as witches. Centuries earlier ...

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Stolen Magic

With this novel, Mary Jo Putney's Guardian series gets a makeover. The books will no longer be a part of Ballantine's Romance wing, but moves to the publishing house's SF/Fantasy adjunct, Del Rey, and Mary Jo Putney becomes M. J. Putney. While the fantasy elements in the series merit the move, rest ...

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Dearly Beloved

Coming straight from a reread of Mary Jo Putney’s incomparably romantic Uncommon Vows, I couldn’t help but think that the earlier Dearly Beloved could have been written by another, less skilled writer. Though it contains the attention to historical detail and well-fleshed characters for which th ...

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Shattered Rainbows

I'm not sure exactly which romances I would grab if the house was on fire and I could only save ten, but I know one of them would be Mary Jo Putney's Shattered Rainbows. I love all the books in her Fallen Angels series, but this one is easily my favorite. Not only is it Putney's best book; it's one ...

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A Kiss of Fate

With A Kiss of Fate, Mary Jo Putney makes her long-awaited return to historical romance. The novel, which features a touch of the paranormal, is the tale of a young couple from a mysterious clan known as the Guardians who have used their power over nature to positively influence world events for hun ...