Once a Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney

Available Sept. 25: Once a Scoundrel

**** 3.5 stars: High seas adventure, restrained passion – exactly what you want in a historical romance.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Mary Jo Putney
  • If you like English historical romance
  • If you like rekindled love stories

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall


Lady Aurora is an adventurer. She avoided the marriage mart to go on a trip with her cousin, when they are captured by Barbary pirates. She appeals to her parents in England who hire captain Gabriel Hawkins, a disowned former Royal Navy captain who runs his own ship.

The two adventurers must complete another mission to free Rory from her imprisonment. You’ll love the mix of high seas adventure and restrained passion in Once A Scoundrel, and it’s fascinating to see how the characters develop and learn what’s important to them when their life is at stake.

Available Sept. 25: Once a Scoundrel

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