Mary Jo Putney - Мери Джо Пътни е родена в Ню Йорк. Завършила е английска литература и индустриален дизайн. След известна практика като диайнер, през 1987 г. тя публикува първия си роман. От тогава до днес романите й са над 25 и са оглавявали всички престижни класации за бестселъри - класациите на "Ню Йорк Таймс", "Уолстрийт джърнъл", "Пъблишърс Уикли"... Има спечелени редица награди, включително най-престижната награда за роматична литература "Рита".
1. The Diabolical Baron (1987)
The ruthless Jason Kincaid, 19th Baron Radford, draws the name of Miss Caroline Hanscombe out of a hat, and wagers that he could make her marry him. But her soulmate is the gallant Captain Richard Davenport, who also lays siege to her heart. Mary Jo Putney is the author of "The Would-Be Widow".
2. The Rake and the Reformer (1989) Прелъстителят
Затрогваща история, умело разказана в този неподвластен на времето роман от Мери Джо Пътни – авторка на бестселъри и всепризната легенда във вълнуващия свят на любовните романи... Бъдещето не вещае нищо добро за Реджиналд Давънпорт, останал без наследство и изпаднал в немилост. Ала съдбата му предоставя един последен шанс за спасение – да си върне имението Стрикланд, принадлежало на дедите му. И макар Давънпорт да умее да прелъстява жените, се оказва изненадващо неподготвен за смайващата среща с лейди Алис Уестън...
Алис е избягала от свят, изпълнен с недоверие и предателство. За младата жена мъжете са затворена книга, докато новият собственик на Стрикланд не събужда у нея страст, каквато не е допускала, че някога ще изпита.
Страст, която може да погуби и двамата. Или да ги спаси, ако съумеят да превъзмогнат миналото си...
1. The Would-be Widow (1988) Заложница на съдбата (aka the bargain)
Омъжена набързо... Какво ще се случи с жена, която се омъжва за умиращ мъж с едничката цел да подсигури наследството си? Но после господинът не благоволява да умре?! Съдбата внезапно се намесва... Съпругът оздравява напълно и младата лейди Джослин Кендъл се разкайва за прибързаната си постъпка. "Бъдещата вдовица" е изправена пред коренно различна ситуация, която я обърква напълно... Какво ще се случи ли?... Изненада!
2. The Controversial Countess (1989)
Ravishingly beautiful Countess Magda Janos was the toast of Paris and the center of a swarm of suitors. But who was this gorgeous creature? Two men knew the truth about her. Attractive, charming Robert Anderson, the black sheep blue-blood, was her intimate ally in her life of dazzling deception. The other was the devastatingly handsome Duke of Candover, who arrived from Regency London to demand that the controversial countess pretend to be his mistress in a dangerous game of intrigue. Which presented this lady of mystery with a duet of perils as she risked being unmasked by the domineering duke ... and being undone by love....
3. The Rogue and the Runaway (1990)
Maxima Collingwood, a lovely young American who is having great difficulty adjusting to the straight-jacket of English society, runs away from her ancestral manor, straight into the arms of the infamous Lord Robert Andreville.
Silk and Shadows (1991)
Cutting a dazzling swath through Victorian society, wealthy and seductive Peregrine weaves a web of desire around Lady St. James, who's pledged to wed Peregrine's enemy. Only the burning power of love can pierce Peregrine's chilling silence about his secret past and hidden purpose, and Sara plunges into a whirlpool of uncertainty with a man who has everything a woman could want--and fear.
Silk and Secrets (1992)
This beautiful edition of Silk and Secrets -- the second volume of a remarkable trio of Victorian-set books by Mary Jo Putney -- is a real treat for readers who love historical romances with exotic settings. Lord Ross Carlisle was a scholar whose danger-filled journeys through Central Asia over the past dozen years had brought him fame and fortune, and enough challenges to distract him from the memory of his beautiful young wife's betrayal. But, just as he is about to embark on his next adventure, the handsome nobleman receives two pieces of news that will change his life forever. First, he's informed of his half brother's death -- a tragedy that leaves him burdened with an inheritance he truly never wanted. And second, he learns that his brother-in-law, Ian, has been imprisoned by the powerful Amir of Bokhara, a madman who is known for his hatred of all Europeans. Ross knows he should return to England, to spare his ailing father concern for the safety of his only surviving son. But both honor and desire urge him to risk one final adventure, a perilous and probably impossible mission to determine Ian's fate. Encountering his estranged wife in a desert stronghold along the way seems proof that fate has lately taken Ross in hand. For Ian's sister, Juliet, is now passionately determined to accompany the husband she once fled; and her unladylike survival skills and matchless knowledge of her adopted homeland offer the first faint glimmers of hope that the success of this mission will not mean merely returning alive with definite proof of her brother's death.
Veils of Silk (1992)
Riding the wave of her successes Silk and Shadows and Silk and Secrets, Putney presents the long-anticipated final book in her scintillating trilogy. Veils of Silk continues the stirring story of Lara Stephenson and Major Ian Cameron, who get caught up in a plot to overthrow the British in India--and find themselves falling in love.
1.Thunder and Roses (1993) Неприлично предложение
Наричат го Графа-демон. Говори се, че е способен на всичко. Син на бунтовник и циганка, Никълъс е прочут с прилюченията си, докато едно ужасно предателство не го захвърля самотен и угорчен в уелското му имение. Отчаянието тласка учителката Клер да се изправи пред необуздания граф с молба да помогне на бедстващото й село. Отегчения аристократ намира идеята за забавна и приема, при едно условие: тя да жертва доброто си име и да живее с него три месеца. Девойката има само своята репутация, но пък се изкушава да спаси хората от селото. Неприличното предложение е прието и започва борба: тя да го научи на малко човещина, той да дразни потиснатата й чувствителност. Ала избухналата страст почти ги отнася...
2.Petals in the Storm (1993) Падналите ангели (Коварната Марго)
Европа, 1815 г, краят на Наполеоновите войни... Пресметлив майстор на чувствените игри, Рафи Уитбърн, дук Кандоувър, печели тъмната си репутация в драпираните будоари на английските аристократки, но без да губи ръката или сърцето си... Но дългът към приятел го праща в Париж, където трябва да работи с Магда Янош, най-красивата шпионка в Европа. За негово смайване, сивооката прелъстителка се оказва не графиня, а невярната девойка, измамила чувствата му дванайсет години по-рано - единствената жена, обичана от него някога - и единствената, която го е отхвърлила... Ще съумеят ли двамата изключителни любовници да си простят измените, за да предотвратят един ужасен заговор, който може да хвърли Европа във война?...
3.Dancing on the Wind (1994)
A tragic past has driven Lord Strathmore to use his formidable talents to protect his country from secret enemies, and he does it superlatively well - until he meets a mysterious woman. By turns glamorous and subdued, reckless yet vulnerable, she baffles his mind even as she captures his heart.
4.Angel Rogue (1995) Ангелът мошеник (Измамник с дяволско лице)
След дълга служба в тила на врага шпионинът Робърт Андървил се връща в замъка на баща си. Но и там не намира дълго чаканото спокойствие, защото в живота му се втурва чаровната Максима. Полуиндианка, полуангличанка, тя е пристигнала във Великобритания да разкрие истината за смъртта на баща си. Двамата кръстосват страната, душейки по следите на мрачни тайни. Тяхната разрушителна сила е готова да ги погълне, но любовта се оказва тяхното спасение...
5.Shattered Rainbows (1996) Защото вярваш в любовта
Когато Кетрин Мелбърн узнава, че има дядо, който я е направил своя наследница, тя се оказва в необичайна ситуация. Може да получи богатството само заедно с мъжа си Колин. Него обаче го убиват. Затова Кетрин моли лорд Майкъл Кениън да се представи за неин съпруг. Той й е задължен, тъй като някога е спасила живота му. При това тайно е влюбен в нея. Въпреки че също го обича, Кетрин не му казва, че е вдовица. Да разкрие тайната обаче се погрижва лорд Халдоран - обезнаследеният й братовчед. Така започва една безскрупулна война за власт, богатство и любов...
6.River of Fire (1996)
In exchange for his subversive skills, a dashing sky attempts to find financial salvation through Regency England's greatest artist by solving a heinous crime. But he soon discovers that the greatest danger of all lies in the irrestible attraction to a woman who may prove his undoing. From the bestselling author of Dancing On the Wind.
7.One Perfect Rose (1997) Розата и херцогът
ХЕРЦОГЪТ Херцог Ашбъртън винаги е приемал много сериозно задълженията на своя ранг… докато една шокираща новина го кара да избяга от изолирания си свят на богатство и привилегии и да пообикаля из пътищата като обикновен човек. И тогава една негова героична постъпка го запраща в компанията на пътуващите актьори Фицджералд, театрално семейство, което кипи от смях и любов. РОЗАТА Те не само се превръщат за него в семейството, за което е копнял винаги; тяхната прелестна дъщеря Розалинд, намерено на улицата дете, превърнало се в очарователна, състрадателна жена, разбужда най-дълбоко скритите желания на неговото сърце..
The Wild Child (1998) Дивачката
Лейди Мериъл страни от обществото и прекарва дните си в усамотение, далеч от кошмара, който едва не я е погубил като дете. Тя е щастлива в своя свят, докато един ден непознат красавец нахлува в живота й и събужда мечтите й за щастие и любов. Той усеща безпокойството й, пробуденото й желание и отгатва истинската й същност. В същото време Мериъл безмълвно се опитва да научи Доминик да разбере и оцени великолепието на нейния свят...
The China Bride (2000)
Born to a Scottish father, Troth Montgomery, betrothed to her life as a concubine, never imagined she would one day leave the Orient to arrive at the English estate of a stranger -- the brother of the man who had briefly been her husband. Kyle Renbourne, Viscount of Maxwell, had taken Troth as his bride shortly before his apparent execution in a Chinese prison. Now, as his widow, she is entitled to the home she always dreamed of but remains haunted by the memory of a dashing husband and the brief, forbidden love they shared. But then Kyle Renbourne is seemingly reborn, though his mind and body are badly wounded. Together, Troth and Kyle embark on a miraculous journey of hope, faith, and struggle against a deadly menace that has followed them halfway across the world.
The Bartered Bride (2002)
After building a fortune amid the splendor and dangers of the China seas, American adventurer and merchant prince Gavin Elliott is sailing for London, where he intends to establish himself in the society that forced his family to leave in disgrace when Gavin was only a child. But fate intervenes on an infamous island in the East Indies when he tries to save a European woman being sold at a slave auction. By the sultan?s decree, the woman can only be freed if Gavin wins her by enduring an ancient tribal challenge that may cost him his life. Yet Gavin cannot refuse to help a countrywoman, especially one who touches his heart and soul with her indomitable spirit. Alexandra Warren ventured to Australia as a young bride eager for adventure. A dozen years later she is returning home as widow and mother when a pirate attack separates her from her beloved daughter and condemns Alex to a life of servitude. Then a miracle arrives in the form of a steely-eyed Yankee captain willing to risk everything to set her free.
Circle of Friends
1. The Burning Point (2000)
In her first contemporary novel, she tells a searing story of family, love, and desire. Kate Corsi's lifelong dream has been to work for her family's world-famous explosive demolition business. Her stubborn father denied her this dream until he died.
Now, his will has promised Kate a fortune-but only if she can live for a year in the same house with her ex-husband, Donovan. As Kate and Donovan form an uneasy alliance to learn the truth about her father's mysterious death, they must confront the wrenching secrets of a past that nearly destroyed them. And they must face the perils of moving too close to the burning point, where their passion could once again catch fire.
2. The Spiral Path (2002)
Though they are sliding toward divorce, Raine Marlowe persuades her enigmatic superstar husband, Kenzie Scott, to play the lead in a movie she wants to produce and direct. Kenzie agrees, but without realizing how dangerously close the character's dark secrets are to his own. Then Kenzie's past explodes into a career destroying scandal. Like a phoenix, Kenzie had created spectacular success out of torment. Now his carefully constructed life has shattered. When Kenzie tries to push Rainey away, she knows only she can help him come to terms with his past - and if she fails, she'll lose the only man she's ever loved.
3. A Holiday Fling (2002)
British actress Jenny Lyme isn't a movie star, but she's well loved in England for her television work. Now her hometown community center is in danger of being sold. The only hope for its salvation is if Jenny can film and sell the Christmas Revels production she's directing. A really good cameraman is needed - and she knows just the one.... Greg Marino is a top Hollywood cinematographer with an Oscar in his kitchen to prove it. He also has fond memories of the fling he once had with Jenny Lyme when they worked together on a disastrous movie. So when Jenny calls and asks Greg to film her Christmas show, he decides it'd be a fun break... and really, really nice to see Jenny again. But how can they build a life together when both have demanding careers thousands of miles apart?
4. Twist of Fate (2003)
When lawyer Val Covington receives a windfall and leaves her corporate career to practice "do-gooder law," her assistant offers to come with her - if Val will look into the case of Kendra's former lover, who is on Death Row for a crime he didn't commit. Val agrees, but she can't do it alone. She finds help in Rob Smith, her landlord, who is as capable as he is mysterious. If justice is an imperfect process, so is falling in love. Val and Rob are drawn together as they fight to save an innocent man's life, but can they overcome their fears to build a lasting future?
The Alchemical Marriage (2004)
Historical story which introduces her Guardians, subjects of three (to date) full length novels. The Guardians are magicians with various skills including weather working who try to use their skills for good. Sir Adam Macrae (ancestor of some of the Macraes in the later books) is in the Tower of London at the behest of Queen Elizabeth because he is a Scot who supported Mary Queen of Scots. However he is granted freedom because his weather working skills are required to turn back the Spanish Armada which is preparing to attack England. He is taken to the home of Isabel de Cortes, a Jewish refugee from Spain, who is also a mage although not of the weather as it is thought if they work together they will be more successful. Macrae finds himself without enough power to work the weather on his own and has to learn to trust Isabel and to gain more of an understanding about the consequences to Scotland of the Armada, he is unable to assume that it is only England that will be harmed.
1. A Kiss of Fate (2004)
Born into a legendary family of mages known as the Guardians, Gwyneth Owens believes that she has little inherited power. She does, however, have a destiny to fulfill. When the Guardian elders seek to forestall a coming disaster by invoking her Guardian oath and asking her to marry Duncan Macrae, Lord Ballister, the most powerful weather mage in the realm, she cannot honorably refuse. Although they are already attracted to each other, Gwyneth can't forget the single kiss from him that sent alarming visions of destruction flaming through her mind-or the sword that he held in his hand. Intelligent, compelling characters that appeal to both heart and mind, a brilliant blending of history and fantasy, and a beautifully unfolding love relationship combine to produce a magical tale.
2. Stolen Magic (2005) (writing as M J Putney)
Simon Malmain, the Earl of Falconer, enforces the law for the ' Guardians, humans with magical powers derived from nature. A routine mission to confront a rogue Guardian turns disastrous when Simon's quarry, Lord Drayton, captures his pursuer in a transformation spell. Aid arrives in the form of Meg, a fey young woman who has also been ensorcelled by Drayton. Bound by the need for each other's magic, Simon and Meg join forces to defeat the evil Guardian--and in the process unleash the more ancient magic of passion. But even their combined power may not be enough to stave off Drayton's diabolical plans. Only a desperate act of love may win back the future--or destroy all they hold dear.
3. A Distant Magic (2007)
Jean Macrae's family is one of the most prominent clans of Guardians, humans whose magical powers come from nature, but Jean considers her skills modest at best. She has never been able to summon the intense, earth-altering ability that has marked the most talented Guardians, and she is content without the adventure that such skill brings . . . until the day she is confronted by a handsome stranger whose magic imprisons her on his pirate ship. Captain Nikolai Gregorio is convinced that Jean's father abandoned him, as a child, to slavers. Now he seeks vengeance against the Macraes, no matter the cost. But Jean soon finds his untrained magical gifts far more dangerous than his thirst for revenge, especially when they intensify her own powers to an unthinkable - and enticing - degree. And when Jean and Nikolai's irresistible connection summons a woman from the future, they are charged with a formidable task: protect those who will oppose slavery's evil and forever change the future of two nations. This quest will sweep Jean and Nikolai into the most fantastic of realms and try their powers beyond even what the Guardians themselves would dare. And when ultimate disaster threatens, they will stake everything on a shattering test of love that could secure the fate of generations . . . or destroy them and all they cherish.
1. The Marriage Spell (2006)
One of the Duke of Wellington's most respected officers, Jack Langdon, Lord Frayne, takes his family's honor very seriously. He also hides a shameful secret: a talent for sorcery he has been raised to suppress and openly reject. But after an injury lands Jack at death's door, his only chance at survival lies with Abigail Barton, a peer's daughter and a skilled wizard. Her price: Jack's hand in marriage. It isn't long before Jack feels an irresistible attraction to his forthright new wife, whose allure is as intense as the reawakening magical abilities he can no longer deny. Abigail had to make a great sacrifice to perform a spell powerful enough to save Lord Frayne, and although she cannot help but be drawn to her reluctant husband's surprising sensitivity and kindness, she knows all too well his distaste for magic. Once she has Jack's name and the child she has always longed for, she is determined to live apart from him so that he can preserve his reputation - and so that she herself can stay true to her gifts.
1.Loving a Lost Lord (2009)
Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor the shipwreck that almost claimed his life. However, he's delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds in his wife. Mariah's name and face may be familiar, but her touch, her warmth, feel deliciously right. When Mariah Clarke prayed for a way to deter a bullying suitor, she didn't imagine she'd find the answer washed ashore on a desolate beach. Convincing Adam that he is her husband is surprisingly easy. Resisting the temptation to act his wife, in every way, will prove anything but. And now a passion begun in fantasy has become dangerously real - and completely irresistible.
2. Never Less Than A Lady (2010)
As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son of his own. The perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding. But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft--a village midwife with a dark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protection. Within the space of a day, Julia has been abducted by her first husband's cronies, rescued, and proposed to by a man she scarcely knows. Stranger still is her urge to say yes. A union with Alexander Randall could benefit them both, but Julia doubts she can ever trust her heart again, or the fervent desire Randall ignites. Yet perhaps only a Lost Lord can show a woman like Julia everything a true marriage can be. . .
3. Nowhere Near Respectable (2011)
He's a bastard and a gambler and society's favourite reprobate. But to Lady Kiri Lawford he's a hero - braver than the smugglers whom he rescues her from, more honorable than any lord she's ever met, and far more attractive than any man has a right to be. How can she not fall in love? But Damian Mackenzie has secrets that leave no room in his life for courting high-born young ladies - especially not the sister of one of his oldest friends. Yet when Kiri's quick thinking reveals a deadly threat to England's crown, Damian learns that she is nowhere near as prim and respectable as he first assumed...and the lady is far more alluring than any man can resist.
4. No Longer A Gentleman (2012)
Grey Sommers, Lord Wyndham, never met a predicament he couldn't charm his way out of. Then a tryst with a government official's wife during a bit of casual espionage in France condemns him to a decade in a dungeon, leaving him a shadow of his former self. Yet his greatest challenge may be the enigmatic spy sent to free his body--the only woman who might heal his soul. Cassie Fox lost everything in the chaos of revolution, leaving only a determination to help destroy Napoleon's empire through her perilous calling. Rescuing Grey is merely one more mission. She hadn't counted on a man with the stark beauty of a ravaged angel, whose desperate courage and vulnerability thaw her frozen heart. But a spy and a lord are divided by an impassable gulf even if they manage to survive one last, terrifying mission. . .
Lady of Fortune (1988)
Carousel of Hearts (1989)
Dearly Beloved (1990)
Uncommon Vows (1991)
The Rake (1998) Прелъстителят
Затрогваща история, умело разказана в този неподвластен на времето роман от Мери Джо Пътни – авторка на бестселъри и всепризната легенда във вълнуващия свят на любовните романи.
Бъдещето не вещае нищо добро за Реджиналд Давънпорт, останал без наследство и изпаднал в немилост. Ала съдбата му предоставя един последен шанс за спасение – да си върне имението Стрикланд, принадлежало на дедите му. И макар Давънпорт да умее да прелъстява жените, се оказва изненадващо неподготвен за смайващата среща с лейди Алис Уестън...
Алис е избягала от свят, изпълнен с недоверие и предателство. За младата жена мъжете са затворена книга, докато новият собственик на Стрикланд не събужда у нея страст, каквато не е допускала, че някога ще изпита. Страст, която може да погуби и двамата. Или да ги спаси, ако съумеят да превъзмогнат миналото си...
Nowhere Near Respectable (2011)
A Regency Christmas II (1990) (with Mary Balogh, Carla Kelly, Anita Mills and Sheila Walsh)
В този сборник Мери Джо участва с новелата Sunshine for Christmas, която се явява кн. 3 от поредицата Davenport Family
A Regency Christmas III (1991) (with Mary Balogh, Sandra Heath, Edith Layton, Melinda McRae)
A Regency Christmas IV (1992) (with Mary Balogh, Marjorie Farrell, Sandra Heath, Emma Lange)
Rakes and Rogues (1993) (with Mary Balogh, Melinda McRae, Anita Mills and Maura Seger)
Promised Brides (1994) (with Kristin James and Julie Tetel)
Goldspun Promises / No Brighter Dream / Dancing on the Wind (1995) (with Elizabeth Gregg, Katherine Kingsley)
Faery Magic (1996) (with Jo Beverley, Karen Harbaugh and Barbara Samuel)
A Stockingful of Joy (1997) (with Jill Barnett, Justine Dare, Susan King)
Captured Hearts (1999) (with Mary Balogh, Edith Layton, Patricia Rice and Joan Wolf)
Bride by Arrangement (2000) (with Merline Lovelace and Gayle Wilson)
Chalice of Roses (2010) (with Jo Beverley, Karen Harbaugh and Barbara Samuel)
Dashing and Dangerous: More Rakes And Rogues (1995) (with Mary Balogh, Edith Layton, Melinda McRae, Anita Mills)
Christmas Revels (2002)
В този сборник Мери Джо участва с новелата A Holiday Fling, която се явява кн.3 от поредицата Circle of Friends
Dragon Lovers (2007) (with Jo Beverley, Karen Harbaugh and Barbara Samuel)
Bewitched, Bothered and Bevampyred (2005)
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Irresistible Forces (2004)
В този сборник Мери Джо участва с новелата The Alchemical Marriage