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Not Quite a Lady [Paperback]

Loretta Chase
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7 Jun 2007

Darius Carrington is a spectacularly handsome rake with a rare intelligence and no heart. A man of science, he divides his time between bedding loose-moralled women and writing scholarly papers about livestock breeding. He finds the eligible ladies of the ton thoroughly dull. That is until he meets Lady Charlotte Hayward...

Lady Charlotte is so beautiful, charming, and gracious that no one has noticed what an expert she is at Not Getting Married. Early on, she learned a hard and painful lesson about trust... and temptation. In the years since, she's built impentrable defences that no man has overcome. She's devoted to life to being everything she ought to be- and she's not about to let a man like Carsington entice her to anything she shouldn't.

But the rules of attraction can easily overpower the rules of manners and morals, and sometimes even the best behaved girl has to follow her instincts, even if it does mean risking everything.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749937955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749937959
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loretta Chase has experienced a varied career before being convinced to write novels by a producer... who later became her husband. The books resulting from this union have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's Rita.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist 18 Sep 2007
By CJ VINE VOICE
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This is the story of the last of the Carsington brothers to find the right woman. Loretta Chase has an original style, writes extremely well and is very amusing to boot. She can make you laugh out loud and smile whilst still feeling all the emotions and passion you are looking for in a romantic novel.

Darius Carsington has been tasked by his father, Lord Hargate, to put to rights a derelict estate in Cheshire. His very matter-of-fact and scientific mind is puzzled by his neighbour's beautiful, charming and on-the-surface perfect daughter, who is 27 and still unwed. He tries to discover why and how she has managed to evade all her suitors and in the process falls in love. She discovers in him a source of strength and someone to trust. Gradually they discover each other's secrets. I won't give away the plot but the story hinges on a very original twist on a fairly standard theme of a base born child. Not much happens, the action takes place mainly on his estate and at her home but its an original tale well told. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lady In Search of Spinsterhood 11 May 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A charming romp through the English countryside presents us with Lady Charlotte Hayward. At the spinsterish age of twenty-seven, Lady Charlotte appears to be every Englishman's perfect woman: she has impeccable manners, she is well educated (for a woman), is an authority on the social graces, and has killer good looks. She has had years perfecting her technique of deflecting the attentions of marriage-minded gentlemen while still retaining their friendship. No one has guessed that buried in her youthful past is the sole indiscretion that makes her unmarriageable.

Enter Darius Carsington, new landlord to Beechwood - the estate that borders the Hayward property. Although highly educated in the field of animal husbandry, this youngest son of the Earl of Hargate is considered a rake of the highest order who draws the line at seducing 'innocents'. Of course he is instantly attracted to Lady Charlotte.

With the stage for romance thus set, it is only a matter of time before these two run far enough in opposite directions only to find themselves learning to appreciate each other as friends.

But will Lady Charlotte's secret, which even her own father hasn't guessed, relegate these two to a lifetime of being friendly neighbors, or, will a young ten year old lad be the key to melting Lady Charlotte's resolve to come clean of her past and accept love into her life?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a great read 22 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
Review taken from my Blog post (#38) back in November 2010:

This one followed on - although I am not sure sequentially in her writing - from the 'Miss Wonderful' book earlier this month.

The story of one of the younger brothers of Alistair Carsington, Darius and the already deflowered and dishonoured Lady Charlotte Hayward.

Darius is told by his Father, Lord Hargate, that he is a drain on not only the family resources, but the family honour and must take a property just out of Chancery and make a profit in a year or find and marry an heiress. The property next door is owned by Lady Charlotte's Father, Lord Lithby. Charlotte had spent the last 11 years after the cover up of her predicament by becoming very accomplished at not being put in a position where she would have to marry somebody, and they dreadful secret would be out, and her Father would find out that her Stepmother played a big hand in helping her, not to mention how betrayed her Father would feel.

Splendidly humorous, with fabulous scenes and characters in it, and a nice subject usually not covered by an author, i.e. what happens when a young innocent is actually deflowered by an utter rouge and the cover up behind it ...... which in this case eventually turned out just fine.

A 4 star **** read. The cover on the other hand was down market as a cheap shell suit, and would not lead anyone to believe such a good book lay beneath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reviewer 31 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
During a tumultuous time in her life, Lady Charlotte Hayward made some decisions that changed the entire course of her life. Although those decisions haunt her, she must keep them secret. Considered good and perfect, Lady Charlotte knows she is not. And to protect her secret, she has vowed to never marry. When Darius Carsington moves in next to her family estate, Lady Charlotte's vow to never marry may be in jeopardy. For Darius, Charlotte might just risk her secret and her heart. Oh how I loved Not Quite a Lady! It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made my tender heart ache. It made me oh so happy. Loretta Chase's heroes are divine and Darius is no exception. But it's not just Darius that makes this story so enthralling. The story itself is beautiful and heartfelt. I've read Not Quite a Lady twice so far and each time it makes my heart sing with happiness!! I'd also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you missed it
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