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5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist
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...
Published on 18 Sept. 2007 by CJ

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3.0 out of 5 stars A creditable attempt at the genre
Loretta Chase usually turns in a sort of cross between a recent Mills and Boon (sex is allowed and described in detail) and a Georgette Heyer imitator, and this is no exception, although its plot line of an aristocratic lady who actually has been seduced and secretly borne a child makes a change, they tend to be absent from fiction although in real life we know of a...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist, 18 Sept. 2007
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lady In Search of Spinsterhood, 11 May 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a great read, 22 Mar. 2013
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A creditable attempt at the genre, 30 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Not Quite a Lady (Paperback)
Loretta Chase usually turns in a sort of cross between a recent Mills and Boon (sex is allowed and described in detail) and a Georgette Heyer imitator, and this is no exception, although its plot line of an aristocratic lady who actually has been seduced and secretly borne a child makes a change, they tend to be absent from fiction although in real life we know of a number of examples. Miss Chase is an American, and very occasionally it shows - black cats being mentioned as unlucky, when in England they are very lucky, staff on a country estate being more like those on a cotton plantation than they would have been in reality, the odd quirk of vocabulary ("someplace" for "somewhere" crops up quite often, as does "guess" for "imagine". However, many authors in this genre have a much harder time duplicating the correct speech.
Something I found annoying was the number of times the heroine manages to fall over into the arms of the hero, and the difficulties she seems to have in extricating herself! She slips on the edge of ponds, trips over the hem of her gown, treads on buckets left lying around..... I don't think a normal person falls as often in a whole life as Charlotte manages to do in a few days, and perhaps the author could think of some other way to get her heroine into the arms of her hero without obvious wishes on her part. But it passed a few pleasant hours, which is what this kind of fiction is intended to do, and has a few unusual twists and features to enliven the journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carsington romance 4: last and most moving in a charming quartet, 23 Oct. 2010
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This is the final volume in a quartet of Georgian romances in which each book is better than the one before.

The first book in the series, "Miss Wonderful (Carsington Quartet 1)" is a better than average regency romance.

The second, "Mr Impossible (Carsington Quartet 2)" set in Egypt just after the end of the Regency period, is a highly entertaining romp which is a bit like a version of the film The Mummy [DVD] [1999] set 150 years earlier and with the supernatural bad guys replaced by mortal but evil and dangerous gangs of tomb raiders.

The third volume, "Lord Perfect (Carsington Quartet 3)" is very funny indeed.

This final instalment, "Not Quite a Lady," while not quite so laugh-out-loud funny, is charming and intensely moving.

There is a follow-on book, "Last Night's Scandal" set a decade later, the hero and heroine of which are the two children from "Lord Perfect" who have since grown up.

Lord Hargate, a distinguished politician had five sons, which we are told was "three more than he needed". The first two were sensible and responsible and soon married and settled down. The younger three, while good hearted, brave and handsome, had a tendancy to "tumble into trouble with depressing regularity" at great expense to their parents, and as each approached the age of 30, Lord Hargate put increasing pressure on them to marry the right woman. Sons three (Alistair) and four (Rupert) did eventually find appropriate matches in the first two books of the series.

The hero of the third book is the oldest son, Benedict, Viscount Rathbourne, who is aptly nicknamed Lord Perfect, hence the title of that book. Benedict had married at an appropriate age a proper young deb, who has tragically died.

We learn early in "Not quite a Lady" that the heroine of this book, Lady Charlotte Haywood, was one of the young ladies in whom Benedict's parents tried to interest him the previous year when they considered that he had grieved for long enough. He was perfectly polite and charming to Charlotte, but Benedict appeared not to even notice that he was being gently encouraged to remarry. With the result that she starts off this book with some slight negative history towards the idea of marrying a member of the Carsington family.

In the event, however, "Lord Perfect" described how the outrageous escapades of a pair of naughty children dragged Benedict into ever more compromising rescue attempts with a beautiful young widow who is mother of one of the children concerned. When when this had the inevitable matrimonial consequences, Charlotte breathed a sigh of relief. But a little too soon.

So that leaves Lord and Lady Hargate with one remaining son to persuade to settle down, Darius their fifth and youngest.

Darius Carsington is a spectacularly handsome rake of exceptional intelligence who appears to have no heart whatsoever. His has only two interests: his main interest is the science of biology in general, and livestock breeding in particular: and his second interest is "emulating this behaviour" e.g. bedding women whose morals are no stricter than his own. The only moral principle in his love life is to regard innocent virgins as strictly out of bounds. He confines his amorous attentions to the demimonde or women on the fringes of the ton who are capable of discretion.

Darius can remember every detail of all the animals he has studied, and can desribe in detail the differences between two dozen breeds of sheep, but can never remember his last lover's name, let alone the colour of her eyes, two weeks after he has shared her bed. He mentally classifies romantic love in the intellectual category that he labels "Superstition, myth, and poetic nonsense."

Lord Hargate gives Darius an ultimatum: he has a year to turn round Beechwood, a family property in Cheshire which has been neglected. If he can sort out the estate and get it back into profit in that year, it will be his portion and inheritance: if he can't he must marry an heiress. Unable to resist a challenge, Darius moves to Beechwood and begins his "Labour of Hercules." And Beechwood borders on the estate of the Marquis of Lithby - Charlotte's father.

As Darius can usually spot a virgin at fifty paces and avoid her, he is astonished to find himself attracted to his new neighbour when he and Lady Charlotte meet by chance a few days after he arrives in Cheshire.

Lady Charlotte is a beautiful girl, but following a series of tragic events begining with the death of her mother some ten years before, she is determined not to marry and has become a great expert on the strategies required for an heiress to remain single.

(The heroine who is determined to avoid matrimony seems to be an increasingly common feature of Regency and Georgian romances but this girl's skill in subtly and diplomatically discouraging all potential suitors makes even Phoebe Mallinson, heroine of "To Distraction (Bastion Club Series)," look like an amateur.)

But circumstances, and particularly the fact that Charlotte's father is a huge fan of Darius's writings about livestock, continue to push Charlotte and Darius together. And, as a legacy of the tragic events of Charlotte's past resurfaces, both Darius and Charlotte have cause to reconsider what they want from life ...

Amusing, entertaining and very moving, I strongly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Quiet a Lady Loretta Chase, 18 July 2009
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This is my favourite L.Chase book to date.Darius Carsington, the youngest of Lord Hargates sons for those who have been following this series of books, is sent to manage a run down estate, the neighbouring estate belongs to Lord Lithby whose unmarried daughter Charlotte lives with her father concealing a secret pregnancy when she was seventeen.
The book tell of the growing love between darius and Charlotte and of how sensitive Darius not only guesses Charlottes secret but deals with it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reviewer, 31 Dec. 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Romance, 5 Mar. 2011
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If you're looking for a simple historical romance novel that puts a smile on your face, this is it. One of my favourites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 10 Mar. 2015
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book in very good condtion
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