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Sir William Christie, ruthless tycoon and notorious ladies’ man, is dead. Now his four grown children have gathered for the reading of his will. What lies in store for stepsiblings Vivienne, Alexander, and twins Gareth and Gwyneth? Stunning challenges that will test their fortitude across a royal empire . . . and lead them to the marvelously passionate adventures ...more
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Published September 27th 2011 by Pocket Books
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May
review to come on smexybooks.com (around release date?).

I will just say that the book is beautifully written, but ultimately the flaw in Flawless is that the characters aren't given a good story, and they lost my interest. About half way through it went from being a gripping tale to overly EMO characters I wanted to whack.

Still a very interesting 1880's read set in South Africa.
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 Stars

This review was posted at Under The Covers

What a stunning cover! I'll admit that was the first thing that attracted me to this book. This is actually a story of a strong-willed female who has always lived by societies rules, married by them, and acted as much as possible as she thought a wife should. But her husband, not so much. But a marriage of convenience turned into love.

Vivienne Bancroft is back in New York after her dad, Sir William Christie, passed away. She is hoping that with
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Alycia
I liked the premise behind this series, but found this story to be slow and tedious. And I never really connected with the characters.
Anna

Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood

Flawless is the first book I read written by Carrie Lofty. Granted, I was acquainted with the author before while co-writing with Ann Aguirre under the pen name Ellen Connor, so yes, I knew she was a great author, but after reading Flawless, well, I have to admit that historical romance is truly her strongest element.

Lofty's writing style is natural and straight to the point and her fresh perspective of the genre made Flawless all the more enjoyable. I
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Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.


Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Pocket Books
Author’s Website: http://carrielofty.com/
My Source for This Book: Simon & Schuster's GalleyGrab
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Christies
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy



Lady Vivienne Bancroft is the bastard daughter of a French can-can dancer and a powerful tycoon. Growing up in squalor o
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SOS Aloha
Marilyn Monroe sang that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” In this Victorian historical romance, diamonds are Lady Vivienne Bancroft’s means to independence from her estranged husband, Lord Miles Bancroft. Born a bastard to a Parisian dancer, Vivienne she was adopted by her natural father and his third wife when her mother died. Since then, she sought to live a flawless life, first as an appreciative “adoptive” daughter then as a dutiful aristocrat’s wife. Vivienne remained above reproach as ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Historical Romance

Flawless caught my attention when I read that it was set in South Africa in the late 1800’s right after the Boar Wars. This is an unusual setting for a historical romance. South Africa during this time was a lot like the old west with diamonds fever instead of gold fever fueling the danger.

Characters: Vivienne is a very strong female character. She has a secret that she is protecting. That secret has been a part of what molded her and added to her strengths. Miles Durham has s
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Fedora
So much to recommend this book to me so far--an estranged couple thrown together to meet a challenge; the sparring and sizzling tension that results; a dissolute rake with the motivation to reform (the promise of redemption is a favorite theme for me); the idea of revenge that may prove to be ultimately irresistible to both parties; a wild and fascinating setting; a chance for both the hero and heroine to prove their mettle... I am enjoying this very much so far. (about halfway now...)

Now that I
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Krystal
http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.co...


This novel is perfect for female readers who don't enjoy weak female characters in romance novels. Vivienne is definitely a dominant, somewhat pushy woman. She is also the main character of this novel and the main draw to reading this book. In this book she even attempts to fun a profitable diamond business.


Earlier in the book, she runs away from Viscount Bancroft, to whom she was engaged. Much to her surprise, he shows up at her doorstep later on and won
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Cheryl
Vivienne, Alexander, Gareth and Gwyneth’s father has passed away. It is now time for the reading of the will. Vivienne does not know what the will has in it as she was adopted. Luckily for Vivienne, her father loved her like his own and left her something. Actually their father left them all something, only there is a catch. Each of the siblings has to work for their fortune at different businesses. The businesses are failing and the siblings must make them successful within two years. If the si ...more
Nikki Brandyberry
Vivienne has been running from her estranged husband for over a year. He is a drunk, has a gambling problem, appears to love prostitutes and he just generally embarrasses her. She can’t be held liable in the failure of her arranged marriage, she tried, she really did. She even thought she was falling in love with Viscount Miles Bancroft. Until one night he left her alone, panting after their sexual encounter under the stairs at a gala event. She fled to America to care for her ailing father, a b ...more
Samantha
Summary from Goodreads:

"Lady Vivienne Bancroft fled England for New York, hoping to shed the confines of her arranged marriage to unrepentant rogue Miles Durham, Viscount Bancroft—though she never forgot the fiery desire he unleashed with his slightest touch. And when the gambling man arrives on her doorstep for a little sensual revenge for her desertion, he is met with Vivienne’s dilemma: She must earn her father’s inheritance by profitably running a diamond business worth millions in colonial
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Alexia Chantel
4.5 Stars!


This book is flawless in more ways than just the title.

Vivienne is the picture of propriety and has fought to stay that way despite being married to an alcoholic gambler. She left him before and intends to do so again if she can earn her inheritance. Viv didn’t count on having such a soft spot for her man, and now has to decide if he is worth the leap of faith.

Miles is nearly everything Viv thinks him to be, or he used to be. As a bored aristocrat nothing could fire his blood like his
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Jessica
I absolutely love historical romances and it has been wayyyyyy too long since I've read one. So I really enjoyed being able to escape into Flawless. I loved the time period and historical setting, how Vivian and Miles went to South Africa to work in the diamond business. I read on the back cover that Carrie Lofty received her Masters degree in History and I was really able to appreciate how she not only created a good romance, but also a story with such a rich historical context. So now that I'v ...more
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)

I've heard so much good about Carrie Lofty's books that I jumped on the first occasion to review her new book. Flawless had me hooked from the first chapter. I like the estranged married couple theme and this was exactly what I needed.

Vivienne's inheritance comes with a catch. If she wants her money she has to successfully run her late adoptive father's Brokerage company in South Africa. I really like it when the inheritance has to be earn
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Shandy
I haven't read a historical romance is a long time. Flawless has reminded me of what I've been missing. Ms Lofty has weaved a tale of love rekindled in of all places Africa in Victorian times.
Vivienne has not only been running from her husband for a year, she been running from her past. She's pulled herself up from the gutters, adopted by her father under a ruse. She has always known what she was and has been trying to outlive it. She's worked twice as hard as any socialite, but has a quick mind
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Jacque Stengel
This love story is set in South Africa, not a likely place for a reunion of a barely married separated couple! I am a sucker for a great historical and when a book comes along with a totally new place in history for a romance I get excited. Not only was the diamond field in South Africa volatile with the dangers associated with digging for diamonds, the tension that was created by Vivienne and Miles was volatile in it's own way...and a whole lot of heat.
I loved the way that Ms. Lofty created a
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Minna
Flawless, by Carrie Lofty, is pretty darn good. Great, even.

The premise is not terribly new: William Christie, millionaire tycoon, dies. His fortune is willed back to his businesses, with one exception: his four children are put in charge of various struggling companies in their father’s business empire, and then have 2 years to bring their respective company into the black. If they succeed, they will be the primary shareholder of the business, and get a million dollar bonus. If they don’t, they
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Michele
This book had so much potential, but it just didn't deliver. I was excited to win Flawless in a goodreads.com First Reads giveaway and I was looking forward to reading about the South African diamond trade in the late 1800's with a romance thrown in. In my mind, I was never "taken" there. A few paragraphs of the crush of humanity at the docks, a few paragraphs about the expanse of land and sky at the Karoo, and a few more that tried (and failed) to describe the diamond mine, and the small mining ...more
Has
I always look forward to a Carrie Lofty book because I know I’m in for an emotional love story with a rich eye to detail — as well the fact most of her stories have unusual settings and characters. The main theme of the book is the estranged couple reconciliation trope, which I really like — although I do find it can be hard to resolve because sometimes the tension and emotional aftermath can be overwrought or forced. But with Flawless, I loved how Carrie Lofty presents the love story; it really ...more
Maya
Pro:
First romance I've ever read set in South Africa : major props to the author!

Gorgeous cover, though I didn't understand the use of a rose rather than titular diamond as motif. Maybe the art department thought the colours would clash?

Liked the heroine being put in charge of a large business operation, and seeing how that worked out with the gender expectations of the time.

Reliably deft writing.

Con:

This flows directly from my tremendous happiness at the South African setting:

I would dearly h
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Chrystal
Flawless is the first book in a new series from Carrie Lofty and if it is an indication of what is to come, I think we will be in for some amazing trips to interesting locations. This first book takes us on a trip to the African diamond mines... such an exotic place to have this passionate and tension filled romance take place.

Viv is a stubborn woman who deep down just craves the love of a good man and if she can't have that then she would rather have her independence (which means she needs enou
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Lisa Jo
Lofty, known for her powerful and passionate historical romances, does not disappoint with her latest release, Flawless. With exotic settings, fabulous characters and plenty of spicy romance, this novel is another winner that Lofty fans should not miss!

Sir William Christie’s death has left his children a fortune…they just have to earn it. At the reading of his will, Lady Vivienne Bancroft faces her shocking situation. She must travel to colonial South Africa to run Christie’s diamond business fo
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Gaby
Flawless opens soon after the death of millionaire entrepreneur Sir William Christie. He leaves behind four children, including the adopted and illegitimate Lady Vivienne Bancroft. Viviene is devastated at her father's death and all the unresolved issues haunt her. But during the reading of the will, Sir William is his unconventional and unpredictable self. Each of four children are given a business and a challenge: they must make the business profitable within a year or their inheritance will b ...more
Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)

What would you do with a fortune on the line? Would you team up with the husband you ran away from to win? Would you risk your heart being broken again to prove that you can do the job? That's exactly what our main character Vivienne had to do to earn her inheritance from her now deceased father Sir William.

This was an intriguing start to a new series. It would appear that each sibling will be give their own book - and we'll learn whether they earn their share of the money from their father. Viv
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drey
drey’s thoughts:
Carrie Lofty’s Flawless sets up the story for the series quite nicely, with the Christie children getting together for reading of their father’s will. Of course, it’s not exactly what they’d expected, which throws them into quite the tizzy. Vivienne doesn’t have much of a choice other than to do as she’s directed to–you can’t live on nothing, after all. So after packing and preparing and waiting for the fighting to be over, she heads to Kimberly and her father’s diamond mine.

Wha
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Barbara
Carrie Lofty is a good writer. Alas, this time she was writing about people I just didn't like! I got 225 pages into this book and found that I didn't care what happened to them. I put the book down, read two other books, and when I picked up Flawless again--nada. No enthusiasm for continuing.
The book started as what I would call a New Style 'Old Skool' romance. There's no "forced seduction" (aka rape)--hooray! But that may be because the Vivienne and Miles are already married, though currently
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Regina
Wow, this writer is on a winning streak! Flawless had the advantage of an original setting: Cape Town late 1800s after the first Boer war. The Christies patriarch recently died and had issued his four children a challenge: they each must turn around one of his failing investments (and receive a substantial amount of money as their reward) or forfeit any inheritance. Viv and Miles's marriage is on the skids, but they decide to make another go at it for the sake of the inheritance. Through great s ...more
k reads
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Carrie Lofty is a solid romance writer and I’m not sure why there isn’t more buzz about her books. She writes three-dimensional, flawed characters with sexy heroes and strong-minded heroines. The road to true love is not easy in Lofty’s books but the journey is always believable emotionally
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In Flawless, Lofty introduces us to Lady Vivienne Bancroft and her husband, Miles Durham, aka Viscount Bancroft. Due to Miles’ profligate ways,
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April
FLAWLESS by Carrie Lofty is a exciting historical romance set in 1880 New York City and 1881 South Africa. It is the first in a new series " The Christies". It is written with depth,details,romance,diamonds,passion,secrets, desires,second chances,family,sensuality,and love. The characters are enchanting,full of life,engaging, and will capture your heart. "The Christies" series is about four grown children (Vivienne,Alexander,twins Gareth and Gwyneth) whose father died and in order to claim their ...more
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