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Not Quite a Lady (Carsington Brothers #4)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  3,257 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
Irresistible Force

Darius Carsington is a spectacularly handsome rake with a rare intelligence and no heart, a man who divides his time between bedding loose-moraled women and writing scholarly papers. He finds society's "perfect darlings" exceedingly boring. But there's something intriguing, and not quite perfect, about faultless Lady Charlotte Hayward. He senses a crack u
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Avon Books (first published 2007)
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Feb 03, 2009 Dina rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Beanbag Love
Having enjoyed every book by Ms. Chase I've read so far, I'm always a bit wary when I start reading a new (to me) release. I mean, I can't possibly love everything she writes, so I can't help thinking the book I'm about to read is going to be "the dreadful one", the one that doesn't live up to my expectations... Well, I'm happy to say that this isn't "the one" yet. Phew! :)

This is the 4th book in the Carsington Brothers series, and it's youngest brother Darius' turn to find his HEA.

Darius Carsin
Lady Wesley
Jan 31, 2016 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of the audiobook.

4.5 stars because there are a few plot holes, but really, it's Loretta Chase so how bad could it be?

I am blessed with a poor memory. I say "blessed" because this means that I can read a book for a second time and not remember what's going to happen next. Saves me a lot of money on buying new books.

Anyway, I read Not Quite a Lady three years ago and gave it four stars. Kate Reading's narration was, as usual, spot on, so I bumped up my rating a bit. Truly, Kate Reading is t
Lady Wesley
Jul 07, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read and enjoyed all of the other Carsington Brothers' stories, and this one was just as good as the others. Darius and Charlotte are a fun, passionate hero and heroine. Charlotte's story, in particular, is rather sad, but Darius brings her out of her funk. There is a pretty over-the-top plot twist toward the end, but it's all written so movingly that I can't find too much fault with it.

So, Not Quite A Lady, or, How To Fall In Love In Five Easy Pratfalls.

Seriously. There are a lot of pratfalls in this book. The background music in my head was that ricocheting gunshot sound they’d play every time Wile E. Cayote nearly doesn’t fall off the cliff but then for various comic reasons, does.

If you think about this book too hard, or, at all, really, you will realise how flawed it is. Silly me, I have thought about it. As a consequence, it’s dropped from four stars to three.

Let me sta
Otro libro de Loretta que se va a mi grupo de favoritos!! ME EN-CAN-TÓ.....!!
No es tan cómico como los anteriores pero tiene ese toque de ternura y diálogos muy ingeniosos como los demás y con unos personajes maravillosos y escenas muy sexys y muy bien narradas.... Empezando por los protagonistas Darius y Charlotte, terminando con el personaje que me robó el corazón y me hizo querer meterme en el libro y poder abrazarlo: "Pip", que niño tan encantador y maravilloso... fue todo una ternurita y me
Meredith Galman
Sep 20, 2007 Meredith Galman rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I rather enjoyed Chase's Mr. Impossible, so I thought I'd seek out a few other titles. Too bad I forgot this review [] before I mooched this one. Chase has set up what is actually quite an interesting situation -- an unmarried Regency-era woman is forced to acknowledge that she bore an illegitimate child before she can marry -- but everything is too easy: the way the hero and heroine both get over themselves so they can come together, the way they find th ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Feb 10, 2017 kris rated it it was ok
Darius Carsington is a bastard. Lady Charlotte Hayward is nearly almost a virgin. When he meets her his heart grows probably three sizes if not for copyright infringement, so let's call it 3 and a solid quarter. Also, she has a 10 year old that's a secret. ENTER ROMANCE NOVEL.

1. This is a patchwork thing, with holes and ridiculousness everywhere.

2. Casting the youngest of the Carsington brood as a logical thinker is an interesting choice. Casting him as a heartless bastard is less interesting.
Jun 02, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I think this is not one of Chase's best efforts. This book just never quite gets all the way there. Darius is supposed to be this insufferable rake, but there's not really any evidence of it, beyond the characters telling us repeatedly that he is. The only woman who ever even enters his thoughts in the whole novel is Charlotte, and once they meet, hardly anything is made of his alleged history of bedding and abandoning women. He also has a Vulcan-esque reliance on logic in the early parts of the ...more
Another lovely book in this series. It does look at a set of circumstances which were probably relatively common for a period when the virginity of women not of the serving classes was revered.

I love the style of this book - written almost like a treatise studying the mating habits of humans or an anthropological dissertation. It's quite different.

However, as much as I thought the hero was interesting, I couldn't understand why his parents thought him such a hopeless case. He didn't seem to act
Sep 15, 2010 Ticktock rated it it was ok
This was the only Carsington I didn't like. So we are told Darius is apparently this huge rake (isn't every hero, at this point?) but that didn't jive with the impression his chapters gave me. It never felt like a believable part of his character, since we never see him anywhere but in the country not being a huge rake. But really, this one was killed for me when the heroine (WHO HAS HAD HER LIFE RUINED BY BEARING A CHILD OUT OF WEDLOCK AS A TEEN!) is like, "Oh, unprotected sex! That's cool! Tha ...more
Le sigh. After two fun Carsington books, this was a MAJOR disappointment. Didn't like the characters (hero and heroine were flat, didn't care about their romance), didn't like her 'painful' past, didn't like plot or the orphaned, fresh from the workhouse moppet (I mean really? REALLY!) and it didn't take long for me to start skimming, then actually lemmed several chapters.

(I actually found the stepmom to be a more interesting character and think her romance, her dealing with the heroine's dumba
Dec 08, 2007 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing
This book had little to mild suspense, but the characters and writing style kept me interested. Charlotte was well loved by her family, but hiding from a personal secret that prevented her from marrying--even though she was fast approaching the age of 30! There were really no "villians," "no bodice ripping," this was just a good 'ole historal romance, nicely written, too. Poor Darius, didn't have a chance.
Dec 16, 2012 Claudia rated it it was amazing

I just re-read this book and still love it. It is such a sweet story
Jan 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began reading this without the highest of expectations. Having previously read and been disappointed by Scandal Wears Satin, I wasn't at all sure that I hadn't already managed to read all of the best Loretta Chase has to offer. I am pleased to report that, while this isn't among my very favorites, it was also not disappointing to me at all. In fact, a lot about it was really sweet and charming. It's not without faults- there is the need to suspend some disbelief in a big way here. How did Cha ...more
Ana T.
Dec 09, 2007 Ana T. rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
Darius Carsington is a spectacularly handsome rake with a rare intelligence and no heart, a man who divides his time between bedding loose-moraled women and writing scholarly papers. He finds society's “perfect darlings”....exceedingly boring. But there’s something intriguing, and not quite perfect, about faultless Lady Charlotte Hayward. He senses a crack under her polished surface, and finding it is a temptation he can’t resist.

Lady Charlotte is so beautiful,
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 19, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This book is interesting, but problematic. And I don't mean because Charlotte starts the book by having a baby when seventeen—ten years before the book really starts. That's actually a large part of the interesting. The problematic was more because of Darius.

Charlotte didn't hang together terribly well, either, frankly. Yeah, she's no longer a virgin, but putting off suitors for ten years in fear of discovery seems rather . . . contrived. She's clever and used to misdirecting men and her hang-up
Aug 14, 2010 Dawn rated it really liked it
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
4.5 Stars

The fourth book in the Carsington series, is about Darius Carsington the youngest brother. Darius is a natural philosopher ruled by two things Logic and Reason, and has a reputation for having no heart and being a rake; copulation is after all one of the most natural instincts a male has. But as with all his brothers before him he is summoned into his fathers study and given an ultimatum; restore a piece of land and property that has been neglected for 10 years so it makes a profit with
Kay Bolton
May 15, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
Shelves: 4-star

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 p
Sep 22, 2008 Addicted2Luv rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance Readers
This is a moving yet sometimes humorous story about love and emotional growth. It is a romance between a woman with a deep, dark secret from her past and an Earl’s younger son whose family felt he didn’t really care about anyone. During the course of this story, the hero grows emotionally into a man who cares very deeply for the heroine and will protect her from her past at all cost, and the heroine learns to love deeply and to trust.

The characters are immensely likeable. The heroine is endeari
May 11, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it
4 Stars...I really liked it

This 4 Star rating isn't a Holy Moly I have to add it right now to my favorites list or a I've got to go tomorrow to buy the previous three in the series (which I will probably never ever do) ...but it was a solid 4 Star read. It had everything we look for when we pick up a book....chemistry, mystery, chemistry, great characters, a very different storyline and did I mention chemistry?! The love scenes weren't the steamiest of all time, and Mrs. Chase left a lot to the
Jun 11, 2008 k8inorbit rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance_historic
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I genuinely cannot remember if I've read this before. Parts of it seemed very familiar, but others didn't, and I'm going to err on the side of I didn't.

Anyway, this is definitely the weakest of Carsington books, which isn't to say that it doesn't have good points, but it doesn't live up to the standard set by the others. My favorite part of the series as a whole, I think, is how different each of the brothers is and Darius is no exception. Matter-of-fact dude of science gets knocked on his ass b
Dec 07, 2008 Tressa rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This is the fourth book in the Carsington brothers series. I have discovered that, so far, the descriptions on the back of Loretta Chase's books do not convey the breadth of emotion contained within the books. Like her previous books that I have read (and which I will review in the near future), Not Quite a Lady is a delightful story about two people falling in love.

Both characters, Charlotte and Darius, are interesting and fully developed. They each have their own motivations, their own flaws,
I quite enjoyed this book. It sucked me right in. The writing as always from LC was very good and flowing. The plot made sense. I liked the set up of a young woman in the 19th century falling for a cad and having a baby which she has to give up for adoption to avoid scandal. I liked the way the heroine was honest with the hero and his reaction to her. There were some coincidences but hey it's a romance. The secondary characters were also well done and the other man developed in unexpected ways. ...more
Amanda Westmont
Jul 20, 2009 Amanda Westmont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I adore everything Loretta Chase writes.

I did have ONE small issue with it, however: the appearance of the magic hoo-hoo. The hero somehow MAGICALLY transforms from scandalous rake into perfect gentleman after only a single romp in the sack with the heroine. I felt like his transformation needed more development than that. He was TOO good and perhaps my least favorite of the Carsington brothers.

However, I really enjoyed the protagonist in this one and the fact that she was a
May 27, 2009 Yune rated it really liked it
Thanks to a recommendation, I tried this book of Chase's after bouncing off a different one. And I liked it! The hero has scientific leanings and the heroine isn't a virgin. There's even a benevolent stepmother. And dirty laundry.

I think the novelty won me over more than anything else, but it did have one passage that utterly hooked me on the strength of its writing, and as a bonus, it was during a scene of intense sexual tension.

Best if you have a weakness for couples who start off at odds for
Oct 23, 2009 Haelhaelhael rated it really liked it
This is my second book from Loretta Chase and I think this wouldn't be the last. There's something very appealing with the way she tells her story.

I like this book because even though the story was quite slow it shows how the h/h developed their feelings with each other. The characters are complex but they are very likable. The story was smooth with passion and humor.

It is an easy read. It wasn't the best neither the worst but something that you can enjoy reading.

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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl ...more
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“I mean to court you, yes,” he went on. “But in these
coming days I am determined as well to find a way to ease your heart.”
It took her a moment to answer, because the heart he spoke of was so full. “You’re a shockingly
good man,” she said at last. She mustered a smile. “Perhaps I’d better say yes and have done with it. I’
ve never had any trouble resisting men’s lures—at least not since that first time—but so much kindness is
beyond me.”
“No, I want a hearty yes,” he said. “No questions, no doubts. I am determined to make you
believe your life will be a desert—utterly unlivable without me.”
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