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A Not So Respectable Gentleman? (The Fitzmanning Miscellany)

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Welbourne Manor's Prodigal Son Returns

Since Leo Fitzmanning returned to London, he's kept his seat at the card table warm, his pockets full of winnings and his mind off a certain raven-haired heiress.

Until whispers at the gaming hell reveal that Miss Mariel Covendale is being forced into marriage with an unscrupulous fortune hunter!

Leo must re-enter the society he detests...more
Mass Market Paperback, 283 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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SOS Aloha
“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Courtesy and courage are the hallmarks of Regency Romances – Diane Gaston scores with these attributes in A NOT SO RESPECTABLE GENTLEMAN. We first met the Fitzmanning family in the anthology, THE DIAMONDS OF WELLBOURNE MANOR. Gaston gives us a full length story for Leo Fitzmanning, a man with many faces. He despises polite society but he is unwilling to let his former flame marry a fortune hunter. Can a disreputable gent...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Leo Fitzmanning leaves England with his life in shambles. His stables burnt, his dreams of developing a stud farm in ashes, his betrothal to the girl of his dreams broken, he vows to change his life. Now, two years later, he returns to London a proper rake. He is prepared for almost everything, except for his own infernal reaction to the woman who broke his heart.

Mariel Covendale has a problem. Not only does her sweetheart leave her high, dry and broken hearted, her father is forcing her to marr...more
Alexia Chantel
A Not So Respectable Gentleman is an enjoyable historical romance. It brings a little bit of mystery, some misunderstandings, and a hero who works to be redeemed in his ladies eyes.

The plot is well laid out and the characters full of wounded emotions. Leo is a great hero, wanting to aid the woman he believes tossed him over for a titled gentleman. It is nice that Leo and Mariel figure out the miscommunication that occurred early on in the book, then they can get on with moving past it and openi...more
Abby Helstrip
I always enjoy a novel that has the power to sweep you of your feet.

A novel that gives you a chance to forget all your worries for a little while. To lose yourself in another world.

The title would suggest this ever so gentleman to not be so respectable, but it makies me wonder is the title to be so ever misleading?

This inspiring gentleman may not be respected by others, but he is indeed respected by me.

He is nothing but someone who is trying to find away without anyone valuing him as nothing les...more
An intriguing historical romance, which I rated 4.5! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:

Leo Fitzmanning, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Manning, has been working hard to overcome his family’s scandalous reputation. Years earlier, his father had left his wife to live openly with the equally married Countess of Linwall. They had lived their free-spirited, bliss-filled, yet unwed, life together for twenty years. Leo and his two sisters had been a product of that life while the duke als...more
Aunbrey Parker
J'ai choisi ce livre en ayant parfaitement conscience de quoi il retournait. Qui dit romance historique, dit scènes bien ridicules, dit yeux humides de désir, dit contact électrique entre les protagonistes, dit histoire quasi inexistante au profit de la romance. Je savais dans quoi je m'aventurais quand j'ai commencé ce roman. Des fois, je me dis que c'est un peu la honte de lire des trucs pareils mais c'est ce dont j'avais besoin sur l'instant. Une histoire bien guimauve et marshmallow. Une his...more
Diane, what happened to your heroine? Could she be any stupider? Your heroines are usually complex, smart women. Mariel is not. She's dumb, unimaginative, and weak. What kind of an HEA will she be able to give Leo? She's a "fair weather friend", folks, and weeps when things don't go her way. Ugh.
Really a 4 3/4! Wish there were more of the Diamond books to come. Leo's story just made me want to read them all again and I know if I do that I will be bugging the authors for more.
I really enjoyed this story, it broke me out of my reading slump. The storyline was intriguing, it was filled with action and a hero that one could easily fall in love with.
Average over all. Though the hero Leo was an interesting character. Glimpses of his siblings intrigue me sufficiently to try the earlier books in this series.
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The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor series conclusion!
Maggie Spry
Average read. It kind of dragged on amd got boring to me.
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Diane Gaston’s dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she decided to pursue that dream and has never looked back; she is now writing full-time. Her books have won Romance’s highest honour—the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends....more
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