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Not Quite a Lady (Carsington Brothers #4)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  2,614 ratings  ·  157 reviews
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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 crac
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Published June 1st 2007 by Piatkus Books (first published 2007)
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Jun 10, 2011 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Meredith Galman
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
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
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
Sarah T
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
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.
Ana T.
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,
Kay Bolton
Jun 30, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Sep 24, 2008 Addicted2Luv rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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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,
Amanda Westmont
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
This was very good! Loved the H/h and their banter and their stories - highly recommend.
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
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
4,5 STERNE ;) - Mein erstes Loretta Chase Buch - aber bestimmt nicht das letzte.

Das Buch beginnt einer Geburt, bei dem ein 16jähriges Mädchen ihr Baby schweren Herzens hergibt.
Jahre später....
Dem Earl of Hargate reicht es, deshalb beordert er Darius Carsington seinen jüngsten Sohn in sein Arbeitszimmer. Er hat genug von Darius umtriebigen Leben, der sich kaum einen Namen seiner Liebschaften merken kann und dessen wissenschaftliche Arbeiten ihn nur Geld kosten. So stellt er ihn vor die Herausfor
Sheila Melo
Wanted to Really Like The Book, But It Was Only OK For Me

NOT QUITE A LADY is the fourth book in the Carsington series. It is the story of Darius, the youngest brother. Darius is a rake without a heart but with a spectacular intelligence. When he is sent by his father to revive an estate, he meets the neighbor's daughter, Lady Charlotte Howard. Charlotte appears faultless and many men would like to make her their wife. Charlotte, however, hides a deep secret. Ten years ago she became pregnant, bo
Tam B.
I quite enjoyed this book.

I really liked that our hero was thoroughly modern in his attitude towards the heroine. He didn't judge her and instead stood by her, gave her comfort as and when needed. In short, was a genuine partner. The couple, their developing romance, was interesting reading.

The story fell short for me with regards to Captain Morrell. He was an almost baddie but not. He was a rival for the affections of our heroine. He discovered her secrets and revealed this to her with a marr
Poetry to Prose
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.

AWWWW. Okay, so this is definitely weaker than the other Carsington brothers books, but I think given that I was forewarned I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it was. Things worked out a little too easily, but I can forgive that. It was still an entertaining read, if not nearly as good as the other three books in the series. I love Charlotte and Darius, both together and separately, a lot.
Tento typ romance mám rada. Nesie v sebe nádych romantiky, zábavy, krásneho iskrenia a zaujímavého deja. Hrdinovia sú celkom iní ako sa na prvý pohľad javia. A to prináša vítaný čitateľský prvok.

Hlavný hrdina sa riadi rozumom, všetko stavia na pani Logike a napriek tomu sa celkom nelogicky zamiluje :-) Vo vedeckých kruhoch si ho vážia a uznávajú ho. Zaujíma sa o zvieratá - o ich správanie sa, o ich chov, o ich rozmnožovanie. Čo je obzvlášť interesantné, väčšinu času venuje práve napodobňovaniu i
This was a great love story. It is fun, witty, and heartwarming. The banter is done in the spirit of their love for each other. LC is becoming one of my very favorite romance authors only second to JM. She develops the characters and we grow with them as each word passes. A very enjoyable read. I would love to read a story about the colonel next.
Christine Glover
Once again Loretta Chase mesmerizes me with her highly emotionally well-written ability to tell an amazing story. Lady Charlotte is so beautiful, charming, and gracious that no one has noticed what an expert she is at Not Getting Married. She's an incredible, strong, vulnerable and heartwarming character. Bound by the strict rules of her society that worked against her gender, she's a smart and caring person. I was instantly charmed by her. Darius Carsington is a spectacularly handsome rake with ...more
Not my favorite of the bunch. If I could have, I would have given it 2.5 stars but since I couldn't and it IS LC, I bumped it up to three. Everything was too predictable and too coincidental and came together perfectly. It didn't feel real. However, I did enjoy seeing the familiar family members again.
A solid 4 stars. Almost as good as Rupert!

The Amazon blurb:

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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Carsington Brothers (5 books)
  • Miss Wonderful (Carsington Brothers, #1)
  • Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2)
  • Lord Perfect  (Carsington Brothers, #3)
  • Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5)
Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3) Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1) The Last Hellion (Scoundrels, #4) Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2) Lord Perfect  (Carsington Brothers, #3)

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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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