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Seduction of a Proper Gentleman (Last Man Standing #4)

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To break a centuries-old curse, beautiful, headstrong Lady Kathleen MacDavid knows she must ignore every rule of propriety by seducing—and marrying—the Earl of Norcroft. So she sets off for London, braving scandal and ruin to achieve her goal . . . until a crazy bump on the head makes her forget nearly everything.

The thrill of winning a bet—that he'd be the last of his set
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 2008 by Harper Collins Avon (first published 2008)
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Barbara
Nov 18, 2009 Barbara rated it it was ok
2 Stars...It was ok

SOAPG was the 4th (and last) in this series. And considering I didn't read any of the previous ones you get filled in rather quickly (the first two pages pretty much sums up the past three). That in itself tells you how very deep and detailed this series is...

This one gained 1 Star because if not anything else this author has a very quarky sense of humor...The banter between characters is very different and at times pretty funny. This however doesn't justify a higher rating. T
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 01, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Sep08

Tart and spicy with a heavy seasoning of humor. When I read the blurb on the back cover of “Seduction of a Proper Gentleman” by Victoria Alexander, I was a bit disappointed. All I could think of was…oh, amnesia as a plot device. But I actually found this story very intriguing and different. This is the final book in her ‘Last Man Standing’ series about four Regency gentlemen who make a wager as to who will be the last one to wed. And, as often ha
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Michelle
May 24, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
A great ending to the series! A curse was put on both Kate and Oliver's family decades ago and the only way to end the curse is for them to get married! Kate and her aunt travel to Oliver's home and think of a plan to convince Oliver, a man she's never met, to marry her. Kate is not too thrilled with this plan so her aunt takes matters into her own hands! Next thing Kate remembers is waking up on Oliver's couch with no idea who she is or what she's doing there! Oliver has never been opposed to m ...more
Sharyn
Aug 14, 2015 Sharyn rated it really liked it
Good ending to the series. Oliver is the last man standing and has won the wager that 4 friends placed on who would marry last. Oliver thought he would be the 1st, yet there he is alone with the 4 shillings and the cognac. His story involves a curse and magic and finally love. But what I liked best was the epiloge that took place 30 years later when thew men finally drink the cognac together and reminisce. I do like to know what happens to these fictional characters. In addition, each book ends ...more
Judy
Aug 28, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing
Oliver Leighton, Earl of Norcroft has won. As he sits alone in the club where he use to enjoy his friends before they all married, he don't feel like much of a winner.

Kathleen MacDavid has come to London from Scotland to marry Oliver and break a 500 year curse on her family.

Her Aunt Hannah and Kathleen follow Oliver to his country home. Kathleen does not realize her Aunt has planned how to put Kate into his path.

Kathleen wakes up in a strange place and don't know who she is or how she got there
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Rene
Jul 06, 2010 Rene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully written novel of magic, spells and curses; all in the name of love. I thought that the main female Kathleen was a curse at first and the male main character Oliver, a typical English Lord. The story goes very fast once you start and find out that Kathleen's mission is to marry a man she has never even seen in person. An Aunt puts a spell on her and she ends up at the Lord's estate where she has no memory. It's a fasinating tale of two people destined to be together to ease ...more
Brenda (b)
Do you believe in curses? How about magic? The last man standing gets his HEA and maybe he had a little help, but does he believe? Kate (Lady Kathleen) is lovely and Aunt Hannah sets her up to get exactly what she wants -- and more. I enjoyed reading about the time Kate and Oliver spent together trying to bring back her memory. Oliver was so sweet, even when he didn't quite believe she had amnesia. The side characters -- the Lady Edwina, Uncle Malcolm, the 3 cousins, Mr. Berkley & Hollinger ...more
Maura
And the Last Man Standing is Oliver, Lord Northcroft, but he didn't really want to win. He's actually something of a romantic and wants to marry for love. Kathleen is a widow trying to end her family's curse, which says that if her family doesn't marry a Northcroft, then their family will end and "terrible, bad things will happen." So Kathleen is tracking down Oliver, to meet him and to suggest marriage. Until her aunt casts a spell on her and she ends up with amnesia at Oliver's country estate. ...more
KWinks
Jan 30, 2015 KWinks rated it did not like it
Goodness, yes, I had to read this for one of my book clubs. We were given were books wrapped in pink or red wrapping paper all of which revealed themselves to be of the genre I lovingly call "bodice rippers", the idea being that the book club crowd would read these and report back in February.
So, what I expected:
a Regency romance with lots of hidden kisses, sex, and some sort of historical lesson about Scotland or England.

What I got:
an absurdly clean romcom with two unrealistic characters who s
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Pamela
Sep 24, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it
This is the fourth, and final book , in The Last Man Standing Series. I found it funny, and witty, and romantic. The storyline is built around a curse that has lasted for five hundred years. Lady Kathleen feels it is her duty to find the son, of the other family, and marry him. This will end the curse, and she will find marriage, and perhaps companionship. Oliver, the twelfth, Earl of Norcroft also wanted to marry,so the plan should have been perfect. The only problem was when Kathleen is carrie ...more
Melissa
Jun 02, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
The end of a series, and another good read. Not as engaging as the others, but still good.
A curse was placed on Kathleen's and Oliver's families 500 years ago and now they must marry to break it. They have never met, so how will Kathleen get Oliver to marry her? With a little help from family, some spells, and this curse, their lives are about to get interesting. I hope you enjoy it.
Sarah
Mar 19, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
A good book, but not quite as catching as the others in this series. I enjoyed the premise and how Kathleen ended up with amnesia, and it was fun to see how Kathleen and Oliver interacted. I think the best part was near the end when Oliver was trying to leave only to find out that the wheel's on the carriages had been removed for repair, the saddles were being repaired, the bridge was out and finally there was a hole in the boat. What are the chances? Ok, well the first two were by design but th ...more
Lisarenee
Mar 29, 2011 Lisarenee rated it liked it
I didn't like this one as much as Alexanders other books. I think because I read it out of order. *smacks head* Ooops! I did it again. About a women who must marry in order to break a family curse. Her intended husband just won a bet that he would be the last of a group of men to get married.
Lisa
Oct 22, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
Girl needs to marry boy. Girl loses memory. Girl hooks up with boy. Girl and boy get married. Throw in a curse, some witchcraft, and a little male pride and you have this plot.
Annette
Oct 12, 2008 Annette rated it it was ok
Probably closer to a 2and a half. But I just wasn't that into this book - a big let down as I GENERALLY enjoy her reads.
Nesli
Jan 27, 2014 Nesli rated it liked it
Shelves: in-my-library
Kitabımız, romantik Oliver'ın bahsi kazanmasına olan şaşkınlıgıyla başlıyor. Tabi arkasından kurulan planın hiç farkında olmadan. Leydi Kahtleen ise bir lanete inanmak zorunda bırakılmış, ama ailesi için hiç tanımadıgı bir İngiliz lorduyla evlenmeye razı. Yeter ki lanet ortadan kalksın. Kitap aslında güzeldi. Lanet, büyü hakkında olan kısımları saymazsak eger tam bir historical romanstı. Romantik, sevimli bir lord. Zeki ve güzel bir leydi. Tutkulu bir birleşme. Seri 4 kitaplık ve bu kitapla sonl ...more
Meaghan
Jan 22, 2014 Meaghan rated it it was amazing
i am still unsure about how the curse was broken at the end but it was a cute story.
An Odd1
Dec 27, 2014 An Odd1 rated it it was ok
Emphasis on magic is boring. We are supposed to believe 500-year curse because many fiancés die mysteriously easily, husband passes on after less than a year, and Oliver has close calls. Passion is x-rated. Repartée while Kate recovers memories is humorous.
"Good Lord, I'm an orphan!"
"But are you a widow?" he said without thinking.
"For heaven's sakes, Oliver, now is not the time to concern yourself with my marital status ..
"I can't think of anything more important .." he said under his breath

"Ol
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Jessi
Apr 25, 2010 Jessi rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The last in the "Last Man Standing" series from Victoria Alexander. Oliver Leighton was not supposed to win the tontine. Out of all of his friends, he was the one most open to love and marriage. Yet, he's the only unmarried man left in his group of friends.
Until, he meets Lady Kathleen MacDavid. But they don't know that she's a lady when they first meet, because she's got amnesia. Not a new conceit in the world of romance novels, but this one has a twist, her amnesia may have been caused by hear
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Patria
Mar 06, 2011 Patria rated it liked it
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Carol
Jun 29, 2008 Carol is currently reading it
Final in a series of books in which four gentleman made a pact to never marry. If they did they had to leave a small amount of change and a bottle of good wine, which the lone man remaining unmarried would win.

Oliver, the Earl of Norcroft is the winner, surprisingly as he was picked as the first of the group who would marry. Oliver now believes it is time to find a bride of his own.

Lady Kathleen MacDavid wants to end the 'curse' put on her family 500 years ago. She is the last in her line and mu
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Adam
Apr 22, 2011 Adam rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks-a-z
Post Listen Review: This is just yet another in the seemingly endless stream of formula romance books I will end up subjecting my ears to. Here is the summary of the plot-- Two families are cursed and unless one marries the other they will die off. So the woman inevitably goes to try to marry the guy and she inevitably hits her head and forgets who she is so she can actually fall in love with him. The guy suspects she is acting just to marry for his money but then decides he loves her. She inevi ...more
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İki vermememin tek sebebi keyifli diyologlar.
Neden böyle oldu anlamadım, benim içime sinmedi.
Seri çok güzeldi, keyifle okudum ama ne bileyim bu kitapta bir eksiklik vardı.
Kathleen ve son bekar lordumuz Oliver'ın hikayesiydi ve bir lanete dayalı kurgu işlenmişti.
Lanet 500 yıl öncesine dayanıyor ve iskoç-ingiliz aileler arasındaki bir durum sonucu ortaya çıkıyor.
Ortadan kalkmasının tek yoluda çiftimizin evlenmesi ve zaman doluyor zira ya evlenecekler yada çok kötü şeyler olacak.
Kate iskoçyadan gel
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Wahyu Eka
Feb 07, 2016 Wahyu Eka rated it did not like it
First time I saw the cover, I didn't expect any thing as fun as I expected from this same of genre. Too explicit. And the story, sorry, was boring as hell. I imagined that there would be more history from both families, as I recall that the story was about magic and curse.
I wonder how I could manage to read this only on two sits.
Julie
A thoroughly enjoyable romance! The pages were filled with humor and so many comical scenes. While the romance was sweet, the real star of this story was the the author's ability to illustrate comedy in the most innocent of interactions. It is chalk full of witticisms! I really loved all of the characters in this book!
Gail
Oct 22, 2008 Gail rated it liked it
I really enjoyed all of Alexander's Last Man Standing series. I liked this one too, but not as much as the others. I think the curse bit gets in the way of the story. The heroine is determined to marry the hero, who is the winner of the "Last Man Standing" bet as to who will marry last. He didn't want to be the winner, but he is. The heroine has picked him because only marriage to him will end a curse on both their families. Then she gets amnesia, perhaps thanks to her aunt's attempts at magical ...more
Chelsea
I picked this one up off my stack of fluff books after reading The Big Short, because, frankly, my brain hurt, and I needed something that wasn't going to give me Sub-Prime Mortgage Nightmares (which are about the fourth worst type of Nightmares).

And it was a perfectly satisfying romance novel, wherein the plot didn't actually make much sense (a curse! magic! amnesia! ...maybe!), but the two main characters were nuts about each other and the banter was fast and fun.

According to the price tag on
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Leya
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
With this book, I really didn't know what I was getting into until I was reading it. I read the blurb, and I thought it had potential, and it also had a bonus point: Victoria Alexander. I have several of her books in my keeper shelf. And those keepers are actually the ones that I try to re-read every once in a while.

I gave it a try. And surprise (at least to me)! I actually enjoyed it. The amnesia doesn't appear until several chapters into the story. And the way the author wrote it, didn't make
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Maggie
Jun 01, 2010 Maggie rated it it was ok
Actually 2.5. On Audio. This is one of those books where I probably would have put it down without finishing but I was listening on audio and didn't feel like loading something else on my iPod. The whole time I was listening to this book I felt like I had read other "Last Man Standing" series books, the plot seemed familiar as well as the other men's names. Now I know I had read book #3 and decided to skip 1 & 2 when I read that one.

The name Cavendish kept making me think I was reading part
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Bethany
Nov 30, 2015 Bethany rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I don't think I saw one comma that was properly placed in the entire book. Desperately, desperately in need of an editor/copyeditor.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 22, 2015 02:56AM  
  • The Seduction Of An Unknown Lady (McBride Family #2)
  • To Ruin the Duke
  • In Pursuit of a Scandalous Lady (Scandalous Lady, #1)
  • It Takes a Hero (Danvers, #4)
  • Rough Wrangler, Tender Kisses
  • My Dangerous Duke (Inferno Club, #2)
  • Fairest of Them All
  • The Edge of Desire (Bastion Club, #7)
  • Wicked All Day (Lorimer Family & Clan Cameron #5)
  • Blue Moon (The Runaways, #3)
  • The Barefoot Princess (Lost Princesses, #2)
  • Taken by Desire
  • How to Engage an Earl (Royle Sisters, #2)
  • A Seduction at Christmas (Scandals and Seductions, #1)
  • Surrender A Dream
  • The Rogue (Liar's Club, #5)
  • Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5)
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995,
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Last Man Standing (4 books)
  • A Little Bit Wicked (Last Man Standing, #1)
  • What A Lady Wants (Last Man Standing, #2)
  • Secrets of a Proper Lady (Last Man Standing, #3)

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