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No True Gentleman (Rutledge Family #2)

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In this powerful and passionate novel from Liz Carlyle, one of romance fiction's brightest new stars, a high-society murder brings scandal to the lords and ladies of the ton -- and unexpected desire to a pair of unlikely lovers.

No True Gentleman

Lady Catherine Wodeway knows that no true gentleman would presume to kiss a lady senseless without a proper introduction -- not
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published 2002)
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Apr 16, 2016 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second attempt to read Liz Carlyle. I am relieved that the 2nd attempt is slightly more successful than the 1st.

This book has one of my favorite types of heroes: a working man. Max was a policeman. He was other things too but he was a policeman at heart. I do admire a man who had worked for his station in life. He reminded me of Ross from Lisa Kleypas's Lady Sophia's Lover. A little more tormented than Ross, Max had not quite made peace with his family history. I also liked that Max was not
Aug 22, 2010 Keri rated it it was amazing
What a great story! This is the 2nd book in the Rutledge series and so far the best. Even though I did enjoy the first, this one was even better. Cat is a widow who is ready for something to change in her life.

In to her life walks Maxamillion De Rohan and big, gruff Italian stallion.(ok that description isn't in the book. But I think of a tall Sylvester Stallone when I think of Max.) They meet in the park and immediately Cat knows he is the one she must have a fling with.

Cat and Max make a gre
Apr 20, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it did not like it
Recommended to _inbetween_ by: Alex
Finally, I thought, finally a guy was masturbating! Usually they all simply have to fuck another woman every day because of their poor beleagured physique. I was going to praise Carlyle - and then she makes it all so much worse by saying that of course he cannot possible come from frigging, because he loves her!


Let me try to put this into a broader context (A. probably hates me by now, and Ch. seems to have misunderstood me for a while):

This sort of mind-boggling a
Huma Rashid
Jul 01, 2012 Huma Rashid rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic.

The protagonist is Max, a half-Italian nobleman who lives as a middle class man and works as a detective. This becomes something of a significant point in the book - his eschewing of his noble position - because as readers of the genre are aware, the British aristocracy viewed "trade," where one actually accepted money for one's labors, as something base and unpleasant, something to be looked down on. That Max makes his living by working often causes the aristocracy to loo
Aly is so frigging bored
Feb 19, 2012 Aly is so frigging bored rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
After I read more then 1/2 of the book I was sure that it won't get more then 3*, but Liz Carlyle amazed me and the last 20% of the book were 5*. I liked how the heroine was so practical and that she didn't care about the aristocratic ladder. The hero was great too, he had such a strong moral compass, he wanted to help people, to make a difference.

He raked his fingers through his disheveled hair again. “I’m not decent,” he mumbled, slowly backing toward his bedchamber.[...]

But Catherine al
Penny Watson
Oct 02, 2009 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cool-dogs
No True Gentleman by Liz Carlyle (2002)

This is one of my favorite re-reads. It is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! I am seriously in love with Maximilian de's that for a name! Dark, brooding, moody, sexy....yowzah! This book really transcends the romance is something much more than one would expect. Carlyle's prose is rich and nuanced, and this book is not a fast read-sort of romance novel. It needs to be savored like a fine wine, and it is well worth it. In the same way
Apr 08, 2013 Dangermousie rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It's by far my favorite of all of Carlyle's stuff I read so far. Set in the 1820s, it follows Max de Rohan and Lady Catherine - despite their social differences (he is a foreigner! a police inspector!), the intense, closed-off Max with a giant chip on his shoulder about the aristocracy and the pragmatic, straightforward Catherine are drawn to each other. I loved this in every way! The hero is a police inspector, which would have made me love it all by itself (a man who works! Imagine ...more
Author: Liz Carlyle
First published: 2002
Length: 447 pages
Setting: Regency London, 1826
Sex: Frequent and very explicit. He masturbates. Somewhat aggressive.
Trigger: (view spoiler)
Heroine: Widow of two years. Was (happily) married at seventeen to her sweetheart. Believes herself barren.
Hero: Of Italian descent from merchant and vintner. Worked his way from Bow Street Runner to magistrate. Has an Italian title.
Includes: Historical note re Earl of Chesterfield and
Oleta Blaylock
Mar 13, 2014 Oleta Blaylock rated it it was amazing
I was surprised to see a story for Maximilian “Max” de Rohan so soon after his introduction. I fell in love with Max when he was introduced in “A Woman of Virtue”. He is that tortured hero that so many of us fall for. I could tell this even in the earlier book. I could tell that there was a dark secret that was troubling him and troubled he truly has been. I enjoy very much reading the history of this complex man. He has been through so much in his life and it has molded him into the crusading m ...more
Oct 02, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it
I loved Maximilian de Rohan from the very first second he was introduced with his big dog in the previous book, and I was really REALLY hoping he didn't turn out to be some secret Italian duke. He turned out to be a secret Italian viscount, which frustrated me, but I suppose at least they did it in the best way they could have. It was at least plausible.
Jun 02, 2011 Bernice rated it it was amazing
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Jun 27, 2013 Blackjack rated it really liked it
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No True Gentleman, Liz Carlyle - This was a little hard to "grade" given that it's such a nicely written romance with such great characters. Before I write about the main protagonists, I just have to say how much I love the secondary character, Kemble, here. He's in this series and is more intriguing and contradictory than most characters in romances. Anyway, Maximillian and Catherine are the protagonists and are a lovely couple, and though they start off on rocky footings, this is a novel that ...more
Sep 01, 2008 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Regency Romance Fans
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After reading several of Liz Carlyle's books, I have come to the conclusion that she, in my opinion, simply does not write a bad story. Some are better than others, but I have not yet found one that I didn't like. Such is the case with No True Gentleman. It was yet another worthy effort from Ms. Carlyle. The story hooked me in right at the beginning with the murder of a lady of ton. As usual the author kept me guessing about the solution to this mystery right up un
Apr 13, 2009 Edna rated it really liked it
No True Gentleman is my first Liz Carlyle novel and the only reason I bought this one was because it came before The Devil You Know which was a recommendation. Unfortunately I wasn't aware that these two books were part of a series (Rutledge siblings). I'll have to get my hands on the first installment revolving around the eldest, Cam.

Lately I've been having trouble starting books but I'm glad I kept with this one because it turned out to be a fantastic read. NTG was about Catherine, the middle
Jan 30, 2009 Abby rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
What a delicious, different romance this was! Neither character moved in the center of society, which created a lot of interesting class tensions. Catherine married young and is much more comfortable in the country, running a farm, than waltzing around a ballroom. Max is a former Bow Street Runner, ex River Police, now serving in the Home Office in a more political position.

Max and Catherine are both incredibly stubborn, dedicated people and I enjoyed watching them work out their relationship a
Oct 01, 2014 Sharyn rated it really liked it
I am reading through the series, apparently out of order. Have read Cam's and Bentley's stories and have now greatly enjoyed Catherine's. I love that there are characters that emerge through this and her other series, such as Kemble, a wonderful character. I now have to reread Zoe Armstrong's story and then Anais de Rohan, which brings the Rutledge series into the St. James series. Fun to read them and re-meet these characters. Then I will go buy the newest one!
In the first Rutledge book, "Beauty like the Night," Lady Catherine Wodeway was introduced as a girl who married too young in order to escape the household of her father. When her husband died, she was left drifting. Landing in London for the Season, she decides that it might be time for her to have an affair. Every morning, she rides around the park, messing with Max de Rohan's attempt to catch some corrupt cops. Max is part of the newly formed police unit, well below the social strata of Cathe ...more
Kay Bolton
Aug 03, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I posted this back in June 2011 (my Blog Post #127) after borrowing it from the local library:

To protect a lady from danger in the Park, Max De Rohan kisses her senseless ........ Lady Catherine Wodeway knows that is something no true gentleman would ever do without the proper introduction, not even to save her life!

His dark and dangerous good looks, together with his brooding maleness somehow lead her along to forget that she is in fact a Lady.

A 3 *** Star read, not as good as some of the other
Nancy Brooks
Apr 03, 2015 Nancy Brooks rated it it was amazing
This was the third book of the series I've read. Each one is even better than the one before. I am now getting all of this author's backlist to read. The characters in the book are very well-developed and the plot interesting.
Grace Elliot
Jun 05, 2011 Grace Elliot rated it liked it
This book has bemused me.
The author paid scant regard to the social etiquette of the time, and as such would have more believable if written as a modern day romance, HOWEVER, the characters believable and engrossing. I sometimes felt as if the intimate physical scenes were stacked high for titillation value in case the reader noticed the gaping errors in social rules, and yet still Ms Carylye managed to win me over. I'm in two minds as to whether I will read more from the author - I'm not sure I
Feb 12, 2013 Ilze rated it liked it
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Lovely romance and great characters, but I can't understand why Liz Carlyle has these crime stories smushed into her romances. This one would have been a lot more satisfying for me if the love story and characters had been allowed to develop without nearly as much interference from the crime story, especially the drama with Catherine being shot near the end, IMHO. I would have preferred Max to come to his epiphany without Catherine's life being in danger. The crime itself made practically no sen ...more
Jan 30, 2011 Netanella rated it really liked it
Police investigator Max de Rohan and his big black Neopolitan mastiff hook up with country widow Lady Catherine, who's been looking for a hook up by coming to London for the season. Typical of Carlyle's writings, the writing is smart, except for the overused Italian expressions, particularly the curse words. Aside from the fact that everyone was wearing frocks and cravats, I halfway expected a Tony Soprano goumbah to make an appearance. My favorite character, of course, was the tarot-weilding It ...more
Feb 04, 2015 suzi rated it really liked it
Hotness and drama in a right mix. I love it. I love Catherine's character especially.
Jan 01, 2015 Martha rated it it was amazing
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LOVED this book! An exceptional story.
Sep 04, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it
Delightful book. Good story, well plotted
Danette Steward
Apr 05, 2015 Danette Steward rated it it was amazing
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May 12, 2015 Foggygirl rated it liked it
A very entertaining read, although the hero Max did tend to keep falling back into being a prickly Mcbroody pants but fortunately the heroine kept calling him on it and in one memorable instance told him right were to shove it, literally!
Aug 10, 2013 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, fiction, romance
A good solid romance with a touch of crime-solving. I know it's the wrong country, the wrong year, and the wrong police force but Maximilian de Rohan, with his dark good looks, brooding manner, and mysterious past make it all too easy to imagine police detective Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) from the BBC-A show "Copper." Neither of them should aspire to court a noblewoman, which is what Lady Catharine Wodeway is.

A dependable Liz Carlyle.
Apr 03, 2012 Cyndi rated it really liked it
A good addition to the world Carlyle created. Catherine was a more interesting character than I was expecting and Max has been a favorite for several books so I was happy he got his story. Max's grandmother was a bit over-the-top, but in an otherwise gloomy-ish book it was a nice break :)
Diane Peterson
Aug 14, 2014 Diane Peterson rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this second book about the Rutledge family. This time it was about sister Catherine and her relationship with a "policeman." Great connection between the two and some serious angst (I like angst). Better than the first book. Definitely worth reading.
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