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Le beau ténébreux (Neville Family & Friends #1)

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Vous voudriez que je vous donne l'autorisation de courtiser ma soeur, lord Nash ? C'est à elle qu'il faut demander la permission ! s'esclaffe le baron Rothewell. Âgée de trente ans, Xanthia Neville fréquente la haute société londonienne, le soir, et dirige une compagnie maritime, le jour. Bien sûr, une activité si peu féminine l'a influencée : elle est autoritaire et très ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 315 pages
Published July 8th 2009 by J'AI LU (first published June 5th 2007)
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May 05, 2016 Olga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado la historia y los personajes, ella no es la tipica damisela en apuros, es una mujer fuerte, decidida y que sabe lo que quiere y que encima trabaja ( en aquellos tiempos...).En cuanto a el me ha gustado su personalidad y su sentimiento de pertenencia a ella... si le sumas una historia de espias y contrabando hacen una novela muy recomendable!!!! estoy deseando que haga un libro sobre el hermano neville...
May 03, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great! Obviously not the best of the genre that I have read, but not a terrible read. I really enjoyed how the characters knew who they were. Xanthia never made any excuses for herself, and what I really enjoyed was how the story did not revolve around Xanthia and her traumatic childhood. She dealt with it and moved on. My kinda girl!!

Nash on the other hand is a strong man, who I defiantly want some alone time with , but towards the end of the story he began to become the "woman"
Puede que no tenga nada especial, pero me ha gustado.
Una historia sencilla, con unos protagonistas inusuales que no tienen nada en común y que por circunstancias (y mucha atracción física ) de la vida empiezan a relacionarse. Una relación de respeto, de igual a igual, bien relatada y con el suficiente detalle narrativo para incluirte en la historia. Hay una trama secundaria, la "excusa", bastante bien llevada.
Apr 18, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#1 in the Neville Family trilogy

Fabulous! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!

Historical romance, rich details, captivating characters, very strong, intelligent female lead character.

Definitely a Top Read of 2008 for me!

I am SO itching to read #2 Never Deceive A Duke, but am reading owed books first.

#3 comes out this Summer, and I am SO there!

I read one Liz Carlyle short story in a romance anthol. recently which I thoroughly enjoyed...circled her name in red in my book journal with arrows to remind m
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Lord Nash is a reclusive member of the ton with plenty of secrets and is a known ladies man to boot. Xanthia is not a typical miss of the ton; she runs a business and is part owner, and she is not looking for a husband. They meet, share a kiss under the moonlight, and become friends as both feel safe with each other because neither want marriage. Government officials use her to spy on Nash because they believe that he may be a traitor. She proves he's not, they find the real traitor and they fal ...more
At last I finished this. It has a decent storyline, characters are likeable, the plot was good, too. It has all the elements I want in a historical romance, but the dreaded pace was the only thing that kept me from reading this in one sitting.

I'd like to give this a much higher rating but sadly, that's the best I can do. I'm a fan of Liz Carlyle, but this is by far the slowest read of hers. The independent heroine is a plus for me, I liked Xanthia instantly, she's the epitome of a modern-day wom
Kathy Davie
Feb 19, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, history
First in the Neville Family historical romance series. The couple focus is on Xanthia Neville and Lord Nash.

Might want to fix that one line: "...being backward gets one nowhere, does it?" "Doesn't it" would work so much better.

My Take
It's certainly an intriguing start to the romance, and not one that I've ever encountered before. I do love how perfectly suited Xanthia and the romantic Stefan are for each other, and Carlyle takes advantage to write a great story as she plays against the mores and
there was surprise bondage. as in we'r having a good time, all proper like despite being in a scandalous affair, but let me just slide this silken scarf around your wrists and drive you crazy with pleasure.

I liked the fact that her characters aren't coated over in a romantic gloss. the male has the kind of less than flattering or just plain blunt thoughts that I would expect to go through a mans head. Including the idea of sexing away ones sorrows with the wrong person and realizing that it does
Feb 15, 2014 tacitus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I will admit that the first 50 pages or so had me thinking I was going to be disappointed. I have become so accustomed to the hyper-realistic regency setups of authors like Mary Balogh, that I was all prepared to decry this one as "fake", "unrealistic", "Anachronistic",etc... But, I think it works. And it works well.

Is is unlikely--even impossible--that a woman of any social standing would run a shipping company? Yes. Utter, historical nonsense, yet I am strangely willing to ignore it b
Zel Polev
Mar 25, 2015 Zel Polev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mey Buentipo
This is the first novel I read from Ms. Carlyle. I read the pre requisite of this series. I got intrigued about the characters. Especially to the character of the heroine of this book form the novella. I love Xanthia. The name is not common name mostly the HR books thay i read. I like her character, because until in the end of the book she did not change. She is still devoted on her business and the author managed to keep it in a modern world rule. For the hero, he is I think fine. It just I rea ...more
The first book in the Neville Family series by Liz Carlyle. Miss Xanthia Neville is no simmering little miss but an independent woman of 30. Lord Nash is a rake and a rogue and unrepentant. My first by this author and I really loved it. I can't say exactly why, it just worked.
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
En definitiva un nuevo tanto para Liz Carlyle que ha sabido combinar a la perfección el género romántico-histórico con el misterio y la intriga de peligrosas misiones.
Jul 20, 2014 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently II had read this before, but enjoyed it just as much the second time!! Great Heroine, a 29 year old shipping owner, independent, rich, thinks she will never marry. Then she meets Nash and lust happens! Then she is recruited by the government to find out if he is a traitor.There are mysterious French diplomats, rumblings about war between Greece and Turkey, and other interesting historical things. Of course there is also a wonderful love story, and quite a bit of sex. There are many go ...more
Nov 03, 2010 Pook rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
นางเอกเปนผูหญิงทำงานเกง ดูแลหาเลียงตัวเองแตเดกตังแตอยูเมืองนอกแลวจนกิจการรุงเรืองกกลับมาอังกฤษ แตกยังทำงานอยู ซึงผิดธรรมเนียมสังคมทีผูหญิงตองเปนเลดี ไมทำงานปากกัดตีนถีบเพือแลกเงิน แตนางเอกกไมไดทำเพือเงินอยางเดียวหรอก เธอรักงานรักกิจการของเธอเพราะมันทำใหเธอเติบโตมาเปนอยางนี พระเอกกเปนคนเจาสำราญ เจาชูไปทัว พอมาเจอนางเอกทีงานเลียงแหงหนึงกชอบ สวย ตางคนตางชอบนันแหละ

ไมคอยนาสนใจเทาไหรหรอก ไมชอบพระเอก-นางเอก เหมือนหลงรูปกันมากกวา นางเอกกนารำคาญ แสดงออกตลอดวาไมอยากแตงงานเพราะกลัวสูญเสียสิทธิในการดูแลกิจก
Ana T.
I usually enjoy Carlyle's books and after reading the short story in the School for Heiresses anthology I thought this might be an interesting series.

The notorious Marquis of Nash is a creature of the night; his wealth and his title provide but a tenuous entrée into polite society. With his Eastern European manners and dark elegance, Nash tempts women even as he tempts the scandalmongers. Rumors abound of the men he has bankrupted and the hearts he has broken. But when Nash leaves his lair for a
Jan 11, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
this book was mediocre for me. I enjoyed a strong female lead especially given the time period and the sex scenes were very enjoyable but overall im a tad disappointed by it. The plot was very interesting with the female lead spending the entire book defending the male lead from criminal accusations falling in love with him along the way. Unfortunately some of the dialogue was disappointing, for instance the male lead going from shying away from marriage rather hardcore to using "dear" every oth ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful historical romance involving a modern woman who's not afraid to work compared to all the other pampered ladies. Not only does she work but is a partner in a shipping company. She then meets the notorious Lord Nash and through suspense and intrigue they start up an "affaire" to remember. Let me tell you, the scene at Brierwood is sizzles so hot it may make you blush.

A wonderful eye-opener ending. Didn't see some of it coming which makes the book all the more enticing to read as it is
Kay Bolton
May 13, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fan
Shelves: 4-star
Review taken from my Blog in November 2010:

Don't let this particular cover deceive you. It looks like a 1970's "Dynasty" type affair, but in actual fact proved to be a truly masterful and mysterious piece of work by a new author to me, Liz Carlyle.

Where can just one stolen and illicit kiss in the moonlight lead?

Sybarite Stefan Nottingham, Lord Nash meets a beautiful lady (Xanthia Neville) on the terrace at the ball of Lord & Lady Sharpe. That stolen kiss leads on to not only a story of smugg
Connie N.
This is a bit different from the typical Regency romance in that the main female character is the owner of a shipping line and goes to work every day, despite the fact that she now lives in London and is officially a member of the ton. She was raised in Barbados, and her brother (a baron) allows her to continue with her employment. The main male character is a part-Russian nobleman who has inherited his title through his father, so he is a bit different too, although he is the usual rakish gambl ...more
Xanthia Neville has moved with her brother from Barbados to London in order to expand their shipping business. Her brother is a dissolute lush so Xanthia and their business manager pretty much run the business (even though she's a woman!).
The English government approaches them to see if they can help unravel a mystery that seems to point at the the Earl of Nashville being a spy. Oops, this is the same man with whom Xanthia had recently shared a heated embrace, the man who is deemed to be a rake
Aug 25, 2016 Regina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No chemistry between H/h. Every character refers to everyone else as "My dear," repeatedly and annoyingly (137 times throughout the book- yes, it annoyed me so much that I searched and counted). Heroin's brother calls her "old thing." It distracted me and angered me so much I couldn't focus on the story.
Jana Malachowski
Jan 16, 2012 Jana Malachowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for new authors to read and stumbled across Liz Carlyle. I had seen her books before, but never felt a strong desire to pick one up. Well since none of my top authors have put out a book lately, I needed something to read. I went to the store picked up this book, and now I have added a new author to my fav list!!! I absolutely love the characters: their strengths, weaknesses and their interaction with each other. I couldn't have asked for a better read. I honestly couldn't put it d ...more
Aug 10, 2007 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: regency romance fans
Shelves: romance
I'm a fan of Liz Carlyle's style - I always quite like her heroines, and her heroes are invariably sexy and funny and real. This one was no exception. I particularly liked the sensible, smart heroine Miss Neville. Lord Nash was also as sexy as Carlyle's other heroes, with his manners and his rakishness and, beneath it all, his own good sense, made him really work for me as a match for Mis Neville.

On the other hand, it isn't my favourite of Carlyle's books. It's good, and interesting, and a quick
Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†
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Dec 26, 2012 Draven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually a fan of Carlyle's books and there was nothing necessarily awful or unreadable about this book, it's just that after the first few chapters, it all felt just a little too practical. She was practical, he was practical, even the intrigue subplot in the end was summarized all very pragmatically. It lacked zip for a romance novel. It certainly lacked Carlyle's usual humour! And while the love scenes definitely had heat, all the practicality that led up to them took away the real spice.

Good story. Like this author.
fluff but nice story
Nicola O.
Jul 02, 2007 Nicola O. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals
Generally, I rate romances based more on the characters and their chemistry than plotting. I love the main couple in this story; they are fresh and free of many of the cliches of regency romance. And the chemistry sizzles.

HOWEVER, in this case, I had to knock it down a star because the final plot turn hinged "a terrible misunderstanding" which really, just annoys the crap out of me. The secondary characters are also remarkably flat, despite the obvious set-up for follow-ons.

A satisfying read, bu
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