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(The Christies #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  65 reviews
A passion this seductive is more precious than diamonds...

Sir William Christie, ruthless tycoon and notorious ladies' man, is dead. Now his four grown children have gathered for the reading of his will. What lies in store for stepsiblings Vivienne, Alexander, and twins Gareth and Gwyneth? Stunning challenges that will test their fortitude across a royal empire...and lead the
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Pocket Books
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I liked the premise behind this series, but found this story to be slow and tedious. And I never really connected with the characters.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
review to come on (around release date?).

I will just say that the book is beautifully written, but ultimately the flaw in Flawless is that the characters aren't given a good story, and they lost my interest. About half way through it went from being a gripping tale to overly EMO characters I wanted to whack.

Still a very interesting 1880's read set in South Africa.
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 Stars

This review was posted at Under The Covers

What a stunning cover! I'll admit that was the first thing that attracted me to this book. This is actually a story of a strong-willed female who has always lived by societies rules, married by them, and acted as much as possible as she thought a wife should. But her husband, not so much. But a marriage of convenience turned into love.

Vivienne Bancroft is back in New York after her dad, Sir William Christie, passed away. She is hopi/>This
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Vivienne has been running from her estranged husband for over a year. He is a drunk, has a gambling problem, appears to love prostitutes and he just generally embarrasses her. She can’t be held liable in the failure of her arranged marriage, she tried, she really did. She even thought she was falling in love with Viscount Miles Bancroft. Until one night he left her alone, panting after their sexual encounter under the stairs at a gala event. She fled to America to care for her ailing father, a b ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Pocket Books
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Simon & Schuster's GalleyGrab
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Christies
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Lady Vivienne Bancroft is the bastard daughter of a French can-can dancer and a
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it

Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood

Flawless is the first book I read written by Carrie Lofty. Granted, I was acquainted with the author before while co-writing with Ann Aguirre under the pen name Ellen Connor, so yes, I knew she was a great author, but after reading Flawless, well, I have to admit that historical romance is truly her strongest element.

Lofty's writing style is natural and straight to the point and her fresh perspective of the genre made Flawless all the
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Summary from Goodreads:

"Lady Vivienne Bancroft fled England for New York, hoping to shed the confines of her arranged marriage to unrepentant rogue Miles Durham, Viscount Bancroft—though she never forgot the fiery desire he unleashed with his slightest touch. And when the gambling man arrives on her doorstep for a little sensual revenge for her desertion, he is met with Vivienne’s dilemma: She must earn her father’s inheritance by profitably running a diamond business worth millions
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Historical Romance

Flawless caught my attention when I read that it was set in South Africa in the late 1800’s right after the Boar Wars. This is an unusual setting for a historical romance. South Africa during this time was a lot like the old west with diamonds fever instead of gold fever fueling the danger.

Characters: Vivienne is a very strong female character. She has a secret that she is protecting. That secret has been a part of what molded her and added to her strengths. Miles
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Vivienne, Alexander, Gareth and Gwyneth’s father has passed away. It is now time for the reading of the will. Vivienne does not know what the will has in it as she was adopted. Luckily for Vivienne, her father loved her like his own and left her something. Actually their father left them all something, only there is a catch. Each of the siblings has to work for their fortune at different businesses. The businesses are failing and the siblings must make them successful within two years. If the si ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-book, first-reads
This book had so much potential, but it just didn't deliver. I was excited to win Flawless in a First Reads giveaway and I was looking forward to reading about the South African diamond trade in the late 1800's with a romance thrown in. In my mind, I was never "taken" there. A few paragraphs of the crush of humanity at the docks, a few paragraphs about the expanse of land and sky at the Karoo, and a few more that tried (and failed) to describe the diamond mine, and the small mining ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So much to recommend this book to me so far--an estranged couple thrown together to meet a challenge; the sparring and sizzling tension that results; a dissolute rake with the motivation to reform (the promise of redemption is a favorite theme for me); the idea of revenge that may prove to be ultimately irresistible to both parties; a wild and fascinating setting; a chance for both the hero and heroine to prove their mettle... I am enjoying this very much so far. (about halfway now...)
This ended up being just okay. I didn't love it, but there were things I ended up still enjoying about it. The main one being the South African setting because I love, love, LOVE finding HRs that take place outside of England. I think this aspect, as well as Carrie Lofty's strong prose helped move the story along despite the messiness here and there, particularly between the hero and heroine.

Miles had A LOT of growing up to do because at the beginning he was the worst kind of immatur
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

This novel is perfect for female readers who don't enjoy weak female characters in romance novels. Vivienne is definitely a dominant, somewhat pushy woman. She is also the main character of this novel and the main draw to reading this book. In this book she even attempts to fun a profitable diamond business.

Earlier in the book, she runs away from Viscount Bancroft, to whom she was engaged. Much to her surprise, he shows up at her doorstep later on and won't leave until he talks t
This was an interesting one. The romance was great. She is the illegitimate/adopted daughter of a rich American businessman! He is a dissolute British nobleman! They are married, and due to a provision of her father’s will, must manage a business together for two years to get a million dollars! They love each other! But they have broken each other’s trust! All very well-written and compelling.

The setting was unusual, and… more difficult than I am used to. The book is set in nineteent
Flawless, by Carrie Lofty, is pretty darn good. Great, even.

The premise is not terribly new: William Christie, millionaire tycoon, dies. His fortune is willed back to his businesses, with one exception: his four children are put in charge of various struggling companies in their father’s business empire, and then have 2 years to bring their respective company into the black. If they succeed, they will be the primary shareholder of the business, and get a million dollar bonus. If they don’t, t
Lisa Jo
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lofty, known for her powerful and passionate historical romances, does not disappoint with her latest release, Flawless. With exotic settings, fabulous characters and plenty of spicy romance, this novel is another winner that Lofty fans should not miss!

Sir William Christie’s death has left his children a fortune…they just have to earn it. At the reading of his will, Lady Vivienne Bancroft faces her shocking situation. She must travel to colonial South Africa to run Christie’s diamond
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I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Carrie Lofty is a solid romance writer and I’m not sure why there isn’t more buzz about her books. She writes three-dimensional, flawed characters with sexy heroes and strong-minded heroines. The road to true love is not easy in Lofty’s books but the journey is always believable emotionally
In Flawless, Lofty introduces us to Lady Vivienne Bancroft and her husband, Miles Durham, aka Viscount Bancroft. Due to Miles’ profligate way
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I always look forward to a Carrie Lofty book because I know I’m in for an emotional love story with a rich eye to detail — as well the fact most of her stories have unusual settings and characters. The main theme of the book is the estranged couple reconciliation trope, which I really like — although I do find it can be hard to resolve because sometimes the tension and emotional aftermath can be overwrought or forced. But with Flawless, I loved how Carrie Lofty presents the love story; it really ...more
Caroline The HEA Lover
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)

I've heard so much good about Carrie Lofty's books that I jumped on the first occasion to review her new book. Flawless had me hooked from the first chapter. I like the estranged married couple theme and this was exactly what I needed.

Vivienne's inheritance comes with a catch. If she wants her money she has to successfully run her late adoptive father's Brokerage company in South Africa. I really like it when the inheritan
Amanda Ryan
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Redonk Nutshell: Jaded spouses reunite to revive a recently inherited crumbling diamond dynasty

I fell in love with this cover. Ain't it purty? Then I fell for the premise - a regency romance set in...wait for it...SOUTH AFRICA? Score. What I got was a gritty and at times uncomfortable not-so-fluffy romance story between a husband and wife that reluctantly come together for somewhat nefarious reasons. Though of course, things don't go quite the way they plan. I very much enjoyed this
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Flawless is the first book in a new series from Carrie Lofty and if it is an indication of what is to come, I think we will be in for some amazing trips to interesting locations. This first book takes us on a trip to the African diamond mines... such an exotic place to have this passionate and tension filled romance take place.

Viv is a stubborn woman who deep down just craves the love of a good man and if she can't have that then she would rather have her independence (which means sh
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Flawless opens soon after the death of millionaire entrepreneur Sir William Christie. He leaves behind four children, including the adopted and illegitimate Lady Vivienne Bancroft. Viviene is devastated at her father's death and all the unresolved issues haunt her. But during the reading of the will, Sir William is his unconventional and unpredictable self. Each of four children are given a business and a challenge: they must make the business profitable within a year or their inheritance will b ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this writer is on a winning streak! Flawless had the advantage of an original setting: Cape Town late 1800s after the first Boer war. The Christies patriarch recently died and had issued his four children a challenge: they each must turn around one of his failing investments (and receive a substantial amount of money as their reward) or forfeit any inheritance. Viv and Miles's marriage is on the skids, but they decide to make another go at it for the sake of the inheritance. Through great s ...more

What would you do with a fortune on the line? Would you team up with the husband you ran away from to win? Would you risk your heart being broken again to prove that you can do the job? That's exactly what our main character Vivienne had to do to earn her inheritance from her now deceased father Sir William.

This was an intriguing start to a new series. It would appear that each sibling will be give their own book - and we'll learn whether they earn their share of the money from their
Barb in Maryland
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Carrie Lofty is a good writer. Alas, this time she was writing about people I just didn't like! I got 225 pages into this book and found that I didn't care what happened to them. I put the book down, read two other books, and when I picked up Flawless again--nada. No enthusiasm for continuing.
The book started as what I would call a New Style 'Old Skool' romance. There's no "forced seduction" (aka rape)--hooray! But that may be because the Vivienne and Miles are already married, though curr
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love historical romances and it has been wayyyyyy too long since I've read one. So I really enjoyed being able to escape into Flawless. I loved the time period and historical setting, how Vivian and Miles went to South Africa to work in the diamond business. I read on the back cover that Carrie Lofty received her Masters degree in History and I was really able to appreciate how she not only created a good romance, but also a story with such a rich historical context. So now that I'v ...more
Jacque Stengel
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This love story is set in South Africa, not a likely place for a reunion of a barely married separated couple! I am a sucker for a great historical and when a book comes along with a totally new place in history for a romance I get excited. Not only was the diamond field in South Africa volatile with the dangers associated with digging for diamonds, the tension that was created by Vivienne and Miles was volatile in it's own way...and a whole lot of heat.
I loved the way that Ms. Lofty created a
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
FLAWLESS by Carrie Lofty is a exciting historical romance set in 1880 New York City and 1881 South Africa. It is the first in a new series " The Christies". It is written with depth,details,romance,diamonds,passion,secrets, desires,second chances,family,sensuality,and love. The characters are enchanting,full of life,engaging, and will capture your heart. "The Christies" series is about four grown children (Vivienne,Alexander,twins Gareth and Gwyneth) whose father died and in order to claim their ...more
Alexia Chantel
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

This book is flawless in more ways than just the title.

Vivienne is the picture of propriety and has fought to stay that way despite being married to an alcoholic gambler. She left him before and intends to do so again if she can earn her inheritance. Viv didn’t count on having such a soft spot for her man, and now has to decide if he is worth the leap of faith.

Miles is nearly everything Viv thinks him to be, or he used to be. As a bored aristoc
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Carrie Lofty never fails to disappoint in making big choices and tackling people and places previously unseen in romance novels. FLAWLESS takes place mostly in late1 800s South Africa amidst a diamond mind, the brokerage houses and the society that had sprung up around the industry. Lofty does a good job of showing the history, political and racial tensions of the time, as well as foreshadowing the issues to come in modern times, without it feeling heavy handed or taking away from the larger sto ...more
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Two time RITA-nominated and multiple RT Reviewers' Choice-winning author Carrie Lofty has over twenty-five books to her name--or four names, to be precise. Her paranormal (as Lindsey Piper ) and historical romances from Pocket have been described as "nuanced and superbly realized" (The Chicago Tribune) and "sexy, brutal and somehow innocent" (All About Romance).

In college, Carrie lured an unsuspecting Englishman to the Midwest(All(The

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The Christies (3 books)
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