Darius Carsington is a spectacularly attractive rake, who's all brains and brawn...and no heart; a man who's equally expert at bedding loose-moraled women and writing scholarly papers. He finds society's "perfect darlings" exceedingly boring. Then why is he so intrigued by the supposedly faultless Lady Charlotte Hayward? Darius senses a crack under her polished surface - and finding it is a challenge he can't resist. Lady Charlotte is so beautiful, charming, and gracious that no one has noticed how expert she's been at not getting married. Early on, she learned a painful lesson about trust...and temptation. In the years since, she's devoted her life to being all she should be, and she's not about to let a man like Carsington entice her into doing everything she shouldn't. But the demands of the heart can easily overpower the rules of manners and morals. And sometimes, even the best-behaved lady must follow her instincts, even if it means risking it all.
©2007 Loretta Chekani (P)2016 Loretta Chekani
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4 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 18-02-16

Interesting story with wonderful characters

Kate Reading is AMAZING! (now that the obvious is out of the way :o)

Loretta Chase is a character writer - more to the point - a character interaction / dialogue writer. She can have (but usually doesn't) a lack luster story but her characters interactions and dialogue make the whole book wonderful.

This book had a little different story - not the typical girl looking for a man - falls in love with a rake. This is more girl is NOT looking for a man - falls for a rake - but has a secret that could ruin her family name. Okay the rake in this situation is the youngest Carsington brother - Darius. He is hard NOT to fall for. He's good looking (& knows it), charismatic (and knows it), and Oh those hands! Plus he takes a young unwanted boy who under his wing which makes him irresistible.

Charlotte is a great character and I absolutely love the interaction between her and Darius. I loved this book and it is definitely worth a credit!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lady Wesley on 28-03-16

Kate Reading: perfect narrator for Loretta Chase

4.5 stars because there are a few plot holes, but really, it's Loretta Chase so how bad could it be?

I am blessed with a poor memory. I say "blessed" because this means that I can read a book for a second time and not remember what's going to happen next. Saves me a lot of money on buying new books.

Anyway, I read Not Quite a Lady three years ago and gave it four stars. Kate Reading's narration was, as usual, spot on, so I bumped up my rating a bit. Truly, Kate Reading is the perfect narrator for Loretta Chase's books. She handles Chase's trademark rapid-fire banter perfectly.

In a couple of years, I no doubt will listen again and enjoy it just as much as the first time.

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