Not Quite a Lady (Carsington, Book 4)

By Loretta Chase

Impossible to resist Force

Darius Carsington is a spectacularly good-looking rake with a unprecedented intelligence and no center, a guy who divides his time among bedding loose-moraled ladies and writing scholarly papers. He unearths society's "perfect darlings" enormously dull. yet there's whatever exciting, and never rather ideal, approximately flawless woman Charlotte Hayward. He senses a crack less than her polished floor, and discovering it's a problem he can't resist.

Immovable Object

girl Charlotte is so appealing, captivating, and gracious that nobody has spotted what knowledgeable she is at no longer Getting Married. Early on, she discovered a painful lesson approximately belief . . . and temptation. within the years on the grounds that, she's committed her existence to being all she should be--and she's now not approximately to permit a guy like Carsington attract her to do every thing she shouldn't.

A greatest Collision

however the principles of charm can simply overpower the foundations of manners and morals, and infrequently even the best-behaved lady has to stick with her instincts, whether it ability risking all of it.

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The place is my hat? Oh, no. ” Her hat, a foolish little bit of straw and lace, had tumbled to the water’s side. He swallowed a grin and commenced that method. “Don’t difficulty yourself,” she acknowledged, and moved quickly towards the hat. “Don’t be ridiculous,” he acknowledged. His lengthy stride simply overtook her anxious little trot, and so they either bent and reached for the hat even as. because of his longer palms, he captured it first, yet as he got here up, his head hit hers. “Ow! ” She sprang again, clutching her brow. Her ft slid out from lower than her, and down she went, in a swirl of petticoats. She began to scramble up, yet no longer too speedy for him to overlook the good-looking calf in brief on exhibit. This time he planted his boots firmly onto the sloping flooring, reached down, stuck her less than the hands, and pulled her upright, then hauled her firmly opposed to him as he subsidized up the slippery embankment. Her around bottom pressed opposed to his groin. besides the odor of pond muck he detected a sweeter, distinctively female smell. He spotted a tiny spot of dust at the nape of her gentle white neck. He stuck himself within the nick of time—half a heartbeat earlier than his tongue may possibly flick out to…groom her? She stomped her heel on his boot and shoved together with her elbow. He allow pass. “If you persevere during this habit, I will likely be obliged to summon the constable,” he stated. That grew to become her round sharply. “The constable? ” “I might convey fees opposed to you for trespassing,” he stated. “And attack. ” “Tres—Assault? You touched my—my—” She gestured at her bosom, which was once a great one and which his hand had encountered through the tussle, probably no longer thoroughly by accident. “You positioned palms on me. ” Her face was once particularly rosy now. “I can have to do it again,” he stated, “if you still blunder concerning the position, alarming the natural world. ” He had now not idea her blue eyes might open any wider yet they did. “Blunder approximately? ” “I worry you've disturbed the dragonflies in the course of an incredibly gentle process,” he stated. “They have been mating, terrible issues, and also you worried them out in their wits. you could now not pay attention to this, but if the male takes fright, his procreative talents are adversely affected. ” She stared at him. Her mouth opened, yet not anything got here out. “Now I comprehend why none however the hardiest of the farm animals remain,” he acknowledged. “You should have both nervous all of them away or completely impaired their reproductive services. ” “Impaired their—I didn't. I was…” Her gaze fell to the hat he nonetheless held. “Give me my hat. ” He became it in his palms and studied it. “This is the main frivolous hat I’ve ever noticeable. ” might be it was once and maybe it wasn’t. He had no inspiration. He by no means spotted women’s outfits other than as stumbling blocks to be acquired out of how as quick as attainable. nonetheless, he may possibly see that the object he held used to be an absurd little bit of froth: a scrap of straw, scraps of lace, ribbons. “What does it do? It can't thrust back the sunlight or the rain. ” “It’s a hat,” she acknowledged. “It isn’t alleged to do whatever. ” “Then what do you put on it for? ” “For? ” she acknowledged. “For?

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