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No Place for a Lady (The Regency Rags to Riches Series, Book 1) (English Edition) von [Lee, Jade]
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"A fast-paced historical complete with side-splitting humor. No wonder the Madcap award for romantic comedy put [Jade Lee] right alongside Teresa Medeiros and Betina Krahn!" Romantic Times


The London rookeries are slums, rife with criminals, and shunned by the upper crust.

But someone there intends to murder one of England's greatest leaders, and Marcus Kane, Lord Chadwick, will follow every clue, even into the bowels of London's underground. But he can't find his way alone.

A partner is required.

Fantine (Fanny) Delarive is perfect. She knows the slums better than anyone, has survived its labyrinth alone for years, and knows every criminal lurking in every dark corner.

Then, the investigation detours the pair into the bright ballrooms of the ton.

And Fantine fits in here, too.

Which changes everything.

Lord Chadwick knows a woman of Fantine's ilk is entirely unsuitable for him. But she's infinitely more exciting than any well-born lady he's ever met.

Now much more than an acquaintance with the independent, self-reliant Fantine is required... and it must end with nothing less than marriage.

Romantic Times Hero’s Kiss Award for a Great Hero
2002 Madcap Finalist for romantic comedy

"A fast-paced historical complete with side-splitting humor. No wonder the Madcap award for romantic comedy put [Jade Lee] right alongside Teresa Medeiros and Betina Krahn!" ~Romantic Times

"A winner!" ~Harriet Klausner, #1 reviewer

REGENCY RAGS TO RICHES, in series order
No Place for a Lady
Devil's Bargain
Almost an Angel
The Dragon Earl

Jade Lee, a USA Today bestseller, has two passions (well, except for her family, but that's a given). She loves dreaming up stories and playing racquetball, not always in that order. When her pro-racquetball career ended with a pair of very bad knees, she turned her attention to writing. An author of more than 30 romance novels, she's decided that life can be full of joy without ever getting up from her chair.


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  • Sprache: Englisch
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Some caveat before I start: I only read half of the book before I deleted it from my Kindle.

As some reviewers on noted, the story is not all that accurate to the time period. I don't mind inconsistencies, after all I want the author to tell a story and not recount history. Some things have to be added, some subtracted. Still, the novel at hand was too free in that regard for my taste. A future Earl and a women from the slums are brought together to catch an assassin of a major Member of Parliament. As can be seen by this premise, it is clear that one has to suspend some disbelief and accept that a peer and a women from the slums would work together and develop a loving relationship while doing so during a time period when women's rights and equality were not yet established and when nobles and commoners were unlikely to traverse in the same circles and really connect with each other. One can already expect that this is more about the romance than about the time period. That's fine, provided the romance is good.

The first chapters of the book held my interest, but while I am prepared to suspend disbelief where the historical accuracy is concerned, I have a much greater problem suspending it where the actual relationship is concerned. If you don't want to read a spoiler, jump to the end. At the point in the spoiler I asked myself what the point of continuing to read was. The way the hero had treated the heroine before that (relatively good) was so at odds with her inexcusable behaviour towards him that I would have to suspend disbelief regarding the actual romance - and then what is the point of reading it.


After working together for a while they meet at a ball, he as guest and she as maid hired by the host.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen No Place for a Lady (The Regency Rags to Riches Series, Book 1) 5. September 2016
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A excellent story that describes the plight of the unfortunate people in London's dockside areas. The aristocrats of the English ton purposely would not acknowledge that the lower classes of London had need of any aid. Children left to live hand to mouth, beaten and forced into prostitution, show a life totally different from the general description of London's Regency period. In this story a young orphaned girl has been fending for herself from the age of 10. She made contact with her birth father and now works for the English government in the the squalid underbelly of London. She has befriend a group of young boys to be her eyes and ears to what is happening and uses her barmaid persona to pick up information take will help her in government work. Into this mix comes a Lord of the realm, who has work for the English government himself as an agent. The story unfolds from this point.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Taken From Rags to Riches, Kicking and Screaming the Whole Way? 24. Februar 2013
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I really enjoyed Jade Lee's "Rules For a Lady" Series, so when I came across this series called "The Regency Rags to Riches Series" I was hoping it was more of the same clever storytelling with likeable characters.

Well? Nope.

Besides this not really being a very "historical" historical romance, it just fell flat. True, there were moments that made me giggle, but mostly at the ridiculousness of a situation.

Marcus Kane, Lord Chadwick has been a spy for The Crown, and a good one at that. But because of an incident that led to his brother's death, he wishes no further assignments from his friend and mentor, Penworthy. His mother is wanting grandchildren in the worst way, and he knows he should stop skulking around and doing things that "might endanger his life, limb, and ability to procreate."

But summoned to Penworthy's home to help uncover a death threat against a prominent politician, Marcus has to make a decision, one made no easier by the fact that he is expected to partner with an actress/unsavory character from the rookeries named Fantine Delarive. She is most infuriating and sure to bungle to operation on her own, so Marcus reluctantly agrees to lend his expertise.

Fantine grew up the daughter of an actress and whore who was more concerned about becoming a mistress to someone powerful than caring for her young child. When she found herself orphaned, she sought out her father who was none other than the politically powerful Penworthy. Rather than to accept his offer of a softer life, she inexplicably chooses to stay in the rookeries, doing undercover work for him now and then to pay for a room and food for herself and a band of street urchins she has taken under her wing.

Odd premise, but it could work. If the reader can get past the fact that a Regency-era woman would rather be destitute and in constant danger than live a life of gently-bred comfort, the story could have a chance. There are some steamy scenes, of course. The two characters are drawn to each other but fight it each step of the way. In the end, it is an enjoyable read, but still leaves one a little empty inside.

Since I'm a glutton for literary punishment, I suppose, I went on to read two more from this series. The books are not related and share no common characters. They are basically only a series by the mere fact that they are all "rags to riches" stories. If they are available as a free selection, I might recommend it over some others available on Amazon, but I regret paying more than 99cents for any of them.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Boring and Played Out 6. Oktober 2015
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I normally do not write reviews but this one deserved my attention. I'm all for romance and a little cat and mouse but this is beyond overboard! SPOILER ALERT - Forst, we get your mother was a prostitute and you feel like your father took advantage of her. However, the heroine ADMITS half way through that she knows it's not his fault that he was not in her life since birth because he didn't know he was the father! Then when he offers to do the right thing, you make him beg. Then every time the hero tries to show his feelings for her, she's like no, I wont be like my mother. Yet, you're practically ready to spread your legs at any time he breathes at you the right way. This passive agressive thing is boring and played out. Not only that, she blatently uses her sexuality to get information. Meanwhile, she even tries to get the hero arrested by planting jewels on him. This heroine is not likeable nor do you feel sympathetic for her. Honestly she is a real B%!@* with a capital B and I can't even finish this story. There was a GREAT foundation with the mystery story line but everything else is a poor attempt to create a love story that's been done time and again. I give an A for the details of the scenery. Storyline a C minus if you have nothing to do. Characters ... What's lower than an F??
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Off the norm Regency romance 3. Juni 2015
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Fantine (Fanny/Rat) lives in the rookery, the rookeries being the slums of the city among the worst of the criminals. She does her best to protect and feed the orphaned kids along the docks, all little hellions and don’t mess with them kind of kids. She’s also the bastard child of an English politician, a man who never claimed her, never provided for her, and left her and her mother to their own wiles of support. When she does introduce herself to her real political father he hires her to help him with certain investigation within the Parliament. During one of these so called assignments she meet Marcus Kane, Lord Chadwick. And wow, does the sparks ever fly.

Marcus Kane, Lord Chadwick in line to be the next Earl of Chadwick is a handsome blond haired, blue eyed hunk of a package with his own demons. After he and his brother involved in a spy investigation for the crown in France, Marcus loses his brother. This is an loss that Marcus cannot forgive himself for. He should not have left his brother to go it alone, it should have been him, but, it wasn’t and now March is left to have to deal with the loss and the consequences of his actions.

When he is called by a dear old friend, a member of the Parliament, Marcus goes to his aid to help catch and stop a murder. The murder of a top politician trying to get an anti-slavery bill passed and someone in the ton does not want this to happen. But when he is paired up with a juicy talking little street urchin he trys to draw the line and refuses to work with this ill tempered little slip of a ratty looking, tough talker of a human being if she can be called that. But as the story flows they do work together to find the murderer and how the story does take off.
I liked this book, the author keeps the story moving at a good pace and some of the scenes are funny. I found especially funny was the way the hero is constantly being drawn into the skirmishes that the heroine seems to get herself into and the hero trying to ward off the feelings for her that seem to be growing by leaps and bounds.

The editing was I would have to say good, there were only a couple words that were missing a letter here and there, nothing that distracted me from the story at all. No the author does not stick to conformity of the time period in this book, she steps out of the zone on historical facts and the way a proper woman or any woman should act back then, but hey, all women are not alike and it takes all kinds in this crazy world of ours. And common sense would tell you that all was not proper even in the old days.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Fun Read 19. Mai 2015
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"No Place for a Lady" captured my attention from the first sentence and kept my attention through out the entire book. I loved the heroine and her cohorts. It took a little longer for me to like the hero, but I loved his family. Granted, I had to suspend reality with this read, but isn't that true of most romances. I appreciated that this book was about the story and not about the sex that was surrounded by a story.

This is a fun read and worth the time to read it.
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