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No Place for a Lady (The Regency Rags to Riches Series, Book 1) by [Lee, Jade]
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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.

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

REVIEWS:
"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, Amazon.com #1 reviewer

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

MEET JADE LEE:
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.

About the Author

Jade 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. If you love that special feeling when two people just fit, then email her through her website: www.jadeleeauthor.com. You can also check out her contemporary penname, Kathy Lyons at www.kathylyons.com. And if you’re wondering where Katherine Greyle comes in, she’s Jade’s first persona. Sweet, funny, and with a love of all things regency, Katherine started publishing back in the 1900s. (She won’t say how long ago!) But never fear, the romantic soul is the same whether it’s Jade, Katherine, or Kathy!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (Oct. 4 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M53AJC
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I have several of Jade Lee's books and they are so much fun. I really like the heroine in this story because she is so different from the usual.
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132 of 138 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1cdfa8) out of 5 stars Well Written But I hated It Oct. 19 2012
By Ann de Vries - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have some of Jade Lee's older regency historical romances, written under a different pen name. I really liked them and thought I would like "No Place For A Lady" based on that, but I hated it. The main problem I had was that this was a regency historical romance that was totally unfaithful to the period. Yes, one suspends disbelief when reading fiction and one allows for a certain amount of literary licence, but there are still boundaries.

The plot starts off well. The heroine is the twenty-five year old illegitimate daughter of a prominent politician. She has not been publicly acknowledged by him, refuses to be supported by him, insists on living hand to mouth in the slums, but has worked as an informant/spy for him. The hero is an aristocrat who has also worked as a spy for the heroine's father. When the heroine and the hero have to work together to find out who is trying to kill a prominent politician, they are simultaneous attracted to, and repelled by, each other. Unfortunately, the entire book is full of actions, interactions, attitudes, and language totally out of character for the time period, and the heroine is too stupid to live.

We are expected to believe the heroine prefers to be cold, hungry, to be groped by drunken tavern patrons and to have to dodge slum crime lords, when she has a parent willing to provide her with a comfortable life and the means to help her friends in the slums. Alright, maybe the author explains the reasoning, but I still find that to be a weak point. After getting what information she can from the crime lords, and after she knows they now want to kill her, the heroine continually puts herself in their proximity, for no good reason (to me, at least). The hero takes the heroine to his sister and mother, to be brought out, at his expense. It is implausible that aristocratic women would take an illegitimate woman who lapses into cockney cant and sneaks out of the house every night, into their home, much less be willing to sponsor her. It is also implausible that these same women would freely speak with the hero and heroine about the hero's possible plan to make the heroine his mistress. Nor would these aristocratic women welcome her as a potential bride for the hero, at least not as the story was set up. Language, such as the hero's sister calling him a pig for wanting to bed the heroine, is not in keeping with the historical period. The heroine thwarts an assassination attempt on a politician by pretending to trip and knock him down in the middle of a ball. She rips her dress when doing so, and shows great deal of leg, but no one seems to bat an eye, when this would be a major scandal. A potential suitor of the heroine, at this same ball, takes her bizarre actions, lapses into cockney cant, and physical fight with a crime lord and his minions in stride, and comments that she won't have the opportunity to get up to such behaviour when they marry and go to his estate. Please! He would be gone at the sound of the first dropped "h".

One could ignore one or two of the things that are not in keeping with the period, but the book is riddled with them. This detracted greatly from my enjoyment of the book, because when I read an historical romance, I want to be immersed in the period. So why did I give it 3 stars instead of 1? The author writes very well, and I'm sure that readers who prefer an updated style in their historical romance would give the book 4 or 5 stars. I realise that not everyone likes the traditional regency style that I usually prefer in regencies, and I felt it would be unfair to give the book one star based on the fact that I hate it when historical romances are too modern.

I did want to warn potential readers, though. If you want your regency romance to steep you in the period, I would avoid these books by Jade Lee. However, if you hate the Georgette Heyer school of regency romance and want modern language and sensibilities in an historical setting, you will love Ms. Lee's book.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4163018) out of 5 stars Taken From Rags to Riches, Kicking and Screaming the Whole Way? Feb. 24 2013
By Past Romance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa41632f4) out of 5 stars Cute story, well written Oct. 30 2012
By A. M. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very cute story with well written characters. It wasn't too immersed in the historical era so if you are a big fan of the more period romances this might not be for you. However, I really enjoyed the style of writing and the storyline. It had a little bit of adventure and a little less ballrooms. Sometimes you just want to get out of the stuff ballrooms for a moment. Loved the hero in the book.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa41631ec) out of 5 stars Not for me Nov. 11 2012
By Barbara Hightower - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jade Lee is a great writer and author. The book started out decent and then I could not get into the read. I wanted more of the time period and there were things that did not add up. Women wouldn't be openly talking about a mistress for the hero. She rips her dress and shows a lot of leg which would lead to a scandal but nothing is made of it. Things like this just didn't add up for me. The writing is good just not the plot.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4163828) out of 5 stars Forced myself to finish it Jan. 23 2014
By Reader in Malone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I should have gone with my gut instincts to just delete this book, but I kept thinking it had to get better. I had a hard time following the plot line in the beginning. I thought my issue was because I started it late at night and that I was just tired.

Fanny/Fantine/The Rat was just not believable. What woman would rather starve than have a life of luxury? I don't care what kind of life she had as a child. Even today, who would rather be homeless than have a warm place to call home?

How was it that she was always a step ahead of Marcus, the main character? That was pretty unbelievable as well.

There were a few funny scenes, such as when she was crawling out of her window with a sack full of food. However, I think most homes in that time period had servants entrances she could have easily slipped in and out of...

I can't say I would read any other books by this author if they are all written like this one.