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Lady Claire Is All That: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes
     

Lady Claire Is All That: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes

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by Maya Rodale
 

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In the third installment of Maya Rodale’s captivating, witty series, a marquess finds his fair lady—but must figure out how to keep her

HER BRAINS…

Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the

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In the third installment of Maya Rodale’s captivating, witty series, a marquess finds his fair lady—but must figure out how to keep her

HER BRAINS…

Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?

PLUS  HIS BRAWN . . .

Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones . . .

EQUALS A STUDY IN SEDUCTION . . .

By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/28/2016
Rodale’s witty, romantic third Keeping Up with the Cavendishes novel (after Chasing Lady Amelia) spices up Regency England with the arrival of Lady Claire Cavendish, a nerdy and forthright American. Claire’s brother, James, has unexpectedly inherited a dukedom, and his whole family is uprooted and brought to London. The Duchess of Durham, aunt to the Cavendish brood, despairs of Claire and her sisters finding suitable marriages, as Claire’s greatest hope is that she will be introduced to gentlemen who share her fondness for mathematical theories. Then Claire attracts the interest of the very eligible and handsome Lord Fox. Unbeknownst to her, Fox is pursuing her to win a bet that he can change her from a bluestocking into a socialite. But his encounters with Claire genuinely delight him, and soon Fox is the one who’s transformed. Romance readers weary of insta-love stories will glory in the slow, eminently believable development of physical and emotional intimacy between Claire and Fox. Rodale expertly blends sensuality and genuine admiration in this superb romance. (Jan.)
Booklist (starred review)
“...a fun and flirty Regency-set romance that beautifully showcases this author’s flair for writing wickedly witty dialogue and crafting superbly sexy love stories.
Eloisa James
“Bound to intoxicate.”
Kirkus Reviews
2016-10-19
Love blooms unexpectedly when an American arrival to Regency London becomes a pawn in a bet between two ne'er-do-well aristocrats.In yet another variation on Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, Rodale (Chasing Lady Amelia, 2016, etc.) continues to relate the antics of the Cavendish siblings by focusing on the eldest sister, the nerdy Lady Claire. A mathematician by inclination (and unorthodox American upbringing), Claire is less interested in being launched into snobbish society than in attending lectures at the Royal Society. Maximilian Frederick DeVere, Lord Fox, a marquess who has recently been jilted, is looking to salvage his pride and public image as a bon vivant. When an envious friend challenges him to prove his prowess in wooing any woman and making her the toast of the ton—specifically one so hapless as the bespectacled bluestocking—he accepts despite some niggling doubts. Initially, Claire is suspicious of his interest but is willing to use his upper-class connections to gain entree into lofty mathematical circles. As the acquaintance deepens, she finds that his robust body and good looks provide an unexpected avenue for other, nonintellectual, pursuits. Anyone familiar with Hollywood's adaptations of Shaw knows what will unfold, but despite the well-known framing device, Claire and Fox get to have their own pleasures, quirks, and grievances within the assigned roles. In accordance with the nod to reality television suggested by the series' title, Keeping Up With the Cavendishes, Claire's family's shenanigans provide an entertaining, albeit somewhat unbelievable, backdrop to the developing relationship. (All the siblings' narratives unfold simultaneously, so those familiar with the previous installments of the series will recognize moments key to other characters' stories.) For Austenites with a yen for a hero who is humbled into good sense and a heroine who learns to value sensibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062386786
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/27/2016
Series:
Keeping Up with the Cavendishes , #3
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
88,782
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Lady Claire Is All That: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the first 2 books in the series and had high hopes for this one but it kind of fell flat. I'm still reading but already half way through and I find myself skimming past paragraphs to just get done with the book. I just cant get into liking the characters. I have nothing against a intelligent female being the female lead, I just can't find anything to relate with her and I don't see how the male lead can either. They have nothing in common besides passion, nothing to build any sort of relationship on. I'm not saying opposites don't attract but there still needs to be some sort of relativity. I just find this book boring and want to finish it already. Good writing, uninteresting story line and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author really likes horrifingly public proposals that take me out of th story. I couldnt even read the last few pages ... too cheesy.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The third installment in the Keeping up with the Cavendishes series from Maya Rodale is now focused on the eldest sister, Claire, the sister who looked out for and ran the household after the death of their parents. Now with the tables turned, and their move to England, she’s finding that the tonne is not at all impressed with her mathematical leanings, her desire to follow her own path, or even her lack of concern for ‘proper’ behavior. Fox is a fairly typical young Lord, although one in need of some repair to his reputation when his betrothal went south. He’s charming, a bit of a rake, and wholly enjoying life. He is, however, aware of his responsibilities, and while he’s not intending that love will enter the picture for him, he’s going to enjoy every moment life brings to him. As most of his ilk, he’s unable to resist a bet, and when the bet involves the notoriously serious and mathematically minded Claire, he’s intrigued. You don’t go into a book by Rodale expecting rigid compliance to historical accuracy, and with the Cavendish family, the potential to run straight off into modernity is high. But Rodale balances this modern-day thinking with unique characterization, humor and a solid (if occasionally outrageous) series of events. Claire is a geek, no two ways about it. And Fox isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed – he doesn’t need to be. He’s a titled man. But his ability to charm those around him, and his title, opens doors that this American bluestocking, despite her title and her sister’s advantageous marriages, stands just inside, begrudgingly. These two are adorable together. Fox’s sharp wit and wonderful narrative voice add humor where Claire often loses the plot. She’s not without her charms, and her dedication to her family, her brains and her rather studious approach to all tasks handed her are endearing. She’s a kitten in a cage of wild dogs, and she holds her own throughout. Gradual friendship that develops into more, and Fox helps Claire to develop her social graces and lose some of her judgmental ways. While she isn’t instantly charmed, she does find Fox intriguing and amusing, not that she’d ever let on. Easily read as a stand-alone, the backstory is clearly presented and easy to follow, as Claire and Fox come to find friendship and eventually love in a delightfully witty and frequently giggle-inducing story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
What a delightful read! It's stories like this that have endeared me to historical romances for years. The banter in this one is so enjoyable, with the clearly smarter Claire trying at every turn to dissuade Lord Fox's interest by pulling no punches in her conversations with him, and he doggedly trying his best to keep her attention. Fox is a little bit shallow, it's true, but he admits it of himself. Plus, the way he refers to the Royal Society meetings that he escorts Claire to, both to Claire and in his internal monologue had me laughing out loud. As an example: “There is another meeting of the Royal Society of Boring People to Death with Numbers, on Tuesday. I shall come 'round at two o'clock for you,” Fox told her as he held her hand when she alighted the carriage at Durham House. And later: 'Fox continued to notice her fine figure while the ladies took tea with the Duchess of Ashbrooke. They seemed to get along exceedingly well. And then Lady Claire and he traveled down a vast corridor to the room where the Royal Society of People Who Were Immune from Death by Boredom of Numbers were gathered around a small machine in the center of the room.' I loved seeing Fox and Claire come to the realization that they were attracted to each other despite their differences, and that they were really the yin to each others yang and understood one another so well. Claire's difficulty in being taken seriously by the Royal Society because of her being female was understandable but frustrating for Fox. While Claire was used to being maligned and ignored for her intellect, he found it quite annoying and stood up for her when it counted. While Fox may have wanted to appear that he had no cares or concerns in the world other than his own pursuits, the truth of his real heart is seen by Claire and in turn she soon realizes that he could be the man for her. They share some steamy love scenes and seem destined for a happy ending. But of course secrets always have a way of coming out and the bet Fox made with his friend will destroy his chances with Claire unless he can find a way to salvage the trust between them. I loved how the story played out, the quick wit and delightful characters and seeing an unconventional couple find their soul mates. I highly recommend this story, and I look forward to catching up on the rest of the series!
JenPH More than 1 year ago
The eldest among the Cavendish sisters has Lady Claire feeling a certain burden of responsibility. She wants to be able to see her sisters married off and her brother settling into his role as duke. As far as her own future is concerned, Claire has no plans of wedding anyone, preferring to focus her attention on her love for math and refusing to be tied down by the limited expectations people have of her simply because she's a woman. When Maximilian Frederick DeVere, otherwise known as Lord Fox, pursues her, Claire doesn't understand why he would want a woman like her, especially since they have nothing in common. The last thing Claire expects is to fall for a man who's more brawn than brain, but the heart wants what it wants, even if things don't seem to add up at first. Bridget's story had an enemies-to-lovers feel, Amelia's a second chance touch to it, and Claire's an opposites attract tone. The three young women were similar because they were Americans and sisters, but they all had distinct personalities, as did the men they fell in love with, Darcy, Alistair, and Fox. Bridget and Darcy learned that there was more to each other than what their initial impressions had been. Amelia and Alistair discovered their worth and that their love prevailed above expectations and perceived responsibilities. Claire and Fox showed the ton that what may not make sense to many does not mean that it won't work out in the end and that it's their very differences that balance each other out. Each of these stories left me with a more than satisfied smile on my face. Four stars for Lady Claire Is All That!
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.** I started reading this story and then realised it was a series, which I had book 1 about sister Bridget in my To Be Read pile. So I decided to read that first. I am happy I did because Fox, the hero in this book is featured a lot in that first story, "Lady Bridget's Diary," as is his sister Franny. After that story I started reading this book again, when the Duke of Ashbrooke was introduced, but it sounded very familiar. So I looked it up and I had read it a few years go in "The Wicked Wallflower," which is part of the Wallflower series and features Emma and the Duke who are also important in this story. So while this book does stand alone I highly suggest you read those two stories first. If you choose not to, you will still enjoy this story but you might wonder about those stories. Another fact about this story is that all 3 sisters stories in this series run concurrently through a majority of the book, so you will not miss too much if you pick this book up without reading the others in the series.. Now onto this review, this book stars Lord Fox who is a Marquis. He has a sister Fransceca/Franny and she is said to have the beauty and the brains in the family while Fox has the brawn. So he does not believe he is smart, he is the jock, the guy interested in sports and fencing and boxing but not super smart. Though he has one weakness and that is he wants to win whether its a horse race or a woman or a bet amonst friends. Unfortunately he is also a heartbroken lord when this book begins. His almost fiancee ran off with a no good actor and so Fox is feeling not so great about himself. Trying to show his friends he is not heart broken he says that all females are the same and that is how he gets challenged by his friend to date and bring the american sister of a Duke up to societies standards. The friends decide that Claire, is the one who is all that! Claire is the oldest sister and she always has her head into a book. She loves math and she can't wait to attend lectures and meet and chat with Ashbrooke. She only notices Fox at all because he introduces her to Ashbrooke and his new wife. This is a story of opposites attracting think the jock vs the mathematician and Claire really thinks she wants someone like her until well she meets someone like her. As to Fox, well he just wants her, anyway he can get her which made for a sweet story. He also wants to win the bet but he has no idea how. This book was really wonderul and I really enjoyed Fox and Claire.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Can your popularity make someone else popular? That is what Lord Fox has bet he can do with Claire. Unfortunately for him, he is not Claire's idea of what her husband should be like. Fox is not the sharpest pencil in the box, but what he lacks in brain power, he more than makes up for with his physical endeavors. Claire is brainy and doesn't think that he could ever be a match for her, but never underestimate the power of chemistry! They both learned a lot about each other as well as themselves as Fox attempts to win the bet. I've loved this series so far and how all the events in the books take place at roughly the same time. They don't have to be read in order, but I would recommend them all - can't wait for her brother's book! 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Lady Claire Is All That by Maya Rodale Book Three of the Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: December 27, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): HER BRAINS… Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he? PLUS HIS BRAWN . . . Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones . . . EQUALS A STUDY IN SEDUCTION . . . By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . . What I Liked: What a delightful addition to a wonderful series! I adore Maya Rodale's books, and this series has been so fun to read so far. In addition to the first three books in this Cavendishes series, I've read several books in her Bad Boys & Wallflowers series. A thing I did not realize - this Cavendishes series is like a crossover/continuation of the Bad Boys & Wallflowers series! Ashbrooke and Emma make an appearance in this book. I didn't realize that the Ashbrooke of this series was the same Ashbrooke in The Wicked Wallflower (which I adored). How fun! This book follows Lady Claire, the eldest Cavendish sister. She's the bluestocking, the glass-wearing, drab-dressing, math-talking American sibling, the one who brings up mathematics and equations to bore potential suitors to tears. Lady Claire wants to meet the Duke of Ashbrooke (newly married) to discuss his inventions and theories. And the person to introduce her? Lord Fox, who has taken an unusual interest in her. Except that it's not unusual for Lord Fox. He's made a secret with a friend, who doesn't like how Fox wins at everything. Turn Lady Claire into a dazzling debutante, or Fox has to give up his prized hunting hound. Fox isn't an intellectual, but he's charming, handsome, competitive, and a notorious rake. On paper, the two are complete opposites. But when they collide? I loved Lady Bridget's Diary, and liked Chasing Lady Amelia (though not nearly as much as book one), so I was really pleased when I really enjoyed this book. It's definitely my second favorite of the series. And we can talk about the cover? I love the metallic green! From the start, I really liked Claire. She's so intelligent and clever, and she uses her intelligence to keep suitors away. She wants to write a scientific paper on certain mathematical subjects, but fears putting her name on the paper. She's blunt and logical, and loves to solve equations and puzzles. Claire is all of us intelligent women! Fox is the complete opposite. He's charming and dashing, rakish and mischievous, and almost carefree in attitude, though he has his own drive and focus. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1824 Lady Claire Cavendish’s brother, James, has inherited a dukedom which means the entire family consisting of James, Claire, and their two sisters, Bridget and Amelia, must move to England. They currently live on a horse farm in Maryland. James will now be the seventh Duke of Durham. Lady Claire’s aunt, Josephine Maria Cavendish, the Duchess of Durham, is pleased that James and his sisters have arrived in England. The sisters are being debuted at Lady Tunbridge’s ball even though they feel out of place. As Lady Claire is interested in mathematics, she hopes to meet the Duke of Ashbrooke to discuss some of his mathematical findings. Maximilian Frederick DeVere, Lord Fox, is handsome and quite popular with the ladies. Having just been dumped by Miss Arabella Vaughn for an actor, people are shocked. Fox is angry at losing her but feels she is like other women. All they need are nice fashions and coiffured hair and they are all popular. But his friends disagree and decide upon a wager. Fox is to chose a young woman and prove he is right. Since Lady Claire is seen as an intelligent bore, Fox chooses her as the woman he will wager on as being one just like all other women. But what he doesn’t know is that Lady Claire is not interested in marriage. She like things in her life just like they are is passionate about mathematical formulas. She also feels responsible for seeing her sisters settled now that their mother has passed away. Lady Claire finds attending balls to be tedious but she enjoys watching people play cards. With her mathematical talents, counting cards is easy for her. If she actually played, she knows she could win. As Claire and Fox get to know one another, he finds that maybe he was a bit hasty in making his wager. It appears there is more to Claire than meets the eye. This was a cute story but had a bit of silliness in it, as well as too many modern day idioms that are out of the place with the time frame of the story. But, I’m sure readers will enjoy the plot. Copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Loved! I absolutely adore this series (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes)! Three (each oh-so-awkward in their own way) American girls and their newly-made-a-reluctant-duke older brother tossed head first into the ton? Can it get any better than this? And yet every book seems to do just that... One thing that I especially love is that all of these books take place synchronously, so it really doesn't make a huge difference what order you read the books in--there are, of course, elements of the other stories mentioned throughout, but you're really given just enough information in each story about the others' for that particular story to make sense, without too many spoilers. James's story looks to continue this trend, so, yay :) Claire and Lord Fox were every bit as awesome as I'd hoped they'd be when reading Bridget and Amelia's books ( Lady Bridget's Diary and Chasing Lady Amelia ). Both of them present themselves to the world in a specific way, for different reasons. Claire uses her love of mathematics to try to drive away the boring men of the ton (and yep, it works pretty well), and Fox does everything he can to project to the world his winning image--he wins in sports, and wins with women. He's puzzled at first when his usual charms don't appear to work on Lady Claire (she doesn't remember meeting him the second time they encounter each other, LOL), but he doesn't think too much of it--until he makes an ill-advised bet with a soon to be former friend of his. Or is it ill-advised? Without it, he never would have gotten to know Claire... Of course he also would't have had to sit through so many Royal Society of Boring People to Death with Numbers meetings either, so.... (Kidding. They were totally worth it, even if he did want to bang his head on something hard halfway through some of them. Okay, all of them.) What I loved best was what they were both willing to do for each other--and that in the end, neither one of them wanted the other to change. Both Claire and Fox came to learn that they really did "fit together like puzzle pieces; strangely shaped, but they clicked together just right to be greater together," as Fox puts it at one point. Bring on James and Meredith; I'm more than ready! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Another great book, looking forward to the next one!