Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase
Series: The Dressmakers series #4
Publication Date: December 29, 2015
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Biweekly marriage proposals from men who can't see beyond her (admittedly breathtaking) looks are starting to get on Lady Clara Fairfax's nerves. Desperate to be something more than ornamental, she escapes to her favorite charity. When a child is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford.
Though he's unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford's never been part of fashionable society, and the blonde beauty, though not entirely bereft of brains, isn't part of his plans. But Clara overwhelms even his infallible logic, and when wedlock looms, all he can do is try not to lose his head over her.
It's an inconvenient marriage by ordinary standards, but these two are far from ordinary. Can the ton's most adored heiress and London's most difficult bachelor fall victim to their own unruly desires?
Clara is a beautiful woman and the daughter of an earl who was raised to marry a duke. Her mother will settle for no less! Clara almost married a duke at one time but now she’s glad she didn’t as she just didn’t feel for him what she felt she should. Clara is involved in the Milliners’ Society for the Education of Indigent Females and one of the girls there, Bridget, seeks Clara’s help as her brother has gone missing and she fears that he’s been taken into a street gang. Clara takes it upon herself to seek assistance from a barrister that is known for helping paupers. It turns out that Clara kind of, sort of knows the barrister, Raven Radford, from when she was just a child. Raven, despite his better judgment, decides to help Clara and in ensuing events starts to fall for her. Unfortunately her mother and father won’t agree to the match and Raven and Clara have to fight her parents to be together.
This is one of my favorite books of the year. There are those times when the characters, the story, the humor, the romance in a book…everything just falls into place for the reader and it’s magic. This happened for me with Dukes Prefer Blondes and I just can’t say how much I enjoyed reading it.
Raven Radford was a surly yet highly intelligent man who had no time or patience for those who couldn’t use their brains. He was an advocate for those of the lower class and I loved that about him. He was determined to put away thieves and gang leaders and he had made a good dent in them during his career. He loved Clara’s brain as much as he loved her beauty and I adored that about him. He was a hard man to get along with but he softened when Clara was around and would do just about anything for her- sometimes against his better judgment.
Clara was a bright woman. She was enthralled with Raven as he was a fine looking man, but she was also fascinated by his big brain. He makes her think and recognizes her intelligence. Since everyone else thinks she’s a vapid woman it’s definitely an allure for her. I loved the banter that Clara and Raven shot back at each other. SO entertaining! I especially loved it when she would throw his own words back at him – he didn’t think it was so great but still loved that she remembered what he’d said.
Overall this was a wonderful book that I can’t say enough good things about. I know that some people won’t enjoy the very dry humor of Clara and Raven but if that’s your thing then you will love this one as much as I did.
Rating: 5 out of 5