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Review: Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase

Posted January 14, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta ChaseReviewer: Rowena
Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase
Published by Avon
Publication Date: December 29th 2015
Genres: Romance, Historical
Pages: 384
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four-half-stars

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?

I loved the other books in this series so I was really looking forward to this one and I was not disappointed one bit.

Lady Clara is finally getting her happy ending and I couldn’t be more excited for her. I liked seeing her blossom over the course of the series and I thought her book fit her personality well. I laughed a lot while reading this book and it reminded me of how I was when reading Lord of Scoundrels way back in the day.

The humor in this book is really dry but it completely worked for me. I guess because I worked with a lot of really smart guys who had no filter and spoke their minds, no matter how mean or obnoxious they sounded that Raven’s personality won me over. I read a couple of reviews before reading the book and thought that I would have a little trouble getting into the book but that didn’t happen at all.

Lady Clara is swayed into helping a young woman find her younger brother and save him from the gang life (I almost typed out thug life) but being a Lady of aristocratic birth, there’s not much she could do to help so she hires Oliver, one of the best barristers in England to help her. She remembers Oliver from her childhood and he remembers her. Lots of years have passed but their interaction at Lady Clara’s house when they were kids is pretty memorable so their shared history intrigues Oliver into helping Clara find young Toby and save him from the gang life.

The sparks that fly between Oliver and Lady Clara was great. I loved seeing them battle wits, loved seeing them argue over anything and everything under the sun. I loved how Lady Clara kept surprising Oliver at every turn and I loved that Lady Clara didn’t back down or hide her intelligence from Oliver. They really came together and ended up being a really strong unit.

There were some parts in the story that I thought dragged but for the most part, the story itself was entertaining. The romance won me over and while I would have liked more from the recurring characters, I didn’t feel like we missed out much not having the gang in the book more. Loretta Chase wrote a fantastic historical romance with great characters, witty banter and a story line that kept me invested throughout the entire story so I don’t have much to complain about. I definitely recommend this one.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

Reading Order:

Silk is for Seduction
Scandal Wears Satin
Vixen in Velvet
Dukes Prefer Blondes

four-half-stars

Guest Review: Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase

Posted December 30, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta ChaseReviewer: Tracy
Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase
Series: The Dressmakers series #4
Published by Avon Romance
Publication Date: December 29, 2015
Genres: Historical
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
five-stars

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

five-stars

Review: Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase

Posted June 30, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Rowena’s review of Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers #3) by Loretta Chase.

From the Diary of Leonie Noirot: The perfect corset should invite its undoing . . .

Lethally charming Simon Fairfax, Marquess of Lisburne, has reluctantly returned to London for one reason only: a family obligation. Still, he might make time for the seduction of a certain redheaded dressmaker—but Leonie Noirot hasn’t time for him. She’s obsessed with transforming his cousin, the dowdy Lady Gladys, into a swan.

Leonie’s skills can coax curves—and profits—from thin air, but his criminally handsome lordship is too busy trying to seduce her to appreciate her genius. He badly needs to learn a lesson, and the wager she provokes ought to teach him, once and for all.

A great plan, in theory—but Lisburne’s become a serious distraction, and Leonie’s usual logic is in danger of slipping away as easily as a silk chemise. Could the Season’s greatest transformation be her own?

It seems like forever that I’ve been waiting for this book but boy am I glad that we finally have it.

We met Leonie Noirot in Silk is for Seduction and she was the business brain of the family business. She was a no nonsense kind of woman who wasn’t easily distracted from the bottom line but in this book, we see her become very distracted. And it was a real treat to tag along for the ride.

Simon Fairfax, the Marquess of Lisburne is captivated by the woman who is so entranced by a piece of art that he donated to the museum from his personal collection. She’s gorgeous (which goes without saying) but the attention that she’s paying to the Boticello is something that you don’t see very often and he’s mighty interested in getting to know the beautiful woman but she’s slips in and out of his life with ease and even that is interesting.

Chase doesn’t disappoint with this entry into the Dressmakers series and seeing the sisters reunited was great fun. Seeing Leonie struggle with her emotions, her worries of the future and just everything in this book made for a great reading experience.  I really enjoyed seeing Leonie fall in love with Simon and I really loved seeing Simon realize that what he’s feeling for Leonie is so much more than unadulterated lust.

The story’s pacing is fast and easy to fall in with. Chase does a great job of stringing the reader along (in a good way) and I really couldn’t read this book fast enough. It was nice to see everyone together again because it’s been so long and seeing Clevedon being the protective older brother for Leonie was sweet and seeing Longmore and Lisburne chopping it up when he comes back made me fall in love all over again. I really liked seeing Lady Clara and Lady Gladys (which was surprising since she was such a beast in the beginning) and even Swanton was a great addition to the story.

There’s a lot of things going on in this book and I thought Chase handled all of the different parts of the story with ease. There wasn’t a moment when I was taken out of the story because I was confused or anything like that. It was a great read all around and I’m glad that I read it. When I was done, I put the book down and was kind of sad that it ended. I wanted to keep reading and I think I’m going to miss these characters.

I adored Lisburne and Leonie and the way that he tried to coaxe her into saying yes to marriage to him just about had me swooning. I loved it.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Guest Review: The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase

Posted July 22, 2013 by Judith in Reviews | 1 Comment

17132895Judith’s review of The Mad Earl’s Bride (Scoundrels #3.5) by Loretta Chase

Gwendolyn Adams is about to propose to an earl. On his deathbed.

Gwendolyn Adams isn’t shocked at being asked to save a handsome earl’s dying line, even when she learns the prospective bridegroom is seriously ill and possibly insane. She’s quite a good nurse, after all, and her family is famous for producing healthy male children. Those stories about his riding the moors half-naked on a pale white horse? Extremely intriguing—especially after she gets her first look at the gorgeous lunatic.

The Earl of Rawnsley wants only to lose what’s left of his mind in peace and privacy. But his busybody relatives have saddled him with a surprise bride and orders to sire an heir forthwith. (And they say he’s mad?) But with Gwendolyn, his health is returning, and his resistance … crumbling. Is it possible that love is the finest madness of all?

This novella was originally a part of an anthology released in 1995 but has not been re-released to stand on its own.  And stand it does.  It is not only an educational piece of history about the progress (or lack thereof) of the practice of medicine, of the ideas about insanity and about the practice of ascribing everything about the brain to madness if it was not understood by the medical profession.  In this case, the Earl is absolutely convinced, based solely on the word of his mother’s doctor, that he was destined to die the horrific death she experienced, with headaches that drove her to madness and which ended her life in an asylum.  There is serious concern on the part of the family that the Earl will die without issue, so they solicit the “services” of a young woman who they decide would probably die unwed anyway, so that she can marry the earl and become pregnant with his child prior to the madness setting in.  Gwyn was known as a very good nurse–kind, caring, solicitous, knowledgeable for her times.  What most had not taken seriously was her consistent and intentional study of the practice of medicine in the hopes of working with an established doctor and using her gifts to be a healer.

Society was not yet open to women physicians;  in fact, most doctors didn’t even wash their hands before surgery.  Yet Gwyn was not to be deterred and her willingness to marry the earl was also predicated on the fact that she wasn’t really convinced he was “mad” in the truest sense of the word.  She was a very forward thinker and her medical mentor was a man that didn’t always just “roll over and play dead” when it came to the conclusions that most doctors touted as solutions to medical problems.  Because of that, the earl’s life was substantively affected and the readers are gifted with a bit of mystery as to what really went on with the earl’s mother.

This is not a fast-moving novel and for some it will be just too slow.  As a reader who is open to many writing styles, I was okay with the pace of the story for the most part, but I admit to there being times when I turned a few pages of internal monologue–too much of that really bores me.

All in all, however, I did enjoy the book and think it will be a fun read for readers.

I give it a rating of 3.75 out of 5.

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This book is available from Avon Impulse. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

Review: The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase

Posted June 4, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Gwendolyn Adams isn’t shocked at being asked to save a handsome earl’s dying line, even when she learns the prospective bridegroom is seriously ill and possibly insane. She’s quite a good nurse, after all, and her family is famous for producing healthy male children. Those stories about his riding the moors half-naked on a pale white horse? Extremely intriguing—especially after she gets her first look at the gorgeous lunatic.

The Earl of Rawnsley wants only to lose what’s left of his mind in peace and privacy. But his busybody relatives have saddled him with a surprise bride and orders to sire an heir forthwith. (And they say he’s mad?) But with Gwendolyn, his health is returning, and his resistance … crumbling. Is it possible that love is the finest madness of all?

Dorian’s mother goes mad when he’s at university.  He has a hard life but eventually becomes an Earl.  This means nothing, however, because he knows he’s slowly going insane, just as his mother once did.  He sees things and has horrible, debilitating pain in his head.  He’s only been given 6 months to live and he wants to do that in peace.  His personal physician, who once cared for his mother as well, has agreed to give him all the laudanum he requires to get him through his final days.
Enter Gwendolyn Adams.  She is a woman on a mission.  She is determined to build a hospital where she has a say in what is done and how it is run. She needs money and Dorian has it.  In a few months he won’t be needing it any longer so it’s a perfect match.  It’s a bit less mercenary than that but it’s basically how it is. Dorian agrees against his better judgement and the pair are wed.
Immediately Gwendolyn tries to figure Dorian out. She wants to be a doctor but in that day and age women weren’t thought to have a brain much less trusted as doctors.  She did study under another doctor though who she learned a great deal from and tries to figure out how to save Dorian if possible.  During that time she falls in love with the man.  He is kind and loving and their perfect for each other in bed.  She actually does help him through a couple of episodes and he starts to feel better than he has in ages.
Because he falls in love with Gwen as well he knows he has to make her dream of a hospital happen before he dies – but that take longer than he thinks.
This was a great book.  Here we have a man who thinks he’s a lunatic and a woman who gathers and studies medical information.  You wouldn’t think that they would ever suit each other much less fall in love but they definitely do that.  I loved the mix of the emotional and the analytical that Chase put into the story.  It really blended well and made for an intriguing read. I almost wished that the story was longer as I was so into it.  Definitely not to be missed.
Rating: 4 out of 5