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Throwback Thursday Review: Silk is For Seduction by Loretta Chase.

Posted March 8, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 9 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Silk is For Seduction by Loretta Chase.Reviewer: Rowena
Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1) by Loretta Chase
Series: The Dressmakers #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: June 28th 2011
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 371
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From the Design Book of Marcelline Noirot:The allure of the perfect gown should be twofold:ladies would die to wear it . . .and gentlemen would kill to remove it!

Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirot is London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning the future duchess's patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are . . . not.

The prize seems well worth the risk—but this time Marcelline's met her match. Clevedon can design a seduction as irresistible as her dresses;and what begins as a flicker of desire between two of the most passionately stubborn charmers in London soon ignites into a delicious inferno . . . and a blazing scandal.

And now both their futures hang by an exquisite thread of silk . . .

***Every Thursday in 2018 we will be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books.

This review was originally posted on June 30, 2011.

I haven’t read all that many books by Loretta Chase but when I do read her books, I’m not disappointed. Chase has a way of telling a story that pulls the reader into the thick of it all and I’m always entertained. This book wasn’t any different.

This story tells the story of the Duke of Clevedon and Marcelline Noirot and what a story it was. I thoroughly enjoyed the book from the beginning all the way to the end. The chemistry between Clevedon and Marcelline was off the charts and it was such a delightful treat to read about these two. Watching their attraction grow and then seeing Clevedon unable to stay away from Marcelline and watching Marcelline melt under Clevedon’s charm was delicious.

Marcelline and her sisters own a dress shop and they’re trying to make a name for themselves in London. They’re also trying to nab some big clients and since they come from a family of thieves and con artists, they know exactly how to go about making all of their dreams come true. Each sister (there are three) has a job to complete and Marcelline’s job is to go to Paris where the Duke of Clevedon is and capture his attention so that he’ll bring his duchess to their shop and they’ll nab her as a client. Marcelline wasn’t expecting to be captured in a tug of war of lust with the Duke but she was and watching her ride it out made for some great reading.

Both the hero and the heroine were great characters in their own right and I loved how Marcelline was up front and honest with Clevedon right from the very beginning. I also adored how she was quick to tell Clevedon when he was being an ass and I enjoyed that despite how much of an idiot she thought Clevedon could be, she loved him anyway. Their romance was wonderfully entertaining and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.

I loved Erroll/Lucie and I loved the relationship that blossomed between Clevedon and Lucie. The way that he went out of his way to not disappoint Erroll was too adorable and made me love Clevedon so much more. I thought he was being such a dumb ass where Lady Clara was concerned but I knew that he meant well and like Marcelline, I loved him anyway.

the one thing that I could have done without was the whole stealing my designs thing. If it was a bigger part of the story then it would have made sense but it wasn’t and I just didn’t see the point of it all since there was plenty to keep the storyline going without it but that’s just me. Overall, I adored this book. I adored the main characters, the secondary characters and really, I can’t wait for more.

Grade: 4.75 out of 5


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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

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


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Review: Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase

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

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

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.

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Review: Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase.

Posted July 2, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Rowena’s review of Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers #2) by Loretta Chase.

Hero: Earl of Longmore
Heroine: Sophy Noirot

From the Journals of Sophia Noirot: A dress is a weapon. It must dazzle his eye, raise his temperature . . . and empty his purse.

A blue-eyed innocent on the outside and a shark on the inside, dressmaker Sophy Noirot could sell sand to Bedouins. Selling Maison Noirot’s beautiful designs to aristocratic ladies is a little harder, especially since a recent family scandal has made an enemy of one of society’s fashion leaders. Turning scandal to the shop’s advantage requires every iota of Sophy’s skills, leaving her little patience for a big, reckless rake like the Earl of Longmore. The gorgeous lummox can’t keep more than one idea in his head at a time, and his idea is taking off all of Sophy’s clothes.

But when Longmore’s sister, Noirot’s wealthiest, favorite customer, runs away, Sophy can’t let him bumble after her on his own. In hot pursuit with the one man who tempts her beyond reason, she finds desire has never slipped on so smoothly . . .

This is the second book in the Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase and it’s yet another winner for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the romance that sprang forth between Harry and Sophy. They were such a cute couple and I enjoyed each and every single scene between the two. This book starts off not too long after the last book ended. Marcelline is the new Duchess of Clevedon and is deliriously happy with her husband. She’s in love and in that newlywed happy bubble, leaving the other two sisters to worry about what their sister’s happiness would cost their family business. They’re not unhappy with the marriage but they are worried.

They’re worried that they’ll lose their biggest client, Lady Clara who used to be “engaged” to the Duke of Clevedon. Now, Lady Clara may have forgiven the Noirot sisters but her mother hasn’t and her mother is the mother hen of the ton. What she says goes, if she doesn’t want anyone going to the Noirot sisters for their dressmaking needs then you can bet the farm that nobody will.

This book follows Sophy Noirot as she tries to save that relationship and the client. Lady Clara has been ruined at a ball, on purpose by a cad of a man named Adderly and instead of letting Lady Clara’s brother, the sexy Earl of Longmore meet that asshole at dawn, she talks him into helping Clara first. Lady Clara takes off and Sophy rushes after her with Harry.

Harry is very attracted to Sophy Noirot. He’s also a big time flirt and accomplished womanizer. He’s biding his time with the lovely Miss Noirot but he means to have her. Sophy is just as attracted to Harry but won’t succumb to temptation because she won’t start a relationship and put their family business in further jeopardy by poaching another man of the ton. Not that her reservations mean anything to Harry. He wants her, plain and simple. To hell with everyone else.

Watching Harry and Sophie come together was a great way to spend a few hours. Their story was sweet and refreshingly different from what I’ve been reading lately. I’ve been reading a lot of YA books and needed something different so I picked this one up and am super glad because I really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the characters and it’s made me excited for Leonie’s story. I’m curious to see who she ends up with.

Loretta Chase did a fabulous job of sucking me right back into the world of dressmaking and romance. She writes stories that just makes me sit up and take notice. It wasn’t any different with this book and while I couldn’t remember much from the first book, it didn’t stop me from jumping right into the thick of things with this book. It was an enjoyable read, one that I will definitely be re-reading. It’s a definite keeper so yes, I definitely recommend this book.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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