Simon Blair, Marquess of Lisburne, has returned home to attend family matters but he knows that wouldn’t take all the time and a little seduction seemed like a good idea. Simon sets his sights on Leonie Noirot, the redheaded dressmaker who tempted him for more. Problem was she was helping transform his cousin, Lady Gladys, into a beauty.
Leonie Noirot has skills that make any type of woman show off their assets to the best advantage. She doesn’t want to be distracted by the seductive Marquess of Lisburne. She will make a wager to teach him a lesson but it might not go as planned as she will start to fall for the man.
Vixen in Velvet is the third book to the series Dressmakers by Loretta Chase. The last time I read a book from this series was back in January of 2013 so its been a while but when I started the book I wasn’t lost or confused. The sisters were once again alive in this book but of course it was Leonie’s time in the spotlight. I really liked this book. It was fun and had some of that quick wit banter which is always enjoyable in books.
Leonie liked to work behind the scenes and with the books but had a flair for making corsets that worked well for women. She is outspoken and does what she wants but is still timid and self conscious about her appearance as she doesn’t think she is a great beauty. I liked that Simon sees her as a beauty and works hard to make her realize that. Though he doesn’t go about doing things always the right way as his plan was to just seduce and then leave. Chase will not disappoint us with them not being together but there is a lot of resistance on Leonie’s side.
There are some cruel people in the book who would be considered the villains but there was no abduction or real violence. The trouble comes straight from scandal and rumors that are possible to ruin a woman’s reputation. Well thankfully damage is not overwhelming and causes anyone to leave London.
So I have to now try and find another novel by Loretta Chase and not let so much time go in between reading other authors, which is hard because there are so many authors out there to read.
Lady Charlotte Hayward had made a mistake ten years ago and for that she knows to remain unwed. She will have accomplished that task but now a neighbor is showing her things could be different. She will start to relent and find that her past is catching up with her.
Darius Carsington is a smart rake who knows when to stay away from an innocent but with Charlotte something inside him changes. He will be pulled into the families life and will be getting to know Charlotte better and better.
Not Quite a Lady is from Loretta Chase. This book is considered to be part of two series Fallen Women and Carsington. I have read two books from this author beforehand and loved them. After reading this one I wasn’t loving it. It was entertaining and kept me going but I wasn’t pulled into the story as I would have liked to be.
There was nothing really wrong with Charlotte with the exception she just gave up her child. Of course at sixteen in her time that would make her an outcast but with her families support it would have been something that could have been handled. Darius was a good guy even though he was a rake. I guess the thing is it was a little on the dull side every now and then.
Now although this was not my favorite from Loretta Chase I am looking forward to getting the third book from the Dressmakers series which will be released in June of this year.
Sophy Noirot is a natural born saleswoman but now she must put her skills to another use, save the reputation of their most prominent customer. Sophy would team up with Clara’s brother Longmore in search of finding Clara before more damage was going to be done. She knew that going with Longmore would be tempting as she was finding it hard to resist the man any longer.
Earl of Longmore ears are ringing as his mother is always ordering and telling him things that are not going as they should. He became worried when Clara disappeared and was reluctant to accept help from Sophy but did as he knew she would be able to help. Having Sophy in close quarters was hard on Longmore and soon he would stop fighting it.
After reading the first book of Dressmakers series I wanted to know more with what would happen to Sophy and of course to Lady Clara. As Scandal Wears Satin is only the second book I have read from Loretta Chase I am still new to her but can tell you that I will be hooked on this author. The second story of the series once again swept me away with the story. There is humor and wit that burst through the pages. I loved the character of Longmore. I am not thrilled when the characters are portrayed stupid but for some reason it worked for him, well he wasn’t completely stupid just got distracted a lot. Chase made Longmore lovable with his nonsense of not always knowing the right thing to say but when it counted everything worked. Sophy was fabulous as well with her quick wit and a way with words. Once again it doesn’t seem like these two kinds of people from different stations in life but as they interact you only want them to find a way to make it work. The ending was wonderful and there is a little happy surprise with the all powerful mother of Longmore and Clara.
Now I want to find out more with the third Noirot Leonie who you don’t know as much as the other sisters just that she is good with numbers. But Leonie is not the only one I want to know more, there is also Lady Clara who I hope that she finds a happy ending as it seems that in each book something bad happens to her to ruin her chance at happiness.
Marcelline Noirot is the greatest dressmaker in the world she just has to make sure the English woman understand that. With several clients her business was going well but she was setting her eyes on a bigger prize, the future wife of the Duke of Clevedon. All Marcelline had to do was go to Paris and convince the Duke she was the one to bring style to his future wife. What Marcelline did not expect was to find the Duke so attractive.
Duke of Clevedon knows that he must marry the girl he was promised to since childhood, it was understood. Clevedon wanted several more weeks of freedom which is when he saw the mysterious woman. He made it his mission to find out about her and was baffled that she was a dressmaker wanting his business or rather his future brides. Clevedon is confounded and tries to stay away from the dressmaker but she haunts him at every turn making her impossible to forget, and he has no desire to do so.
I was captivated by Loretta Chase’s Silk is For Seduction which is the first book to the series Dressmakers. I have not read anything from her and was driven to finish the novel and was not disappointed. The two characters are from two different social status’s or at least on the surface. I liked that Chase kept the status alive between the two characters. It felt real as a duke does not marry a dressmaker but as you go on in the story you only want happiness for the characters as you are now invested in the story. They both fight hard to do the right thing, Marcelline more than the Duke but both still fought it. I loved the interaction between the two characters throughout the entire novel. It was fascinating to read how the Duke started to change from his quiet unobserving self. Marcelline did not change much but opened up for something more. Now Chase will definitely have those scenes of passion but they are few as our characters fight the attraction, of course when they come together there is no holding back.
Chase sets up the series to definitely have two more as the two sisters will undoubtedly have their own story which I can’t wait to read as the first book was refreshing and engaging to read.