Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirotis 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' 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...
©2011 Loretta Chekani (P)2014 Tantor
"Richly imbued with sizzling sexual chemistry . . . and deftly embroidered with irresistible wit, Silk Is for Seduction is guaranteed to be a hit on any reader's runway." (Booklist Starred Review)
Worth the Credit!
I do not know that I could compare this book. But Ms. Chase is right up there (in my humble opinion) with Lisa Kleypas and Mary Balough. Stellar work. I've only had the pleasure of enjoying two of Ms. Chase's books, but I would buy more if they were available on Audible.
Well, Lucy "Errol" was my favorite character and that's saying a lot because Ms Reading was brilliant as the Duke. Lucy was such a charming character "maniuplative little minx" as her mother refers to hear lovingly.
Yes, and I am listening to it again, for the 3 time since my purchase last week.
I LOVE this story, it's believable, entertaining and well written. Let me just say, I would happily purchase the remaining books in the series when they become available. (I'm praying to Audible Gods). Ms. Chase is a fantastic writer, she makes your fall in love with her charachters. I cannot wait to see what happens next!
Please make the rest of Ms. Chase's books available for me to enjoy. I do not have time to read for plesaure as I am a gradute student. But Audio books make it possible for me to read (listen) while driving and working out.
Wonderfully embroidered romance
Lord of Scoundrels of course. Same author, same period atmosphere, with meticulous attention to the details of the culture of the time, same tensions--between classes, and between the sexes. And showing how passion can transcend these differences. With help from plucky, talented, and beautiful heroine, bringing errant aristocrat to heel, using his weak spot for love. The plot also reminds me of Austen's Pride and Prejudice
They will reap what they sew !
Plot very artfully builds to its climax
The story is a bit Cinderellaish but the heroine kept pushing with one hand and pulling with the other. The draw for the Duke seemed to be her beauty (though apparently not literal) and constant mild though not full rejections but then is this not what draws men anyway? The Duke seemed to have weak morals and could not make up his mind for himself. Lady Clara had to make up his mind for him. It is easy to judge a book because we don’t like the characters or their morality etc. which I feel is unfair. So if we put morality aside was this a good book? I think it was. I liked it enough to want to purchase the next book in the series.
Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!
I really got swept away in this one.
Too many of the HRs I've read lately have been too predictable. This one has an actual story to it with great characters and a plot that actually goes somewhere.
Looking forward to the next two books about the other sisters.
I am a singer and Celtic harper specializing in the music of Scotland, where I go often to study and perform. I love romance books because I like a light hearted story with a happy ending!
I love this book. The characters are strong and wonderful. The situation in interesting and different. The narrator is really good. Definitely give this one a listen.
I love how Loretta Chase builds her characters and that causes the reader to become almost personally involved. You feel the emotions, the stress, the love and the triumphs as the story builds. It's classic "Pride and Prejudice" in the sense of rank being the stumbling block to love. I can't imagine falling in love with someone who can "destroy" your rank in society to the point where someone is willing to give it all up. And that's what this story is about. Can two people look beyond their rank and society for true love? I also love the interaction between the sisters and how they worked their business, especially in the period of history this story takes place.
I love the way Marcelline and her sisters had such a loving relationship and an understanding of each others roles in their business. The each had a strength for their business and they worked it to their advantage. Even Clevedon saw it and admired it.
Marcelline's "Good-bye" to Clevedon in the new shop that he was able to furnish for her home and business after the fire. I also love the scene when she plays cards with him and the bet they made for whether she would go to the big event in Paris.
"It's not just about business..."
I believe next to Juliet Stevenson, Kate Reading does the best reader with so many distinctive voices of the characters. She is wonderful in "Lord Of Scoundrels" and does an excellent job here. The emotions she is able to convey with the characters really draws you in....so grab a Kleenex!
Normally I can get past old romance tropes and clichés enough to enough a well written historical romance novel. With a very weak plot and characters that are difficult to like (a complete lack of morals is not something to brag about, Noirot.), this one was big let down.
So many people had recommended this novel to me, and after falling in love with Lord of Scoundrels, I didn't hesitate to try this audiobook.Unfortunately, Ms. Chase's talent with storytelling couldn't save this one for me, even when paired with an excellent narration by Kate Reading.
The characters were complex and realistic. The story imaginative but realistic.
I laughed out loud at several points. Especially at Lucy's antics. She is a perfect character.
The story is creative and the main character is plucky and strong willed like in any good romance. The sexual element with all the tension and teasing leading up to that great release was good too. The narrator killed the story, though. She sounds bored and dragged all the words out making even the seductive moments seem like a death sentence. I just couldn't stand listening to it
The characters always come alive for me more with audio than reading. I love the accents and the emotion portrayed with voice.
There were actually many. This book had many twists and turns and the way the romance progressed and fell apart and then came back together was well done. There was interesting back stories and also some self- awareness of the characters that made me like it so much
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