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Dukes Prefer Blondes (The Dressmakers Series)
Loretta Chase
Avon
Mass Market
978-0062100344
****1/2


     Lady Clara Fairfax has a high position in Society as the sister to the Earl of Longmore, and possesses a legendary beauty. But she wants to be more than an ornament. The Milliners' Society for Indigent Females helps girls by teaching them a trade, and one of the girls has a brother who has gone missing. Clara takes it upon herself to find him before he is swallowed by the gangs of London. So she asks barrister Oliver "Raven" Radford for help.
     Radford knows it is a mistake to help Clara in her quest, but he commits one mistake after another with her. He is as attracted to her personality and wit as he is to her beauty, but he knows a pairing between a barrister and a lady is impossible. He expects he will never see her again after the dramatic events surrounding finding the boy. Unfortunately, the search has taken its toll on Clara, and she becomes seriously ill. Radford insists on being the one to nurse her to health.
     Loretta Chase's latest is connected to prior titles, but stands alone. Her characters are compelling, and the wit and charm of her writing will keep readers riveted to the page. The plot's twists and turns are brilliantly done, as is her portrayal of the clear delineation between the classes.
Heather Nordahl Files

 

 

Loretta Chase
Avon
Mass Market
978‑0061632686
*****


     All of London society is abuzz. The Duke of Clevedon will return from Paris soon to finally marry Lady Clara, long his unofficial fiancée. Dressmaker Marcelline Noirot is determined to use this as a way to become a rising star of London's fashion scene. In her pursuit of this most desired client, she heads to Paris to woo Clevedon to her cause.
     Marcelline is gifted in dressmaking and also in manipulation, but Clevedon is not so easily moved. At first he is horrified by her mercenary nature even as he is mesmerized by her seductive ways, but soon he's forgotten all about corresponding with Clara in order to pursue Marcelline, even following her back across the Channel. Scandal is building, but Marcelline and her two sisters struggle to turn all this attention to the growth of their shop's popularity.
     Loretta Chase is an absolute master at so much that makes historical romance such a joy, from the characterization to exquisite dialogue to the details that make the setting come vividly alive. Readers must not miss this tale!
Heather Nordahl Files