Jul 1, 2014

Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase (Dressmakers #3)

Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase
Genre: Historical Romance
Bottom Line: Wonderful if you are looking to escape coy heroines and elegant courtship. The characters are witty, charming, and seductive, though sometimes lacking in romance.  

The Dressmakers Series
1.  Silk Is for Seduction
2.  Scandal Wears Satin
3.  Vixen in Velvet

Synopsis (Goodreads):

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?

My Thoughts:

This is the third book in my favorite Loretta Chase series. I was anxiously awaiting this story since we really didn't learn much about Leonie in the first two books. Leonie is the calculating businesswoman of the family. With her sisters busy with their marriages, Leonie is left to run their dressmaking shop, Maison Noirot. She has plans to further boost her shop's reputation, but when she runs into Lisburne, he becomes a major distraction.

Lisburne knows that he wants to seduce Leonie the moment he sees her, and she does not hide her attraction to him either. I am glad that this book did not focus too much on the issues of a Marquess marrying a shopkeeper, since we experienced that dilemma in the previous two books. Chase did a wonderful job of developing a new plot for this story. I really enjoyed how straightforward both characters are both in their actions and dialogue. Though there is sexual tension, they are honest with their feelings towards each other. Leonie and Simon are both very intelligent and charming characters, and they know how to use their attributes to the fullest. While this made for wonderful banter in the beginning, I was a little disappointed in how the romance played out towards the end of the book. Leonie's reasons for resisting their growing relationship did not make sense to me, and I felt that the romance became too business-like towards the end.

The side plots in this story were entertaining enough, and I thought they helped keep the story moving. I particularly enjoyed Lady Gladys' role in this story; she began as an absolutely horrid character, so I loved seeing her develop with Leonie's help. This was a very witty romance with strong, honest characters.  While Scandal Wears Satin still remains my favorite of the series, I certainly enjoyed this book too.     

Rating: 8

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