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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Sweet Read

A breath-holding air of expectancy ripples through Silk is for Seduction. Like the subtle whisper of silk brushing against a trouser leg, the hum of sexual tension charges the atmosphere around Marcelline Noirot and the Duke of Clevedon.

The Duke, known as a seducer...
A breath-holding air of expectancy ripples through Silk is for Seduction. Like the subtle whisper of silk brushing against a trouser leg, the hum of sexual tension charges the atmosphere around Marcelline Noirot and the Duke of Clevedon.

The Duke, known as a seducer of only the crème de la crème of aristocratic beauties, gets blindsided by "of all things" a dressmaker, albeit a dressmaker that turns heads and snarls traffic during Passion Week in Paris. Jaded and knowing he must return to England and take up his responsibilities as Duke, Clevedon finds he is fascinated by the plain-spoken, beautiful, gambling businesswoman who is in Paris to promote her dress shop in London, even though she is the most aggravating woman he has ever met.

The Noirot sisters: Marcelline, Leonie, and Sophy as well as six-year-old Lucie are born manipulators and hone that talent regularly. Leonie is their money manager and organizer. Sophy does public relations and writes enticing advertising, while Marcelline designs out-of-this-world clothing for ladies and brings in business in a most unique manner.

Marcelline's primary mission in Paris is to snare the Duke's attention so he will want the Noirot Shop to dress his duchess-supposedly Lady Clara Warford who has waited patiently in England while Clevedon sowed his wild oats all over the continent. He has bedded the "best" but finds Marcelline's grace, beauty, and style unforgettable. She is a tempestuous masterpiece who tells him upfront her intent is mercenary. She runs a business to support her family and has no designs on him other than to lighten his pocketbook as he pays for his duchess's style-setting attire from the Noirot Shop. She even tells him that he has no purpose in life. He just drifts along looking for entertainment. Yet, in her heart she feels he is not a "mean-spirited" man.

The stir and magic they create, the delightful humor, and the guessing of who is "outfoxing" whom swirls the reader along through the pitfalls of Paris and London Society, churns up the stomach with a savage sea storm, and makes adrenaline pump with a thief and a fire. However, the bond that forms and binds Marcelline and the Duke is the centerpiece of the story. There is nothing boring about these two special people that ultimately unleash the best in each other.

The secondary characters function for the most part to highlight the hero and heroine. However, the indomitable little Lucie, aka Erroll, wraps everyone around her little finger, more especially the Duke of Clevedon. She brings out the very best in him and awakens true feelings that had be crammed deep down ever since the death of his mother and sister. Lucie is indeed a little minx-a chip off the old block. With her beautiful blue eyes, she charms in such a manner that she just might be a princess.

Loretta Chases descriptions, metaphors, and characterizations make the story sparkle and her love scenes are earth-shattering. I invite you to read and see how silk seduces--exciting.

Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

posted by LASR_Reviews on June 27, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Read it in one night . Characters were interesting and strong.Wo

Read it in one night . Characters were interesting and strong.Would recommen it to anyone who enjoys romance with substances

posted by mollybPA on May 10, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    One of the best reads

    This book is so good! So refreshing! I read alot of romance novels and this one is one of the best and a favorite of mine. The heroine is so very interesting, its nice to read a historical romance that isnt about a devil duke who ravishes the virginal miss but rather a woman who knows herself and is confident and brings more to the story than blushes and outrage. It kept me riveted throught the entire story!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    So much fun

    The chemistry between these two was irresistable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    I loved the main characters in this book and thought about them

    I loved the main characters in this book and thought about them a lot after finishing the book. I am looking forward to the other two sisters books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    10 Stars!

    This is now in my top five favorites book collection! I couldn't put it down from the start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    In love, are your choices to either control the relationship, or let it be out of control?

    Gervasise Angier, the seventh Duke of Clevedon is the most handsome man on any continent. However, Marcelline Noirot did not want him for his stunning good looks; no, she had a much more important mission as she was interested in the woman that would be his Duchess. Marcelline wanted to dress the future Duchess and turn her small Maison Noirot house of fashion into a fashion industry. Marcelline and her sisters created a business that caters to a distinctive crowd among the rich and famous and the one card that will produce a full house for them would be to convince the future Duchess that they are the most creative seamstresses in existence, which they are. Marcelline has an eye for creating exquisite and unique designs that no one can duplicate even though they try.

    The objective for Marcelline has is to bring Clevedon over to her side and whatever feminine tools she has to use to get that accomplished will be used. The one thing on Marcelline's side that Clevedon does not know about is that she comes from a long line of people that have been the most perfect of scammers and getting what Marcelline wants is not the issue, how it will be done, is always the question. Following him to Paris brings her attention, him following her back to London causes the gossips to talk nonstop about them, which is not what she needs. If people think she is his mistress they will run from her shop not to it. While she may be tempted by him she is a businesswoman first and caring for her sisters and daughter come above any need she may have regardless of how much she longs for the touch of Clevedon's hand upon her face, right?

    Nothing stands between the Noirot family and their ability to obtain a goal. Not fire, a spy in the house, runaway children, or a very bewitching Duke. Marcelline tries to control her passion for Clevedon knowing it will ruin both their lives but one night is not enough yet the offer of a lifetime is too much. When presented with the silver platter that has everything she could ever want what decision will she make - save her reputation and livelihood or satisfy her desire and love for Clevedon?

    I am new to Loretta Chase and now that I have found her work it is going to be great fun reading everything else she has written. This book is so romantic and heart breaking all at the same you cannot stand to be apart from it. I found myself sneaking every opportunity I could to get one more page read and another chapter finished. There are allot of unanswered questions that I am sure will come in the next two books and I can't wait for them to be published and so a new reading fan is on Team Chase!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Romance at its best

    This was one of my favorite Loretta Chase stories ! Gervase and Marcelinne were simply perfect for eachother and i hope the author continues these characters into the lives of Lucia and any siblings she ends up with ! More of the Duchess and Duke

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    Fabulous Good Fun!

    What a great book! Filled with wonderful primary and secondary characters, you didn't want it to end. Incredible chemistry between the heroine and hero. Loved that she put her career first and how much he supported it! A Modern Lady Regency!

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    very entertaining and well-written. One of my favorites in a ver

    very entertaining and well-written. One of my favorites in a very long time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Amazing!

    The story captures you and never lets go!! A stong willed determined Cinderella falls in love with Prince Charming and I fell right with her! I cant wait for the second book - Scandle Wears Satin!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Chh Characters are mesmerizing

    Sexy and romantic with complex characters you can root for. Loretta chase doesnot dissapoint. Her men are fascinating. Her women have sharp minds and a lot of heart. A keeper.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Very good. Would recommend reading it.

    I loved Marcelline. So smart, sensual. A lady. Clevedon didn't know what hit him until it was too late. He matured and grew up meeting Marcelline and it was wonderful reading it all unfold and work itself out. Would read again for sure.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    So good!

    Loved this! It seemed a bit improbable at first but you love the characters enough not to care.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    The keys to this offbeat wonderful tale is the eccentric cast

    Offspring of two notorious (infamous on both sides of the Channel) con artists, the sisters Noroit (Marcelline, Sophia and Leonie), own Maison Noroit. By 1835 their London dress shop is growing rapidly but the competition is nasty. Still the siblings think they need one major patron to turn their business into the must fashion stop of the English and French aristocracy.

    Marcelline believes she has just the candidate when she learns the Duke of Clevedon is to marry. She travels to Paris to persuade the Duke in the family's seductive way to send his fiancée Lady Clara Fairfax to Maison Noroit for her wedding gown. Her scheme is perfect as she flirts with the Duke; however, Marcelline soon realizes it is too perfect as the Duke ignores Lady Clara for the dressmaker. As she finds herself falling in love, a cross Channel gender war ignites.

    The keys to this offbeat wonderful tale is the eccentric cast as the Duke realizes his Marcelline does not have a pure dark heart of avarice, but instead has a need to help those she appears to con (just ask Clara) though she has to make nation exits rather quickly. She takes Paris by storm as a "Dreadful DeLucey" and a "Notorious Noroit" who seduces a duke to chase after her. Amusing and filled with wit, pre Victorian romance fans will look forward to a pair of other con artists to follow.

    Harriet Klausner

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