Vixen in Velvet

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From the Diary of Leonie Noirot: The perfect corset should invite its undoing . . .

Lethally charming Simon Blair, 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 ...

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Overview

From the Diary of Leonie Noirot: The perfect corset should invite its undoing . . .

Lethally charming Simon Blair, 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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Chase’s slightly offbeat third and final Dressmakers historical (after Scandal Wears Satin) follows Leonie Noirot, who’s left to run the dressmaking shop Maison Noirot after her sisters marry wealthy men. When Leonie agrees to act as a Pygmalion of sorts for the socially awkward Lady Gladys, she spends more time spatting with Gladys’s charming, handsome, and altogether too devilish cousin, Simon Blair, Marquess of Lisburne. The two are predictably thrown together in a variety of ways. Though not a typical Regency-era romance, this often overwrought tale falls just short of being truly interesting. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (July)
Heroes and Heartbreakers
“A new release by Miss Chase is cause to celebrate and Vixen in Velvet has all of Loretta Chase’s trademark style--humor, witticism, delightful sexual chemistry, and fascinating characters.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“There’s something so enchanting about the story, the characters and their relationships that makes Vixen in Velvet more than a love story; it’s joyous.”
From the Publisher
"One of the finest romance authors of all time." —-Julia Quinn
Library Journal
★ 06/15/2014
With a brilliant head for business and an unerring sense of style, pragmatic Leonie Noirot is determined to keep both her dressmaker establishment Maison Noirot and the charity she and her sisters founded in the black. When influential Simon Blair, Marquess of Lisburne, takes an interest, she is quick to take advantage, never thinking his attraction to her might end up being the real thing. A high-stakes, daring wager with an ugly-duckling-to-swan twist, a captivating Botticelli painting, a refreshing assortment of uncommon individuals, and a surfeit of malicious gossip, scandalous secrets, and abysmal poetry combine in a gratifying romance. VERDICT Sparkling dialog, insightful character development, exquisite designs, and a clever, well-spun plot result in a glorious laughter-infused tale that sees the last Noirot sister satisfactorily wed but hints of other matches to come. Another flawless story for the peerless Worcester, MA-based Chase (Scandal Wears Satin).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062100320
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 142,394
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets—as a meter maid— and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early nineteenth century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s RITA®.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    4.5 Stars Leonie Noirot is all about numbers, plans, and designi

    4.5 Stars
    Leonie Noirot is all about numbers, plans, and designing the perfect corset. With her older sisters either ill with morning sickness or waiting in France for scandal to die down on a wedding trip, Leonie must keep their dressmaking business Maison Noirot afloat. And she has a plan to bring in even more business—advertisement at the one place all the impressionable young women will be at, a poetry reading by current darling Lord Swanton. The Marquess of Lisburne’s goal is to keep Swanton from the grabby hands of every eligible woman in Town. He spots Leonie at several events and is drawn to her no-nonsense attitude and the passion he spies beneath the prim woman’s surface. They strike a wager: Leonie will transform dowdy Lady Gladys into the belle of the ball and see that she has one serious marriage proposal within two weeks. If Leonie wins she’ll receive Lisburne’s most prized possession: a decadent Botticelli painting. If she loses, Leonie must spend two weeks sans business worries alone with Lisburne. Let the game begin.

    This is the follow-up to the Scandal Wears Satin review from a few weeks ago. I had my doubts about Chase’s ability to turn a number crunching working woman into a heroine I’d actually want to read about, but she did it. Leonie wasn’t quite as sassy as her sister Sophy but she was still fun to read.

    She’s meticulous in a slightly obsessive way and somehow that amused the hero. There was even a scene where he gets hot and bothered by her reading numbers from a ledger! I found myself chuckling and highly amused by that.

    As with the last book I’d read in this series, the romance between Leonie and Lisburne flows naturally. There’s no rushing, no drawing it out. I wasn’t gnashing my teeth anywhere. The love scenes occur in the places they ought to, and they were steamy. No sex for sex’s sake in this book! And the side romance was almost as satisfying as the main couple.

    Grab this one if you’ve ever wanted the prim accountant to land the hottest, richest guy around.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Enlightning

    I enjoyed this third sister's book with Leonie and Lisburne. At first I thought it started off rather slow but it soon got alot more interesting. Marcelline, Sophy and Leonie' s stories were very enjoyable to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Nice ending to series

    Really liked all three Noirot sister stories with their focus on the modiste trade from the viewpoint of the modiste so instead of from that of the privileged. This story had a lot of detail about the dresses, so if you're not interested in that, that could be a problem. I appreciated the author's appendix explaining about the different fabrics. The outfits that Leonie wore in this book sounded grotesquely overdone (fussy) and really uncomfortable. So much for the "first stare" if fashion.

    The hero and heroine were great and the Leonie's determination to keep a successful business going really came through in the story, as well as her reluctance to get involved with any man because she assumed it would be the end of her career. The transformation of customer Gladys was most amusing and seemed to develop naturally. What did seem forced was Gladys' relationship with poet Lord Swanton. There seemed no earthly reason for these two to be attracted to each other as their characters were portrayed in the story, or to end up betrothed after such a short courtship (a matter of days). This would not, however, have kept me from reading the book as the rest of it went very well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    This was the kind of book that reminds me of why I love to read

    This was the kind of book that reminds me of why I love to read romance novels.  This is a wonderfully written romance novel;the main characters were interesting and the author creates a great sensual tension between the two.  Chase writes loves scenes so beautifully, very sexy and romantic.  Definitely a nice conclusion to the trilogy.  I really liked the character of Gladys and look forward to Clara's story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Loved it! Vixen in Velvet is the third book of dressmaking siste

    Loved it!
    Vixen in Velvet is the third book of dressmaking sisters. I love the first two in series and have been looking forward to Leonie story. Leonie is a talented and dedicated dressmaker , she 's obsessed with transforming the dowdy lady Gladys into swan. Simon Blair, Marquess of Lisburne is Lady Gladys cousin and trying to seduce Leonie. I loved how Leonie and Lisburne interacted from the beginning of the book. This is another fascinating and beautifully written book by Loretta chase. It is a sweet romance with wager, blackmail and scandal. Thank you Loretta Chase for writing another fantastic book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Crazy about Loretta Chase's writing but not crazy about this boo

    Crazy about Loretta Chase's writing but not crazy about this book. If I had to read ANOTHER description of women's clothing or ANOTHER recitation from boring Swanton I would have screamed!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    If you¿ve read the other titles in Chase¿s Dressmakers series yo

    If you’ve read the other titles in Chase’s Dressmakers series you’ve been looking forward to the romance of the last DeLacey sisters. This title does not fail to deliver. However, be warned this is not the last title in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Great book.

    Chase is one of my favorite authors and I waited for this with a lot of anticipation. The book is so much fun and i loved the secondary characters, the humor, all of it. This writer is so intelligent and witty and I've fallen in love with every one of her flawed but oh so yummy heroes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2014

    Arget

    Okay. And, well, duh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    Arget

    I realize what gender you are, Peatato. I realize.

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    Posted January 14, 2015

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    The new Panda camp is at '39 steps'. Just thought I should tell you before I left.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    School of Cats Map

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

    The third and long-awaited book in the Dressmakers series by Lor

    The third and long-awaited book in the Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase. This series features three French sisters, raised as ladies, who escape a hand-to-mouth existence on the rough streets of Paris and now own and operate the very tony and exclusive London dress shop, Maison Noirot.
    Marcelline, the eldest, is the designer of très chic fashions while Sophy is the marketing and public relations expert that keeps Maison Noirot forefront in the gossip sheets, thus drumming up more business. This is Leonie’s story; the youngest Noirot fashionista is the practical organizer, business manager, bookkeeper, and brains behind the entire business. 
    When the story opens, Leonie is holding down the shop while Marcelline struggles with morning sickness and Sophy has fled London on her honeymoon to escape the scandal caused by her marriage in the second book in the series. 
    The dialogue in this book is infectious, sparkling, and delightful. It’s almost too smooth. I especially enjoyed the scene when Leonie and Simon face off at a turning point in both their romance and the book itself. It’s so hot it crackles.
    Scandal has always surrounded the Noirot sisters, as they are ladies who have fallen from grace due to reduced circumstances in their native Paris. And scandal threatens Maison Noirot once again. 
    Of course, as it is a series about fashion, the descriptions of the gowns are delicious to read. The Noirot sisters are the premiere connoisseurs of high fashion among the aristocracy in London, but even as they dress the elite, they somehow manage to catch the eye of very rich and powerful men. Marcelline caught a duke while Sophy fell in love with a earl. It’s a magical fairy tale world but Chase tells it believably and beautifully. Just like a Cinderella story.
    I really enjoyed the secondary characters here, too: Simon’s sensitive poet cousin, Swanton, and his harsh but heart-of-gold cousin, Gladys. Clara is back, too—she was Clevedon’s fiancée in Silk is for Seduction—and this reader hopes she’ll soon get a happy ending of her very own.
    Simon is a sort of hard to read. He’s your typical gorgeous and bored aristocrat, an artist whose painting first captured Leonie’s attention, and  he’s also very close to his romantic cousin, Swanton, whose flowery poetry has women fawning over him in droves—à la Lord Byron. He begins by pursuing Leonie for sport, for seduction. She realizes this and yet they fall in love. Against both their best intentions.
    I found Leonie’s easy relinquishment of her virginity almost unbelievable, considering she is the brains behind the operation of Maison Noirot. She almost fits the French stereotype of the fast woman. I wanted her to hold out because she really took a risk with Simon considering his playboy reputation and the fact that he and Swanton had burned the candles at both ends in their debauched Parisian spree.
    When a scandal threatens to ruin Maison Noirot as well as Simon’s beloved cousin, Swanton, Leonie and Simon work together to quell the damage and scandalous rumors.
    The sisters (and their powerful husbands) make an appearance here as they all work together to save Maison Noirot, avoid scandal, and live happily ever after.
    Fun and frothy.

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