Silk Is for Seduction (Dressmakers Series #1)

Silk Is for Seduction (Dressmakers Series #1)

by Loretta Chase
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Silk Is for Seduction (Dressmakers Series #1) by Loretta Chase

“One of the finest romance authors of all time.”
—Julia Quinn

“[Loretta Chase has] a rare talent for creating crackling sexual tension and characters so fresh and compelling that readers won’t be able to forget them.”
—Susan Elizabeth Phillips

One of the most beloved authors in the field of historical romance, the remarkable Loretta Chase proves that Silk is For Seduction. The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author brings readers the first in a very sexy, emotionally rich new series in which sisters from a rather scandalous aristocratic family—the purveyors of the most fashionable shop in Regency London—discover passion and love as sumptuous as the exquisite gowns they create. Stephanie Laurens fans will adore this sensuous love story, as ambitious dressmaker Marcelline attempts to win the patronage of a future duchess…and ends up inadvertently enchanting the Duke!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061632686
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Dressmakers Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 218,852
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the street—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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Silk Is for Seduction 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. The story line was a departure from the usual and as a result really held my interest. I loved the whole aspect of the heroine not being a "good girl" but rather someone with flaws but not annoying so. I would love to read about the other two sisters. I highly recommend this book.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Read it twice.
camaibarb More than 1 year ago
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.
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Started out pretty slow read and I thought Oh No Loretta Chase has lost her touch. But it picked up. So stay with it and the story gets better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The chemistry between these two was irresistable.
mollybPA More than 1 year ago
Read it in one night . Characters were interesting and strong.Would recommen it to anyone who enjoys romance with substances
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked Lord of Scoundrels for her great storyline, BUT this was SUPER predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts out strong. However, it fizzles half way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is now in my top five favorites book collection! I couldn't put it down from the start.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Lively, exciting, sexy read and the narrator does a superb This is my first book and audio book by Loretta Chase and another first is Narrator Kate Reading. I want to start out first by saying WOW! This is a lively, exciting, sexy read and the narrator does a superb realistic interpretation of all the different characters and languages while keeping the tempo of the book perfect for the readers interest. I got this series because my profession is custom dressmaking and costumes. Even better I was listening to it while I worked at a theatre and I would start to laugh at various spots of the book and of course the other seamstresses had to know what was so funny. The use of the dress descriptions was perfect in fact quite understandable for us and I could actually see the dresses as we have made costumes like those referred to. This books deals in a bunch of, in my opinion, funny and at time hysterical situations that Marcelline would get in with the Duke of Clevedon. Don't get the wrong idea. This is not a comedy but a well written articulate book. I loved the minute detail the author gives of every scene and action. Clevedon and Marcelline banter with each other while dealing with personal trauma and professional industry sabatoge which adds another element to the storyline making it richer for the reader. I recommend this book for all readers and give the Author and the Narrator both 5 STARS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About 150 pages in and bored to death. The Duke and hid intended are so in love but have some sort of boring love where neither cares what the other does but they write like prison pen pals. Oh, and it's been years since they saw each other because he is busy sleeping his way across the continent. Of course the Duke and the seamstress will fall in love and the nefarious subplot will be uncovered and thwarted at the last minute. Tha fiance will realize she deserves more or loves someone else, or whatever, and all these nice people will be happy at the end. I'm just trying to muster up the will to care what happens and actually read the rest of the book.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I don’t know why I waited so long to read something by Ms. Chase. I’ve bought most of her books and have saved them for my retirement days when I couldn’t afford to buy many books anymore. But I took the plunge and dug out the earliest one of hers I could find. And all of the accolades I’ve read about her writing are true. If you like historical romance, don’t wait to read her books like I did. Ms. Chase’s flair for description and her ability to bring you into the lives of her characters will keep you entranced. I fell in love with Marcelline and the Duke of Clevedon’s story and you will too.
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Read this one and you'll pick up the next in the series.
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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