Vixen in Velvet (Dressmakers Series #3)

Vixen in Velvet (Dressmakers Series #3)

by Loretta Chase

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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 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062100320
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Series: Dressmakers Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 332,621
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(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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Vixen in Velvet 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Drea_Reads More than 1 year ago
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.
LifeLongBibliophile More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
potatohead More than 1 year ago
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.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
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
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
mlorio More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her first two books in this series were good, but this last book I really struggled to get through. Hated the poems and reading the descriptions of the gowns really got old. Should of stopped at book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 3rd novel is funny, romantic and does not disappoint. The characters, Leonie and Simon, are witty and funny and romance flows all around them.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read worth rereading When I started reading this series, Leonie was the sister that did not grab my attention. The other two sisters were so outgoing and demonstrative she seemed to fall into the background. This story shows a different Leonie, one that is very deep feeling that I came to love and enjoy. This amusing story between Lisburne and Leonie was so enjoyable that I listened to it three times on audible. I love the humor that the author infuses throughout the book and the narrator is so awesome I have looked her up to buy other books she narrates. As in the other books I got caught several times laughing out loud and had to share my amusement with my fellow sewers. Lisburne cracked me up with his "I am not smart" facade and one tracked mind regarding Leonie. His skills in dealing with Leonie created the perfect foil to her no-nonsense rigid personality. Further in the book he became one of my favorite male characters when he closed Leonie in his study with a paper and pen to write her pros and cons...but you will need to read the book to see why this was so amazing and warmed my heart. This was such an enjoyable read that I give it 5 STARS and of course will listen to it again with all the books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, but not as clever as the previous books in the series.
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The new Panda camp is at '39 steps'. Just thought I should tell you before I left.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realize what gender you are, Peatato. I realize.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
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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