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Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  5,883 ratings  ·  475 reviews
Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirot is London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride?

Winning the future duchess's patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 2011)
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Ilona Andrews
Dear Readers,

On Tuesday Lady I__, who as we all know, loves swimming for it is the only sport besides badminton in which she ever showed a passable proficiency, could be seen within the crystal clear waters of her backyard pool. However, instead of swimming side to side and floating upon the water in the manner usual to her, Lady I__ instead perched upon the pool steps with a paperback and remained stationary. It is said that she giggled in the most silly manner and all attempts to distract her,
A 5-star book, as perceived by yours truly, should meet the following requirements:

1. It should either make my (A) stomach ache from laughing, (B) cheeks hurt from grinning, and/or (C) eyes fill with tears, since that's the closest I ever come to bawling.
2. The writing should be expressive enough to make me genuinely feel the characters and their emotions.
3. The story should at least be intriguing enough that I never, ever have to force myself to read on.
4. The plot should be so thoroughly engr
Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: He was a predator. So was she.

Marcelline Noirot and her two sisters own a dress shop, a moderately successful one, having only one larger, more prestigious client. Marcelline lives and breathes this shop. It not only supports her family, but designing is in her soul. It is her passion. But they know they need someone big, someone who will get all the ton pointed in their direction so they can wipe out all of their competition. When they read in a gossip paper that the Duke of Cle
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Silk Is For Seduction was supposed to be the historical romance book that will make me forget all the crap I’ve gotten from this genre in the past and make me see that there are still good stories belonging to this genre out there.

Oh I’m sorry Mrs. Chase, was there supposed to be a plot there? I seem to have missed it with all the growing erections popping up like mushrooms in a forest after heavy rain.

What was this book all about? Making dresses for stuck up aristocrats? Or more likely about th
Wicked Incognito Now
This is a cross-class romance.
Pretty Woman poster

My short opinion: Predictable and melodramatic. Lacking in believable character motivations and interactions.

I know I'm in the minority here. Most reviewers have LOVED this novel. I didn't. But I may be biased against the trope in general.

I really hate cross-class romances. They don't sit well with me at all. I think they're unrealistic. The power balance between the H and H is too off for comfort. The power sits entirely with the aristo (usually the male). The fema
This tool toting, fishing rod slinging, maintenance man is going 4.5 on his first historical romance novel recommended by Dija about a dress maker and a Duke??? Although I’m not sure how much historical romance I will be delving into in the future I don’t think I could have had a better introduction to the Genre. After some discussions on what to expect in this Genre I found myself pleasantly sucked into this story from the start. I started under the radar in case I didn’t like it. When I put it ...more
I love capable heroines and Chase is great at writing just that. She has the talent to have the heroine come out on top and coolly confound the hero at every turn, without making him seem like a dolt. He’s just…flummoxed by her. I love a good flummox. ;)

Chase takes this story in a rarely seen direction and casts the heroine as a dressmaker. I’m used to seeing class differences in HR, but I can’t say that I’ve seen many like this. Not only is the heroine a dressmaker, she’s “the greatest modiste
♥ Beth
It was amazing! 5 HUGE !

Wow... I'm not sure if I can adequately express how much I loved Silk Is For Seduction. I was completely drawn into the story from page one and couldn't put it down! The heroine, Marcelline Noirot is easily one of my favorite heroines ever. With so much smarts, determination, spunk and sass, she is definitely a lady born before her time and she is not above using some sly methods to achieve her successes. So when the Duke of Clevedon, who has had his life plans set and la
4.00 Stars - Historical Romance!

I loved this book and was glad to pick this up thanks to Sababa’s recommendation. This first installment in the series promotes the good old ‘love-hate’ romance theme of a snarky heroine and a reluctantly obsessed (with her) hero whom she manages to wrap up in her fingers and roams about the whole book only to end up in a beautiful romance story with a refreshing setting.

Marcelline came about as an ambitious 19th century dressmaker who is trying to establish her
When the book arrived I was somewhat reassured by its size. I loved the characters and dialogue in LCs previous book but it was flimsy and with some threads left hanging. This is quite a bit longer, and much more "finished". Though still going on pre-judging by appearances, I hate the cover. It is a particularly horrible dress to put in the cover of a book about a stylish modiste. Oh well.

This book reminded me a lot of Lord Perfect, though a bit simpler, with some common elements. Namely a very
2.5 stars. Ever since I read MR. Perfect and liked LC humorous prose, I tried most of her past books and started looking forward to her new releases, but alas, none of them were ever as good as “MR. Perfect” with the exception of “Your scandalous Ways” which pushed the limits a little and raised LC’s skills a notch in my eyes. This book was just okay for me. There was nothing spectacular about it. The hero’s fiancé was too unrealistic in that she knew that the heroine was trying to steal her man ...more
4 1/2 star read. Great story, loved the heroine and how she can handle herself in any situation. Really took off in the beginning with amazing sexual tension, slowed a little bit, but still fabulous. I also enjoyed the anticipation of finding out who she really was and what her story was about - not predictable. I loved the description of all the fabulous gowns the sisters created- I am such a girl about fashion and every dress they made seemed like a Cinderella dress. It was such a true love th ...more
After three years abroad Gervaise Angier, the Duke of Clevedon is at last returning to England. Though not officially engaged to Lady Clara, the Earl of Longmore's sister, she is nevertheless his intended and word is about that she will soon become the Duchess of Clevedon.

Marcelline Noirot and her sisters, Sophia and Leonie are the proprietresses of 'Maison Noirot', the dressmaking establishment for ladies of the upper classes. Upon hearing this bit of news, Marcelline decides to travel to Fran
Jan 15, 2012 Suz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Readers
Recommended to Suz by: Kitt
Shelves: historical, romance
4.5 Stars. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than I expected to. The characters were likable but not perfect. I enjoyed that the heroine was the alpha, and that she was strong and sensible. I liked that she was shamelessly pragmatic without being selfish or cruel.

The hero was as arrogant as you might expect a high ranking aristocrat from this time to be, but his was the arrogance of youth given to him by a lifetime of privilege, not a lifetime of fighting and taking what he wanted. He was smart a
I've given this an A+ for narration and B+ for story at AAR, which I suppose technically makes it 5 stars. I'll go with that, because the performance is utterly superb.

Kate Reading’s narration of Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrelsis an audio triumph, an absolutely perfect meshing of one of the best historical romances with a nuanced and note-perfect performance by a highly talented narrator. Naturally, seeing that Ms. Reading had been engaged to narrate the audiobook versions of Ms. Chase’s late
Candice Hern
I have to preface this review by saying how much I despise the fashion of the 1830s. I'm a Regency girl at heart, but there are other periods of fashion that I like. But the 1830s, IMO, represents the absolute nadir of female fashion.

Having said that, I must confess that Loretta Chase has done the impossible. In this book, she made me feel as though the fashions of 1835 (the peak of 1830s hideousness) were actually beautiful. Her glorious descriptions of the dresses, the loving detail given to e
“Wooden “heroine ! “less than intelligent “ hero !!
This book really wasn’t that bad .I was entertained many times .but why did I give it 2 stars only ?
Before I start I should warn u there are POSSIBLE SPOILERS
And the fact is that this is just my opinion and how I felt about the book.
The heroine :
I felt I never KNEW the hero and the heroine .The heroine was cold ,WOODEN ,manipulative and she seems to lack emotions .I had the same problem with LORD OF SCOUNDRELS .Jessica was less cold but never p
Dec 07, 2011 willaful rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of witty historicals
Chase threw out a challenge with her heroine in this book: a tough, shrewd, conniving, consummate manipulator named Marcelline, who was extremely hard to like at first. Fortunately I stuck with the book and by the end, not only grew to love Marcelline for her vulnerable side, but to feel that the hero was not quite up to her weight.

Dress designer Marcelline is after the Duke of Clevedon with one goal: to convince him that her shop should make the dresses for his future bride. But her extremely
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 (Available Now)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Library
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Dressmakers
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Marcelline Noirot is the world’s greatest modiste. Now, she just needs the upper crust of the ton to realize it. Needing to draw in a prestigious new client who can
La Chase al suo meglio. Un romanzo di livello altissimo, quanto Il lord della seduzione. E proprio come ne Il Lord, a colpire e ad affascinare, prima di ogni elemento, è il personaggio femminile. Marcelline è una donna di rara intelligenza, arguzia, sensibilità, come poche eroine di romance storici.
Anche Clevedon è un personaggio di spessore: ironico, passionale, di una tenerezza inaspettata con la piccola Lucie e nel momento in cui si rende conto di amare Marcelline. Si dona, anima e corpo, se
Marcelline Noirot is on her way to becoming the greatest dressmaker in all of London, she just needs one big splash from a high profile client and she has found it in the the future Duchess of Clevedon. But since Lady Clara is not officially the Duke of Clevedons bride yet, Marcelline and her two sisters create an elaborate plan to seduce Clevedon with their fashions and bring his new bride to them. Marcelline sets of to Paris where Clevedon has been the past few years, sowing his oats. She obse ...more
Anyone so much as crack a smile, and I'm bringing out the gun :]
I looked forward to this a lot, since Mr. Impossible is one of my absolute favorite Historical Romances. (Rupert, please come and take me away some day). Alas, for me, the book didn't quite deliver.

For the first quarter of the book I didn't relate to either of the characters. There was witty banter, attraction, wagers and waltzes, but the story didn't grab me, mostly because I didn't get a hold on who they were.

Marcelline seemed a shallow modern single mom who needs financing by a big tycoon. Ex
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase gave me a surprise. I’d read a couple of Loretta’s other books and was less than impressed. The synopsis of this one intrigued me, so I decided to give it a try. I ended up falling absolutely in love with it!

Marcelline Noirot (or, as she is called through most of the book: Noirot) is the oldest of three sisters and a dressmaker. Her family has a checkered and scandalous past that she is determined to overcome – for her sisters and her daughter. When she hea
Loretta Chase is one historical romance author who needs no introduction. Her books are constantly bestsellers and many of them have been placed on all-time romance novel lists. Therefore, I was stoked to read her newest series about a set of dressmaker sisters. In two of Ms. Chase's earlier books Lord Perfect and its "sequel" Last Night's Scandal, we learned about the Dreadful Delucey family. The Deluceys are a notoriously scandal-ridden family that specializes in a variety of activities such a ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Marcelline Noirot comes from a family of swindlers. But now that her con-artist parents are dead, she and her sisters are working to make a respectable living as dressmakers. Of course, they may have to resort to an underhanded trick here or there, but Marcelline is a skilled modiste. She just needs to establish the right clientele.

She sets her sights on the future Duchess of Clevedon. It's true that the dowdy Clara isn't actually engaged to the Duke yet, but society deems that it's only a matte
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
When I pick up a Loretta Chase book, I am always assured of an outstanding historical romance. Her new book SILK IS FOR SEDUCTION, the first in her new Dressmakers series, is a perfect blend of engaging story, fascinating characters, witty dialogue and sizzling passion.

Despite the fact that they are members of the Dreadful Delucey family, renowned rogues and swindlers, the Noirot sisters, Marcelline, Sophia and Leonie have succeeded in earning an honest living as dressmakers, running the Maison
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

He lifted his mouth an inch from hers. “I’ve been wretched,” he said.

"I’ve been wretched, too,” she said. “I’m no good at being good.”

“I don’t want you to be good,” he said. “I want you to be you. Marcelline…”

What an incredibly addicting story with a hero and heroine who are equally driven, smart and passionate. This was my first Loretta Chase book and while it took me a few chapters to really get into the story and her writing style, once I got to kn
This is Loretta Chase at her best. This is a novel every romance reader should read at least once.

Of course this is about a duke.. a duke who falls in love with a debutantes?? Commoner?? No and no. Our Duke here falls for a dress maker who wanted his attention only to gain control of the wardrobe of the future Duchess of Cleveland. Our dressmaker is not just any ordinary girl. She is the descendant of a disreputable blue-blood family who now has to work for her living. She has sisters and a daug
I don't know, maybe I've read too many of these romance novels, but instant attraction and lust doesn't just do it for me, and the way Chase handled theirs was a bit too ham-handed for me. It wasn't a bad read, and I really did like Marcelline and her family. I guess I just didn't find much in the way of a personality with the hero himself--he is basically just consumed with lust and obsession (and some half-felt guilt) for the whole of the book. It's kind of a pity because Loretta Chase has mad ...more
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Dressmakers (3 books)
  • Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2)
  • Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers, #3)
Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3) The Last Hellion (Scoundrels, #4) Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2) Lord Perfect  (Carsington Brothers, #3) Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2)

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