Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Silk is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1)” as Want to Read:
Silk is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Silk is for Seduction (The Dressmakers #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  8,333 Ratings  ·  667 Reviews

From the Design Book of Marcelline Noirot:
The allure of the perfect gown should be twofold:
ladies would die to wear it . . .and gentlemen would kill to remove it!

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 fu

ebook, 384 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Ilona Andrews
Jul 28, 2011 Ilona Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jan 27, 2012 Dija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who trusts Ilona Andrews.
Recommended to Dija by: Samina ~ Escapism~
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
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
Anzu The Great Destroyer
May 01, 2012 Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicks who are into historical romances, obviously
Recommended to Anzu by: Ilona Andrews - grrrr!!!
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
May 09, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Silk is for Seduction
3 Stars

Determined to solidify her position as London's most gifted and creative dressmaker, Marcelline Noirot sets her sights on designing the wedding trousseau of the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride. All she has to do is convince the duke, which is no easy task given both his reluctance to marry as well as his penchant for seducing beautiful women. When the two meet, however, sparks fly and Marcelline realizes that her ambition might just be her downfall.

Not the stronges
Loretta Chase’s historicals never disappoint. Silk Is For Seduction is the first in a new series and features a heroine who is a refreshingly hard-headed businesswoman and the hero who simply can’t resist her amoral charms.
Oct 15, 2016 Gio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this last year. Goodreads Gremlins unrated it once again!!

Image result for not okay gif

I loved it. It was completely unrealistic, but it's HR, come on, what do you want? It's a fairy tale for sure but it was fun, funny, sad, sweet, and smexy. I recommend!
Dec 10, 2015 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He pasado un rato muy muy agradable, me han gustado mucho los personajes y sus tira y afloja. Ella no es la típica niña que se asusta y sorprende de todo.
Buenas enaguas si señor!
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
This improved as it went along, but we did not start out friends, this book and I. And I've thought on it and I cannot give it more than 3 stars.

It's Chase so it's nicely written and feels sort of historically appropriate (a Duke marrying a dressmaker is far fetched and there's no way the heroines rep wouldn't be ruined by the way she behaves in this book). There are some lovely descriptions of clothes, which, frankly, there should be if you're going to take on dress-making as a subject. Sex wa
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
Oct 08, 2010 Hirondelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
♥ Beth
Jul 09, 2011 ♥ Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 l
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
Jan 23, 2016 Becca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silk is for Seduction was a difficult book for me to rate and I needed a few days to figure out my feelings.

In this Loretta Chase novel, we are introduced to a mercenary, brilliantly talented set of sisters who are willing to do whatever it takes to make their dressmaking shop succeed in London. Their latest scheme is to woo the Duke of Clevedon to ensure that his future duchess patronizes their shop.

The Duke of Clevedon and the eldest dressmaking sister Marcelline, are both expert manipulators.
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
Jul 08, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Candice Hern
Jan 01, 2012 Candice Hern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2012 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  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
Carla Faleiro
Uma estória cheia de humor, com uns personagens deliciosos e fáceis de simpatizar.
Que venham os próximos livros sobre as irmãs Noirot!
Oct 30, 2011 Mai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Apr 02, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really very glad I have a couple of Loretta Chase's series left unread. It's been a good while since I'd last read one of her books and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy her writing style.

I really liked this, even after a somewhat difficult beginning for me. I say difficult, only because the descriptions of both main characters at the start were a bit much. Clevedon is all that is heavenly, with a mouth that should've been a woman's, an incredible physique and eyes unlike any colour anyone has
Isabel  Almeida (Os Livros Nossos)
Suspense, sedução, astúcia, teimosia e uma deliciosa história que recorda a importância da moda na demonstração das atitudes femininas. Uma heroína intrépida e um herói que ousa, também ele, desafiar convenções da alta sociedade britânica do século XIX.
um dos melhores livros que li este ano, dentro do respectivo género de romance de época com toque sensual!

Crítica completa em breve no blog Os Livros Nossos
Apr 24, 2014 Mancho283 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ชอบเรืองนีมากเลย เปนนิยายในชวงปลายปีทีไดอานแลวรูสึกวาสนุกหลังจากอานอะไรกไมไปจนเบือทีจะอานไปพักใหญๆ ชอบพระเอกทีตามนางเอกแบบนีและชอบความสัมพันธของทังสองคนดวย ไมรูวาทำไมแตอานแลวรูสึกวามันโดนจริงๆ ...more
Dion Ribeiro
Sep 27, 2016 Dion Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um romance de época delicioso, muito envolvente e cheio de humor!
Fiquei encantada com as irmãs Noirot e agendei para breve a leitura do segundo livro desta triologia maravilhosa!
3.5 stars

It may not be an unforgettable book, but the feisty heroine, her cunning sisters and the charming hero make this a very nice read.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • How the Marquess Was Won (Pennyroyal Green, #6)
  • Waking Up With the Duke (London's Greatest Lovers, #3)
  • Unclaimed (Turner, #2)
  • A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
  • Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
  • A Midsummer Night's Sin (Blackthorn Brothers #2)
  • The Black Hawk (Spymasters, #4)
  • Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3)
  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (MacKenzies & McBrides, #3)
  • One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, #2)
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
  • Tempting the Bride (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #3)
  • Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven, #3)
  • Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)
  • One Night Scandal (The Spinster Club, #5)
  • How to Marry a Duke (How To #1)
  • Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart (Love By Numbers, #3)
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
More about Loretta Chase...

Other Books in the Series

The Dressmakers (4 books)
  • Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2)
  • Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers, #3)
  • Dukes Prefer Blondes (The Dressmakers, #4)

Share This Book

“She longed to throw something at him. A chair. Herself.” 48 likes
“I deserve passion," she said. "I deserve to be loved- in every way. I deserve a man who'll give his whole heart, not the part he isn't using at the moment..” 35 likes
More quotes…