Silk is for Seduction (The Dressmakers #1)
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...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book reminded me a lot of Lord Perfect, though a bit simpler, with some common elements. Namely a very ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 (Available Now)
Author’s Website: http://lorettachase.com/
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Its been quite some time since I've read a book by Loretta Chase and I am happy to be re-acquainted with her. I really like the style of historical romance she writes.
This book had smart, witty, and interesting main characters. I found a lot of humour in the story as well as an engaging plot. (view spoiler)[I did wonder why the whole arson/industrial espionage angle was suddenly dropped from the plot after the fire happened because that seemed like something a determined busines ...more