Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers, #3)
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Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers #3)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  610 ratings  ·  106 reviews
From the Diary of Leonie Noirot: The perfect corset should invite its undoing . . .

Lethally charming Simon Fairfax, 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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Avon
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Mary Chen *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
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Ahoy! A return of the old Loretta Chase whose works readers fell in love with. :)

Why yes, what a great read this is. The third book to Loretta Chase's The Dressmakers quartet, I am again fascinated by the juxtaposition of character traits, its later reversal, and final revelation of the truth.

Side note: It is surprising to see an aristocratic hero actually having a kind and loving father. This is a rare occurrence in historical romance, so I'm delighted. :)
Caz
I’ve enjoyed the previous two novels in this series (which I’ve listened to rather than read), but I think this might be my favourite of the series so far. It’s one of those books I found hard to put down and couldn’t help gobbling up, no matter how much I wanted to read it slowly so it didn’t come to an end!


Leonie is the youngest of the three Noirot sisters, and in the absence of Marcelline (who is unwell due to her being in a delicate condition) and Sophy (who is on an extended wedding trip) i...more
Drea (LilyElement Reviews)
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...more
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is the third book in The Dressmakers series and it is a delightful blend of engaging story, charming characters and delicious sensuality. Loretta Chase is a wordsmith, par excellence...every word is carefully crafted to produce writing that flows as smoothly as one of Maison Noirot’s exquisite creations with dialogue that sparkles with wit and humour.

Here are just a few of the things that I really loved.


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Leonie Noirot

Watching the business first, last and always Leonie trying to resist the de...more
Suzanne

Leonie Noirot is the the youngest of the trio of sisters in Loretta Chases' Dressmaker Series, who establish a dressmaking business in London, and aspire to making it the premier shop for ladies of the aristocracy. Unlike her sisters, the creative designer Marcelline and the imaginative publicist Sophie, Leonie is a businesswoman at heart, methodical, a driven workaholic, and supposedly lacking in romantic sensibility. However, beneath Leonie's businesslike veneer beats the heart of an innocent...more
Nymeria
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I have several Loretta Chase books on my "Favorites" bookshelf but I haven't been too happy with her recent work. She's always striven to write in what I call a "Heyer style" and that doesn't pay off anymore. Her older books used to have some seriousness mixed with the humor and it gave them depth. Her recent books (and this one in particular) have been 100% levity with 0 stakes. There's no emotional pay-off for the reader and the stories and characters aren't interesting enough to carry the bo...more
Audrey
Let me begin with a caveat: I love Loretta Chase. Last Night's Scandal is one of my favorite romances of all time. She is indisputably one of the best writers in the genre.

But unfortunately Vixen in Velvet just didn't live up to its predecessors for me. It took me about five days to finish the book, and usually I'm an up-all-night romance reader. At first I couldn't pinpoint why. I loved Leonie, I loved Simon. And Loretta Chase's writing is always divine.

Then it occurred to me: There's no confl...more
Jennifer
3.5 Stars

Vixen in Velvet is the final book in the Dressmakers trilogy which focuses on a trio of French sisters who operate Maison Noirot, a popular dress shop in London. Readers have already seen the two oldest sisters (Marchelline and Sophy) receive their happily ever afters so it is now time for business-minded Leonie to take center stage.

Leonie is the sister who focuses on the financial side of the business while her sisters were more creative or public relations-minded. Maison Noirot is the...more
Tin
Jun 10, 2014 Tin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Disclosure: I received this ARC through Edelweiss. Thank you to Avon and Loretta Chase for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

The benefits of being the youngest and having one of the last story in a series is that Leonie's character has been developing gradually through her sisters's stories and she always fascinated me with her efficiency and her effectivity.

Leonie is all about business. Everything is about the shop, especially now that she is the only one left. Like her sisters, Le...more
Roses R Blue
Leonie Noirot and her two sisters came to England after they lost everything they had in France. They successfully opened a dress shop, with each of the sisters contributing her own talent, Leonie’s being taking care of the business end. Recently both of Leonie’s sisters have married titled gentlemen, and she feels the necessity of keeping the business operating successfully. One of the ways she does this is to show up at public events, turned out in clothes from the shop, enticing young ladies...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Simon Blair, Marquess of Lisburne, has reluctantly returned to London for one reason only – family obligation. Still after a chance meeting in the museum, Simon was re-thinking his obligations to include time for the seduction of a fascinating redheaded dressmaker—Leonie Noirot. Leonie on the other hand, has no time for him. She's obsessed with business and transforming his cousin, the dowdy Lady Gladys, into a swan just by addressing all her best assets and dressing her in their shops exquisite...more
Katie(babs)
Loretta Chase writes some of the best smitten heroes in romance. A "smitten" hero is a man who falls head first in love with the heroine because she is everything wonderful and amazing. So is this case with Vixen in Velvet. The "vixen" is Leonie, a seamstress, and the last unmarried sister (both her sisters married very well, and to titled gentlemen). Leonie lives and breathes fashion and creating beautiful dresses.

One day she is at an art museum and is in awe of a painting, owned by Simon Blai...more
Dawn
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Keri
A lot of fun meet cute instances in the book. I some of Simon's quips about his cousin's emotionalism was pretty funny, especially when his cousin would agree with him.
Angelc
This was a really fun romance, and there were quite a few things that I loved about it! However, the romance between the two main characters was only okay for me.

I loved that Leonie was a dressmaker and that so much detail was given to the historical clothing and the buzzing business in her dress shop.

The other aspect that I absolutely loved was the supporting characters- Swanton and Gladys! Swanton is a poet who's star is on the rise in London, all the ladies are absolutely in love with him and...more
SidneyKay
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Goldie
The Dressmakers is one of my favorite regency romance series. And while I am usually hesitant to read the sequels in series, I did not hesitate to read Ms. Chase's latest offering because based on experience from the second book, I know I'll only be happy with the book.

As a dress aficionado, I admit that one of my fascinations with the story are the gowns. Since I'm not an expert on regency-period dresses, I try to visualize what the author is trying to convey, and most of the time, I get excite...more
Zel Polev
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
VIXEN IN VELVET by Loretta Chase is an interesting Regency Historical Romance. #3 in the "Dressmakers" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "Scandal Wears Satin" and "Silk is Seduction". With a dressmaker, fabulous dresses, a wager, seduction and love what's not to enjoy!

A charming tale of a business minded dressmaker,Leonie Noirot, and a handsome duty minded Marquess, Simon Blair, Marquess of Lisburne, a wager, and a seduction that leads to more than either wanted or planned. But we a...more
B
V in V is Leonie's story in the Dressmaker series. If you enjoy the details of Regency life, the recreation, art, society news and fashion, you'll find plenty of entertainment here along with a witty romance and intriguing characters. I am not fond of tortured heroes and female martyrs, nor of contrived misunderstandings which resolve into HEA...nor of characters who live in a void, a vortex of their own, with no connections. This is why I love Loretta Chase.

Interesting side characters: in this...more
Jaci
I have loved every book in this series. The Dressmakers were not your ordinary Regency Heroines. They had ambition, and a purpose to their lives. They did not want to have a man who took care of them, they wanted to make something of themselves without depending on anyone, especially the male species. Leonie is the business women of the trio. She takes care of the none artistic aspects of the business. In walks Simon, the Marquess of Lisbourne. He sees her as a potential mistress and she sees hi...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I loved the first two books in The Dressmakers series and have been looking forward to book three. I loved Leonie. She has always been the practical sister taking care of the business end of their shop. Now her other two sisters are married not longer as big a part of the business as before. Leonie is determined to keep the business going and does not plan to let anything get in her way. Then Simon Fairfax shows up and she finds she is not as practical as she thought. At the same time Simon pres...more
Sharyn
OK I will preface by saying I love Loretta Chase and this series. Have been awaiting impatiently for this book, and I think it is the best in the series. I loved seeing all the characters from the last 2 books, and really love Lisburne (and if you love him too you will really love the little reveal at the end). Leonie (and I hope her name is a little call out to Georgette Heyer)is also a wonderful character (I do love smart heroines. Also Loved Swanton and Gladys. After reading this book I had t...more
Jessi
This was an okay book that possibly suffered the loss of a star because I read Courtney Milan's "The Suffragette Scandal" around the same time and just clicked with the characters so much more.
Leonie Noirot is the last unmarried owner of her dressmaker's shop. It's all up to her (at least in her own mind) to keep the business running. Oh, and to rescue Lady Gladys from her own bad dress sense.
Simon Fairfax, the Marquess of Lisburne, has his own family issues to handle. But he's immediately attra...more
Lisa Creane
Long wait for this one, and you can tell the story's a labor of the love. The language is exquisite, much more careful than usual for Chase. And the characters are unusual. Lisburne is still grieving the death of his father years before, and it feels like there is more to this story but it's buried along with the man. Simon covers his grief with a breezy, sexy lightness that's hard to write well, especially when paired with a devastating wit. He's also dense. Loving toward his family, but teasin...more
Diane K. Peterson
4.5 Stars. Absolutely delightful. I loved both the hero and heroine. They were each unique in their own way. Their interaction was adorable. My only complaint was I felt the ending was a little weak. Very, very good book!
MAB  LongBeach
The third and final novel in Chase's Dressmakers series. Leonie Noirot has been keeping her family's dressmaking shop going since her sisters married into the British nobility. The shop is important to her as a connection to their aunt, who saved them from the streets, and also because Leonie is a born businesswoman. Lord Lisburne is trying to keep his cousin, an immensely popular, starry-eyed poet, out of trouble and entanglements. Leonie and Lisburne meet at an art exhibition and they fall imm...more
Emma
3.5 stars
Great writing, great characters. I just wasn't engaged in this story as much as with other books by LC... it happens sometimes.
Jenny
8/10

This is the third book in my favorite Loretta Chase series. I was anxiously awaiting this story since we really didn't learn much about Leonie in the first two books. Leonie is the calculating businesswoman of the family. With her sisters busy with their marriages, Leonie is left to run their dressmaking shop, Maison Noirot. She has plans to further boost her shop's reputation, but when she runs into Lisburne, he becomes a major distraction.

Lisburne knows that he wants to seduce Leonie the m...more
Karla
The last Noirot sister is taking care of the shop, alone, as her two sisters have married. She chances upon Lisburne and then they work together to protect his poetic cousin and to further her shop's interests.

This was a similar style and quality as the other two books in the series. It took me awhile to get into this story but I did enjoy the ending very much. Unfortunately like so many historical romances that I read, it was somewhat forgettable -- I enjoyed reading it but have trouble rememb...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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