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Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers #3)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,484 ratings  ·  184 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
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Avon
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Mary C. *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. :)
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
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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
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 and dialogue that sparkles with wit and humour.

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

Leonie Noirot

Watching the business first, last and always Leonie trying to resist the dev
My review of the book is HERE.

I've had this audiobook for a few months, but haven't had time to listen to all of it until now. Not surprisingly, it's fabulous, a terrific combination of great writing and a superlative performance from the highly talented Kate Reading. She has a real knack for bringing out the subtleties of the humour and a fabulous dead-pan delivery that really suits Ms Chase's dry wit.

Highly recommended.
Witty & heartfelt, Vixen in Velvet is as stunning as a well-made ballgown.

A feisty, charitable dressmaker meets a rogue with a penchant for charming distractions, in a tale that features everything from mystery and intrigue, to trips to the circus.

For me, the mark of a truly entertaining historical fiction novel is its wit. Is it effortless? Does it make me smile? Bonus points if it makes me laugh out loud. Vixen in Velvet ticked all the boxes, especially in this scene (where our rogue find
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
BJ Rose
I was so entranced with Simon's unique solution at the end that I added 1/2* to my rating, so a weak 5*. Why weak for this delightful read? I really like the descriptive segments (they are dressmakers after all), but at the same time I found myself turned off by the styles themselves - I usually dream about wearing the dresses described, but just couldn't get excited about many of them.
Lady Wesley
I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book as much as I did reading it. Kate Reading is an excellent narrator; she has voices for a wide variety of characters -- she can even distinguish between the three Noirot sisters in the brief scenes where they're all together.

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

But Clara's story. I have been waiting since book one and the more we see of her the more I want her story and after her cousin Gladys in this one, well. I NEED CLARA'S STORY STAT LORETTA CHASE!
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
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
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
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
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
Liked the final revelation, but again had some small issues with the hero in comparison to how I felt about the heroine. (one issue was her name. it's very difficult to read kissing scenes and stuff (ahem) when you know people with that name, imo.)
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
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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.
Aly is so frigging bored
Loved it! I think this one was the best in the series.
Noura Ariz
What a round up of the story of the 3 talented Noirot sisters! I have been looking forward to the third installation that i've actually forgotten what the other 2 stories were about - and so i had to re-read Silk is for Seduction and Scandal in Satin before i started on this (personal note: i actually hate waiting for continuation in a series for too long because one tends to forget what the series was all about. Like this one. Felt like a waited for years).

All i can say is that this book is jus
I think Leonie is my favourite Noirot sister, don't know why, but I have a prefer auburn/red haired heroines (same as I prefer dark/black haired hero's). She is funny and quick witted and always so sure of herself, but not in a cocky way. Secondly, Lisburne is probably my favourite of the men in the dressmakers series as well. From the beginning I really liked him, because he was different from Clevedon and Longmore, he was never afraid to show his emtions, and when he did, they came much more e ...more
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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
I confess to the fact that i didnt like first half of the book. it was kind of boring for me and took me like 1 month to get through it... BUT!!! yesterday i decided to continue it and maybe read one more painful page (and let me tell you, that i was stuck till 3am reading it :D)... wow was i wrong about it being painful :D as much as i found the first half boring, the second part was enchanting! that's where i saw the Loretta Chase that i adore. There was everything i love about her books: gigg ...more
All the other reviews seem to love this but I just really didn't enjoy it, I didn't buy into the romance at all, Lisburne didn't seem particularly charming to me, in fact he didn't seem particularly anything, I barely feel like he had a personality at all other than occasionally being controlling and riding roughshod over what Leonie wants, he might not think she has particularly good reasons but he shouldn't just ignore what she wants for most the book. He kidnaps her at one point (throwing her ...more
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I enjoyed the interaction between t Lisburne and Leonie, the main characters in this story.
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
I don't read many historical smut books since my youth but this one kept popping up as a recommendation on Audible and I was sick so audible books are the only way to go during times like this so I just picked it up. I didn't want to think. I wanted a little more romance than a Georgette Heyer Novel so I went ahead and grabbed it and just loved it. I thought it was really well done.

It was a while back when I read this so I can't do my typical review but the characterization was great, the plot w
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 25, 2015 11:14AM  
  • Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2)
  • Let It Be Me (The Blue Raven, #5)
  • The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister, #4)
  • A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green, #7)
  • A Taste for Scandal (Sealed With a Kiss, #2)
  • Rogue Spy (Spymasters #5)
  • Sweet Disorder (Lively St. Lemeston, #1)
  • Sweet Madness (Veiled Seduction, #3)
  • Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasures, #3)
  • Lord of Wicked Intentions (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #3)
  • The Luckiest Lady in London
  • How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (An American Heiress in London, #2)
  • Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6)
  • Moonlight On My Mind (Second Sons, #3)
  • The Captive (Captive Hearts, #1)
  • How to School Your Scoundrel (A Princess In Hiding, #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
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The Dressmakers (4 books)
  • Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1)
  • Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2)
  • Dukes Prefer Blondes (The Dressmakers, #4)

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“I was not exactly thinking,” he said. “And how could you expect me to, under the onslaught of you?”

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“No, and it’s extremely inconsiderate of you not to, when I’ve taken such great pains to make myself attractive to you. Why must I always be the one to make advances? Why can’t you make a little more effort?”
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