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Vixen in Velvet

(The Dressmakers #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,347 ratings  ·  377 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
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Avon
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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
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Review to come

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
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.


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Leonie Noirot

Watching the business first, last and always Leonie trying to resist the dev
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Ursula
Solid 3.5- the hero was a bit of a let-down for me.
Thoroughly enjoyed this narration by Kate Reading, and it is a great series by Loretta Chase.

I first read this one a couple of years ago and loved it. I still really liked it, but I was a bit more critical of the hero this time around. Lisburne was very selfish and single-minded in pursuing his own pleasure, without caring about any consequences at all. It totally bugged me- can't think how I did not pick that up the first time! Especially his s
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Caz
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.
Iliada
2.5 stars

This wasn't any worse than the previous two books in the series, but I do feel like I've read the same book three times now.

Lady Clara's book seems promising though as she's a completely different type of heroine than the dressmakers. The hero seems like a different sort as well, with an actual job this time. Looking forward to it!
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.
Wollstonecrafthomegirl
This was fine. Serviceable, competent, entertaining and completely forgettable.

There really is nothing more to this story than handsome guy meets pretty girl, lusts after girl, is nice to girl and gets the girl. I mean, really: that’s it.

We have the thinnest if thin plots, yet again about the Noirot sister’s dress business and the seeming constant need to ‘build it’ or ‘save it’ or ‘help it’ (despite the fact that two of the three sisters have married Proper Aristocrats so why the F are they st
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Booknut
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
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BJ Rose
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jess
So after feeling bored at the first book in this series and mildly interested at the second, I've finally decided to go for the third. I can barely remember the first two, but I'm pretty sure that Loretta Chase can only write one type of hero: aristocratic, oblivious to feelings, employs self-deprecating humour to tone down the cockiness of his aristocratic demeanour. Which is fine! But also a bit trying. Anyway, here's me criticising everything, in an effort to seem witty.

Let's start with the
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Aly
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019
I personally would give this closer to 2 stars, but I don't like historical fiction so some of that is just preference. I thought the plot, what I could make of it anyway, was okay and the romance wasn't bad. I have a hard time when they use old words that I don't understand or lots of titles like Lord, Lady, Marquess, etc because they also use first and last names and then I don't know which character is which. They call the main male character Lisburne, because he is the Marquess of Lisburne, ...more
Lindsay
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

Very much the same as how I felt about #2 in the series, I was simply underwhelmed by this one. The two MC's, Leonie Noirot and the Marquess of Lisburne as both fine- likeable, fun together...decent leads. What's missing is a story of any real substance. They are attracted to each other and like each other from the start. Any impediments to their HEA are contrived and weak at best. Leonie can't possibly fall for him because he's supposedly good at making women fall in love with him and
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kris
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Leonie Noirot will not, can not fall for Simon Fairfax, Marquess of Lisburne. Simon Fairfax will absolutely, positively get into Leonie's Noirot's crinolines. Set boners to maximum power!! Will Leonie's business ventures get off the ground under Simon's meddling advances?

1. I must be in a Bad Place because this didn't do it for me.

2. Simon felt like a Chase hero. That is to say: he has the "pretty but dumb" elements of Longmore and the "brains of a snake" elements of Clevedon. There really wasn
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Drea (LilyElement Reviews)
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelf, arc, contest
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
Lauren
Vixen in Velvet
2 Stars

Following her sisters' marriages, Leonie Noirot is focused on the continued success of the dress shop they founded together. As such, she has little time for flirtation and even less for seduction. Nevertheless, Simon Blair, the criminally handsome Marquess of Linsburne, is proving to be a dangerous distraction and Leonie soon finds herself struggling to resist his considerable charms.

Despite the excellent potential inherent in this series, none of the stories have lived u
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Suzanne
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-l-chase

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
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Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew
3.5 stars
Literate, witty, & gorgeous dresses. Missing a little something for me though - perhaps the stakes didn't feel quite high enough. I had some problems also with the sisters' pre-occupation with Maison Noirot and the final rather high-handed way in which the business was disposed of.

But a slightly less successful Loretta Chase is still an enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to reading the last in the series.
Maria Rose
Another delightful entry in The Dressmakers' series! As always, the clothing descriptions are vivid and listening to this as an audiobook means you can recreate the fashions in your mind's eye. All of the characters are interesting and the romance between Leonie and Simon is a lovely slow burn affair. Kate Reading is a mistress of narration delivering the banter with aplomb and the various characters easily recognizable from each other (not an easy feat with several males and females to work wit ...more
Amanda
Meh. That’s the best response I have concerning this book.

I liked garnet haired Leonie and how she was the pragmatic, ‘sensible’ one of the Noirot sisters. The scenes where she tallied up figures, took down lists on ruler lined paper and got upset when certain loutish lords mussed up her very ordered life were especially fun. However I found Lisburne to be quite shallow and forgettable as a hero, much like the wonky conspiracy/blackmail plot at the story’s center; both left me seriously unimpres
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Beth
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
This is entertaining enough, but it's so simple and uncomplicated - there's next to no conflict, and the family is absent, which means Leonie faces everything alone. It's almost boring, and it feels like it's going through the motions.
Cathy
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm beginning to think the first book in this series ruined me for all that came after. Which is odd, because usually the first book is not one of my favourites in series. However, because I loved Silk is for Seduction, my expectations were raised considerably and haven't been entirely met so far.

I prefer a bit more of a decent set-up between the couple, instead of them meeting and involuntarily falling into each other's arms on the very first page. Marcelline and Clevedon had a much better set-
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Jultri
I didn't like the narrator at all, especially when she voiced the heroine, so this might impact on rating. She sounded marginally better at 1.5xspeed. I just found the heroine and her persistent business-minded approach to everything rather cold and unappealing. LC made her stick to her guns and did not show us her presumed regrets at having to turn down the hero's marital proposal. We kept hearing that it was always going to be business first for her, right down to the end. He only managed to g ...more
steph
LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT.

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!
Winter Sophia Rose
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, Sexy, Engaging, Fast Paced, & Heartwarming! An Excellent Read! I Loved It!
Tin
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nadia
After a lot of skimming and sometimes even skipping a page or two, I'm finally done. It was an ordeal to read tbh. I just didn't care for the characters, the mystery, the plot, in general, I just didn't care. With the previous book, we were at least somewhat introduced to the main characters, so I was intrigued. But with Leonie, she was only mentioned in passing, just brought her up when talking about their shop, but otherwise she didn't have one line of dialogue. Made me completely disintereste ...more
Pamela Shropshire
I think this is my favorite book of the series. I adored Lisburne, the hero. And Leonie is an enchanting contradiction: mathematical, businesswoman, exuberant child. I also very much enjoyed the secondary romance between Lord Stanton and Lady Gladys. And the mystery concerning Dulcie Williams livened up what could have been a rather dull middle part of the book.

Plus, all the period poems and magazine excerpts were perfect additions. Ms. Chase’s research is impeccable; I’ve contacted her previou
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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
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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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“Did you think to have me against a tree in Hyde Park? On a public footpath?”

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

She rolled her eyes and turned away and marched down the footpath. “I can’t believe you’re playing injured innocence. Did I throw myself at you, my lord?”

“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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