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Preview — Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase
Dukes Prefer Blondes
Biweekly marriage proposals from men who can't see beyond her (admittedly breathtaking) looks are starting to get on Lady Clara Fairfax's nerves. Desperate to be something more than ornamental, she escapes to her favorite charity. When a child is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford.
This is about Clara and Raven recognizing and understanding each other's intelligence and desires, both to improve their world and to explore their attraction to each other. The result is a fast-paced, sparkling duel of minds as Clara emerges as a force to be reckoned with.(less)
Set in England in the mid-1830s, the romance is between Oliver Radford, a successful and alarmingly intelligent barrister *fistpump for a lawyer hero*, and Lady Clara Fairfax, a lovely young woman who's tired of being valued only for her looks, and of ...more
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Lady Clara comes from a loving, titled, and rich family, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful. Even with all these advantages, Clara is still denied the one thing she truly craves, freedom. The early 1800s are not a forgiving time for women and the naturally intelligent and commanding Clara has been forced into a silent pretty ...more
Thank you, Loretta Chase, for listening to your fans and giving Lady Clara Fairfax her own happily ever after. We first met Lady Clara, daughter of the Marquess of Warford, in Silk Is for Seduction, when she was unofficially betrothed to her childhood friend, the Duke of Clevedon. She was perfectly beautiful and beautifully perfect – except for one thing. Clara's wardrobe was dreadful, and the French-English Noirot sisters were determined to get her as a client for their dressmaker shop. They di ...more
4.8 Stars - Terrific!! Perfectly sweet romantic, subtle ironic funny with a delightfully teasing tone, and so very well narrated, etc etc.
Ahhh!! This was great. Happydancing great.
Dukes Prefers Blondes is the young very beautiful Lady Clara Fairfax and the clever barrister Oliver Radford's lovely enjoying love-journey.
Dukes Prefers Blondes had it all I want in a audiobook HR...
We gets a good enough storyline and plot. There is a fantastic narration by one o ...more
Clara is a force to be reckoned with which is one of the things I lo ...more
“Your obnoxiousness knows no bounds.”
“You knew I was obnoxious when you married me. All the world knows it. My picture is in the dictionary next to the word.”
“You’re not even trying,” she said.
“I don’t actually have to try to be obnoxious,” he said. “It comes quite naturally.”
Lady Clara Fairfax is considered one of the most beautiful ladies of society. She is used to receiving marriage proposals from men who are only interested in her looks and cares nothing for her as person. Because she wou...more
Being considered the most beautiful and sought after girl in London might seem every girl’s ultimate wish, but for Lady Clar ...more
"Dukes prefer blondes" es una novela de personajes, no de trama. Es decir, no estamos ante una historia llena de acción, sino ante una historia que se basa en la evolución de dos personajes muy originales, únicos incluso, y de cómo conocerse les hace cambiar y vivir una historia de amor preciosa e increíblemente distinta.
Clara Fairfax es hija de un noble, recibirá una dote amplísima, es guapa y esta harta de vivir sin hacer nada de ...more
This fourth book in Loretta Chase’s Dressmaker series takes up the story of Lady Clara Fairfax, who has been a recurring secondary character since the first book, Silk Is for Seduction. Clara is the most sought-after young lady in London – possibly in the whole of England. She’s beautiful, of excellent lineage and well-dowered, but is suffocating in her life of seemi ...more
Firstly, I really struggled to finish this book. I was so bored that I finished 6 loads of laundry while reading. This means that I chose laundry over reading - 6 loads of hauling, washing, drying, folding - over reading. (Maybe you are one of those people that are always on top of laundry and it never morphs into a man-eating mountain, well, I'm happy for you. In my house, laundry is done when we are down to the mismatched socks with holes in the toes).
The problem is that t ...more
Our heroine, Clara, is a familiar character from Chase's Dressmakers series, where she quickly became their favourite client (she was very beautiful and well-connected, as well as being a thoroughly lovely person). (view spoiler)[ Her brother ends up marrying one of the modistes (hide spoiler)]
But she is an intelligent woman who, because of her beauty and the fact that she is an aristocratic lady, is never taken seriously. Potential suitors only see her looks, her titl ...more
This series is hit or miss for me as a whole and I found this one to be a huge miss. It was extremely hard to maintain any interest. Uneven pacing, choppy writing, and a unlikable hero whose insults are framed as foreplay left me feeling rather antagonistic towards the rom ...more
I'm not reviewing this elsewhere and I've already reviewed the book HERE, so this is just an add-on about the audiobook version.
As usual, Kate Reading's performance is superb; she has an amazing affinity for Loretta Chase's deadpan humour and, in the wonderfully snarky exchanges between Clara and Radford is simply brilliant. She always does a great job with the heroes, but I have to make special mention of her interpretation of Radford in this, because she g ...more
The banter is to die for. The hero and heroine book have such sexy, sexy brains.
I had not read any of the other books in the series and that didn't dampen my enjoyment one bit.
They are a complex couple. Chase does such a wonderful job with the mixed emotions and falling in love.
The romance is in perfect balance with the action of the story. I can't wait to reread my favorite parts. This is a book I wi ...more
The kiss was long and deep and joyful and filled with promise of future joy.Pick me up off the floor . . . because ****SWOON**** that was the best thing ever!
Honestly, this book took me completely by surprise. I mean, yes, it's a British historical . . . there was the requisite dry, subtle humor, conflict, and no lack of historical detail, but that doesn't always equal fabulous.
Well, let me assure you, this one was FABULOUS!
Oliver 'Raven' Radford is the grandson of a duke and r ...more
This is book 4 in the Dressmakers series and you’ll remember Clara as the woman who was supposed to marry the hero in Silk is For Seduction. She is a sweet girl who the Noirot sisters took under their ...more
Lady Clara is much more believable as a woman living in the 19th century - suffocated by her own life and by others' expectations of her that she should be like a house plant, good for decorative purposes only. Clara felt pressured by her peers - and even ...more
The first half was good, full of insights and actions. Good repartee too.
But after the wedding, it's all about lust and making out. The carefully thought characters were drown out.
And of course Raven Radford will become duke. It was told right from the beginning, wasn't it?
Still, this one was better than the last one though.
Fans of Loretta Chase know that she loves to write romantic tales concerning highly intelligent couples that are attracted to one another, first and foremost, by their complementary intellect. Dukes Prefer Blondes definitely delivers on this front. You will not be at a loss for witty repartees, even if at times you may want to throttle the hero for some of his seemingly less than complimentary views of women. Fortunately, the heroine in Dukes Prefer Blondes knows just to ho ...more
What a great pair these two made. Great repartee and dialogue between them.
I laughed out loud at times with their witty and cute sassy remarks to each other. Nice chemistry and good sexual tension throughout.
The pacing overall was good but had a few spots that did seem a little slow and did drag.
The brave, clever girl was suffocating. Without obnoxious Raven Radford, she'd be stifled-- most expensively and luxuriously-- for the rest of her life....more
"If Lady Clara cared about the matters the world wants her to care about, she wouldn't have come to me," he said. "If she wanted to be afe and coddled, she wouldn't have come to me. If she believed pauper children were not her problem, she wouldn't have come to me and plagued me to help her help them. She came to me because she knew nobody else
Lady Clara finally gets her happy ending with Dukes Prefer Blondes, the conclusion to the Dressmakers series. She is the beautiful daughter of an earl and the prize client of Maison Noiret. She has had some scandals in the past, but they don't decrease the number of suitors vying for her hand. Unfortunately, Clara is looking for someone who wants something more from life than marrying a man who only sees her beauty and money. Oliver Radford is a barrister who is the cousin of a duke, b ...more