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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)
while i adore the popular historical romance authors of the moment (tessa dare etc), i really have to say how much i appreciate some of the older authors. they really take the time to set up place, plot, and characters in a way that makes me fall even more deeply in love with character relationships.
i really don't think loretta chase has an equal in writing banter between heroine & hero. i always find myself grinning like a big idiot at the jabs ...more
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 and equally intelligent young woman who's tired of being valued only for her looks, and of not having the ...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
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 narrat ...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 w...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 see ...more
Being considered the most beautiful and sought after girl in London might seem every girl’s ultimate wish, but for Lady Clar ...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
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
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
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
Lady Clara is courted by multiple men, but she has turned them all down with the hopes of becoming a spinster.
When Ravine steals her heart, her parents are completely against the match. He isn't fashionable or social, but he is the grandson of a Duke.
Radford was very skillful in fighting to win Clara...in court! And I loved it! ...more
It was fun and really endearing to see which man Clara has chosen! Hahaha!
I liked Oliver and how his mind worked! I also liked how he treated Clara and how he made his proposal to her parents! LOL
A sweet and nice story! ...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
24 March 2021
Listening to this for the third (or more time), I realized that I have a book-boyfriend crush on Raven Radford. He's obnoxious but loveable, and unlike many of Loretta Chase's heroes, he is not the least bit of a slow-top. ...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 ...more
She burst into tears--and not mere weeping, but great, racking sobs, as of a long pent-up grief....more
He started to reach for her and caught himself in time. "Stop it," he said, clenching his hands. "Stop it."
"No! You're such an idiot!"
"You're hysterical," he said calmly, while his heart pounded. "Don't make me pour a bucket of water on your head."
She stamped her foot again. "I'm already w-wet, you m-moron!"
"Oh good. What I always wanted. An irrational female bawling and stamping her foot, because sh
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.
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. ...more
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
There is so much to like:
Radford and Clara actually talk to each other--usually with a good deal of wit. Clara stands up for herself at all times and delivers a few home truths to Radford.
We get to witness Radford's struggles between his logical, rational barrister-self and his emotional self and he does struggle a lo ...more