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Silk Is for Seduction

(The Dressmakers #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  10,901 ratings  ·  899 reviews
From the Design Book of Marcelline Noirot:
The allure of the perfect gown should be twofold:
ladies would die to wear it . . .
and gentlemen would kill to remove it!

Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirot is London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning the fu
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Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Avon (first published June 2011)
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Dija
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who trusts Ilona Andrews.
Recommended to Dija by: Samina The Story Devourer
A 5-star book, as perceived by yours truly, should meet the following requirements:

1. It should either make my (A) stomach ache from laughing, (B) cheeks hurt from grinning, and/or (C) eyes fill with tears, since that's the closest I ever come to bawling.
2. The writing should be expressive enough to make me genuinely feel the characters and their emotions.
3. The story should at least be intriguing enough that I never, ever have to force myself to read on.
4. The plot should be so thoroughly engr
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Ms. Smartarse
Marceline Noirot, the self-proclaimed "greatest modiste in all the world" has her eye on the future duchess of Clevedon, one of the worst dressed young ladies of the season. Technically speaking, the duke of Clevedon has yet to propose to anyone, but it's clear to everyone (the duke included) that Lady Clara Fairfaix is the destined one.

Marceline sets out to Paris, to woo the oh-so-charming duke of Clevedon, or rather his money. And don't you dare imagine that she's doing all this covertly. Oh n
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Mandi
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quote: He was a predator. So was she.

Marcelline Noirot and her two sisters own a dress shop, a moderately successful one, having only one larger, more prestigious client. Marcelline lives and breathes this shop. It not only supports her family, but designing is in her soul. It is her passion. But they know they need someone big, someone who will get all the ton pointed in their direction so they can wipe out all of their competition. When they read in a gossip paper that the Duke of Cle
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Wicked Incognito Now
This is a cross-class romance.
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My short opinion: Predictable and melodramatic. Lacking in believable character motivations and interactions.

I know I'm in the minority here. Most reviewers have LOVED this novel. I didn't. But I may be biased against the trope in general.

I really hate cross-class romances. They don't sit well with me at all. I think they're unrealistic. The power balance between the H and H is too off for comfort. The power sits entirely with the aristo (usually the male). The fema
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Mo
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one. Fast paced. Strong heroine who took no shit from the Duke of Clevedon. I have read and enjoyed other books by this author. I will probably continue with the next book in the series at some stage.



I cannot sew to save my life but I do try when called upon. As I was the other night to sew a button on my son's pants/trousers - It wasn't pretty but it did the trick.


She tasted like forbidden fruit.
She tasted, in truth, like trouble.



"Think for once, your Grace, of someone ot
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
May 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicks who are into historical romances, obviously
Recommended to Anzu by: Ilona Andrews - grrrr!!!
Silk Is For Seduction was supposed to be the historical romance book that will make me forget all the crap I’ve gotten from this genre in the past and make me see that there are still good stories belonging to this genre out there.



Oh I’m sorry Mrs. Chase, was there supposed to be a plot there? I seem to have missed it with all the growing erections popping up like mushrooms in a forest after heavy rain.

What was this book all about? Making dresses for stuck up aristocrats? Or more likely about t
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Stacey is Sassy
I finally got around to this one...

I'm going to sound like a complete snob, but, I can't help but agree that the classes shouldn't mix...in my historical romance reads. I LOVE Loretta Chase and have enjoyed reading some of her previous stories. When I read the blurb for this one, I wasn't sure she would be able to convince me that a Duke could happily marry a Dressmaker and keep his place in society. Well, I guess it comes down to love because love breaks all the rules.

In the end, I enjoyed Silk
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Wollstonecrafthomegirl
This improved as it went along, but we did not start out friends, this book and I. And I've thought on it and I cannot give it more than 3 stars.

It's Chase so it's nicely written and feels sort of historically appropriate (a Duke marrying a dressmaker is far fetched and there's no way the heroines rep wouldn't be ruined by the way she behaves in this book). There are some lovely descriptions of clothes, which, frankly, there should be if you're going to take on dress-making as a subject. Sex wa
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Elizabeth
Loretta Chase’s historicals never disappoint. Silk Is For Seduction is the first in a new series and features a heroine who is a refreshingly hard-headed businesswoman and the hero who simply can’t resist her amoral charms.
Tom
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This tool toting, fishing rod slinging, maintenance man is going 4.5 on his first historical romance novel recommended by Dija about a dress maker and a Duke??? Although I’m not sure how much historical romance I will be delving into in the future I don’t think I could have had a better introduction to the Genre. After some discussions on what to expect in this Genre I found myself pleasantly sucked into this story from the start. I started under the radar in case I didn’t like it. When I put it ...more
Lauren
Silk is for Seduction
3 Stars

Determined to solidify her position as London's most gifted and creative dressmaker, Marcelline Noirot sets her sights on designing the wedding trousseau of the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride. All she has to do is convince the duke, which is no easy task given both his reluctance to marry as well as his penchant for seducing beautiful women. When the two meet, however, sparks fly and Marcelline realizes that her ambition might just be her downfall.

Not the stronges
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Catherine
I love capable heroines and Chase is great at writing just that. She has the talent to have the heroine come out on top and coolly confound the hero at every turn, without making him seem like a dolt. He’s just…flummoxed by her. I love a good flummox. ;)

Chase takes this story in a rarely seen direction and casts the heroine as a dressmaker. I’m used to seeing class differences in HR, but I can’t say that I’ve seen many like this. Not only is the heroine a dressmaker, she’s “the greatest modiste
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Caz
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A+ for narration and B+ for story at AAR, which I suppose technically makes it 5 stars. I'll go with that, because the performance is utterly superb.

Kate Reading’s narration of Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrelsis an audio triumph, an absolutely perfect meshing of one of the best historical romances with a nuanced and note-perfect performance by a highly talented narrator. Naturally, seeing that Ms. Reading had been engaged to narrate the audiobook versions of Ms. Chase’s late
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Vintage
If you like Lord of Scoundrels, these two characters are cousins under the skin. The heroine is a charming, conniving scoundrel of a character that wants the Duke...for his fiancee. She wants to clothe the next Duchess as it will cement her and her sister's modiste shop.

The H is a Duke and doesn't understand why as a Duke he can't get just what he wants when he wants it. He wants the tempting and mercurial heroine not the girl he is engaged to be engaged to and loves like a sister.

It was good bu
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Hirondelle
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
When the book arrived I was somewhat reassured by its size. I loved the characters and dialogue in LC´s previous book but it was flimsy and with some threads left hanging. This is quite a bit longer, and much more "finished". Though still going on pre-judging by appearances, I hate the cover. It is a particularly horrible dress to put in the cover of a book about a stylish modiste. Oh well.

This book reminded me a lot of Lord Perfect, though a bit simpler, with some common elements. Namely a very
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LuvBug (*Formerly Luvgirl)
2.5 stars. Ever since I read MR. Perfect and liked LC humorous prose, I tried most of her past books and started looking forward to her new releases, but alas, none of them were ever as good as “MR. Perfect” with the exception of “Your scandalous Ways” which pushed the limits a little and raised LC’s skills a notch in my eyes. This book was just okay for me. There was nothing spectacular about it. The hero’s fiancé was too unrealistic in that she knew that the heroine was trying to steal her man ...more
Gio Listmaker
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this last year. Goodreads Gremlins unrated it once again!!

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Kelly22
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of sweet fluffy love-hate romance plots with witty banters leaving a smile on the face!
Recommended to Kelly22 by: Sababa
4.00 Stars - Historical Romance!

I loved this book and was glad to pick this up thanks to Sababa’s recommendation. This first installment in the series promotes the good old ‘love-hate’ romance theme of a snarky heroine and a reluctantly obsessed (with her) hero whom she manages to wrap up in her fingers and roams about the whole book only to end up in a beautiful romance story with a refreshing setting.

Marcelline came about as an ambitious 19th century dressmaker who is trying to establish her
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♥ Beth
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It was amazing! 5 HUGE ★!

Wow... I'm not sure if I can adequately express how much I loved Silk Is For Seduction. I was completely drawn into the story from page one and couldn't put it down! The heroine, Marcelline Noirot is easily one of my favorite heroines ever. With so much smarts, determination, spunk and sass, she is definitely a lady born before her time and she is not above using some sly methods to achieve her successes. So when the Duke of Clevedon, who has had his life plans set and l
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Catherine
I loved it. It was completely unrealistic, but it's HR, come on, what do you want? It's a fairy tale for sure but it was fun, funny, sad, sweet, and smexy. I recommend! ...more
Gerbera_Reads
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, victorian
This was definitely a story to sink my teeth into! Despite some minor hiccups I enjoyed it immensely. It was rich in language, events, scenery, people and intrigue. Marcelline and Gervase perfectly matched each other in passion, intellect and tenacity. Who could have thought that the world of fashion would be so exciting and dangerous?! It was really fascinating to observe the Noirot sisters bring Beau Monde to their knees with their beautiful dresses and cunning maneuvers.

Marcelline, the eldes
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G.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5
Duke meets... seamstress. And we all know how it ends. Silk is for Seduction definitely requires suspension of disbelief, but the banter is fun. The hero is OK. I really liked the heroine, though. Overall, it's a solid historical romance romp.
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Candice Hern
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to preface this review by saying how much I despise the fashion of the 1830s. I'm a Regency girl at heart, but there are other periods of fashion that I like. But the 1830s, IMO, represents the absolute nadir of female fashion.

Having said that, I must confess that Loretta Chase has done the impossible. In this book, she made me feel as though the fashions of 1835 (the peak of 1830s hideousness) were actually beautiful. Her glorious descriptions of the dresses, the loving detail given to e
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Addie H
4.5 stars

A kick ass heroine - fantastic dialogue

- “Ah, there you are,” Clevedon said, as though he’d stumbled upon her by accident.
“As you see,” she said. “I have not shredded the curtains, or scratched the furniture.”
“No, I reckon you’re saving your claws for me,” he said.

- “I am a patroness of a charitable establishment for women. Her ladyship was so generous as to allow me to take half the discards for my girls.”
“Your girls,” he said. “You—you’re a philanthropist?” He laughed.
She longed to
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Jill
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
After three years abroad Gervaise Angier, the Duke of Clevedon is at last returning to England. Though not officially engaged to Lady Clara, the Earl of Longmore's sister, she is nevertheless his intended and word is about that she will soon become the Duchess of Clevedon.

Marcelline Noirot and her sisters, Sophia and Leonie are the proprietresses of 'Maison Noirot', the dressmaking establishment for ladies of the upper classes. Upon hearing this bit of news, Marcelline decides to travel to Fran
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Becca
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Silk is for Seduction was a difficult book for me to rate and I needed a few days to figure out my feelings.

In this Loretta Chase novel, we are introduced to a mercenary, brilliantly talented set of sisters who are willing to do whatever it takes to make their dressmaking shop succeed in London. Their latest scheme is to woo the Duke of Clevedon to ensure that his future duchess patronizes their shop.

The Duke of Clevedon and the eldest dressmaking sister Marcelline, are both expert manipulators.
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Suz
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance Readers
Recommended to Suz by: Kitt
Shelves: romance, historical
4.5 Stars. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than I expected to. The characters were likable but not perfect. I enjoyed that the heroine was the alpha, and that she was strong and sensible. I liked that she was shamelessly pragmatic without being selfish or cruel.

The hero was as arrogant as you might expect a high ranking aristocrat from this time to be, but his was the arrogance of youth given to him by a lifetime of privilege, not a lifetime of fighting and taking what he wanted. He was smart a
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Splage
4 1/2 star read. Great story, loved the heroine and how she can handle herself in any situation. Really took off in the beginning with amazing sexual tension, slowed a little bit, but still fabulous. I also enjoyed the anticipation of finding out who she really was and what her story was about - not predictable. I loved the description of all the fabulous gowns the sisters created- I am such a girl about fashion and every dress they made seemed like a Cinderella dress. It was such a true love th ...more
Mai
Oct 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
“Wooden “heroine ! “less than intelligent “ hero !!
This book really wasn’t that bad .I was entertained many times .but why did I give it 2 stars only ?
Before I start I should warn u there are POSSIBLE SPOILERS
And the fact is that this is just my opinion and how I felt about the book.
The heroine :
I felt I never KNEW the hero and the heroine .The heroine was cold ,WOODEN ,manipulative and she seems to lack emotions .I had the same problem with LORD OF SCOUNDRELS .Jessica was less cold but never p
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Sharon
Here are some of my thoughts:
• It is honestly just so shallow. I was waiting for depth of some sort, and we kinda get to that at the very end, but it still fell short.
• And this rarely happens, but even the 6-year-old kid of the protagonist annoyed the fuck out of me. If the author is trying to make the guy appear more deep due to his relationship with the girl – it just did not work. He bought her things and she loved it, and acted like a brat when she didn’t get what she want. They didn’t talk
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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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