Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: Silk is for Seduction

Marcelline Noirot comes from a family of swindlers. But now that her con-artist parents are dead, she and her sisters are working to make a respectable living as dressmakers. Of course, they may have to resort to an underhanded trick here or there, but Marcelline is a skilled modiste. She just needs to establish the right clientele.

She sets her sights on the future Duchess of Clevedon. It's true that the dowdy Clara isn't actually engaged to the Duke yet, but society deems that it's only a matter of time before it becomes official. So Marcelline begins ingratiating herself into the Duke's life. She meets him in Paris, stunning him with her charms and her wiles. And she makes no bones about the fact that she is using him to get to his prestigious intended. But Marcelline doesn't count on the sizzling attraction between Clevedon and herself. And once she allows herself to know his kiss, she rushes back to London, hoping to beat the gossip over her meeting with the Duke.

Marcelline's plan actually begins to work when she gets home. Clevedon makes good on his promise to facilitate a relationship between her and Clara. But despite his lingering affection for Clara, he can't stop his driving need to get closer to Marcelline. As he spends more and more time in her world, he gets to know her sisters and her precocious daughter, Lucie. Once he starts to care for the child, he's fighting a losing battle for his affections.

I really enjoyed this book. Marcelline is a fantastic heroine. She is tough, resourceful, and determined. She is unwavering in her determination to be successful in her shop and to create the kind of stability her family has never known. Her only failing is her inability to suppress her growing feelings for Clevedon. Neither is really the aggressor in the relationship... things simply evolve into a passion neither one can deny. The sexual tension is great --but just as taut is the emotional tension. For their own reasons, each is convinced that they must ignore their feelings for the greater good. But that makes it all the more exciting when the walls come down. This book is romantic and sweet and still very sexy. Almost 5 stars.

*ARC Provided by NetGalley
Silk is for Seduction 
by Loretta Chase
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Avon

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At Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 8:53:00 PM CDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happened upon your recommendation on this book and have just finished reading it. THANK YOU! I thought it was fantastic!

What really made this book stand out to me was the excellent prose; it was intelligent and clever and well-written, and I didn't find the characters silly or one-dimensional like in so many other books in this genre. Also, as the romance is drawn out (as they inevitably are), I felt it was done so with logic and depth, unlike other books where the reasoning for the lovers' separation is very shallow. I so empathized with the characters that at their first liaison, I felt heartbroken myself, because I knew as they did that it could never work. It was very well done.

I was also entranced by the world of a modiste in this era (the reason I decided to try it in the first place), and though Marcelline's attitudes felt perhaps anachronistic, I was delighted to see that aspect of history portrayed through her eyes.

In short, if this was an accurate sample of Loretta Chase's work, I'm going to thoroughly enjoy going through all the rest of her books.

At Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 8:04:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. I am so glad you enjoyed the book.

I picked up the Lord of Scoundrels a couple of weeks ago and I really liked that one too. --I'll definitely be reading more from Loretta Chase!


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