Silk Is for seduction

Silk Is for seductionA 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 engrossing that I only put the book aside out of necessity 5 Even before reading the ending, I should be recommending the book to all my friends and calculating how soon I should reread it so that the experience will still be as absorbing as it was the first time around Seeing as this book is recommended by one of my all time favorite authors, Ilona Andrews, to say my expectations were high would be a major understatement I tried extremely hard to squelch my anticipation with the fear that it would ruin this book as it has so many others, but I needn t have worried Chase had me so utterly enthralled in her world, all apprehensive and skeptical thoughts vanished even before I finished the first chapter Truthfully, I m a little shocked myself at how deeply I fell in love with this story Marcelline is unlike any other heroine I ve ever come across in all the historicals I ve read For one thing, she isn t an aristocrat or a desperate spinster For another, she s a rare blend of ambitious, sassy, collected, passionate, and mysterious that I found myself constantly in awe of This is one woman I wouldn t even dream of messing around with Clevedon, while not being the most original character out there, still had an incomparable charm that made me fall in love with him regardless While reading Silk Is for Seduction, the only thing I was afraid Chase wouldn t be able to pull off convincingly was Celevedon and Marcelline s relationship It s unheard of for a working woman of the Regency Era to be anything but the mistress of a duke, and I was anxious about how Chase would describe it without it coming across as far fetched or implausible Again, I really shouldn t have worried Without giving away the ending, I ll simply say that it s believable, realistic, and absolutely perfect Chase tackles the expected issues that arise with Marcelline and Clevedon being a couple head on instead of brushing them off, and I believe this is what made me add her to my favorite authors list I read this book in two sittings I loved reading it, I loved the writing, I loved Marcelline and Clevedon, and above all, I loved their romance The banter between the two was witty, natural, and delightfully charming I adore how their relationship was built on so much than just passion there was also trust, friendship, respect, and of course, love between them Silk Is for Seduction is one of the best books I ve ever read and I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a beautiful and unforgettable story For reviews, visit my blog. This is a cross class romance.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 female often works in the service class or is a prostitute of some sort, or maybe she s a petty thief In any case, the outcome is MIND NUMBINGLY predictable The aristo must come down in level to meet her He must make concessions for her lack of class He must lower himself It s icky because she has to be Oh So Grateful that he is willing to Lower Himself What bugs me most about these types of romances is that the hero ALMOST ALWAYS asks her to be his mistress first Pluh.That shows how little he really respects her, right Note This doesn t happen in THIS novel But I m ranting on the trope in general Just go with it The Pretty Woman offer is that the rich aristocrat will offer the whore who is never REALLY a whore the deal of a life time She will be put up as a HIGH CLASS whore while the rich dude marries someone appropriate Of course, realistically, the prostitute low class woman would accept this offer But never in these romances No, she will refuse out of pride and love for the jack ass.So, she refuses the offer Like any good Pretty Woman would, she martyrs herself because she loves him too much to be his paid whore But then he Comes Up to Scratch Offers to Lower Himself for the love of a Pretty Woman.But then she will eventually accept him, and of course the truth will come out that she is inevitably Well Born from a family that was Down on Their Luck.La La Happily Ever After.But I still see this as an exceedingly unbalanced relationship She will always be the woman that he had to come down in stature to accept She will always be a high class courtesan They will be OUTCASTS.AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE THE MAN WHO OFFERED TO SET HER UP AS HIS MISTRESS.It s not romantic to me It s icky Besides, I can never get behind a hero who takes a mistress while he s married Why doesn t that cause the heroine lose interest in him This guy who will cheat on his wife and deign to PAY the heroine to sleep with him I have no respect for this type of hero, regardless that mistress having was common practice for the time although, I m not sure that s altogether true I think it s somewhat of a romance novel invention. 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 no, she s making things clear from the get go As expected, the duke and Marceline both lose their heads in the process, ironically creating a scandal that may well alienate the future duchess of Clevedon.This must ve been the first book that I have found simultaneously enjoyable and hugely disappointing On the one hand, it made me laugh, and had me glued to it from start to finish, just waiting to see what ll happen next The sex scenes on the other hand were just plain boring They d all start out promising enough, but as they progressed on to the risque details I just lost interest Heck, I even skipped a few of them entirely, because they bored me so much.To be fair, it s entirely possible that Ms Chase s writing style is fine, and it s just me who lost interest in the genre After all, I have loved her Scoundrels series, for all its heart fluttering moments Score 2.8 5 stars because it just couldn t get me in the proper mood Otherwise, a good book well written, full of hilarious scenes, presenting an interesting look into the cut throat world of Victorian era fashion. 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, 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 Clevedon, may finally be coming home from Paris to claim his bride Clara, Marcelline knows they need this future duchess as a client But instead of wooing Clara, Marcelline heads for Paris to go on a hunt.Clevedon and Clara have been intended for each other for years Clevedon is actually her father s former ward Growing up together, they are great friends, and actually have love for each other But over the past couple years, Clara has needed to time to mourn the passing of her grandmother, and Clevedon has needed time to go abroad and sow his oats They write letters every week to each other, and are fond of one another But Marcelline storming into Paris, with her amazing gowns and vibrant personality, may just be enough to throw Clevedon off track After seeing her at the opera, and getting an introduction, Clevedon starts to become a bit obsessed Marcelline knows exactly what she wants from Clevedon his future bride But as she plays this game with Clevedon to win over his money, she also starts to fall for him.Meanwhile, Marcelline s dressmaker competition, Downes, will do anything to steal her designs, but the sisters are not dumb, and they are ready for a battle.Silk is for Seduction is one of my favorite books I have read this year.There is so much that stands out in this book Marcelline is just a shopkeeper with no title For her, her appearance is everything It is what gets her noticed or when she doesn t want to be noticed, just part of the crowd She must look and play the part so at first we must focus on her outside beauty, and how she portrays herself Of course, she wouldn t last long in upper society if she didn t have an internal strength and smarts about her She can curtsey like no other She can flirt with the best of them She is witty, sly, and never loud or obvious She is a mystery to Clevedon Her beauty is what draws him to her at first But then who she is intrigues him Just as he slowly unravels the real Marcelline, Loretta Chase does the same for the reader She drops in small and sometimes large tidbits very nonchalantly You feel surprised and a bit baffled right along with Clevedon.Clevedon has long been intended to Clara They have never been lovers, but they are good friends Both are not dreading this impending betrothal, but both are not rushing towards the alter either My first thought was how am I going to feel about Clevedon on such good terms with Clara, falling for another woman And while he doesn t necessarily hide the fact that he met and spent time with Marcelline, he never comes clean with the actual emotional attachment he has with her at first Of course when they all end up in London together, Clara catches on quick And I love that she doesn t hide She confronts Marcelline She may be a little na ve, but I give her credit for not sitting in the shadows Is Clara hurt Sure But I don t think she is ever betrayed And I like that we get to see the journey Clara goes on, and she is better off for it.The Clevedon we come to know is such a sweet, good guy There are a few parts towards the end, where Marcelline needs help and what he does for her made me smile so big and I might even have wiped away a tear We not only get these lovely warm moments, but the banter between Clevedon and Marcelline is so entertaining and well done.And before I go, I must mention the smexy parts while there is wonderful tension in this book, the love scenes are intense and filled with as much passion as these two characters And there is carriage smex, does it get better It was as stormy a kiss as the last time, but different He was angry with her she was angry with him But far than anger was at work between them This time she wasn t in control She was drowning in feeling, in the taste of him, and the scent of his skin and the feel of his hard body under hers, and his hand so tight in her hair, possessive.A lifetime had passed since a man had held her like this.She knew a part of her mind knew she needed to break away from him But first oh, a little.Most importantly, this book is so romantic The looks between the Clevedon and Marcelline The witty banter The tension The heartbreak and angst The warmth and humor Oh all done so well One of the best books I have read this year.Rating A 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 likely about the duke wanting to bang the dressmaker That s it Why would I want to read something like this I wouldn t.No, you can t possibly change my mind I need a good plot for me to like a book Sex just won t do it.No, you can t change my mind.Or maybe if it s a book about Barrons But that s where I draw the line Oh why Ilona Andrews, why did you like this book Why did you make me waste my time like this sobs So this is officially the last historical romance I ll ever try At least not for the next few years Maybe later I ll get 14 cats and feel desperate enough to read this crap again Oh god my dead body will be eaten by cats when I get old Now that s depressing Really. 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 other than yourself Sparks flew between them.Do these Your Graces even know their christian names LOL I cannot even remember his as most folks called him Clevedon or Your Grace Now he wasn t dreaming.Now he was alive, finally, after sleepwalking for a lifetime. From The Design Book Of Marcelline Noirot The Allure Of The Perfect Gown Should Be Twofold Ladies Would Die To Wear Itd 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 Future Duchess S Patronage Means Prestige And Fortune For Marcelline And Her Sisters To Get To The Lady, Though, Marcelline Must Win Over Clevedon, Whose Standards Are As High As His Morals Are NotThe Prize Seems Well Worth The Risk But This Time Marcelline S Met Her Match Clevedon Can Design A Seduction As Irresistible As Her Dresses And What Begins As A Flicker Of Desire Between Two Of The Most Passionately Stubborn Charmers In London Soon Ignites Into A Delicious Inferno And A Blazing ScandalAnd Now Both Their Futures Hang By An Exquisite Thread Of Silk I finally got around to this oneI m going to sound like a complete snob, but, I can t help but agree that the classes shouldn t mixin 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 Is for Seduction It wasn t my favourite by Loretta Chase but it was still bloody good I guess the main problem for me is that Clevedon is a bit of a douchewaffle He s out galivanting in France while his intended not the heroine waits patiently back in England as he sows his wild oats Nice view spoiler I loved that Clara tells him to stick it where the sun don t shine when he finally gets around to proposing to his like a sister intended hide spoiler 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 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 was good too I liked the characterization of the hero It was nice to have his idleness and his apathy highlighted by the heroine who is very far from either of those things and nice to see him grow as a result of his feelings for her That said, there were too many elements to him, really Dead mother in a tragic accident nothing too much came of that And a prior engagement to a girl he plainly only loved as a sister which lingered for way too long The heroine was inconsistent All about the business and her family but then she risks everything, absolutely everything, in her affair with the hero And that s where we come on to my big gripe plot and motivation.The heroine wants to snare the hero s fianc e as a client So she absolutely cannot be seen to be a romantic rival for her What well bred woman is going to have her clothes made by the vixen ensnaring the husbands fianc es beaux of her clientele None of them So what does she do She flirts with him She takes his cravat pin and exchanges it for one of her pins She kisses him in the middle of an argument this was a particularly irritating moment for me She goes with him, unaccompanied, to a massive society ball She lets him into her shop and sleeps with him She stays with him in his house and she accepts a bunch of money from him even if it is a loan.This was a bit too much for me Badly plotted given what Chase wants us to believe about the heroine s motivations and her character Particularly bad in Paris, which is the start of the book, hence my visceral dislike of it in those early stages And it soured me on the relationship It got better as it went on and their behaviour made a bit sense in the context of how his fianc e reacted But still, brings the rating down I will pick up the rest in the series though, because Chase has some stellar writing chops and she s entertaining. 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.

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

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 371 pages
  • Silk Is for seduction
  • Loretta Chase
  • English
  • 21 July 2018
  • 9780061632686

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