Vixen In Velvet
The Dressmakers #3
by Loretta Chase
On Sale: 06/24/2014
Mass Market Paperback/E-book/Pages: 384
Book provided by publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein are my own except as noted.
From the Diary of Leonie Noirot: The perfect corset should invite its undoing . . .
Lethally charming Simon Blair, Marquess of Lisburne, has reluctantly returned to London for one reason only: a family obligation. Still, he might make time for the seduction of a certain redheaded dressmaker—but Leonie Noirot hasn’t time for him. She’s obsessed with transforming his cousin, the dowdy Lady Gladys, into a swan.
Leonie’s skills can coax curves—and profits—from thin air, but his criminally handsome lordship is too busy trying to seduce her to appreciate her genius. He badly needs to learn a lesson, and the wager she provokes ought to teach him, once and for all.
A great plan, in theory—but Lisburne’s become a serious distraction and Leonie’s usual logic is in danger of slipping away as easily as a silk chemise. Could the Season’s greatest transformation be her own? http://www.lorettachase.com/vixen-in-velvet/
I enjoyed the interaction between t Lisburne and Leonie, the main characters in this story. At times it is silkily poetic and desperately passionate. But, while no series info is offered in the cover, or the websites, I often felt lost for lack of backstory. On Amazon the series is listed as The Dressmakers. There are many references to backstory, a missing sister waiting for public ADD to engage, and there’s some massive secret regarding origins.
Lisburne’s and Leonie’s relationship is filled with banter and snark, heat and spark. These two characters feel right and destined, and I loved the kind of naughty they get up to. And, I was amused with how besotted and silly Lisburne becomes as he is enchanted by Leonie. The drawing-room-comedy between the two feels like something out of a wonderful old movie with Cary Grant or David Niven and Carole Lombard or Katherine Hepburn, or like something funny from Oscar Wilde.
And I liked how good Leonie is as a business woman. She is capable and exacting. And she is loyal to her business and charities. It’s interesting how women in business weren’t considered “ladies” and didn’t need chaperones. Women’s rights are often an issue in historical romance. We have it so good here, now.
But other parts of the plot were too nebulous for me to understand; they are thrown out offhandedly, as if I should already know what’s happening. There was simply not enough of an explanation for the mysterious events, and Leonie’s mysterious surveillance abilities. This is the backstory thing. I don;t think this is a stand-alone book.
Also, I was a little confused about the time period. It feels Victorian, and yet there’s a reference to a King (one of the George’s I think IV) being sent off to the navy at a young age.
There are great descriptions of Vauxhall, which I have always wished I could see to understand its tawdry grandeur. And, great fun is poked at bad poetry.
But if you seek hot and sweet, like salted caramel over spicy chocolate the romance part of this historical will be your just dessert!At Publisher At Amazon At B&N