Thursday, December 31, 2015

DUKES PREFER BLONDES Review & Giveaway with Loretta Chase

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The Dressmakers #4
Loretta Chase
Releasing December 29th,2015
Avon Books

Lady Clara, the fan-favorite character from Loretta Chase’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Dressmakers series, finally gets her own happily ever after!

Convenient marriages are rarely so…exciting. Can society’s most adored heiress and London’s most difficult bachelor fall victim to their own unruly desires?

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 goes missing, she turns to Oliver Radford—a handsome, brilliant, excessively conceited barrister.

Having unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford needs a bride who can navigate the Society he’s never been part of. If he can find one without having to set foot in a ballroom, so much the better. Clara—blonde, blue-eyed, and he must admit, not entirely bereft of brains—will do. As long as he can woo her, wed her—and not, like every other sapskull in London, lose his head over her…

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I tend not to read many historical romances  but once in a while one will catch my eye and this one was the lucky ones. I haven't read a book by Chase before but found this one highly entertaining.

Lady Clara is beautiful and intelligent. She isn't lacking for a suitor but she is looking for more from any man. She wants someone who looks beyond her beauty and the money she has. Oliver might be happy with life but he feels like he is missing something and when Lady Clara comes back into his life things might work out.

These two had somewhat of a history. They met a summer when they were younger but haven't seen each other in years. Clara needs Oliver's help in finding a young boy which causes these two to work closely together. I loved these two together. They are both very intelligent and have mutual respect for one another.

Since this is the first book I have read in this series I didn't feel totally attached to these characters and this world. I think it would have been different if I started this series from the beginning.

I did enjoy the dialogue and the sarcasm Chase included in the characters. I also enjoyed the descriptions and learning about dress making.

Overall I was satisfied with the ending. I do wish these two would have gotten together sooner but I did love how they took their time.

Since I did love the way Chase told this story I am actually looking forward to reading future books of hers.

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Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets-as a meter maid-and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early 19th century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita. For more about her past, her books, and what she does and doesn’t do on social media, please visit her website

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing DUKES PREFER BLONDES!