Lady Clara Fairfax—from Loretta Chase’s New York Times bestselling Dressmakers series— finds her own happily ever after in this sizzling, clever romance...
Being an ornament to London’s aristocratic society has its perks, but politely declining marriage proposals from gentlemen who see only her (admittedly inspiring) beauty, or equally inspiring dowry, is starting to wear on LCF. Her only escape is her favorite charity. When she learns that a child is in trouble, she turns to the expert on that subject: tall, dark and supremely annoying barrister, Oliver Radford.
Radford is a barrister renowned for his brilliance and complete disregard for politeness and polite society; ironic, now that he finds himself in line to inherit a dukedom. Lady Clara is utterly lovely, and may not be entirely bereft of brains, but she isn’t part of his plans, until she somehow overwhelms his own infallible logic. When wedlock looms, all he can do is try not to lose his head over her, unlike every other sapskull in London.
It's an inconvenient marriage by ordinary standards, but the ton’s most adored heiress and most difficult bachelor are far from ordinary. Has England’s least likely couple fallen victim to their own unruly desires?
“Queen of love and laughter Chase returns with a laugh-out-loud novel destined for the keeper shelf. There’s hardly time to breathe between giggles and guffaws...The result is perfection.” –Romantic Times, TOP PICK
“One of the finest romance authors of all time.” –Julia Quinn
“Wickedly witty, warm, and engaging.” –Stephanie Laurens
Chase's fourth entry in the Dressmakers Series (after Vixen in Velvet) is a scintillating and sensual read. Thirteen years after Oliver "Raven" Radford and Lady Clara scuffled with Raven's cousin Bernard, Lady Clara and Raven are reunited at his London law office. Clara wants to find Toby, a pauper boy. Raven knows this involves infiltrating the dangerous street gang run by the notorious Jacob Freame (who already has a vendetta against Raven), but he realizes that he faces an even greater peril that of falling in love with the beautiful, blond Clara. What ensues is a blend of action and suspense set amid Clara and Raven's witty banter and increasing sexual tension, as they scheme against shady characters and navigate their growing love for each other. In addition to the powerful social commentary on women's role in society and the life of youth in London's poverty-ridden back alleys and schools, Chase's tongue-in-cheek tone captures tender and humorous nuances in character descriptions and actions, creating fully realized characters and a rich plot.