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 is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford.
Though he's unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford's never been part of fashionable society, and the blonde beauty, though not entirely bereft of brains, isn't part of his plans. But Clara overwhelms even his infallible logic, and when wedlock looms, all he can do is try not to lose his head over her . . .
It's an inconvenient marriage by ordinary standards, but these two are far from ordinary. Can the ton's most adored heiress and London's most difficult bachelor fall victim to their own unruly desires?
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.
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i love loretta chase. she has a knack for creating wonderfully clever and witty characters. this story is a perfect example of how masterful she is in the the development of each character. she skillfully brings each one to life with a such depth, you feel as though they actually exist.
i absolutely adored clara and raven, and i was tickled throughout by all the characters. i truly LOL and often with this one. well done!!
A five star book
A really enjoyable read. The main characters balanced each other, and all the other characters were perfect together. The author seemed to really challenge herself in creating such a unique and interesting book. I liked that this book was so different from other historical romances. For once the male lead was in danger, not the female! There was such clever whit and conversation and depth to these characters. She really out did herself. This book just came alive, I highly recommend it. This is some of her best work by far. Read it.
Dukes prefer Blondes
Love this book! Love the Characters I liked Clare from previous books but loved her in this book Raven is my favorite love him! Great read I hope the authors next book is not too far off love her books