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Product Details

  • Series: Avon Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061632686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061632686
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richly imbued with sizzling sexual chemistry . . . and deftly embroidered with irresistible wit, Silk Is for Seduction is guaranteed to be a hit on any reader's runway." ---Booklist Starred Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Back Cover

From the Design Book of Marcelline Noirot:
The allure of the perfect gown should be twofold:
ladies would die to wear it . . .
and gentlemen would kill to remove it!

Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirotis London's rising star. And who better to benefitfrom her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton,the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning thefuture duchess's patronage means prestige and fortunefor Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady,though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whosestandards are as high as his morals are . . . not.

The prize seems well worth the risk—but this timeMarcelline's met her match. Clevedon candesign a seduction as irresistible as her dresses;and what begins as a flicker of desire between twoof the most passionately stubborn charmersin London soon ignites into a delicious inferno . . .and a blazing scandal.

And now both their futures hang by anexquisite thread of silk . . .


More About the Author

Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include clerical, administrative, and part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels... and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this one to lovers of historical romances.
K. M. Martin
This book is a perfect blend of engaging story, fascinating characters, witty dialogue and sizzling passion.
CarolAnn
Loved hero and heroine, but the supporting characters were flawless.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A. Schreiner on June 28, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Marcelline Noirot and her two sisters own a dress shop, a moderately successful one, having only one larger, more 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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Romance Novel Customer on July 9, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Story: 5 stars
Romance: 5 stars

This one is going on my Keeper Shelf with only about 30 other books. (That's probably impressive only if I admit that I read more than 200 books per year.)

When determining if a book is a "keeper" or not, I don't just want an "escape" (since every book should provide that to one extent or another). Rather, I take note of my EMOTIONS as I read. Another indicator is that feeling of... "I can't wait to read the next page, chapter, etc but at the same time, I don't want it to end."

This story had me chuckling from the very beginning. I was absolutely charmed by Marcelline's style, wit and fearlessness. She creatively brazened her way through sticky situations that would have intimidated most others. No wonder the duke was dazzled! Speaking of the duke, I laughed out loud when Ms Chase described his "ducal phallis." Waahaha!!

Of course, I immediately fell in love with Lucie as well as Leonie and Sophia. Since this series is titled "Dressmakers" I assume that each of the sisters will get her own story and HEA. Wow, I am so anxious to get the info on the next book!

I loved this wonderful story and will enjoy reading again and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Allure of Books on August 29, 2011
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Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase gave me a surprise. I'd read a couple of Loretta's other books and was less than impressed. The synopsis of this one intrigued me, so I decided to give it a try. I ended up falling absolutely in love with it!

Marcelline Noirot (or, as she is called through most of the book: Noirot) is the oldest of three sisters and a dressmaker. Her family has a checkered and scandalous past that she is determined to overcome - for her sisters and her daughter. When she hears that the most eligible of London's bachelors, the Duke of Clevedon, is finally coming home from his travels to marry, she knows she needs his future duchess as a customer so she can take her business to the next level. She goes so far as to chase him down in Paris to convince him that she is the dressmaker of choice for his bride.

What she didn't foresee is the explosive chemistry immediately obvious between herself and the duke. As far as he is concerned, resistance is futile. As soon as he lays eyes on her nothing will do but to have her. She doesn't come easily though - their interactions are absolutely phenomenally written. Their characters are explored in-depth and we come to know them on a level rarely achieved in historical romance. The icing on the cake is when the story heads back to London and Noirot's daughter becomes a part of the story. If you don't absolutely melt at the way the duke handles her - you probably don't have a heart. I teared up more than once - incredibly adorable.

Also rare in historical romance novels is a plot that isn't just a throwaway. Usually I'm impatient to read though the ridiculous nonsense to get to the character interaction. Not so in this story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2011
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Loretta Chase hit this one out of the park! It was a fantastic story. Lots of wit and wonderful conversation. The return of the Dreadful DeLucy family. The setting of the dresshop was very well done, and the descriptions of the dresses were amazing. You could see and hear the setting around you.

And above all of that, a wonderful romance with lots of sexual tension and angst. Very well done.
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