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Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers Series) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2014
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“A new release by Miss Chase is cause to celebrate and Vixen in Velvet has all of Loretta Chase’s trademark style--humor, witticism, delightful sexual chemistry, and fascinating characters.” (Heroes and Heartbreakers)
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Leonie is the third Noirot dressmaking sister to find her true love, after Marcelline in Silk Is For Seduction (Avon Historical Romance) and Sophy in Scandal Wears Satin (Avon Historical Romance). She's the businesswoman/number-cruncher of the dressmaking business, Marcelline being the creative genius and Sophy the marketer/promoter. Numbers and neat columns, credits and debits, weighing pros and cons of everything, that's Leonie's life.
But it's a lonely life now that Marcelline and Sophy are married and much less involved in their dressmaking business. Her sisters' husbands would prefer that the three sisters, including Leonie, leave the business and devote themselves to life in the peerage. But Leonie can't even consider that possibility. "It hurt, physically, to think of abandoning it. The shop was her link to Cousin Emma. She'd made them into a family and taught them to have a real life... How could Leonie give that up? It would be like giving up some part of her heart.Read more ›
I liked Leonie. I admired her. But she just lacked the sparkle, the panache of her sisters. With very little participation by Marcelline and Sophie, always a feature of their stories, Leonie was sort of cast adrift to carry her story by herself...and she just seemed a little flat to me. I think this was the main problem, actually. In the previous novels, the sisters had been so closely entwined. They were so together against the world! Even after Marcelline married, there was still the ongoing connection, their support for each other.
Lisburne was all that we like in a hero, but he couldn't carry the load all by himself. After her introduction in Sophie's story, I expected Gladys (Lady Clara) to produce some uproarious scenes, but no, this seemed to be only a small table-setter for her story.
This was a pretty fair story and many readers have enjoyed it, so did I. I just wasn't carried away by it. Had I not read the earlier books, I think I would have thought this a good standalone. I had read them, though, and as I said, perhaps I was just expecting too much. I loved the others and I *am* in line for Clara's story.
The story offers a nice change of pace with the hero who has had a solid relationship with his father and who isn't tormented by deep psychological issues. But, I wish he didn't initially view his pursuit of Leonie as a way to pass the time he had to spend in London. With her two sisters married to noblemen, he should have realized she was no ordinary shopkeeper, and that the only reason for her to keep the family business a going concern was sentimental. I was appeased somewhat, at the end of the book, when she made him work for their happily ever after.
Minor quibbles aside, the romance is light, banter between characters witty, and plot flows effortlessly, making this novel a perfect summer read.
***SPOILER ALERT - DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO LEARN SOME PLOT DETAILS***
I have a few key issues with this story that made it fall flat for me.
1) Sophie does not appear in this book until the very last chapter and I don't even recall a line of dialogue. Marcelline might as well have been left out because she adds nothing to the story the few times she appears. The series went from having the sisters' relationships being a central (and enriching) part of the series to Leonie standing alone. I greatly missed the other sisters, who were each such strong and interesting characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very slow predictable read. Would not recommend it or others of this series.Published 29 days ago by Kathleen
After the stories of Sophy and Marcelline, this is the story of the last of the Noirot sisters, Leonie. Read more
Liked the hero, Simon Blair, the fourth Marquess of Lisburne. Didn't like Leonie Noirot quite so much. Read morePublished 2 months ago by yardtree
I have just started reading Loretta Chase and I will probably read everything she writes. I like a speedy, short read, but I am still excited about much longer stories because the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peggy S. Eggleston
When I started reading this series, Leonie was the sister that did not grab my attention. The other two sisters were so outgoing and demonstrative she seemed to fall into the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sportochick's Musings
I enjoyed this 4 book series. Imaginative and off the beaten track of romance novels.Published 5 months ago by Claire Karas
The story lacked interesting dialogue between the main characters. Further, the plot was too obvious . This is not a book that captivates.Published 5 months ago by KAREN
Leonie Noirot, owner of Maison Noirot, a dressmaker shop, stood at the British Institution staring at the Botticelli on display, while also keeping her eye on members of London's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Book Maven