Also in this series: Vixen in Velvet
Series: The Dressmakers #1
Published by Avon on June 28th 2011
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
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 . . .
Marcelline, a very talented dressmaker, who has spent most of her life trying to make a good life for herself, her sisters and her young daughter. Out of the three sisters, Marcelline’s strength is in the drawing and her wide imagination to create beautiful creations. As the oldest of the three, she has responsibilites. When she hears of Duke of Clevedon’s engagement, she knows this is her chance to become the most well known dressmaker in all of London. So she confronts the Duke in Paris, and convinces him in the most uncoventional way to see things her way. Clevedon has always known his fiancee, Clara, he has loved her most of his life. He knows its time for him to marry her like he promised, so while in Paris he plans on sowing the rest of his oats before then. But when he see’s Marcelline he is utterly captivated by her. And as the wedding date gets closer, the more he wants to keep Marcelline in his life, but knowing he has to put duty above love…
The Hero (Gervaise Angier, Duke of Clevedon)
Clevedon, left London to go abroad for some time, and finds himself in Paris, enjoying the freer society. When he meets Marcelline, he knows he is deep deep trouble. Having just become engaged, he plans on enjoying his freedom but he doesn’t expect to meet a woman that would would disarm him in such a way that he has no clue what to do. He is determined not to betray his fiancee, whom he has been friends with all of his life. But he can’t deny the feelings that are resounding within him for Marcelline.
The Heroine (Marcelline Noirot)
Ever since she was nine years old, she has known how to sew dresses and create beautiful things for women to wear. Having been taught the trade by her aunt when she was young, she knew it was the only way for both herself and her younger sisters to survive. Now they are becoming well known, despite what the competition is trying to do to undermine their hard work. When she goes to the Duke of Clevedon she never expects to fall in love with a unattainable man who could never return that love.
Silk Is For Seduction is the first book that I have read from this author in a very long while. So I kept putting it off not knowing if I would enjoy it or not. Now I am thinking I should have read it when I first got it. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and it was a bit different type of story that I really liked. I really loved the interaction between the two characters. I also enjoyed the mini side story as well. I found myself really liking the unique style of this story. I loved how bold and daring Marcelline could be, she definitely had my vote. Clevedon is one of those heroes that you just can’t help but fall in love with. He is so sweet and attentive at times, it just made me smile. I really was charmed by his manner toward her. There were many different things I liked about this story. I really loved how dedicated Marcelline was to building a life for herself, I truly enjoyed how Clevedon treated others, and how he would always try to do the right thing. I also loved the witty humor and the tender romance that will charm you.
My Favorite Quote
“Coward” he said softly. She stopped and turned and marched back to him. She dropped her reticule, grasped his neckcloth, cupped his face, dragged his mouth to hers, and kissed him.