Author: Loretta Chase
Series: The Dressmakers, #3
Format: ARC paperback
Release Date: June 24th, 2014
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Leonie Noirot is all about numbers, plans, and designing the perfect corset. With her older sisters either ill with morning sickness or waiting in France for scandal to die down on a wedding trip, Leonie must keep their dressmaking business Maison Noirot afloat. And she has a plan to bring in even more business—advertisement at the one place all the impressionable young women will be at, a poetry reading by current darling Lord Swanton. The Marquess of Lisburne’s goal is to keep Swanton from the grabby hands of every eligible woman in Town. He spots Leonie at several events and is drawn to her no-nonsense attitude and the passion he spies beneath the prim woman’s surface. They strike a wager: Leonie will transform dowdy Lady Gladys into the belle of the ball and see that she has one serious marriage proposal within two weeks. If Leonie wins she’ll receive Lisburne’s most prized possession: a decadent Botticelli painting. If she loses, Leonie must spend two weeks sans business worries alone with Lisburne. Let the game begin.
This is the follow-up to the Scandal Wears Satin review from a few weeks ago. I had my doubts about Chase’s ability to turn a number crunching working woman into a heroine I’d actually want to read about, but she did it. Leonie wasn’t quite as sassy as her sister Sophy but she was still fun to read.
She’s meticulous in a slightly obsessive way and somehow that amused the hero. There was even a scene where he gets hot and bothered by her reading numbers from a ledger! I found myself chuckling and highly amused by that.
As with the last book I’d read in this series, the romance between Leonie and Lisburne flows naturally. There’s no rushing, no drawing it out. I wasn’t gnashing my teeth anywhere. The love scenes occur in the places they ought to, and they were steamy. No sex for sex’s sake in this book! And the side romance was almost as satisfying as the main couple.
Grab this one if you’ve ever wanted the prim accountant to land the hottest, richest guy around.