By: Loretta Chase
Lady Clara, the fan-favorite character from Loretta Chase’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Dressmakers series, finally gets her own happily ever after!
Convenient marriages are rarely so…exciting. Can society’s most adored heiress and London’s most difficult bachelor fall victim to their own unruly desires?
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 goes missing, she turns to Oliver Radford—a handsome, brilliant, excessively conceited barrister.
Having unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford needs a bride who can navigate the Society he’s never been part of. If he can find one without having to set foot in a ballroom, so much the better. Clara—blonde, blue-eyed, and he must admit, not entirely bereft of brains—will do. As long as he can woo her, wed her—and not, like every other sapskull in London, lose his head over her…
My Thoughts:When I started reading romance again, I found Loretta Chase's Silk Is For Seduction. I was amazed by the story that I couldn't wait for then next book. However, I had to wait. UGH!!!! This is where we first meet Lady Clara Fairfax. At the time she wasn't dressing the part of a future duchess, so the sister's worked their magic. Eventually, she realized that Clevedon wasn't the right man for her, so begins the quest to find the right man. Not an easy feat after all she's a bit too intelligent for the average lord. Plus, they would just look at her as arm candy. She didn't know it, but she need some to challenge her and make her think. She has met her match in Oliver Radford also know as the Raven.
Now Radford is highly intelligent guy, so much so that he's a bit condescending. Imagine that. It's not his fault that he needs challenges that make him think, he did grow up in his father's house who happen to be another intelligent barrister. Anyway, Radford finds the law stimulating. When Clara pops back into his life, well his world gets shaken up.
I adore these two, because they have this verbal foreplay going on. Nothing dirty, no it's more like stimulating one another to verbally battle one another. Radford isn't use to someone challenging him and Clara has never found anyone like Radford. I mean he challenges her and she actually has to think about to meet his challenge. Radford isn't like any of her suitors where she can bat an eye and they fall to their needs, she has to be cunning to get what she wants. So, when she goes to Radford help it's not the easiest task, especially when he's not the easiest person to deal. He can also be a bit obnoxious. Besides that Radford does truly care for Clara, and he tries everything to keep her safe. Granted she's intelligent, but she lacks some commonsense on somethings. Some of the things she encounters in this story, she could have avoided had she listen to Radford. However, these two were made for one another. Radford had one of the sweetest proposal that he could have given, even though it wasn't sweet per se, but emotional. Totally melted for him after that.
Overall, Duke's Prefer Blondes was a pretty good read. I found myself enjoying barbs between Radford and Clara. They challenged one another and at the same time they complete each other. Plus, you had someone trying to take out Radford in the background, which is no surprise. It's just his personality. Enjoyable to the end. Plus, I'm happy Clara was able to find her man. If you haven't read the previous books, don't worry. This story can be read as a standalone, because the other stories focuses more on the sisters. They only pop in here and there in the story. Duke's Prefer Blondes focuses on Clara and Radford.
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Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets-as a meter maid-and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early 19th century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita. For more about her past, her books, and what she does and doesn’t do on social media, please visit her website www.LorettaChase.com.
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