Saturday, April 9, 2016

REVIEW Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase

 Dukes Prefer Blondes
The Dressmakers #4
by Loretta Chase 
with Narrator Kate Reading

Can the ton's most adored heiress and London's most difficult bachelor
fall victim to their own unruly desires?

Categories ~ Audible, Historical Romance, Regency
Audience 18+ 
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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 is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford.

Though he's unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford's never been part of fashionable society, and the blonde beauty, though not entirely bereft of brains, isn't part of his plans. But Clara overwhelms even his infallible logic, and when wedlock looms, all he can do is try not to lose his head over her.

It's an inconvenient marriage by ordinary standards, but these two are far from ordinary. Can the ton's most adored heiress and London's most difficult bachelor fall victim to their own unruly desires?

Finally the much awaited book on Clara Fairfax. I have read all the Dressmakers Series and in each book Clara has been a part of the story so I was extremely excited when this book came out. 

This book was entertaining in every way. Clara and Radford in my opinion are perfect for each other and readers will love the riveting verbal repertoire between these two. Throughout the book there are a series of well plotted events involving intrigue and negotiation filled with surprising results.  When the story reaches it's resolutions between Clara, Radford and her parents at the end, I wanted to jump for joy. This was especially satisfying because finally her mom made the biggest changes of all and it was an extremely satisfying end.

Radford's nickname, Raven, fits his looks, mannerisms and even his profession. Radford in all his annoyingness is also a cunning man that an intelligent women would respected and admire for what he represents and does with his profession.

Clara is out of control....not really she is very smart but for her time she is considered headstrong, uncontrollable and too smart. Her heart is in the right place and I am glad that this book uses a theme of a man understanding this part of her, admiring it and promoting it.

I love that Clara finds someone whose mind works the same as her. This is a remarkable 5 STAR read.

~ My Reviews of the series ~
Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1) ~ my review
Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2) ~ my review
Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers, #3) ~ my review
Dukes Prefer Blondes (The Dressmakers, #4) ~ my review

Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New England public schools, before she went off to college and earned an English degree from Clark University.

After graduation, she worked a variety of jobs at Clark including a part-time teaching post. She was also moonlighting as a video scriptwriter. It was there that she met a video producer who inspired her to write novels and marry him. Under her married name, Loretta Chase, has been publishing historical romance novels since 1987. Her books have won many awards, including the Romance Writers of America RITA.

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