“I deserve passion,” she said. “I deserve to be loved- in every way. I deserve a man who’ll give his whole heart, not the part he isn’t using at the moment.”

Redonk Nutshell: Owner of a dress shop chases a duke in order to attract his fiancee but ends up falling in love with him

Marcelline Noirot runs a dress shop with her two younger sisters. They have big plans and big dreams, and in order to make it all happen they aim to nab some high clientele. Their current target is Duke of Clevedon, or rather the duke’s fiancee, Clara.  Instead of alluring Clara in directly, Marcelline sets off for Paris, where the duke is currently residing. She entrances him with her extraordinary gowns and refreshing personality, and before long Duke of Clevedon is intrigued. Marcelline tells him right off the bat what she wants – his fiancee – which of course, throws Clevedon right off his game.

The attraction between Clevedon and Marcelline is undeniable. Watching them move about one another is like watching a chess match.  Marcelline has no qualms about who and what she is, and she has no desire to see Clevedon and Clara break apart.  She also knows that she, a dressmaker, would have no chance at being with a duke.

Thankfully for her, Clevedon doesn’t give two figs about what society says. His relationship with Clara is one based in deep friendship, and when the time comes for him to make a decision about what he really wants, it’s refreshing, as the reader, to watch how both he and Clara handle themselves.

Loretta Chase is a master at her genre. I absolutely adore her work. Her stories are incredibly romantic and chocked full of sexual tension. And more often than not, her stories are outright swoon worthy:

“I have a plan,” he said.
“Yes,” she said.
“Let’s get married,” he said.
“Yes,” she said.
“Let’s conquer the world,” he said.
“Yes,” she said. No one in her family had ever been accused of dreaming small.
“Let’s bring the beau monde to its knees.”
“Let’s make them beg for your creations.”
“Yes,” she said. “Yes, yes, yes.”
“Is tomorrow too soon?” he said.
“No.” she said. “We’ve a great deal to do, you and I, conquering the world. We must start at once. We’ve not a minute to lose.”
“I love hearing you say that,” he said.
He kissed her. It lasted a long time.
And they would last, she was sure, a lifetime. On that she’d wager anything.

An excellent start to a new series, Silk is for Seduction is a fantastic addition to Loretta Chase’s work.

Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase

Rating: B+

Romance: 4/5             Raunch: 4/5

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