A blue-eyed innocent on the outside and a shark on the inside, dressmaker Sophy Noirot could sell sand to Bedouins. Selling Maison Noirot’s beautiful designs to aristocratic ladies is a little harder, especially since a recent family scandal has made an enemy of one of society’s fashion leaders. Turning scandal to the shop’s advantage requires every iota of Sophy’s skills, leaving her little patience for a big, reckless rake like the Earl of Longmore. The gorgeous lummox can’t keep more than one idea in his head at a time, and his idea is taking off all of Sophy’s clothes.
But when Longmore’s sister, Noirot’s wealthiest, favorite customer, runs away, Sophy can’t let him bumble after her on his own. In hot pursuit with the one man who tempts her beyond reason, she finds desire has never slipped on so smoothly .
REVIEW: I have to start this review with telling you of my first, and probably the only, encounter with Ms. Loretta Chase. It happened last year at RT’s here in Chicago, and it went something like this:
Me, as I was handing her ‘Not Quite a Lady’ [one of my favorite books by her]: “I…if…may…it’s my……” and at that moment my throat just gave out, my eyes filled with tears and I just gave up on talking and shoved the book at her, which she took and gifted me with the most gentlest of smiles and noticing the camera in my other hand, asked if I’d like to take a picture with her, to which I just nodded and we did. That’s what happens when you adore a writer. I’ve had the ‘fan girl moment’ of my life. This is someone who knows her craft, takes care of her audience by giving them what they crave in writing the most sensual, romantic, entertaining and interesting love stories that take a life of their own.
And then I read this book…
This is the only Loretta Chase book that I had to force myself to finish, and for the life of me I’m left puzzled as to why?!
It’s not like the characters are not three-dimensional, or that it lacks that witty dialogue for which she’s famous for. Plot and pace were decently developed and the book moved along, but in the end I failed to enjoy the story.
Something about it failed to grab my attention and carry me through, and I’m thinking it’s the main plot to this whole series that’s lacking that ‘something’ which attracts me to LC’s books.
I guess having a decent plot is not as good as having a more believable and solid one. Having three sisters in the dressmaking business being privy to aristocratic gossip and secrets just didn’t grab me much and I found them a bit too ambitious, not so likable and not believable.
I am really hoping that the next one will be more closely aligned to the first book in this series, or even better, to all of her books before this series all together.
Do I recommend it? Of course I do! It’s LORETTA CHASE! You may like all the wonderful shop talk and descriptions; humor, which is ever-present; steamy and sensual scenes that in the end were still romantic, and its well written prose. I did too, yet in the end, it left me only with OK and not with WOW.
*Book provided by the publisher through Edelweis.