Dukes Prefer Blondes, The Dressmakers Series, Book 4

Author: Loretta Chase

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: December 29, 2015

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5


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The tangled tapestries of love are subtly woven into the intricate plot in Ms. Chase new novel DUKES PREFER BLONDES. Lady Clara Fairfax feels like a gilded bird in a cage. Each week men approach her, candidly declaring their everlasting love and dangling wedding offers. Ugh, no more! Alas, Clara is born and bred to be a duchess and she is not to marry beneath her. Her parents explicitly stress that she is not to dally but to step lively and find a status quo man right quick. However, Clara defiantly wants to do something exciting for once, something unexpected, something extraordinary. When a weeping young seamstress approaches her at her favorite ladies’ charity to find her missing little brother, Clara’s heart melts and she promises to locate him. Only she doesn’t know that she is stirring up trouble. Clara seeks out Barrister Oliver, ‘Raven’ Radford for his assistance, being associated with the law and all. Oh, what a jumbled web of problems they weave, personal and otherwise!

Dashingly handsome, Barrister Raven Radford is a contrary, clever, irksome, opinionated man, who surprisingly discovers he is inheriting a dukedom after his younger cousin, Bernard, suddenly dies in an accident. Raven loves his career as a criminal lawyer and now it will be sidelined with royal duties. Drat! Another problem pops into his life, a blonde bombshell, as Lady Clara Fairfax enters his orbit, actually twice in his life, once as kids and now as grown adults. This time it looks like she is here to stay to antagonize him. Raven is afraid Clara is trouble with a capital T. One look at her killer body, her big blue eyes and he is a goner. Heaven help him! Watch out, fate is going to blindside them with sizzling sparks of awareness, leading to attraction, chemistry and whoops, maybe even to love! What does the future hold for Raven and Clara?

DUKES PREFER BLONDES is a novel about a socially mismatched couple, a refined heiress, Lady Clara Fairfax, and an intelligent barrister, Oliver ‘Raven’ Radford who wrangle and badger each other. Clara is a woman of character, as well as strength of mind with brains and she is drop dead gorgeous. Raven, on the other hand, is exasperating, brainy, honest and a stud muffin. Ms. Chase expertly interlaces the story with suspense, action, mystery, humor, charm and an undying love. This is storytelling at its best! If you like romance sprinkled liberally throughout your historical, this one builds gradually. You won’t be disappointed though. The story is enthralling and skillfully sweeps the reader along on a breathtaking journey. This is a fun, fast read with witty repartee, charming characters, great subplots and a satisfying ending. Just like bubbly champagne, savor this slowly!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Michele Rioli

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