Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review ~ Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase

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?

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Clara Fairfax

A wonderful woman pressured to be the "perfect' lady. She was a hellion when she was younger but now is the darling of the ton. She receives biweekly marriage proposals and is exceedingly gorgeous. She is entirely bored with society life

Oliver Radford

A brilliant Barrister who finds fashionable society a bore. He's in line for a Dukedom though which is not at all to his liking. He enjoys his life arguing trials in the courtroom. He's a very stiff character.


What I liked

The prologue! I love that they have just a little bit of a backstory. The barter between them is delightful. The fake "trial" for her hand in marriage. Radford's being in costume during it was grand. The fact that they marry halfway throw the book so we get to see what married life between them is like.

What I didn't like

Oliver's constant thinking that women weren't smart in general. Oliver was just a bit too stiff. The lack of closure with Oliver's cousin Bernard didn't sit well with me.


It was a quite enjoyable book. A nice spin-off of the Dressmaker books. Although it's listed as Dressmakers #4 because Clara was jilted in a prior Dressmaker book.


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