Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Ravenclaws fall in love…
Simon is a Lord, stuck minding his poet cousin.
Leonie Noirot is a dressmaker, raised and educated as a lady in Paris before a cholera outbreak killed her parents and wiped out the world she knew. She and her two recently married sisters own a dressmaking shop.
Leonie want’s Simon’s Botticelli. She’s gonna do a makeover on Lady Gladys to get it. If Lady Gladys doesn’t become a splash, Simon gets 2 weeks with Leonie, alone.
This is the setup, which I’m enumerating so that you know there is one. But most of this is lots of excellent description of clothing interspersed with a budding relationship between two people who clearly belong together yet deny that because they think they aren’t allowed to be in love as that would be bad for their respective roles as Responsible People within their family spheres.
Responsible People deserve love, too. AND pretty dresses.
Very satisfactory read.