A bit of Sherlock Holmes meets ...well, meets cute? If you've ever wanted to see the indomitable Holmes brought to heel by emotions and tamed to a velvet hand, you just might enjoy this.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story - I had a foolish grin the entire time I read it and laughed out loud more than once. Despite my allusions to Holmes, Raven did not strike me quite as obnoxious and ridiculously adept at deducing entire reams of information from less than a shred of a clue. Raven came across as intensely intelligent and logical, but tempered by honor and love for all that. I also really appreciated that Clara was given equal opportunity to shine; she was the driving force behind a lot of what went on and her intelligence, fortitude and kindness was fully acknowledged by everyone, especially her husband.
The story was immensely funny - I adored Raven and Clara's firstly, secondly, and thirdlies with each other and how their banter went. The supporting characters were also complete gems and really made the story wonderful. The redoubtable Davis and her death threats against Raven for imperiling her lady, Westcott and his sly humor, and Great Aunt Dora, who facilitated Clara's doings with Raven, even dear, beastly Bernard... I especially loved when Raven engaged Clara's parents in a suit for her hand. If I'd smiled harder I'd have cracked something.
Dukes Prefer Blondes (such a silly title, however, I'm not sure why this title as it's not particularly fitting, maybe the reference to Legally Blonde?) is perfect for whiling away an afternoon, particularly a dreary one (ah, these autumn months), and is definitely going on my keeper shelf. It might even propel Loretta Chase onto my auto-buy list.
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?