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Scandal Wears Satin (edition 2012)

by Loretta Chase

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Title:Scandal Wears Satin
Authors:Loretta Chase
Info:Avon (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Historical Romance

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Scandal Wears Satin
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Sophy Noirot and her sisters have put their hearts and souls into making their dress shop the toast of the ton. Much of their success is due to the patronage of Lady Clara. Thus, when their influential yet headstrong client falls prey to a fortune-hunter, Sophy is forced to work with her brother, Lord Harry Longmore, to save Clara's reputation. Now if only they can keep their minds on the prize and their hands off each other…

Longmore and Sophy's romance is more engaging than Marcelline and Clevedon's in book #1. Their witty banter is entertaining and their chemistry is tangible.

Sophy is an insightful and resourceful heroine who runs circles around Longmore, or so she thinks. Longmore is also very appealing and intriguing. He seems to come across as a large and overbearing idiot, but there are hints throughout that he is, in fact, exceedingly intelligent and genuinely cares about people. The question, which unfortunately remains unanswered, is why he would behave in this manner.

The plot revolves around Sophy and Longmore's attempts to save Clara from a smarmy and manipulative suitor. This seems simple enough at first, but becomes overly complicated with several incidences in which Sophy assumes alternate identities. It is all unnecessarily and excessively convoluted. Moreover, as one who has never been particularly interested in fashion, the endless descriptions of gowns and accessories is tedious and insipid.

In sum, a charming romance with likeable characters, but the focus on the dressmaking elements needs to be toned down.
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  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Enjoyable fluff. Not any different from every other Regency romance. That is sort of what makes these enjoyable. A guaranteed HEA. ( )
  lesmel | Feb 1, 2016 |
I just love this author's voice and her sense of humor. ( )
  Marcella1717 | Jan 22, 2016 |
I adore Loretta Chase, and this series is one of her finest. She is witty, sharp and extremely romantic without being sappy. You don't get to keep the hero angsty, dark and brooding, because the heroine is usually like a hurricane which snatches him and whirls him away until he is too dizzy to brood and have no idea what hit him.

Scandal Wears Satin is no different. Sophy Noirot is a gorgeous and extremely sharp journalist for London's most famous gossip newspaper. Longmore is a bored young aristocrat whose lack of purpose poisons all his life and pursuit of pleasures. Despite all that, he is very funny, very handsome and very sceptical of sisters Noirot, whose dressmakers' shop dresses his younger sister Lady Clara.

However when Clara bolts after a disastrous forced engagement to a fortune hunter it's up to Longmore and ever resourceful Sophy to chase her across the country and create an elaborate scheme to extricate poor girl from from the villain's clutches without ruining her reputation.

Pffff. Nothing like bonding over some swindler's plan, and those two are ever suited with each other...

The thing with Loretta is that she goes for the gut. You keep laughing over the characters delightful banter, and then BAM! she does something so casually but deeply romantic that it cuts straight through you. Both Longmore and Sophy understand the ridiculousness of their attraction to each other and keep fighting it, but they still fall head over heels for each other. *sigh* It's just lovely without being silly, and I adored it.

A MUST READ. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
Perhaps not as good as #1 in the Dressmakers series, but this book is filled with classic Loretta Chase humor, fun characters, and a bit of adventure. Yes, Harry is a bit of a dim bulb (but he's really quite clever in his own way), and Sophie is a bit of a bossy Bess, but it's lots of fun to watch these two tangle.

And please tell me that somehow, some way, poor Lady Clara will wind up with her own HEA.

Favorite quotes:

“That’s what brings in the customers: the combination of gossip and the intricate detail about the dresses, all related as drama. It has the same effect on women, I’m told, as looking at naked women has on men.”

“Go away,” he said. “Do you know you’ve almost no clothes on?”
“Never mind. I need—”
“Never mind? Listen to me, Miss Innocence. There are many things a man can ‘never mind.’ A nearly naked woman isn’t one of them.”

“Clara will break him to bridle,” Longmore said. “And if she can’t cure his wild ways, who knows? Maybe he’ll ride into a ditch or get run over by a post chaise, and she’ll be a young widow. Do try to look on the bright side.”

“Just listen,” she said. “You can’t kill him in cold blood.”
“Whyever not?”
Ye gods grant me patience. “Because he’ll be dead,” she said as patiently as she could, “and Lady Clara’s reputation will be stained forever. Do not, I pray you, do anything, Lord Longmore. Leave this to us.”
“Us.”
“My sisters and me.”
“What do you propose? Dressing him to death? Tying him up and making him listen to fashion descriptions?”
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  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062100319, Mass Market Paperback)

From the Journals of Sophia Noirot: A dress is a weapon. It must dazzle his eye, raise his temperature . . . and empty his purse.

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 . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:08 -0400)

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 . . .… (more)

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