Saturday, March 19, 2016

REVIEW Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase

Scandal Wears Satin
The Dressmakers, #2
by Loretta Chase 
with Narrator Kate Reading

New York Times bestselling author Loretta Chase follows her historical romance gem, Silk is for Seduction (nominated for 2011 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Regency-Set Historical Romance) with yet another winner.

Categories ~ Audible, Historical Romance, Regency
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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...

Every once in a while you read a book that stays with you and this would be it. Filled with amusing innuendos and laugh out loud scenes with the introduction of Fenwick it caused everyone sitting around me to look and ask what was so amusing. 

Fenwick is priceless thorough out the book but the most memorable part is when Sophy, Longmoire and he are leaving the competitions shop.

  "More audibly she said, “That fool woman missed a hook. I don’t know what she’s done, but I can’t get the wretched thing undone. Fenwick, you’d better unhook it for me.” 

  “Not on your life,” the boy said. “There’s things I’ll do and things I won’t and getting tangled in females’ personal hooks and buttons and such is where I draw the line.” 

  “Don’t be so missish,” said Sophy. “You can’t expect Lord Longmore to stop the horses and do me up.” 

  “Better him than me,” Fenwick said. “I won’t touch them things with a pitchfork.”
Chase, Loretta (2012-06-26). Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers Series Book 2) (p. 96). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. 

This book rich with detailed and flowing descriptions takes you on an amusing ride between gorgeous lummox, one tract minded, Longmoire in his hot pursuit of getting what he wants, Sophy. Oh and along the way saving his sister, Lady Clara from a disastrous marriage. Longmoire is enduring throughout the book and I love the authors portrayal of how he thinks. After a while you realize that yes he is not average smart but he is so above average in other areas, that the scales balance out.

Sophy is quite the consummated actress, with her very quick mind she is able to take the worse situations and make them work out satisfactory for Maison Noiro and others involved. To me she is the liveliest of the three sisters and I love her keen intelligence and witty comebacks. She is just the lady to take control of Longmore and give him a merry chase which he so richly deserves. Unfortunately she still can't control his need to solve everything with his fists. 

I loved reading this story and yes I laughed through all of it and give this an amusing 5 STARS and recommend it to everyone over 18+ due to Longmoire not being able to behave himself.

~ My Reviews of the series ~
Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1) ~ my review
Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2) ~ my review
Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers, #3) ~ my review
Dukes Prefer Blondes (The Dressmakers, #4) ~ my review

Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New England public schools, before she went off to college and earned an English degree from Clark University.

After graduation, she worked a variety of jobs at Clark including a part-time teaching post. She was also moonlighting as a video scriptwriter. It was there that she met a video producer who inspired her to write novels and marry him. Under her married name, Loretta Chase, has been publishing historical romance novels since 1987. Her books have won many awards, including the Romance Writers of America RITA.
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