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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Drea's Review: Scandal Wears Satin

Title: Scandal Wears Satin
Author: Loretta Chase
Series: The Dressmakers, #2
Format: paperback
Release Date: June 26th, 2012
Publisher: Avon
Length: Novel (372 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Drea's Review:

The success of dress shop Maison Noirot hinges on their most important client, Lady Clara. When Lady Clara is found in a compromising situation with a gold digger, she escapes to the coast, leaving Maison Noirot on the edge of ruin. Sophy Noirot is the brilliant marketing brains behind the shop, but this is a scandal even she might not be able to turn in their favor. Especially when Clara’s brother, the gorgeous Earl of Longmore, sets his sights on Sophy. He might have his sister’s best interest in mind, but his interest in getting Sophy into his bed are also floating in there with the rest of his Neanderthal ideas.

I’ve yet to come across a Loretta Chase book I didn’t like. This book is no different. She’s one of my favorite historical romance authors.

Sophy is an amusing, spirited heroine. I enjoyed her clever solutions and even more creative schemes for getting herself and her customer out of the bind they’ve gotten themselves into. And I especially liked the back and forth between her and the hero, Longmore. The romance flows naturally—neither rushed nor drawn out. I didn’t gnash my teeth at any of it unlike some of the recent historical romances I’ve read.

One thing that was odd: Longmore is presented as a “lummox”. Unlike Chase’s hero in “Mr. Impossible”, Longmore isn’t terribly dimwitted…at least were not “shown” him behaving that way. He seems to understand his strengths and weaknesses and lets Sophy do the heavy plotting while he dives in with a fistfight if needed. But there wasn’t anything he did that was particularly unintelligent. I would have had a harder time liking him if he had. As it was, he seemed like a typical male…albeit rich, titled, and gorgeous ;)

Grab this if you like sassy working-class women and the manly Earls they conquer.


Challenge Update: This is book four toward the 2014 Historical Romance reading challenge I signed up for ages ago. I have eight more to go!



18 comments:

  1. They make for a great couple then, the muscle and the brains

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  2. I just recently discovered this author, I listened to Lord of Scoundrels and I loved it! Looks like I need to add this series to my TBL too.
    Thank you Drea :)

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    1. Good idea! I haven't been disappointed by one of hers yet.

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  3. Oh I've not tried her. Gonna have to fix that. Sounds fantastic :)

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    1. She's sooo awesome. Hope you like her, too!

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  4. Oh I love a good historical romance book and I didn't know this one. I'll keep it in mind!

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  5. It sounds like I should give this one a go! Thanks for pointing it out :)

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    1. No problem, thank you for stopping by!

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  6. I've been interested in this series ever since Ilona Andrews recommended the first book. This just makes me want to read it even more. Great review, Drea ;)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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    1. #3's review is coming up in about 2 weeks. It was good, too!

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  7. Don't you just love when you're loving every book by an author? I so need to catch up on my hr challenge and I do like this couple..they sound real good together.

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    1. Exactly! Tough to find an author who doesn't disappoint me in a book or two

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  8. Sounds good! I have never googled the word Lummox (English is not my first language), but I thought it just meant really big and perhaps a bit clumsy.

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    1. Yes, clumsy and stupid, but a lot of people use it to describe big individuals.

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  9. I really liked that one Chase book I read, I will have to look more into her books they sound wonderful. Cleaver heroine? yes please

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    1. I've got another Chase review coming soon. The next book... :)

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