Author: Loretta Chase
Series: The Dressmakers, #2
Release Date: June 26th, 2012
Length: Novel (372 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
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.