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...
©2012 Loretta Chekani (P)2014 Tantor
"Flawless pacing, effervescent wit, and nonstop humor that ranges from subtle to outright hilarious come together in a satisfying, delectably descriptive romp." (Library Journal, Starred Review)
I was slightly disappointed in this book. It was still a good book; in fairness. I would have included the sisters more in the story and Lucy who charmed us all in the first book, was relegated to a few references in this book. What I loved about the first book and missed in the second book was the relationship between the sisters. Good but not great.
She's the brains behind publicity for her family dress shop. He's the brawn of his rich family. When his family member gets in a sticky situation, she comes up with a rescue plan. This couple had terrific banter. Kate Reading's narration brings this book to life.
I listened to this series when it first came out; except I skipped this book. It seemed to get low ratings in the beginning, and though I had it in my wish list, I just didn't want to buy it. Then, it went on sale, and I thought I'd go ahead and get it. I'm so glad I did! Loved the characters - how can you not when Kate Reading is narrating. But best of all, I loved the dialogue. The hero/heroine had that chemistry where they could really banter back and forth. Very clever banter! Don't know how Ms. Chase comes up with it all - great plot, great characters, and great writing. My favorite of the series!
Loving these Noirot Sisters! And Kate Reading's performance is PERFECT! I love that Loretta Chase makes the heroes a little bit dopey and not "all powerful" - there are plenty of stories with perfect heroes and sometimes it gets boring. The Earl of Longmore is big and strong but not the sharpest tool in the shed. Sophy is sharp as a tack and very strategic in her thinking. Listening to these two banter -- and of course with the brilliance of Kate Reading's delivery - is absolutely entertaining. If you enjoy clever dialogue and witty banter, Lorretta Chase is your author and Kate Reading is your performer. Love the two together.
With a dialog driven story like Scandal Wears Satin and other Loretta Chase stories, a good audio performance makes the printed words come to life. Overall, a funny highly entertaining book to enjoy in audio. I laughed out loud frequently and couldn't stop smiling hours later.
I love all Loretta Chase books and this "dress maker" series is similar to her others with great character insight and highly entertaining dialog. If you read her previous books in print it is well worth the price to hear them in audio as they become available.
Especially when multiple accents are involved and words less familiar to the modern vocabulary, the distinct voices and proper pronunciation featured in dramatic narration help keep the plot rolling as well as enhancing the listener immediate understanding and subtle insights often only descernable through vocal inflection. With phonetic writing the reader is forced to slow down to imagine how the accented dialog sounds losing the pacing of the conversation and some of its meaning and impact. This narrator is great with accents and distinctive female voices. Her male voices are passable but sometimes sound alike. Even so, her dramatization is excellent and brings the story to life.
Story is light hearted romance with a lot of style thrown in. What would you expect from fashionista's of the era?
Kate Reading is an excellent story-reader. she has just the right amount of inflection to separate the different characters.
Hero is pretty funny. He sounds like an arrogant arse. But it is fun.
Would like to read about Lady Clara.
My complain about this book is way too many "he said" "she said". It gets annoying when I listen to the book. It is not as annoying to read "he said" "she said" over and over again since our eyes will just skip over them. It is really not necessary to use so many "he said" "she said" in the book(except in this review. LOL).
Witty and creative
The Hero was my favorite character. By being honest and speaking his mind, he was so unintentionally funny and extremely likable.
My favorite scene was actually a love scene toward the end of the book between the hero and heroine. In the scene the characters are having an argument and stating how they don't like each other, never want to see each other again, etc., while simultaneously taking off their clothes and jumping on each other. It just was written very well with the humor coming across wonderfully.
With more than 1600 audio books to hitchhike along with, I've realized only now that I started "reviewing"...boy I need to catch up!
Sophie's story is such a great one! Living and breathing right under everyone's nose but not one of them noticing ....well until one did! Disguises, witty banter, passion, runaways, trickery, lies, deceit...oh and love, can't forget that! All in one story-love love loved it!
For the first third of "Scandal Wears Satin", I was a little disappointed that it did not match the brilliance of the first installment of the Dressmaker series, "Silk is for Seduction". However, I should never have doubted Loretta Chase's creative ability. The remainder weaves a dynamic, fast paced, and emotional story using a diverse group of interesting/unique characters through a roller coaster of disaster and ecstasy. It is not until the last 5% of the book that all is resolved with its delightful conclusion. I compliment Ms. Chase for providing small tasteful glimpses of sex mixed with large doses of romance and adventure. As to Kate Reading, I have listened to her performances several other times, and as usual, she is brilliant. It amazes me her ability to masterfully voice so many different characters, male and female, British and French, all with the inflections of the appropriate age. And all is done by Ms. Reading combining the neutrality required as the book's narrator plus the emotion needed of each specific character and event. Truly, an outstanding performance by both ladies.
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