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.
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Three penniless sisters who have survived the terrors in France, grow up and learn the family business of being modistes for the wealthy ladies of the ton. Sophie is the 2nd sister, and she's got all the determination and skills of manipulation that her older sister possessed. To save her business, she sets out the save the reputation of an important customer, and along the way, she falls in love.
I really like the first book in this series, and the 2nd is just as good.
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.
Well it's 2014 & since 2010 I've listened to over 600 books - I'm a confectionary artist of Just Get Baked & audible helps my every day!
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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I enjoy Lorreta Chase's books. I read the paperbacks yonks ago. Kate Reading is the perfect narrator for this book. She does a masterful job. The middle sister was my favorite because she was so intrepid and not a bit squeamish. His Hotness the hero appreciates her for who she is and a fun frolic ensues. I like romance because I need a happy ending and I like some sexy times thrown in for good measure.. Life is too short to get depressed over books. This one will brighten your day. Loretta Chase has such a great sense of humor and wit in her writing. Give this one a "YES".
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
The attraction started taking root in the first book Silk is for Seduction. I really like Sophy in book one...but I Loved her in this one. I could not stand Longmore in book one...but he is adorable, sweet, and funny in this book. I especially enjoyed him talking to himself.
I loved the back and forth banter between Sophy and Longmore. Their's is a much lighter and sweet relationship than Marceline and Cleveland's which was smoldering and passionate. that's not to say there isn't passion....there is a lot....maybe more.
There aren't a lot of twists and turns in this plot.....it is not as complex as the first. It's an easier, lighter listen with more fun. I smiled, laughed and even teared up. It is well worth a credit...great series!
This was an enjoyable listen. I had listened to the first in the series a while back so I had to refresh my memory of the plot details but is was worth it. Looking forward to the third.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I loved this story, so funny, I laughed all throughout the listen. This is the story of sister # 2, she finds true love and helps her love's sister get out of a bad marriage to be...hi-jinx ensue! Fabulous narration!
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