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Scandal Wears Satin

(The Dressmakers #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,218 ratings  ·  543 reviews
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 mad
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Avon
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May 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Devoted fans of Loretta Chase
Recommended to Dija by: Silk is for Seduction
So, so disappointing. One of the biggest let-downs of the year and my expectations weren't even that high.

There are three three main characters in Scandal Wears Satin: Harry, Sophy, and Clara.
1. Harry was a chauvinistic pig and an asshole, had the intelligence of a donkey and the tact and subtlety of an elephant, was more or less always hard, and did nothing but lust after Sophy.

2. Sophy had the personality of an immature child, believing herself to be so much more than she really was. While s
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it

"...One needs to be able to dress without help, if necessary."

"You must be deuced flexible," he said.

Wrong thing to say.

She went quiet and his mind starting painting pictures. Just in case he wasn't heated enough already.

For Sophy Noirot and her two sisters, their dressmaking establishment Maison Noirot, is not just a business but a passion. Three years ago they arrived from Paris with little more than their dressmaking talents. Now having secured Lady Clara, the Earl of Longmore's sister as the
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
I’m a huge Loretta Chase fan. Her books are always a delicious combination of sexy heroes, strong but feminine heroines, fun plots and rib-tickling humour. I loved Silk is for Seduction, the first book in her Dressmakers series, and so I had high expectations of the second book, Scandal Wears Satin.

There’s one thing certain, if you’re feeling miserable when you start reading this book, you’re sure to have a big grin on your face by the time you get to the end. It is everything I have come to exp
An easy 4.5 stars.
What a fun book! The banter between Longmore (hero) and Sophie (heroine) was hilarious.

This was the classic tale of the whip-smart girl and the gorgeous hunk who seems incredibly thick but is actually not that thick at all. Yes, there was a ton of clothes-talk, but I loved the whole concept of Maison Noirot and the dressmakers. (I am not particularly into fashion per se, but I actually enjoyed the detailed research and wonderful descriptions. Don't let that part put you off.)
Stacey is Sassy
Right in front of their noses...

It's amazing how you can see what you want to see instead of what is in front of your face. I'm very guilty of this when I'm proofreading my own work. Sometimes I'm shocked at re-reading what I've previously written and find words that don't even make sense or seem remotely correct. It's like my brain thinks a word and my hands type something somewhat close...sounding/meaning. I guess we're all guilty of seeing what we maybe a French heiress instead
Second in the series about the charming and slightly conniving dressmakers that want to sweep the Ton but end up catching noblemen instead. The series is on the cusp between the Regency and early Victorian which is captured by the fashions of the time.

Chase has done her research as she writes of fashion terms that I have had to Google. Not my favorite fashion era. Too much sleeve.

Still a three star, but the banter and the chemistry are much better between the H and h. She’s another little scheme
Lady Wesley
Perhaps not as good as #1 in the Dressmakers series, but this book is filled with classic Loretta Chase humor, fun characters, and a bit of adventure. Yes, Harry is a bit of a dim bulb (but he's really quite clever in his own way), and Sophie is a bit of a bossy Bess, but it's lots of fun to watch these two tangle.

And please tell me that somehow, some way, poor Lady Clara will wind up with her own HEA.

Favorite quotes:

“That’s what brings in the customers: the combination of gossip and the intric
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Lovely when you manage to overcome the first 60-70 pages.
My biggest complain is that the hero is described often as on idiot who cannot grasp what the heroine explain to him!
The heroine is a very intelligent and has some very cunning ideas how to save the hero's sister from utter riun, while the hero just want to do what he think is better even if his ideas are stupid.
The heroine has to manage both him and the situation.
Still, becaus of his idiocy he is endearing as a cute unruly child is... L
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
While I enjoyed the first book in the series that featured the eldest Noirot sister Marcelline and the Duke of Clevedon, I enjoyed this story more. It was easier to read and get into since the language while was historically authentic didn't sound contrived as it at times did in the first novel. Sophie and Harry were irreverent and funny, and their banter was sharp and refreshing.

Yes, the story did continue with Maison Noirot and all things clothes but this time another side of the dressmaker's
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Dressmakers Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

Oh but how I adore the way Loretta Chase manages to give us deliciously sensible and pragmatic yet beautiful and enchanting heroines and the delightfully befudd
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Please Note: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book, therefore, there may be some discrepancies between what I quote and the final version. Assume any and all errors are mine because they probably are.

The Common Cause:
"If I were less of a catch," she went on, "and if it hadn't happened so publicly, with all those people seeing me half undressed, there would be an easier way out."
"You weren't half undressed," Sophy said. "Your bodice was a little disarranged, that was all."
"Not th
This was great! I loved it so much. Sophy and Harry just seemed so perfect, as individuals and as a couple. I loved how their feelings sort of sneaked up on them, it wasn't so obvious. And their adventures and mishaps and everything... oh it was just great! The only thing I don't quite get is the whole DeLucey thing and about little Lucie's eyes. Oh well, maybe it'll be revealed in the end.
Samina The Story Devourer
My ratings:4.5 out of 5 stars
Scandal wears Satin is the second book in the series Dressmakers by Loretta Chase. Sophy is the second Noirot sisters who have come over to England from France to establish themselves as the primary dressmakers on London catering to the wealthy and aristocracy.

In Silk is for Seduction, we see Marceline get her happy ending but it also hinted at who would be the most likely next couple. It was implied that Lord Longmore had a tender for Sophy who seemed to have brush
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

Sophy Noirot is the brilliant con-woman keeping Maison Noirot afloat with wit and spunk. Harry Fairfax, Earl of Longmore, is the sexy buffoon who haunts people's pants. They have chemistry which ignites into ~emotions when they go galavanting off across England to rescue Harry's little sister, Clara.

1. THE HUMOR. I needed this dry sass-fest of a book. I needed Sophy and Harry belligerently breaking up with one another while simultaneously making love. I needed them
Vanessa Kelly
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, loved it. One of my favorite Chase pairings - supposedly thick-headed hero with brilliant heroine. Their banter is sparkly and sexy and also very emotional. LC has an incredible knack for making the reader laugh at the same time as she's pulling on the heart strings. Nobody does it better! And nobody but nobody can paint emotional depth during a sex scene like LC, either. Masterful.
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

She gave him a look of pure exasperation. He was familiar with that look. People turned it on him all the time. Her version, though, was precious.


“Why has no woman stabbed you before now, I wonder?” she said.

“I have quick reflexes,” he said.

Oh what a sweet hero and sharp, resourceful heroine. I read this book immediately after finishing book 1 in this series, SILK IS FOR SEDUCTION, and this one took a little bit to really get into. I had just c
Dec 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Oh so disappointing.

I read a reader's review about Loretta Chase once, and she said something about how it used to take her forever to come out with books, but when it came out, it was an absolute gem. Then, maybe at the behest of her publisher, she was forced to churn out more books, and some of them turned into real duds.

This book is one of those duds.

Forget Lord of Scoundrels or Lord Perfect -- both of which were extremely well-written. Even the first book of this series, Silk is for Seductio
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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This is my first Loretta Chase novel, and while I can definitely say it won’t be my last, I will also add that I was slightly disappointed. I think I expected more from her. I almost didn’t finish it twice. At one point, my ARC expired (I was about halfway through, and finally getting into it!) and I had to get the book myself just to find out what happened!

Lady Clara is compromised by Lord Adderley, a bankrupt jerk who took advantage of Lady Clara
Lady Wesley
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
It's Monday morning, and I could use a few laughs. Depend upon Loretta Chase to provide them.

Kate Reading does her usual excellent job with this one. It can't have been easy, but she managed to find a distinctive voice for each of the Noirot sisters.

3.5 stars

I liked this one exactly as much as the first in the series and for exactly the same reasons. I also felt that it started out kind of weak but the more I read, the more I liked it.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-romance
I put off reading this book for a while-- I just hate the idea of a charlatan/swindler lead, and that was the blurb on the book. As it turns out Sophie Noirot is just trying to make the dress-shop she owns with her sisters, successful despite some recent obstacles and will do it by hook or crook. She runs into Earl of Longmore, Harry Fairfax, repeatedly and together they embark on a great Chase-roadtrip adventure to find Harry's runaway sister Clara (heroine in Dukes Prefer Blondes and one of my ...more
Four stars because I've been reading some duds recently, and it was so comforting to read a book with a real (if slightly frivolous plot), terrific dialogue and a strong sense of historical period. Be warned that there is a LOT of clothes porn in this (and some unlikely human activity too).

The plot kicks off when Dastardly And Impoverished Lord Adderley lures Naive But Rich Lady Clara on to a balcony and dislodges vital decorative lace covering interesting bits of NBRLC. DAILA has arranged for
3.7 stars

While Scandal Wears Satin was by no means perfect, it was a vast improvement over Silk Is for Seduction, especially in regards to the hero. The fact that I adored the main couple together and as individuals this time around helped a great deal as well. I really enjoyed this book!

Sophy was incredible. Mad, brilliant, clever and with a flair for the dramatic, it was Sophy who thought up the rather ingenious ways in which to not only save her and hers sisters’ beloved dress shop, but also
Beanbag Love
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a 3.5 rounded up. Very fluffy. Love the banter between the leads and the story arc was pretty basic. There was one element that wasn't resolved, IMO, but since there's another book to come (I think) then I'm hoping that will be dealt with there. The romance is nice and the tale is amusing, if a little more shallow than I was in the mood for.

This is the second book in the "Dressmakers" series.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
3,5 stars!
Chitra *CJ*
"Scandal Wears Satin" is the story of Sophia and Henry.
Sophia is the second of the Noirot sisters, however is the kingpin in promoting her dresses and can turn any situation into her advantage. When their biggest customer, Lady Clara and Lord Longmore's sister is caught into a scandal,Sophia joins hands with Lord Longmore, aka Henry to pull her out of it.
There is a secondary plot involving their rival dressmakers as well as blooming attraction between the hero and h, however, this book failed to
I love Loretta Chase. Lord of Scoundrels, Lord Perfect, and Mr. Impossible are 3 of my absolute favorite HR's, and I really liked Silk is for Seduction, too. Unfortunately, this one just didn't come close to those for me. It's not bad- really, it isn't- but the plot and character development isn't what I was expecting. I just didn't find it plausible that Sophy would get so involved in Clara's troubles, especially the part where she and Longmore go off alone to try to find her. That just wouldn' ...more
Janine Ballard
Jul 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The following DNF mini-review appeared in this column at Dear Author:

Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase

I’m a big fan of Chase’s Carsington series and enjoyed her previous book in this dressmaker series, Silk is for Seduction, despite some quibbles. This one though… The heroine, Sophy, though one of the Noirot sisters, is bland. The hero, Longmore, seems cool and distant, and not in an entertaining way. Neither of them engaged me.

The plot centered more on
Scandal Wears Satin
3.5 Stars

Sophy Noirot and her sisters have put their hearts and souls into making their dress shop the toast of the ton. Much of their success is due to the patronage of Lady Clara. Thus, when their influential yet headstrong client falls prey to a fortune-hunter, Sophy is forced to work with her brother, Lord Harry Longmore, to save Clara's reputation. Now if only they can keep their minds on the prize and their hands off each other…

Longmore and Sophy's romance is more engag
Maria Rose
Update - Just as good the second time around listening to the audiobook! Sophie is such a fun character and she and Harry make a great match.

Really enjoyed this as an audiobook (terrific narration by Kate Reading) and for my first Loretta Chase, was delighted with her style and wit! I definitely plan to read more of her books.
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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 Engl ...more

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“Go away,” he said. “Do you know you’ve almost no clothes on?”
“Never mind. I need—”
“Never mind? Listen to me, Miss Innocence. There are many things a man can ‘never mind.’ A nearly naked woman isn’t one of them.”
“Just listen,” she said. “You can’t kill him in cold blood.”
“Whyever not?”
Ye gods grant me patience. “Because he’ll be dead,” she said as patiently as she could, “and Lady Clara’s reputation will be stained forever. Do not, I pray you, do anything, Lord Longmore. Leave this to us.”
“My sisters and me.”
“What do you propose? Dressing him to death? Tying him up and making him listen to fashion descriptions?”
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