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Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,718 Ratings  ·  427 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
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Avon
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May 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition

"...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
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  ·  review of another edition
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 ~ Escapism~
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
Joana V.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
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Sophia (ou Sophy) tem um jeito especial com as palavras, e é por isso que é ela que faz as descrições dos vestidos da Maison Noirot, é ela que lida com os jornalistas e é ela que se infiltra nos bailes e ocasiões sociais sem ser descoberta – porque todas as mulheres Noirot sabem esconder-se ou fazerem ver-se.

Quando Clara, a irmã do Earl, decide que está farta da sua vida, ela e
Vanessa Kelly
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Titinha Scaeiro
Os homens desta série, tiram-me do sério... Korror! LOL
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 co
Dec 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura the Highland Hussy
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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.
Carol *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
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
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Beanbag Love
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Laura V.
Para empezar quiero aclarar que Loretta Chase es una de mis autoras favoritas y seguirá siéndolo, o sea, es super recomendable.

Bueno, no parece la típica novela de romance histórico que suelo leer. Es decir, ¿cuantas veces hemos leído la típica novela con la típica patito feo, o belleza despampante, o aquellos protagonistas con el típico pasado tormentoso, ex soldado, super oscuro, super misterioso? no es que ya no me gusten, pero me alegra encontrar novelas como estas, que son un soplo de aire
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
Vanessa Montês
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestaram-me

Sophia e Longmore têm duas personalidades muito diferentes, mas estão unidos no amor que têm por aqueles que lhes são próximos e é a partir daí que se começam a conhecer melhor. Inicialmente da parte de Sophia, esta interação era também movida pela necessidade de sobrevivência do negócio dela e das irmãs, mas com o tempo acaba por se tornar algo que tem que fazer por amor e é aí que vemos o cruzamento do caminho de Sophia com o de Longmore.

Foi um livro que gostei de ler e apesar de não ser
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, elib, x-2016
Oooh this was even better than the first one (the first one was great too ) , it had its own problems but it was a tidy little fun book to read. I really liked the hero, he appeared to be a big daft lug! He was so refreshing. I hadn't enjoyed a HR hero this much in a really long time.
Dion Ribeiro
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais uma leitura encantadora acerca das irmãs Noirot, que neste segundo volume nos dá a conhecer as aventuras da bela Sophia, que está disposta a tudo para impedir a falência da Maison Noirot.
É uma história divertida e sensual, com muitos vestidos à mistura.
Can I have that dress? [image error]
Ana Maria
Me gustó, una historia de amor muy dulce entre un libertino no muy avispado y una modista inteligente y de acción. Bastante tensión sexual antes de concretar, me gusta. Pasé un buen rato.
Al igual que en el primero de la serie Modistas, no me cierra que estas chicas tengan tanta preocupación (de vida o muerte) por el futuro de su “Maison” cuando Marcelline, la hermana mayor, se casó con un Duque millonario. Esta preocupación es también el motor de Sophie, la protagonista de esta historia, p
My rating: 4/5 stars
First line: "The trollops knew how to throw a party.”
Favourite quote: "He played her gently and slowly at first. She felt like a violin, and the feelings were music. Then, when he had every string of her being vibrating, the music grew more intense.”
Song of choice: All This and Heaven Too by Florence and the Machine

I always knew that Loretta Chase was considered royalty in the historical romances land but now I found out the reason. I haven’t read many books by her, actually
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Dressmakers (4 books)
  • Silk Is for Seduction (The Dressmakers, #1)
  • Vixen in Velvet (The Dressmakers, #3)
  • Dukes Prefer Blondes (The Dressmakers, #4)

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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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