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Review: Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase

Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase (The Dressmakers #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads
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 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 . . .

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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.”

 I adore Loretta Chase, and this series is one of her finest. She is witty, sharp and extremely romantic without being sappy. You don't get to keep the hero angsty, dark and brooding, because the heroine is usually like a hurricane which snatches him and whirls him away until he is too dizzy to brood and have no idea what hit him.

Scandal Wears Satin is no different. Sophy Noirot is a gorgeous and extremely sharp journalist for London's most famous gossip newspaper. Longmore is a bored young aristocrat whose lack of purpose poisons all his life and pursuit of pleasures. Despite all that, he is very funny, very handsome and very sceptical of sisters Noirot, whose dressmakers' shop dresses his younger sister Lady Clara.

However when Clara bolts after a disastrous forced engagement to a fortune hunter it's up to Longmore and ever resourceful Sophy to chase her across the country and create an elaborate scheme to extricate poor girl from from the villain's clutches without ruining her reputation.

Pffff. Nothing like bonding over some swindler's plan, and those two are ever suited with each other...

The thing with Loretta is that she goes for the gut. You keep laughing over the characters delightful banter, and then BAM! she does something so casually but deeply romantic that it cuts straight through you. Both Longmore and Sophy understand the ridiculousness of their attraction to each other and keep fighting it, but they still fall head over heels for each other. *sigh* It's just lovely without being silly, and I adored it.


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Как обычно у Лоретты Чейз, книга вышла безумно прекрасная.

Шикарные смешные диалоги парочки мошенников и ловкачей Софии, журналистки самой известной газеты  светских сплетен Лондона и лорда Лонгмора. Неожиданные, щемящие сердце романтические моменты и невероятный магнетизм главных персонажей, которых ну просто невозможно не полюбить.

Сестра лорда Лонгмора, леди Клара, попадает в руки охотника за наследством, который вынуждает её огласить помолвку иначе её репутация окажется уничтожена. Клара сбегает, и Софи вместе с Лонгмором бросается ей вдогонку чуть ли не через всю Англию. Когда Клара отыскивается Софи и Лонгмор разыгрывают сложную махинацию, чтобы разорвать помолвку без того, чтобы навредить Кларе.

Сюжет в этой книге прост, зато его исполнение блистательно. Как обычно акцент на самих главных героях, которые выходят у Лоретты просто замечательно. К тому же, я всегда читаю романы с прирождёнными аферистами, которые меняют характеры как одежду, с огромным удовольствием.



Blodeuedd said...

I must read a book by her!!! All say she is so good

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