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"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

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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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  • File Size: 1541 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SJOG6G
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Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include clerical, administrative, and part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels... and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Coop on July 11, 2012
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I greatly enjoyed Rupert in Mr. Impossible - he made a virtue of being "A Guy": too quick to use his fists and too slow to use his brain. And yet, he saw things about Daphne that most people missed. Scandal Wears Satin's Lord Longmore is a character cut in Rupert's style, except he is the eldest son and heir of the Duke of Warford. He is responsible for making sure that his sister, Lady Clara (who dumped the Duke of Clevedon in "Silk is For Seduction") isn't taken advantage of by the pack of loose screws traipsing after her dowry. Unfortunately, at a moment when he is distracted by Sophia Noirot (who is present at the ball in one of her innumerable disguises), one of those screws gets his hooks into Clara. The rest of the book is how the Dynamic Duo of Longmore and Sophy manage to extricate Clara from her Terrible Situation. It has all the runaway humor of Lord Perfect, and a fresh and amusing plot, wonderful supporting characters who add to the story but never take it over (I hate it when an author gets distracted from the story she's writing to meander off into an entirely different one). I, for one, do not understand why this gem has only 4 stars average at this point, but it's early days. I think I especially love that Harry can recognize Sophia no matter what disguise she wears - he can always see the truth of her. Of course, his overpowering manly sexiness doesn't hurt a thing. I smiled through the whole book (except when I was curling my toes.) Thank you, Ms. Chase! You've outdone yourself once again.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paula McCabe on June 28, 2012
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This anticipated novel left me feeling flat and hollow. I actually have some difficulty believing it was by the same author as The Last Hellion and Miss Wonderful. This is honestly the only Loretta Chase book I have ever been tempted to skip around in, which means it is the only one to bore me. Perhaps because the two main characters come off as pretty shallow. (Yes, I empathize with Sophy, but being hard working does not really make you interesting.)

Usually I finish a Loretta Chase novel with a sense of delight. Delight in the characters. Delight with the intricate turns in the plot. whose resolution I rarely anticipate. (I can't believe she pulled that all together, I say to myself. Marvelous!)

None of that charm here. Could it be that the problem is basically that the hero is a dullwitted and therefore lackluster character? I remember having some similar feelings about Mr. Impossible. No, wait! That can't be it. Neither of these fellows are nearly as foolish as Bertie Trent (see The Last Hellion). and Ms. Chase definitely worked her magic with Bertie!

Perhaps I will simply have to write this one off as a less than stellar endeavor, and look for better with the next one. Surely we are all entitled to the occasional fizzle. Here's hoping the last in the series is NOT another Deadful Delucey.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on June 26, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a huge fan of Loretta Chase so it pains me to give Scandal Wears Satin a 3 star review, but it didn't really hold my interest. While full of interesting details (Hampton Court as a retirement home?) the main relationship never caught my attention. I thought the resolution of the secondary plot (involving Longmore's sister) required me to have more faith in Sophy's attractions than I did. Also, parts of it were repetitive. I got very tired of reading that Sophy was Noirot, with her Noirot brains and her Noirot beliefs. If I could have deleted that word from the book I would have. While Sophy was an interesting character her preoccupation with Longmore's sister stopped her from fully developing for me. She was too engaged in their lives to interest me. Her actions were explained with the word Noirot or phrase Cousin Emma instead of truly revealing her backstory. I didn't understand why she became interested in Longmore, who she believes to be dumb. In fact, I think she ends the book still thinking of him as slow even after all of his actions prove otherwise. Scandal Wears Satin wasn't a bad book, but it disappointed after Silk Is for Seduction. Additionally, in keeping with the book being set almost entirely in Longmore's family, the third sister was close to invisible. I got no real sibling relationship between her and the others.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a huge fan of Loretta Chase. I love the way she does love. And this book has a charismatic, romantic pair with great chemistry and sexual attraction. That part of the book was very satisfactory for me.

Chase is in my top tier of HR authors. Her words flow beautifully, she knows her grammar (and that's important for a grammar nerd like me), and she has a lovely sense of humor. So one would think this would be a 5-star book for me. But no. I gave 4 stars to the first book in this series, Silk Is For Seduction, and this second entry is not as good.

I do love the idea of this series: 3 French-English sisters in the dressmaking business. They're relatives, on their mother's side, of the Dreadful DeLuceys we've heard so much about in other Chase books. The sisters are charming, beautiful, ambitious, worldly, clever and excellent businesswomen, but not exactly wife material for aristocrats. Naturally, sister #1, Marcelline, meets the Duke of Clevedon in Book One and they marry, in spite of the fact that she's not upper class and he had been informally betrothed for years to Lady Clara Fairfax, sister to our hero Longmore of this second book.

Book Two revolves around a new scandal for Lady Clara. She's been compromised by an unscrupulous, penniless rake, Lord Adderley, and her parents, Lord and Lady Warford, are forcing them to marry. To escape the marriage, Clara runs away, and Longmore and Sophy, the Noirot sister who's heroine of this book, give chase. They have to find Clara and somehow also solve the scandal problem in such a way that Clara won't be forced into this unpleasant marriage.
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