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“One of the finest romance authors of all time.”
New York Times bestselling author Loretta Chase follows her historical romance gem, Silk is for Seduction (nominated for 2011 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Regency-Set Historical Romance) with yet another winner. This time, Scandal Wears Satin, as the second sister from a somewhat scandalous aristocratic family—the purveyors of one of London’s most fashionable shops—finds passion and a love as sumptuous as the gorgeous gowns she creates. Superstar romance author Susan Elizabeth Phillips says Loretta Chase has “a rare talent for creating crackling sexual tension and characters so fresh and compelling that readers won’t be able to forget them.” Chase fans, as well as Stephanie Laurens and Julia Quinn readers, will most assuredly agree—especially when they meet feisty Sophy and the rakish earl whose help (and heart) she enlists in order to win the patronage of a dowager lady.
A scheming milliner finds love with an obstinate lord in 1830s London in Chase's delightful second Dressmakers installment (after Silk Is for Seduction). Dressmaker Marcelline Noirot married a duke and earned the enmity of the wealthy Lady Warford, who subsequently blackballed the Noirot family dress shop. Nonetheless, her sister Sophy intends to keep dressing Lady Warford's daughter, Clara, despite Sophy's inconvenient attraction to Clara's rakish brother, Lord Longmore. When scandal forces Clara into an engagement to the scheming Lord Adderley and threatens to deprive Maison Noirot of its star client, Sophy must put all her cleverness and charm to the test to save the business without losing her heart. While the situation of the Noirots often strains belief, the lively romance between two refreshingly direct lovers is generally pleasing, and thorough historical research is displayed to advantage in the detailed descriptions of the exaggerated fashions of the era and amusing excerpts from real and fictional periodicals.