This is my favorite Loretta Chase romance since her Carsington quartet - witty and sharp as always, with wonderfully smart, funny characters, hilarious situations, and real, deep emotion underneath.
I'd given up on the first book in her Dressmaker series because I didn't feel that kind of emotional connection with it, but I'm so glad that I was persuaded to try reading this second book in the series (which stands alone perfectly) anyway...and now that I've finished and loved it so much, I'm going to go back and try the first book again to see if maybe I was just in the wrong mood when I tried it.
Scandal Wears Satin is so funny, smart, and deeply humane in the way Chase writes her fabulous, sparring characters - and, by the end, it's really deeply romantic, too! A total joy. I can already tell that I'll be rereading it many times.