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Library Journal★ 06/15/2014
With a brilliant head for business and an unerring sense of style, pragmatic Leonie Noirot is determined to keep both her dressmaker establishment Maison Noirot and the charity she and her sisters founded in the black. When influential Simon Blair, Marquess of Lisburne, takes an interest, she is quick to take advantage, never thinking his attraction to her might end up being the real thing. A high-stakes, daring wager with an ugly-duckling-to-swan twist, a captivating Botticelli painting, a refreshing assortment of uncommon individuals, and a surfeit of malicious gossip, scandalous secrets, and abysmal poetry combine in a gratifying romance. VERDICT Sparkling dialog, insightful character development, exquisite designs, and a clever, well-spun plot result in a glorious laughter-infused tale that sees the last Noirot sister satisfactorily wed but hints of other matches to come. Another flawless story for the peerless Worcester, MA-based Chase (Scandal Wears Satin).