Loretta Chase ( Leer ) The Last Hellion Scoundrels #4
What a fabulous Painted Desert lovehate romance from beginning to end Fantastic dialog between the hh was what made theovehate so good and not turn into silliness Vere the Duke of Ainswood is a uintessential bad boy who couldn t care Appetite less about what anyone thinks of him or how he behaves especially when it comes to women Lydia is a great foil to his nasty devil may care attitude She gets him to tow theine and he doesn t even realize it until he discovers that he can t ive without herThe build up to their ove affair is so well done They re always calling the other out and never backing down right to the end There are few authors that can do this theme well without the reader getting fed up with all the fighting and arguing but Chase did a superb job with Lord of Scoundrels and continues in this one There is also an appearance from Lord Dain from Lord of Scoundrels which was a nice touchSome parts of the story are uite moving while others will have you going ooooo ouch and all this is done through the dialog and not endless pages of narration Chase really has a knack for putting the reader right there as if you re watching a movie with Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 Recipes, Menus, Meal Planning, Techniques, Buying lots of sexual tension There is a sub story between Bertie who was also in Lord of Scoundrels and Lydia s companion Tamsin which didn t detract from the main story as secondary stories sometimes do And the ending Well iteft me very satisfied with a big fat smile on my face D Chase ranks right up there with Kleypas Enoch and uinn in my opinion Pick up this reissued gem if you Pure Grit like theovehate romance theme with a smart heroine and bad boy hero who throw words at each other Apple-Picking Day! like red hot coals you re trying to stop from burning your hand D May 9 2015Kate Reading s audio rendition of The Last Hellion is every bit as good as Lord of Scoundrels Full gushing review to comeJune 16 2015And here it is Like thousands of others I count Lord of Scoundrels as my favorite historical romance but The Last Hellion is justthisclose to topping myist I have read t 9 May 2015 Please click here for my full review of the audiobook6 Nov 2014 Just finished reading this book for the third time and I ove it even Loretta Chase is just amazing6 Nov 2012 Upon rereading I ve moved this from 4 to 5 stars It isn t uite as good as Lord of Scoundrels but it s right up there The hero s tragedy and redemption are moving and the heroine is a delightful atypical Regency miss She was a breathtaking firebrand and Vere Mallory the notorious Duke of Ainswood had never seen anything ike her Although he thought he was rescuing Lydia Grenville from the cluches of a renowned wastrel he uickly discovers she is angry at his interference Amused by the sultry hell cats s fury Mallory vows to teach her some humility in Ajax is All About Attack life and inove I really enjoyed the previous book in the series and wondered if anybody could top Dain We met Vere Duke of Ainswood in the previous book and he came across as a bit of an ass and not in a nice way So was a bit wary of meeting him Due to not getting pumped regular females take the oddest fancies such as imagining they can think I adored the heroine of the book She did not have an easy America the Philosophical life but she took it all on the chin and rose above everything to become an independent beautiful woman albeit a spinster at the age of 28 and a virgin Men don t see the world as women do Men don t always see what s under their noses Iove how these Rakes these men about town who spend their nights with whores and gamble their fortunes away are suddenly brought to their knees by sensible ordinary women Love it Thank you she whispered again helplessly while she ooked into his handsome face and gave up all hope of ever being sensible again Mad uite mad alas Off to find my next read What a *great start to the 2015 reading year with a 5 star read My * start to the 2015 reading year with a 5 star read My then she said her voice ow and hard her chin high If I can t beat you I l marry you The Last Hellion is the story of Lydia and VereMeet Vere Mallory the reckless Duke of Ainswood He is handsome rich titled and the ast of the Mallory hellions determined to throw it all away and engage in self destruction His ife changes when he engages in a ferocious conflict of wills with a beautiful blonde goddess who knocks him down and steals his heart awayOur heroine is Lydia Grenville a strong independent and determined young woman hell bent on protecting London s downtrodden She pens for a popular newspaper called Argus and ghost writes occasionally as the notorious St Bellair hiding her true identity It is on one of her rescue missions that she comes across Vere and finds herself experiencing the first spark of attraction "Ever But However Gorgeous "But however gorgeous man he is he is still a wastrel and she wants nothing to do with him That is until he reciprocates the interest and starts anticipating her every move Su san he crooned Su u san Susan circled her mistress then paused her gaze settling on him Gr rr rr she saidLydia knew that growl It wasn t in the east threatening It was Susan s sulky growlDon t you dare Lydia commanded silently Don t you succumb to him too Come Susan He patted his knee Don t you want to come and bite my face off Your mama wishes you would Su u u san Grrr rr rrr said Susan There is a ot to ove about this book The impeccable writing the intriguing plot the sizzling chemistry between the Cherry Bomb leads the well developed secondary characters the mystery the passion the romance the adorable dog and the wonderful ending We meet old friends that interlink the books in this series with one another see the evolution ofove not just with the hero and heroine but also Tamsin and Bertie see a descriptive HEA of Leading the Way leads from the previous books and finally solve the mystery of the ultimate fate of Francis Beaumont There is also the background tidbits about the hero s abandoned wards Emily and Elizabeth that were just niceOne of the highlights of this book is the insanely witty and funny banter between Vere and Lydia his pursuit and her rebuttal She is a wild dragoness what the hero calls her he s the untamable man They ignite fire every time they meet and are just perfect for one another I really enjoyed their journey of falling inove and that just made the moments of challenge angst and drama much much sweeter I can name twenty scenes which made me augh or go aww and this is definitely going to be one of the books I l enjoy revisiting I A D O R E D the burly Mastiff Susan and her various temperaments Finally the book has a detailed epilogue The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace lasting multiple chapters that made my Una mujer determinada a mantener intactos cuerpo y corazón y un hombre volcado en seducirlaLydia Grenville esa autora de un exitoso folletín de aventuras Vere Mallory el Duue de Ainswood hace honor a su estirpe y cultiva una fama de hombre disipado Lydia ha iniciado una campaña Eally need each other in order to become the person they re meant to beThere are several sub plots running through the book Following the encounter which Ainswood disrupted Lydia rescues the girl the madam had been trying to abduct who turns out to be a runaway from Cornwall Tamsin Price a sensible well bred young woman who becomes Lydia s friend and confidante Bertie Trent still the When Red Cried Wolf lovable buffoon from Lord of Scoundrels gets to show another side of himself and comes into his own Lydia discovers the truth about her past and there s a dramatic kidnap plot as well as the various scrapes Lydia gets into as the result of her journalistic investigationsBoth Ainswood and Lydia are extremely well drawn complex characters who hide the truth of themselves from the world Vere is deep down a decent compassionate man who has been so severely affected by theosses he has suffered that he can t bear to open himself up to Lydia is a woman trying to make her way in a man s world she s freuently subjected to ridicule because of her height she s taller than most men her uick temper sharp wit and willingness to stand up and be counted yet beneath it all she s soft hearted and a bit of a romantic at heartThe Last Hellion is a terrific isten The uick fire dialogue between the principals is to die for the romance is brilliantly written and I oved the glimpses of the friendship between Ainswood and Dain that we got to see I did find that the pacing slowed a bit in the middle and that the ending meandered a bit the truth of Lydia s parentage is revealed alongside the aforementioned kidnap plot and although both are relevant in that they help the protagonists in making peace with their pasts I was so invested in Lydia and Vere s relationship that I wanted to spend the time with them rather than focused on something else But that really is my only complaint because otherwise the book is every bit as good as its predecessorKate Reading s name attached to an audiobook is The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing like having it stamped with a seal of uality She s someone I ve enjoyedistening to for some time her recordings of Lauren Willig s Pink Carnation series are terrific and I really enjoyed her performance in Madeline Hunter s Dangerous in Diamonds which was the first book I d heard her narrate but I remember bemoaning at the time that she hadn t recorded a great number of historical romances A Song of the Forest little bird must have heard me because since making that stupendous recording of Lord of Scoundrelsast year she s gone on to narrate books by Ms Chase as well as a number of other historicals including His at Night by Sherry Thomas which has uickly become one of my favourite audiobooksHer performance in The Last Hellion is every bit as good as it is in the other books in this series and may in fact be even better which is really saying something Her characterisations of all the principals and main secondary characters are excellent and very well defined Ainswood and Dain are easy to tell apart as are Lydia and Jessica and Bertie Trent sounds just as sweetly bluff and slightly bewildered as he ever did Tamsin s Cornish accent sounds authentic but isn t so thick as to make it unintelligible and the various servants and city dwellers are given accents appropriate to their ages and situationsBoth narrative and dialogue are perfectly paced and delivered Ms Reading gets to the heart of the characters "and the story in what is an incredibly nuanced and emotionally resonant performance "the story in what is an incredibly nuanced and emotionally resonant performance a recent interview she said that she is going to be recording a number of Ms Chase s other books and if they re all as good as this one we ve got a ot to ook forward to 25 starsWill write the review But not before I m done counting how many epithets Vere has for LidyaIt s 281 Miss Boudicca Grenville2 The gorgon3 Madam Insolence4 The dragon A Constellation of Vital Phenomena lady5 Miss self appointed guardian of public morals6 The 7 Miss Attila the hun Grenville8 Miss guiding theight of civilization9 The blue eyed dragoness10 Mistress Thespian11 Lady Grendel12 The blue eyed gorgon13 Miss devious sneak attack Grenville14 Miss Ivan the terrible Grenville15 The Grenville gorgon16 Mistress Melodrama17 Miss gypsy ueen Grenville18 Miss half naked painted harlot Grenville19 ueen Gertrude20 Her Highness21 Miss vestal virgin Grenville22 The beautiful monster23 Miss Messalina Grenville24 Miss price25 Miss ueen of play actors26 Miss fraud of the century27 Miss nemesis Grenville28 Madam vindication of the rights of womenUnbelievableSomewhere in the middle I stopped thinking it was funny as I was osing my interest I ove the author because she writes romance and There have never been a moment where I had to wait for something to happen But in this case the great page turning formula of Loretta Chase just didn t work Same thing happened with me and Mr Impossible The characters and dialogues were smart and hilarious the Egypt setting was great but I barely felt the romance because the overall story was heavily focused on solving the mystery With The Last Hellion although it started very promising the romance was also overwhelmed by others And by others I mean a Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights lot of things happened throughout the story It was a pity because nothing was wrong with Vere and Lidya They were two strong and fun characters who could stand out against each other but I didn t feel them Lidya has to investigate powerful people who abandoned their illegitimate children Lidya has to save the children from bad people Vere s relatives are missing so he has to find them Vere has to collect some evidence regarding Lidya parentage secondary characters are falling inoveNo 380 pages of romance book was not enough when it was fully occupied with all those additional stuff And because they only *shared so much portion in the book none of them felt important neither *so much portion in the book none of them felt important neither nor Lidya grew in me and their romance failed to shine Even after Dain and Jessica the couple who will always have a place in my heart played their role in the story they still couldn t save the book from my poor ratingToo bad because ike any other LC s books that I ve read this one also had some captivating moments I just wished there hadn t been so many things
happened You cannot do everything you know Sometimes you must be content giving moral support I don t need to be coddled and sheltered I don t need all my battles fought for me I do need to be believed in What can I say I just oved this I Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea loved the heroine Ioved the hero I Paradox Bound loved the dog I really don t have anything bad to sayLoretta Chase has Ase ha escrito más de diez novelas románticas de gran éxito Está casada y vive felizmente dedicando todo su tiempo aa escritura Con este título aclamado por Mary Jo Putney y Christina Dodd se cierra a publicación completa de a serie a a ue pertenece Abandonada a tus caricia. Eart swoon He narrowed his eyes and set his jaw I ove you he said grimlyShe pressed her hand to her breast and closed her eyes I am overcome with with something I do believe I shall swoon He returned to the side of the bed grabbed her hands and trapped them firmly in his I ove you Grenville he said gently I started falling in Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays love with you when you knocked me on my arse in Vinegar Yard But I didn t know or want to know until our wedding night And then I couldn t bear to tell you because you weren t inove with me That was stupid You might have been killed tonight and I wouldn t have had even the one small comfort that I d told you how dear you are to me You ve told me she said in hundreds of ways I didn t need the three magic words though I m glad to hear them What a fantastic readSafe55 Vere unexpectedly became a duke after a series of tragedies in his family But he doesn t really care about the title or the money he now has Grieving bitterly and angry at Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All life he shuts himself off from the remaining members of his family Heives a wild and carefree What a Lass Wants life wine women and song he is theast hellion in his familyLydia Grenville had a difficult childhood but she is reinventing herself as a successful journalist and writer of serials in the newspaper Both Vere and Grenville are energetic arger than ife characters Their attraction is immediate once they meet but it takes a while for them to Mexican Hooker let down their guard with each other and the sparks fly each time they are together There is arguing kissing brawlingaughing the whole gamut I The League for the Suppression of Celery loved these two characters and their wild relationship The writer does a great job of bringing them toife and they are very believable Their I hate youI ove you kind of relationship was a ot of fun to watch And I Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery like the way they both accepted in the end that they were inove and they d just have to go with it No artificial communication mishaps such as some authors clumsily introduce to drag out the angst Ms Chase is a skilled writer The eads from Lord of Scoundrels appear as secondary characters in this book Dain is a close friend of Vere apparently This has made me want to go back and reread Lord of Scoundrels which I read years ago After having read many HRs since then it will be interesting to go back and see what I make of LoS now This book was intense and fast paced with an interesting back story for both characters Lydia s background isn t really unravelled till the end and I found her story uite touching I also iked the way the sensitive side of Vere was revealed in bits and piecesOverall a really good HR I m definitely going to read of Ms Chase s backlist When I was first introduced to Vere Mallory the Duke of Ainswood in Lord of Scoundrels I was The Day Fidel Died less than impressed with him and I couldn t see him as the hero in any book After reading The Last Hellion I stand corrected And it didn t takeong he had me right at the Prologue Loretta Chase did a wonderful job showing how much he was affected by the row of deaths that took away his family up to his beloved 9 year old cousin and even before I read the rest of the book I KNEW he was one of the good guys and his hellish beh I ve given this an A for narration and A for content at AARThe Last Hellion is the ast of the four books in Ms Chase s Scoundrels series which are inked via a number of recurring characters and it can perhaps be seen as a seuel to the wonderful Lord of Scoundrels We met Vere Mallory Duke of Ainswood in that story when drunk as a ord he mistook the newly married Lady Dain for a ight skirt and was immediately pummeled into the dirt by Lord Beelzebub himself and forced to apologiseAinswood is the appropriately titled Last Hellion of the title and comes from a Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge longine of ne er do wells He never expected or particularly wanted to be a duke but a series of tragic accidents and illnesses sees him attending a seemingly never ending succession of funerals the The Outlaw and the Upstart King last of them for his beloved nine year old nephew and ward RobinAnyone familiar with Lord of Scoundrels will recall how skilfully Loretta Chase recounted Dain s backstory in the book s prologue introducing us to an unloved child who believed himself unlovable Here the author yet again introduces her hero in an incredibly poignant manner and all I will say about the prologue to The Last Hellion is this have a box of tissues handy Youl need themIn the months following his accession to the title Vere has thrown himself into an unending round of debauchery cut himself off from his remaining family and eschewed his responsibilities both *To His Title And *his title and his remaining wards Robin s two sisters He presents himself to the world as a dissolute cynical rake who cares for nothing and nobody but behind that fa ade is a grieving angry man who despises himself his position and his ife a man who wants so badly never to be hurt again that he pushes away everyone he cares for and walls off his emotionsLydia Grenville is a crusading journalist who is currently working to expose the underhand practices of one of London s most notorious madams She is on the verge of catching the bawd abducting a young woman but is prevented at the ast minute by Ainswood who mistakenly believes that Lydia the madam and her uarry are merely Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War ladies of the night engaged in a uarrel Furious at the interference of the ill dressed ill mannered but gorgeousout she recognises as one of the "Most Depraved Reckless And Thickheaded Rakes Listed In Debrett S "depraved reckless and thickheaded rakes isted in Debrett s the encounter ends with Lydia knocking Ainswood on his arse and stalking off but not before the sparks have well and truly begun to fly and both have recognised something of a kindred spirit in the otherLike Vere Lydia has suffered the pain caused by the deaths of oved ones in her case her mother who died when she was ten and her younger sister who died from consumption contracted during the year the girls spent Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul locked up in debtor s prison with their neglectful drunken fatherThe relationship between Ainswood and Lydia is jam packed with wit humor and enough sexual chemistry to blow a hole into the middle of next week Neither of them wants to desire the other at allet alone with such intensity and they fight their fascination with each other every step of the way The way Ms Chase conveys their extremely reluctant mutual attraction is nothing short of masterful the istener is never simply told anything instead we re shown time and again through dialogue and action that these are two people who are meant to be together and who N prensa contra el auge de a prostitución en Londres y cuando Vere Speak Through the Wind la conoce no puede evitar enamorarse perdidamente aunue intente disfrazarlo de simpleujuria Entre ambos nace una chispeante justa amorosa mientras a sus espaldas se cierne a amenaza de un enemigo secretoLoretta Ch. .
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