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The Last Hellion [Ebook] ➯ The Last Hellion ➮ Loretta Chase – Thomashillier.co.uk A ferocious conflict of willsVere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood, has everything he s titled, he s rich, he s devastatingly good looking and he seems determined to throw it all away Disreputable, reckl A ferocious conflict of willsVere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood, has everything he s titled, he s rich, he s devastatingly good looking and he seems determined to throw it all away Disreputable, reckless, and wild, the last of the Mallory hellions is racing headlong to self destructionuntil a mind numbingly beautiful blonde knocks him off his feet literallyAn incendiary passionLydia Grenville is dedicated to protecting London s downtrodden Dissolute noblemen like Ainswood are part of the problem, not the solution She The Last Epub / would like him to get his big, gorgeous carcass out of her way so that she can carry on with her work The problem is, Ainswood can no resist a challenge, especially in female form, than he can resist the trouble she seems to attractIf they can only weather their personal firestormthey might survive the real danger that threatens all they hold dear.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 379 pages
  • The Last Hellion
  • Loretta Chase
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
  • 0380776170

About the Author: Loretta Chase

Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in , of Albanian ancestry For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel still unfinished She attended New England public schools, before she went off to college and earned an The Last Epub / English degree from Clark UniversityAfter graduation, she worked a variety of jobs at Clark including a part time teaching post She was also moonlighting as a video scriptwriter It was there that she met a video producer who inspired her to write novels and marry him Under her married name, Loretta Chase, has been publishing historical romance novels since Her books have won many awards, including the Romance Writers of America RITA.



10 thoughts on “The Last Hellion

  1. Dina Dina says:

    When I was first introduced to Vere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood, in Lord of Scoundrels , I was 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 take long, 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 When I was first introduced to Vere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood, in Lord of Scoundrels , I was 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 take long, 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 behavior was just an act.As for the heroine, Lydia Grenville, she was a real hoot A 6 feet tall, 28 year old spinster even though she was NEVER referred as that in the book, which I found very refreshing , intelligent, self confident and in possession of a sharp tongue and quick fists that had Vere doomed from the start.The story flew very smoothly, with a series of harmless antics that threw Vere and Lydia together and kept building the sexual tension between them, up to the point where neither of them could deny their mutual attraction any no matter how annoyed they felt about it I loved their dialogue and the way one tried to outmaneuver the other I loved the nicknames he called her I even liked Bertie Trent in this book, LOL.What I didn t like was the way Dain kept calling his son Dominick Demon Seed and Satan s Spawn are NOT endearing terms I had this problem with Dain when I read Lord of Scoundrels and I didn t expect to see him still behaving like that in The Last Hellion That s a minor complaint of mine that I could easily overlook, considering that this book was not about Dain.In summary, I really loved this book and recommend it to everyone who loves a very funny and not too angsty romance I lost count of the times I laughed at the witty and snappy remarks exchanged between Vere and Lydia, and I admit I had a silly smile on my face when I read the last line of the book

  2. Mo Mo says:

    She was a breathtaking firebrand, and Vere Mallory, the notorious Duke of Ainswood, had never seen anything like her Although he thought he was rescuing Lydia Grenville from the cluches of a renowned wastrel, he quickly discovers she is angry at his interference Amused by the sultry hell cats s fury, Mallory vows to teach her some humility in life and in love. I really enjoyed the previous book in the series and wondered if anybody could top Dain We met, Vere, Duke of Ainswood i She was a breathtaking firebrand, and Vere Mallory, the notorious Duke of Ainswood, had never seen anything like her Although he thought he was rescuing Lydia Grenville from the cluches of a renowned wastrel, he quickly discovers she is angry at his interference Amused by the sultry hell cats s fury, Mallory vows to teach her some humility in life and in love. 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 himDue to not getting pumped regular, females take the oddest fancies, such as imagining they can thinkI adored the heroine of the book She did not have an easy 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 I love 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 itThank you, she whispered again, helplessly, while she looked into his handsome face and gave up all hope of ever being sensible again. Mad, quite mad, alas Off to find my next read What a great start to the 2015 reading year, with a 5 star read

  3. Eastofoz Eastofoz says:

    What a fabulous love hate romance from beginning to end Fantastic dialog between the h h was what made the love hate so good and not turn into silliness Vere, the Duke of Ainswood, is a quintessential bad boy who couldn t care 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 the line and he doesn t even realize it until he discovers that he can t live without her.The build u What a fabulous love hate romance from beginning to end Fantastic dialog between the h h was what made the love hate so good and not turn into silliness Vere, the Duke of Ainswood, is a quintessential bad boy who couldn t care 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 the line and he doesn t even realize it until he discovers that he can t live without her.The build up to their love 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 touch.Some parts of the story are quite 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 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 it left me very satisfied with a big fat smile on my face D Chase ranks right up there with Kleypas, Enoch and Quinn in my opinion Pick up this reissued gem if you like the love hate romance theme with a smart heroine and bad boy hero who throw words at each other like red hot coals you re trying to stop from burning your hand D

  4. Caz Caz says:

    I ve given this an A for narration and A for content at AAR.The Last Hellion is the last of the four books in Ms Chase s Scoundrels series, which are linked via a number of recurring characters and it can perhaps be seen as a sequel to the wonderful Lord of Scoundrels We met Vere Mallory, Duke of Ainswood, in that story when, drunk as a lord , he mistook the newly married Lady Dain for a light skirt and was immediately pummeled into the dirt by Lord Beelzebub himself, and forced to ap I ve given this an A for narration and A for content at AAR.The Last Hellion is the last of the four books in Ms Chase s Scoundrels series, which are linked via a number of recurring characters and it can perhaps be seen as a sequel to the wonderful Lord of Scoundrels We met Vere Mallory, Duke of Ainswood, in that story when, drunk as a lord , he mistook the newly married Lady Dain for a light skirt and was immediately pummeled into the dirt by Lord Beelzebub himself, and forced to apologise.Ainswood is the appropriately titled Last Hellion of the title, and comes from a long line 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 last of them for his beloved nine year old nephew and ward, Robin.Anyone 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 You ll need them.In 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 to 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 life, a man who wants so badly never to be hurt again that he pushes away everyone he cares for and walls off his emotions.Lydia 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 last minute by Ainswood, who mistakenly believes that Lydia, the madam, and her quarry are merely ladies of the night engaged in a quarrel Furious at the interference of the ill dressed, ill mannered but gorgeous lout she recognises as one of the most depraved, reckless and thickheaded rakes listed in Debrett s Peerage , 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 other.Like Vere, Lydia has suffered the pain caused by the deaths of loved 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 locked up in debtor s prison with their neglectful, drunken father.The 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 all, let 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 listener 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 really need each other in order to become the person they re meant to be.There 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 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 investigations.Both 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 the losses he has suffered that he can t bear to open himself up toLydia is a woman trying to make her way in a man s world she s frequently subjected to ridicule because of her height she s taller than most men , her quick 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 heart.The Last Hellion is a terrific listen The quick fire dialogue between the principals is to die for, the romance is brilliantly written, and I loved 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 predecessor.Kate Reading s name attached to an audiobook is like having it stamped with a seal of quality She s someone I ve enjoyed listening 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 little bird must have heard me, because since making that stupendous recording of Lord of Scoundrels last year, she s gone on to narratebooks by Ms Chase as well as a number of other historicals, including His at Night by Sherry Thomas, which has quickly become one of my favourite audiobooks.Her 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 situations.Both 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 In 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 lot to look forward to

  5. Chitra *CJ* Chitra *CJ* says:

    My freedom, then, she said, her voice low and hard, her chin high If I can t beat you, I ll marry youThe Last Hellion is the story of Lydia and Vere.Meet Vere Mallory, the reckless Duke of Ainswood He is handsome, rich, titled and the last of the Mallory hellions, determined to throw it all away and engage in self destruction His life changes when he engages in a ferocious conflict of wills with a beautiful blonde goddess, who knocks him down and steals his heart away.Our heroine iMy freedom, then, she said, her voice low and hard, her chin high If I can t beat you, I ll marry youThe Last Hellion is the story of Lydia and Vere.Meet Vere Mallory, the reckless Duke of Ainswood He is handsome, rich, titled and the last of the Mallory hellions, determined to throw it all away and engage in self destruction His life changes when he engages in a ferocious conflict of wills with a beautiful blonde goddess, who knocks him down and steals his heart away.Our 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 the 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 said.Lydia knew that growl It wasn t in the least threatening It was Susan s sulky growl.Don 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 lot to love about this book The impeccable writing, the intriguing plot, the sizzling chemistry between the 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 of love not just with the hero and heroine, but also Tamsin and Bertie, see a descriptive HEA of 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 nice.One 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 in love, and that just made the moments of challenge, angst and drama much, muchsweeter I can name twenty scenes which made me laugh or go aww and this is definitely going to be one of the books I ll enjoy revisiting I A D O R E D the burly Mastiff Susan and her various temperaments Finally, the book has a detailed epilogue lasting multiple chapters that made my heart swoonHe narrowed his eyes and set his jaw I love you, he said grimly.She 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 love you, Grenville, he said,gently I started falling in 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 in love 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 read Safe5 5

  6. Lady Wesley Lady Wesley says:

    May 9, 2015Kate Reading s audio rendition of The Last Hellion is every bit as good as Lord of Scoundrels Full, gushing review to come.June 16, 2015And here it isLike thousands of others, I count Lord of Scoundrels as my favorite historical romance, but The Last Hellion is justthisclose to topping my list I have read them both many times and each time these Loretta Chase titles leave me sighing a romantic sigh with a happy smile on my face You can imagine the excitement last year when t May 9, 2015Kate Reading s audio rendition of The Last Hellion is every bit as good as Lord of Scoundrels Full, gushing review to come.June 16, 2015And here it isLike thousands of others, I count Lord of Scoundrels as my favorite historical romance, but The Last Hellion is justthisclose to topping my list I have read them both many times and each time these Loretta Chase titles leave me sighing a romantic sigh with a happy smile on my face You can imagine the excitement last year when the audiobook version of Lord of Scoundrels finally came out, with an almost perfect narration by Kate Reading And now, she has followed up with another excellent rendition of The Last Hellion Let me count the ways that I love this book 1 The hero Vere Mallory became the seventh Duke of Ainsworth after the deaths of virtually everyone in his family, the last two being his beloved cousin Charlie and then Charlie s young son, Robin There was nobody but Vere left to serve as duke, but he had no interest in being a duke As in Lord of Scoundrels, Ms Chase writes a heart tugging prologue explaining the many tragedies that led Vere to become a hell raising sot who ignores his young wards, Robin s two young sisters When urged to do his duty, Vere erupts Why the devil should I consider the title It never considered me He snatched up his hat and gloves It should have stayed where it was and let me alone, but no, it wouldn t, would it It had to keep creeping on toward me, one confounded funeral after another Well, I say let it go on creeping after they plant me with the others Then it can hang itself on some other poor sod s neck, like the bleeding damned albatross it is.Vere s heart has been so badly wounded that he simply cares for nothing and nobody, not even himself He is careless in his dress and manner, and he frequents the lowest taverns and gambling hells in London, which is where he first encounters2 The heroine Lydia Grenville is lovely fair haired and blue eyed but she stands nearly six feet tall and prefers to dress in dull black bombazine She was brought up unconventionally by her late aunt and uncle While not morally corrupt as her father had been they had been shallow, unintelligent, disorganized, and afflicted with a virulent case of wanderlust They were forever wanting to shake the dust of someplace from their feet long before dust could possibly have time to settle The ground Lydia had covered with them reached from Lisbon in the West to Damascus in the East, and included the countries on the southern shores of the Mediterranean.She was tutored, however, by the Grenvilles educated manservant and discovered a talent and passion for writing Now she is a reporter for The Argus and known popularly as Lady Grendel Grendel being the giant monster in Beowulf Lydia actually everyone in the book calls her Grenville, so I will as well is a crusading reporter, and her latest mission is to expose the crimes of one Coralie Brees, a procuress who forces unsuspecting country girls into prostitution As the story opens, Grenville, accompanied as always by her black mastiff Susan, is chasing the madam through the filthy alleyways of Drury Lane in an effort to rescue a girl whom Coralie has just abducted Grenville grabs the girl and commands Susan to guard her while she and Coralie square off, which leads to3 The first meeting Into the melee strides the Duke of Ainswood, who is well known to all the lowlifes gathering to watch the fight Ainswood assumes that Grenville and Coralie are rival madams and steps in to mediate Ah, now, ladies, ladies The tall ruffian shoved another clodpole out of the way and pushed forward All this daring and daunting will burst your stays, my fair delicates And all for what The smallest problem one chick, and two hens wanting her Lots of chicks about, aren t there Not worth disturbing the King s peace and annoying the constables, is it Certainly not He drew out his purse Here s what we ll do A screen pound apiece for you, my dears and I ll take the little one off your hands Grenville assumes that Ainswood is just another bum until somebody calls him by name As she prepares to leave the scene with the rescued girl, Ainswood grabs Grenville and gives her a passionate kiss, whereupon she faints He thinks Just before her fist meets his jaw and leaves him flat on his back in the mud, which is the beginning of4 A well matched battle of the sexes Ainswood and Grenville do not like nor respect one another and neither will admit their growing physical attraction Although Grenville was rather worldly, Ainswood s kiss was her first and she can t forget the feelings it aroused Ainswood is totally bumfuzzled as well, to the point that he invites Bertie Trent Jessica s idiotish brother from Lord of Scoundrels to party with him and move into his townhouse He finds himself drawn to taverns where London s newspaper reporters tend to gather he knows subconsciously that they have5 Sizzling chemistry As Ainswood engineers ways to accidentally run into Grenville and insinuate himself into her life, he steals kisses whenever he can, and Grenville lets him As things growpassionate, Ainswood finds himself doing the unthinkable He proposes marriage, which prompts an example of6 Hilarious banter between Ainswood and Grenville Loretta Chase is known for working plenty of humor into her romances, and The Last Hellion is a great example of that talent I should like to know why I am the only woman who has to marry you, she said, merely to get what you pay to give other women Thousands of other women Leave it to you, he said, to make it sound as though you ve been singled out for punishment cruel and inhuman, no doubt Grenville turns down Ainswood s proposal, which is the beginning of his unorthodox courtship I won t spoil the rest for you Honestly, besides these six things, what I like about The Last Hellion is7 Everything else There are so many other things that I love about this book beyond the primary story Grenville s mastiff develops a crush on Bertie Trent, who acts as a true friend to Ainswood, gets some respect, and finds his own HEA Ainswood shows that his heart isn t completely hardened by doing charitable works behind Grenville s back Grenville pseudonymously writes a wildly popular serial romance followed by seemingly everyone in London, and Chase quite skillfully works the twists and turns of that story into her plot Lord and Lady Dain appear several times, and the reconciliation between Dain and Ainswood two uber macho men is touching Ms Chase was not afraid to make Ainswood a thoroughly degenerate slob nor to let Grenville be obnoxiously stubborn and opinionated The surprising revelations about Grenville s family, which I did not see coming, even though Bertie Trent did.And finally Kate Readingthan does justice to Chase s story That is to be expected, as she is one of the best narrators in the business She finds just the right voice for each character, handling male and female voices equally well and using regional accents when needed She is especially well suited to Chase s style, handling the rapid fire dialogue faultlessly Loretta Chase and Kate Reading get A from me

  7. Erika Erika says:

    2.5 starsWill write the review But not before I m done counting how many epithets Vere has for Lidya.It s 28.1 Miss Boudicca Grenville2 The gorgon3 Madam Insolence4 The dragon lady5 Miss self appointed guardian of public morals6 The 7 Miss Attila the hun Grenville8 Miss guiding the light 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 Grenvil 2.5 starsWill write the review But not before I m done counting how many epithets Vere has for Lidya.It s 28.1 Miss Boudicca Grenville2 The gorgon3 Madam Insolence4 The dragon lady5 Miss self appointed guardian of public morals6 The 7 Miss Attila the hun Grenville8 Miss guiding the light 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 queen Grenville18 Miss half naked painted harlot Grenville19 Queen Gertrude20 Her Highness21 Miss vestal virgin Grenville22 The beautiful monster23 Miss Messalina Grenville24 Miss price25 Miss queen of play actors26 Miss fraud of the century27 Miss nemesis Grenville28 Madam vindication of the rights of womenUnbelievable.Somewhere in the middle I stopped thinking it was funny as I was losing my interest I love the author because she writes romance andThere 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 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 in loveNo, 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 Vere 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 rating.Too bad, because like 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 that happenedYou cannot do everything, you know Sometimes you must be content with 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

  8. Jan Jan says:

    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 life, he shuts himself off from the remaining members of his family He lives a wild and carefree life wine, women and song he is the last hellion in his family.Lydia Grenville had a difficult childhood, but she is reinventing herself as a successful journalist and writer of serials in the newspaper Both Vere and Gre 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 life, he shuts himself off from the remaining members of his family He lives a wild and carefree life wine, women and song he is the last hellion in his family.Lydia 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, larger than life characters Their attraction is immediate once they meet, but it takes a while for them to let down their guard with each other, and the sparks fly each time they are together There is arguing, kissing, brawling, laughing, the whole gamut I loved these two characters and their wild relationship The writer does a great job of bringing them to life, and they are very believable Their I hate you I love you kind of relationship was a lot of fun to watch And I like the way they both accepted in the end that they were in love, 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 leads 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 quite touching I also liked the way the sensitive side of Vere was revealed in bits and pieces.Overall, a really good HR I m definitely going to readof Ms Chase s backlist

  9. Lady Wesley Lady Wesley says:

    9 May 2015 Please click here for my full review of the audiobook.6 Nov 2014 Just finished reading this book for the third time, and I love it evenLoretta Chase is just amazing 6 Nov 2012 Upon rereading I ve moved this from 4 to 5 stars It isn t quite 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 9 May 2015 Please click here for my full review of the audiobook.6 Nov 2014 Just finished reading this book for the third time, and I love it evenLoretta Chase is just amazing 6 Nov 2012 Upon rereading I ve moved this from 4 to 5 stars It isn t quite 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

  10. KatieV KatieV says:

    What can I say I just loved this I loved the heroine, I loved the hero, I loved the dog I really don t have anything bad to say.Loretta Chase has a talent beyond romance She took a very unpleasant fact of life in the 18th century one that is rarely addressed in romance novels and created the base for a great pairing At its core this book deals with the fact that dealing with death was very much a part of everyone s daily lives during this time in history In particular the death of chil What can I say I just loved this I loved the heroine, I loved the hero, I loved the dog I really don t have anything bad to say.Loretta Chase has a talent beyond romance She took a very unpleasant fact of life in the 18th century one that is rarely addressed in romance novels and created the base for a great pairing At its core this book deals with the fact that dealing with death was very much a part of everyone s daily lives during this time in history In particular the death of children.Of course children die today, but in wealthy countries it s almost as infrequent as to be blessedly rare There are the tragic accidents and some cancers birth defects we haven t cured yet, but overall most children do make it to adulthood We have antibiotics and vaccinations now For many of us, death is something that mostly stays in it s place and visits the old Honestly, it s hard to imagine how people made it through the things that were facts of life in those days Both the hero and heroine had their own little ghosts as well as the loss of various older but not old enough to die loved ones to shoulder The heroine lost her young sister to tuberculosis and the hero his young ward to diphtheria Both of them dealt with their losses in vastly different ways, but the courses of both of their lives were deeply affected.Was this book depressing NO It wasn t That s what s great about this author She sees both the tragedy and the comedy in life and, despite what has happened to the characters, manages to make you laugh as well as cry and the tone is overall very positive and fun.I really don t know what to say I have nothing snarky to add The narrator was fabulous Revisiting Dain and Jessica was fabulous Jessica s goofy brother from the previous book even turns out to be a pleasant surprise withdepth than expected.I highly recommend this and plan on going back to the first 2 novels in the series Obviously, these don t need to be read in order to be enjoyed or followed

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