A Secret Kept gWhen 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 theood uys and his hellish behavior was just an actAs 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 uick fists that had Vere doomed from the startThe 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 LOLWhat 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 DainIn 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 What a fabulous lovehate romance from beginning to end Fantastic dialog between the hh was what made the lovehate so ood and not turn into silliness Vere the Duke of Ainswood is a uintessential 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 reat foil to his nasty devil may care attitude She ets him to tow the line and he doesn t even realize it until he discovers that he can t live without herThe 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 The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World 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 youoing ooo My freedom then she said her voice low and hard her chin high If I can t beat you I ll 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 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 Tricycle (HISTOIRE) 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 andhost 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 orgeous 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 aze settling on him Gr rr rr she saidLydia knew that Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell growl It wasn t in the least threatening It was Susan s sulkyrowlDon 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 niceOne of the highlights of this book is
insanely witty and funny banter between Vere and Lydia 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 much sweeter I can name twenty scenes which made me laugh or Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts go aww and this is definitelyoing 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 swoon He narrowed his eyes and set his jaw I love you he said Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind 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 bedrabbed her hands and trapped them firmly in his I love
The Insanely Witty And Funny Banter Between Vere And Lydia
you Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus grenville he saidently i started falling Grenville he said ently I started falling 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 *That was stupid You might have been killed tonight and I wouldn 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 lad to hear them What a fantastic readSafe55 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 orgon3 Madam Insolence4 The dragon lady5 Miss self appointed uardian of public morals6 The 7 Miss Attila the hun Grenville8 Miss KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! guiding the light of civilization9 The blue eyed dragoness10 Mistress Thespia 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 love it even Loretta Chase is just amazing6 Nov 2012 Upon rereading I ve moved this from 4 to 5 stars It isn t uite asood 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 like 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 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 him Due to not etting 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 Una mujer determinada a mantener intactos cuerpo y corazón y un hombre volcado en seducirlaLydia Grenville es la 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
Loretta Chase ´ 3 downloadIed as always by her black mastiff Susan is chasing the madam through the filthy alleyways of Drury Lane in an effort to rescue a irl whom Coralie has just abducted Grenville rabs the irl and commands Susan to Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION guard her while she and Coralie suare off which leads to 3 The first meeting Into the melee strides the Duke of Ainswood who is well known to all the lowlifesathering 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 irl Ainswood rabs Grenville and Mesagerul 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 of 4 A well matched battle of the sexes Ainswood and Grenville do not like nor respect one another and neither will admit theirrowing 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 Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens gather he knows subconsciously that they have 5 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 thingsrow passionate Ainswood finds himself doing the unthinkable He proposes marriage which prompts an example of 6 Hilarious banter between Ainswood and Grenville Loretta Chase is known for working plenty of humor into her romances and The Last Hellion is a reat example of that talent I should like to know why I am the only woman who has to marry you she said merely to et what you pay to What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers 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 is 7 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 Ainswoodets 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 uite 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 didAnd finally Kate Reading than 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 eually 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 et A from me 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 familyLydia Grenville had a difficult childhood but she is REINVENTING HERSELF AS A SUCCESSFUL JOURNALIST AND WRITER OF herself as a successful journalist and writer of 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 *let down their with each other and the sparks fly each time they are together There is arguing kissing brawling laughing the whole amut I loved these two characters and their wild relationship The writer does a How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar great job of bringing them to life and they are very believable Their I hate youI 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 too 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 More scary stories for sleep-overs go back and reread Lord of Scoundrels which I read years ago After having read many HRs since then it will be interesting too 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 liked the way the sensitive side of Vere was revealed in bits and piecesOverall a really ood HR I m definitely oing to read of Ms Chase s backlist 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 sayLoretta 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 reat 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 childrenOf course children die today but in wealthy countries it s almost as infreuent as to be blessedly rare There are the tragic accidents and some cancersbirth 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 hosts as
Well As The Loss Of Various Older But Not Oldas the loss of various older but not old 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 affectedWas this book depressing NO It wasn t That s what s reat 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 funI 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 oofy brother from the previous book even turns out to be a pleasant surprise with depth than expectedI highly recommend this and plan on oing back to the first 2 novels in the series Obviously these don t need to be read in order to be enjoyed or followed. Ase ha escrito más de diez novelas románticas de ran éxito Está casada y vive felizmente dedicando todo su tiempo a la escritura Con este título aclamado por Mary Jo Putney y Christina Dodd se cierra la publicación completa de la serie a la ue pertenece Abandonada a tus caricia. Ife 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 amble their fortunes away are suddenly brought to their knees by sensible ordinary women Love it Thank you she whispered again helplessly while she looked into his handsome face and ave up all hope of ever being sensible again Mad uite mad alas Off to find my next read What a reat start to the 2015 reading year with a 5 star read I ve iven this an A for narration and A for content at AARThe 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 seuel 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 apologiseAinswood 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 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 You ll 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 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 rieving 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 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 last minute by Ainswood who mistakenly believes that Lydia the madam and her uarry are merely ladies of the night engaged in a uarrel Furious at the interference of the ill dressed ill mannered but orgeous 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 otherLike 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 The Interior Landscape: Love Poems from a Classical Tamil Anthology girls spent 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 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 beThere are several sub plots running through the book Following the encounter which Ainswood disrupted Lydia rescues theirl 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 ets to show another side of himself and comes into his own Lydia discovers the truth about her past and there S A Dramatic Kidnap a dramatic kidnap as well as the various scrapes Lydia ets 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 t May 9 2015Kate Reading s audio rendition of The Last Hellion is every bit as ood as Lord of Scoundrels Full ushing 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 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 book1 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 *There was nobody 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 First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery 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 ito 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 isVere 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 freuents the lowest taverns and ambling hells in London which is where he first encounters 2 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 uncleWhile notprefers to dress in dull black bombazine She was brought up unconventionally by her late aunt and uncleWhile not 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 round 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 MediterraneanShe 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 iant 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 irls into prostitution As the story opens Grenville accompan. N prensa contra el auge de la prostitución en Londres y cuando Vere la conoce no puede evitar enamorarse perdidamente aunue intente disfrazarlo de simple lujuria Entre ambos nace una chispeante justa amorosa mientras a sus espaldas se cierne la amenaza de un enemigo secretoLoretta Ch.