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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (April 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380776170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380776177
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1820s England, 28-year-old Lydia Grenville is a few inches under six feet tall and mind-numbingly beautiful. Clever as well as gorgeous, she is the author of a London newspaper's most popular adventure serial and has also penned scathing articles about the prostitution trade in the city. Her less-than-ladylike occupation, checkered past, and questionable lineage make it highly unlikely that she will ever marry a member of the Regency ton. However, in keeping with a long legacy of hell-raising ancestors, Vere Mallory, the notorious Duke of Ainswood, has a reputation for flaunting society's dictates. Besides, one look at Lydia and he loses his heart, although at the time, it doesn't occur to him that love is what he feels. He terms it lust and sets out to bed the beautiful Lydia.

What follows is an endearing, hilarious contest of wills between a woman determined to hold her heart and body safe, and a man just as determined to conquer her. In a final, winner-takes-all contest, Lydia and Vere come to terms, but neither is sure just who won and just who lost the wager. Is it possible they may both come out winners? Meanwhile, Lydia's very public crusade against the worst offenders in the city's illegal prostitution business has earned her dangerous enemies. Just when it seems that Vere and Lydia may resolve their personal contest of wills, the dark forces at work in the seamier side of London threaten not only Lydia, but also Vere's beloved nieces.

The Last Hellion has a cast of well-drawn characters who play out their scenes against a backdrop of Regency England that's both lushly rich in descriptions of the wealthy and darkly gritty when traveling the back streets where poverty rules.

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When Vere Mallory, the seventh Duke of Ainswood and the last of the infamous "Mallory Hellions," ends up in the mud after being properly slugged by an outspoken, crusading journalist of Amazonian proportions, he decides to teach her a lesson?and ends up learning a few things himself. Well-matched, appealing protagonists, a lively, witty writing style, and excellent dialog complement this compelling story that addresses some of the more relevant social issues of the Regency era. Chase has won two Rita Awards, including one for Lord of Scoundrels (Avon, 1995), the prequel to The Last Hellion, and lives in Massachusetts.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I paid a ridiculous amount of money for this book because after reading the vastly superior Lord of Scoundrels I was totally hooked on this author. However, I was a bit disappointed because while The Last Hellion is still an enjoyable read it lacked the sizzle and originality of the former. This the story of independent Lydia and Vere Mallory who was first introduced in LOS. Basically Vere meets Lydia while she's trying to rescue an innocent from being abducted and pressed into prostitution. She catches his attention and he proceeds to follow her all over town while she is dressed in silly costumes in a series of scenes that have nothing whatsoever to do with the rest of the story. This basically sums up the first half of the story, and I was left with the impression that the author was merely trying to fill up pages. The romance is slow and it never really heats up, even the appearance of Dain and Jessica from LOS fails to animate the story. The reason I gave it three stars instead of one is because Lord Of Scoundrels has become one of my all time favorites and because of that I will give this author another try.
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By A Customer on April 18 2002
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Loretta Chase is definately one of my favorite authors mainly because she is a "smart" writer. By smart, I mean that she does not dumb down her writing so that you feel like you're reading about a couple of teenagers. She writes the best dialogue. She creates characters that are lovable, sexy, witty, and compassionate. The thing that really grabs me is the poignantcy that comes across without being sappy. "Grenville" and "Ainsley" are eminently lovable characters. They are not as intense as her characters from "Lord of Scoundrels," but excellent characters, nonetheless. I will not go into what the story is about in this review as it is posted all over this review page, but suffice it to say, you will not be disappointed. The romance is sweet as well as erotic, but the thing that sets the hero and heroine apart from others is that you get the sense that not only are they romantically attracted to each other, but they really like each other as friends as well. Lastly, thank goodness that the cover of this book isn't as silly as "Lord of Scoundrels!" Happy reading!
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By A Customer on Dec 16 2003
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I had bought this book based on reviews on the description and found that it was extremely well written. Not only was the relationship between the two characters very moving, the passion was hot and the story an adventure. Ms. Chase has developed well rounded characters filled with grief and joy as well as lust. I loved Ainswood, as he is only unlikelable to himself and his Lydia is a powerful, yet naive heroine. Very rich in detail.
The back drop of Regency England was also well described and we can easily get a whiff of the Thames as well as a feel for the 'ton'. However, this novel isn't set in the backdrop of evening balls and teas as much as it is smack in the 'real' side of Regency England: gaming hells, brothels, prisons, markets and a slice of how society lives in that period. Well done Loretta Chase. I am off to buy my next one...
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