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The Last Hellion [Mass Market Paperback]

K Chase
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April 1 1998 Avon Romantic Treasure

She Needed to be Tamed . . .

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.

He Was Just the Man to Do It.

Lydia Grenville was fuming. She was determined to save womankind from disreputable rakes like the infamous Mallory, not to succumb to his scandelous charms. She finds herself overwhelmed by the scintillating sensations he brings to her body, but when she discover's that he has bragged that he's going to "tame" her, Lydia vows to fight his advances . . . but nothing prepares her for the surrender she finds in his arms.

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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spunky heroine, engaging story Jan. 3 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not as good as Lord of Scoundrels (admittedly one of my top favorites), but a worthwhile and engaging read nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Addition to My Favourite List 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Actually..3 1/2 stars....... Oct. 13 2002
By M. I.
I really enoyed " The Last Hellion". I found Vere's sweetness and that fact that he was embarassed by his sentimental side and his kindess to be adorable!! I really enjoyed his and Lydia's sparring..Also, it was sweet to see Bertie and Tamsin get together...I loved the fact that Sebastian and Jess were included in this book, but I wished that there had been some more scenes with Jess..we didn't really get to see her at all...Oh well...not my favorite story, but definitely not a bad one either....Charming.
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