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Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress (Bachelor Chronicles #5)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  1,106 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Lady Philippa Knolles has loved Captain Thomas "Dash" Dashwell since he first stole a kiss from her on a smuggler's beach near Hastings. Now after what seems like a lifetime of waiting, Pippin is offered a chance to renew her scandalous affair with Dash. But the man from that first heady kiss and the man she rediscovers all these years later are hardly the same. Tucked awa ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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When Elizabeth Boyle first introduced Lady Philippa and the American pirate captain, Thomas Dashwell in This Rake of Mine four years ago, I was instantly smitten by this couple. In the next three consecutive novels featuring Philippa (who went by the nickname Pippin) and her two cousins, the sisters Langleys, Elizabeth teased her readers with small scenes of Pippin and Thomas Dashwell interacting with one another. Pippin fell instantly in love with his older and dashing bad boy and it looked lik ...more
May 04, 2009 Cat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a big Pippin and Dash fan, I am extremely disappointed with the development of their storyline. To have the Pippin married to Gossett and not meet up with Dash until 23 years later just killed their story for me.

I can't see the Dash and Pippin from the past 3 books letting go of their love just like that. The only explanation that this can happen is that Pippin had changed her mind about Dash (which there were some indications of in the Black Gown). I do not see the purpose of why Dash was w
Carrie Olguin
This story is about Pippin (daughter of an Earl) and Dash, her American pirate love. Bits and pieces of their story were introduced in previous books. Finally, we get to experience their happily ever after.

In the last book, the secretly pregnant Pippin married Lord Gosset in a deal to save Dash's life.

Twenty years later, the story begins. I thought the heroine was dying of a stroke and it was the end of her life.

And then we jump back in the past to where Pipping met her pirate. And then we jump
May 10, 2009 Shelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really hate the idea that Pippin and Dash were separated for upwards of twenty years. I loved their relationship in Felicity and Thalia's stories and the idea of them just giving up on their relationship and moving on is just annoying to me. I felt that they would have fought for it and so them being cowards didn't sit well with me. The story in itself was fine, but the fact that it was involving these two particular characters... I just didn't like it. I was looking forward to Pippin and Dash ...more
This book was a perfect book for me. It had all my favorite elements: a second-chance love-story (and it was executed quite excellently and devotedly!), pirates, ships, a changed-hero, and wonderful and very memorable characters!

This is the tale of Lady Phillipa (Pippin) and Captain Thomas Dashwell. I only read the previous book in this series, and Dash and Pippin's story ended so tragically and hopelessly that I just had to hurry and read their happy ending before I went crazy in misery for the
Dec 25, 2010 Nira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I'm utterly speechless. It was more a tragic romance than anything else... like Pirates of the Caribbean meets Titanic.

I absolutely love the hero, Thomas Dashwell, because he was flawed in every sense of the word. He was not the perfect man and the kind of decisions he made sh
May 11, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dash and Pippin's story finally! I was appalled initially at discovering they had been torn apart for 20 something years and wondered if people could rediscover that young love again. I was heartbroken by the ending of the previous book and had not expected the characters to be separated for so long.

The first half of the book was hard to read. Dash, who I idealized in the other books, is a wastrel hate-filled man. It was hard to read these scenes and I was very disappointed in the characters. Th
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It was instant attraction for Lady Philippa Knolles when she met daring American Captain Thomas Dashwell. But even as Pippin and Dash fall in love, an uneasy political climate eventually leads to their separation, leaving Pippin with only a scandalous red dress and two lives growing inside her as mementoes of the pirate she loved.

Twenty-three years later, Pippin is widowed and the image of propriety. Then a stranger
Ian Bond
May 06, 2013 Ian Bond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you've never read a romance novel, you should read at least one. They are fascinating studies. Here are my research notes for a future script project. This story takes place in 1837 with flashbacks to 1814 - on pirate ships, in England, and in Baltimore, briefly. It's so cliched that it almost is brilliant in its subtlety, then you realize she probably isn't being cliche ironically and then it's just a bit sad. Knowing a bit about the time period only makes the moments of historic grounding m ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book and ended up hating it because it was not the story I wanted it to be. Instead of picking off where the last book left off, it picks up some 20 years later reuniting the Captain and Phillipa after the death of her husband.

I felt this book betrayed so much about Pippin and the love affair she had nursed through the previous books. So much so that I was glad to see that she was not mentioned in the next series in the letters between the sisters, or if she was it was mini
I don't like long separation books and this one had a 20 year separation, so it was wasn't my cuppa. I also don't feel that Dash ever apologized to his son or Pippa for his actions. I also thought the ending a little strange. I didn't understand Pippa's reasons for not wanting to marry Dash, just live with him in sin...huh??? I would have loved to have seen books about John and Nash, both naval men, but one in the colonies and one in the English Navy...could have been fun.
Feb 18, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Too depressing of a reunion story (23 years??) Or maybe I'm just ageist and don't enjoy stories about older lovers as much :o
I just couldn't get past that they were separated for so long. I love these books but it made me crazy to see this happen.
Nov 05, 2016 Kashii rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, at least until the end. It was like she just stopped writing mid story.
I know a lot of reviews on here are annoyed because the story take place 20 years later but it's still an engaging story
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Haley Osborn
Mar 30, 2016 Haley Osborn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Now I can deal with time skips even though I generally don't like them unless they are well suited to the story. 23 years is more then too far off the strech for me. Not only that but I really didn't find it romantic at all. If anything and if I could deal with such a great time skip the characters which I have loved since the beginning of this series and have waited for their story were completely ruined in my opinion. They are gone and in no way near the characters you love...I would've though ...more
May 28, 2016 Mudpie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read any other books in the series but I feel I can still enjoy the book on its own. Now I want to read the books that came before! I initially had problems following the plot because of the constant flashbacks for the first two thirds of the book? The couple obviously have a very big back story and this is a story about parted lovers and their reunion. From other reviews the back story was like a cliffhanger in previous two books and many readers eagerly awaited these secondary chara ...more
J.A. Kenney
Apr 02, 2016 J.A. Kenney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
Like many I was frightened off of this book by the timeline. The book and the series was sidelined and stuck in my...maybe read it sometime file.

I am glad I waited. When I finished Black Gown the thought that Dash and Pippin would spend 20 years apart was unthinkable.

Coming back to this book after time had passed was like rediscovering a first love.

The story is unique, the characters complex, and the plot unexpected.

Yes, there were a few lines tread close to for the romance genre, but imo none o
Mar 03, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started with book 3 in the series (but I don't think it really matters as books 3-5 focus on a pair of sisters and a cousin) and they were good. I think I found all of them at a book sale or used book store and thought they sounded interesting enough to pick up. I really don't remember much of the first two books other than they were enjoyable and made me want to read book 5. It was by far my favorite in the series and one that I will keep and go back to re-read. It was a fun book and I enjoye ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS A SIX-TISSUE BOOK. You've been warned. I was a bit gobsmacked by this one, to be honest. I knew Pippa and Dash would likely be the focus of the next book in the series and wondered how the author was going to get around Pippa's decision from the end of the last book and Dash's, er, legal difficulties, but THIS... this approach was completely unexpected. To see how they played off one another in the previous books, and then know from the outset that they DIDn't wind up together? Funny, I ...more
A disappointment, overall. I didn't like this plot in the earlier books in the series, I didn't find Captain Thomas Dashwell an attractive suitor. The book is split into two halves, before she married Viscount Gossett and then twenty-some years later when Pippin is a widow.


The premise is good, the second chance at love predicament. The plausibility hinges on whether or not Pippin would throw respectability to the wind and follow her heart. The catch, which is glossed over in the book, is
Akriti Anand
The plot had the potential to be quite engaging. But. It was not. It rather felt like a fill-in sort of book. Half the story is from the previous books and while flashes of the pasts were important, they took up too much of the story. The present was cut short, quite unbelievable and unsatisfying. The h/H became cordial from absolutely hating each other surprisingly fast, given the terrible truth about the hero that was revealed. She didn't forgive him. But they became the best buddies the next ...more
There were only two things I didn't like about this book: we were repeatedly reminded that "old" people shouldn't have sex; and the constant change from past to present. The former complaint is minor, while the latter will [almost] always get marked-down reviews from me for the same reason that change of character perspectives will: they break the story apart. I'm following along perfectly well as it goes, and BAM, I'm somewhere/one else--and often repetitve in these instances. Just not my cup o ...more
Apr 18, 2010 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-during-2010
Lady Philippa Knolles has loved Captain Thomas "Dash" Dashwell since he first stole a kiss from her on a smuggler's beach near Hastings. Now after what seems like a lifetime of waiting, Pippin is offered a chance to renew her scandalous affair with Dash. But the man from that first heady kiss and the man she rediscovers all these years later are hardly the same. Tucked away in the back of her closet is a red dress, the one she wore long ago to win his heart . . . . Could it have enough memories ...more
Lynne Tull
As I read the first chapter I thought this would be the best of the series of five books. However, it was not. Half of the book was spent reliving what had happened between the H/H in the other four books. I found myself skipping the "flashbacks" and reading only those years that applied to the current events...that is 20+ years later. Also, one character's story was left hanging and I am not sure if he appeared in one of Ms. Boyle's later books. It was probably left to the reader's imagination ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just read the previous 3 books in the Bachelor Chronicles, so it was so frustrating to see the subject of Phillipa's child kept secret, since I already knew who it was.

I fell in love with Lord Gossett in this book (yes, the saintly husband who died two years ago) What a perfect man! Phillipa and Dash were much more interesting in their youth, and in previous books. Lord Gossett definitely deserved better.
Sep 02, 2009 Kit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the first few chapters bittersweet, not so much that 20 years had gone by. Pippen had children she was determined to do right by. It was more the disaster that Dash had become,understandable a disillusioned,seasoned captain would be a drunk,yet still sad. The story picked up once Dash's recovery started and became the story of Pippen and Dash that one would hope for. I loved the ending! I hope that Elizabeth Boyle writes about John and Nate, those could prove to be great stories.
Sep 06, 2015 Vasilena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not think I have ever really enjoyed a novel with flashbacks until this one!

I really like this author's style, the romantic note has a purity to it, the characters are likeable and relatable and there is an array of secondary characters that are also very interesting. Although not in this installment, as we have the two quite isolated for some time. The novel was touching: I do like the fact that it caught up with the characters a lot later in life, as they are more mature.
Nov 14, 2012 Sharyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about this book is that one can keep a love in the heart for 23 years, and can reignite it after that time. I find that quite romantic. The pirate escapes, the Viscount saves the woman, love grows in the marriage, complete acceptance of the children, all wildly romantic. I loved the children appalled that their mother could have had a lover when she was young. The book also has a wonderful ending. If you like Boyle you will like this, though it is not my favorite in the series.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 17, 2015 12:52PM  
  • Red Hot Renegade (Bennett #5)
  • Her Highness, My Wife (Effingtons, #5)
  • Bring Him Home (Special Forces, #3)
  • Three Nights of Sin
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • The Bride Wore Scarlet (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #2)
  • Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven, #3)
  • Once Upon a Scandal (Scandal, #2)
  • At the Duke's Service (The Notorious St. Claires, #0.5)
  • A Midnight Dance (Fiery Tales, #1)
  • The Runaway Countess (Nottinghamshire, #1)
  • The Marriage Bed (Guilty, #3)
  • To Sin With a Stranger (Seven Deadly Sins, #1)
Elizabeth Boyle was an antipiracy paralegal for Microsoft before settling down to write full-time. Her first novel, Brazen Angel, which won Dell's Diamond Debut Award in 1996, also won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best First Book, and was a finalist for Best Long Historical Romance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Brazen Heiress.
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Other Books in the Series

Bachelor Chronicles (9 books)
  • Something About Emmaline (Bachelor Chronicles, #1)
  • This Rake of Mine (Bachelor Chronicles, #2)
  • Love Letters From a Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #3)
  • Confessions of a Little Black Gown (Bachelor Chronicles, #4)
  • How I Met My Countess (Bachelor Chronicles, #6)
  • Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7)
  • Lord Langley Is Back in Town (Bachelor Chronicles, #8)
  • Mad About the Major

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“She started to rise, for she feared Dash might become angry, lose his temper as he had before with Finn, but this Dash, this man who was struggling to find his footing, planted his feet solidly on the deck.
"She married someone else, Finn," he said quietly. "There was no battle to fight once she'd done that. I'd lost, and sometimes when you lose, there is nothing you can do but move on."
Finn sighed and shook his head, the arguments and problems of adults far beyond his ken, but he still persisted, struggling to understand. "Did you?"
"Did I what?"
"Move on? After you lost her?"
Again, Dash shook his head. "Nay, I didn't. Not at all."
"'Cause you loved her?"
Dash looked away. "Aye. Without her, I lost my course and sailed about the seas rather like the Dutchman.”
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