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

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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
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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
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...more
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
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...more

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...more
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...more
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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...more
Ian Bond
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
Sarah M
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...more
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...more
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.
Tiko Telia
does anyone know if theres a book about Pippins and Dashs son and Molly? :D coz im sure there was a romance brewing XD and cant believe that the stories left untouched...
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...more
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.
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
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
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even without reading the previous books (so no buildup) completely dissatisfied with this book. the constant time jumping, the constant references to the red dress, the totally anticlimatic ending (though I admit to liking how the mom dupes the son) made this really hard to finish. I kinda want to read the previous books for more references to Lord Gossett
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
My least favorite among "Bachelor Chronicles" since the "after 23 years" meeting of Pippin and Dashwell is the biggest downer. After 23 years, seriously? At the end of this story, I'm more interested to see John and Nates's own love story.
Bebe Four
I enjoyed the book, along with the age of the hero and heroine (in their 40s), more than I expected. I liked the story quite a bit, it's just that flashbacks are not my favorite narrative device. The ending was fun and satisfying.
I expected more out of Pippin and Dash's story. I didn't care for the fact that they waited so long to find each other. I wanted them to be happy for a long, long time. I imagined lots of children. Frankly, I found it a bit depressing.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Karina Westermann
This one didn't work structurally nor on a plot-based level. I can deal easily with shifting time lines, but the pacing suffered no end. I am not sure if the book was too ambitious with its structure or if it wasn't ambitious enough. Characters made very little sense in the context of the series. Alas.
I loved this story. It was well paced, beautifully written. Loved the hero and heroine and sec. characters.
Only possible criticism is that it had more flashbacks than any other book I have ever read and I had difficulties transitioning from one time to another.
I totally recommend this book.
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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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