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Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,095 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
An unsuitable pair? Absolutely. But they just can't escape each other, no matter how hard they try.

After surviving the perils of Egypt, Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle is back in London, facing the most dire threat of all: his irrational family....and Miss Olivia Wingate-Carsington. A descendent of notorious—but very aristocratic—swindlers, the delectable redhead has the
Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Avon
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I have no real strong feelings either way on this book. It started off super funny then sort of fizzled when the sexual tension was cut short and replaced by a non-committal self-imposed internal conflict. I'm not sure I have it in me to write a full-bodied review.

The book opens strongly with a few letters back and forth between the younger Olivia Carsington in England and Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle, who is in Egypt. Olivia's letter are true to the personality of the child we met back in Lo
I've given this an A for narration and a B for content at AudioGals. I suppose that's technically 4.5 stars but Kate Reading's narration pushes it into the 5 star bracket..

When offered the choice of reviewing this or Not Quite a Lady, I immediately made grabby hands in the direction of Last Night’s Scandal because I’m a fan of the childhood-friends-who-meet-again-after-a-long-separation-and-think – “wow, you’re really hot now you’re all grown up!” – trope. That is, in essence, the plot of the b
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 19, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, unfinished
This book is a crying shame of a wasted opportunity. I was looking forward to seeing the old friends reconnect. Instead, I got a bunch of fighting and stupidity with a side of moron. Lisle is the stupidest "smart" guy ever to grace the printed page. I got so sick of his idiot rages that by the time I was half-way through the book and he blew right through the twentieth opportunity to apologize like the great dipwad he is I was just done. I'm sorry, but he's so busy slamming around in self-righte ...more
Aug 02, 2016 Wollstonecrafthomegirl rated it really liked it
Probably more like 3.5 stars but I'm rounding up because of Loretta Chase Bonus Fun Points. Give the woman her due, even when the book isn't that good, it's still damned entertaining.

I was rooting for a Lisle and Olivia book (see my ridiculously gushing Lord Perfect review) and here it is. In some respects very satisfying. I love that Olivia is still OTT and clever and adventurous. Lisle is still a balancing influence to her and it worked nicely (although perhaps it didn't quite live up to my e
Lady Wesley
Apr 06, 2016 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
It's fun to see the children from Lord Perfect all grown up but still recognizable. As usual, Rosalyn Landor's narration is pitch-perfect, causing me to bump this up from the 3.5 for the Kindle version to a legit 4 stars for the audio.
Peregrine, Earl of Lisle, and Olivia Carsington have finally gotten their own story. We first met them in Lord Perfect when they went on a Noble Quest to help Olivia's mother. Lisle was less enthusiastic about the adventure, but when he realized that Olivia was doing it with or without him he went along too. As a child Olivia was a dramatic, manipulative creature who wanted to experience grand adventures and become a knight and go on Noble Quests.

Not much has changed since she was a child. She
Jul 18, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
Peregrine Dalmay, the Earl of Lisle has returned to England on and off over the past ten years while studying in Egypt. It's been five years since he has been back in England. He finds his parents to be ridiculous and emotional. They have become fed up with his heartless nature toward them and his siblings. And when Lisle's father threatens to cut him off unless he travels to Scotland and supervises the renovations of the alleged haunted Gorewood Castle that his family owns, Lisle is backed into ...more
May 06, 2016 kris rated it liked it
In this book we have Lisle (seriously who is Peregrine Dalmay???) and Olivia Wingate-Carsington, the hellions who stole hearts, back with puberty-enhanced genitalia to steal each other's. Hearts. And genitalia.

1. This...was not quite what I wanted. The reasons for not being together were foolish, especially in light of how easily they just...dissolved. Olivia's fear of disappearing into marriage was poorly founded in light of her familial and ancestral situations and Lisle's passion for Egypt f
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Jan 15, 2012 Carol *Young at Heart Oldie* rated it it was amazing
When I read Lord Perfect, the two adventurous youngsters, Peregrine Dalmay (Earl of Lisle) and Olivia Wingate, really captured my heart. I thought they deserved their own story and I am delighted that Loretta Chase agreed with me because her latest book, LAST NIGHT'S SCANDAL is their story. Wonderfully romantic, deliciously sexy and extremely funny, it is a joy to read.

At the end of Lord Perfect, Lisle goes off to Egypt with his aunt and uncle to pursue his studies. Olivia, meanwhile, is learnin
Dec 31, 2011 Christine rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Okay, here's the thing: I love seeing long-time friends/acquaintances suddenly realize their feelings for one another are more than friendly. I just rarely see it done well, and this book is no exception.

Here's why: There's a formula in romance....that which brings them together vs. that which keeps them apart. In most long-time friend scenarios, once they start seeing one another as attractive members of the opposite sex, the "that which keeps them apart" element of the formula is weakened. In
Although I love a good hero as much - sometimes more - than the next girl, it's really the heroines who make or break stories for me. The most delicious hero in the world doesn't mean crap if he's with a TSTL heroine. Not only do I hate the heroine, but I start to question the hero..what's wrong with him that he's with this awful girl? What does he see in her?

As always Chase's writing is fabulous. She really excels at dialogue and creating beautiful imagery with her words. I kept reading right
Aug 01, 2010 Hirondelle rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The story of the kids, from Lord Perfect, and this plot would have made a better novella than a novel. I enjoyed this very much, but Loretta Chase is probably incapable of writing anything I would not enjoy - I loved the dialogue, the small snippets of interaction between characters ( oh the valet and the maid, I so wanted more....). And the old ladies are indescritable. BUT and this is a very big but, the relationships are not nearly as complex and interesting as in her other books ( though the ...more
Manda Collins
Jul 29, 2010 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of friends-to-lovers plots, opposites attract stories, road romances, cabin romances
Shelves: historical
*Happy sigh* When I first heard Chase was writing Peregrine and Olivia's story I was thrilled, but I did wonder if it would live up to the hype. I shouldn't have worried. I was wearing a big goofy grin the whole time I was reading. She aged Olivia and Lisle skillfully, keeping the traits they'd had in childhood, but allowing them to grow into them, change, adapt. Their pairing was inevitable, but it was so delicious to see them negotiate and bicker and realize just how much they needed each othe ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 stars because I just love Olivia's letters)
Well, I didn't like this series and this book in particular as much as I wished. I liked this much better than the last book, but had similar problems with it. The characters' objections didn't make a lot of sense to me and they seemed to be taken care of too easily.

Olivia's objections especially didn't seem to fit the series this was a part of. Marriage is dreary for women? But her family is full of happy marriages! Women don't get adventures? But she has an aunt in Egypt having adventures! One
Rose Lerner
Oct 25, 2013 Rose Lerner rated it it was amazing
Loretta Chase is my favorite romance author in the world and this book reminded me of why. Olivia and Lisle were both so appealing and wonderful and perfect for each other (Olivia was that rare and beautiful thing, a strong-willed impulsive heroine with occasionally poor judgement who still gets to be taken seriously as a smart, capable human being, and Lisle was the kind of geek who shares random factoids and makes them interesting by his interest in them), and the conflict was so brilliant I w ...more
Jul 04, 2013 Alexandra rated it really liked it
It was so good I could first. Afterwards, I slowly felt like crying for completely different reasons...sad sigh

It started out strong, with a frightfully entertaining exchange of letters between the two main characters through the years that they had been apart. I was only 20 pages in and I already had some quotes written down and enjoying every second of what I THOUGHT was to come. Oh, and Chase did a perfect job of keeping me entertained for over half of the book, while perfectly strin
Oct 26, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally getting around to writing a review for this....

The thing that struck me the most about this book was how very well Chase matured Lisle and Olivia. She kept their basic personalities and their relationship intact but allowed both them and it to grow in what felt like a natural way.

Olivia is still the overly dramatic, somewhat impulsive creature with a natural tendency toward larceny. Lisle is still the pragmatic, level headed person who is quite out of sync with his parents. They are stil
Jun 24, 2011 Trewen rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars rounding up

This started strong then just....leveled out for me.

It wasn't bad but it didn't capture me like some of Chase's stories do.
I really liked all the characters, especially Ladies Cooper and Withcote. Even the servants were interesting.
The plot was pretty good, it kept me engaged well enough.
Unfortunately, the emotions fell flat and the "adventure" was just ok.
I also felt a little cheated by the lack of dialogue between Lisle and Olivia. I think the story would have been be
Reasons I love this book:

"You're not supposed to jump up from the bed two minutes after a man tells you he loves you," he said. "Don't you know anything?"


"You must marry me."

She stared for a time at her collection of secrets. "I think I must," she said. I wanted to be self-sacrificing and brave but it doesn't agree with me."
Marilyn Rondeau
Jun 20, 2011 Marilyn Rondeau rated it it was amazing
Peregrine Dalmay, the Earl of Lisle has returned from Egypt for the celebration of his Grandmother’s birthday. His plans were to stay as briefly as possible then make a quick exit back to his first love - Egypt. Naturally, it would be nice to see his pen-pal Lady Olivia Wingate-Carsington who has kept him in touch with goings ons and peccadilloes his parents and she herself has gotten in and out of over the years. Lady Olivia accepts all of this in stride believing that with her blood lines, whi ...more
Lisa Kay
Olivia’s self-proclaimed calling card.

stars! What an entertaining book this is! Olivia Wingate-Carsington’s off on another tangent adventure Noble Quest and Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle, is in pursuit. Only this time she is no longer a skinny, awkward, freckle-faced little girl; now she’s a real stunner who is always causing a scandal. Olivia manages to prompt Lisle into fisticuffs, dash after her to Scotland, drive him crazy by parading around in a pair of pants, defy logic in her argumen
I really enjoyed this one. Having a quick peek at the hero and heroine, whom we last saw as adolescents is a great concept, and they are such interesting characters that it was a very pleasant story.

There are some wonderful little touches, such as the smutty old biddy chaperones, who spend their time comparing stories about various lovers and ogling the male servants, and also some of the little descriptions of fashions. I do like to know what heroines are wearing, although sometimes I find that
J.J. Rodeo
Apr 13, 2016 J.J. Rodeo rated it it was ok
Main characters were lovely, and there were two naughty old ladies that I loved, but the plot was very boring and cliche. There was not any real conflict and character development. And there was one missing butler whose fate was not revealed.
Jan 02, 2013 Esra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Kitap aynı sade bir kahvaltı gevreği gibiydi. Yerken çıtırtılar hoş fakat ağzınıza ne bir çikolata parçacığı nede bir meyve parçacığı geliyor. Tat yok. Yine güzelim konu güzelim bir şekilde bertarafedilmiş. Başlarda esas oğlan Mısır’daydı. Kızımızla mektuplaşıyorlardı. Oralar güzeldi. Ama oğlanımız gelince o büyü bozuldu. Hiç gelmeseydi keşke, kitabın sonuna kadar mektuplaşmalarını okusaydık daha iyiydi.
Kitabın ortalarında yazar hikayeye bir gizem katmaya çalışmış olsa da beni hiç heyecanlandırm
god i wanted SO MUCH MORE from this book but i think overly dramatic people who scream a lot but never communicate is just not my thing :(
Gizella Tóth
Mar 05, 2014 Gizella Tóth rated it really liked it
Így első, gyors olvasás után azt mondanám, hogy kissé leült a sorozat. A harmadik rész alapján egy kicsit több izgalomra számítottam. Olivia jó, hozza a formáját. Ami azt illeti Lisle is, mégis szerintem egy kísértetjárta skót kastélyban több lehetőség rejlik, mint amennyit Chase kihoz belőle. A humora viszont továbbra is remek, és Olivia temperamentuma mellé bejön a dédnagyi két barátnőjének szabadszájúsága is (no, semmi "nem szalonképes" nincs benne:). Belőlük többet is elviseltem volna. Szexb ...more
Mar 03, 2012 steph rated it really liked it
Oh, my heart you guys. MY HEART. This book just did things to me and I love that Olivia and Lisle were the same as ten years ago in everything but age and I love their second adventure and their looks and glances and Olivia co-ercing his parents at the end and THESE KIDS YOU GUYS. THESE KIDS. I am so glad they got their own book and so glad they realized that yes, they do love each other and they always have and UGH. I LOVED THIS I LOVED THIS A LOT. IT LEFT ME SMILING.
Olivia. Suddenly. Unexpectedly.
Ye gods, ye gods, Olivia.

This book was much more a book about Olivia Carsington than a classic historical romance. Olivia Carsington was bloody amazing, and I think I loved her as much as Sally Kent from Almost a Scandal or Lydia Grenville from The Last Hellion (and that's saying something). She was the reason why I previously gave 4 stars to Lord Perfect (well, that and the fact the book was rather enjoyable, too).
Olivia has Ideas. Unscrupulous, unprincipled a
Lady Wesley
May 02, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up -- because of the humor.
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl ...more
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