Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers, #5)
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Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,311 ratings  ·  201 reviews
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 descendant of notorious—but very aristocratic—swindlers, the delectable redhead has the ability to completely unhinge him and a long history of dragging him into her scandalous schemes...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
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...more
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 stri...more
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...more
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...more
Manda Collins
Jul 29, 2010 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...more
4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 stars because I just love Olivia's letters)
Marilyn Rondeau
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
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...more
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
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
Excellent book. Loretta Chase does not disappoint. Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle, and Olivia Carsington have been my favorite characters since they appeared in "Lord Perfect". Glad they got a book of their own. These two characters balance each other and it was good seeing their friendship develop into love.

**SPOILER ALERT: My favorite parts were when Lisle told her that he would go on excavations in Egypt and wished that she was there so she could enjoy the moment of discovering something ne...more
Lisa Kay
Olivia’s self-proclaimed calling card.

★★★★ ½ 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 ar...more
Fira Rosli
This book is only worth 2 stars to me but because of oh-so-charming Lisle that charmed me out of my unmentionables, I decided to grant it 3 stars instead because Lisle is indeed worth it for another stars

I'm sorry if I hurt or anger any of Loretta Chase's fans but I can't help but kept on dwelling and yelling at the book because it SO very very very boring. I was so frustrated that it took me about 3 days to finish this book. It was so dull despite their adventures which usually appeal to me bu...more
I'm venturing out for something new. Taking one step beyond Chick Lit to "romance novels." The selection is overwhelming, so i visited the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books site
and selected several of their "A" and "A-"minus grade books.

I was not disappointed. This is not great literature. But it's not trying to be. It's got a plot. It's got great costumes and descriptions. And a few hot and heavy scenes . . .

So far I read this one, and "What a Rogue Desires"....more
Delicious. I just love her characters. The heroine, Olivia, is quite bold. The title of the book is her nickname. She's always getting in trouble and accepts the fact.

Her best friend, Lisle, has been away in Egypt for 10 years. She writes him constantly. He replies occasionally. Eventually he is drawn home by a funeral he feels he must attend. His parents give him an ultimatum to keep him home-they threaten to cut him off financially. They give him the alternative to travel to their ancestral ho...more
As always, Loretta Chase proves she's one of the masters of her genre. Though not in the league of my all-time favorite books of hers, this is still a great read, with Chase's signature wit and great writing. There are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, most of them courtesy of the bawdy "chaperons", Lady Withcote and Lady Cooper--"There couldn't exist more unsuitable chaperons outside of a brothel."

Herewith, some of the ladies' best lines:

"A hard ride, indeed," said Lady Cooper. "Put me in mind o...more
Gizella Tóth
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
This was a near perfect romance IMO. I loved Olivia and Peregrine grown up as much as I did as the delightful children they were in Lord Perfect. So often a much anticipated book fails to meet expectations, but this story was all I hoped it would be. I could see the younger Olivia and Peregrine in the H/H from the letters that opened the book on through the ending. Making their story a road romance that matched the road trip they took in Lord Perfect was a stroke of genius on Chase's part. The h...more
My favourite of the Carsington Brothers series, where a grown-up Olivia and Peregrine are thrown together again. It's got best-friends-to-lovers with all the history behind them, it's got protofeminist thought in the great character of Olivia where we get to see a great mind and the admission that her emotionalism isn't the problem it's part of her allure, there's a PUZZLE HUNT and Olivia cracking open the treasure with her lockpicking!
Willow Brook
Sweet and at times humorous romance. Last Night's Scandal is the story of the kids from the fantastic Lord Perfect now grown up. I think I enjoyed them more as kids, to be honest. They didn't seem fully formed as Chase's characters often are. Maybe because they were still quite young. Olivia sometimes seemed a bit immature and self-centered but I couldn't help feeling sorry for her free spirit, wild nature chafing under society's restrictions for young ladies. Interesting plot about the "haunted...more
A well written, clever, full of funny and witty remarks, as only Loretta Chase knows how to do.
This is the story of two friends, Lisle and Olivia, who after ten years of getting to know one another, suddenly _or was it really? _ find themselves in love with one another.
A very engaging reading. Loved Olivia pecularities...especially her NOBLE QUESTS, her capital IDEAS, and all her underlined subjects ( you'll understand this once you read the, no, i'm not insane!)
Historical English fiction for childhood friends that haven't seen each other for many years, but kept up a correspondence that suddenly met each other anew as sexy adults. Then the usual happens with some help from their conspiring parents who set them up with a renovation trip to Scotland.
I almost stopped reading because Olivia was flighty silly fluff. Lord Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle is serious as a rebellion from his silly melodramatic parents, I can imagine him rolling his eyes constant...more
Egyptian scholar who stays in Egypt to avoid his irritating and half-crazy parents returns to London for the first time in 5 years and immediately realizes the fiery red-head with a notorious past who is supposed to be one of his few friends has changed from a skinny girl to a beautifully seductive woman. She has always maddened him, but made him laughed and understood him in a way no one else did. When she traps him into travelling to Scotland with her to restore the crumbling castle that belon...more
This book was just okay for me. Loretta Chase is a great writer but the treasure plot was a bit boring. I did love Olivia's personality though. She was a fire cracker, and she kept the story lively enough to finish. I wanted to see the trouble she would get into next. The relationship between her and Lisle was cute but the storyline weighed heavy on their romance.
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."
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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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