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The Last Hellion

(Scoundrels #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  6,810 ratings  ·  414 reviews
A ferocious conflict of wills...

Vere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood, has everything--he's titled, he's rich, he's devastatingly good looking--and he seems determined to throw it all away. Disreputable, reckless, and wild, the last of the Mallory hellions is racing headlong to self-destruction...until a mind numbingly beautiful blonde Amazon knocks him off his feet--literall
Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Avon Books
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Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When I was first introduced to Vere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood, in 'Lord of Scoundrels', I was less than impressed with him and I couldn´t see him as the hero in any book. After reading 'The Last Hellion', I stand corrected. And it didn´t take long, he had me right at the Prologue. Loretta Chase did a wonderful job showing how much he was affected by the row of deaths that took away his family, up to his beloved 9-year-old cousin, and even before I read the rest of the book, I KNEW he was one ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.

I really enjoyed the previous book in the series and wondered if anybody could top Dain. We met, Vere, Duke of Ainswood i
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who like love/hate romances with great wit and dialog a la Kleypas or Enoch
What a fabulous love/hate romance from beginning to end! Fantastic dialog between the h/h was what made the love/hate so good and not turn into silliness.

Vere, the Duke of Ainswood, is a quintessential bad boy who couldn’t care less about what anyone thinks of him or how he behaves especially when it comes to women. Lydia is a great foil to his nasty devil may care attitude. She gets him to tow the line and he doesn’t even realize it until he discovers that he can’t live without her.

The build-u
I've given this an A+ for narration and A- for content at AAR.

The Last Hellion
is the last of the four books in Ms Chase’s Scoundrels series, which are linked via a number of recurring characters; and it can perhaps be seen as a sequel to the wonderful Lord of Scoundrels. We met Vere Mallory, Duke of Ainswood, in that story when, drunk as a lord (!), he mistook the newly-married Lady Dain for a light skirt and was immediately pummeled into the dirt by Lord Beelzebub himself, and forced to ap
Chitra *CJ*
“My freedom, then,” she said, her voice low and hard, her chin high. “If I can’t beat you, I’ll marry you.”

"The Last Hellion" is the story of Lydia and Vere.

Meet Vere Mallory, the reckless Duke of Ainswood. He is handsome, rich, titled and the last of the Mallory hellions, determined to throw it all away and engage in self destruction. His life changes when he engages in a ferocious conflict of wills with a beautiful blonde goddess, who knocks him down and steals his heart away.

Our heroine i
Lady Wesley
May 9, 2015

Kate Reading's audio rendition of The Last Hellion is every bit as good as Lord of Scoundrels. Full, gushing review to come.

June 16, 2015

And here it is . . .

Like thousands of others, I count Lord of Scoundrels as my favorite historical romance, but The Last Hellion is justthisclose to topping my list. I have read them both many times and each time these Loretta Chase titles leave me sighing a romantic sigh with a happy smile on my face.

You can imagine the excitement last year when t
2.5 stars

Will write the review. But not before I'm done counting how many epithets Vere has for Lidya.

It's 28 .

1. Miss Boudicca Grenville
2. The gorgon
3. Madam Insolence
4. The dragon lady
5. Miss self-appointed guardian of public morals
6. The amazon
7. Miss Attila the hun Grenville
8. Miss guiding the light of civilization
9. The blue-eyed dragoness
10. Mistress Thespian
11. Lady Grendel
12. The blue-eyed gorgon
13. Miss devious sneak attack Grenville
14. Miss Ivan the terrible Grenville
15. The Grenvil
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Vere unexpectedly became a duke after a series of tragedies in his family. But he doesn't really care about the title or the money he now has. Grieving bitterly, and angry at life, he shuts himself off from the remaining members of his family. He lives a wild and carefree life - wine, women and song - he is 'the last hellion' in his family.

Lydia Grenville had a difficult childhood, but she is reinventing herself as a successful journalist and writer of serials in the newspaper.

Both Vere and Gre
Lady Wesley
9 May 2015. Please click here for my full review of the audiobook.

6 Nov 2014. Just finished reading this book for the third time, and I love it even more. Loretta Chase is just amazing!

6 Nov 2012. Upon rereading -- I've moved this from 4 to 5 stars. It isn't quite as good as Lord of Scoundrels, but it's right up there. The hero's tragedy and redemption are moving, and the heroine is a delightful atypical Regency miss.
What can I say? I just loved this. I loved the heroine, I loved the hero, I loved the dog. I really don't have anything bad to say.

Loretta Chase has a talent beyond romance. She took a very unpleasant fact of life in the 18th century - one that is rarely addressed in romance novels - and created the base for a great pairing. At its core this book deals with the fact that dealing with death was very much a part of everyone's daily lives during this time in history. In particular the death of chil
A lovely 4.5 stars.
Fabulous narration by Kate Reading and a terrific story, as only Loretta Chase can write when she is on fire.
This book finally deals with Vere, now the Duke of Ainswood, the best mate of that awful man Dane in Lord of Scoundrels (who I never liked. I felt the same about this man Vere- don't get me started) (view spoiler)
*The Angry Reader*
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
You’ll read 50 historical novels with the rake/bad-ass independent chick pairing and not coming across any done this well. I don’t love everything Chase writes. But I do respect it.

Lydia and Vere kept me on my toes. Even with a storyline I’ve read 3 dozen times, I didn’t know what to expect from them next. And they frequently had some odd reactions - that ended up making sense. But threw me in the moment.

Most of the book was a 3 star read. Vere was so funny and obtuse. I thought the book was c
Jane Stewart
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Weak 3 stars. This barely kept my interest.

This was written three years after Lord of Scoundrels (LOS) which I loved and gave 5 stars to. I was hoping this might be similar. The two main characters sounded similar. Lydia in this book is competent, smart, and not afraid of Vere. They have multiple spats. But the magic is not here the way it was in LOS. The LOS dialogue was witty and creative. But here the dialogue, events, and relationship felt too much like most other romance novels - nothing to
Aly is so frigging bored
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Aly is so frigging bored by: Catherine
I had so much fun reading this book. Thank you Catherin for tempting me with it.

Here are some quotes that I loved:

He gave her a wounded look. "I was not trying to pay any scores. I was consumed by curiosity."
Her eyes narrowed. "About what?"
"How you did it." He let his gaze fall to her manly chest. "It isn't binding, is it? What have you done with your breasts?"
She opened her mouth, then shut it. She looked down at herself, then up at him. Then her jaw set and between her teeth she said, "It's a
4,5 stars

Lydia is a wonderful heroine! She is unconventional (which is not my favorite trope), but she does it in an unaffected way. She is fearless, loving, caring and make the best out of life's worse experiences. Vere is a rake, friends with Lord Dain ("from Lord of Scoundrels"), a man who made the worse of life's trials and succumbed to vice in all its forms in order to avoid facing reality and its shortcomings. He is sweet in the inside though, and it is impossible not to fall for him strai
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to read a fun regency
It was funny and entertaining from front to back
Well worth reading!
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
A light fun historical, with a thrill or two provided courtesy of villainous ‘bawds’ and miscellaneous others.

Both the h/H have emotionally scarring pasts but that doesn’t really impact on the present.
I love the strong characterization of the h – physically (a veritable amazon) and mentally (very opinionated). She’s a strongly independent journalist-writer (the characterization seems a bit stretched historically/factually but then…) who’s also into social service and reformation.
The H seems wea
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ADORE THIS BOOK! Don't take any notice of the first part of my review, I've left it there as a lesson to myself! I've listened again and again and THE LAST HELLION is simply superb....

I can't believe that The Last Hellion was written by the same author who wrote the magnificent Lord of Scoundrels, if it were not for characters from the previous book appearing in this one I would not have believed it. I read the two books back to back having only just discovered Ms.Chase's work and was rubbing
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Miranda Davis
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper, audio-book
Mr. Impossible, Knave's Wager or this is my second favorite L. Chase Regency. Cannot decide.

In my initial Loretta Chase binge-read years ago, I somehow glossed over the manifest wonders of this story. Having just heard the new audiobook, I now realize it's an utterly terrific Chase read. The title hellion is a complicated man, wracked by guilt, discouraged by grief, punishing himself for the crime of surviving too many of his loved ones. The other hellion, an uncommon woman of many parts, is his
Milica's Bookshelf
4.5 ♥

I just love the previous part of this series little more than this one, but that aside, this one is pretty perfect! ♥
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
The H is grieving, and he's lost his way. The h is amazing, horrified at her attraction to this man-child. He notices her, realises she matters to him and arranges a quick marriage. But there are lots of things that get in the way of them being happy as newly weds. There's mystery about her family, his grief and the very silly Bertie, has to get his HEA too. So the plot was overly complicated, and for me not quite finished because the bad guy didn't get resolved. I love this author, but the seri ...more
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Love/Hate Romances, Strong Heroines, Loretta Chase
Reviewed for THC Reviews
I've seen a number of Loretta Chase fans say that The Last Hellion is equally as good if not better than her incomparable Lord of Scoundrels which is part of the same series. Before I had even finished the first chapter, I could see why. It began with a prologue which explored the hero's background, creating a sympathetic character right from the start who had some pretty good reasons for being a hellion and a dissolute rake. Then readers are introduced to a highly unconv
Laura (Kyahgirl)
5/5; 5 stars; A+

I am so glad that this book is available at Audible. It has long been one of my favorite historical romance books but with the addition of Kate Reading as a narrator, it becomes even better.

The Last Hellion can be read as a standalone but its definitely more fun to read it in conjunction with Lord of Scoundrels. Two of the best in this genre.
I really enjoyed this one. It's not fluff, but has some nice entertaining fluffy bits in it, and all the main characters are incredibly likeable.

It kind of lost its' way a bit towards the end, which is why I marked it down, but it hit all the right buttons for me: heroine that is a serious scrapper and can fight dirty, hero that is more of a Peter Pan combined with 6 ft of sex god, and a cast of fabulous sidekicks (wonderful to see Bertie Trent make a reappearance). I even like the dog, and I'm
I thought if I sleep on it, my mixed feelings will probably untangle themselves and I'll be able to write something similar to a review.
Did not happen.

This book is so overwhelming. So much going on. So many characters and their stories. And we have to see them all through. I felt like the main characters and their love story were almost suffocating under the weight of the plot and all that was happening. I couldn't care less about Lydia's heritage and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why
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Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
All right! My favourite in this series remains book 1, The Lion's Daughter, because I so believed in the passion between Varian and Esme. The Last Hellion's Vere and Lydia are good at the start, but they lose their sharpness (view spoiler) in the middle, and then it eventually descends into the usual "we were haunted by the tragic ghosts of our past but in each other we found hope and love" tripe, which I find unbearably cloying.

One thing I've noticed with
Miss Rail
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Lydia Grenville is an investigative journalist trying to save as many innocent girls as she can from being coerced into prostitution.
Fierce and independent, she bravely faces the ugliness of London's underground trying to do the right thing.

Vere Mallory, the Duke of Ainsworth, is the last of the Mallory hellions.
Lydia despises dissolute men like him whose gaming and whoring feed that ugliness she fights against.

A chance encounter brings Lydia and Ainsworth together.

She believe he's an handso
If someone had come to me over the past year and said, "I want to get started reading historic romance-- where should I start?" My answer would have unequivocally been "Lord of Scoundrels." To me it's quite simply the best historic romance novel written-- the plot, the humor, the evolution of the characters over the course of the novel, the utterly outstanding heroine-- is unbeatable.

I'd say my answer to that question has changed overnight.

Today, if someone asked me where to start, I'd suggest
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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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