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The Last Hellion (Scoundrels #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  5,447 Ratings  ·  313 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 couldnt see him as the hero in any book. After reading 'The Last Hellion', I stand corrected. And it didnt 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 o ...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 in the pr
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
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me fascinó Vere, me encantó ella y su forma de ser.
Lo siento, pero tengo debilidad por los Duques HAHAHA y su historia ha sido muy bonita. Un libro divertido y muy al estilo de la autora. Totalmente recomendable
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Sabes esas veces, cuando estás leyendo un libro, estás pensando todo el rato “cuando lo acabe, lo leo de nuevo”? Pues es lo que me ha pasado con este libro. O cuando piensas “¡¿Por qué no lo he leído antes?!”. Además de unas ganas enormes de leer el libro anterior ahora mismo (y leer después éste).

Huelga decir, que está espléndidamente escrito, con unos personajes diferentes, complicados pero tan bien construidos, que te lo crees a pies puntillas. En cuanto los personajes, son geniales, tremend
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 Grenville
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 apol
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
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it

"O Último Canalha" é a famosa continuação do livro "O Príncipe dos Canalhas" (clique no título da obra para ler toda a negatividade que eu senti durante a leitura desse livro) e eu confesso que a mera ideia de tentar ler novamente qualquer palavra escrita por Loretta Chase apavorava-me.
Porém como boa brasileira, que não desiste nunca, resolvi ignorar a voz do bom senso dentro da minha cabeça e ler essa sequência. No entanto, antes mesmo de iniciar a leitura dess
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
January 1, 2016
One of my five 2015 favorites on Romantic Historical Reviews. Please follow the link to see favorites from Caz, Wendy, Claudia, Natalie, Sara, and moi.

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 b
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
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
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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
Lady Wesley
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 is moving, and the heroine is a delightful atypical Regency miss.
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.
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!
Aly is so frigging bored
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Aly is so frigging bored by: Catherine
Shelves: historical, favorites
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
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
My second book by Loretta Chase and what a fabulous read! And here I was thinking I could not love another of her books as much as Lord of Scoundrels. There is an expression in my country that goes something like: "Have a big bite, but do not say a big word", roughly translated as "Be careful what you say, because you never know what happens". How appropriate to the situation!

The hero, Vere Mallory, Duke of Ainswood is Dain's friend from LOS. Yes! The one who mistook Jessica for a harlot resulti
Ivana Azap Feješ
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 unconventional heroine who is his match in both wit and intelligence. Lydia was a bluestocking journalist, an independent, working woman of the middle-class. It kind of lost its' way a bit towards the end, but it hit all the right buttons for me: heroine that is a ser ...more
Laura V.
"Y él se preguntó qué maligno poder había creado a un monstruo tan extraordinariamente bello."

Vere es un animal con una muy mala opinión del género femenino, hasta que una le hace caer de culo y atrapa su atención. Obviamente, Lydia no es como las demás así que él rápidamente mete mano y se propone atraparla.
"[...] contemplando aquel desastre humano que tenía por marido."

A mí me pareció que Lydia es quién lo atrapó. Son dos animales, Lydia prefiere ir saltando y pegando golpes a diestra y s
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

Well, this is a re-read of a much loved historical romance. Since I listened to Lord of Scoundrels last week I thought I'd go dig up the rest of my Loretta Chase books.

I really enjoyed the role Lydia Grenville played in this story. Some authors can portray the bluestocking as a bit of a harridan. Not so, here. As a Journalist, she was in a very unconventional profession for the time but she approached it with courage and dignity. She was devoted to her 'cause' but was funny and
Soyons honnêtes, il n'est pas parfait.... mais j'ia mis 5 étoiles parce qu'il est limite bigger than life....

On a un héros qui pourrait être sombre mais qui a choisie la voie de "youpi roulons nous dans la débauche, les bagarres et l'alcool pour oublier tout ça" en mode "un cerveau, pourquoi faire?" .... en gros Ruru Carsington mais en pire.

Une héroïne qui est.... une valkyrie journaliste et féministe et qui va te mater tout ça d'une poigne de fer. Parce que j'adore Lydia Grenville, qui prend de
Flavia (OddCloud)
Rating: 4

I don't think I've read another 'historical romance' before this one... But I've enjoyed it surprisingly much! The storyline is decently paced and the intrigues were enough to capture my attention. The main characters were also well portrayed and I found myself snickering every now and then at their exchange of lines.

Another nice aspect was the multiple storylines (if I can call them that), including the very story that Lydia was writing. It was nicely executed, by this I mean I wasn't
I really liked this one. I enjoyed Chase’s sense of humor and the bantering between Vere and Lydia. Although I’m not a big reader of humor, when I have it included in something I’m reading, it just compels me to stay up later than I should to giggle some more. So, yes, I stayed up too late last night and my focus on my job is close to nil today.
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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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“If you try to find a replacement, you'll be sadly disappointed, I can't be replaced. I'm the only man in all the world who possesses the right combination of qualities for you.You can turn your Ballister stare upon me all you like, but you can't petrify me. You can knock me about to your heart's content without worrying about doing any damage. You can perpetrate any sort of outrage your wicked mind conceives and be sure I'll join in, with a will. You're a troublemaker, Lydia. A Ballister devil. Nothing less than a Mallory hellion would ever suit you."
- Vere Mallory -”
“We're of one mind, Grenville and I, and the mind is hers, on account of my being a man and not having one.” 22 likes
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