The Last Hellion [NOOK Book]

Overview

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--literally.

An incendiary passion...

Lydia ...

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Overview

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--literally.

An incendiary passion...

Lydia Grenville is dedicated to protecting London's downtrodden. Dissolute noblemen like Ainswood are part of the problem, not the solution. She would like him to get his big, gorgeous carcass out of her way so that she can carry on with her work. The problem is, Ainswood can no more resist a challenge, especially in female form, than he can resist the trouble she seems to attract.

If they can only weather their personal firestorm...
they might survive the real danger that threatens all they hold dear.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

A duke and a crusading female journalist duke it out in the muddy streets of London in this rerelease of the prequel to Chase's Lord of Scoundrels. One punch is all it takes for love to bloom. "A compelling story that addresses some of the more relevant social issues of the Regency era" (LJ2/15/98).


—Kristin Ramsdell
Library Journal
When Vere Mallory, the seventh Duke of Ainswood and the last of the infamous "Mallory Hellions," ends up in the mud after being properly slugged by an outspoken, crusading journalist of Amazonian proportions, he decides to teach her a lessonand ends up learning a few things himself. Well-matched, appealing protagonists, a lively, witty writing style, and excellent dialog complement this compelling story that addresses some of the more relevant social issues of the Regency era. Chase has won two Rita Awards, including one for Lord of Scoundrels Avon, 1995, the prequel to The Last Hellion, and lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061748158
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 45,735
  • File size: 483 KB

Meet the Author

Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets—as a meter maid— and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early nineteenth century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s RITA®.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Probably my favorite Chase

    I know a lot of people prefer "Lord of Scoundrels," but much as I love it, this is really my favorite.

    One of the things I like about Chase's books is that the people are not "good" people masquerading as rakes, courtesans, etc., they actually are those things. What makes the stories interesting is how they get together.

    The male character has a lot in common with the hero of Scoundrel (and is, in fact, his best friend), but the heroine is someone who has come up from the slums (sort of) to make a living as what we'd call an investigative journalist. This makes here more active than Jessica of "Scoundrels" and is, I think, why I prefer this book (slightly) to Scoundrels.

    But basically, pretty much anything by Chase is worth reading.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

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    A terrific read

    This book begins with a back story. Vere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood, is one of a long line of Mallory hellions, all of whom died before their time. His beloved cousin Charles (5th Duke) has died and made Vere guardian of his 3 children (2 girls and a son, 9-year old Robin, the 6th Duke) who continue to live with an aunt and uncle at the Mallory estate, Longlands. In response to the boy’s grief and anger, Vere takes him traveling, enjoys his company, and returns him after 6 months, a changed, happy boy. But diphtheria strikes and now Vere is the 7th and last Duke. He’s overcome with emotion and sets out to forget his grief, his wards, and Longlands in his usual way – through drink, women, and outrageous behavior. But not for long; into his life comes a careening cabriolet that barely misses Bertie Trent [secondary plot] and Vere sets out to follow the cab. Soon he finds two women (one with a mastiff) quarreling over a child that the other woman (villainess Coralie Brees) has snatched for ill gains. As usually happens, Vere attracts a crowd, gives Coralie some money for the child, and takes on the other one, Lydia Grenville: a gorgeous golden-haired handful of a woman just the right size, shape,and spunk to give Vere a run for his money for the rest of the book. Lively and informative about the conditions of the London poor,The Last Hellion is a satisfying account of two floundering souls (especially Vere’s) that mend each other.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Great read!

    If there were a 4.5, I would have given it. Having adored LoS, I could not honestly say that this is its equal. It is close,though. My wish is for another adventure reuniting the characters and their offspring. Chase's books are a delight to read because of their having solid plots, strong protagonists, and the quality of editing. Her works are an immediate purchase. Would also recommend the audio versions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Great characters

    Fun romance with some nice adventure thrown in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    A favorite book by Chase

    Great book, read it twice.

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