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REVIEW: Last Night's Scandal by Loretta Chase

Dear Ms. Chase,

After my disappointment with last years book about the Englishwoman who escapes from the harem, I will admit to being reluctant to try “Last Night’s Scandal.” I knew nothing about the hero or heroine or plot and wondered if it would be a sequel to “Don’t Tempt Me” which nothing could tempt me to try. Then I discovered that the book is what Carsington fans have been waiting for. Yes, it’s time for Lisle and Olivia, all grown up now, to fall in love.

Loretta Chase Last Night's ScandalIt takes a lot to get Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle back to England from his beloved Egypt but the birthday party of the Dowager Countess of Hargate, practically family to his, will do it. The old bat beloved, sweet old lady will be 95 and Lisle wouldn’t miss the occasion. But his parents’ demand that he stay and help oversee the restoration of a family property in Scotland is out of the question. Or was out of the question until the Drama Queens who are his parents threaten to cut off his allowance.

Faced with certain misery if he can’t get back to Egypt, Olivia Wingate-Carsington takes time out from her many Scandals and devises a Brilliant Plan. One that will Save Him from having to stay in England and at the same time get him back in the GOOD GRACES of his parents by doing what they think they want done.

Lisle, of course, balks at the plan which calls for Olivia, chaperoned by two of the Dowager’s over sexed colorful cronies, plus a mass of London servants to travel with him to Scotland to restore the castle which will then allow him to regain his allowance and go back to Egypt. But while they expect the ghastly Scottish weather and a temperamental French chef, what neither one counts on is a buried treasure, ghosts, bagpipes, sullen villagers and falling in love. Can Olivia’s exuberance and Lisle’s patience work together to save the day?

I think the story opens strongly and is laced with wonderful humor. The epistles say so much about each person. Full bore and wide open Olivia’s are filled with capitals, underlined words, strike outs and drama while quieter Lisle writes in a straight forward, no nonsense style. I knew I was going to enjoy watching these two drive each other mad even as they fell in love. And I don’t think I’ve seen mental lusting done quite so well. Usually I just think of the hero or heroine struck dumb and standing like an idiot with drool running down his or her chin but here I can see Lisle gobsmacked by the wonder of Olivia’s luscious bosoms and Olivia calculating ways to gobsmack him more while she reels him in.

But what I really love is that Lisle isn’t a rake or a Duke and Olivia isn’t pegged solely as a bluestocking – though she is intelligent. Aristocratic rank isn’t the Be all End all, “I gotta have it” that plagues so many English historical romances and it isn’t a Regency. I’ll be excited about that even if I do have to deal with 1830s fashions. About fashions I have to agree with the Ladies Withcote and Cooper. Give me 18th century peacocks with swords any day.

But though I enjoyed the first part of the book, it seemed headed towards Cutesieville: funny road trip events with the two horny harridans and Lisle sniping with Olivia. Would it get any deeper than that? Yes, it would. Olivia and Lisle needed to get beyond their childhood and initial adult impressions of each other and that finally happens midway along with a rousing verbal fight scene. Wounding as only true lovers can, the major conflicts between them are laid out in order to be resolved in the second half of the story.

Once everyone gets to the falling down castle, the plot serves only to allow Olivia and Lisle to see their differences, to highlight their inner and external conflicts, to move them towards a resolution of their issues with their families and to get them to finally declare their love. I liked the quiet touches such as Olivia showing her competence and maturity in managing the servants or when Olivia and Lisle exchange unspoken thoughts over his plans and drawings of the castle.

I wasn’t as pleased about the second Big Mis arguement between Olivia and Lisle over the clues left by Lisle’s relative about the treasure. It just seemed a rehashing of the differences between them which had already been highlighted in their fight at York Minster. Perhaps it’s to show the two of them how much their strenghts and weaknesses balance each other. However this bit is balanced (had to throw that word in again) by the scene in which Olivia lets Lisle see into her heart and the depth of her love.
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“Come, ” she repeated, patting the bedclothes. “I want to show you my treasures.” She folded her legs to sit cross-legged.

“I thought you already had,” he said. He climbed in beside her.

“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?”

“I wanted you to see,” she said.

She opened the box and started taking them out: the packets of letters he’d written to her, the little painted wooden man – the first gift he’d sent her, the bracelet with the blue stones, the piece of alabaster….on and on. Ten years of little treasures he’d sent her. And the handkerchief with his initials she’d stolen a few weeks ago.

She looked up at him, her eyes itching and her throat aching. “I do love you,” she said. “You see?”

He nodded, slowly. “I see,” he said. “Yes, I see.”

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And I see it too. And feel it much more than I do when a lot of authors merely tell me their characters are in love. Some things are worth the wait and this book is one of them. Thanks.

~Jayne

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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

47 Comments

  1. Ros
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 11:15:35

    ‘This book can be downloaded in the following countries: US’

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  2. Janine
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 11:28:31

    I loved this book. Loved. It. Lurved it. Had the time of my life reading it.

    One of the things that most impressed me was the way Chase so successfully aged the main characters, who we first met as children in Lord Perfect. They were adult versions of themselves. I think that’s very hard to do.

    Also, the chemistry between them was terrific. I loved the way their personalities complemented one another’s.

    I especially liked Olivia, who reminded me a little bit of Sophy in Heyer’s The Grand Sophy. Despite her stubborn and managing ways, Olivia put Lisle’s needs ahead of her own.

    Lisle was great too, though. I love a slightly stuffy hero who comes undone!

    My only criticism is that I felt the subplot about the villains got maybe a little too prominent toward the end of the book, when I wanted the focus to remain on Lisle and Olivia’s feelings.

    Also, I think reading Lord Perfect first will really enhance the reading of this book.

    I’ll be very surprised if Last Night’s Scandal doesn’t end up on my top ten list at the end of the year.

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  3. Ridley
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 11:32:14

    Much as I’d love to read Olivia and Peregrine’s story, as I enjoyed their story more than I did the main event in Lord Perfect, Agency 5 pubs can eat it.

    I’ll have to live vicariously through my GR friends until agency pricing dies.

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  4. Janine
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 11:38:16

    @Ridley: Does your library carry paperbacks? That might be another option.

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  5. Ridley
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 11:51:36

    @Janine:

    I really don’t like reading paperbacks. My cripple hands have a hard time holding them and turning the pages. Not only that, the libraries around here aren’t super accessible. It’s hard to make 100+ year old buildings actually cripple friendly.

    If I end up reeeeeeealy wanting it, I might send the hubster to the library. If I get lucky, it’ll be one of the 6 epubs they’ll buy this year that isn’t a Debbie Macomber and I can borrow the ebook. More likely I’ll end up buying the MMPB on sale and pirate the ebook, though.

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  6. Joanne
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 12:04:59

    @Janine:

    Also, I think reading Lord Perfect first will really enhance the reading of this book.

    Absolutely! (not to mention I had forgotten how much I loved Lord Perfect. It may have been one of the four or five books I’ve read where the children enhanced the story and didn’t annoy the livin’ bejeezus out of me.)

    @Ridley: I applaud your restraint and strength of character. If changes come re the agency pricing it will be because of readers like you.

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  7. Janine
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 12:13:21

    @Ridley: I hear you on the agency pricing. I assume by “pirate” you mean scan the book you bought in paper for your personal use, not put it out there on the internet for everyone else to steal. If that’s (the former, not the latter) the case I do understand since you have a difficult time holding paper books.

    @Joanne: Totally agree on the children being wonderful in Lord Perfect — in fact I think I might have liked them there at least as much as I liked the adults! Lord Perfect was very, very good but I think I might have enjoyed Last Night’s Scandal even more.

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  8. Ridley
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 12:26:06

    Well, I meant to leech it – download it, but then not seed it for someone else. It’s not something I’ve done before. I used to be a prolific music pirater, so I’m not so sure I want to reacquaint myself with the seamy underbelly of P2P networks, but paper books are all but out of the question for me now. My empathy is only so strong in the face of my selfishness.

    This would mark the first book that’s even tempted me to break the almost 4 month old embargo. That’s gotta say something about publishing that I can still buy 20-25 books a month and not miss five major publishers.

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  9. Vi
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 12:48:48

    Lol, Ridley, should you be discussing your potential piracy here?

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  10. Ridley
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 13:04:30

    Eh, why not? It’s no different from the NYT column Jane linked to a while back that opined that buying the book then downloading the ebook was ethical. I’d say it’s no different than ripping a CD.

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  11. Ros
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 13:07:14

    @Janine: Oh well. I can’t read my copy of Lord Perfect anyway, due to a combination of DRM failure and geographical restrictions, so I suppose it doesn’t matter so much that I can’t buy this book either. Even if it is as brilliant as you all think.

    Grrrrrr.

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  12. Janine
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 13:28:36

    @Ros: So sorry to hear that. It bites.

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  13. Isobel Carr
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 14:05:53

    Oooooooooo, I think I’ll buy this today so I can read it on the plane to Orlando!

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  14. Jane
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 17:17:51

    Like everyone else, I loved this book and I don’t mean to rub it in for the non US readers. I thought Peregrine (Lisle) and Olivia were the same people, only grown up. There was no personality traits. And their differences were honest: Lisle believing that Olivia’s disorder would somehow drive him crazy and Olivia thinking she’d only be second in his life, second to Egypt. Those seemed so authentic. Even when Olivia was haring off on some wild idea, it was authentic because it was in keeping with her character.

    I also agree that you would get a ton more out of it if you read Lord Perfect but you don’t have to read the previous book to enjoy this one. It will be on my year end’s 10 best and definitely vying for the top spot on the 2011 DABWAHA historical slate.

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  15. Jayne
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 17:33:20

    @Ros: You’re f’ing kidding me. Only in the US? WTF?

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  16. Jayne
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 17:36:42

    @Jane: That’s, what?, at least three of us at DA who recommend it for August?

    I agree that reading “Lord Perfect” isn’t required but would help in the initial parts of the book when many of those previous characters are onstage.

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  17. Jane
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 17:45:20

    @Jayne This does surprise me because HarperCollins is supposed to have a very robust foreign rights arm.

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  18. Ros
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 17:50:01

    @Jayne: Well, I’ve been checking. I can buy the paper copy from amazon.com and pay shipping etc. I can even buy the paper copy from amazon.co.uk and get free shipping. But no UK ebook websites that I’ve found carry any of Loretta Chase’s books and all the US ones have geographical restrictions plastered all over them. Yes, I’m cross. Really, really cross. It’s all very well the publishers going on about how they don’t have global rights – but from a customer’s point of view, those rights ONLY affect ebooks. WHICH IS TOTALLY RIDICULOUS. They need to sort this out and soon. Because right now, publishers are actively preventing people from buying their books. Which is really not what their job is supposed to be.

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  19. Jayne
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 18:34:12

    @Ros: My mind is boggling here. I thought book publishers were in the business of selling books. Guess not…

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  20. Kaetrin
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 01:37:06

    My copy is on its way to me from The Book Depository. Because I preordered it (months ago in fact), I think I’m only paying about $6.50AUD which is great. Cheaper than an ebook. Besides, I do like to have Loretta Chase books in paperback for my collection so I’m happy.

    I’m so looking forward to this book!

    I’ve read a few other reviews where Olivia was described as immature and annoying. I take it the DA ladies don’t feel that way?

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  21. Ros
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 02:38:29

    @Jayne: I used to think that too. But now I think that they are mostly in the business of protecting authors from criminals, aka readers. Except they are doing it so badly because they are making it much more difficult to pay for legitimate copies of their books while it just gets easier and easier to find pirated ones.

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  22. Bronte
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 02:59:49

    @Ros: here here. Totally disgusted with publishers. You won’t sell me ebooks? Fine. I won’t buy your paperback.

    @Jayne: So far since everything changed in april I have not bought any of Nalini Singh, Lisa Kleypas, Gaelen Foley, Loretta Chase, Sherry Thomas, Sarah Maclean, or Sophie Jordan’s new release books (and thats just a few). This is simply because they are not available to me as an ebook. Even Christine Wells (who for crying out loud is Australian) is not available to me here in Australia.
    However I have bought all of Tessa Dare’s releases and back list because she is available. Sad that She is the only author I can mention.

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  23. Jane
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 04:39:43

    @Kaetrin I found Olivia to be spirited. She was a bit managing and liked to get her way but it was in keeping with her personality and the way in which she was likely raised.

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  24. CD
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 04:47:40

    Here’s a tip to get around geo restrictions: use google checkout on Books on Board, with any random US address for both. For some reason, google checkout still works with a fake address – no idea why.

    Just downloaded Last Night’s Scandal, Singh’s Bonds of Justice and Stuart’s Ruthless and am a happy bunny…

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  25. Lenice
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 05:16:49

    @Ros & @Ridley – I hear your disgruntled consumerism ladies. I would have gone & purchased this one (thanks for the “balanced” review BTW Jayne :), but since April this and many others have not been available as ebooks in the Antipodes.
    @CD – I think you might be my new favourite person.

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  26. Maili
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 08:43:37

    Jayne, what’s your grade for this? I couldn’t find it anywhere in your review. You don’t include grades in your other reviews, I think, too? Or has it always been like that? If so, sorry for being such a blind bat until now.

    @Ros:

    But now I think that they are mostly in the business of protecting authors from criminals, aka readers. Except they are doing it so badly because they are making it much more difficult to pay for legitimate copies of their books while it just gets easier and easier to find pirated ones.

    So true. Google certainly makes it a lot easier. When I google for info about a game, film or book, the first page of search results page usually contain links to pirate sites and torrent sites.

    In actual fact, my aunt (in her 60s) asked me for help with printing out a book. I asked where she bought it as she didn’t know what format the book was in. She said “it was free” and gave me a link to where she got it. It’s a pirate site. And she didn’t even realise this.

    She wanted a “real” book, but when she saw the book can be downloaded at that site, she thought it was some sort of a publishing trend, as in “print out a book to save costs”. This, she reasoned, was the reason why she wasn’t charged for the book. I would not be surprised if she wasn’t the only one who thought this, especially if they found links through Google, a legitimate gate keeper.

    (I still am not sure why Google hasn’t yet made a step to keep those sites off the first page of search results. They certainly have an ability to do so.)

    Sorry for digressing.

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  27. Joanne
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 10:57:58

    @Maili: Jayne is always so good at replying but in the meantime her grade (in the gray print under the review) is a B+

    A letter from Olivia in Ms Chase’s announcement of the release of LNS includes Olivia’s comments about “Madam Authoress” and her “Lethargic Pace” and a P. S. stating (Olivia) “was not responsible for the Sinister Typographic Error” in the first printing. I love an author who makes fun of herself.

    All in all a total win Except for those readers who can’t get the damn ebook.

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  28. Jayne
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 11:06:24

    Yes, sorry for the delayed response. If my grade isn’t in the body of the review (usually right at the end) then it should always be in the tags section below the review – and if it isn’t, please call me on it because it would be my mistake for not including it.

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  29. Jayne
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 11:07:56

    @Kaetrin: Totally nodding my head at what Jane said about Olivia.

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  30. Jayne
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 11:09:52

    @Maili: “(I still am not sure why Google hasn't yet made a step to keep those sites off the first page of search results. They certainly have an ability to do so.)

    Sorry for digressing.”

    Not any money in it for them? Or maybe they’re too busy putting more personal information about us in their google maps pictures.

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  31. Maili
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 11:09:53

    @Joanne and @Jayne: Oh, thank you for that. Tags don’t show up in Google Reader. Only header and body text, which is why I didn’t see the grade.

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  32. Jayne
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 11:11:30

    @Maili: Ah, thanks for that information. I’ll try and makes sure I include grades in the body of the review from now on.

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  33. Janine
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 13:40:14

    @Kaetrin:

    I've read a few other reviews where Olivia was described as immature and annoying. I take it the DA ladies don't feel that way?

    Olivia has the same personality she had as a child — she can be managing, manipulative, and stubborn. But she’s also clever, loving and intensely loyal. She could have easily annoyed me if she’d been written just a little bit differently, but she didn’t, because ultimately, she made sacrifices for Lisle (Peregrine) and put his needs ahead of her own.

    Keep in mind that I love flawed characters. I also think it comes down to whether you have faith in Olivia. She’s definitely a character who believes that her ends justify her means, but her ends are usually selfless, even though the ethics of her means can be somewhat dubious. If a reader doesn’t trust that Olivia means well, I think that reader’s response to Olivia is going to be different from mine. Which is why I think it’s really worth it to read Lord Perfect first — Olivia’s character is introduced there.

    Again, I come back to Sophy in Heyer’s The Grand Sophy, who had a similar aspect to her. They are both larger-than-life, managing and chaotic characters paired with more straight-laced men. That type of pairing can result in a lot of comedy, and I think that’s part of what helped me like Olivia so much. If she had been written without humor, I might have seen her negative qualities in a less appealing light. As it was, I loved her.

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  34. Nicole
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 13:55:51

    I was able to purchase this from Amazon.ca, but not from Sony. I haven’t committed to any form of ereader yet because the geographical restrictions are so ridiculous that I have to bounce from one format to another to try and find ebooks. It is possible that Kobo will have it available in the next few days because they seem to eventually carry most of the agency 5 publishers, but just a little bit later.

    I am always prepared to pay for an ebook, but lately more and more of them are not available in Canada, which I don’t understand since most of the time the licence agreement is for North America, at least for paperbacks. So, I really don’t blame those not in the US who have no way to legally purchase the book if they happen upon it another way. Geographical restrictions are not the result of different laws in different jurisdictions, but instead of antiquated business models from publishers who refuse to realize that there is a significant amount of purchasers who live outside the US who could boost sales of ebooks immediately. Michael Geist, a Canadian law professor, has a great article about this.

    Anyway, from what I have read so far, I am really enjoying this. I almost don’t want to read it too fast so that it doesn’t end.

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  35. Laine
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 14:55:45

    I am seriously considering doing horrible things to books. I don’t read paperbacks as the strain of holding them open hurts my hands. But, I can’t get most of the romances I want in eform anymore. So I’m considering getting the paperback from one of the specialist bookstores who import it and then … shock, shock, horror … ripping out the pages and keeping them in a plastic bag or folder.

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  36. Kaetrin
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 18:35:48

    Thx for your thoughts Jane, Jayne & Janine. I haven’t read it yet (waiting for it in the post *drums fingers*) so obviously I can’t speak from any personal experience of Olivia’s character in this one. I’m glad to see a positive review of her though – the first couple of I read, the reviewer didn’t like her much and thought she was really immature (I can’t even remember where I saw the review now) – I remember thinking that’s a bit strange because in the book she’s 23 which I always thought of as an “older” heroine (for that time period anyway – I understood that most of the upper crust girls married quite young). It’s interesting to see that you ladies have a different take. I think I’m more likely to land on your side of the fence as I’m a big LC fan.

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  37. Brenna
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 20:23:29

    I'm at the York Minster part now and am thoroughly enjoying the book so far. The mere mention of Olivia coming up with another of her IDEAS always makes me laugh out loud.

    I throughly agree with you Janine about Olivia's personality. I would have trouble if Chase tired to change Olivia into something that she is not.

    ‘This book can be downloaded in the following countries: US'

    Yeah and for a while I thought I will not be able to buy the ebook. Sony site is asking me for my address before they allow me to buy it even using the balance I have for my existing Sony gift card. Since I read from MobileRead that they are now tracking the IP address, I have to abandon the effort and probably have to say bye bye to my remaining balance. Such a bother, these geo restrictions and the lengths I will do to read a Loretta Chase book ASAP. Fortunately, I was able to buy it from another site using my friend's US address and cheaper by a few cents from the Sony site.

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  38. SonomaLass
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 23:07:49

    I bought this book today, and I can’t wait to read it. Lord Perfect is one of the few older Loretta Chase books that I’ve read, and it was the book that convinced me she was as good as everyone else thinks. (No, I haven’t read Lord of Scoundrels, and I know I should.)

    I bought it in MMP because I can’t bring myself to pay the full print price for ebooks. I will have to get my head around that eventually, I know, but I’m not there yet.

    So glad to hear that the DA consensus is positive!

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  39. msaggie
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 06:33:23

    I finished reading Last Night’s Scandal at past 2 am this morning and loved it too. I had also read one negative review which was posted (in one of the blog review sites) a few weeks ago, and was apprehensive that Loretta Chase had not done justice to Peregrine and Olivia’s story – she must have been under so much pressure as since Lord Perfect, so many of us have been clamouring for their story! Add to the fact that I thought the last 2 Chase books Your Scandalous ways and Don’t Tempt Me were rather disappointing, I was actually quite dismayed with the earlier negative review. So, I was so glad when AAR and DA both endorsed it roundly!

    I agree with Janine that Olivia does remind one of Heyer’s Sophy (who is one of my favourite Heyer heroines). There is some foot-stomping, kicking and shoving, but I think it’s in keeping with her character, as she is still very young and a bit spoilt. Like Sophy, I can see why some readers can’t stand her. But this is a lovely book, and yes, Chase has made them grown up versions of the children they had been. They haven’t morphed into some other people. Their fights and interactions were of two people who had known each other since they were children, who could say almost anything to the other. There was no need for masks, and sometimes the fights were like sibling fights. You could tell that they wouldn’t be talking like that to anyone else in their acquaintance. In fact, about a third of the way into the book, you start to think that they could never suit any other partners actually!

    *Slight spoilers coming up*

    The only slight drawbacks are that I found the plot with the villains a bit silly, and I thought the last bit with the manipulation of Lisle’s parents unnecessary. However, I loved the little scene that Jayne put in her review – because Olivia really needed to show Lisle in a convincing way that she really loved him – as he knew her so well, that not everything she says can be believed. I also was trying to rationalise why Peregrine is called Lisle here; is Peregrine too stuffy sounding? Too many syllables? Too unappealing and foreign to American readers? (Come to think of it, I don’t know anyone called Peregrine, and the shortened form of the name, Perry, makes me think of Perry Mason). Liz Carlyle’s Wicked All Day also had the author (and everyone in the book) call the hero Mercer (his title) rather than his name (Stuart) as he had been known in his parents’ book. Must be a trend of some sort for these stories involving the children of previous heroes and heroines. Dominic is called Vidal in Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub; but his mother calls his father Justin (his name) rather than Avon (his title). I am digressing.

    This is a great book, and highly recommended – I loved it more than Lord Perfect, which also had its flaws.

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  40. Maili
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 07:24:35

    @Laine: Have you tried a book clip to keep the pages open? I heard the Gimble book clip is the best for paperbacks.

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  41. Brenna
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 08:41:28

    Finally finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Msaggie, while the villain part was a bit silly, I think Olivia’s idea in the end was brilliant and rather necessary.

    Some SPOILERS: After all the hard work that Lisle had done in restoring the castle, gaining the trust and respect of the villagers and providing work for them, it would be a waste to let it all fall back in the hands of his father. Olivia came up with that idea because she wanted to ease the burden of Lisle’s conscience stricken mind as to what havoc his father would do if he turned his back on it.

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  42. Raine
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 00:35:14

    Hi, serial lurker here :) @CD thanks for the tip. I’m in Melbourne and those geo restrictions are damned annoying. Just downloaded last night’s scandal this morning and literally finished the book seconds ago. Kudos to ms chase, she’s got another winner here. Olivia and Lisle really balance each other out. Can’t wait for the next one. Ok now back to lurking :)

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  43. Vivienne klaus
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 12:09:44

    I’ve been waiting for it for too long! Lord Perfect is my Loretta Chase’s favourite: When I finished reading it I began waiting for this one. And was very disappointed with every new release that wasn’t about Olivia and Lisle.
    Happy Jayne did like it (I didn’t like Don’t tempt me, either).
    Regards
    Vivienne

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  44. tamara
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 15:12:08

    I am so on the fence about this one – do I read it or don’t I? I absolutely LOVED Lord Perfect, and thought both Peregrine and Olivia added much to the story. But, the behaviour displayed by Olivia in Lord Perfect was charming and funny for a child. I just don’t know if I could handle a 22 year old acting like that, and, from others have said, her personality has not changed since Lord Perfect. How can a 22 year old with the personality of an 11 year old be anything but annoying? I like strong-willed and unconventional heroines. I especially love that type of heroine paired with a straight-laced hero who ends up gobsmacked by the heroine. I don’t like a heroine who kicks and rails at the hero because she has been spoiled and indulged for the better part of her life. I’m enjoying reading others’ views of the book, though, and may actually end up swayed to the read it side of my dilemma.

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  45. etv13
    Jul 30, 2010 @ 02:47:35

    I think Olivia is fundamentally different from Sophy. Sophy’s salient feature is that she fits very comfortably into her world. She may plot, but she doesn’t get herself caught up in scandals. She is not in rebellion against the fashions of her day. She does not appear to want a different sort of life than that available to a woman of her class and time. To the contrary, she seems to thrive on being exactly who and what she is — an upper-class woman who knows how to dress, knows how to give a ball (whom to invite, how to arrange for a military band to supply the music, etc.), knows how to shoot a gun. She comes from an exotic background (the Peninsula in wartime), which should make her an outsider, but in fact she’s an insider in her outlook and her ability to command the situation in which she finds herself. Like her father, she’s an accomplished diplomat.

    Olivia is much less comfortable with her place in the world. She doesn’t like the clothes she has to wear, and she finds the roles she’s expected to play equally unnatural and constraining. She may be used to being “last night’s scandal,” but she doesn’t give any impression of being comfortable, let alone happy, playing that part.

    Sophy and Olivia are, for reasons that probably have a lot to do with the different environments in which they were created, very different kinds of characters.

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  46. Patricia Kelley
    Oct 19, 2010 @ 22:05:36

    Man, I loved this book. You might think I am crazy, but I think I loved it more than Lord of Scoundrals. Lisle and Olivia were the stars of Lord Perfect in my eyes. And I was so glad Loretta Chase wrote their story. I just loved them both.

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