Christmas Awards 2011

Wednesday 11 August 2010

Last Night's Scandal

Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase

Publisher: Avon

August 2010

ISBN: 978-0-06-163267-9

Pages: 361

London 1831

Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle, has survived the perils of Egypt, but that seems easy compared to his irrational family and Olivia Wingate-Carsington. Olivia seems to have the unique ability to drag him into her schemes. Lisle never knows how she has managed to get him into whatever scandal she has going at any given time. Now Lisle’s family is sending him on a mission for the family and all he wants to do is go back to Egypt where he can have calm. Unfortunately that doesn’t look like it will be happening any time soon and now that Olivia has decided to help him and have one last adventure Lisle isn’t going to get any calm anytime soon either.

Olivia Wingate-Carsington is Society’s darling but she is also notorious for her scandals too. Olivia is aware that all too soon she is going to have to start leading a respectable life. She is also determined to have one last adventure before that happens. Now she just has to convince Lisle to let her help him out. Not to worry she has an idea or two on how to get that to happen. Lisle may be the only man she can’t wrap around her finger but he is also the only one who truly understands her.

Now Olivia and Lisle are going to have to join forces and figure out what is going on and take care of some trouble that is plaguing one of the family estates. Lisle just wants to take care of the problem he was sent to take care of not the added problem that Olivia has managed to find. Somehow while they are trying to solve the troubles they find themselves falling in love with each other, which only adds to all the other problems. Now they will have to decide what is most important to them, each other or the way they had always planned their lives to go. Only time will tell if they are going to allow the lives they envisioned for themselves to stand in the way of a love and happiness that neither one imagined happening to them.

This story has a lot of humor in it that keeps the book moving at a quick pace. The characters are a lot of fun to get to know and will have the reader enthralled with the story that will make this one very difficult to put down until the very last page. The secondary characters also add a great deal to the story and a lot of the humor themselves. This has a little mystery in it that is fun to try to figure out what exactly is going on. Anyone picking up this book to read is not going to be disappointed.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

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