Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle, may have survived the deadly perils of Egypt, but back in Regency London, he faces the most dire threat yet: his irrational, emotional family...and the completely uncontrollable Miss Olivia Wingate-Carsington! Descended from a line of notorious - but very aristocratic - adventurers, Olivia has a long history of driving Peregrine to distraction, and her debut into polite society hasn't lessened her flair for drama, or her ability to drag him into her scandalous schemes. All Peregrine wants to do is escape back to his research and the lesser evils of poisonous snakes and tomb robbers, but his family has guilted him into an impossible mission in the Scottish wilds; and Olivia - who is keenly aware that a respectable future of marriage and rules and propriety looms - decides that accompanying him will be the perfect chance for one last adventure. Besides, she really only wants to help, which is why Lisle and Olivia find themselves in a gloomy Scottish castle inhabited by grumpy servants, spiteful ghosts, and craven murderers...and possibly the greatest peril of all: the wayward commands of their very unruly hearts!
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"Fun, Quirky, Sweet....lots of LOL"
I must have LOL'd twenty times while listening to this book. The Harpies were so funny. Loved Olivia and Perregrin (Lisle) when they were children in the other books so I was super excited to see them as the main characters in this book.
Olivia is a wonderful character. The interaction and dialogue between her and Lisle is some of the best ever. I just wish they would have become a "couple" sooner in the book, but you can't have everything.
Definitely credit worthy.
"My favorite contemporary regency author"
The characters of Olivia Wingate Carsington and Percival, Lord Lisle first appeared as children in the earlier Carsington brothers book Lord Perfect. It is Olivia in that book who dragoons Lisle into a wild-goose chase adventure across England. She is a 'dreadful deLucey', an aristocratic family known for their ability to con their way through life. She is a thoroughly delightful zany character who carries a lot of that book and the 13 year old Lord Lisle is an excellent comrade, providing the brakes and the sanity while supporting and protecting the rather reckless Olivia.
In Last Night's Scandal, the two protagonists are now young adults. Lisle has spent his teen to adult years in Egypt, his passion, and the hero and heroine have mostly communicated through letters. In the printed book, Olivia has a way of over dramatizing everything, so her letters are full of all kinds of inappropriate capitalization; this is actually very funny in the book, but hard to convey when read, although Kate Reading does a very good job using phrasing and emphasis, but you still miss out on just a bit of Olivia's character, I think.
The two protagonists are thrown together by Lord Lisle being brought back to England by his parents and basically being prevented from returning to Egypt. Lisle's parents, who are a bit of a nightmare have decided that they want Lisle to go to Scotland and restore an old castle that belongs to the family. This sets up the plot; Olivia knows how much Lisle wants to be in Egypt and she sets out to 'help' him and save him from his parents. And things develop from there.
Loretta Chase is so very good at humorous romance; there is always wonderful dialogue between her characters and Olivia and Lisle rub each other wrong enough that there is plenty of scope for lots of laugh out loud arguments and minor skirmishes between them.
I loved these two characters as children, and it is very fun to watch them find each other as adults.
I rarely find this kind of comparison useful; Loretta Chase's style is very much her own. She is the author of the extremely popular Lord of Scoundrels, which is definitely one of the best Regency Romances ever written. I would always recommend that anyone who has just read The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer to go and read other authors before coming back to other Georgette Heyer books. And if you've just read Lord of Scoundrels, please do go read other authors and genres before coming back to Loretta Chase. I have loved every single one of her books, but I find I don't appreciate each one as I might if I've just read my favorite right before.
Kate Reading is an astoundingly good narrator. She does have some mild idiosyncrasies in her reading style, but her voices are so incredibly good that she fades right into the story. I can easily listen to her read books back to back which can be hard for me with some narrators whose style dominates the reading. And I have never heard her mispronounce a word! (She does use British pronunciations.)
Loretta Chase writes fun books; I definitely smile a lot at the situations and dialogue.
I'd recommend reading the Carsington Brothers series in order. I think they're almost all on audio now.
"What a fun read!"
The story is entertaining, the characters are hilarious and the reader brings it all together. Great book!
"A winner EVERY TIME"
Loretta chase's clever writing, humorous lines and engaging storyline is enough to be the best part of my day when I read. I adored this book and the characters. The hero takes a bit to grow on you but the heroine is a hoot. Clever and cunning to get what she wants but in a way not harmful to anyone and super cute. Can't wait to read another LC book. A true pleasure.
"Good but not my favorite"
This started out so well. I just love the correspondence between Olivia and Lisle and I have since they first met in an earlier book. Their characters are wonderful and their dialogue is delightful. I laughed aloud more than once. The story was good, not great. And the narration was a bit sub-par for me. The whining was a little too much. And I felt Olivia's "voice" was inconsistent.
But the series is fantastic and I hope there are many more books in this family's future.
I love all of the Carsington series books so much, that I have listened to them 2-3x just because the dialogue is so entertaining. You should read them in order, or at least read Lord Perfect before reading this one, so that you meet the characters as children.
"Second half was very boring"
I loved the banter during the first half of this story and I thought I had found a new favorite. However, the second half was so boring!! I barely finished. The narrator was good, but I prefer a narrator to be age appropriate and not sound like a grandmother when narrating young characters. Her male voices were very good, though.
"Formulaic & not Author's best"
Compared with earlier entries in this series, this book scrapes the bottom. A few standard repeated plot line gimmicks & not inspired. Disappointing. Chase has produced far better books.
"One of my favorite romances!"
Loretta Chase outdoes herself in an historical romp that sparkles with wit and humor! Olivia is a delightful heroine and her scenes with Lord Lyle are saucy and hilarious. The Carsington series is one of Ms Chase's finest, but this is, in my opinion, the crown jewel.
I love the Carsingtons and dreadful Delucy's. I am sure the spelling is wrong sorry about that. Loretta Chase has become one of my favorite authors.
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