Last Night’s Scandal, Loretta Chase

Title: Last Night’s Scandal

Author: Loretta Chase

Redonk Nutshell: Fiery heiress and her best friend,an Earl, make a trip to Scotland to tackle the Gothic haunting of his derelict estate

Official Synopsis: After surviving the perils of Egypt, Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle is back in London, facing the most dire threat of all: his irrational family….and Miss Olivia Wingate-Carsington. A descendant of notorious—but very aristocratic—swindlers, the delectable redhead has the ability to completely unhinge him, and a long history of dragging him into her scandalous schemes. Olivia may be Society’s darling, but she’s aware a respectable future looms menacingly. And so when Lisle is forced to go on a family mission, she sees this as the perfect chance for one last adventure—even if it is with the one man in the world she can’t wrap around her finger: but really, she only wants to help…Which is why Lisle and Olivia find themselves in a gloomy Scottish castle inhabited by spiteful ghosts and craven murderers…and a shocking secret: the greatest peril of all may be burning within their own stubborn hearts.

It’s official – Loretta Chase is simply a master.  Her characters are witty, funny, sensual, and endearing.  GAH! I love it.  I loved this book.  Last Night’s Scandal is a 2011 Finalist for a RITA award, and I can definitely see why.

Olivia is stunningly beautiful, smart, and independent. She’s a woman who knows what she wants (and what she doesn’t).  Her friendship with the Earl of Lisle has stretched over years and distance, Lisle primarily residing in Egypt while Olivia traipses around London.  He is rational.  She is whimsical.  He is predictable.  She is a tempest.  Their chemistry sizzles between the pages, as heavy and looming as the Scottish estate Lisle is handed to rescue.  And in ever consistent Loretta Chase style, their scenes are funny, passionate, and sensual.  Lovely.

I adored this book.  I’m so glad I read it.  It’s a wonderful mash of romance, Gothic suspense, humor, and passion.

Rating: A

Romance: 4/5                  Raunch: 3.5/5

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