Lindlee also reviewed this book for the RITA® Reader Challenge, which finaled in the historical romance category. Lindlee herself has finaled in the Freaking Awesome category. Incidentally, her grade also matches my grade from my review of this book.
Plot Summary: 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.
And here is Lindlee’s review:
I’m a big fan of Loretta Chase. I always enjoy her books, and Last Night’s Scandal was no exception. The story is fun, the characters are fun, and the ending is fun. My cup of tea.
I first met the main characters, Lisle and Olivia, as children in Lord Perfect. In Last Night’s Scandal, they are all grown up and ready to play. I was very impressed that Loretta Chase was able to maintain their personalities from child to adult. Both Lisle and Olivia are the same person, just all grown up. I’m sure that wasn’t easy.
One of the book’s strengths is the friendship between Lisle and Olivia. The two have been friends since childhood and know each other very well. Their temperaments are completely different. He’s steadfast and practical; she’s a whirlwind in human form. Yet they never try to change one another and appreciate their differences. Their interactions were so fun. They’d bicker and fight one moment and then be laughing together the next.
The move from friendship to something more romantic was believable. At first, Lisle and Olivia aren’t sure that they can have a long-term relationship. They are well aware of the differences that could be big problems in a marriage. Watching them come together and realize how much they love one another was a delight.