What's great about Loretta Chase is her strong heroines. These are no helpless virgins waiting for rescue. While the ladies may still have their maidenheads, they are fully women who are trying to take charge of their lives, have professions, and ideas of their own.
Chase breaks from historical romance tradition by having heroines who are rarely of the aristocracy, but they are still aristocratic. They're sensible, proud, and regal. Especially so is Lydia Grenville, a news reporter who runs afoul of Vere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood. Their banter, oneupmanship, and bickering covers obvious attraction and leads to a lot of unique situations. Mostly with Ainswood finding himself on the losing end.
Bertie Trent, brother of Jessica from Lord of Scoundrels, is a core character in this book. He's still an idiot but he's lovable and loyal and finally gets his due in this story.
If you're reading this series, don't miss The Mad Earl's Bride, which is only available in anthology (Three Weddings and a Kiss). It's long enough to almost be a novella and absolutely worth the read.
These books don't need to be read in order, and I think the first two, Lion's Daughter, and Captives of the Night, could be skipped.
The last three are worth reading in order.
Lord of Scoundrels
Mad Earl's Bride
Always a winner with Loretta Chase!
A regency romp....Lydia was a breathtaking firebrand who needed to be tamed....and Vere, a notorious rake was just the man who bragged about taming her !
Follow up to Lord of Scoundrals. Good, fast read.
Another fantastic book. I loved the heros of the books.
Not as good as the Carstairs.
This is a great book. One of her best. It is the rakes that attract her and Duke of Answood is most notorious of them all.
Loved it--all of Loretta Chase's books are fantastic and this was was no different. I suggest, however, reading the Scoundrels series in order because it makes the stories even better. This is the fourth in the series.