The only thing that tones down an alphahole hero is an alphahole heroine, and this fine fine line is Chase’s sweet spot. The Last Hellion is no different.
Plot: Enormous-asshole-with-a-sob-story Vere Mallory has been drinking and whoring and gambling his way through life because the people he loves keep dying so he’s decided to stop loving people. Then he meets Lydia Grenville whose life has been 10 times harder, who is just as stubborn, angry at everything, and prone to get herself into all sorts of trouble, only when she does it, it’s to help people because she’d a goddamn Amazon both in appearance and temperament. She keeps her distance from people too, but she refuses to ignore them in their time of need. It takes very little for Vere to fall for this troublemaking bluestocking, but boy oh boy do shenanigans ensue.
I think Chase’s books will either work for you or they won’t, especially the older books, before ideas of enthusiastic consent were really a thing. The way Chase has managed this difficulty is by having the heroes that all kinds of presumptuous liberties and the heroines jumping enthusiastically in with both feet a second later. This book is probably the most blatant example of this (the scene where our protagonists meet includes a forced kiss as a display of power in front of an angry mob – it’s very icky). How Chase managed to make me still like Vere by the end, I don’t know. She has magic hands, this witch. But I don’t think every reader will feel the same way. So if you haven’t read Chase’s books before, I would absolutely not start here. I’d start with her newer books, which are excellent, but her writing is so magnetic, so punchy and fast paced and funny and imaginative that once you’re on the ride, you’re on till the end.