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Too Wicked To Wed: Number 1 in series (Lords of Midnight) [Mass Market Paperback]

Cara Elliott
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19 Jan 2012 Lords of Midnight (Book 1)

Outspoken and independent, Lady Alexa Bingham enjoys the heady freedom of making all her own decisions, even though the challenges of overseeing her family's country estate are daunting. But when a chance encounter with London's most notorious rake awakens a secret longing for adventure, she accepts her aunt's invitation for a Season in Town . . . only to find that breaking the rules of the ton has serious consequences.

The Earl of Killingworth uses his rakehell reputation to hide the fact that poverty has forced him to work for a living. As the owner of a gambling den and brothel, Connor has no time for glittering ballrooms or innocent young ladies. But after a reckless wager leaves him with a new business partner, he is forced to take a risky gamble . . . Will the cards fall in their favor? Alexa and Connor begin to play a dangerous game of intrigue and deception as they seek to outwit a cunning adversary who wants to put them permanently out of business. But if they are not careful, it is the flames of their own fiery attraction that may destroy them.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; 1 edition (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446584576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446584579
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Rave for To Sin With A Scoundrel: "In this nicely steamy debut, ...the romance is well drawn and intriguing." Publishers Weekly"

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TOO WICKED TO WED is the first novel in the new LORDS OF MIDNIGHT series by author Cara Elliott who takes Regency romances to a new level of sensuality.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Cliched 11 April 2012
By :-)
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Its a shame. This book started really well with a good strong heroine and an intriguing hero (Although a bit overbearing for my tastes). Sadly, it all went downhill from there, with cliche after cliche after cliche. The strong, intelligent heroine became weaker and sillier and the romance stalled completely throughout most of the book due to... yes, you've guessed it... the old "lack of communication" chestnut. Its such a pathetic cop out. I've read every single aspect of this book over and over again in other, better novels.

If you haven't read many regency romances you might enjoy this book but you would be better off to go for something truly original and inspired. Read "Then Came You" and "Dreaming of You" (In this order) by Lisa Kleypas. They have a similar theme to this book but are a 100 times better.

***Spoilers from here. ***

Lisa Kleypas researched gaming hells and did a splendid job of incorporating them into romance novels. I'm afraid this didn't come even close. I've read the kidnapped and kept in a brothel story numerous times. The "band of brothers" angle has been done so much better by other authors. I never felt that there was any real camaraderie between them. Add in the "doesn't want to visit his his ancestral home" story etc etc etc.
There were also a couple of oddities in this novel. One, the evil adversary turned out to be a complete stranger to the story, which never works well, and two, Sebastian, the brother, never even makes an appearance, even though he is referred to repeatedly. What is the point of even mentioning him if he doesn't figure in the story? No doubt all will be revealed in another novel but I'd rather hear about it then, and not have superfluous things confusing the plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Readable and pleasant romance 7 April 2012
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Lady Alexa Hendrie has always felt out of place in the ton. She's outspoken, independent and feels much more at home in the wilds of Yorkshire than in the glittering ballrooms of London society. But when she is forced to London by her reckless brother, she finds herself suddenly in the lair of the notorious Irish Wolfhound - Connor Linsley, Earl of Killingsworth.

A rake of the worst order, most ladies are rightfully fearful of Connor. All, that is, except Lady Alexa. One sinful kiss leads to another and soon the pair are on an adventure full of intrigue, lies and lust. But will one extraordinary lady really be able to tame the Irish Wolfhound and bring her the greatest love she's ever known?

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This story shot off at a quick pace with the action of Alexa and Connor's first meeting happening almost instantly and their first kiss not much later than that. That then set the standard for the story as for a long while that was as much as the plot amounted to - meeting and kissing, meeting and kissing, with different settings thrown in each time.

That aside, both Alexa and Connor were likeable enough characters although neither really stood out or really inspired me to care for them individually or as a couple. There were some secondary characters, Gryffin and Cameron - "The Hellhounds" whose books make up the second and third in The Lords of Midnight Trilogy - but they weren't particularly inspiring either. I had assumed that the other couples mentioned in the book were from previous stories by Elliott but can find no mention of their stories anywhere. This confuses me as it felt like I was expected to know these stories and these characters while reading this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Steamy romance 22 Nov 2011
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A chance encounter lands Alexa in the lair of the most notorious rake in Town, it irrevocable changes them both. Outspoken and unafraid, Alexa is refreshing for Connor, the Earl of Killingworth, and for Alexa, she has never met anyone quite like Connor.

When her aunt asks her if she would like to visit to spend a season in Town, Alexa eagerly agrees. But glittering ballrooms and forced pleasantries aren't what she thought they would be, and Alexa finds herself craving the company of someone she shouldn't, if not to spice up her evenings a little. Alexa struggles against the confines of the ton and makes the rash decision to pose as a male to enjoy a little freedom. And with a lucky hand at cards, Alexa wins half Connor's business...a gambling hole and brothel.

But Connor has bigger things to worry about than his new female business partner. Someone is determined to see him fall...and willing to go to deadly measures to ensure it. With Connor injured, he and Alexa retreat to his crumbling family home and pose as newlyweds to stop wagging tongues. But somewhere down the line, their lie doesn't feel false, and it is all to easy to forgot about the dangers awaiting them back in the real world, while they are surrounded by wild countryside.

Alexa and Connor's love story was intoxicating, and very, very frustrating. With great action and steamy romance, Too Wicked To Wed is an amazing regency romance with a strong beating heart, sure to lure anyone in.
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2.0 out of 5 stars How fast can you say cliché??? 7 Nov 2011
By romancecritic - Published on Amazon.com
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It took me over four days to finish this book - and that, in and of itself, speaks volumes.
"Too Wicked to Wed" is the overly formulaic, clichéd, disengaging, and at times unrealistic, even for the fiction genre, love story of Lady Alexa Hendrie and Connor Linsley, the Earl of Killingworth, aka the Wolfhoud.

Unnecessary twists, intended to drive the story only end up prolonging the plot of this novel. The two protagonists meet in the Wolf's Lair, Killingworth's brothel, where they immediately engage in a rather disconnected make out session. Later, through rather rash and improbable actions on the heroine's behalf, they find themselves as co-owners of said brothel, which leads to the predictable antagonism that transforms into desire and dangerous life-threatening incidents intended to allow the protagonists to spend time together and force the confessions of love.

I would have probably given this novel 2 ½ stars, but whoever proofread the work did a rather poor job, so I am deducting that extra ½. There are numerous errors that distract the reader: missing prepositions - "The irony of her position was not lost her;" absent definite and/or indefinite articles - "from slope of her shoulders [...];" typos, some of which involve repetition of words - "Having made it made it this far in life [...];" - comma splices; omission of verbs - "[...] the expense of transporting stone could kept to a minimum;" and a score of other grammatical mistakes I will not delve into.

Keeping style, editing, and proofreading in mind, "Too Wicked to Wed" could have also benefited from the editor's slashing of the annoyingly prevalent wolf descriptions referencing the male lead - "a wild and wary wolf," "alone and aloof," "howl," "randy beast," "ravening wolf," "animal magnetism," "he was a Wolf"- not to mention the over usage of the word "growl" - it seems our male protagonist cannot speak; he growls. Also, when it comes to our heroine, the unnecessary statements depicting Alexa's "unique spirit," behavior "unusual for a gently bred young lady," and so on grew tiresome. I could continue, but I think I have made my point.

Now, as to the characters: Alexa Hendrie, who is all of 22, is the female protagonist. Her behavior is more rash than independent and defies the reader's suspension of disbelief. How a young woman during that time period can enter a brothel not once but twice without chaperone is beyond me; and, also, how can a young lady, a member of the ton, defy convention so freely as to pack her bags and go nurse a "renowned rake" with no serious consideration to the consequences???? Don't get me wrong, Alexa is a genuinely nice girl - she can manage estate business, has a quick mind, and so on - however, her behavior is too much. Also, she has serious self-esteem issues, which display themselves regularly and at the most inopportune times - yes, during the sex scenes.

Connor Linsley, on the other hand, is the typical tortured hero who has earned the Romance Genre its bad rep. Not only is he the recipient of the abundant "wolf" descriptions, but he is tormented by his past, primarily his parents' relationship, or lack there of, and lives a dark existence, hence all the growling. And of course, Alexa is that beacon of light, waiting patiently to save him. The one redeeming quality that Connor possesses is his drive to make money, as opposed to succumb to ruin or wed a dowry.

The sexual attraction between the two could not be felt. Even though the two protagonists end up "making out" in the prologue, what the attraction was, I know not. Blatant romance genre clichés - "overwhelmingly male," "she had been helpless to resist his allure ... and the fire he had lit inside her" - are used to depict the "lure," but their predictability is mindboggling. As to the sex scenes themselves - glossed over is an apt description; this is a PG-13 novel. Even though I like sizzle, I could have overlooked the PG-13 aspect of this work had the chemistry and attraction been better developed.

Overall, don't bother. This is a slow and painful read. And if you devour romance books, as I do, this will not achieve the desired escapism.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it but... 11 Dec 2011
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the story, but could have done without so many canine metaphors...ok, so the hero and his friends have nicknames - I get it. No need to keep trying to emphasize the nickname or convince the reader the reasons for it. Because of this "dogged" attempt by the author, some of the dialogue seemed forced, forced to include some canine reference. I would have rated the book higher, otherwise.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOO PASSIONATE TO MISS! 30 Oct 2011
By Kim Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cara Elliott ended her Circle of Sin series in February 2011 with TO TEMPT A RAKE. Thank goodness we don't have to wait a full year to enjoy a new Cara Elliott novel as she returns with the boys, er, Lords of Midnight. And Ms. Elliott doesn't just ease us into a new series, she takes us full throttle in the opening scene of TOO WICKED TO WED. Upon meeting each other for the first time, in a brothel no less, Lady Alexa and Lord Linsley sizzle like an Angus cut on an open grill. Indeed, Linsley may be a rake to the nth degree, but he resists ruining the very tempting Alexa. Their instant attraction is not a fleeting moment. Lady Destiny ensures their paths cross several times, at critical junction, so they can find the passion that lies within.

Elliott delivers another tasty story of romance, friendship, and intrigue during the Regency period. TOO WICKED TO WED offers the glamour, gaiety, and chivalry that draw Regency fans to the time period. Elliott also gives us a heroine that we can sink our teeth into like that Angus steak - confident, adventurous, and determined. The hero - Lord Linsley - may be called the Wolfhound for his wicked ways. Yet he demonstrates the attributes of the Irish wolfhounds that were coveted by the English aristocracy: gracefully built, movements easy, head carried high; and effective in protecting what is his. Is he too wicked to wed? Not for the country miss who steals his heart!

TOO WICKED TO WED is a satisfying read for Regency fans. It is also an addictive romp in the world of The Lords of Midnight. I look forward to read what is to come from the Lords of Midnight series.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How close do I have to get to the fire before I am burned? 25 Oct 2011
By Mary J. Gramlich - Published on Amazon.com
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Lady Alexa Hendrie is a country-bred woman that is destined she believes for spinsterhood. She may flirt with the idea of a season in London but the reality of trying to be a tame, controlled woman of society is not going to happen. Connor Linsley, the Earl of Killingworth affectionately known to his Hellhound friends as the Irish Wolfhound. He runs a brothel and gaming hall and is a menace to proper society. Connor wants to run his business, not have Alexa interfering with it but a determined woman can always overrun a snarly man.

Alexa and Connor are connected through her brother but only remotely but enough to give Connor a headache over her requests. He has problems of his own with a mysterious someone trying to ruin his business at best and kill him as a bonus. But a tender kiss and sweet caress is going to be the undoing of Connor too great a temptation for Alexa. Connor has to keep his head in the game to avoid losing everything he cares about but when he starts to care about Alexa the stakes may be too high even for a man who loves to take a chance.

A near fatal accident leads to time secluded for Alexa and Connor where they discover the strength they have together is more powerful than they could have ever imagined. It is more than facts, figures, or business forecasting that has Alexa it is about taking chances and rolling with the circumstances. But the lives of many are being threatened and the mysterious shadow lurking in the background trying to eliminate Connor and all he cares about is drawing closer. Connor may have enemies but not enough to create this situation so solving the problem quickly will put everything to right even his relationship with Alexa.

Commitment may have been a problem for Connor in the past but now his decisions are going to be based on the future even if he is not sure where this will lead.

Cara Elliott writes what every historical romance reader wants - romance with a side of intrigue. Her stories are so rich with character depth and filled with that hint of mystery that make it the perfect complement to every reader's heart. I look forward to every Cara Elliott book because they are always fascinating and remind you of how timeless true love is.
5.0 out of 5 stars great 10 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First book in the series by I read it last haha but it was just as good out of order haha
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