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Monday, February 22, 2010

Too Wicked To Kiss by Erica Ridley

Too Wicked To Kiss by Erica Ridley
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (392 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

His Touch Holds Her Captive…

From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait…

To His Every Dark Desire…

Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin’s towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline…until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her.

Back in a time when female members of a family were considered property of the Lord of the manor, Evangeline Pemberton runs from her monster of a stepfather when her mother dies. She goes to Lady Stanton, a woman she believes to be her mother’s longtime friend, and finds herself in the middle of “Polite Society” people, all of whom have private agendas they plan to carry out in the dark, forbidding house of Gavin Lioncroft, believed to be a murderer—albeit a rich and titled murderer.

Through the spooky halls and secret passageways of Blackberry Manor, the house guests and the master of the manor stir up old and create new hostilities that escalate after a murder is committed—a murder that relieves money problems and abuse for many of the guests. Who actually killed the hated Lord Hetherington? Many benefit from his death.

Evangeline, in distress, declares, “I can’t control anything. Not even my own skin”. She is clairvoyant and with a touch of her bare hand, she is tapped into a person’s psyche. Her mother taught her to use her gift to help the less fortunate and those of her own choosing. When she is forced to touch anyone else, the trauma to her system is unbelievably painful and can be life threatening. When Lady Stanton reveals Evangeline’s abilities in order to further her plan to get her daughter married to Gavin, Evangeline is devastated. Gavin, whom she has come to love, looks at her with derision, while the other guests looks at her with a mix of emotions from fear to speculation about how they can use her for their own benefit.

Gavin’s cold, cruel, elegant beauty and his caustic manner hides the love he has for his family that wants nothing to do with him. It also conceals the awakening, unconditional love he feels for Evangeline. This flawed hero’s plight touches the heart.

Erica Ridley’s writing style slips the reader right into the house party to experience bone-chilling murder, dark, terrifying secret passageways, malicious deeds, unspeakable cruelty, and blatant abuse of forced hospitality. She shows the reader emotions from the darkest, deepest despair to the ecstasy of the breathtaking love that Gavin and Evangeline share.

TOO WICKED TO KISS is a captivating page-turner that tests one’s puzzle solving skills while tapping into a whole gamut of emotions. SUPER LOVE STORY AND SO MUCH MORE!