Too Wicked to Wed
By Cara Elliott
Released Date: November 1, 2011
Connor Linsley, Earl of Killingworth, secret owner of The Wolf’s Lair and known throughout London as the Irish Wolfhound knew Alexa Hendrie would be trouble the minute she opened her mouth. The kiss he demanded in exchange for information about her brother was meant to send the much-too-clever miss running back to her family’s country estate. It was never meant to linger in Connor’s mind for months after the fact. Now she’s back in London, just as Connor’s world seems to be falling apart. Someone is playing a deadly game, with Connor and The Wolf’s Lair in their sights. He doesn’t have time for Alexa, with her clever mind and saucy mouth yet circumstances keep bringing them together with sparks flying each time they meet, as in this exchange on a moonlit terrace when they first encounter one another after Alexa’s return to London.
“You flatter yourself, sir. Be assured that, as kisses go, your performance was quite forgettable.”
“Forgettable,” he repeated softly.
“Completely,” she assured him.
“Well, then perhaps you need a reminder.”
Alexa gave an involuntary gasp. “You wouldn’t dare.”
“I warned you about your mouth – that’s exactly the wrong thing to say to a lecherous libertine.”
Don’t. She stared at the sinuous curl of his smirk. Don’t think about the hot, brandy-spiced taste of his lustful lips. Don’t think about the hard, steel-chiseled press of his sculpted muscles.
“Don’t…” she stammered.
With a wicked gleam in his gaze, the Irish Wolfhound seized her shoulders and drew her close. Then his wanton mouth was on hers, teasing a terrible, tingling lick of heat inside her. Fire sizzled from her scalp to her toes – and to hidden places she wasn’t even aware existed.
This time, his kiss was slower, softer. He suckled her lower lip, his teeth gently nipping the swell of her flesh. Alexa shivered as the earl traced his fingertips along the arch of her neck and framed her face between his palms. Surrendering a tiny moan of pleasure, she opened herself to his delving demand. The slide of his tongue inside her was wildly sensuous. Her pulse began to skitter, her knees began to quake.
Strangely enough, the soft, suckled sighs were not all hers. The Wolfhound’s breath tickled her cheeks, and within its gossamer flutter seemed to float a sweet, sweet whisper.
Connor is determined to steer clear of this woman he can't stop thinking about but fate has other ideas. Alexa ends up part owner of The Wolf's Lair during an intriguing card game and finds herself smack dab in the middle of Connor's life and the danger surrounding him. Their lives hang in the balance but if they can manage to outwit his unknown enemy, Connor and Alexa just may end up with everything their hearts desire but never thought they could have.
I like Cara Elliott's writing more with each book she publishes. Her characters in Too Wicked to Wed are engaging and the story moves along quickly, holding my attention from beginning to end - and keeping me reading late into the night. Secondary characters, in particular Connor's two friends (future heroes of the next two books), are not just window dressing but vital elements of the story and have me eagerly anticipating their own stories. Alexa is an intelligent, brave but vulnerable heroine who I liked immensely and who more than holds her own with the man who steals her heart and Connor... What can I say about Connor? He's a man who is much more than his reputation would have you believe and I thoroughly enjoyed traveling his journey to unexpected love with him.
Too Wicked to Wed is the first book in Elliott's new Lords of Midnight trilogy. The next book, Too Tempting to Resist, will be released April 24, 2012. I've already pre-ordered my copy.