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Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Lords of Midnight Series

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Rave for To Tempt A Rake:

"From the first page of this sequel to To Sin with a Scoundrel and To Surrender to a Rogue, Elliott sweeps her readers up in a scintillating and sexy romance between Katharine...and Comte Giovanni .... Heated passions come to a boil."―Publishers Weekly

For To Tempt a Rake:

"4 STARS - HOT: ... An engaging cast of characters for her series. Readers who thrive on empowered women, sexy and dangerous men and their wild adventures will savor Elliott's latest."―RT Book Reviews

On To Tempt a Rake: "Elliott expertly sifts a generous measure of dangerous intrigue into the plot of her latest impeccably crafted Regency historical, which should prove all too tempting to readers with a craving for deliciously clever, wickedly sexy romances."―Booklist

For To Tempt A Rake:

"INTRIGUES OF THE HEART: "The political context and historical detail add depth to this spicy romance of two independent lovers learning to become a couple."―Bookpage

For To Tempt A Rake:

"This story has intrigue, murder, mystery and plenty of heat. It is a worthy Regency romance read!"―freshfiction.com

On To Tempt a Rake:
"3 STARS!....This author remains one of my favorite romance writers about the Regency era."
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"Elliott's ability to merge adventure, romance and an intriguing historical backdrop will captivate her readers and earn their accolades."―Kathe Robin, Historical Romance Reviews, www.rtbookreviews.com

Rave for To Sin With A Scoundrel:

"In this nicely steamy debut, ...the romance is well drawn and intriguing."―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Cara Elliott started writing Western novels at the age of five. Later she changed her genre to Regency romance after reading Pride and Prejudice. She graduated from Yale University, and she now lives and works in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lords of Midnight (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446584576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446584579
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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Alexa got on my nerves. Maybe it was because the author has Alexa calling the Hero "sir" constantly. The Hero is an Earl, by the way. She never said "my lord". Always "sir". And sometimes called him that 3 times on 1 page! That really got on my nerves. Oh yes, I actually cared more about "why was someone trying to kill/ruin the Hero", rather than caring about the Hero and Alexa and their relationship.
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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.
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When Lady Alexa wins half of The Wolf's Lair in a game of cards, it leads her down a road of adventure she never dreamed of. Lord Killingworth, the other owner of the brothel, is frustrated by both the sharing of his business as well as the fact that someone is obviously out to ruin him. After an attempt on Killingworth's life, they must flee to his childhood home. Will this spell true love for them? Will they find who's behind the devious attempts to ruin Killingworth's livelihood and life?

A historical romance worthy of Candace Camp! The writing style is easy flowing and captures you from the very beginning. It's as if a dear friend is sitting there whispering the story in your ear, letting your vivid imagination carry the scenes out before you. The characters are interesting and fresh. The unconventional attitude of Lady Alexa goes a long way towards keeping you entranced as a reader. You just never know what she's going to get up to next.

For me the best part of the book was the mystery behind Lord Killingworth's life attempt. We know from nearly the beginning that someone is out to ruin him, yet we don't find out until the end who is behind it. Even though I'm an avid mystery reader, I couldn't have foreseen what was going to happen. I spent most of the book trying to figure it out and offered a big thumb up once the lout was revealed.

I only had two issues with the book. First, there were entirely too many sex scenes for me. Some readers adore these and for those readers, this is definitely worth looking into. They're written well and erotic without being too bawdy. My second issue was with the character of Lord Killingworth. I really wanted to like him, but I found his character completely overdone. He's a classic `bad boy who's really not and has morals' character. The character of Lady Alexa, as well as the supporting characters, more than makes up for the lack of imagination in his character.
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I purchased this novel for my wife for her birthday. She discovered it in a library in a small town in norhern NY and started reading it but never finished it. I actually bought the book under a different author...the one she started reading was by Cheryl Holt. She enjoyed it in any case and presumes the ending was essentially similar by both authors.
The book was purchased new and arrived right away in new condition.
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I love Lady Alexa. Sometimes, I feel like historicals want us to THINK that heroines are awkward/clumsy, not materialistic, content to be unmarried, not into the London season, but it isn't believable, because they drop everything they've claimed to be when they meet the guy of their dreams. Alexa is quite different, quite true to herself throughout the book. The book starts with an eye-roll, bodice-ripping type of scene, so unrealistic (sexual harassment, anyone?!). I've deleted that part from my memory. The rest of the story progresses nicely, there is some danger involved as well and the plot isn't as predictable as it usually is. The supporting characters are intriguing as well, especially Cameron. Negatives: there are SO many typos which are SO glaringly obvious that they really jar you and kick you out of the world the author is skilled enough to draw you into. WHO IS THE EDITOR?! Please, have caffeine before you edit the next one. If they even had an editor. The hero is always spoken about in dog/wolf terms (e.g. he is teased about running away with his tail between his legs many times.). Overall: if typos bother you, this will be painful to read, but the dialogue (minus all the extra dog references), heroine, and supporting characters make it worth the read.

PS: The hero has a questionable occupation. It is very casually accepted. It kind of bothered me.
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