STORY: 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.
REVIEW: This is the first book in the series about three men who formed a friendship and bond while fighting a war in Portugal. They’re known through the ton as Hellhounds, and Connor Linsley is the Irish Wolfhound, Gryffin Dwight’s a Deerhound, and Cameron Daggett’s a Bloodhound. The Society sees them as dangerous predators, and how could they not? Wolf’s Lair, a notorious gaming hell and brothel, which is owned by Connor, is their favorite place to hang out!
First up is Connor’s story in Too Wicked To Wed.
Lady Alexa Hendrie is a bluestocking, and damn proud of it. She really doesn’t care much about society and loves the country life. Her brother’s troubles bring her to London, and in order to find and help him, she is forced to deal with his friend, the Earl of Killingworth, Irish Wolfhound to his friends and enemies alike.
Connor Lindsey, the Earl of Killingworth, has earned his moniker and is damn proud of it. A life well lived shows on the face and body of this brooding, sensual, and thoroughly decadent man. His reputation as a rake gives him leave to, thoroughly shocking society, and that is how this love story begins.
It takes only one kiss wagered for our hero and heroine to ignite something neither wants nor will admit to—passion for each other.
The story of these two very strong minded characters is fast paced, the dialogue sharp and utterly entertaining. Secondary characters are all as three-dimensional as the main ones, and the plot will have you second guessing everyone involved in the story.
This is my first Cara Elliott read, and although I have ALL of The Circle of Sin series, I have yet to read them. They have just moved to the top of my TBR! It’s time to make room on my keeper shelf for all those Hellhounds.
Melanie Friedman for RRAH