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Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  721 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Outspoken and independent, Lady Alexa Hendrie 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 breakin ...more
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I really rather enjoyed this opener of a new series, provided by netgalley. It has some nice touches which are unusual, and I liked the writing. Towards the end, the story began to fray a little, and it fell too easily into a more standard plot development, so I marked it down. The second half didn't live up to the first half, in my opinion.

What I liked:

- The heroine. OK, so maybe she isn't the most authentic heroine for the period, but I still loved her. She says the wrong thing, is far too cur
3.5 stars | C+
This is the beginning of Cara Elliott’s new trilogy Lords of Midnight and one of the best things about this book was undoubtedly the aforementioned Lords. I loved the interactions between Connor, Cameron, and Gryff. They each have distinct personalities, which is sometimes a pitfall in these types of historical romance series. I’m most looking forward to Cameron’s story; he’s a mysterious chameleon and I’m very curious as to what his story is.

Lady Alexa is an independent and unus
Many ladies dream of receiving their first kiss – stolen in a moonlit garden, seduced during a waltz, somewhere definitely romantic. The least romantic would be inside a notorious brothel, yet that is exactly where Lady Alexa gives up her first kiss to the Wolfhound in exchange for the whereabouts of her brother. A harmless bargain really that should not have mattered one bit to the Wolfhound, but little did Connor Linsley know that the kiss would bind him to this unconventional lady. Which is m ...more
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What I enjoyed mostly about Too Wicked to Wed is the romance..

Connor and Alexa's relationship is how they contradict each other; Alexa is a very innocent country girl with a very unlady-like mouth. While The Earl of Killingworth Connor Linsley is an aloof and notorious man. And what I loved about this is how Alexa is no dummy except for the matters of the heart and that is what makes her the Earl's equal in intellect and wit. I loved their banter and it was easy to imagine the two of them togeth
Kati (Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance)
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes***

Holy carp! Lady Alexa Hendrie is my favorite heroine of the week. She's got fire running through her veins, isn't afraid to tell it like it is and can hold her own against the scariest (to most, except his nearest and dearest) rake in all of London, Connor Linsley, the Earl of Killingworth.

Connor Linsley, typical man that he is, tends to push others away when they get close. He's guarded and protected his heart (sorry Casey from The Bachelor for ste
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The

Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Imprint: Forever
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Lords of Midnight, Book 1
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Lady Alexa Bingham is tired of the double standard that holds women to a different standard than men. While publicly bowing to society’s dictates, she secretly e
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Lady Alexa finds the life of a proper lady of the ton both boring and constrictive. But she finds ways to bring a little excitement into her life. Like dressing up in a man's clothes for a poker game among gentlemen. It's there she wins half of Connor's brothel from his drunk friend.

Alexa and Connor have met before... shared a couple of fiery kisses. And now with her winnings, she is thrust into his orbit in a way neither ever expected.

Connor is having a string of bad luck. His brothel has been
I think this is the start of a great new historical romance series. I love the three "Lords of Midnight" that the author has introduced. All three characters are definitely different from your run of the mill historical romance rogue. Connor might have been a little grouchy for my tastes, but he meant well, I think, so he was okay. But I loved Gryff and Cameron, the other two Lords of Midnight. I think Cameron will be especially fun to read about in his own story.

I also really liked the heroine,
Lover of Romance
Quite some time ago I acquired this from the library, but at the time I hadn't time to read this, so when I saw it on the shelf once more I decided I needed to try it out, just to see if its as good as the reviews of this story I have read recently. This is the first time I have had a chance to read from this author, and I expected it to be a slow, hard to get into story....I do love it when I am proven wrong. From the first few pages, this story sinked its claws into me and wouldn't let go unti ...more
Christine Morehouse
There are books that come into you lives that as a reader you just want to be selfish and not share but in the end you have to be a good reviewer and give the masses what they demand. TOO WICKED TO WED by award-winning Regency romance author Cara Elliot is one of the most fascinatingly wicked read that will keep readers glued to their comfy couch as they devour each decadent word. Readers will be flipping the pages furiously to see what happens to Elliott’s fabulous Lords of Midnight. Get ready ...more
This was a good historical romance with one annoying issue. I'm sucker for a good unusual heroine and the rake story and this one is no exception. I enjoyed both Connor and Alexa and liked watching their romance blossom. I loved Alexa and her struggle with trying to lead a more interesting life than was allowed to most ladies. In some ways she reminded me of Callie from Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, which is a good thing in my book. Connor is pretty typical rake material but it does ...more
Alexa Hendrie came to London for a season, more at home in the country learning and keeping the family estate running, she feels out of place in glittering ballrooms even though she conducts herself well. I always love a good strong heroine who isn't annoying, and Alexa is such. She may be a little head strong in her decisions like entering a brothel and gaming hell to find her brother. Where she meets our future hero, Connor Linsley. An earl, a rake, and the secret owner behind The Wolf's Lair. ...more
Mary Gramlich
How close do I have to get to the fire before I am burned?

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 busin
Loved it! Too Wicked to Wed starts Cara Elliott's new series off amazingly. Main characters Connor and Alexa meet in a brothel where they engage in a steamy kiss up against a very erotic painting. With the story starting out on such an intense note I was worried the author would be hard pressed to continue the momentum. I had no reason to worry. They had a chemistry that was palpable from page one, and it just kept getting better and better. I couldn't get enough of them together. Alexa was so s ...more
Too Wicked To Wed is the first book I read written by Cara Elliott. The story is very interesting and intriguing. I couldn't stop flipping the page and stayed awake to finish the last remain of the story.

The book's a love story with some bits of mystery between Connor and Alexa. Connor Linsley, the Earl of Killingworth or also known as Irish Wolfhound - is a very well-known notorious rake, one of the Hellhounds, owned a gambling and brothel called The Wolf's Lair, very handsome but deadly and d
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Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Ms. Elliott is an author I’ve never read before, and when I saw that Too Wicked To Wed was the first in a new series, I thought this would be the perfect time to check out her books. Although I had a few issues with some of the nicknames for the male characters (more on that later), I thought this was an engaging read with intriguing characters and steamy romance.

Lady Alexa Hendrie[ii] has always managed her fa
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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The hero and heroine’s compelling primal attraction to each other, their strong personalities, their unique verbal communication, and their sizzling, breath-taking love encounters propel the story along with urgency.

The strictures of Polite Society are like a cage for independent, intelligent Alexa Hendrie. Reared by a father who allowed her to study mathematics and agriculture, Alexa had put her knowledge to use to salvage the neglec
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

What a thrilling start to a new series (Lord of Midnight) from Cara Elliott . 'Too Wicked To Wed' is the first book. We are introduced to three men who have become friends while fighting in Portugal. They have made a name for themselves, they are known simply as the Hellhounds. Connor is the Irish Wolfhound, Gryff is known as Deerhound, and Cam Daggett's is Bloodhound.

Connor, the Earl of Killingwo
DNF- skimmed the last few pages

I didn't like this book. It started off with a badly done prologue that had me hating the heroine from the get go and not being so impressed with the hero. The story had a lot of promise with a gray haired, pimp/gambling hero (something i never read about) and a gaming hall setting with theft and intrigue.

Unfortunately, i despised the heroine. She was a complete asshole and a condescending hypocrite. I didn't like her personality. It grated on my nerves until even
Bree T
Lady Alexa Bingham hasn’t been raised in quite the same way as other ladies of noble birth. She enjoys independence and plain-speaking. She has also seen to much of the family’s country estate and is practical and knowledgeable, having received an education that would be similar to the one a boy would. Needing to find the whereabouts of her brother, Lady Alexa ventures into a brothel and gaming house, owned by the notorious Earl of Killingworth, aka The Irish Wolfhound.

An unreformed rake, the Wo
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When Lady Alexa Hendrie walks into one of London's infamous brothels, The Wolf's Lair, she had no

idea that she would be staking more than just her reputation by being seen in there. She might very well

be risking her heart...

Connor Linsley, the Earl of Killingworth, is the owner of The Wolf's Lair, though his identity is kept

secret from most people. Honestly, h
Review from

In a time when ladies are to be seen, not heard, Lady Alexa Hendrie breaks the mold. Not afraid to tell other what she thinks, your family is not surprised she has not been able to entice someone to marry her. When her brother’s actions force the well bred lady to venture into a gambling establishment, the rules change due to a chance meeting with the dashing rake Connor Linsley, Earl of Killingworth.

The Earl lives in two worlds. In one, he is one of society, res
Wendy Hines
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 hi
Whoo... there's QUITE a bit of chemistry in this one. Connor Linsley, Earl of Killingworth, is better known to much of the Ton as the "Irish Wolfhound." (Actually, all his friends have dog nicknames... I really wonder why they went with a bland series title like "Lords of Midnight" instad of sticking with the "Hellhounds" nickname Society has given them.) He and his friends-- fellow veterans of the Napoleonic Wars-- prowl the dark edge of good Society, barely accepted because of their rank but w ...more
Lucy Dosch
Loved it!

I love a strong heroine, and have been disappointed lately with most of the historical romances I have read lately. It seemed that although most of the historical heroines don’t sit around wringing their hands waiting to be rescued, most are too busy waiting in the ballroom for the right husband to come along and are too worried about their lace to be all that interesting.

Alexa is more a modern heroine sent back to the past. She doesn’t want to sit around learning how to sew pillows an
If you ever decide to read this book, you should know that the first couple of pages shouldn't discourage you. I felt thrown right in the middle of a story and it was disorienting and confusing at first. And I had a WTF?? moment. But after that it got much better. MUCH BETTER!

I really, genuinely liked Alexa. Sure, she didn't always seem to think her actions through, but at least she DID something! Instead of simpering in a corner waiting for someone to look for her, she dresses up as a boy, ente
I accidentally started the series Lords of Midnight with book two but I’m very excited that I went back and picked up Too Wicked to Wed. Alexa is a little out of sorts. She worked hard over the years to bring her family's crumbling estate back up and profiting. But now that her brother is back from the war and married, she’s no longer the mistress of the household and has no more responsibilities. She feels that maybe a Season in Town will give her something to look forward to. But when she brea ...more
What utter fun!

A unexampled and fresh historical romance is among us, my friends, and you should be the one to own it.

The story, the plot, the characters?
Charming. Even thou nothing really new is thrown in there (but maybe the silver in the heroes hair) it still comes out gripping and merry.
It has to do with Grand Central
Publishing. It seems I am on a roll with this publishing house, seeing as how I pick up only 4 and 5 star books from their print!
In this case thou, I have to give a little w
Cara Ellison
Too Wicked To Wed was my first exposure to Cara Elliot, and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Fresh, charming, and lush, it had me by the throat from the first moment.

I enjoy heroines who don’t quite fit in, or who reject the conventions of the time, and Lady Alexa Hendrie did that for me. A country girl, Alexa is having her first season in London and feels completely out of place.

Connor Linsley, the Earl of Killingworth, known to his fellow Hellhound boon companions as the Irish Wolfhoun
~* 3.5 Stars *~
A Debut with Several Good Points

Things aren't going so well for the Irish Wolfhound Connor Linsley. As the Earl of Killingworth, he is known as a gambler and a rake, but few know he owns The Wolf's Lair. It's positively unseemly for a man of his station to actually work for a living, after all, let alone own a notorious gaming hell and brothel. Still, it's been a lucrative business...until he's cheated at cards and his office is robbed. Suddenly, his pockets are dangerously light,
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