I usually enjoy Robyn Carr's books; I love her Virgin River series. But this - maybe because it was so short - just felt like an advertisement for the...moreI usually enjoy Robyn Carr's books; I love her Virgin River series. But this - maybe because it was so short - just felt like an advertisement for the Zoe Institute to me. It was still sweet and full of heart, but I didn't really like the heroine, Dory. Despite saying, "I don't hate men," at one point, she actually kind of does. Or did at that point anyway.
I just prefer her longer form books. This was a free download on Amazon though so I don't feel too bad about not being gaga for it.(less)
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 throa...moreToo 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 Wolfhound, owns a brothel and gaming hall – and thus quite off limits to Lady Alexa. Not that it stops her from allowing Connor to kiss her a few times, sending her head careening and her heart pounding.
Alexa is tempted by her cousin to dress as a man and attend a gambling party. She succeeds a little too brilliantly when she wins half of Connor’s gambling hall and brothel. Only later does she realize that Connor is this close to poverty and his financial straits are the least of his worries since someone is out to kill him.
As they’re walking home from the house of ill repute one evening, an attempt is made on Connor’s life; he is shot in one of his ribs. Alexa, resourceful and practical, determines that with his life at stake, they shall head to Devon to hide at the abandoned home of one of Connor’s kin. There, the inevitable happens.
The prose was pitch perfect – very beautiful, very true to the time. I would read Cara Elliot’s grocery list if it were as beautifully put together as the prose she demonstrates here. So gorgeous, I just wanted to eat it up with a spoon.
However, there were some stumbling blocks. The whole idea of the Hellhounds rings a little contrived for my taste. There were frequent mentions of curs, dogs, pups, hounds, etc and it served to pull me out of the story. I would have preferred a little less of that.
The hero is very vivid – I loved his silver hair, which I thought was quite unique with historical romance heroes. Personality-wise, he was unique as well – not the “total package” hero – rich, fabulous, debonaire – we’re so used to seeing in historicals. For this reason, I adored him.
Lady Alexa, being a misfit, also appealed.
Altogether this was a wonderful book. I enjoyed their story and look forward to the other Hellhounds’. I just hope there aren’t quite so many dog references!(less)
Taylor is a good name for M Taylor Hamilton; she's very buttoned up and tailored -- a go-go-go type, tightly wound. Yet Adam Karliss sees something in...moreTaylor is a good name for M Taylor Hamilton; she's very buttoned up and tailored -- a go-go-go type, tightly wound. Yet Adam Karliss sees something in her that he recognizes, a longing to be tamed, perhaps. A wild something. When he handcuffs her to the railing of her boss's yacht, he tells her that she can stop him any time by using a safe word; Sapphire. He quickly takes over - bringing her to orgasm, forcing her to tell him she wants it, then abruptly letting her go.
When he basically orders he to go on a date with him, she finds herself too intrigued to simply say no. And from the lunch date, he - of course - wants more of her. He orders to come to his house so that he can dominate her. Again, she is too enthralled with the idea to say no, which she really wants to do.
He sends around an outfit for her to wear, and a limo to take her to his house. He then proceeds to melt her down to the quick. The sex scenes were very hot; I enjoyed them.
Taylor was a difficult character to know. There were a few glimpses of a childhood that indicated she felt very responsible and put upon; I would have liked to see the author go one step farther and really connect her enjoyment of being dominated to those childhood memories.
Adam Karliss, I feel like I didn't know at all. This actually had some positive points. It was kind of nice to have the entire book from Taylor's point of view. Still, I would have liked to have seen some indication of why he knew that Taylor would have been down with the domination play. I'd have also liked to see more of what she saw in him. She also seemed rather indifferent to him the first few times they met; it might have been a little more satisfying for me if she'd wanted him for a while.
At the end of an idyllic weekend together, Taylor has been utterly ravished by Adam, and Adam is pressing for more. He hints that he loves her. I'd have liked to see a little more interest from Taylor and a little less from Adam. At a point, it became a little uncomfortable - I just didn't know if she really didn't want a relationship. In any case, proud Taylor can not say to him "Sapphire." So she writes it down on a piece of a paper and leaves.
It was actually a really kick ass moment. I was stunned and hurt; it felt a little like 9 and a Half Weeks at that point. I know that as a romance this needs a HEA, but if it had ended right there, I'd have carried this book around in my heart for a long time, burning with unanswered questions and wondering why oh why can't love ever work right. As it was, Taylor and Adam needed an HEA so Taylor orchestrates a scene in which she gets to control Adam. It's not entirely believable, but I did feel like it finally added some balance to their relationship.
Sapphire is well-written (except for one bizarre sentence in which she feels like a "baby heroine addict"). It is a quick read with some emotional depth - I'd recommend it.(less)
Darrell Hammond is one of my favorite SNL alums so this book was an auto-buy for me. I was shocked by it; I had no idea that he had been tortured by h...moreDarrell Hammond is one of my favorite SNL alums so this book was an auto-buy for me. I was shocked by it; I had no idea that he had been tortured by his mother, that he struggled with drug addiction and cutting and suicidal tendencies. Though it could be dark, he managed to strike the perfect tone between lightness and darkness. The writing was very good, the story was amazing. It left me with renewed and deepened appreciation for one of the most talented comedians of our generation. Flat out luminous.(less)