I didn't think too highly of the first book in this series, Too Hot to Handle, and as I've stated before, I'mWhat happens in London stays in London...
I didn't think too highly of the first book in this series, Too Hot to Handle, and as I've stated before, I'm not a big fan of regencies. But all the reviews of Too Tempting to Touch seemed to indicate that this book was much better than the first. I am in complete agreement! In fact, I've given Too Tempting to Touch 5 stars which means that, at least for me, it is a memorable book.
This is not just the story of Alex and Ellen. It's also the story of Alex and Rebecca. Of James and Rebecca. Of Nicholas and Suzette. Of Lydia and Nicholas. And cousin Lydia is a delightfully evil woman.
There is never a dull moment in this book. The plots are well-woven, the characters colorful. There are plenty of copies available on PBS... Go for it and enjoy!...more
**spoiler alert** My ratings for this trilogy of 'related' stories by Cheryl Holt seem to be all over the map. As for the relationship between Too Hot**spoiler alert** My ratings for this trilogy of 'related' stories by Cheryl Holt seem to be all over the map. As for the relationship between Too Hot to Handle and the other two (Too Tempting to Touch and Too Wicked to Wed), I'm at a loss. There are no secondary characters in common, no connection other than the time period of the 3 books (1813, 1812, and 1814, respectively).
I did enjoy this book. The villains were much more villainous than Too Tempting to Touch, but the pacing seemed to lag in places. The hero, William Lucas "Luke" Westmoreland seemed to have led two lives. In Too Tempting, he was the faithful friend and first mate to James Drake. There was no mention of Drake in Too Wicked and Westmoreland's back story indicated that he'd been the boss for years. Of course, he may have just been part of the charade in Too Tempting but in that story it seemed he had nothing better to do than help Drake run a con.
The premise was interesting. Although it's difficult to imagine how siblings could grow up in the same household and have one become a responsible, moral adult and the other so completely without a moral fiber in his being. He gambles away the family home; he gambles his sister's virtue to try to regain the property; he plots the incestuous rape of that sister when he determines that she betrayed him... Nice guy, huh?
Worth reading? Yeah, it is.
If you love regencies, take whatever I say with a grain of salt. I'm much more inclined to pick up an American West historical and even more likely to grab a contemporary (suspense, paranormal, erotic, or Texas rancher...)....more
Well, here I go again. Enjoying a regency historical romance when everyone who knows me knows I don't like regencies.
Unlike other Cheryl Holt books I'Well, here I go again. Enjoying a regency historical romance when everyone who knows me knows I don't like regencies.
Unlike other Cheryl Holt books I've read recently, this one starts with a plausible situation: A young woman and her family visit the country estate of a nobleman who is looking for a wife. While there, she meets and falls in love with the stablemaster... who also happens to be the nobleman's illegitimate son. And the nobleman? He falls for the commoner spinster cousin who came along as part of the entourage.
The heroine in this story, Olivia, is a bit on the non-assertive (okay, wimpy) side. But that is to be expected in 1813 London following a lifetime of having decisions made for her.
The nobleman, Edward Paxton, Earl of Salisbury, is not a stereotypical beast. He's very likeable. What keeps him from doing the right thing through most of the story is his concern for the opinion of others (also not uncommon for the period). His son, Phillipe, is much more beta than alpha, but he rallies at the end to save the day.
Don't ask why I'm on this historical binge. Maybe it's because I've just finished OD'ing on uber-alphas in the T-FLAC and Tempting SEALs series. AnywaDon't ask why I'm on this historical binge. Maybe it's because I've just finished OD'ing on uber-alphas in the T-FLAC and Tempting SEALs series. Anyway, it seems my frequent protests against regencies are falling by the wayside with good stories by Cheryl Holt and Lisa Kleypas.
Further Than Passion proved to be very good, if somewhat formula story for Holt (what can I say, I like the ultimate formula writer, Diana Palmer). Kate Duncan is the poor relation invited with the rest of the family to the Lord's manor while the Lord contemplates marrying the spoiled brat cousin. And, of course, there is the villainous older female relative.
What makes this story kinda fun is that several characters seek the help of the apothecary, buying love potions to encourage the objects of their affections. In reality, it only works if the two people are meant to be together (does that mean they really didn't need the potions?).
There are plot twists and turns, the pacing is quick, the sex is well-written, and there are some suspense-filled chapters. The heroine, Kate, is a little wimpy/wussy (but not whiny) and that's consistent for early 19th-century England. The hero, Marcus, is an honorable guy and you can't help but like him... well at least until he betrays Kate, but I'd have to write that off as fear of emotional involvement.
For those who get crazy with too many secondaries, there are only five signicant secondaries.
All-in-all, a good way to spend a Wednesday evening. I'm looking forward to getting my eyes on Double Fantasy, released last month....more