Too Wicked To Kiss
His Touch Holds Her Captive...
From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait...
To His Every Dark Desire...
Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclu...more
An interesting, entertaining romance that flits between gothic and classic recency in style, but ends up being a mash-up of both.
Overall, I think Erica Ridley did a nice job with this one. Regency romance is beginning to be my favorite sub-genre in romance, and books like this one reminds me why. It was romantic, with a good helping of sexual tension, with a passionate, strong female MC and a misunderstood male MC. It set up to be a great story, but it had a few very peculiar twists ...more
I received a free copy of the Gothic Love Stories box-set from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Evangeline is desperate to be rid of her step-father - the man guilty of killing her mother, and prone to fits of violence. As far as the law is concerned, she is his legal property until she ...more
Once again, Erica Ridley makes Gothic romance more than heaving bosoms and delicate young ladies. She has taken a deadly myste ...more
Evangeline is headed to a party along with other guest to the reclusive Lioncroft estate. Gavin has been rumored to have killed his parents but nothing was proven. Evangeline is attracted to Gavin as he is with her when they first meet..but now there ...more
This HR has a slight paranormal twist, as the heroine - Evangeline has visions of a person's past and future (snippets) when she touches them, something she cannot control.
This book had an interesting premise and it made for a light one time read, but it didn't ensnare by attention as I hope it would. I liked some of the dialogue between the MCs but wanted a bit more intensity and heat to radiate off the pages. I also felt that the tension that should have manifested due to Evangeli ...more
It took me a while to get into this story, the descriptions of the house were a little over the top in trying to create a gothic atmosphere. I did like the paranormal aspect of Evangeline’s gift and I enjoyed the growing connection between Evangeline and Gavin. There was also a murder mystery to solve and the ever present threat of her stepfather. There were a number of intriguing secondary characters to add extra interest. I will read the next in this series to see what happens with Ev ...more
Delightful gothic romp through four charming novels each with a different focus be it crippling psychic abilities, pirates or people with strange gifts. We have a bluestocking, a ton desirable, a rake and a governess, all with a different story to tell.
The full length novels are all Too Readable to stop:
Too Wicked to Kiss (Book 1)
Too Sinful to Deny (Book 2)
Too Tempting to Resist (Book 3)
Too Wanton to Wed (Book 4)
I thoroughly enjoyed these re-released novels that have no ...more
Anyway, the book had me from the very beginning. I didn't know what to expect from Gavin, thinking he was some sort of psycho-nut recluse and I could tell that Evangeline wasn't going to really take part in Susan's ...more
The hero is dark, brooding with fit of temper, but to me, he never gave proof to be the ruthless murdered he is accused to be. Sure he is easily angered when he sees abuse but it does not make him a monster.
And for ten years he payed a deep price for his recklessness and late teen mistakes. He was seventeen when the events which sealed his fate occur ...more
I have to confess I don't like historical novels where there is an element of the paranormal, in this case our heroine Evangeline has visions when she touches another human being except, conveniently, the brooding host of the ton house party she has been dragged along to by a distant 'friend' of her late mother's.
Gavin Lioncourt is generally accepted to be a murderer, his home is dark and ugly, the rooms have no windows and he is bad-tempered and brooding - ca ...more
Gothic Love Stories #1
Evangeline Pemberton is on the run. She believes her mother’s friend, Lady Stanton, will keep her safe from her evil stepfather. In borrowed clothes she is drug along to compromise Gavin Lioncraft...well to assist in compromising him so that Susan Stanton can marry him. Evangeline is NOT happy with the idea but is willing to do just about anything to remain safe from her abusive murderous stepfather.
The first time Evangeline and Gavin set ...more
*I received an eARC (of all 4 books in one) from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
What a great gothic / historical romance. With a murder mystery and very compelling characters, I was pretty much spellbound.
The shadows made discerning features difficult. Evangeline could not tell if he were truly as savage as he appeared, or if a trick of the light—or lack thereof—caused the slatted darkness to undulate across his form. Almost without realizing it, she began to back away.
The hero was all dark and broody and violent one minute, then a grinning, flirting buck of the ton the next. Even my mood swings are that dramatic.
The heroine was some strange combination of naive yet lusty wench, capable psychic, logical detective and lo ...more
This was nothing like what I expected. I was looking forward for a Judith McNaught or Johanna Lindsey type book but that wasn't what I got. For more than 80% of the book that is.
Let me say the first half of the book stayed true to the gothic romance style. I got the same feelings I had when I first read Jane Eyre. The same eerie feeling. At first I wanted to stop the book but then I continued. It was a pretty curiosity inducin ...more
Still, a good book and I would recommend this to anyone wanting to spend a few hours ...more
Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels, including the upcoming THE DUKE HEIST, featuring the Wild Wynchesters. Why seduce a duke the normal way, when you can accidentally kidnap one in an elaborately planned heist?
In the 12 Dukes of Christmas series, enjoy witty, heartwarming Regency romps nes ...more