Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: Too Tempting To Resist by Cara Elliott

Title:  Too Tempting To Resist
Author:  Cara Elliott
Genre:  Historical Romance
Pages:  334
Published:  May 2012
Publisher:  Forever
Source:  NetGalley
Buy Links:  Amazon, Kobo, Book Depository

Synopsis:

In the Wolf's Lair . . .

Determined to stop her wayward brother from squandering their dwindling fortune, Lady Eliza Brentford decides to follow him to his favorite den of depravity. There, among the candlelight and raucous revelry, she encounters her brother's role model in debauchery, the notorious Marquess of Haddan, Gryffin Dwight. Staring into his smoldering green eyes, Eliza can't help but find the rakehell nobleman seductively charming-and sinfully attractive.

In a Lover's Paradise . . .

When Gryffin appears on Eliza's estate as a guest of her brother, a stolen kiss among the garden's blooms leads to a night of unbridled passion. Suddenly the lovely widow feels herself opening up, like the petals of a rose. Could this master of seduction possibly feel true emotion for Eliza? Or is he leading her down the garden path to an Eden of delights no woman can resist-and a fall no woman can escape?

Lady Eliza is in financial trouble.  Her brother has no concept of how an estate is run and what the money is needed for.  His only concern is the cut of his coat and what delicacies are on the table when he and his friends descend on his estate.

When Eliza ventures to town, she decides to take matters into her own hands and tracks down her brother at one of the town’s most notorious gaming hells.  Not only does she find her brother, but she meets a rogue – Gryffin, Marquess of Hadden.

From the moment these two meet, sparks fly.  Gryffin is drawn to Eliza, and he can’t escape his feelings.  He feels the need to protect her and finds himself meddling in her affairs – much to Eliza’s irritation I might add.  When Gryffin shows up at the estate as a guest to her brother she fears he’s just like the rest of them!

I loved the connection that Gryffin and Eliza had throughout this story.  We are briefly introduced to Gryffin in the first “Lords of Midnight” book – “Too Wicked To Wed”, he is a fellow Hellhound to Connor and Cameron (who I hope will have his own book soon!).   I was so glad to see that Gryffin met his match in Eliza.  She reforms this notorious rake with wit, and intelligence – one of my favourite ways to entrap their hearts!

This is one of those books that I don’t want to give away too much of the plot.  It’s filled with romance, intrigue, the arts and a touch of mystery.  It had me glued from the first sentence right up until the last page.  An excellent addition to any regency readers collection!

Will I recommend this book?  Most definitely!  I was thrilled with the second book in this series and eagerly await the next one!  Will I read more by this author?  Oh yes, I love Cara’s writing style and how she weaves in so many elements to the story that keeps me hooked.

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