Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Too Wicked to Kiss by Erica Ridley

Title: Too Wicked to Kiss
Series: Scoundrels & Secrets (#1)
Author: Erica Ridley
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 19th July 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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 reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin's towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline. . .until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?

After having read a couple of books that made me feel a little bit so so, I was over the moon when Too Wicked to Kiss was just the kind of book that I love. I was riveted to the page and didn't want to put it down. Plus I felt invested in the characters and the romance and for me it just all worked. 

Saying that, it wasn't quite what I expected, especially after I read Ridley's Dukes of War series. The one main difference is the amount of meat to the story, this one is much more fleshed out and the characters had more depth to them, so whereas Dukes of War was great when I wanted something with a guaranteed HEA that doesn't need working at too much, Too Wicked to Kiss was a book to enjoy for the journey and the more questionable outcome. 

Evangeline and Gavin were attracted to each other almost from the beginning, but there was more to it than just that. Not only did they both question how they were feeling, but they also actually spent time talking to each other, and their relationship progressed emotionally, intellectually and physically at a similar rate. 

There were some more paranormally elements to this book as well, which I wasn't actually expecting. However they wove well with the story and added to the intrgue (which almost felt like the characters were in a written version of Cluedo!) The mystery itself was good, and I was never quite sure which of the secondary characters was behind the murder, especially as most of them had motives. 

This book worked on so many levels for me, and I'm excited to continue the series soon!