Too Wicked To Kiss

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Too Wicked To Kiss

Scoundrels & Secrets, #1

In almost every Regency romance, the young ladies read gothic romances, swooning over dark, brooding men who dwell in decaying and mysterious houses, with heroines who constantly need rescuing due to their delicate natures. Erica Ridley has recreated the gothic romance with the disturbed and scarred (physically and emotionally) leading man who wants only to be left alone. But Evangeline isn't your normal gothic heroine, she is a touch pychic (meaning if she touches someone she receives visions about them), but it comes at a terrible cost, headaches that result in Evangeline shying away from all human contact. And Gavin Lioncroft wishes desperately for his life to be different, hoping that somehow his family can forgive him for the many mistakes of his past. Throw in murder, mayhem, scheming mamas, evil stepfathers, secret passages, lecherous rogues, and you've got a new twist on an old gothic.

Erica Ridley has paid homage to the original gothics with Too Wicked To Kiss, but has made the genre her own. At first, the novel seemed trite and hokey, but I soon found myself eagerly turning each page, enjoying it as a guilty pleasure. While the plot seems contrived in the beginning and the character formulaic at times, Erica Ridley has created a book that by the end is truly enjoyable and fun. For a interesting and amusing read, Too Wicked to Kiss is one book that will definetely deliver.

Book Blurb for Too Wicked To Kiss


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…


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?

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2010 4.00