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?
Okay, brooding, scowling, scarred - how can you not fall in love with such a man? Throw in an impoverished, honorable Miss, another Miss on the hunt for a husband, some less honorable relatives, a dark and unwelcoming manor and some dark secrets - sounds like a well known plot, doesn't it? It is, indeed, but it is well done and - well, don't forget about the murder!
The murder stirs it all up and creates an atmosphere of suspense reminding me sometimes of an Agatha Christie mystery. I really tried to find out who the murderer was but ...I failed. Not for lack of suspects, mind you. I think I suspected every member of this ill-fated house party at least once...all, except for the real murderer.
The whole plot was well done and well written and I really enjoyed reading this book. I may have rolled my eyes once or twice when a certain lady and her mother were plotting, I abhorred said mother and her despicable plots to gain a husband for her daughter and the lengths to which she was willing to go to ensure Evangeline's help, I was furious when some of the men behaved far, far less than honorable and I was upset when, well, ...then.
A mystery and a love story spiced with some mystic elements and some ruthless characters - "Too Wicked To Kiss" has it all and the result is captivating and enjoyable!