TOO WICKED TO WED
Author: Cheryl Holt ISBN: 0312937997 9/2006 HISTORICAL Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S PRESS
RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:
Packed with emotion, sensuality, and surprising twists and turns, TOO WICKED TO WED is too delicious to pass up! This is the first novel of Cheryl Holt's I've read, but it definitely will not be the last. In this novel, she has come up with the perfect combination of intrigue, sensual love scenes, and tender emotion, which I haven't read in a historical romance in a very long time.
Lucas William Westmorland was born on the wrong side of the blanket. He is the bastard son of a Duke and an innocent young maiden. Since his mother's death when he was only five years old, he has survived by sheer instinct and determination. Since an act of heroism turned the pirate smuggler into a hero, everyone, from the lowest strumpet to the Prince of Wales, has taken a burning interest in Luke. In an act of revenge, he takes possession of a small country estate from a spoiled pompous young man named Archibald Mansfield. What Luke hasn't counted on, is for the hideous Archie to have a beautiful spinster sister, Helen, who has more spirit and honor than anyone he has encountered before. No matter how badly he tries, Luke cannot ignore the tender emotions or the raging lust she inspires in him.
Helen Mansfield has spent her entire adult life rescuing her brother from one jam after another. And although he has continued wreaking havoc for the last few years, she cannot believe what he has done in his latest exploit. He has lost their family home in a wager, and left Helen homeless and at the mercy of a lecherous pirate!
Though there is no sane explanation, neither Luke nor Helen can stop the tempest of emotions that consumes them when in each other's presence. In his entire life, Luke has never tried to control his urges, sexual or otherwise, and he sees no reason to begin now. And although Helen is a 25 year old virgin, she realizes these emotions Luke stirs in her are a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. With unknown evils stirring in their lives, Helen makes a pact with the devil and a bargain with Luke, that neither may walk away from unscathed. The sensual scenes are hot and sultry, and the sweet emotions evoked, intensely deep.
I was happily surprised by the cast of secondary characters. They are so lovable that I found myself rooting for them as much as I was for Luke and Helen. Not to sound conceited, but I am usually astute to upcoming surprises or twists in a storyline. But in the first few chapters of this story, I was completely bowled over by a revelation. It is so entertaining and thrilling to find a author who could surprise me so thoroughly!
For fans of Cheryl Holt, I am sure no recommendation from me is needed. But if, like me, any of you have not had the pleasure of escaping into a world created by Ms. Holt, don't waste another moment to do so. As I said in my opening statement, TOO WICKED TO WED is just too delicious to pass up. Happy reading!