Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #Gothic #Romance TOO WICKED TO KISS by @EricaRidley

Too Wicked to Kiss (Gothic Love Stories #1)Too Wicked to Kiss by Erica Ridley

4 stars

Too Wicked To Kiss is a gothic Regency romance.

Evangeline has recently run away from her stepfather and sought shelter from the family of her mother’s friend. Lady Stanton cajoles Evangeline to accompany them to a house party but in return she is expected to help Lady Stanton’s daughter gain a wealthy husband.

Rose Heatherbrook has arranged a house party at her brother’s house to bring him back into accepted society, but Gavin Lioncroft is an unwilling host. For several years he has been surrounded by rumours that accused him of being a murderer, and both his family and fellow peers shunned him. Now his estranged sister brings unwanted guests to his home, and old accusations flare once more when a new murder occurs.

This story mixes a traditional whodunnit with romance and a touch of the paranormal. I liked the eerie setting, and the gothic element added a dark layer to the scenery. The romance was expected but it suited the story and was quite satisfying in its denouement. The ambitious number of themes does make this book quite long compared to others in the Regency romance genre, however if you don’t mind the twist of a cross-genre theme then this story might be for you.

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Book description


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 killed in cold blood. Initially, his towering presence and brusque manner instill fear… until his seductive attentions and unexpected vulnerability conquer her resistance.

But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Gothic #Romance The Matrimonial Advertisement by @MimiMatthewsEsq

Today’s team review is from Liz, she blogs here

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Liz has been reading The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans Of Devon 1#) by Mimi Matthews


Helena Reynolds needs sanctuary and even more than that, a protector.  She has travelled to Greyfriar’s Abbey, a remote estate in Devon to enter into a marriage contract with a stranger.  Captain Justin Thornhill is a brave, attractive man, so why is he advertising for a bride?  Tortured in India during the mutiny at Cawnpore, he bears scars, and a scarred personality.  He needs a business arrangement which will provide contentment and household management, but why has this beautiful, refined lady offered to marry him?  They both conceal secrets which may drive them apart.  Helena has a vulnerability which makes Justin protective and soon the couple become close, despite fate dictating that they have no future together.

This is an irresistible romance with the added frisson of gothic fear.  At a time in Victorian Britain when a woman belonged entirely to her father, guardian or husband, can Helena ever be free to love and live as she wishes?  Mimi’s writing style is engaging, and we are plunged immediately into Helena’s predicament.  Secrets are gradually revealed, adding depth to our understanding of the main characters.  This is Miss Matthews’ best book so far and it is only the first in a new series!

Book description

She Wanted Sanctuary… 

Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar’s Abbey isn’t the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill–though he may be tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome–is anything but a romantic hero.

He Needed Redemption… 

Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household–and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one.

Their marriage was meant to be a business arrangement and nothing more. A dispassionate union free from the entanglements of love and affection. But when Helena’s past threatens, will Justin’s burgeoning feelings for his new bride compel him to come to her rescue? Or will dark secrets of his own force him to let her go?

About the author

Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and BeautyThe Lost Letter) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

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