It's her brother, he's inherited the family title but he doesn't have the maturity level to know how to deal with hit. Lady Eliza is a widow who was previously sacrificed in married for her family and is not willing to come close to marriage again. It is a delight to the senses and brought joy to my heart. I discovered Cara Elliott through her Circle of Sin series and was fascinated by her very unconventional group of women. I gave up all pretenses and indulged in the rich transcendent world that only Cara Elliott cold creates. He would rather not let those of his acquaintance know that he is publishing a book on the language of flowers. This is a Quickie Review.
Determined to stop her wayward brother from squandering their dwindling fortune, Lady Eliza Brentford decides to follow him to his favorite den of depravity. Favorite Quote: How in the devil had she come to be sitting between his legs? Fun and humor all over. But the bonus is that he finds Lady Eliza there. It's her brother, he's inherited the family title but he doesn't have the maturity level to know how to deal with hit. If Gryffin had been aided in this by a cousin or some other relative, I would have felt more comfortable with it I think. Loved both Eliza and Gryff.
But when she meets the infamous marquess in the gardens, she instantly senses their powerful mutual attraction. Great character development, plentiful dialogue often touched with humor, spicy sexual tension, and exciting plotlines combine to make it a winner. One last note, about the ending. Ms Elliott does a wonderful job of allowing these characters to fall for each other for who they really are. I am looking forward to meeting the woman who will take down the last Hellhound, Cameron, in the last book of the trilogy. She is wary of her brother's rakish friends and goes out of her way to avoid any contact when they are visiting from London but when she meets the infamous marquess in the gardens, she instantly senses their powerful mutual attraction and though she tries to fight it, she and Gryff embark on an illicit affair.
I loved Gryff in this book and liked that Cara included some of the other characters from the previous books like Cameron and Sara. Eliza was a perfect foil for Gryff and they balanced each other so beautifully. Gryffin Owain Dwight, the Marquees of Haddan, also known through certain circles as one of the notorious Hellhounds. And I really liked the setting. I'm not sure -- but it was certainly a strong enough reason that he didn't divulge his secret hobby with his two friends. She is a woman in a man's world.
The book is definitely entertaining. Great character development, plentiful dialogue often touched with humor, spicy sexual tension, and exciting plotlines combine to make it a winner. Some might complain that the intrigue aspect of the plot-- the threat to Eliza's happiness-- got wrapped up awfully quickly at the end. Then, of course, there is the unsurprising misunderstanding that needs to be resolved before they can find any happiness together. He has kept his interest in botany and landscaping private.
Lady Eliza is in financial trouble. Of course the hero finds her. Lady Brentford makes decisions and the plot rolls with that. It's got one of my favorite historical romance pairings: the bluestocking sort of, in this case and the rake, although Gryff's reputation doesn't seem to match up with the man so much. Needless to say I heard it and had to read it.
Everytime they got together they had sex. The rakest amongst the Hellhounds. When an offer from an anonymous writer is made she is thrilled. Everytime they got together they had sex. Language of flowers to be precise and I liked flowers. Staring into his smoldering green eyes, Eliza can't help but find the rakehell nobleman seductively charming-and sinfully attractive.
Cara has since moved on from Westerns to writing about Regency England, a time and place that has captured her imagination ever since she opened the covers of Jane Cara Elliott started creating books at the age of five, or so her mother tells her. I love watching them squirm while figuring out how to extract themselves out of the troubles they mostly create themselves. She may be a country widow, but underestimating her would be a bad idea. I remember kinda liking Gryffin in Too Wicked to Wed and I'm glad we got to see more of his character in this one. Later she changed her genre to Regency romance after reading Pride and Prejudice.