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USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell’s Wicked Wallflowers series burns hot as two rivals meet in the flesh and feel the heat...
Adair Thorne has just watched his gaming-hell dream disappear into a blaze of fire and ash, and he’s certain that his competitors, the Killorans, are behind it. His fury and passion burn even hotter when he meets Cleopatra Killoran, a tart-mouthed vixen who mocks him at every turn. If she were anyone else but the enemy, she’d ignite a desire in him that would be impossible to control.
No one can make Cleopatra do anything. That said, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her siblings - even if that means being sponsored by their rivals for a season in order to land a noble husband. But she will not allow her head to be turned by the infuriating and darkly handsome Adair Thorne.
There’s only one thing that threatens the rules of the game: Cleopatra’s secret. It could unravel the families’ tenuous truce and shatter the unpredictably sinful romance mounting between the hellion…and a scoundrel who could pass for the devil himself.
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 03, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #75,499 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Christi Caldwell can tell a story like no other. As her Regency universe expands upon itself, she has taken her readers from the glittering world of the Ton with its incessant concern with propriety and scandal to Upper Ten Thousand house parties where ruin lurks in the next hallway to the agonies of wounded warriors returning home to deal with shattered bodies and shattered minds. But this multifaceted author does not stop there, no, Caldwell has ventured to take us on an imagined journey into the underbelly of London.
In the past couple of years, she has introduced us to a group of unlettered, unconnected and uncouth individuals and revealed their humanity and dignity. She has done the heretofore impossible and written brilliant love stories pairing these scarred individuals with the pristine, untouchable to them members of the Ton.
First there was the beautiful rogue and duke's heir, Robert and the horrifically scarred duke's bastard, Helena. Unlikely match up. Then a Tidemore virgin, Penelope with the hardened, gruff and silent Ryker Black. What next? The poor ruined Diamond of the First Waters, Diana with Niall Marksman. Followed by another duke's daughter, Evelina who, after a bit of comical subterfuge, marries her childhood friend and former pickpocket, Calum Dabney. Oh my!
As we enter this story, the Hell and Sin Club is no more. From as early as The Scandalous Seasons series, the denizens of Christi Caldwell's universe, #CaldWorld, if you will, have cavorted and gambled away fortunes in this St. Giles establishment.
In THE SINFUL BRIDES series, we became intimately acquainted with the men and women responsible for this establishment. But now, the Hell and Sin Club is gone, lost in a, fitting to its name, fiery conflagration.
The Wicked Wallflowers!
"The beginning of everything … from drawing one’s first breath, to getting on after tragedy, to finding a new family or building a new home was work. It was uncertainty and fear and the unknown."
Thus a new chapter in this story-forged in fire, so to speak, a new series begins, and aren't we just the lucky ones?
Adair Thorne, the final Hell and Sin Club brother, finds his own HEA with the tart-tongued Cleopatra Killoran. As he begins the process of resurrecting the club Phoenix-like from the ashes of its destruction, he also reluctantly grows to know and respect his pint-sized nemesis.
The conflict between the main characters was fun to read. I enjoyed the acidic banter and Cleopatra's stalwart personality. The theme of honor and keeping one's commitments was prevalent throughout.
I won't get into the specifics here, but anyone who has read THE LADY'S GUARD will be aware that certain commitments were made on the part of the Hell and Sin family in exchange for lifesaving information from the Killoran family. This promise extracted is the basis of the story.
The story devolves at one point into the feel of a St. Giles/Seven Dials Romeo and Juliet with the Hell and Sin brothers versus the Killorans as a Cockney-infused Montagues and Capulets.
The shadow of the evil Dickensian villain, Mac Diggory, continues to dog the protagonists of this story. Although long dead, he continues to cast a malevolent presence in the lives of our characters.
Sartorial Transformation Achieved
"Draped in sapphire silk, with understated butterfly combs in her black curls, Black’s wife epitomized wealth, rank, and power." Brava!!! Lady Penelope Chatham has escaped the scourge of Mama Tidemore's bad taste in attire for her daughters!
So many new details about Broderick Killoran are slowly being revealed. His love of all things Shakespearean as evidenced by the names he personally gifted to his three "sisters of his heart" - Cleopatra, Ophelia and Gertrude being one of the most interesting and telling.
What ho... Broderick's cultured tones are not an affect of imitating the denizens of the Ton after all. He arrived on the streets of the Seven Dials fully formed - a gentleman amongst the rabble? Oh do tell us more, Ms. Caldwell.
Hmm... methinks he may be a little lost lord of the Ton. I can't wait for his story!
I loved everything about this story. The code switching amongst the characters was true to their stations and added flavor to the telling of the story.
I can't wait for the next installment!
With the first in her newest Wicked Wallflowers series, “The Hellion”, the focus shifts to yet another intriguing and unique family, the proprietors of the Devil’s Den. This rival club and family, also coming from a life on the streets, is led by Broderick Killoran, a brother who wants better for his siblings and is driven by “a lust for respectability”. Broderick believes to secure noble connections and acquire entry into Society will ensure their strength and power, thereby providing a lasting security for all the group. When his sister, Cleopatra was instrumental in saving one of Black’s family from the evil clutches of a horrid, vicious thug, in return the Blacks entered into an agreement to sponsor one of Killoran’s sisters for a Season.
This book can be read as a stand alone, but it does serve as a link between these series: Adair Thorne, brother of Ryker Black, and Cleopatra Killoran, sister of Broderick Killoran.
As his siblings have found love, and their paths are taking them in new directions, Adair is feeling alone, being left in charge and given the primary responsibility of the Hell and Sin Club. This story begins with the destruction of his club by fire, bringing with it similar memories of his past childhood. Of course, in his mind the only possible cause for this loss would be the Devil’s Den.
Cleopatra Killoran is unlike any other heroine. She’s stubborn, strong, and smart; a bespectacled lady, with a pistol in her pocket and a dagger in her boot, she can hold her own with most any man, brains or brawn. But underneath this rough and tough girl, there are heart-wrenching secrets and fears tucked away and buried.
When the Blacks take Cleopatra into their home, Adair is assigned as her escort and guard. The plan is to introduce her into Society where she’ll find a nobleman for a husband, and the agreement between the Blacks and Killorans will thereby be honored. As Adair battles inwardly over his hatred of the Killorans and an unexplainable draw and sudden pull towards this bold and headstrong girl, things become quite interesting. Cleopatra starts to realize the man of honor and kindness Adair truly is, and begins to doubt her self-sacrifice for her family’s good. A bond begins to form as they share interests and ideas for the rebuild and management of his club. Will Adair and Cleo also share the secrets of their pasts and open their hearts to one another? Who started the fire at Adair’s club, and what will happen to the Hell and Sin Club? Theirs is a must read!
With a mix of familiar and new characters, this writer once again builds a series that promises so many adventures, challenges and opportunities waiting to be explored and enjoyed for months to come. While it’s always sad to see one series end, there is always the assurance that Christi Caldwell’s amazing characters are never left behind. They always live on in her readers’ minds and hearts, and may reappear yet again on the pages of a new story yet to be told.
Can’t wait for more of the Killorans!!! Awesome!
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
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Ms Caldwell has once again drawn me in to another series with her strong, likeable and magnetic characters.
Adair Thorne and his brothers have just had their gaming hell burn, and whilst they think their enemies – the Killornas were behind it, Adair’s sister-in-law emphasises that unless they have proof, they cannot break the truce they have with the Killornas. And a component of that truth involves sponsoring one or the Killorans for a season. Cleopatra (Cleo) Killoran, sharp eyed, as well as being silent/quick on her feet in order to protect her siblings decides to grit her teeth and do as her brother wishes – have a season and find a titled husband.
This book in the series is definitely at present my favourite of what I’ve read, there were moments of humour, some very small mischief (I would have liked more), tension, passion and a dash of angst, all of which were weaved together, for the most part, nicely. That being said I do wish that the mistrust that is depicted through almost more than half of the book, had been tampered down a little,
The depiction of the rags to riches theme in this book, does require you to firmly leave reality at the door, or you will find yourself going no way would the Ton behave/react like that, for some reason I didn’t find myself perturbed by this fact as I read. That being said whilst I did enjoy this read, I didn’t find myself potently enamoured with the main characters, they worked well together overall, but I know that given a few weeks the characters and plot will dissipate from my thoughts. Yet I can see myself re-reading this when I need something that won’t task me, but will lightly engage me. Caldwell hasn’t become one of my favourite HR authors, but she her work is something I will continue to read, and hopefully overall enjoy.
A very special book .
What makes it so special?
Cleopatra Killoran ?
It’s both those and so much more .
It’s the fact that Christi has created these two characters.
Characters that are hard , unrelenting, unreachable, and she developed them .
That evolution is not easy , these people were born , raised and live in St.Giles , it’s a rough relentless, environment.
But by putting the two together she’s created something totally unique, a couple who need each other more than they ever realised , a man and woman with desire, love and a wish for a life wholly different but the same as they have now , and they never knew.
They are special and so is the result of their joining forces, they don’t loose their identities they keep their rough edges , don’t become soft or different in any way , they add to themselves, another dimension is created , love .
I adored this book , the whole journey was enlightening and emotional.
It’s definitely my favourite of this series.
Very Highly Recommended!
The whole plot was so unbelievable and laughable
It is tedious and very unlikely even given that a lot of "historical" novels are very silly this one certainly is in a class of its own. I would not recommend this silly book to anyone