Review: Too Tempting to Resist by Cara Elliott
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
A flourishing romance, a sensuous coupling, and the language of flowers...
Elliott easily makes horticulture the sexiest thing ever in this story of an unlikely pair drawn together by chance, and a love of nature transcending beyond simplistic view. In one corner there's the sister of a lord, a widow, bent on keeping her freedom to live without a husband, and determined to save her brother from ruin.
Lady Eliza Brentford is finally free.. of marriage. She would prefer to keep things that way if her brother would just quit attempting to live the frivolous life. Eliza is a delight! She's a painter, a lover of flowers, and one who speaks there language. I have a lot of respect for a woman who protects family and endears people to her by providing care and intelligence. Unfortunately, for Eliza her brother doesn't think of her as a benefit, but as a hindrance. Another part of Eliza is she's closed off to sexual aspects. She's never really experienced anything along the lines of desire or passion. Meeting Gryffin, Marquess of Haddan will change that.
Gryffin is a man of interesting tastes, typically known for his debauchery and insane pursuits. Yet lately the pursuit has lost it's luster. I found a man searching for something meaningful a wonderful storyline for the rakehell. He's looking for more and his travels lead him to Eliza. The air sizzles, the common interests delight, and before you know Gryffin is looking for any reason whatsoever to be near her. Gryffin is one of those heros that's enchanted with the unfamiliar, and in this case the unfamiliar is a female creature he can't seem to shake. I liked this hero as much as I liked the heroine. The setting, the subplots, and the character development was extremely enjoyable.
My only caveat was the fact that Gryffin and Eliza spent a lot of time building false tension and conflict. You could have developed plenty of different scenerios to excite the reader without a misunderstanding between Gryffin and Eliza occurring. For me the 'misunderstanding' line is the most overused in the business and I prefer plain speaking. Honesty and trust build relationships.
Overall, this is a good story about two people who should have been together all along, but just weren't ready to be. It's a great mid-way point for Elliot's Lords of Midnight trilogy, and I can't wait for the final installment and hellhound Cameron's tale. If you enjoy Stephanie Laurens you'll like this book.