on April 3rd 2018
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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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Hellion is the first book in the Wicked Wallflowers series by Christi Caldwell. Although this is a follow-on series from Sinful Brides, which I have only read one of, I had no trouble reading this one. The author gave enough information to follow the story well enough.
Adair Thorne is devastated when his gaming hell is torched. He believes the people behind it are his rivals, the Killorans. When he and his ‘street’ brothers confront the Killorans they profusely deny the accusations. After all, why would they break the truce they have before one of the Killoran sisters is given a season in London as promised by the Black family as thank you for helping to rescue one of their own. With no evidence, the truce must remain, and also the promise of taking in one of the Killoran sisters.
Cleopatra doesn’t want to marry, and she especially doesn’t want to marry a ‘toff’ but of the 3 of them, she is the only sister suitable for dealing with living in the Black household and eventually marrying. Her brother wants nothing more than for his family to be accepted amongst society, hence brokering the deal for Cleo to be given a season.
Adair and Cleo lock horns immediately, and neither are pleased to find that Adair is the one who is supposed to watch her in order to make sure she doesn’t get up to anything while under their roof. Adair is fuming that the woman is anywhere near his family and is adamant that her family did indeed burn down his club. Cleo is as adamant that they didn’t. One thing that both are in agreement over is that secretly, and annoyingly to them, they find themselves attracted to each other. The more time they spend together the more that attraction grows.
Can they have any future together when not only are their families enemies, but Cleo has a secret, one that will make Adair hate her if he were to find out? No, it isn’t that she set fire to the club, she didn’t. In her eyes, it is something much worse!
The relationship between Cleo and Adair developed at a believable pace with both of them quite rightly fighting the attraction as best they could. I enjoyed how they learned that they were both too quick to hate without knowing the first thing about each other and each others’ families. I love that even when he hadn’t even fallen for her, that Adair offered Cleo the chance to see and work on the plans for the new club that he was in charge of overseeing.
There were twists and turns, drama, and excitement galore in this story. Add that to the blossoming romance and steamy scenes between Adair and Cleo and you have a book that will engross you from beginning to end.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.