The Hellion is book #1 in the Wicked Wallflowers series. While it’s a nice introduction to the Killoran family, it should have been the final installation in its predecessor series, Sinful Brides. For that reason alone, I detracted a star from an otherwise excellent story.
Cleopatra Killoran will give up everything if it means protecting her sisters. When their older brother arranges one of the ladies to be sponsored for the London Season by their former gaming hell rivals, Cleo steps into a world she detests. The timing couldn’t be worse: the Hell and Sin Club was just destroyed in a fire, and suspicions are high regarding her family’s involvement.
Adair Thorne could do nothing to save his family’s gaming hell. In one night, the Hell and Sin Club, along with his home and his future, was consumed in a blaze. Now residing at his brother’s home, he tasked with keeping watch on Cleopatra, and ensuring that she isn’t doing anything devious. This puts the two in constant contact and at constant odds, and soon the couple discover that there’s much more behind the roughened street image they each possess.
It takes time for these two to build trust in one another, but they are a dangerous (in a good way) couple. Adair needs to rebuild his future; Cleo must decide what she wants from her own. Both families must learn how to co-exist despite their past rivalry, and as the truth behind the arson of the Hell and Sin Club is unearthed, everything begins to unravel. The journey to HEA is rocky and adventurous, and quite satisfying.
If this is your first Caldwell book, or you haven’t read any books from the Sinful Brides series yet, I highly recommend you do so before reading this one. I enjoyed it a lot because I understood the families going into this story. Someone who doesn’t will quickly feel lost at all the names, places, and relations being thrown around.