Kiss of a Duke
Twelve Dukes of Christmas #2
romance, Regency, historical, humour
(6 Nov. 2018)
Just one more kiss… (Milady, it’s cold outside)
Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell took England by storm with Duke, a perfume for men that has women swooning at their feet. To prove the same aphrodisiacal potency of her upcoming version for ladies, the new perfume must cause a rake to fall in love with her in ten days. And she has just the man in mind…
Sexy pleasure-seeker Nicholas Pringle—known as “Saint Nick” for his wicked ways—wants to end the absurd cologne that has every young buck believing himself a ladies’ man. How hard can it be to charm a spinster into changing her mind? But when Penelope does the charming, this rakish scoundrel must decide between losing the war... or losing his heart.
The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a laugh-out-loud historical romance series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
This is number 2 in this great series.
We met Penelope before – the scientist who creates perfumes in the castle – somewhat messy and unusual indeed in being a ‘lady’ chemist at these times., in book #1.
Here we find her having successfully created a perfume for men that has proved to be a scent for the male tonthat has taken them by storm – and has made her notable.
Now she has to make a female perfume that will do the same.
Another of Erica’s heroines that is naturally a scientist in an era when women were not that educated and one we can empathise with, one who is a natural philosopher as those who worked with natural essences were called, and one who experimented in a laboratory. A grand example for our own girls.
I always enjoy a novel by Erica Ridley. They are light but also have great heroines who are not conforming to the societal norm. which i approve of. She doesn’t attempt to copy Georgette Heyer even though the books are set in the same time period. Rather she makes the time period her own creation, and this series of short novels is a grand idea – 12 before Xmas – quick writing!
Wish Upon a Duke
(12 Dukes of Christmas Book 3)
regency, historical fiction, romance
(20 Nov. 2018)
Rumor has it, charming adventurer Christopher Pringle is finally ready to settle down. He’s searching for a free-spirited bride to join him on his travels. But when the matchmaker he hires turns out to be the woman he had a public spat with the day before, nothing goes as planned!
Miss Gloria Godwin loves exploring the world… from the safety of a book. She detests her dashing client’s attempts to force her from her comfort zone. It should be easy to marry off the handsome heir to a dukedom. But the more she tries to match him to other women, the harder it gets to say goodbye…
This is part 3 of the 12 Dukes of Christmas stories, although the hero in this story is not actually a Duke, his brother is (and the Duke of the first story). Christmas of course, is the village of that name set somewhere in the mythical high lands beyond the Lake District, that is high in the (non-existent) mountains and which gets a lot of snow.
This village seems to have a very short spring and summer but the local population love the weather as it brings the tourists – along with the name of the village of course. And the time setting of these stories is right for when the Romantics started the craze of visiting the Lake District and falling in love with its scenery (not to mention writing rhapsodical poems under the influence of drugs).
So our not-Duke hero comes to the village with one thought in mind – he needs a bride to take with him on his travels, and he has 4 weeks to obtain this bride as his ship sails then. Of course, there are many maidens in this village who wold be delighted to go with him, but he sets his sight on one who is very reluctant to leave the village indeed. Our heroine hates the thought of travel as travel has brought her the loss of her father and her fiancée. She does however, love telescopes, astronomy and clockwork – and fiddling with them.
This is why I love reading these stories.
They are light. Predictable and happy and always with a much more modern heroine than you can imagine – in more ways than you can expect from a Regency novel! All her heroines are well educated often in unusual, for the time, subjects, and all of them happy to be unmarried.
Once Upon a Duke
The 12 Dukes of Christmas #1
historical romance, Regency, humour
(9 Oct. 2018)
Beware romantic spirits from Christmas past...
Due to the terms of an estranged relative's will, the Duke of Silkridge must revisit the cold, unforgiving mountains where he lost everything he once loved. As soon as he restores his family legacy, he'll return to London where he belongs. He definitely won't rekindle the forbidden spark crackling between him and the irresistible spitfire he'd left behind...
Noelle Pratchett is immune to charming scoundrels like the arrogant duke. He stole her heart, stole a kiss, and then stole away one night never to return. Now he's back—and they both know he won't stay. But how can she maintain her icy shields when every heated glance melts her to her core?
The Twelve Dukes of Christmas is a laugh-out-loud historical romance series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
Another really nice historical romance by Erica Ridley.
Here we have a Duke – who has emotional issue due his childhood and is forced into going to a place he doesn’t like, and is also forced out of his normal life patterns by events.
Erica always writes in a way that we can see her heroes and heroines from a modern contemporary viewpoint and thus feel empathy for them. Her heroines are also not demure ‘never say boo to a goose’ females. Rater they are full of vim and vigur and have minds and accomplishments that are not necessarily expected in this genre. Which is why I like to read them…
Lord of Secrets
Rogues to Riches #5
Romance, historical, Regency
June 15, 2018
Some secrets should never be unveiled…
Heath Grenville is the problem-solver for London's elite. Unmask the devious cretin skewering the tonwith audacious caricatures? With pleasure. His success should keep the powerful happy. But when his work leads him to a young lady outside his class, surely he won’t do anything so scandalous as to fall in love...
By day, Miss Eleanora Winfield is a proper, unremarkable paid companion. By night, Nora’s skillful hands sketch the infamous penny caricatures rocking high society. Nora desperately needs the money…andher anonymity. But how can she keep them both, when she’s fallen for the one man whose livelihood and reputation requires him to expose her?
In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.
As always with Erica Ridley, you get a good solid Regency romance, with a twist, and with identifiable, real people. Who are far from prim and proper, but are indeed lusty and have real emotions.
Erica writes well and amusingly, and has enough knowledge of the period to make the stories ring true.
Lord of Temptation
Rogues to Riches #4
history, literary fiction, romance
March 30, 2018
Be careful what you wish for...
When Lord Hawkridge inherits a penniless marquessate, he must abandon his courtship of the lowborn girl he loves. Years later, she rises from commoner to textiles heiress. Hawk has never banished her from his heart. Here's their chance to share his home! But how can he convince a woman whose trust he destroyed that he desires her far more than her money?
Faith Digby's chaotic world is too full to bother with men. She controls half a boarding school, one life-endangering secret, and two recently gentrified parents. There's no time for the old flame roaring back into her life. Not when admitting she still loves him would imperil everything and everyone she holds dear...
In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley, Cinderella stories aren't just for princesses... Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.
A nicely told tale (as always from Erica) that follows on from the story of the school for indigent girls we’ve read about before in this series.
This is now the story of Faith, the co-founder/headmistress/accountant. We now find out how her family came into their money and just how recent it was – they are seriously nouveau-riche and ‘trade’ and thus far from respectable to the haughty ‘ton’. We also meet young Christina. the book-worm. But I found her reading matter a little young by my standards but still, she was Victorian/Regency period and thus perhaps it was advanced for that age.
Victorian/Regency morality and class prejudice are nicely explored.