Lord of the Night
Rogues to Riches #3
history, literary fiction, romance
(20 July 2017)
Unlike proper debutantes, Miss Dahlia Grenville is secretly Robin Hood in a bonnet. Her home for wayward girls has too many dependents and not enough donations. But just as she’s about to pull off the heist of the Season, she tumbles straight into the arms of the handsome detective who has sworn to deliver Mayfair’s mysterious thief straight to the gallows. Highly principled Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding’s world is black and white. There’s no mastermind too clever, no criminal alive who can escape the hangman. Until he realizes the delightful young lady he’s been courting is a liar and a thief. Suddenly, his career—and his heart—are in peril. How can he bring her to justice when it means losing her forever?
And again Erica writes a good historical romance with a modern twist – or at least a feminist twist.
Here we have a nicely brought up young woman not only starting her own school for destitute and desperate young girls but also finding a way to support the school through somewhat illegal means – although she would point out that no-one was actually physically harmed, and anyway, those she took from could well have afforded to donate instead, but didn’t. So almost deserved it….
And we have the start of the Peelers to add to the mix. Which again will intrigue people who like their history and crime fiction…
Lord of Pleasure
Rogues to Riches #2
history, literary fiction
(2 May 2017)
Nondescript “good girl” Miss Camellia Grenville only ever opens her mouth when forced to sing at her family’s musicales. That is, until the night she infiltrates the ton’s most scandalous masquerade ball on behalf of her sister, and finds herself in the arms—and the bed—of the one man she’d sworn to hate.
Irresistibly arrogant and unapologetically sensuous, infamous rake Lord Wainwright always gets his way. When he accepts a wager to turn his rakish image respectable in just forty days, he never anticipates falling for an anonymous masked lover...or that discovering her identity would destroy them both.
Erica writes the best contemporary Regency fiction around, in my opinion. Her heroines buck against the society rules that surround their lives and find a way to make their passions into a way of life. And at the same time, find a dashing suitor with all the usual requirements of alpha hero.
Opera, in Regency times was far from a respectable place for women to sing in, and yet there were wonderful songs being written. In fact, if you were a Society woman, you only sang in family circles and only very circumspect songs at that. No real opportunity to exercise those lungs and voice. So in this story, the heroine, with the help of her reformed rake, finds a way to sing what she wants, when and where she wants.
Lord of Chance
March 27, 2017
The first book in USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley's new regency romance series, Rogues to Riches! When Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance-and a wee mishap has them leg-shackled by dawn-have the tables finally turned in this rake's favor?
Erica Ridley always writes a fluent Regency style novel. Historically correct with speech adjusted to modern nuances and mannerisms.
Here we have two very sad specimens adrift in a society where women are wives, servants or harlots, and society men do not toil for a living.
So an illegitimate daughter of a courtesan cannot be respectably employed and a man without an income has no recourse but to gamble to fund his lifestyle and to support his family.