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.
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.