Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley (Rogues to Riches, #2)

Lord of Pleasure
by Erica Ridley

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Rogues to Riches - Book 2
Publisher: WebMotion (May 2, 2017)
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Print Length: 272 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
 In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.

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.

  
 Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley (Rogues to Riches, #2)

Lord of Pleasure (Rogues to Riches, #2)Known as a rake and a despoiler of young ladies, the Lord of Pleasure, Lord Wainwright wearies of the erroneous reports and the façade the Ton expects from him. Sure, he has his wild ways, but the cartoonists have had a field day exposing his every move, real or not and that’s how a wager was made, that he could keep his “hands” clean for forty days. He is determined to win that wager, no matter how boring it will be. Besides, there are always the very secretive masquerade balls where anything goes and identities are kept secret.

Camellia is bordering on being a complete non-entity, a spinster, but as the eldest of three daughters, her days happily spent on the shelf may be coming to a brutal end. Her father has struck a deal for her marriage, thus opening the door for her younger sisters to seek their marital fortunes. Known as the “mouse” of the family, it is her beautiful voice that gives her any notice. Other than that, she prefers to blend into the woodwork, maintaining the ultimate of poise and social propriety.

When the opportunity arrives to be scandalous, mysterious and anonymous, Camellia will take a dance on the wild side by attending the by invitation only masquerade ball, just so she can feel like a wanton woman without repercussions, just once in her milk toast life.

How could she know she would find a gentleman, a man with feelings and a poetic heart who would talk of things freely and with respect for her brilliant mind? How could she know he would steal her heart without meaning to and that his kisses would melt her very soul all without a hint of who he is? How could she know he is known by the Ton as the Lord of Pleasure?

Lord Wainwright has never fallen for a skirt or the woman that fills it, but the mysterious Madame X is more than just a rare beauty with the poise of a goddess and the intelligence of a peer? He wants her to know the man he is, not the buffoon the world sees. But how can he discover who she is? What would she say if she knew who he was?

Erica Ridley’s LORD OF PLEASURE has her signature strong-willed heroine, way ahead her time with an inner fire that holds the flames of her hidden hopes and dreams. Ms. Ridley also gives us the shallow rake who hides his true self from the prying Ton who only wants scandal. Together, these two, while hidden behind their feathered masks discover a true soulmate who runs deep and sincere in their emotions. With a few faux pas moments that lead to some brutal tongue lashings and well polished boots-in-mouth, a few rushes to judgment, and two painfully longing hearts, Erica Ridley delivers another historical romance that is light enough to laugh with, yet warm enough to make one sigh! Ahhh, isn’t love grand?

I received an ARC edition from WebMotion in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.


2 comments:

  1. Dii, excellent review of this book. Erica is such an awesome writer. I love how you described it and especially your last comment, too. If you love Regency Rakes, this is one fine read!

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    1. Thank you, Hebby! You're right, Erica Ridley does know how to plunge her readers into her world. Coming from you, another fabulous author, I would say that BOTH Erica and I are honored!

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