Published by WebMotion on May 2nd 2017
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
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.
“Lady X, I presume?” His heart was still pounding and his breath a bit too quick, but he’d made it. He was the first at her side.
“Lord X.” Her red lips smiled up at him from beneath her impenetrable black mask. “It’s a pleasure to see you again.”
“The pleasure is most definitely mine.” He proffered his arm. “Come with me.”
“Should I?” she rejoined archly.
“I shall beg if I must.”
Only when her fingers curved about his elbow did his tense muscles finally relax.
He guided her up the slender staircase lining the far wall. When they reached the upper promenade, he led her not to the balcony overlooking the back garden, but to a hidden corridor with a second, smaller staircase, twisting up a dark tower.
She tilted her head. “What’s up there?”
“Come and find out.” He stepped into the darkness, held out his hand, and waited.
She placed her white-gloved fingers in his.
“I’ve been thinking of you all week,” he said roughly. “It’s been maddening.”
“Why didn’t you stop?”
“I can’t.” He pulled her into his arms and slanted his mouth over hers.
The last time he’d kissed her, he’d felt she was holding back on her passion. He didn’t want her to. Not with him. Not tonight. He cradled the side of her face in his hand and told her with every kiss that there was no need for circumspection. No need to be tentative.
Whoever she was before she stepped through the vestibule door, here she was a goddess cloaked in darkness and sheltered by the night. They were as anonymous as stars in the sky, their passion as bright. Her power was boundless. With naught more than the taste of her kiss, she was capable of bringing him to his knees.
Heart pounding, he pulled away while he still could.
One lucky reader who comments on this post will win an e-book copy of LORD OF CHANCE, the first book in the Rogues to Riches series!
Would you like to attend a masquerade?
Leave a comment, and you’re entered to win!”
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Lord of Pleasure is the second book in the Rogues to Riches series by Erica Ridley. It can easily be read as a stand alone book, but after having read the first book, I have to admit that it was a treat to have a little catch up of a couple of the characters from the first book in the series, The Lord of Chance.
Miss Camellia Grenville finds herself soon to be betrothed to a much older man, one she has never met, but one that her parents are happy to have accepted his proposal from on her behalf. She’s always been the good daughter, never causing trouble, always doing the right thing. So, knowing her life is about to change so dramatically for the worse, it’s no surprise that when an opportunity arises to attend a naughty masquerade ball, incognito, Camellia jumps at the chance. She has never done anything like it before, and suspects she won’t stay long, but by attending she will help out one of her sisters, and have an insight into things she has never had chance to before. It’s time for a bit of quiet rebellion!
Lord Wainwright is known as the Lord of Pleasure. Women swoon over him wherever he goes, his reputation as a charmer, a fabulous lover, and a rake precedes him. He may be a charmer, and good in bed, but his reputation is far worse than his life in reality. People expect a certain person, and Wainwright puts on the public persona for them. He is actually a deep thinker, a sensitive, kind hearted person who is starting to hate his reputation. Even when he does nothing wrong he finds himself in the scandal sheets and it’s starting to get to him. When his friends wager with him that he can’t stay out of the papers for 40 days, he jumps at the chance. If he can win the wager he will not only have a bit extra money, but more importantly, people might finally see that he is more than just his reputation.
The only chance Wainwright has to have a safe bit of fun is to attend the masquerade that Camellia is going to. The last thing he expects is to meet a special Lady X who he is fascinated with at first sight. Even wearing a mask she stands out in the crowd, there is something special about her that catches his attention. The freedom of being masked and incognito allows both himself and Camellia to be more open than they ever could have been at a normal ball. There is an instant attraction between them, and before the end of the night they agree to meet again in a week at the next masquerade ball.
In the mean time, Wainwright needing to keep busy and out of the scandal papers, decides to attend functions and places that he normally wouldn’t. Places like museums. At one of those he runs into Camellia and her sisters, all of them are very short with him, and one of them, the youngest seems perfectly venomous. He has no idea what their problem is, but he doesn’t let it bother him because after all, they are all just dull misses, aren’t they??
What follows is the story of the attraction building between Lord and Lady X, but at the same time, he sees more of Camellia and starts to see that she isn’t as plain and dull as he first thought. Will Wainwright tell Lady X who he is, if she knows, will she spurn him because of his reputation. Or will he just enjoy their masquerade dates, and leave it at that? And what of Camellia, will her taste of lust with Lord X be enough to last her a life time, and the memories sustain her through her upcoming marriage? Or will she stand up for herself for once and even if she doesn’t get to be with Lord X, will she tell her parents she will not marry the old man they want her to.
This book was absolutely fabulous, from beginning to end I was absolutely enthralled. I loved that Camellia and Wainwright knew each other in two separate situations, and how they were such different people in each situation. Waiting to find out how they would react to each other when they found out who each other was kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. Until that discovery of course was the delight of Lord and Lady X’s passionate, honest moments at the balls. The freedom they both felt to be themselves instead of what others expected from them was obviously such a relief for them both. This was a beautiful love story, such a feel good one, and it was a pleasure to read. I look forward to the next one in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.