on July 22nd 2017
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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?
In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.
After a lifetime dreaming of her first kiss, Dahlia had spent the last several weeks praying it would be with Mr. Spaulding.
His lips were as firm as she had imagined, his mouth as hot and demanding. Every inch of his body seemed tightly coiled. Being pressed up against such hard, solid muscle made Dahlia feel all the more soft and feminine.
Her knees were weak, it was true, but the real reason she held fast about his neck was because the last thing she wanted was for him to let go. A kiss like this wasn’t to be dispatched with swiftly, but rather to be enjoyed. Savored.
Every brush of his lips, every lick of his tongue against hers, sent shivers of pleasure along her skin and made her clutch him all the tighter. Her heart beat wildly, each frantic pulse in her breath pressing her closer and closer to him.
This was no longer a kiss.
This was a claiming.
What was unclear was whether either of them were winning the battle. It felt like they both were drowning, melding into each other until nothing existed but the thunder of their heartbeats and the hunger in their kisses. Her thoughts were no longer her own, her body less so.
This was how virgins got despoiled. At this point, it was practically her idea. Now that she had sampled a taste of heaven, she no longer wished to settle for mere kisses. She wanted to feel his hands not spanning the many layers of muslin hiding her curves, but rather touching her bare skin.
She wanted to know every inch of him…
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Lord of Night is the third book in the Rogues to Riches series by Erica Ridley. Although part of a series it can be read as a stand alone, but you will be missing out on a lot of reading pleasure if you don’t at least go back and read the books you have missed because they are all wonderful.
Miss Dahlia Grenville has a wealthy family, but what little money she has to call her own she spends on running a home for wayward girls. Girls that would otherwise be living on the streets, forced into prostitution, or being abused at home. Sadly the money that Dahlia has barely covers the costs of the upkeep of the home and feeding and clothing the girls and she has to resort to theft in order to keep the creditors from her door. She only steels from the rich, pawns the small items, then sends an anonymous note to the owner to let them know where they can buy their stolen goods back from. Half the time the owners don’t even know that an item is missing, that is how little they need it.
Simon Spalding is the illegitimate son of nobility, one that resents the fact that his half brother has all the affection of their father. Simon doesn’t want riches, he always just wanted to be acknowledged. He has carried on with his life and is now a respected Inspector for the Bow Street Runners. He spends more time than needed on his investigations and patrols, but the job is his life. His latest case, one that will earn him a promotion if he solves it, is to discover who the person is who is robbing from the rich, pawning the item and then allowing the victim to recover their item by telling them where it is. Which of course unknown to him is Dahlia.
He first meets her when she is calling for help when a young girl is being dragged into an alley by a man intent on assaulting her. He is on patrol and happily is in the right place at the right time to help them. From the moment they meet there is an instant rapport and attraction. Simon doesn’t need the distraction from a woman, but he can’t help but be intrigued by her and how wonderful she is to be doing what she is for the destitute girls. He doesn’t know about her family, or their wealth, he just knows the school teacher/carer. The more he spends time with her the more he wants to spend time with her and visa versa.
Will there be any chance of a future for them? Dahlia knows she is playing with fire, spending time with the man who wants to catch the Mayfair Thief (her) but she can’t push him away. Simon should be devoting his time to his job, not getting involved with Dahlia and the girls, but he can’t seem to keep away. What will happen if/when he discovers the truth about Dahlia, not just about her family, but about her Robin Hood escapades??
I absolutely loved this book, and was hooked from the very first page. Dahlia’s love for the girls she looks after was so beautiful, it was awful to see how she suffered every time the creditors came to call. It also made me wonder just how the author would deal with Simon finding out about her being a thief. He is a proud, honourable man who makes sure justice is done, there is only black and white. You are a criminal or you aren’t one. If he arrests Dahlia it will be the end of her home for girls and they will all end up on the streets and in bad situations again. Of course it means Dahlia will end up in prison and eventually at the gallows too. If he doesn’t arrest her then he is going against his very oath to uphold justice. If he lets her go their relationship is over anyway because he’ll never be able to cope with not doing his job. It’s that whole scenario that had me reading as quickly as I could to get to the end to find out. I won’t tell you how it ended, suffice to say, this reader was very impressed with the author’s decision. Very well done Miss Ridley, very well done.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.