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Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: Lord of Night (Rogues to Riches #3) by Erica Ridley


Print Length: 350 pages
Publisher: WebMotion (July 22, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.

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?


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

At first, I wasn't sure how I would feel about this novel. Even though I enjoyed the two previous stories in this series (all of which can be read as stand alone novels - including this one). Delilah was never one of my favorite characters.

 However, once I got to "walk in her shoes" as it were, the way she acted (and reacted) to certain things made much more sense. And I found myself enjoying her more and more - not only as the fearless, would risk it all, independent woman that she was, but also as the woman who fell hopelessly in love with a man who was, by all accounts, completely wrong for her. After all, how could a Bow Street runner, the bastard son of a titled man turn a blind eye to the fact that she was a thief, and above him in status? 

I thought knowing she was a thief would be a hard pill to swallow as a reader, even if she did have the best of intentions behind it. But once you saw the good she was doing, and how desperate she was to keep these girls in her "school" and off the streets, I found myself more easily (and readily) able to forgive her. After all, most of "the ton" cared little for anyone other than themselves, even when they had the money and position in society to make a difference. 

The one thing I feel I have to point out is that you do need to suspend what you know about the regency era a bit in order to fully enjoy this novel. There is absolutely no way that Delilah could still move within "good society" being an unwed woman (of marriageable age), who spent all of her time with girls that were by large considered "undesirable". If you are able to do this, then you will certainly enjoy this well written and witty novel.

Overall, I do think this novel will still appeal to those who enjoy a "friends to lovers" historical romance. I would read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                                      Lord of Night is available from Amazon.com

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