Lord of the Masqueradeby Erica Ridley

Rogues to Riches #7

Published: 06 Aug 2021

Publisher: Indie

Length: 284 Pages

My Rating: ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐✨

Blurb:
Entrepreneur Miss Unity Thorne helped two different men amass their fortunes—only to end up on the street. She’s scraping by at the theatre, but this isn’t the show she plans to star in. The next fortune Unity builds will be hers alone. Her masquerade-themed assembly rooms will rival the ton, but to do so, she’ll have to apprentice the most dangerous rake of all.

The arrogant, sexy-and-he-knows-it Duke of Lambley’s weekly masquerade parties are decadent odes to excess: unlimited food, drink, dancing, romantic gardens, and private pleasure rooms upstairs. Everyone loves his balls, and he likes it that way. He’ll take a wife someday, but it certainly won’t be the pretty termagant who challenges him in the ballroom and the bedroom…

In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses!

My Review:

I love Erica Ridley. She is one of my favorites when it comes to historical romance. I was getting fed up of historical romance and she reignited my love for them.

I’m delighted to see authors, particularly in historical romance, embracing characters of different ethnicity and backgrounds. It’s about time. Race is a background issue in this book and could be a stumbling block considering the time period but I’m glad it was only given a passing mention. It doesn’t matter what a person looks like or who and how they chose to love. It’s about what makes you happy. Love is love and noone else should judge another’s relationship.

Ms Ridley does not create stereotypical characters. They are people who chose their own path. There are still lords and ladies but ‘Society’ is not something the characters particularly care about. There are characters from all walks of life who are brought together. Her female characters are independent and her male characters are drool worthy. There is humor, drama and plenty of heat.

I highly recommend this author and this book in particular. It was a great read that I couldn’t put down.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.

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