A lady-in-pants, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, hidden identity romance from a New York Times bestselling author:
Vice merchant Maxwell Gideon is wickedly handsome, sinfully arrogant, and devilishly ruthless. Rumor has it, his gaming hell has the power to steal souls and grant miracles. Truth is, Max only owns half of The Cloven Hoof. He’d buy out his silent partner if he knew the man’s identity. But it’s hard to focus on business matters when a fallen angel tumbles right into one’s lap…
Miss Bryony Grenville has a well-earned reputation as an unrepentant hoyden. But even the gossipiest of the pinch-faced matrons ruling High Society could never imagine the daughter of a baronet secretly financing the ton’s most infamous gambling parlor. Its maddening, sexy proprietor doesn’t suspect a thing… and two can play at temptation!
In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses…
A wonderful ending
This book is the last in the series and I’m sad about that. This particular book does not need to be read in order, but there are a few spoilers you will encounter if you haven’t read the earlier books. As I said I’m sad to be leaving the characters in the series and the secondary characters that have yet to get their HEA. Maybe we could have a novella?
Anyway back to this book. Maxwell and Bryony are complimentary personalities. Their best qualities bring out the best in each other. Bryony is put down by her mother for her forthright speech and manners and for being interested in business. Being the last of her siblings, her mother wants to see her wed, but her idea of the perfect match does not gel with Bryony’s.
Bryony has found her perfect match in Maxwell. Convincing him of this is harder than she expected. Although he admires her for her mind and quick thinking, not to mention her trousers, he does not believe they can have any future.
The way these two banter with each other made me smile, cringe, laugh and feel close to tears. The dialogue is witty, intelligent and fun. The description of Lady Greenville’s vitriol made me feel as if I was intruding on a private family conversation: such is the connection I have developed with the characters.
Maxwell and Bryony both come to the conclusion that they can make a difference in their world and be seen as that social change. They know that they will never convince everyone, but as long as their families and friends support them, they will continue.
If you enjoy Erica’s books you’ll enjoy this one. Fans of regency romance will enjoy this book too.