An enemies-to-lovers, second chances romance from a New York Times bestselling author:
When Lord Hawkridge inherits a penniless marquessate, he must abandon his courtship of the lowborn girl he loves. Years later, she rises from commoner to textiles heiress. Hawk has never banished her from his heart. Here's their chance to share his home! But how can he convince a woman whose trust he destroyed that he desires her far more than her money?
Faith Digby's chaotic world is too full to bother with men. She controls half a boarding school, one life-endangering secret, and two recently gentrified parents. There's no time for the old flame roaring back into her life. Not when admitting she still loves him would imperil everything and everyone she holds dear...
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!
Lord of Temptation
Once again, Erica, you’ve had me hooked. Every one of your books has me reading non-stop from first word to last. Housework and chores take a back seat - no problem :-} .
Your story lines are all so completely different and always spell-binding. I hate having to come to the end and having to look for another book. I’m so happy when the next one is another of yours.
Thanks from your happy fan.
I was gifted a copy of this book. Zachary Nash, Marquess of Hawkridge has inherited an impoverished marquisate and because of that must walk away from the only girl he has ever loved. Ten years later, he collides with Miss Faith Digby at a dinner. He has never stopped loving Faith. But Faith is filled with hurt and a bitter secret. Can Hawk and Faith ever renew their love or will anger and hurt win out in the end?
Absolutely loved this book by Ms. Ridley. Ridley develops a story line and characters with layer upon layer of complexity. Like peeling an onion, the reader is lead down a path that is never predictable but very pleasing.
“The years had been both cruel and kind. His jaw was stronger, his muscles more defined, his shoulders wider…But the jacket that contained them was faded from repeated use and worn at the seams…. His cheekbones and jaw were impeccably free from whiskers, leaving nothing to distract the eye from that full, sensual mouth Faith remembered so well. His hair was the same dark brown and perfectly coiffed, his eyes the same long lashed hazel, brilliant and captivating. But she would not let herself be captivated. Not again. Not by one such as him.”
I highly recommend this book – actually all of the books in this series. Even though they can be read as stand alones…the stories are richer when read in a series.
Hawkridge and Faith
“The years have been both cruel and kind.” This line is perfect to describe the time that Hawkridge and Faith have been apart. They loved each other, but were thwarted by his circumstances and youth. That love is still there, but it will take a lot to make it work, if it is even possible. This is not a meet again, fall into each other’s arms, and find happy ever after sort of tale. There is a lot of hurt and resentment, guilt, and secrets – all sorts of conflict, and they will have to face it and work through it. At stake is not just a second chance for love, but a second chance at life.
Hawkridge and Faith are great characters. They seem “normal.” They feel and act like real people would in similar situations. The story is well paced, with a few ups and downs. There is some intrigue and mystery (secrets) and some surprises. The secondary characters are terrific. Hawkridge’s mother is the perfect “Camille.” My favorite is Hawkridge’s brother Simon. How can you not love him? This is a wonderful series. I look forward to the next books.