A heroine-in-danger, forbidden love, gothic romance from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author:
One look at the towering ocean-side manor that is to be her new home, and exiled socialite Susan Stanton knows: This is a place haunted by secrets, and riddled with menace.
For Susan, there is no escaping the most dangerous element of all—dark-haired smuggler Evan Bothwick, a man whose rakish countenance cannot hide his wicked intent.
But Susan has a secret of her own—a special gift that renders her privy to the darkest mysteries lurking within the walls of the manor and in the labyrinthine cellars beneath. And the only man who can help her is the very rogue she would do anything to be able to resist…
Ridley's second Regency gothic historical (after Too Wicked to Kiss) lures readers with a unique combination of the paranormal, romance, and suspense. Susan Stanton is banished from London by her titled parents after a series of embarrassing escapades. Her new home of Moonseed Manor in coastal Bournemouth is fraught with danger, and her father's cousin, owner of the estate, is missing and likely dead. Susan, an affable and quick-witted woman, finds friendship and romance with local smuggler Evan Bothwick, and her ability to communicate with ghosts quickly immerses her in a smuggling mystery. A host of eccentric characters includes a tyrannical giant, a dishonest magistrate, and unhappy ghosts. The romantic element lacks sensuality, but the overall appeal of the well-crafted story helps make up for the lack of sizzle.
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Too Wicked to Kiss
Erica is one of the best. One can’t put the book down. There is so much of drama where you race towards the end to find what happens next.