Erica Ridley will be awarding a Winner’s choice ebook or paperback copies of the first TWO books in the Wicked Dukes Club series (ebooks international) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Taming the Rake
by Erica Ridley
GENRE: Historical Romance
Enjoy a fiery, passionate enemies-to-lovers revenge romance from a New York Times bestselling author!
All her life, Miss Gladys Bell was a wallflower whose parents despaired of her ever attracting a suitor. Then she met the man of her dreams, who said she was the woman of his. One passionate night later, Gladys awaits a marriage proposal that never comes. Reuben Medford, the ton’s most notorious rake, doesn’t even remember her name.
Thanks to his cold-hearted callousness, Gladys lost her reputation, her dowry, and her chance at love. But now she’s back, and bent on revenge. He’s trifled with the wrong woman: This wallflower has thorns. Once Gladys holds that damnable rake’s arrogant, fickle heart in her hands… She’ll crush it, just as he did to her.
This time, he’ll remember her name.
Gladys’s breath caught at the sight of the handsomest man she’d ever seen and her mouth fell open. Good God, was he real? His radiance eclipsed the many chandeliers sparkling overhead. Gladys took an involuntary step forward, away from the infernal wall, in her eagerness for a closer look. Her heart sang.
Impeccable evening wear, trim shoulders and hips, decidedly untrimmed golden hair tumbling carelessly across his forehead. White, with slightly flushed cheeks. Tall, but not gangly. Fit, but not hulking. Clearly moneyed, but not vulgar. Elegant, but… approachable, damn it. He flashed a roguish smile that said, I’d be delighted to show you a good time.
His sensual brown eyes met hers and time froze to a stop. It was love at first sight. Gladys was wholly, irrevocably, smitten.
Wait—his eyes didn’t meet hers. They skated over the wall exactly where she stood, but neither paused nor flickered in interest… or even acknowledgment of her presence. She was as invisible to him as she was to every other unmarried bachelor.
Her spirits crumpled. Complete obliviousness to her existence was exactly the reception Gladys had always garnered, and therefore it should neither surprise nor hurt her.
Somehow, it always did anyway.
One of the other wallflowers caught Gladys staring in longing and jerked her arm back toward the wall.
“Yes, that’s the finest man in England,” the girl hissed. “No, he is not interested in you. Or any of us.”
“Who is he?” Gladys whispered back, unable to tear her eyes away.
“Reuben Medford,” answered one of the other wallflowers. Her eyes widened at the blank expression on Gladys’s face. “You’ve never heard of Reuben Medford?”
Gladys didn’t want to admit that the only balls she’d ever attended were here at this public festival—and that she’d never met any man, Mr. Medford or otherwise. “I haven’t had the pleasure… yet.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of witty, feel-good historical romance novels, including THE DUKE HEIST, starring the Wild Wynchesters. Why seduce a duke the normal way, when you can accidentally kidnap one in an elaborately planned heist?
In the 12 Dukes of Christmas series, enjoy witty, heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
Two popular series, the Dukes of War and Rogues to Riches, feature roguish peers and dashing war heroes who find love amongst the splendor and madness of Regency England.
When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found eating couscous in Morocco, zip-lining through rainforests in Central America, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.
6 thoughts on “Author Erica Ridley: Taming The Rake”
Thanks for hosting!
Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.
It’s a pleasure to have you here Erica! Congratulations on this exciting release!
Thank you so much for having me here today, and for helping to spread the word about TAMING THE RAKE! I hope you love the entire Lords In Love series! XOXO
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