In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.
Unlike proper debutantes, Miss Dahlia Grenville is secretly Robin Hood in a bonnet. Her home for wayward girls has too many dependents and not enough donations. But just as she's about to pull off the heist of the Season, she tumbles straight into the arms of the handsome detective who has sworn to deliver Mayfair's mysterious thief straight to the gallows.
Highly principled Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding's world is black and white. There's no mastermind too clever, no criminal alive who can escape the hangman. Until he realizes the delightful young lady he's been courting is a liar and a thief. Suddenly, his career—and his heart—are in peril. How can he bring her to justice when it means losing her forever?
Erica Ridley is one of my go-to historical romance authors, and she did a nice job again with Lord of Night, even if the book stretched my imagination to the very edge.
I'm willing to make a lot of allowances in historical romance, mainly because what is historical accurate during the time of these books really isn't my area of expertise. However, even I was practically scratching my head in disbelief at some of these coincidences and situations. You have to imagine a baron's daughter running a school for indigent girls, doing the sweeping and cooking herself, and begging for money at her upper-class parties all while stealing from the rich like a ninja. And she was still accepted in society! Yeah, hard to imagine, right? And that is just Dahlia Grenville's odd backstory (the male MC's is just as far-fetched).
Okay, all that aside, this really was a lovely story. The romance was playful with some fun bantering and flirting up to wazoo. It was an easy story to read with a nice pace that kept me engaged the whole time. I enjoyed it, just like I enjoy most of Erica Ridley's stories, and I think you can jump into the series at this point and read this one as a stand-alone.
Simon was an unusual character in romance, which I really, really liked. He was a man of morals, very opposite from the typical rake character, and he was even a virgin (I love a male virgin in a romance book!). He had great chemistry with Dahlia, and I liked what they brought out in each other.
If you can overlook the historical inaccuracies and are okay with a story that stretching the imagination, this one was a lovely read.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Enjoy, my friends!