From the blurb:
When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she’s ever loved is summoned to hear the will—but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven’t spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?
Daniel Goodenham, Lord North Barrows, regrets nothing more than the lost friendship with the one woman who treated him like a man, not a title. Fate has given him the perfect pretext to win her forgiveness—even if it means having to matchmake her to someone else. But now that she's back in his life, he’ll do anything to convince her to choose him instead...
Erica Ridley is slowly making her way up my list of favorite historical romance authors. I've been a fan of hers for quite some time now, but Romancing the Rogue is my favorite book from her yet!
Romancing the Rogue is the second book in a series, but it can be read completely as a stand-alone. It felt like a stand-alone, actually, but now I'm curious to go back and read Dark Surrender, the first in the series. Romancing the Rogue is also billed as a gothic romance, but it actually has very few creepy, gothic elements other than the not-so-spooky setting.
I absolutely adored the former friends-lovers theme. I always like it when someone was scorned or hurt in the past and now the other person has to make up for it to win them over. I like the fight, the struggle to atone for past wrongdoings, and I loved it here.
The story was also a very #independentwomen romance, which I'm seeing a lot now with more recent historical romance. I loved how Rebecca was strong and smart and resourceful, and how she kept surprising Daniel throughout the story.
I think if there had been maybe 50 more pages to strengthen the romance part of the story, it would have been perfect, but even as-is it was a highly satisfying read. Erica Ridley is upping her game more and more, and I'm so excited to see what else she has up her sleeve.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*