I was granted an e-copy thru Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
TITLE: Lord of Vice
BY: Erica Ridley
SERIES: Rogues to Riches #6 (can be read as standalone)
GENRE: Romance, Historical Romance
PUBLICATION: August 31st 2018 by WebMotion
Appearances can be deceiving…
Vice merchant Maxwell Gideon is wickedly handsome, sinfully arrogant, and devilishly ruthless. Rumor has it, his gaming hell has the power to steal souls and grant miracles. Truth is, Max only owns half of The Cloven Hoof. He’d buy out his silent partner if he knew the man’s identity. But it’s hard to focus on business matters when a fallen angel tumbles right into one’s lap…
Miss Bryony Grenville has a well-earned reputation as an unrepentant hoyden. But even the gossipiest of the pinch-faced matrons ruling High Society could never imagine the daughter of a baronet secretly financing the ton’s most infamous gambling parlor. Its maddening, sexy proprietor doesn’t suspect a thing… and two can play at temptation!
This is one quick read and I really enjoyed it.
Maxwell and Bryony are perfect for each other and their chemistry is just palpable. I love their banters and even their simple conversation, I found enjoyable to read. It’s also very refreshing to see a Hero in a Historical Romance who is not a duke or not a member of high society but have wealth thru his own abilities. Just like the heroine, who can have everything without hardship, yet wanted her freedom and refuse to let anyone dictate her life. And brave enough to run around in a lad’s clothes. Their first meeting and those that followed were so cute with Bryony in a lad’s clothes.
I love that their romance didn’t right away turn into sexual part. It was developed in the right pace. Though I think this book is too short for me. That’s one of the reason why I didn’t give it a perfect rating. I think the story could be better if it was longer. It’s not that it’s shallow but somehow, the story was so easy to predict. Also I found some repetitive mention of some things by the same person. Which means the book can still be shorter if that was edited.
By the way, I read the ARC copy so some parts would surely be still edited. 🙂
Overally, I recommend this one. It’s a quick read and the characters are very likeable. 🙂
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of historical romance novels. When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest. She is represented by Lauren Abramo of the Dystel, Goderich & Bourret literary agency.