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In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure. Nondescript “good girl” Miss Camellia Grenville only ever opens her mouth when forced to sing at her family’s musicales. That is, until the night she infiltrates the tIn the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure. Nondescript “good girl” Miss Camellia Grenville only ever opens her mouth when forced to sing at her family’s musicales. That is, until the night she infiltrates the ton’s most scandalous masquerade ball on behalf of her sister, and finds herself in the arms—and the bed—of the one man she’d sworn to hate. Irresistibly arrogant and unapologetically sensuous, infamous rake Lord Wainwright always gets his way. When he accepts a wager to turn his rakish image respectable in just forty days, he never anticipates falling for an anonymous masked lover...or that discovering her identity would destroy them both....

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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-02-27 13:11

    I'm a big Erica Ridley fan, and I think she really nailed it with Lord of Pleasure. I have to admit, I was a tiny bit disappointed in Lord of Chance. It wasn't bad, but I just didn't connect with the storyline, and I was afraid that the entire Rogues to Riches series wouldn't work for me. I'm thrilled that I was wrong. Right away I was in this story. I absolutely love a reformed rake story, and combine that with a masquerade plot... heaven! Both characters really worked for me. From the good girl trying to break free from her family's expectations to the misunderstood Lord Wainwright, I just fell in love. Sure, I found it hard to believe that a pretty girl like Camillia Grenville with a known musical talent could be so fully ignored and written off, but I just ignored those details and enjoyed the story. Lord of Pleasure had a hopeful vibe and a great pace that made the 300+ pages fly by. It was romantic, interesting, and entertaining and I didn't want to put it down. Yes, it isn't going to break boundaries or redefine the genre, but it was a very satisfying, well written story. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

  • Dianne
    2019-03-27 11:59

    Known as a rake and a despoiler of young ladies, the Lord of Pleasure, Lord Wainwright wearies of the erroneous reports and the façade the Ton expects from him. Sure, he has his wild ways, but the cartoonists have had a field day exposing his every move, real or not and that’s how a wager was made, that he could keep his “hands” clean for forty days. He is determined to win that wager, no matter how boring it will be. Besides, there are always the very secretive masquerade balls where anything goes and identities are kept secret.Camellia is bordering on being a complete non-entity, a spinster, but as the eldest of three daughters, her days happily spent on the shelf may be coming to a brutal end. Her father has struck a deal for her marriage, thus opening the door for her younger sisters to seek their marital fortunes. Known as the “mouse” of the family, it is her beautiful voice that gives her any notice. Other than that, she prefers to blend into the woodwork, maintaining the ultimate of poise and social propriety.When the opportunity arrives to be scandalous, mysterious and anonymous, Camellia will take a dance on the wild side by attending the by invitation only masquerade ball, just so she can feel like a wanton woman without repercussions, just once in her milk toast life.How could she know she would find a gentleman, a man with feelings and a poetic heart who would talk of things freely and with respect for her brilliant mind? How could she know he would steal her heart without meaning to and that his kisses would melt her very soul all without a hint of who he is? How could she know he is known by the Ton as the Lord of Pleasure?Lord Wainwright has never fallen for a skirt or the woman that fills it, but the mysterious Madame X is more than just a rare beauty with the poise of a goddess and the intelligence of a peer? He wants her to know the man he is, not the buffoon the world sees. But how can he discover who she is? What would she say if she knew who he was?Erica Ridley’sLORD OF PLEASURE has her signature strong-willed heroine, way ahead her time with an inner fire that holds the flames of her hidden hopes and dreams. Ms. Ridley also gives us the shallow rake who hides his true self from the prying Ton who only wants scandal. Together, these two, while hidden behind their feathered masks discover a true soulmate who runs deep and sincere in their emotions. With a few faux pas moments that lead to some brutal tongue lashings and well polished boots-in-mouth, a few rushes to judgment, and two painfully longing hearts, Erica Ridley delivers another historical romance that is light enough to laugh with, yet warm enough to make one sigh! Ahhh, isn’t love grand?I received an ARC edition from WebMotion in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.Series: Rogues to Riches - Book 2Publisher: WebMotion (May 2, 2017)Publication Date: May 2, 2017Genre: Historical RomancePrint Length: 272 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews & More:

  • Andrea
    2019-03-21 17:55

    *ARC provided by WebMotion via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*"I want to be bolder. It's the one thing about my life I would alter." "I can grant you that wish ... Be fearless here. Tonight. With me."My first full-length book by Erica Ridley. I've read a few of her novellas and liked them, so when I saw this I jumped at the opportunity to read a longer story by her. This was a very sweet, emotional, Cinderella-inspired story. 3.5 stars!Michael Rutland, the Earl of Wainwright, always seems to be misjudged. With his angelic good looks, a smile that makes women everywhere melt, no one bothers to get to know the real him. The caricaturists love to blow his actions out of proportions until he is known everywhere simply as "The Lord of Pleasure". After that particular picture is published, Michael decides he has had enough: he bets his friends he can go 40 days without appearing in the scandal sheets and prove to people that he is more than his reputation. But can he really convince the ton that he is more than just a pretty face?Camellia Grenville is the eldest sister to two scandalous sisters. She's the good one, the sensible one, the shy one. The one who accepts a proposal her father received from a "mature, respectable gentleman" (translation: an old, boring man who plans to have her live out the rest of her life secluded in the country) just so her sisters, with her finally settled, will have a chance to get married themselves. But underneath the quiet, unassuming facade is a woman who longs to be on stage to share her gift for music with the world, a woman who wants more than what society dictates she should have. But will she have the courage to pursue her dreams and finally let her true self show? Luckily for Camellia, one of her scandalous sisters received an invitation to a secret masked party and let's her go in her place so she can have a last chance at doing as she pleases before she marries. Dressed in a scandalous gown and hidden behind a mask, Camellia revels in the chance to be her true self. And when she meets Michael, known to her only as the mysterious "Lord X", sparks fly instantly. Both open up to each other in a way neither imagined possible in real life."It's as if I am a music box, forced to play a melody not of my own making every time they wind me up to dance." But of course real life intrudes on the fantasy. With their identities revealed, both have to make a choice: is what they shared in those fleeting moments worth risking everything?I LOVED those magical encounters at the masked parties. They were bittersweet, and gut-wrenching, and I loved Michael's desperate attempts to prove to everyone that he was more. The letters he wrote to his mystery lady were incredibly sweet. Camellia was a nice enough heroine for me. I liked her change from a mousy, quiet girl to someone who would fight for her dreams. BUT... There are some little things that didn't work for me. The masks, for one. I mean. They spend four nights in each others company, share their deepest secrets with each other, and ultimately fall in love. I just can't suspend my belief enough to accept that they didn't recognize each other in real life. Surely if you fall that hard for someone you're able to pick out little things about them even with half their face covered by a mask?I also had some issues with the pacing. While the scenes where both were masked were beautiful, in real life they were both a little annoying to me. Michael had a habit of saying careless things that resulted in the Grenville sisters hating his guts. Up until the 60% mark, Camellia was convinced he was the devil, an all-around bad guy, etc. because something he said caused a gaggle of stupid females to withdraw their funding for the school one of her sisters runs. Instead of being mad at the women for being so easily distracted, she chose to focus her hatred (and she really hated him...) on him. All the while complaining to her mysterious "Lord X" how awful it is when people misjudge you. It took too long for me until they realized who their mystery dates were and that they both had misjudged them. But then, the last few pages where Michael starts fighting for her were truly wonderful, so that made up for that in my opinion.Overall, this was a nice read. I liked spending time with these characters, the story was interesting, and I will definitely check out the sequel!

  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    2019-03-24 15:53

    This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional BookviewsLord of Pleasure was a delightful read with masquerade balls, a scandalous rakish Earl and a mousy, but respectable lady. I had such fun reading this story, and can't wait for more in this well done seriesLord of Pleasure was a delicious treat to the senses! The masquerade balls were such a perfect opportunity for both Lord Wainwright and Miss Camellia to actually be themselves, not the person society had forced them into by labelling them. Wainwright showed up in the scandal sheets' caricatures more often than he liked, and Camellia was starting to think that being the good sister wasn't working so well for her. Not when her parents had decided to marry her off to a man she didn't know, and who lived close to the Scottish border. All for being the good girl, so they could pay closer attention to her wilder younger sisters.Lord of Pleasure is all about hiding in plain sight, but also about how different men and women were seen during these times - and that is still the case now. Camellia was sometimes called the mouse of the family - because she never really did anything to make others notice her. When she was Lady X at the masquerade ball, though, she let her own wants out, and had a fantastic evening with Lord X, watching the stars and talking about a variety of subjects. Wainwright felt free with his mask too, for once, a young woman didn't swoon when he talked to her. She talked with him and shared interesting opinions. While participating in the masquerade balls, Camellia was also hiding from her impending marriage to an older gentleman she had never met.There were a lot of humorous moments with Camellia and her sisters, especially because Wainwright had inadvertently made some investing ladies withhold their money from the youngest sister's school for young women. However, the characters also showed that they had it in them to forgive - which is definitely important in many situations. Written in third person point of view, past tense, and following Camellia and Wainwright closely, I felt like I got to know the characters well, and enjoyed their journey towards pleasure... and possibly ruin as well."I, too, had despaired of you ever finding a match. Mr. Bost is not only a - ""Mature?" Dahlia asked."Respectable?" Bryony added innocently.Camellia covered her face with her hands. "- gentleman," Mother continued, "he will be able to keep you in a great deal of comfort. You shall not want for a thing from the very moment the wedding concludes until your dying day."And of course, the masquerades. Everyone who presented themselves at the door was taking arisk. That was a key component of the allure. Yet the true reason Michael had always attended wasn't in order to put a mask on, but rather to take his off. The earl mask, the rake mask, the caricatures of himself.

  • Karen
    2019-03-10 14:18

    I can happily say that I liked this book more than the previous book "Lord of Chance" There was so much suspense and a slow burn romance that I was craving more and more. Camilla is the eldest sister of the Grenville Family, she has always loved singing but she is very reserved and quiet. Never asking for anything for herself but for her two younger sisters, who are both seeking trouble and are very blunt at times. Being the eldest, she has to be the responsible one, the one who takes care of all situation. Which happens to her when her youngest sister cannot attend a scandalous masquerade party, so she must attend in her place. And it is at this party that she meets a gentleman, Lord X who saves her from unwanted attention. Lord Michael Wainwright, or as commonly known as "Lord of Pleasure", is a scandalous, well known rake. Loved by women and envied by men. But he accepts a bet that in forty days he can remain a low profile and avoid any scandal. Because of his reputation, everyone is betting against him, but he wants to prove to himself that he can be a respectable gentleman. But when he meets and saves Lady X at the masquerade party, he is more than determined to win this bet, not for himself but for her too. Lord X and Lady X see each other weekly at this masquerade party, their love blossoms the more they spend with each other. But what will happen when they both find out who they really are? Do they have a chance of happiness? I loved this book, very well and beautifully written. Cannot wait to read more! Received a copy from the author herself, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

  • Alison
    2019-03-14 20:17

    Michael Rutland, Earl of Wainwright is universally known as the Lord of Pleasure, real and imaginary caricatures of his conquests fill the daily scandal sheets fuelled by his wayward past and his shocking good looks. No matter what he does (or doesn't) do, he is portrayed as a debaucher of women, a cuckolder and a philanderer. In desperation he enters into a bet with some of the fellow members of his club, that he can last for 40 days without scandal.Miss Camellia Grenville is the oldest of four siblings. Whilst her brother and two sisters act in various scandalous ways, Camellia is the most obedient, dutiful and, frankly, dull sibling. And what does it get her? Left on the shelf aged 26 and informed of an engagement to a total stranger, several decades her senior who intends to take her to live in Northumberland. Encouraged by her sisters to at least experience a little life before being banished to the North of England, Camellia attends the Duke of Lambley's masquerade in place of her younger sister Bryony. If you read the first book in this series, Lord of Chance, you will know that anything goes at these masquerades.Of course Camellia and Michael meet at the masquerade. Strangely, they each feel that the masks allow them to be more truly themselves that they can be out in society. And so it begins, a weekly anonymous rendezvous in which the two share their fears, hopes and desires. Yet, an unfortunate series of coincidences means that the Earl of Wainwright is loathed by the three Grenville sisters, so that's not going to end well!This sort of reminds me of the film Forty Days and Forty Nights starring Josh Hartnett, mixed in with a Cinderella-type theme. Overall, this was light and frothy and utterly delicious like an expensive chocolate. I loved it!I received a free copy of this book from the author via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  • Julia
    2019-03-10 15:56

    I really enjoyed this book. Quirky characters, funny banter, a bit of Cinderella.Do they dare to become the person that is hiding behind the mask? Can the wallflower tame the rake? Or will the rake seduce the wallflower?

  • AnnMarie
    2019-02-28 17:00

    Lord of Pleasure is the second book in the Rogues to Riches series by Erica Ridley. It can easily be read as a stand alone book, but after having read the first book, I have to admit that it was a treat to have a little catch up of a couple of the characters from the first book in the series, The Lord of Chance.Miss Camellia Grenville finds herself soon to be betrothed to a much older man, one she has never met, but one that her parents are happy to have accepted his proposal from on her behalf. She's always been the good daughter, never causing trouble, always doing the right thing. So, knowing her life is about to change so dramatically for the worse, it's no surprise that when an opportunity arises to attend a naughty masquerade ball, incognito, Camellia jumps at the chance. She has never done anything like it before, and suspects she won't stay long, but by attending she will help out one of her sisters, and have an insight into things she has never had chance to before. It's time for a bit of quiet rebellion!Lord Wainwright is known as the Lord of Pleasure. Women swoon over him wherever he goes, his reputation as a charmer, a fabulous lover, and a rake precedes him. He may be a charmer, and good in bed, but his reputation is far worse than his life in reality. People expect a certain person, and Wainwright puts on the public persona for them. He is actually a deep thinker, a sensitive, kind hearted person who is starting to hate his reputation. Even when he does nothing wrong he finds himself in the scandal sheets and it's starting to get to him. When his friends wager with him that he can't stay out of the papers for 40 days, he jumps at the chance. If he can win the wager he will not only have a bit extra money, but more importantly, people might finally see that he is more than just his reputation.The only chance Wainwright has to have a safe bit of fun is to attend the masquerade that Camellia is going to. The last thing he expects is to meet a special Lady X who he is fascinated with at first sight. Even wearing a mask she stands out in the crowd, there is something special about her that catches his attention. The freedom of being masked and incognito allows both himself and Camellia to be more open than they ever could have been at a normal ball. There is an instant attraction between them, and before the end of the night they agree to meet again in a week at the next masquerade ball.In the mean time, Wainwright needing to keep busy and out of the scandal papers, decides to attend functions and places that he normally wouldn't. Places like museums. At one of those he runs into Camellia and her sisters, all of them are very short with him, and one of them, the youngest seems perfectly venomous. He has no idea what their problem is, but he doesn't let it bother him because after all, they are all just dull misses, aren't they??What follows is the story of the attraction building between Lord and Lady X, but at the same time, he sees more of Camellia and starts to see that she isn't as plain and dull as he first thought. Will Wainwright tell Lady X who he is, if she knows, will she spurn him because of his reputation. Or will he just enjoy their masquerade dates, and leave it at that? And what of Camellia, will her taste of lust with Lord X be enough to last her a life time, and the memories sustain her through her upcoming marriage? Or will she stand up for herself for once and even if she doesn't get to be with Lord X, will she tell her parents she will not marry the old man they want her to.This book was absolutely fabulous, from beginning to end I was absolutely enthralled. I loved that Camellia and Wainwright knew each other in two separate situations, and how they were such different people in each situation. Waiting to find out how they would react to each other when they found out who each other was kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. Until that discovery of course was the delight of Lord and Lady X's passionate, honest moments at the balls. The freedom they both felt to be themselves instead of what others expected from them was obviously such a relief for them both. This was a beautiful love story, such a feel good one, and it was a pleasure to read. I look forward to the next one in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers' copy of this book.

  • Tracy Emro
    2019-03-22 13:52

    *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*Michael, Earl of Wainwright aka the Lord of Pleasure is tired of being the subject of gossip and caricature etchings. He has made a bet with his friends that he can clean up his image and stay out of the scandal sheets for 40 days.Camellia Grenville is the perfect daughter, quiet, unassuming, peacemaker and wallflower. But Camellia has dreams that do not include marrying the perfectly respectable, staid and well to do Mr. Bost - the man her parents have decided would be perfect for her.When her sister is unable to attend the scandalous masquerade held by the infamous Duke of Lambley - Camellia rashly decides to take her place and so begins an adventure that will change her life. Camellia is accosted as she enters the ball and is saved by a masked man - Michael aka Lord X, they spend the evening together and thanks to anonymity of the masks - they share their secret desires and dreams - up to a point. When Camellia aka Lady X has to leave, Michael begs her to return for the next masquerade and she agrees.Back in her real life, Camellia keeps running into Michael - a man she detests and takes every opportunity she can to tell him what she thinks of him. Michael is taken aback by this mousy woman, one of the few women he has ever met that doesn't fall at his feet. In his attempts to evade scandal, he has had the misfortune of running into Camellia and he is beginning to understand that while his reputation is grossly exaggerated - it is not entirely undeserved. He wants to be a better man and his meetings with Lady X have made him want to be a better man for her.Michael is not perfect - he often speaks without thinking about the ramification his words might have, but once he realizes his error - he really makes an effort to set things right. I really liked him and thought that he sincerely wanted to change and I believe he succeeded. I personally found Camellia a bit too judgmental, she was fiercely loyal to her family and had their best interests at heart - but I felt like she was incredibly rude and even mean to Michael, especially when he had not really done anything wrong. When their identities are finally revealed - Camellia decides that Michael's tarnished reputation will ruin her sisters chances for good marriages and walks away from him. A HEA will not be simple for these two, but when they finally get it - it is really lovely.While I liked the book, I agree with other reviewers - the whole mask thing was a bit over the top - that they kept running into each other, yet don't realize it, was unbelievable. The book was well written and flowed well, but I didn't really care for Camellia's sisters and I never really forgave Camellia for her treatment of Michael. But the ending was great and made me love Michael all that much more!

  • Hannah
    2019-02-28 17:00

    ARC REVIEW Lord of Pleasure is book two of Erica Ridley's new series Rogues to Riches. This is another great story by Erica Ridley, the characters are likeable and the whole situation is humorous. It's a fantastic Cinderella type story. Camellia is the perfect daughter she does as she's told, she sings when they want her too and what they want her to sing, she's also the sensible one, but her parents go too far when the arrange her marriage to a much older gentleman who doesn't even have the courtesy to actually ask her, then leaves for a month. Lord Wainwright, Michael, is tired of getting his image drawn as a caricature in the paper linking him to all sorts of gossip and rakish behaviour, sometimes it's true but he's tired of being made fun of, as a joke his friends bet him he couldn't stay out of the gossip column for 40 days.In an atypical act of rebellion Camellia accepts the invitation meant for her sister to the notorious Lambley's masquerade ball. Once there she is swept off her feet by a masked man who seems to not only listen to her but enjoys talking to her. She has four weeks until her fiance returns and has the banns announced so she decides to enjoy her time with the masked man and returns to the masquerade ball every week.So far Michael is succeeding in avoiding the gossip rags, he's seen in all the right places and attends his duty in the House of Lords and is terribly bored the only thing keeping his interest is Lady X a wonderful woman whom he has no idea who she really is. The other perplexing thing he comes across is the obvious dislike the Grenville sisters have for him. He has no idea that he made one off hand remark that caused the backing out a charity that was run by one of the sister and out of loyalty all the sister must hate him too. It doesn't take very long before Camellia discovers her masked man is none other than Lord Wainwright. Camellia is despaired that the man she has fallen in love with the same man who is a notorious seducer and who inadvertently hurt her sister. Camellia needs the strength to finally stand up to her parents and shake things up a bit, but can she find the courage Michael knows she has or will it all be for nothing. Overall, it is a great Cinderella retold story.

  • Linda
    2019-03-09 16:09

    Lord of Pleasure ; Rogues to Riches #2 , well I could review this with one word, and probably should Phenominal being that word , but I suppose you would like to know why that word fits.Pleasure to readHandsome LordExtrodinary handsomeNever ending source of gossip Ordinary spinsterMousy DaughterIntelligent womenNice coupleAkward situationLovers to marriage?So, I tried but seriously Lord Wainwright is to handsome for words and the focal point of the ton gossip wether it is true or not, but being tired of other bets his friends that he is going to change his life to avoid the gossip columns , forty days without being a caricature or in the gossip columns. Lady Camellia Grenville has only ever been the good dutiful daughter, considered the mousy intelligent spinster by the ton and content with that until informed y her mother at the age of six and twenty she will be married of to a Mr Bost, whom she has never met nor did he stay to meet her in two months time and shipped off to North Umbria with him; take. For. All she loves in London including her two younger sisters. Her life takes a change when her sister gives her a hard won invitation to one of the Dukes infamous masquerade balls. Lady X meets Lord X and they fit together well, both able to talk intimately and be themselves ; hidden behind their masks. Camellia becomes hooked and becomes a weekly attendee just to see Lord X. Lord X, Michael Wainright has never felt this way for a women before , he can not imagine not having more time with Lady X.But what happens when both want more how to broach the subject when the rules of the masquerade require complete anonymity.So worth the read to get to the resolution! Arc copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Joana V.
    2019-02-25 11:56

    I've received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.Review in Portuguese: of Pleasure was much better than Lord of Chance. From the start, I felt a much bigger empathy with the characters, both Camellia and Michael. Camellia is a friendly and protective sister and she feels like she has to compensate her family for her sisters’ behaviour – making her the “good girl”. Michael on the other hand, is seen as a rake/rogue/playboy, someone that walks into a room and makes all the ladies swoon – which he doesn’t particularly appreciates. Why? Because how people see him makes them change and twist his words, and he hates that. Each of them felt stuck to a roll and it’s interesting to see how real masks allow for emotional and fake personality masks to fall and disappear. I liked the evolution of their relationship but, to be honest, I don’t know if it would last long, because they only know each other like the person behind the masks and, in truth, they are a bit of both – the ones behind the mask and that they show each other, and the ones they show the world. Still, it was a fun and fast paced read that I quite enjoyed. I was always eager to know more about the characters. In truth, I think the “problem” didn’t really exist and something better could have been used to twist the story a bit but, for the kind of plot, this simple ruse and scheme worked fine. It was a book that was hard to put down and gave me quite a lot pleasure to read, but, as I started to write this review, I concentrated a bit more on the problems that I was seeing, and that’s why the rating isn’t as high as I thought it would be (4*).

  • Janet
    2019-03-03 13:20

    Nondescript “good girl” Miss Camellia Grenville only ever opens her mouth when forced to sing at her family’s musicales. That is, until the night she infiltrates the ton’s most scandalous masquerade ball held by the Duke of Lambley on behalf of her sister Bryony, and finds herself in the arms of Lord X who happens to be Michael Rutland, Earl of Wainwright who has insulted her sister DahliaIrresistibly arrogant and unapologetically sensuous, infamous rake Lord Wainwright always gets his way. When he accepts a wager to turn his rakish image respectable in just forty days, he never anticipates falling for an anonymous masked lover, Lady X or that discovering her identity would destroy them both.Oh I couldn’t put it down, was absolutely hooked from the start. Nothing better than a rake trying to reform & a ‘mouse’ who develops claws. Carmellia is not the wallflower she is made out to be & Michael is anything but the unfeeling arrogant rake. They are both totally delightful & although I realise that they surely would have recognised each others voices or perfumes but it didn’t matter what was more important was they managed at last to act as themselves not as how society wished to portray them. The pace of the book was good & each masquerade was hotter than the previous one. The other sisters were well portrayed & I look forward to their storiesI received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  • Jennifer Fowler
    2019-03-06 13:54

    You know what they say - don't judge a book by its cover! (Note to the author: Please consider changing out this cover, because it doesn't do your book justice.) Erica Ridley has written more than a romance, she weaves her story so well you fall in love with the characters!Camellia deserves to find happiness and not be forced into a marriage. Lord Wainwright is a man tired of being pigeon-holed into a role he has outgrown. They both want more.*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ira
    2019-03-10 13:53

    I've read many books by Erica Ridley already and on the whole I always enjoyed reading them but somehow this book didn't do it for me. It is still nice to read but I found myself skipping pages and I couldn't really get into it. Alright, many of the historical romances are not very realistic and you just have to cut them some slack because they are just, well, romances. Most of them work out for me well despite that because the romance part is the reason why I read those books, I need my HEA and everything around it and reality wasn't always that accomodating. Unfortunately apart from being very nice and likeable, Lord Wainwright, our eponymous Lord of Pleasure, is not very convincing in his quest for bettering himself. Well, he is convincing in his wish to become respectable but in my eyes he appears to be a bit pathetic. Miss Camellia Grenville is sweet and nice and everything else but especially at the end, it was a bit too much and she took more risks than I would have felt were even remotely realistic. Maybe I'm too critical and should rather applaud Camellia but somehow - nope. Apart from that the book is well written, it's just a problem with the story and its characters that makes it less fitting for me, other people may be less critical there (and more romantic) and might enjoy it much more.

  • Vânia Nunes
    2019-03-17 15:03

    The power of fame... Are you really what they talk about out there?Camillia Grenville has the voice of an angel; she is a great daughter and prefers to be surrounded by books and her family than to live with other people.Her two younger sisters, Dahlia and Bryony, seem to have a more adventurous life.But Camellia will always be the good daughter.Exactly so, now, she knows from her mother that she will marry Mr. Irving Bost.Camellia would have nothing against Mr Bost except that he is mature, respectable and will take her to live in Northumberland, Scotland, six days away from her family.She does not want to marry him.Although already considered a spinster, she always believed that she could choose her future husband. No longer.As she looks at her siblings, Camellia sees the possibilities she has deprived herself of having.His brother Heath is one who seems to always do what is not expected of him; Dahlia was already caught stealing (even though it was because of a noble cause) and was almost disinherited by her parents; Bryony, the youngest, had a solicitor for whom she nursed fodder and would not stand at home waiting for him to come to her. So tonight she would go to Lord Lambley's infamous masquerade ball. But just before leaving, a missive from her solicitor arrives. Not wanting to miss the invitation, Bryony tells one of her sisters to go to the ball and then tell them how it went.Camellia is the one who ends up going to the ball.There the rules were severe. It couldn't insist that any guest reveal their identity. The guests were called Lord and Lady X.At the ball, Camellia is almost dragged by a more insistent Lord X, but she is saved by another, who takes her to breathe the garden air. Other than what she thought, he did not try to kiss her, but they began a conversation that made her feel safe.Lord X was impressed with her and wanted her to return to the next ball for a week.Lord Michael, Earl of Wainwright was handsome, with very light blond hair. Even his friends admitted it, which made him a target of women. His fame came before him, like the rake he was. He was rich and had a title.But this sometimes became a burden, and it was worse because there's a caricature of him, surrounded by women who admired him as a god.He had so much more to offer! He was a connoisseur of Nature, Music and Astronomy. Why were people only talking about his romantic achievements?Going to masquarade balls gave him a sense of freedom because he could be himself without having to live up to his friends' expectations.Michael did not imagine that he would be fascinated by a Lady X, with a beautiful sapphire dress and a princess posture. And he wanted to see her again, and again...In real life, they could not be more enemies, since thanks to a comment from Michael, Dahlia's charitable work was doomed to failure. Camellia would never forgive him for that.But when fate makes them stay in the same environment, where the gossip rushes faster than a gazelle, even though she has a commitment to Mr Bost, Camellia found herself trapped.Could the famous rake be Camellia's intended husband, giving her the freedom she so badly needed?I loved the characters, their strength, their fears and their frustrations.Not everything is what it seems ... people can surprise.5 starsARC provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

  • Diane
    2019-03-02 19:01

    Michael Wainwright is known as the Lord of Pleasure but he doesn't take much pleasure in the title. He'd rather be know for what he can do and who he is not who people think he is. Camellia Grenville is the eldest daughter and feels she must be well behaved to balance out her more rambunctious sisters.On paper they would be the last two people you would ever expect to put together but they when they attend the Duke of Lampley's masquarade balls they see the person behind the mask - the one they really want to be.Erica Ridley does a masterful job of creating characters that you can't help but love and her writing is quick paced and deliciously interesting. You can't help but want to see these two find the happiness they deserve. This is a delightful, fun book and a great addition to the series.I received an Advanced Copy of this book in re3turn for an honest review.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-24 11:53

    Book 2 of the Rogues to Riches Series was even better then the first! I absolutely loved this book. I really enjoyed the masquerade idea and that two misunderstood people were able to come together as equals. Erica did such a good job building up there relationship via risque meetings. As much of a rogue Lord Wainwright was I did feel for him-I wanted him to find happiness. I like Camilla but found that often times she stood in the way of her own happiness-thank goodness for her sisters!! Her character is so relate-able though because so often women have to broadcast a certain persona to society and hide her true personality. I am intrigued to see her sisters story. I love that this series so far has a the underlying theme of happiness without judgement (who cares what the ton thinks <3 <3 <3)Looking forward to the rest of this series!!!

  • Debra Martin
    2019-03-06 19:59

    Miss Camellia Grenville has always done the proper thing for the family. She is the good and dutiful daughter and has even kept herself from enjoying most social events so as to not impinge on the family's reputation. When she takes an opportunity to go to a masquerade party, her whole world changes. Lord Wainwright is known to the ton as the Lord of Pleasure. His very presence makes women swoon and he charms every woman he sees. When a bet with his friends to remain out of the scandal sheets for 40 days tests him in ways he never saw coming, he realizes that he does want to be a better man and not just to win a bet. When he meets Lady X at the masquerade, he has no idea who he falling for.I enjoy Ms. Ridley's writing and have read many of her other books. This one, however, did not quite charm me as the other ones have. I especially thought the announcement that Camellia makes at the end of the book was totally out of her character. One doesn't go from being "mousy" to "scandalous" in a month's time. I did enjoy the banter between Camellia and Wainwright at the masquerades although I thought the revealing moment at the party was a little over the top.While this book wasn't my favorite, I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see what the next Grenville sister does. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Elsbeth
    2019-03-08 14:18

    This is such a wonderful series! About young lovers who choose for themselves, despite social conventions. Great to be able to see what those masquerade balls, mentioned in Lord of Chance really are like! Loved this book and I can't wait to read part 3!I received a copy and chose to review it.

  • Maggie Whitworth
    2019-03-10 20:09

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️💋💋A brilliant romance A rake , wanting to change his ways meets a young woman in a sapphire dress at a private masquerade.A touching and heartfelt romantic story , that will make you swoon with pleasure. Michael Rutland Earl Of Wainwright is the Lord Of Pleasure, Camellia Grenville is the Lady in Sapphire .

  • Phylis Collins
    2019-03-21 14:04

    This story may have been nothing like what I expected but it was absolutely fantastic.A great read with wonderful plot and characters. I loved the masquerade balls the mystery and intrigue. I am just wondering about her betrothed? I am waiting for the next book in the series. Thanks

  • Rachel
    2019-03-17 18:50

    I am loving the Rogues to Riches stories. Only by donning masks can our hero and heroine truly be themselves and not portray the facades they are known for. This causes the problem of not knowing their paramour without a mask. Who are they really? How can they be together? What happens if they drop the facades in real life? This was a great book. One that inspired as well as entertained.

  • Liezl Ruiz
    2019-03-15 12:07

    The synopsis was almost misleading/misguided/ambiguous if you take it word for word. It implied as if Michael Rutland, the earl of Wainwright, was perpetually the bane of Camellia's existence (or what she puts in her head currently). In fact, there was not much going on to actually make Wainwright her object of hate. On that regard, Camellia's sister Dahlia has more reason to hate him (albeit misplaced). If it weren't for the youngest sister Bryony's thirst for misadventures, Camellia would never even cross paths with Wainwright. I was a bit let down with that. I like the notion that the female protagonist has a solid reason for despising her love interest and the ways in which that hate is overcome, that they'd eventually find themselves tumbling on the same bed. This review is posted on Zirev.comTo add, her family's musicales will play a big role in the story but only near the end so don't expect much about it at the beginning. I love the delaying tactic on that part though. I thought that Camellia's singing (or her taste for music) was just nothing but icing on her background but it actually plays out a major heart-tugging for Wainwright.Meanwhile, the "discovering her identity would destroy them both" on Wainwright's part is nothing but mere speculation. Before I even started reading the book, inspired by Pride and Prejudice, I expected some confrontation with Camellias Grenville's family and Lord Wainwright why the two can't be together or that a third party might be involved (a fiancé). There was nothing solid about that, just the society's judgment.The synopsis sounds all nice but it's misleading. The only silver lining was that the story turned out much better than what the synopsis let on. Meanwhile, I don't even know how to create an alternative synopsis for the story. What's printed is already all good and it succeeding at making the unsuspecting victim grab a copy of the book.Oh wait, let me try a poor version of a synopsis.All her life, Camellia Grenville did her best not to besmirch the family name, to give her younger sisters the chance to be out in the world and offered marriage by being obedient and good. As it turned out, she overdid it. She was so good that she never stood out, a wallflower meant to be forgotten. The clock is ticking for her that at the age of twenty-six, she might enter spinsterhood but not before her parents arrange her marriage to a stranger twice her age. Worse, she must do it fast for her sisters don't stray far from her age, lest they become just like her (no approval of marriage for the rest until the eldest is married).Enter Lord Wainwright (no, not her fiancé), an infamous rake known for tasting out various flower delicacies in the market (if you know what I mean). Week by week, inaccurate caricatures of him circulate the whole of London on his latest scandal. He never intended to be good and settling down is far from his agenda until his closest friends threw out a wager for him to have his image be respectable for once and not have any material for artists to make a caricature out of him for 40 days.Taking advantage of the remaining month until her dreaded possible marriage, Camellia tries to be free and true to herself. It wouldn't hurt to be unruly just once when nobody's supposed to recognize her. And so, as Lady X, she meets with Lord X in a tryst of a lifetime, in the private domain of the ducal estate where the rest of Ladies X and Lords X meet every week.Lord Wainwright is only 29 years old but I can't help but think of Assassin's Creed III Lord Kenway's suave.Lord of Pleasure was a very, very delightful read. It was very, very exciting as if I'm the one attending parties (masquerade in this one). There's a strong tension building for the main characters and having that gradually rewarded (about 70% of the book) was so satisfying as if I'm the one who reached my peak of pleasure. Everything about this book was just greatly pleasing.Erica Ridley was very articulate with her words. It's not just about her apt usage of dead words but by the way she composes her prose that transports you to 19th century London and the way she'd capture your heart for Lady X's and Lord X's romance. I love her metaphors.Term I discovered: in flagrante delictoOh yeah, lest I forget, the only terrible thing about this book (I'm not counting the synopsis, that was pure marketing genius) is the cover. Sure, the image of the guy is breathtaking (the model is oh-so-swoon-worthy) but he looks too detached from the background. The editing was sloppy at best that it looks like the whole thing was made in Microsoft Paint. Wile the "New York Times Best-Selling Author" plastered was fetching, the publisher could have done better by providing the author a decent artist to do it to match with Erica Ridley's writing ability.

  • Lindsay S
    2019-02-24 18:55

    Phenomenal story telling and romance by Erica Ridley!I am an avid romance reader and yet I somehow had never read a book by Ms. Ridley. I'm so happy I have! She has certainly garnered another much deserved fan. Her writing is sophisticated, detailed and well constructed.Our heroine Camellia, is considered a spinster at six and twenty and has resigned herself to an arranged marriage with perfectly mature and suitable, Mr. Bost, a man she has never met and lives a several weeks travel away in Northumberland. A consummate wall flower, and bound by duty to uphold her reputation to protect her younger sisters prospects, Camellia is used to following the status quo and above all being a dutiful daughter. She abides her mother's arranged marriage, just as every year, like a music box, she performs at her family's musicale all the while, little of Mayfair know the real her. Camellia's young and vivacious sister, Bryony, offers to gift her an invitation she received to an exclusive masquerade ball, where the ton can let loose and not feel obligated by 19th century decorum. With refined manners and a devastatingly handsome appearance, Michael Rutland, the Earl of Wainwright, has always been willing to press the seams of the confines of societal expectations in private and is ever the gentleman in public. The combination causes him to be dubbed the Lord of Pleasure in the caricatures of the daily papers. Eligible ladies at the seasons balls, swoon in his presence, leaving him misunderstood publicly, and his history of affairs with widows and unhappy wives leave him with a bad reputation. The gossip mill is in overdrive, and the lines become blurred with his real dalliances and the fodder created by the papers. Lord Wainwright is desperate for balance, between his public persona of being the perfect wealthy, handsome and charming bachelor and the debauched rake the caricatures make him out to be. With his friends, he makes a bet to stay out of the papers for 40 days and to campaign to refine his public image once and for all. Lord Wainwright remaining vice is the weekly masquerade balls, where he can truly be himself unhindered by propriety. Camellia reluctantly attends hoping to finally feel free of the confines of being the oldest sister, held to a standard higher than her siblings, to ensure the character of her family is not tarnished. When Camellia is propositioned by a reveler moments into entering the ball, Lord Wainwright steps in and ushers her to safety. Camellia, shocked he expects nothing in return, and Lord Wainwright further surprised she is in no need of ravishing. They simply talk and get to know one another, promising to meet weekly at the Masquerade for the next four weeks before the bans are raised for Camellia's impending marriage to the perfectly acceptable Ms. Bost. I cannot say enough how much I loved this book. I typically do not like heros who are promiscuous and have a bad reputation, the whole a man needs to be tamed scenario doesn't always do it for me. Lord Wainwright is simply misunderstood and one who wishes to not feel confined by the exceptions of the peerage every waking hour. The story from start to finish was gripping, I couldn't put it down and read it in about 2 days. The story arc was marvelous, believable and as a modern day reader, it was refreshing to connect to. I was simply stunned to finish the book and realize, in the entirety of it, there was only one sex scene, and I actually was not disappointed by that. Above all Ms. Ridley knows how to convey intimacy, and boy did she, the mental and physical intimacy shared between Camellia and Lord Wainwright is electric. My only qualm about the book, and it is minor, is the ending did feel a bit rushed. I simply wanted more! (view spoiler)[ I wanted more time after they finally were official together. I would have loved a bit about their wedding and honeymoon. There is a proposal, and bam, next chapter, day after the wedding. They were happy, the end. There is really no explanation of resolution with her public persona, family and other issues. They anticipate what will occur based on their decisions and we are left to assume, this is what happened. Grated there is an epilogue two years later to testify to this.(hide spoiler)]Beyond wanting a slightly tidier ending. I really enjoyed this book. I often find I have to relax and let go that in some romances and expect a few jumps in plot lines and believability. This was wholly was REAL. It was sensation, exciting and nuanced. I loved the characters, even supporting ones. I highly recommend this book!I received an advanced reader copy (ARC) from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  • Ellen Klock
    2019-03-06 14:54

    Michael Rutland, the Earl of Wainwright, commonly referred to as the Lord of Pleasure, is sick of constantly having his life appear as a caricature in the newspapers. It's not his fault that women are taken not just with his title, but also his good lucks. All he does is try to be polite and complimentary to those he meets - so, why the fuss? And if he does consider a tryst with a woman of his acquaintance, it's not with a debutante, but a more worldly woman, often a widow. He's not the sort to take advantage or "ruin" a young lady. Yet, his critics accuse him of all sorts of things, mostly sordid. To make matters worse his best friends, Maxwell Gideon and Lord Hawkridge, have taken to displaying those very illustrations around his favorite hangout, the Cloven Hoof. Determined to change his reputation he vows to live quietly and keep his face out of the "comics" for forty days. Bets are made and the wager begins. No saint, he decides to attend the Duke of Lambley's infamously bawdy Masquerade Ball for some discreet entertainment. Here he meets and becomes fascinated by Lady X. Of course, the rules of the establishment are "no names" (thus the masks) and neither Lambley or the amiable doorkeeper Phillip Fairfax are talking (see Lord of Chance, Book One of the Rogues to Riches series). Then there's Miss Camellia Grenville whose parents have just revealed she is to marry Mr Irving Bost from out of the way North Umbria. He's coming in a month to start the marriage process, willing to make her his wife, sight unseen, based on her reputation as a good girl who never causes trouble - unlike her two hoyden sisters, Dahlia and Bryony. Despite having a father who is a Baron, the Grenville family seems to live on the fringes of The Ton, with their claim to fame the popular musicales they perform in their home. Middle daughter Dahlia runs a school for disadvantaged girls and has developed a distaste for Lord Wainwright when he inadvertently criticizes her endeavor causing her to lose some prospective critical funding. All three sisters band together in their hostility towards the earl who seems as frivolous as the scandal sheets imply. When they do meet, he is not given a warm welcome but asked to leave. The eldest daughter intrigues him with her bluntness versus the swooning he usually gets from females, even ones at the advanced age of twenty six. Little does he know that she's the beautiful and alluring Lady X who is stealing his heart. Nor does she suspects he's the bewitching Lord X who charms her each Saturday while she takes advantage of her last moments of freedom before the unwanted looming marriage.Well written and intriguing with witty repartee and some interesting side trips, Lord of Pleasure is one of Erica Ridley's better Regency Romances - Book 2 in the Rogues to Riches series. While the Musicales at the Grenville home featuring Camellia as the soloist, accompanied by her sister Bryony and brother Heath (Dahlia has no musical talent), have been repeatedly referred to as a must see event in the Dukes of War series, the sisters have never been front and center and the trio presents an interesting dynamic. The cluelessness which over shadows the entire affair provides a few head wags and while the Grenville parents seem heartless in marrying off their eldest daughter who would prefer to spend her days reading or huddling with her siblings, they truly love her and want what's best. They even support, albeit reluctantly, their headstrong offspring in some outrageous life choices (see future books in the series).While the author's tendency to repeat the main character's angst is evident, it seems under control and only mildly annoying and we won't mention those parts of the book which don't reflect the Regency period. Four stars and a thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review also appears on my blog, Gotta Read.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-23 12:52

    Full review also on my blog: https://nextbookaroundthecorner.wordp...Well, I have to admit, the title of the book made me think of a little more hot and steamy, but all together it was a very lovely read. We meet Lord Wainwright, the little rascal, who is the favourite target of the gossiping and cartoonists, since he really enjoys the company of the ladies of the ton. However, since his friends keep giving him a hard time, he vows he can make his image turn around into a respectable Lord. So a bet is made. How could he foresee that he would meet a lovely lady X at a masquerade ball? But who is she?Miss Camelia Grenville is quite the opposite of Lord Wainwright. A bit of a grey mouse, who doesn't go out much. As eldest of four sisters, she is practically an old spinster. So when her parents announce that she is to be wed to some unknown earl, she quietly obeys her parents orders. However, her sisters urge her to live a little, before she will be betrothed in a month time. So they convince her to take her sister's place at a masquerade ball. As Lady X she can have some fun, without people recognizing her. And there she meets Mister X, a kind, gentle and funny man, who captivates her fragile heart.They promise to meet at the next masquerade. In the days between the balls, the paths of Miss Camelia and Lord Wainwright cross again. But without the masks, they do not recognize each other. Even worse: since Lord Wainwright is indirectly responsible for closing down the funds of the school of her sister, Camelia really despises him. Lord Wainwright is shocked, that there is a female who is not swooning over him. How intriguing. But not as intriguing as his Lady X. As the story unfolds, some funny and hilarious situations occur. And when Lady X and Mister X finally realize each others identities, miss Camelia still has another secret to reveal. Entertaining, funny and an easy read. Four out of five stars for Erica Ridley.

  • Theresa
    2019-03-23 17:02

    So enjoyable and entertaining!This is the second book in this series, and it is definitely a standalone. It's a great story about the masks we wear, and about following dreams before the masks become permanent. About two people who are remarkably similar in their experiences and who come together and discover a real connection, even with a mask of anonymity. This story focuses on Michael and Caemilla. Both have a reputation, and are caught up in it and everything that goes with it until they meet one another. Then, everything changes. Michael is a famous rake, irresistably charming and full of nice, meaningless words, but also desirous to be more than just the Lord of Pleasure. He has normal interests, a love of music, and can be very romantic. A perfect book boyfriend. Caemilla is a singer, gifted but always quiet, and the dutiful daughter. That all changes when her family tries to marry her off, and she decides to have some fun. She is fiercely loyal to her family, and is a little like Cinderella as she goes to a masquerade. The connection between them starts amicably enough, and over a short period of time, manage to learn enough about the other to develop feelings that feels real, despite the short length of time. And the moments between them are hot! And beautiful. Overall I really loved this book! I love it even more than the first book in this series. Their romance, while fast, is very convincing and fun to see play out, and I enjoyed every second of it. It was very satisfying. The characters were round and relatable, and the secondary characters, especially Caemilla's family, were awesome! I look forward to reading about other family members in future books. The pacing of the story was great, and overall the story was well-written. If you're looking for a great historical romance for a couple hours with all the details and romance you need, this is a great book that I recommend!

  • Hilary Mack
    2019-03-19 18:55

    I enjoyed Lord of Pleasure, though it took me some while to figure out why. I decided it's because it is a charming story.I really felt for Lord Wainwright when I first met him. He couldn't seem to do anything that didn't get his name in the scandal sheets. He didn't even have to try. He was like the little lad who always ends up at the Headmaster's office saying, "I didn't mean to, sir, it just sort of happened."So now, he is trying to be respectable and keep his nose clean. Well, you can bet that means all sorts of traps and snares await him.Except, they don't.He meets Lady X at the masquerade ball (and by the way, why is he attending a scandalous event when he is trying to keep his nose clean?). From their first meeting, I kept waiting for the whole thing to blow up in their faces. It doesn't. Even when it does, it doesn't. (Read the book, you'll see what I mean.)They meet, they fall in love, without knowing who the other is. They are at loggerheads in day to day life. Well, that is to say, she dislikes him. He is just bewildered and guilty, but unable to put things right with her because, she hasn't told him why she is angry with him. Men are just supposed to know these things, aren't they?The story reminded me of Miklos Laszlo's "Shop around the corner", and this was its charm. We know they are in love, we're willing them to get together for real. The side story of trying to keep his name out of the scandal sheets was a distraction, and I kept forgetting about it, and then saying, "Oh, yes, of course," when it was mentioned. Perhaps more could have been made of it. He could have been digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself throughout. As it stood, he is never seriously in danger of losing the wager, more's the pity.Still, scandal or no, Wainwright was a likeable hero and charismatic, and he brought Camellia from her shell quite nicely.

  • Rhonda
    2019-03-07 14:59

    ENTHRALLING PASSIONATE HISTORICAL ROMANCEErica Ridley has earned a place on my favorite treasure list. She will be placed on my auto buy read and reread keeper shelf. Lord of Pleasure, Rogues to Riches series book two, is well written and transfixes from the first page through to the last. This complete romance filled with steamy passion, secrets, mystery, masquerades, tenderness, strength, and trust. Excellently written and filled with sexy chemistry, witty funny dialogue, this one will keep you glued until you finish reading. Miss Caramellia Grenville, a “good girl” usually only opens her mouth when singing at her family’s musicales. Wanting something different, one of her sister’s gives her a ticked to a scandalous masquerade ball. She is swept away and off her feet by a masked man. She knows the man, and he is one she has sworn to hate, but because of the mask is unaware of his true identity. They spend much of the next four weeks together and manage to keep their identity from each other.Lord Wainwright, irresistibly arrogant, unapologetically sensuous infamous rake, always gets his way. He accepts a wager from friends that he can turn his image from rakish to respectable in only forty days. He does not, however, plan to fall for an anonymous masked lover, or that her identity would destroy them both. So, grab a nice comfortable place to sit back and open the book to page one. Plan on being there through to the last page. Deserving to be a one sitting read, I very highly recommend this book and author to anyone who loves reading historical romance. I will purchase the rest of the series as well as anxiously await and mark my calendar for each new release.