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  • Lord of Chance: Rogues to Riches, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Erica Ridley
    • Narrated By Marian Hussey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (38)
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    Disguised as a country miss, Charlotte Devon flees London, desperate to leave her tattered reputation behind. In Scotland, her estranged father's noble blood will finally make her a respectable debutante. Except she finds herself accidentally wed to a devil-may-care rogue with a sinful smile. He's the last thing she needs...and everything her traitorous heart desires.

    Susynne says: "A chance"
    "Excellent start to a new series!"
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    I have read nearly all of Ms. Ridley's books, and her writing gets better with every series. This book, the first in her Rogues to Riches series, honestly shines. Charlotte and Anthony are two strangers from London who meet by chance one evening in Scotland. Some quick thinking on Anthony's part turns out to be not so well thought out when the pair is accidentally married. I loved the development of their romance as they decide how to deal with their unusual situation and navigate each other's skeletons in the closet, so to speak.

    I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Duke's Accidental Wife: Dukes of War, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Erica Ridley
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
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    (48)
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    Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants. No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She's convinced his heart is ice - until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy.

    Trish R. says: "Loved the book and the narration.."
    "Really loved this book"
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    Katherine Ross has vowed to remain an unmarried, child-free spinster in order to follow her dreams. The Duke of Ravenwood is somewhat of a loner who wants to marry one day, but has his eye on no one in particular. When an innocent incident forces the pair to get married, they have to re-evaluate what they think they hold most dear as they find themselves falling in love with each other.

    I really, really loved this book. I thought The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress was my favorite in the series, until I got my hands on this one. Kate and Ravenwood are both lovable, believable characters, and I found myself relating to each of them in different ways. I enjoyed the process they went through of marrying because they were forced to, to realizing they could potentially love each other, to being madly in love.

    I received a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway: Dukes of War, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Erica Ridley
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
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    Captain Blackheart leads a simple life of roving the seas, wenching and treasure-hunting. He steers clear of romantic entanglements that could tie him to land. He shouldn't have any trouble keeping his hands off the gently-bred lady he's commissioned to abduct - except his cargo turns out to be feisty and passionate! She'd be a prize worth treasuring, if having her aboard didn't jeopardize everything.

    Kay says: "But Captain Steele is also Blackheart? *Gasp*"
    "Definitely the best in the series!"
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    This is definitely the best book in the series. The pirate Blackheart (who we met previously in The Major's Faux Fiancée) is hired by the Earl of Carlisle (who we met in The Earl's Defiant Wallflower) to sail overseas and retrieve Clara Halton, the sickly mother of Carlisle's new wife Grace. Over the course of the rescue and the events that follow, Blackheart finds himself falling for Clara while Clara struggles to choose between adventuring with him or settling down with her daughter and son-in-law.

    I enjoyed every bit of Clara's story and kind of wish it had been longer!

    I received a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brigadier's Runaway Bride: Dukes of War, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Erica Ridley
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
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    Miss Sarah Fairfax is having a wretched year. Her intended perished at war. His child is in her belly. To secure her future, she resigns herself to a loveless marriage. Just as she's about to say I do, her fiancée returns from the grave to crash the wedding, but he's no longer the charming, carefree man she remembers.

    girlwonder87 says: "A little slower than the earlier four books"
    "A little slower than the earlier four books"
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    I really enjoyed all the previous books in this series, but I feel like this one could have been better. It's probably more a matter of my personal preferences when it comes to my reading material. Spending the last half of the book reading about the tired hero and the tired heroine taking care of the baby twins they conceived the one and only time they did the deed, and Sarah's predictable rollercoaster-y "I'm so ugly, he probably won't want to touch me ever again" attitude, got old pretty fast. There was very little romance in this regency romance novel. Regardless, I'm still looking forward to the remaining two in the series - hopefully they'll be baby-free.

    A free advance copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Major's Faux Fiancee: Dukes of War, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Erica Ridley
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he's missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man - and he'll ensure she gets one. Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool's chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway.

    berlinerin says: "My favorite... so far"
    "My favorite of the series so far"
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    Bartholomew Blackpool went away to war, and came back without his leg or his twin brother, and has not shown his face in society since his return. Daphne Vaughan, his childhood friend, lost her father and is being forced into unwanted marriage by her guardian with the threat of being committed to an asylum if she doesn't comply. When Bartholomew steps up to be Daphne's "faux fiance" until she comes of age and is no longer under her guardian's thumb, the two of them are launched into a journey that makes them realize that life can go on after the horrors of war, and perhaps marriage isn't the worst thing that can happen to an independent young lady.

    This is the third full-length novel in the series, and I have to say it's the one I enjoyed the most. Sure, I wanted to slap Bartholomew on the head more than once for wallowing in self-pity, and Daphne does have a one-track mind throughout the majority of the book, but the characters really grow and develop naturally throughout the story. If you only pick up one book in the series, make it this one.

    I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress: Dukes of War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Erica Ridley
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
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    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Captain Xavier Grey's body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn't deserve it. Just like he doesn't deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed....

    Zena says: "Clever and well thought out"
    "Series keeps getting better"
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    This series keeps getting better and better. I was actually sorry to see this novel end.

    Jane is a bluestocking and a wallflower. At twenty-four, she sees herself as a spinster whose only friends are her books, because nobody notices her. Xavier is a captain, recently returned from the army, who doesn't feel like he belongs in society anymore. When Jane pursues a dalliance with him, acting on a crush on him that began before he left for battle and thinking it might be her only chance ever for romance, both of them find more than they were looking for.

    In retrospect, having just finished the book, it would have been nice to see more of the other characters who have been mentioned in the previous two. In the context of the plot, though, I think it worked well to focus on just the two main characters; it didn't feel out of place as I was reading. Jane was lovable and relatable, and I really enjoyed the time I spent reading about her.

    I received a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Earl's Defiant Wallflower: Dukes of War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Erica Ridley
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn't marry an heiress - and fast! - he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn't be trading kisses with a penniless debutante...no matter how captivating she is!

    Trish R. says: "Great read and listen.."
    "Loving this series"
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    I read book 1 (The Viscount's Christmas Temptation) prior to this one, and I am loving this series so far.

    Grace comes to England from Pennsylvania hoping to find a husband, secure her dowry from her grandparents, and use the money to help her sick mother back home. Oliver returns home from war to find he is the new Duke of Carlisle since his father's death, and his household is in disarray. The two take a liking to each other, but their financial situations aren't ideal for marrying each other.

    I really enjoyed the development of the main characters' relationship. It felt really quick, but it's also a very short novel. The one thing I didn't like was how neatly everything was wrapped up at the end...it's a lovely happily-ever-after, but it was a little too perfect and convenient. I would have loved to see the ending more fleshed-out (with the added bonus of having a longer story to read).

    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Viscount's Christmas Temptation: Dukes of War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Erica Ridley
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time - he needs her!

    Heather says: "A lovely listen!"
    "Nice introduction to the series"
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    I thought this was a nice little introduction to the series. It's just a short novella, only nine chapters long, so there isn't a lot of room for in-depth character development. It really only centers around the two main characters and their developing relationship though, and we the readers learn just enough about them to find them endearing. It looks like further books will be about different couples, but they'll be longer stories, so I hope we'll get to peek in on some of these people again and find out what happens to them.

    A big thumbs-up for this being a clean romance novella. The main characters want each other, sure, but they aren't jumping into bed with each other after a couple weeks together or anything. I'd consider it appropriate for a teenage reader as well as for the adult crowd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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