Taming the Rake
Taming the Rake
by Erica Ridley
GENRE: Historical Romance
Enjoy a fiery, passionate enemies-to-lovers revenge romance from a New York Times bestselling author!
All her life, Miss Gladys Bell was a wallflower whose parents despaired of her ever attracting a suitor. Then she met the man of her dreams, who said she was the woman of his. One passionate night later, Gladys awaits a marriage proposal that never comes. Reuben Medford, the ton’s most notorious rake, doesn’t even remember her name.
Thanks to his cold-hearted callousness, Gladys lost her reputation, her dowry, and her chance at love. But now she’s back, and bent on revenge. He’s trifled with the wrong woman: This wallflower has thorns. Once Gladys holds that damnable rake’s arrogant, fickle heart in her hands… She’ll crush it, just as he did to her.
This time, he’ll remember her name.
Gladys’s shoulders slumped against the ballroom wall. If Mr. Alsop couldn’t even withstand her company for the full thirty minute set, their marriage was going to be even lonelier than forewarned.
“Lucky,” whispered one of the wallflowers. “I would kill for a dance.”
Gladys could not answer. A sob had lodged in her throat and was threatening to spill out. She needed air. Immediately.
She pushed clear of the wall and threaded her way around the dance floor, past the gaping entrance where ever more happy festival-goers streamed through, to the half-closed garden door in the far corner.
She stepped out into the brisk night and sucked in a bracing gulp of fresh spring air. Breathe. She was alone in the gardens, save for a smattering of statues and the expanse of distant stars overhead.
A flash of color caught her eye, just behind a hedgerow.
What was that? A night bird? Perhaps another lonely wallflower like herself, no longer able to stand one more minute in the company of so many laughing, smiling people having the best night of their lives.
She had to leave the walking path to investigate the strange rustling, but who cared? No one was here to see her. Even if this was a wild goose chase, no one would miss her. She could use a few moments of distraction from—
Reuben Medford! It was not a bird lurking behind the hedgerow, but the handsome gentleman every woman in the ballroom had been ogling!
“Oh,” she said breathlessly. “I didn’t mean…”
“To keep me waiting?” he purred, giving her a slow, wicked smile so hot it melted the ribbons off Gladys’s gown. “I’ve been dying to do this all night.”
With that, he pulled her into his arms and kissed her.
About the Author:
Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of witty, feel-good historical romance novels, including THE DUKE HEIST, starring the Wild Wynchesters. Why seduce a duke the normal way, when you can accidentally kidnap one in an elaborately planned heist?
In the 12 Dukes of Christmas series, enjoy witty, heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
Two popular series, the Dukes of War and Rogues to Riches, feature roguish peers and dashing war heroes who find love amongst the splendor and madness of Regency England.
When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found eating couscous in Morocco, zip-lining through rainforests in Central America, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.
Erica Ridley will be awarding a Winner's choice ebook or paperback copies of the first TWO books in the Wicked Dukes Club series! (ebooks international) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
a Rafflecopter giveaway