Lord of Night

Lord of Night

by Erica Ridley

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BN ID: 2940157202521
Publisher: WebMotion
Publication date: 07/22/2017
Series: Rogues to Riches , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 29,837
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of heartwarming historical romance novels. Her most popular series include the Dukes of War, Rogues to Riches, and the 12 Dukes of Christmas, featuring charming peers, dashing war heroes, and delightful scoundrels. When not immersed in a book, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Central America, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Lord of Night 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
ViperSpaulding 10 months ago
One of the best Regency romances I've ever read! Simon is my favorite Regency hero! (Not just because he seems like a member of my family!) Despite his disadvantaged upbringing, he's become a man of honor, a true gentleman, and a hero to two dozen young girls and their headmistresses - especially Dahlia. She's trying to make more of her life than the ivory tower her upbringing would restrict her to, which has led her to make some tough decisions and take more than a few desperate risks. Their romance is so perfect, except for the secrets that Dahlia must keep. This story resonates on so many levels, reaching deep into the hearts and motivations of these two characters. The heartbreak starts long before the truth comes out, and for a while it truly seems like a HEA is beyond reach. The author brilliantly works it all out without compromising either her characters or historical authenticity. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Erica Ridley’s books always are. Great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book of the series that I've read, and I have not been disappointed one time. Ms Ridley has a way of drawing the reader in with uniquely developed characters and intriguing plot lines. Try one of her books - you won't want to put it down!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Dahlia and Simon's story! Dehlia is running a school for girls to get them off the streets and to learn a profession. She is fighting off a man when Simon runs to her aid. Simon is a Bow Street runner and and on the hunt for a thief robbing the rich. What he doesn't know is that the thief is Dehlia, who is stealing to keep her home open. As they spend more time together and start to fall for each other, Dehlia is terrified of what Simon will do if he learns she is the thief. Can their love survive her deceit? This was a great addition to the Rogues to Riches series and I can't wait to see what Ridley comes up with next!
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
I've had this book on my TBR pile for months and months but finally finished it. I even finished the next book in the series before I got around to this one!! This is an unusual historical in that although our heroine Miss Dahlia Grenville is the daughter of a Duke, that life very much plays second fiddle to her vocation as the headmistress of a school/ home for orphan and wayward girls which she funds from her pin money and charitable donations. However, when money gets really tight she's not above 'borrowing' a small trinket from one of the ton when she attends a party and selling it to a pawn shop. Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding is the illegitimate son of the late Lord Hawkridge. He has resented his legitimate brother almost from birth and has a highly developed sense of right and wrong as a result of what he feels was poor treatment of him and his mother. He is due for a significant promotion IF he can catch the notorious Thief of Mayfair. Simon has no time for a wife, for socialising with his colleagues or for time off at all! Patrolling the mean streets of The Rookery late one night as is his wont, Simon comes across a young woman fighting off a ruffian who were up to no good with a young girl. The next day he visits the school to provide an update on the ruffian and is entranced by Dahlia and her motley crew of waifs and strays. Soon Dahlia and Simon are falling in love, but can a match between an illegitimate policeman and the daughter of a Duke (who is also a thief) ever occur? I have to admit that I am pretty shallow and I've come to realise that I prefer my historical novels to centre on the higher echelons, the ton, rather than ordinary working people (even if they are related to the nobility), which probably explains why it took me so long to finish this book. I like the dresses and the balls and the house parties, riding in Rotten Row, Almacks et al. My other criticism of the novel is that there is a lot of telling and not much showing. Although we do see Dahlia 'borrow' some items, it isn't really sufficient to warrant a Bow Street Runner, and we don't see Simon really doing any detecting, while it's nice to see the relationship between them develop it would have been nice if it took place against a backdrop of heists while the reader watched Simon get ever closer to discovering the thief's identity. I received a free copy of this book from the author, via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Lord of Night felt like stepping into a Jane Austen novel. From the charming characters to the addictive dialogue and the heartwarming lessons delivered along the way. Ms. Ridley knows how to capture heart and grab attention all in one sitting. Dahlia is the kind of character I like to see. She listens to her heart and never lets fear factor into her choices. Humanity as a whole could learn a lesson from this woman. Simon is the perfect antagonist to Dahlia. He lives by the rules. When he meets Dahlia, Simon begins to question everything he is. They have much to teach each other about love, risk and optimism. The fearless Dahlia and the by the book Simon may just have met their match in each other. I have had the pleasure of experiencing this brave tale of hope and courage as an ebook and a audio book. The ebook inspires, but the audio version brings the story to life. Ms. Hussey gives personality to an already memorable set of characters.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Two unlikely matches or so it seems. Appearances are not everything and the author does a delightful job is showing how Dahlia and Simon have more in common than not. Surrounded by children Dahlia is delightful in her outlook on life and her love for these orphans. Her sense of humor adds a lot to this storyline as she practices it most often on the bewildered Simon making this reader laugh often at Simon. In a good way of course. Poor Simon. He is so noble and wants so much to make a difference and help those less fortunate. His stiffness adds to this story as it plays into Dahlia's funness. His sense of honor is one of the key components in this storyline and it will intrigue as well as frustrate the reader. I give this 4 STARS for portraying moral fiber in both characters.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
Dahlia Grenville is a baron’s daughter who doesn’t like the society she was born in. She is dedicated to run a school for orphan girls and she teaches them the duties of different positions in a household so, when they are older, they can find a job more easily. Dahlia is always struggling to get money for the school and in desperate times, she has to take desperate measures. Simon Spaulding is a Bow Street runner and a very good one indeed. Being the bastard son of a Duke, he has always been very jealous of his half-brother. Everything that happens to him in his youth built his personality and his great love for the law. His world is divided by good and bad, black and white. The book is well-written and everything flows nicely. The author is really good showing us the raw desperation Dahlia feels when she doesn’t have enough money for her girls, and the fight against reason that Simon leads when he knows who she is and what she had done. I can hardly wait for the next one. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.
LadyC More than 1 year ago
A different kind of HR. A lady of the ton and a bow street runner find love! I loved Dahlia- she was such a strong passionate character, who only cared about the ton enough to try and ellicit donations to her school. What's not to love about Simon- strong, determined, wants justice for everyone? But Dahlia has a secret that goes against everyting Simon stands for. It was such refreshing story, I loved how they grew to love each other. but as expected their pasts got in the way. It was such a fantastic build up....what is Simon going to do now that he knows.....and then I was disappointed. The whole book it was a building and building and then it just kind of fell flat for me.
michealep91 More than 1 year ago
Yet another hit by Erica Ridley. If it is one thing that is predictable about Erica Ridley, it is this....she NEVER fails to write an enjoyable story. Dahlia and Simon's story does not disappoint. It is a well developed story with emotion and deep convictions . An easy read and can't wait for Faith's story next up!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Lord of Night by Erica Ridley is book 3 in her exciting "Rogues to Riches" series, while book 3 it can be read as a stand alone. This is the story of Dahlia Grenville and Simon Spaulding. Dahlia is the mysterious Mayfair thief, she is forced into thievery to keep her School of Wayward Girls afloat. Her patrons support has fallen off, and she knows no other way. Simon is a no nonsense, straight laced bow street runner, his fellow runners calls him the "Lone Wolf", but Simon is determined to bring the mysterious Mayfair thief to justice and straight to the gallows. Will Simon be able to bring Dahlia to justice, after all, they do have a budding, relationship? Or will Dahlia's lies, secrets, and deceit end their budding relationship , possibly bringing their HEA to an end, after the truth is revealed? Will Simon forfeit his career for his heart and a HEA? You simply must pick up this satisfying Regency Romance to find out for yourselves. "Lord of Night" is a remarkable story of love, secrets, trust, mystery and the possibility of a HEA. The cast of characters are interesting, engaging and charming, each in their own way, of course. I did wish to shake Dahlia a few times, but life has been hard for her, not that thievery is right, or anything. Simon is a no nonsense, by the book, bow street runner, and a protector. Together, they make a charming couple. I wondered how Ms. Ridley was going to bring their story to an end she did a remarkable job if bring their story to a satisfying end. A page turner and a keeper! Erica Ridley has done it again, with this delightful Regency Romance! "Rogues to Riches" story, just keeps getting better and better. The story flows seamlessly and flawlessly. For a great story with amazing characters, pick up a copy of "Lord of Night". Erica Ridley writes stories that holds her readers captive, as they read her stories. A brilliant and talented storyteller, in my humble opinion. Another must read and a keeper by Erica Ridley. Pick up your copy today!. Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR For your convenience here's the ROGUES TO RICHES titles, thus far" 1. Lord of Chance 2. Lord of Pleasure 3. Lord of Night
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Lord of Night' by Erica Ridley is book Three in the "Rogues to Riches" series. This is the story of Dahlia Grenville and Simon Spaulding. I have read the other books in this series but feel this is easily a standalone book. Simon is an Inspector with the Bow Street Runners. Simon's fellow workers call him a "Lone Wolf" Simon likes being thorough in his duties and feels he is wed to his job as his other friends are wed to their wives. Simon feels the unjust in some of the poor areas were there are no Watchman, or the Watchman doesn't stay on his post. Dahlia is the second daughter of a good family but has taken on the task of starting a school for young girls who are in trouble. Dahlia is the headmistress also. With so many girls to save it doesn't take long for her school to fill up. One night while while finishing up she hears yet another girl in need. Dahlia goes to that girls rescue because she knows no one else will. There are not Watchman in the area and lots of time they won't help if they were. But on this night when she gets the girl free and with the bad guy chasing them...someone does show up....Simon. Simon returns to the school to let Dahlia know he caught the man. Simon is taken back by the mystery that is Dahlia...not to mention his attraction to her. Dahlia too is surprised that Simon even return much less that she finds him interesting. Simon tries to stick to his lone ways but he can't fight the feelings he is growing for Dahlia . But Dahlia has allot going on and doing questionable things to keep her school going. This was a joy to read and I can't wait for the next book by Ms. Ridley. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow excellent. So loved this one of the series too. Wonderful characters and well written. Absolutely loved it and can't wait for the next one.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of the ebook from NetGalley. This unique addition to the Rogues to Riches series explores the collision of the ton with London's underworld. Heroine Dahlia's sense of social and moral obligation drives her to open a boarding school for the young girls the high society Dahlia was born into would rather forget, and as these girls charm their way into her heart, becoming more of a family to her than her own blood, Dahlia is driven to do whatever it takes to keep her girls fed, clothed, and off the streets. Add in a devastatingly sexy Bow Street Runner with an uncompromising sense of right and wrong, sparks fly. As our Bow Street Runner falls in love with the Dahlia the headmistress, we are taken on a delightful journey as he learns that there is more to life than career and duty and we see him open to love and break free of the pain of his past. But the Dahlia he knows harbors many secrets our inspector may not be able to accept. The tension Ridley creates as Dahlia's own past threatens her budding romance makes for a novel that is hard to put down. This is a fun, quirky read that explores the shades of gray that persistently bleed into the black-and-white order Regency's society strives to impose upon the world.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Miss Dahlia Grenville wants to do something worthwhile with her life so she started St. Giles School for Girls. She provided food and shelter to girls living on the streets. It's a struggle but she won't give up. I liked her fierce determination and her caring attitude. I was amazed at the lengths she went through to keep her school open. What a feisty female! Her meeting with Inspector Simon Spaulding, a Bow Street runner, sets the stage for a tender romance. I loved the story. It's filled with love, laughter, joy and heartbreak. Lord of Night is well-written and enjoyable. I liked the characters and their sharp and sassy dialogue. The chemistry between Dahlia and Simon is powerful. Seeing them form a bond pulled me in. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Rogues to Riches series. I enjoy Erica Ridley's writing. She makes her characters come alive. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
TamWindsor_69 More than 1 year ago
I think I enjoyed this book in the series the most, so far. I felt a true kinship with Dahlia and her heart for helping the wayward girls. Though, her means of supporting her efforts were not quite so valiant. I also identified with Simon who faces the age old dilemma of choosing between his head and his heart. I thought this story was truly heart-warming and easily held my interest from beginning to end. I can't wait for the fourth installment in this series. Ridley has achieved success with all three thus far, and I am expecting no less from the fourth. *I received a complimentary ARC of this story in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
Lord of Night takes a slightly different direction from the previous books in the series. I enjoyed reading the previous ones, but this is now my favourite. Simon Spalding doesn't have a title as he was born on what's considered to be the wrong side of the blanket. He doesn't have time for the ton and their superior attitudes. His personal circumstances has taught him not to rely on anyone but himself. He is one of the best detectives in London and dedicates his life to his job. He works long hours and even then, he is at his best at night. Dahlia Grenville is from an affluent family and doesn't quite comform to what's expected of her. She has turned an old Abbey into a school for girls who would be otherwise on the streets or in workhouses. She is the headmistress and is passionate about what she does. Her twenty girls are as important to her as her own family. Her biggest problem is raising funds to keep the school going. Simon's first encounter with Dahlia is when she rescues a young girl from an unpleasant ordeal one evening. He is impressed with the way she deals with the situation and admires her cause. His follow up visit turns into regular ones and he finds himself helping out. He doesn't have any fun but, his interactions with Dahlia and the girls give him a different perspective on life. Their relationship turns into something more but Dahlia has secrets. Secrets that goes against everything he believes in! How will he react when these come to light? Dahlia's dedication and unconditional love for the children are heartwarming. Simon sticks to the rules and is full of compassion. The banters between them are good fun. The story development and the twists are well constructed. The romance between two people from different worlds is absolutely beautiful. I was kindly issued with an eARC via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lord of Night, the third book in the Rogues to Riches series. It’s a well-written and entertaining historical fiction romance. I was captivated from the first page until the last. Miss Dahlia Grenville was a Baron’s daughter, but she didn’t act like one. Her passions didn’t lie in pretty gowns, fancy balls, or even titled gentlemen, but in the St. Giles School for Girls. Although Dahlia knew that she should care that being headmistress of a boarding school, lowered her social standing with the Ton, but she didn’t; except for the fact that she needed their money. Her mother wanted her to marry a titled gentleman. But, the acceptable men whom she’d met were either a dandy or a rake, and she had no use for them. Her heart yearned, for Inspector Simon Spaulding, a man Dahlia knew; she could never have. And the more time she spent with Simon, the harder, it was to keep her heart from falling for him. Her focus needed to stay on the girls. It took a lot of time; dedication, and money to keep a boarding school open. So, when Dahlia ran out of funds, she did what no Lady would ever do; she became a thief. Inspector Simon Spaulding was a respected Bow Street runner, but he should have been a marquess. His half brother, the Marquess’s legitimate son, however, was the one to receive his father’s title. Simon did his best to make a name for himself. He was dedicated to clearing the London streets of crime; and was a stickler for following the law. Simon never dreamt that catching a thief would be a bittersweet event, but it was. He also learned that life was not black and white as he once thought. It was gray. Lord of Night is a historical fiction romance, that’s filled with compassion, forgiveness, and intrigue. If you enjoy a well-written romantic tale, you are going to love Lord of Night. Thank you, WebMotion and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Protecting, nurturing and instructing flow easily from Dahlia to her students. Obeying the laws which benefits all is Simon's belief as a bow street investigator. Feeling develop between them. Each showing the other the way to fuller and richer lives. Lively, spirited historical romance with a few twists. Enjoyable from beginning to end! 4 1/2 stars. Voluntarily read ARC for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Night by Erica Ridley is an excellent story. I was pulled in right away and I did not want to put the book down, nor did I want the story to end. Must read the entire series, but each is a stand alone. Thanks
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Great Story From the moment Dahlia swings her broom to fight off Molly’s attacker until the acrobatic performance at the end, this story has you turning pages to find out what’s next. Inspector Simon Spaulding believes that laws were not meant to be broken, not even bent. Those who break the laws need to be caught and punished. His current mission is to catch the Thief of Mayfair, a thief with a specific clientele and a strange twist to the crimes. Dahlia Grenville is the second daughter to a Baron and the headmistress of the St. Giles School for girls. She desperately wants to keep the school open to give the girls skills for a chance at a better life. She has on occasion resorted to drastic measures to secure funds for the school. Simon and Dahlia meet the night that she rescues Molly. Simon comes upon the scene just in time to help both young women escape their attacker. He begins to spend time at the school. He comes to care for the girls and to love their headmistress. Simon’s time with Dahlia and the girls causes him to take a good look at the life he has led. He discovers that he doesn’t want to be alone any more. He finds friends among his colleagues, makes an effort to get to know his half-brother (Lord Hawkridge), and asks Dahlia to marry him. Dahlia loves Simon, too, but has secrets that she believes will destroy their love, and perhaps her life. What will happen if Simon learns her secrets? This is a great story. You will laugh, need a tissue, and roll your eyes. It flows along smoothly until one hold-your-breath moment near the end, and then…I can’t tell, it would spoil it. The characters are likeable from the beginning, and we get to see them grow all through the story. Simon, Dahlia, the girls and those around them get lessons in how to trust, forgive, and love each other.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Night by Erica Ridley Rogues to Riches #3 Simon Spaulding, by-blow of a Marquess, has always had issues with the caste system of society. He is out to set right the wrongs of the world and his code of honor allows for no shades of gray. When he first meets Dahlia Grenville he is stunned. He finds himself returning to spend time with her and the girls in her boarding school as he chases The Thief of Mayfair. His hope is that bringing in this thief will provide him with a promotion none of his station has ever reached before. But, what will he do when he finds out the thief is someone much closer to his heart than he thought? This was a book that I can see rereading from time to time. The characters are interesting and multi-faceted. There is internal and external conflict to deal with for both Simon and Dahlia as they get to know one another better. I could not put this book down and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also have to say that there is not one single historical novel this author has written that I have not enjoyed. Need I also add that I am eagerly looking forward to reading book four of the series as soon as it is finished. Hawkridge, Simon’s half-brother, will be starring in it and I do believe Faith, Dahlia’s best friend, will be his to win. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars