Lord of Secrets

Lord of Secrets

by Erica Ridley

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BN ID: 2940159144430
Publisher: WebMotion
Publication date: 06/15/2018
Series: Rogues to Riches , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 42,192
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 Secrets 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every word! Get pulled to the family with Lord of Secrets!
sportochick More than 1 year ago
This was delightful read. Eleanora's, aka Nora, character was lively and fun. Not in an outgoing way but the inner dialog shared with the reader. She loves her family and understands her place in life thus uses her limited time with the Ton to help her family. Her ability to help her family financially is a critical part to this story. Her eyes see society in a fresh manner and her caricatures express that to the ton. I like the fact that they don't know who the person doing the drawings is. I have admired and wanted to know more about Heath from previous books to this series. I wondered how a man could survive three unique strong-willed sisters. I came to love his devotion to his family specifically his sisters. It was nice to read a story about a man who loved his sisters to the point of doing whatever it took to insuring their happiness. I give this 4 STARS for portraying moral fiber in both characters.
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AmyWeidenaar More than 1 year ago
Nora and Heath are absolutely adorable together. Once again, Erica Ridley brings to life a wonderful set of characters and reunites us with some favorites from other books. Filled with humor and (of course) introspect of love verses what they hold as their personal values, we are challenged to consider our own thoughts of motivations and perspectives and how they play into our relationships with others. I love how Erica Ridley always brings more to the table than what is expected and I was once again satisfied by my time spent in her world. Thank you to NetGalley, Erica Ridley, and Webmotion for the opportunity to read this story and share my thoughts and opinions with others.
mscountrylace More than 1 year ago
Love has a way of making two worlds collide. From the moment they met, it was love at first sight and I knew it was going to be interesting to see how they got together. The story keeps you on the edge on your seat wondering how and when he will find out about the caricatures. I loved that it overlapped a bit with Lord of Pleasure. His sisters add so much to things and so does her cousin. Nora does what she has to so that her family is taken care of even something she doesn’t want to. I loved her right away with her attitude towards things and her skills. She didn’t hold back when someone did or said something wrong. Heath does his job very well, but its not the dream he has. I loved how much he loved his sisters and that his work helped them. He may put family and keeping the tons secrets, but he listens and understands too.
DebbieBorthwick More than 1 year ago
I love Erica's books and this one was right up there. I enjoyed seeing previous characters mentioned and/or playing a part in her stories. This story had me guessing on how she was going to come out on top after her secret. The writing was wonderful and I loved this book. I was given an advanced copy so I could give my honest opinion, I definitely recommend it, loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a cute romance. Heath Greenville is out rescuing wallflowers as well as the tons reputations when things come to light that they would all rather be hidden. What happens when a sweet companion is there witnessing all the chaos decides to draw what she see home to her brother.. and her caricatures make to the papers!? While Heath is on the trail trying to find the culprit it doesn't occur to him the the red headed goddess that has bewitched him with one look could be the fellow he is determined to sniff out! I adored it! I really did! It was something new and fresh and very entertaining!
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Heath's story since the beginning of the series. The more I got to know him through the other books the more I liked him. In my opinion, he needed not just anyone but someone special. Someone made just for him. I liked Heath so much that I was worried I wouldn't like the lady picked for him by the author. No worries, though. Erica Ridley never disappoints. She created the perfect match for Heath! Right off the bat, I liked Nora. She was so genuine and real. I loved the interaction between her and Heath during their first meeting. There was such chemistry between the two that I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I liked the progression of their relationship from strangers to acquaintances to friends. I enjoyed the other characters in the book as well. Lady Roundtree, Nora's cousin, is a delight and I would love to read more about her. She is quite the character. However, and no offense to the human characters in the book, my favorite character has to be Captain Pugboat. This puppy had me in stitches with his antics. I just couldn't get enough of him!!!! As always the author's writing style is fantastic and she whisked me away to another world with characters I enjoyed, a story that was perfect, and descriptions that made me feel as if I were there. While this is book five in the series there is no need to read the others before reading this one. It totally stands on its own. However, I do recommend reading the previous books because they are just as wonderful as this one. If you love historical romance you MUST add this to your tbr list. It is a wonderful story that makes you feel good while reading it. It's also a book that you will probably want to read again and again. I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Heath Grenville is a future Baron, brother to three lively, unconventional sisters, and London’s best (only) “professional” problem solver. Eleanora (Nora) Winfield is cousin to Lady Roundtree, a poor relation who has come to be her paid companion while she recovers from a broken leg. Nora has also, rather inadvertently, become the infamous caricature artist currently creating a stir, and some scandal, in the haute ton. Heath is trying to unmask the unsavory artist. They meet at a ball and are immediately taken with each other. Of course they both know that they cannot court or marry because of the difference in their stations – or can they? How will Heath feel when he discovers the scandalous artist is Nora? How will Nora react when he confronts her? Will she be able to trust him with her other secret? This is the fifth book in and a wonderful addition to the Rogues and Riches series. Heath and Eleanor are kind, caring, and protective of those they love. They are from different stations in society, but find they have common interests, especially in their love and appreciation of art. Heath’s mother and sisters were great secondary characters, as was Lady Roundtree. Captain Pugboat, the pug puppy, was sweet and provided comic relief. Their story is interesting and heartwarming. The last chapter and epilogue were delightful, and the epilogue has quite a surprise. This is another winner form Erica Ridley. I highly recommend it. I received an ARC from the author. The review is my own.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I loved Heath and Nora's story!! Heath and Nora are both intrigued by each other upon meeting, but because he is a Lord and she a companion, nothing could ever come of it. But as they come to spend more and more time together, it is something else entirely that could keep them apart... I loved this addition to the Rogues to Riches story. It does take place at the same time as some of the other books in the series, so you get another perspective to some of the things that happened. I'm excited to see what Ridley comes up with next for this wonderful series!
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Heath Grenville is a man who is heir to a Barony. Until he inherits the title, he spends time trying to help the ton by stopping gossip and keeping their secrets. When someone starts drawing unflattering caricatures of the upper class and they are being printed, he must uncover the name of this scoundrel. After promising his mother that he would be married this year, he meets a very interesting woman. He finds out she is a paid companion and of course he cannot marry her, but he is very drawn to her. Nora is a country girl and a talented artist . She wishes for just one dance with this man who holds so many secrets . Can they overcome the difference in upbringing and will he ever uncover the one sending these drawings to the paper. I loved this book because it wasn't about only marrying into the same set but loving someone who you believe is beneath you. One more great book in the Rogues to Riches series. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
He's the smartest person in the room, except when it comes to matters of the heart. Heath is a whiz when it comes to solving a problem, but clueless when it comes to love. Tasked with unveiling a nuisance, he ends up finding his heart. Eleanora is used to being overlooked. Standing in the background is just one of her many talents. When her other secret starts to make waves within the upper class, her greatest wish could prove to be her undoing. Lord of Secrets is about taking risks. Eleanora and Heath are two lonely hearts looking to find a home. Life has a way of placing a person right where they were meant to be. There's pleasure wrapped up in this heartwarming scandal.
Bibliophagist More than 1 year ago
I found this author by accident and loved the story, an earlier book in this series, so much that I read the rest of the series. This is Heath's story. Heath is the only son and heir to the barony. He is the peacekeeper in his family and serves as a confidante to the members of the ton. He is the secret keeper. He is fiercely protective of his sisters and mother. Nora was brought to town as a paid companion for Lady Roundtree, a distant cousin, after Lady Roundtree breaks her leg. Nora lives with her brother and grandparents on a sheep farm. She is grateful for the position because her family desperately needs the money she is being paid. She is stunned by the opulence of the life of the ton. She has a secret that she guards closely. Because of it, she sends her family caricatures of what she sees as a way to show them what is going on. She is a gifted artist. Her brother winds up selling them to a tabloid, which publishes them as a mockery of the ton. Nora doesn't like it but her family desperately needs the money. Heath sees Nora at a ball and is taken with her. But when he realizes she is a paid servant he knows there cannot be anything between them. That didn't stop the feelings that the two of them have for one another. This is a good story. We learn a lot about the characters and their lives. We see that the ones who seem to have it all really don't have as much as those who have very little. I highly recommend this book. You can read it as a stand alone but you'll miss out on some of the background stories.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
A delicious romance from beginning to end! Miss Eleanora Winfield had a hidden talent. She could draw the most fabulous caricatures of the high society Ton and make money that she desperately needed. How harmless you say? Well it has come to the attention of Heath Grenville, who takes a task and solves it to find the artist behind the pictures. I mean there was a drawing of one of his sisters!! Of course Heath has no idea who the culprit behind the drawings are, but when he meets Nora, a lady's companion, he is very attracted. The wonderful characters come to life and it was such an enjoyable, fun story that I could only smile. What will happen when Heath finds out it is Nora behind the drawings? Can they find their happy ever after? As with all of Erica Ridley's books, you will be entertained and anxiously awaiting her next story!! Lori Dykes
clarkws More than 1 year ago
Miss Nora Winfield is a simple farm girl earning some extra money by being her cousins paid companion. She draws caricatures to send home to her family to tell of her time in London. When she finds that one of her anonymous caricatures has been sent in to a local newspaper she is horrified until they offer her more money than she can imagine. Mr. Heath Grenville is the man people turn to in London to help hide their secrets. When he meets Miss Winfield he is captivated. “With her soft pink gown and lustrous red curls, she more than stood out from the sea of pastel hopefuls. Wide blue eyes, blushing cheeks, lips a perfect, dusty rose…..He’d let the red-tressed goddess go without ascertaining her name or securing a spot on her card. And in doing so, he seemed to have lost the intriguing young lady entirely.” But Miss Winfield’s anonymous caricatures are shaking the Ton to its core. Heath is hired to find the name of the secret culprit. Will he uncover Nora’s secret? What can she a simple farm girl do about her own heart towards Heath? Wonderful book. I truly enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1817 Miss Eleanora (Nora) Winfield, 26, is the companion to the Baroness Roundtree. It is a temporary post for Nora until the Baroness heals from a leg injury. Nora is also the lady’s cousin but she doesn’t refer to her as such. Nora is a talented artist who anonymously sketches caricatures of people in society showing them in humorous or scandalous situations. Nora uses the money from this to send home to help support her brother and aged grandparents. The money is helping to keep them from starvation. While she feels bad embarrassing or making someone a laughing stock from her caricatures, she knows she has to continue to draw them to send money home. She knows too that if she is ever discovered to be the anonymous artist, it could ruin her. Heath Grenville, 32, is heir to a Baronetcy. He has many friends and is also known as a scandal fixer. When someone gets in the middle of a scandalous situation, Heath knows how to make it go away. He has three younger sisters whom he loves dearly. Heath’s mother is pushing him to get married, but he has yet to meet a woman he cares to marry. Sadly, Heath’s father is a very busy man and Heath rarely, if ever, gets to have any time with the man. One evening, Heath sees Nora at a soiree and is very intrigued to know who the beautiful young woman is. Heath is very kind to all women at dances and tries to ensure that he dances with all of the wallflowers as well. When Heath asks Nora to dance, she refuses him telling him that she is a paid companion. They both know it would not be proper for him to dance with her. As Heath and Nora encounter each other, they are more and more drawn to one another, but they know that it cannot be. As Heath will one day be a Baron, the woman he marries must be higher up on the social ladder than Nora. When Nora draws a caricature that includes Heath’s sister, the man is livid and hell bent on finding the artist. Nora realizes that she has now pushed this too far. What will be the outcome? This is a very nice, book with one brief sex scene. I enjoyed the story and how people can be torn about the things that they do. How wrong is something if your loved ones are starving? Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Heath Grenville will one day be a Baron so his image and honor are highly prized and ingrained into him. With such personally held high standards he has equally high expectations for the woman he will marry – a woman unmet but expected to be proposed to within the year. When he meets Miss Eleanor Winfield he is immediately intrigued but…there are reasons that keep him from becoming engaged in pursuit…at least for a while. This is a love story that deals with the wealth vs poverty, what one is willing to do for family, perceptions and misperceptions and ultimately one of love and the fact that it is not always easy but definitely worth working for. I love this author and enjoyed this book immensely. I am eager to read the next book in the series and wonder, as it will be the last in the series, if there will be more books to deal with Eleanor’s younger brother and Heath’s unwed sister…the one that is not assigned a book yet. At times I found Heath to be a bit unbending and unwilling to see both sides of a situation. I admired Eleanor’s strength and willingness to care for her family even when it might impinge on her own wellbeing. AND I liked the way the two managed to work through their issues to find a HEA together. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Three and a half stars. Miss Eleanora (Nora) Winfield has been summoned from her family's sheep farm in the West Midlands to act as a lady's companion to her (distant) cousin Lady Roundtree whilst that lady recovers from a fractured ankle. She's homesick and lonely, treated as a servant, invisible and overlooked she finds her employer catty and an incurable gossip but eight weeks work as a paid companion could help her brother and aged grandparents enormously, taking them from the brink of destitution to almost comfortable so she'll grit her teeth and get on with it. At Lord Carlisle's ball Nora runs into a handsome gentleman by accident whilst carrying a glass of lemonade to her employer. The gentleman is the first person to actually 'see' Nora and she is struck by his good looks and his charming manners. Later in the evening the gentleman, Mr Heath Grenville, approaches her to ask her to dance and is horrified to discover that she is little better than a servant (and consequently far beneath the heir to a baronetcy). Heath Grenville is the older brother of three sisters, two of whom have had their own books. He is very aware that his duty to his family and his future role is to marry a woman of impeccable lineage, one who will not bring any hint of scandal to the family. Yet he can't help but remember a young woman with red hair and a pink dress who acts as a companion to Lady Roundtree. Nora sends drawings and caricatures of the people and places she sees in London back to her family, partly because she has difficulty reading and writing but partly to share her life with them. Unfortunately her brother shares some of the caricatures (anonymously) with a contact and the next thing she knows her sketch of Lord Wainwright, which she laughingly titled 'Lord of Pleasure' has been published in a London newspaper and is the talk of the ton. Not only that, the paper will pay her five pounds for every caricature she sends them - provided of course that they are of the ton. Nora is torn between wanting to earn money to help her family and horror at being exposed as the artist who dared to lampoon a member of the aristocracy - she knows if the artist's identity is discovered she will be sacked and bring censure down upon her cousin's family. This was immediately gripping, I love a romance featuring a lowly lady's companion, especially one who draws vicious caricatures of the stupidity and ridiculousness of high society and throw in an untameable puppy and you've got me hooked. It would have got a higher rating if Heath hadn't come across as a leetle bit of a prig, so dismissive of all the eligible young ladies of the ton and so judgemental if they so much as smiled in his direction, despite his own mother's obsession with marrying off each of her offspring. I also felt that there was a lack of angst/ tension - whilst that was a twist to confound my expectations it also felt like the ending slightly puttered out. Nevertheless, another fun read from Erica Ridley. I am SO stoked about the next book ... can't wait. I received a free copy of this book from the author, via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Kristen Bergh-Lewendon More than 1 year ago
I absolutely devoured this book. Nora and Heath’s tale pulled me in and held me captive through the telling. This is one of those stories where everything seems to have several layers of meaning, or at least be hidden by a mask or two. Heath remains a bit of a cypher for the whole book. It’s easy to see the love and care he lavishes on his family, but he’s very fastidious about who he appears to be in public. And he holds fast to that dignity until the very end. In true Cinderella fashion, or perhaps it’s closer to country mouse and city mouse, Nora is pulled from rural obscurity to be companion to a wealthy cousin who’s recovering from a broken leg. A giggle-inducing encounter involving lemonade and an elbow brings Heath and Nora to one another’s attention and start us down a path filled with secrets and silliness. The angst and anguish of Nora’s predicament as she attempts to protect her secrets while becoming more and more enamoured with Heath was almost a physical pain to me – it hurt my heart. My one concern is that the ending wraps up very quickly. I’m in awe of how mature and enlightened both characters are when we get to THE moment, but it felt just a little bit too easy to me. I can’t wait to get my hands on Gideon’s book. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book.
MalkaShayna More than 1 year ago
I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my unbiased and voluntary review. Now that that is out of the way ... This book runs chronologically parallel to some of the other books in the series and also has some characters from the Dukes of War series. I think it would be helpful to have a "Cast of characters" or book "family tree" to refresh the memory of the reader who has read the previous books some time ago and to help the new reader to this wonderful author. We've met the Grenville family and the first born, only male, Heath Grenville, who, in his desire to help people, had become the problem solver for the ton in general and his younger sisters in particular. Miss Eleanora (Nora) Winfield and her younger brother, Carter, were raised on a sheep farm by their grandparents, but it has become a difficult struggle to keep the farm going. Nora is offered the position of paid companion to her second cousin Lady Roundtree, who has fractured her leg. At her first ball, she literally runs into Heath, who afterwards, can not get her our of his mind. She has the same problem, despite knowing that as a commoner, they can have no future together. Nora has dyslexia, but has developed a talent for drawing to convey what she can not write. Sending sketches and caricatures to her family, her brother sends some samples to publisher, who sent back desperately needed funds and requested more. Unknown to her, she had become the infamous caricaturist, who Heath has been paid to find. Both of these people will do anything to protect their family. A lovely written story, with appealing characters, an endearing pup, a villain, interesting conflict and of course the HEA.