Book Review: One Night of Passion by Erica Ridley

Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…

Lifelong romantic Thaddeus Middleton is on the hunt for a wife. He hopes to find a woman more attracted to him than to money. Instead, he finds himself drawn to a spitfire who isn’t interested in him at all! At least, that’s what she says when she’s not kissing him beneath the stars…

Miss Priscilla Weatherby will inherit a fortune… provided she remains unwed and scandal-free. Easy enough, until she meets a man more dangerous than haughty lords and heartless rakes. Thad is a sweet, sexy delight, whose passionate embrace will ruin everything—including her! She’ll sacrifice anything for independence. Even love…

Ebook from the publishers/author via Netgalley

I actually read this a while ago, not long after i promised not to be so quick to read another (so sue me!).

Priscilla Weatherby has a plan – to get to her age of maturity without getting married, so that she can inherit the money her father has left for her, so that she can become the worldwide traveler she has always dreamed off.  Both her Father and Grandfather are off in “foreign parts” being adventurers, but apparently the money left to her by her father comes with Terms and Conditions – she must not hide away until she reaches 25 and her majority and she needs to frequent “The marriage mart”, not ruin her reputation and can tell nobody about the trust.

Partway though the season she meets Thad, who would be exactly marriage material, if that’s what she was looking for.  Both of them hit it off, and it turns out that both of them like each other (when talking to his sister, he describes her as “the one”, in only she was stopped cutting him off). However, she keeps him at arms length, both to prevent a marriage arrangement, but believing that he would curtail her travels.

Meanwhile she is living in the same house as her grandmother, a rather prickly old woman, apparently unable to accept the seemingly good wishes that her granddaughter sends her way.   Grandmother is seemingly intent on her finding a good match before her 25th birthday, and is constantly on her case as to finding a good man.

Finally, the two of them cant resist each other, and come to an “arrangement” as to what is supposed to happen next. However, there is a fly in the plan. Priscilla’s father returns for various reasons (none to do with his daughter) and Priscilla gets a cold awakening…..The £10,000 on her 25th birthday was an off the cuff remark he doesn’t remember making and certainly hasn’t prepared for. Grandmother has always been well aware of the son’s wanton behaviour, and was pressing for Priscilla to get married, knowing the money would never materialise.

Luckily, Thad and Priscilla already have the people they really want, including Grandmother, and it’s not long before everything is sorted out in the best possible way (Priscilla’s father really hasnt got a leg to stand on)





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