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When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she’s ever loved is summoned to hear the will—but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven’t spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?

Daniel Goodenham, Lord North Barrows, regrets nothing more than the lost friendship with the one woman who treated him like a man, not a title. Fate has given him the perfect pretext to win her forgiveness—even if it means having to matchmake her to someone else. But now that she’s back in his life, he’ll do anything to convince her to choose him instead…

This story was first featured in the Vexed anthology.

Rebecca Bond is a Spectre. A lone girl in a haunted castle forgotten for the most part. When her guardian (who doesn’t even remember she is there) passes away, her future is in question she has no money & no relatives. Where is she to go?
The New Lord Banfield Also didn’t know of her existence. Within minutes of meeting her, he has decided her future is to marry and quickly. He has daughters of his own to worry about.
He offers her a dowry and the chance to choose her own husband.
Notice is sent for the previous Lord Banfield relatives to come to the reading of the will.
The relative that Rebecca wishes to see the most, is the one she fears to see equally as bad Lord North-Barrows. Daniel. Once a friend, but no longer. Rebecca had no choice but to turn to Daniel, her childhood friend who shunned her at the most inopportune time. But she needs help. She may find a husband, but she needs to learn how capture a man.
I will not give spoilers! But great story!
Erica Ridley paints a vivid picture of a gloomy castle by the sea.
Haunted by ghosts & forgotten wards alike.

I did feel that the story ended rather abruptly. I turned the page expecting something more, but nothing.
The writing was great, I was completely involved in the lives of the characters. I wanted the best for them.
I think that Rebecca is someone I could be friends with.

I didn’t like the abrupt ending but I loved the story. But I always want more if it’s really good!
I would give this 4 or 4.5 stars. I wish it had just a bit more at the end.

One of my favorite authors though so I will be reading her next book.

Erica Ridley

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Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels.

In her new Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.

Fan-favorite Dukes of War features charming peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.


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