Series: Passion & Promises #3
Author: Erica Ridley
Genre: Historical Romance
Format/Page Count: Kindle, 188
Published: WebMotion, March 21, 2017
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…
Since I really like the friends to lovers theme in my romances, this short story naturally caught my attention. I think it’s a challenging situation in historical romance, something I haven’t come across before. Usually the hero and the heroine meet while we read, and fall in love but in this story, the hero and the heroine have already met and even drifted apart by the time we start reading.
They’ve been best friends since they were young-as best as they can be allowed in the eyes of society- until Daniel rebukes Rebecca for an innocent dance request in front of the ton.
This was my first read from Erica Ridley but there’s a good chance it won’t be the last. Even though I’m wary about novellas because I feel like they aren’t enough to convey the romantic feelings to the fullest to convince me, Erica Ridley did a nice enough job in such a short story.
I think those who like novellas and friends to lovers stories would enjoy this. Especially if you’re looking for sweet and quick, this will be enough to satisfy you.
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this novella into my hodgepodge.
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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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