Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Excerpt Tour: Taming the Rake by Erica Ridley

Taming the Rake

by Erica Ridley


Historical Romance


Enjoy a fiery, passionate enemies-to-lovers revenge romance from a New York Times bestselling author!

All her life, Miss Gladys Bell was a wallflower whose parents despaired of her ever attracting a suitor. Then she met the man of her dreams, who said she was the woman of his. One passionate night later, Gladys awaits a marriage proposal that never comes. Reuben Medford, the ton’s most notorious rake, doesn’t even remember her name.

Thanks to his cold-hearted callousness, Gladys lost her reputation, her dowry, and her chance at love. But now she’s back, and bent on revenge. He’s trifled with the wrong woman: This wallflower has thorns. Once Gladys holds that damnable rake’s arrogant, fickle heart in her hands… She’ll crush it, just as he did to her.

This time, he’ll remember her name.


EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt):

Reuben gave up on the walking path and cut directly across the grass, leaping over neatly trimmed geometrical flowerbeds in his hurry to reach the mystery woman’s side. 

She didn’t even glance over at him.

“Do I know you?” he blurted out, his heart hopeful and his blood pounding.

This earned him a disinterested glance, and a blank, arched brow. “Who are you?”

“Who am…” He goggled at her, utterly speechless. 

Everyone knew who Reuben Medford was! He was as famous as Beau Brummell! Even if Reuben’s fame was not for the clothes he wore, but rather, for the countless dresses he took off.

For the first six-and-twenty years of his life, Reuben hadn’t subscribed to a favored type. He wasn’t searching for more than an attractive, willing woman. To him, all women were attractive, and plenty of them were willing, which made their mutual desires a match made in heaven.

“I’m Reuben Medford,” he pronounced grandly.

“Mm-hm.” The interrupted woman didn’t change expression or give him a second glance. Just continued on her way, her brisk steps never slowing.

Either she didn’t recognize the name—Impossible!—or she categorically did not care that she was standing in the presence of rake royalty. Er, walking in the presence. Striding humiliatingly swiftly from the presence. Damn it!

Was she married? There was no ring on her finger, so Reuben guessed no. And she was no sixteen-year-old debutante. In her early-to-mid twenties, an unmarried woman was either a widow or a spinster, two groups that tended to throw themselves in his path, not saunter away without a backwards glance.

And this was Marrywell, for God’s sake. The annual May matchmaking festival. Half of the ladies here would kill to marry him, and the other half would kill to bed him. He was the only one who could barely stomach the festivities, and would much prefer a solitary stroll beside the sea or a pretty sunset. He wouldn’t even be here if his uncle hadn’t ordered his presence. 

“May I at least have your name?” he begged.


Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of witty, feel-good historical romance novels, including THE DUKE HEIST, starring the Wild Wynchesters. Why seduce a duke the normal way, when you can accidentally kidnap one in an elaborately planned heist?

In the 12 Dukes of Christmas series, enjoy witty, heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!

Two popular series, the Dukes of War and Rogues to Riches, feature roguish peers and dashing war heroes who find love amongst the splendor and madness of Regency England. 

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found eating couscous in Morocco, zip-lining through rainforests in Central America, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.
















Erica Ridley will be awarding a Winner's choice ebook or paperback copies of the first TWO books in the Wicked Dukes Club series! (ebooks international) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thank you so much for having me here today, and for helping to spread the word about TAMING THE RAKE! I hope you love the entire Lords In Love series! XOXO


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