'Lord of Night' by Erica Ridley is book Three in the "Rogues to Riches" series. This is the story of Dahlia Grenville and Simon Spaulding. I have read the other books in this series but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Simon is an Inspector with the Bow Street Runners. Simon's fellow workers call him a "Lone Wolf" Simon likes being thorough in his duties and feels he is wed to his job as his other friends are wed to their wives. Simon feels the unjust in some of the poor areas were there are no Watchman, or the Watchman doesn't stay on his post.
Dahlia is the second daughter of a good family but has taken on the task of starting a school for young girls who are in trouble. Dahlia is the headmistress also. With so many girls to save it doesn't take long for her school to fill up. One night while while finishing up she hears yet another girl in need. Dahlia goes to that girls rescue because she knows no one else will. There are not Watchman in the area and lots of time they won't help if they were. But on this night when she gets the girl free and with the bad guy chasing them...someone does show up....Simon.
Simon returns to the school to let Dahlia know he caught the man. Simon is taken back by the mystery that is Dahlia...not to mention his attraction to her.
Dahlia too is surprised that Simon even return much less that she finds him interesting.
Simon tries to stick to his lone ways but he can't fight the feelings he is growing for Dahlia .
But Dahlia has allot going on and doing questionable things to keep her school going.
This was a joy to read and I can't wait for the next book by Ms. Ridley.
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."