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A Duke. A Runner. An Earl. Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity. All striving to change their past. As much as Nathaniel Frederickson, bastard brother to the Duke of Wesbrook, loathes the status and consequence of his lowly birth, he has reinvented himself by becoming London’s leading Bow Street Runner. But no A Duke. A Runner. An Earl. Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity. All striving to change their past. As much as Nathaniel Frederickson, bastard brother to the Duke of Wesbrook, loathes the status and consequence of his lowly birth, he has reinvented himself by becoming London’s leading Bow Street Runner. But no matter his success or his charm, he never seems to be good enough. Lady Annabel Baines, self-professed bluestocking, has one goal in life. To create a legacy for her deceased mother by ensuring the success of her school for young ladies. Even if it means being beholden to a man intent on ruining her life, forcing her to make impossible, heartrending choices. Assigned to recovering stolen artifacts, Nate is thrust into Anna’s privileged world. To make matters worse, he is forced to protect her from a mysterious threat she refuses to acknowledge. While fighting Anna’s stubbornness—and his unwanted fascination with the spoiled chit—Nate becomes the renewed target of a blackmailer thought to be destroyed . . . while a killer sets his sights on Anna. Will the well-born bluestocking ultimately save the bastard Runner?


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A Duke. A Runner. An Earl. Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity. All striving to change their past. As much as Nathaniel Frederickson, bastard brother to the Duke of Wesbrook, loathes the status and consequence of his lowly birth, he has reinvented himself by becoming London’s leading Bow Street Runner. But no A Duke. A Runner. An Earl. Three men, each born into different circumstances. Each fighting to overcome their own adversity. All striving to change their past. As much as Nathaniel Frederickson, bastard brother to the Duke of Wesbrook, loathes the status and consequence of his lowly birth, he has reinvented himself by becoming London’s leading Bow Street Runner. But no matter his success or his charm, he never seems to be good enough. Lady Annabel Baines, self-professed bluestocking, has one goal in life. To create a legacy for her deceased mother by ensuring the success of her school for young ladies. Even if it means being beholden to a man intent on ruining her life, forcing her to make impossible, heartrending choices. Assigned to recovering stolen artifacts, Nate is thrust into Anna’s privileged world. To make matters worse, he is forced to protect her from a mysterious threat she refuses to acknowledge. While fighting Anna’s stubbornness—and his unwanted fascination with the spoiled chit—Nate becomes the renewed target of a blackmailer thought to be destroyed . . . while a killer sets his sights on Anna. Will the well-born bluestocking ultimately save the bastard Runner?

30 review for The Runner's Enticement

  1. 5 out of 5

    AWB

    DNF at 63%. I cannot read another page of this book. The h is such a selfish bitch it's exhausting. In a nutshell she keeps stealing priceless ancient Egyptian antiques from her dad to pay off a blackmailer. Even though in the first couple of pages of the book she admits that if she had just asked her dad (a wealthy Earl) for money she wouldn't have needed to steal anything. So because of some misplaced sense of pride (severely misplaced, it comes across as pure selfish bullshit) she continuousl DNF at 63%. I cannot read another page of this book. The h is such a selfish bitch it's exhausting. In a nutshell she keeps stealing priceless ancient Egyptian antiques from her dad to pay off a blackmailer. Even though in the first couple of pages of the book she admits that if she had just asked her dad (a wealthy Earl) for money she wouldn't have needed to steal anything. So because of some misplaced sense of pride (severely misplaced, it comes across as pure selfish bullshit) she continuously lies steals and cheats everyone around her 'all for the greater good' of saving her precious school.... Here's the deal with that shit, it was her grandmothers, then her mothers, and now her school. Had she asked ANYONE for money, instead of being a bitch and stealing, anyone would have helped her. The H is a runner, who is sent to solve the theft, and protect the h from the thief. He's obviously not very good at his job as she has stolen two things out from under them all with him in the house, and no one has put it together. Through the whole book all you hear about is her guilt and whining about having to break her fathers heart by stealing from him. Instead of having a single conversation where she admits her guilt, she at 63% is planning a new theft. Im done. I can't stand a book where the entire story could be fixed with a single conversation. The lack of morals from the h, and her constant bitching, are exhausting, I just don't fucking care anymore if she gets run over by a carriage, or thrown in Newgate. I don't care. Moving on...

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Book Junkie Reads . . .

    Come on all. What do you get when you put a bastard son of a duke with the current duke that is said bastard's half brother? You get a proud strong independent man that wants nothing to do with the aristocracy. He has a life outside of the relationship that he has with his half brother. That life calls on him to do thing that, if born legitimate and respectable, he would not have been permitted to do. Nate has his own views of the aristocracy and he holds those views close to his heart. He then m Come on all. What do you get when you put a bastard son of a duke with the current duke that is said bastard's half brother? You get a proud strong independent man that wants nothing to do with the aristocracy. He has a life outside of the relationship that he has with his half brother. That life calls on him to do thing that, if born legitimate and respectable, he would not have been permitted to do. Nate has his own views of the aristocracy and he holds those views close to his heart. He then meets Lady Annabel. She throws all that he expects of the aristocracy out the window with her views of the world around her. She looks at people based on their actions not on their birth, rank, or social standing. None of what she does meets with the expectations that Nate has while living in her uncle's home. I found the interaction between Nate and Annabel to be entertaining and a bit predictable. I enjoyed their clash of wills and the strong nature of Annabel. She was more. While not making it seem all about her. There was a big pull in the beginning. I then felt like I was being dragged to the end. I would like to give this another try after reading the first book in the series. I want more information. **This ARC was provided via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I genuinely loved the first book of this series and I was excited to see what would happen with the bastard-brother-of-an-earl-turned-Runner, but this book just never hooked me. The heroine was so one dimensional and (to be honest) dumb and selfish, that I just didn't even care about them as a couple or her as a person at all. I genuinely loved the first book of this series and I was excited to see what would happen with the bastard-brother-of-an-earl-turned-Runner, but this book just never hooked me. The heroine was so one dimensional and (to be honest) dumb and selfish, that I just didn't even care about them as a couple or her as a person at all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Nathaniel Frederickson, a Bow Street Runner, is asked to investigate a series of thefts: artefacts belonging to the Earl of Brodford have been disappearing. Nate will be living at Lord Brodford’s country estate, far away from the London society, which he purposefully eschews. Nate enjoys all the perks of the aristocracy, as he lives with his half-brother the Duke of Wesbrook, who knows nothing of his life as a Runner. Nate will also have to double as a bodyguard for Brodford’s niece, 21 year-old Nathaniel Frederickson, a Bow Street Runner, is asked to investigate a series of thefts: artefacts belonging to the Earl of Brodford have been disappearing. Nate will be living at Lord Brodford’s country estate, far away from the London society, which he purposefully eschews. Nate enjoys all the perks of the aristocracy, as he lives with his half-brother the Duke of Wesbrook, who knows nothing of his life as a Runner. Nate will also have to double as a bodyguard for Brodford’s niece, 21 year-old Lady Annabel Baines. Nate detests the aristocracy, being the neglected bastard son of a Duke, who ignored him. Nate’s previous meetings with aristocrats have been unpleasant and reminded him too much of his father’s behaviour, but Lord Brodford appears different. Annabel intends to continue running the school her late mother left her, however there are some problems that need taking care of, and Nate is in her way. Annabel does not like having a watchdog, she tries to lose him, even though she does find him very handsome, but it’s pointless, Nate will not leave Annabel’s side. Nate is very judgemental, he is blinded by his father’s attitude towards him, while Annabel is not; she dislikes people based on their actions, not their title, and Nate makes things very difficult. He even surprises himself at how defensive he’s acting towards Annabel; she unsettles him, she’s not acting the way he expects, and he also finds her quite appealing. Annabel is known as a wallflower, and she is rather proud of this state of affairs, but she’s also ingenious, resourceful, and stubborn, but in an entirely believable way. Nate is a dedicated professional, but he is blinded by his dislike of the aristocracy, and it clouds his judgement when it comes to Annabel, among other things. I loved the beginning of THE RUNNERS’S ENTICEMENT; we are given a good idea of Nate’s job as a Bow Street Runner, and of the man himself. I sometimes find this trope of enemies to lovers trying, however the confrontational banter between Nate and Annabel is very entertaining, because they are quite adept when it comes to using words as weapons. It was rather obvious where the whole thing was going, but Ms. Ryleigh’s writing made all the difference. Both Annabel and Nate are intriguing characters, and their interactions were very interesting. THE RUNNER’S ENTICEMENT is very fast-paced at the beginning, but unfortunately after a while things begin to drag on quite a bit; the plot could have been tightened a tad. However the prose is clever and witty, and the dialogues are exceptionally well done, as are the sex scenes. Although it does make references to the first book, THE RUNNER’S ENTICEMENT can easily be read as a standalone. I hope we get to learn more about Nate’s friend, the earl of Foxmoore, because he’s quite fascinating. I give 3 1/2 stars I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Johnston

    This might have been a good book but the "heroine" (a woman so stupid she was stealing priceless artifacts from her father to pay off a loan shark, and was determined to keep it up) irritated the hell out of me. Nate's attraction to her was nonsensical, and her thievery was so easily glossed over in the end. The villains' connection was also improbable, as were so many smaller things. I can't say I hated it but I certainly didn't enjoy it like I wanted to. This might have been a good book but the "heroine" (a woman so stupid she was stealing priceless artifacts from her father to pay off a loan shark, and was determined to keep it up) irritated the hell out of me. Nate's attraction to her was nonsensical, and her thievery was so easily glossed over in the end. The villains' connection was also improbable, as were so many smaller things. I can't say I hated it but I certainly didn't enjoy it like I wanted to.

  6. 4 out of 5

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  7. 4 out of 5

    Lucia Marano

    Redundant internal dialogue killed it for me Beautifully written but what ruined it was all the constant self doubting within both the H/h and although character chemistry was spot on, the motivation for both their behaviors was just silly. I only continued to read it because I happened to like the H/h and hope to continue the series but the story line was way too unrealistic and frustrating to be enjoyable after awhile. It became a repetitive internal battle between both characters that eventual Redundant internal dialogue killed it for me Beautifully written but what ruined it was all the constant self doubting within both the H/h and although character chemistry was spot on, the motivation for both their behaviors was just silly. I only continued to read it because I happened to like the H/h and hope to continue the series but the story line was way too unrealistic and frustrating to be enjoyable after awhile. It became a repetitive internal battle between both characters that eventually got me so dizzy I literally had to take several breaks. And the worst part is that their conflict only gets resolved right before the epilogue! Ugh. Too bad because it definitely had potential. I hope Foxmoore and Emma’s story is a lot more fast -paced because he’s so damned reserved and stuck in propriety and she’s a right firecracker. That could be a great story!

  8. 5 out of 5

    sandy forguson

    Nate and anna Great story and well written nate and Anna were at odds from the beginning when ante as a backstreet runner was called he to find the thief what was stealing artifacts from her father and to recover them but as time goes by ante and Anna become involved with each other ante feels unworthy as he is a bastard son of his father who was a duke anyway don't want to spoil the story but is a great read and page Turner so would highly recommend also ante and Anna had their HEA Nate and anna Great story and well written nate and Anna were at odds from the beginning when ante as a backstreet runner was called he to find the thief what was stealing artifacts from her father and to recover them but as time goes by ante and Anna become involved with each other ante feels unworthy as he is a bastard son of his father who was a duke anyway don't want to spoil the story but is a great read and page Turner so would highly recommend also ante and Anna had their HEA

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Eikenberry-Deary

    Bastard of a Duke to runner to baron Nate and his men were on assignment on a rainy night in London. They had to catch the Viper before he killed anymore. Nate was sent to the country to help an Earl with stolen Egyptian artifacts. Who was stealing them and for what. Why was this man wanting them and wanting to kill Nate. Exciting and true love story

  10. 4 out of 5

    Juby

    Want to pull out my hair.. It is bloody irritating when the language is not appropriate for the time period of the story. Takes all the enjoyment away from reading.. I hope she uses better language in her next historical books, else I don't see much hope for them.. If I could give a negative star, I would give it.. Want to pull out my hair.. It is bloody irritating when the language is not appropriate for the time period of the story. Takes all the enjoyment away from reading.. I hope she uses better language in her next historical books, else I don't see much hope for them.. If I could give a negative star, I would give it..

  11. 5 out of 5

    April

    First time reading something by this author and to be honest, I wasn't impressed. Nate is supposedly one of the best that the Bow street Runners have to offer and his efforts in that regard were underwhelming for the most part. The romance between him and Anna didn't seem "real" and when the book IS a romance, you expect to be sold on the pairing. I wasn't. First time reading something by this author and to be honest, I wasn't impressed. Nate is supposedly one of the best that the Bow street Runners have to offer and his efforts in that regard were underwhelming for the most part. The romance between him and Anna didn't seem "real" and when the book IS a romance, you expect to be sold on the pairing. I wasn't.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary Stockwell

    Entertaining This is an entertaining and charmingly enjoyable book. Anna is in such a mess of her own doing. Nathaniel is trying to catch a thief in her father's home. He is also trying not to fall in love with her. Great plot. Entertaining This is an entertaining and charmingly enjoyable book. Anna is in such a mess of her own doing. Nathaniel is trying to catch a thief in her father's home. He is also trying not to fall in love with her. Great plot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    Furthermore, furthermore, furthermore. can I just say how much I dislike this word . It’s like authors use it to make characters sound smart , important, someone who commands respect but it ends up doing the exact opposite. Just makes them look stupid IMO . I roll my eyes when I hear it in person .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Great Romance This isn't only a great romance. There is mystery and excitement, also. The heroine is trying to keep her school going, while the hero is trying to find who has been stealing her father's artifacts. Great Romance This isn't only a great romance. There is mystery and excitement, also. The heroine is trying to keep her school going, while the hero is trying to find who has been stealing her father's artifacts.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Cook

    Convoluted The story plot was good, most of the writing was good. The author needed an editor to tell her to much filler. To much poor me, to much repetition on supposed short comings. Thank you for sharing your tale with me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eleni

    A nice diversion This is a nice diversion, but it did seem a bit talky at times. The characters manage to get through things somehow in this second book of the series. Recommended for fans of the genre.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    A good read to escape into while traveling. A Regency Romance with a small surprise here and there but rather predictable but still entertaining.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ruth

    Page turner Couldn't not put it down. Read it straight through can't wait to read about folklore and Emma next. Hoping it's soon Page turner Couldn't not put it down. Read it straight through can't wait to read about folklore and Emma next. Hoping it's soon

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aiga Al

    I would have liked if the book's pace had been faster. I would have liked if the book's pace had been faster.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Fox

    Disappointing I can honestly say this is the most boring book I've ever read. There are hardly at characters and far too much dialogue. Also no action ! Disappointing I can honestly say this is the most boring book I've ever read. There are hardly at characters and far too much dialogue. Also no action !

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mrs E M W WILBAND

    A good read A good read with a fairly credible story. It is easy to empathise with the lead characters . Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    The Runner's Enticement This was a great book I loved the characters and all the action ,excitement and suspense and lots of love. The Runner's Enticement This was a great book I loved the characters and all the action ,excitement and suspense and lots of love.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mia K

    Nate is all you want and more Nate is sexy, smart , confident and yet untitled in a world of titles. Despite circumstances he steals The ladies and our hearts!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sen

    The runners enticement A good book to read and past your time. This story will keep you occupied for a long time. Read it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book was better than the first in the series. Better development, better plot, better everything. The hero and heroine were a little too stubborn, but overall it was a fun, fluffy summer read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    Exciting story I started this book and it has taken a couple days to read it. It was interesting the way Nate and Anna fell in love.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Louiseann Walter

    WONDERFUL STORY Can't wait for book three I hope Marcus STORY is just as good as the first two. THANK YOU Addie, for a good book series. WONDERFUL STORY Can't wait for book three I hope Marcus STORY is just as good as the first two. THANK YOU Addie, for a good book series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joan F Mitchell

    Good story. Different from many others. Has some character development, some suspense and a happy ending.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy ~ Love At 1st Read

    Nathaniel Frederickson, Bow Street Runner, detests the ton. Who could blame him? Bastard brother to the Duke of Wesbrook, he and his mother were rejected by his father and left to fend for themselves. Used by a society lady who thought he was good for bedsport until she found a titled gentleman, he has always seen himself as "beneath" people of society. So when he is assigned a case recovering stolen artifacts, he's not pleased that his assignment also includes protecting the gentleman's daughte Nathaniel Frederickson, Bow Street Runner, detests the ton. Who could blame him? Bastard brother to the Duke of Wesbrook, he and his mother were rejected by his father and left to fend for themselves. Used by a society lady who thought he was good for bedsport until she found a titled gentleman, he has always seen himself as "beneath" people of society. So when he is assigned a case recovering stolen artifacts, he's not pleased that his assignment also includes protecting the gentleman's daughter, Lady Annabel Baines. Lady Annabel has dedicated herself to continuing her late mother's legacy, a school for young ladies. But with low funds, she's had to go to impossible measures to keep the school afloat. Now she has to do so under the watchful eye of her handsome bodyguard. At first Nate is certain Lady Annabel is like every other privileged woman but it doesn't take him long to realize she's different and he is fascinated with her. While trying to solve the case of the stolen artifacts, Nate comes face to face with a threat from his past. And now this threat has also set his sights on Anna. Addie Jo Ryleigh writes the perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and romance. Indeed, it's a near perfect ratio of romance to suspense with neither suffering in service to the other. This story will get your heart racing and your brain whirring. I was quickly drawn into this story and the delightful characters of Nate and Anna. The love story between the 2 is the over-arching story line but the suspense elements really raise the stakes, placing obstacles in their paths before they can find their happiness. My only fault, and it's no fault of the author, is that I should have read #1 in this series first. Makes sense, right? Had I done so, I think I would have had a much easier time following some parts of the story. So I will definitely be going back and reading the first book. So excited to find a new author to follow!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Love it Enjoy this tale very much now for the last in this series the earl. You have a gift and as a reader of so many books in this era and others I know what it take to bring a beautiful story together and the struggle a write must go through with hoping when the book is finished her or his hard work has paid off by the reviews of the reader. I have read many books and I could never be able to write one. It's a gift and you have been bless with it. I wish you continue success in all your books. Love it Enjoy this tale very much now for the last in this series the earl. You have a gift and as a reader of so many books in this era and others I know what it take to bring a beautiful story together and the struggle a write must go through with hoping when the book is finished her or his hard work has paid off by the reviews of the reader. I have read many books and I could never be able to write one. It's a gift and you have been bless with it. I wish you continue success in all your books. And I shall continue to read them. Thank you for a wonderful story I finished in day in a half. So it's a must read I promise you will be happy you did. D.H. from New York City

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