Author Top 5 with Vanessa Riley


Top 5 songs for Begging Your Woman Back


Vanessa Riley here.


Music is a very important part of my writing process and I listened to a lot for my latest release, The Bewildered Bride. Lord Wycliff is love with Ruth Croome, but everything went wrong the last time they were together. Below is his playlist. His mission is to win her back.


If I Can’t Have You. This has been my earworm all summer, but it’s perfect for Wycliff. He knows if he has nothing if he can’t have Ruth.

Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You



Luther. Yes. Luther. What was the question? Yes, Luther Vandross. Not sure of the question, but Luther makes everything good.

Luther Vandross – Love Won’t Let Me Wait


Wycliff has some begging to do. He may not have been completely honest the first time around. He’s older and wiser, and he’s coming to Ruth on bended knee.


Boys To Men – On Bended Knee


Wycliff was away for four years. This wasn’t his doing, but he’s come back, and he’s sorry.


Chicago – Hard to Say I’m Sorry


And lastly, when all is said and done, he’s not ready to give her up. He believes he and Ruth are meant to be. So this song is perfect, cause what’s a list without a Rick Roll. 


Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up


The Bewildered Bride 


Wycliff wants nothing short of annihilation of his enemies and Ruth’s surrender in his arms.



Ruth Croome, a Blackamoor heiress, was supposed to get married in a gorgeous wedding gown, made from her father’s exquisite fabrics. Instead, they eloped to Gretna Green and upon returning, their carriage was beset by highwaymen and she witnessed the murder of her new husband. Now, four years later, with a child, she wants to move on with her life. A marriage of convenience will do. Ruth already had a love for the ages.

Adam Wilky is really the heir to the Wycliff barony—which he never told Ruth. Too much danger. So many secrets. When he was nearly beaten to death and sold into impressment, he thought Ruth had died, too. Ready for revenge, he finally returns and discovers Ruth alive—with a son who could only be his—and she is furious to discover he lied to her. Now it’ll take more than remembered passion if he hopes to win his reluctant wife back…








Award winning, Amazon Bestselling author, Vanessa Riley, worked as an engineer before allowing her passion for historical romance to shine. A Regency era (early 1800s) and Jane Austen enthusiast, she brings the flavor of diverse, eclectic peoples to her stories. The author of Madeline’s Protector, Swept Away, Unmasked Heart, The Bargain, and Unveiling Love, she has won the Beacon Award, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and placed in the International Digital Awards for her Regency romances. Vanessa Riley is a historical buff who has spent many years researching Regency society. During her undergraduate studies at Penn State, she gained a love of Western Civilization and took as many classes as she could while pursuing Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Her love of history has given her a passion for conducting precise research in architecture, customs, and rituals of the times. She lives in Atlanta with her career military husband and precocious child. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

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