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About the Author

New Zealander BRONWEN EVANS loves story-telling - gobbling up movies, books and theatre.  Her head is always filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst.  In 2007, encouraged by a close friend battling a deliberating illness, Bronwen finally started down the path to publication by joining RWA, The Beau Monde. RWAustralia and RWNZ. Bronwen's first manuscript, INVITATION TO RUIN,  was completed late 2009 and was sold by her agent, Melissa Jeglinski of The Knight Agency, to Kensington Publishing early 2010, in a two book deal. Her debut novel, INVITATION TO RUIN, received a 4.5 star rating from RT Book Reviews and has been nominated in the 2011 RT Reviewer's Choice awards - Best First Historical. Invitation to Ruin was also well received in Publishers Weekly - Evans's debut Regency is filled with sizzling romance... Strong characterizations, smooth plotting, and plenty of explicit sex will appeal to fans of modern Regencies. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758259212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758259219
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,519,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Waving from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

I'm a USA Today Bestselling author and lover of romance novels. I love reading all genres but in particular historical romance. Here's my bio:

USA Today Bestselling author, Bronwen Evans, grew up loving books. She's always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Being able to write her characters' stories is never work, it's a dream come true. Is it any wonder she's a proud romance writer.

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers' Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. Her novella, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012 and the RomCon Readers Crown 2013.

Her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release, The Reluctant Wife, WON the RomCon Readers Crown 2013 for Best Category/Series.

When not ensconced in her study writing her characters' thrilling journeys to their happy ever after, Bron can be found on the golf course.

Readers can contact Bronwen via email at
For more information on all of Bronwen's books, including updates on novels yet to come, visit Bronwen's website at

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Generally good plot but there is one stupid part.
Overall, this was a well-written, smoldering, sexy story that was a pleasure to read!
Lisa Wolff
I really liked both lead characters and thought they were a perfect match.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kati on July 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance***

Rheda Kerrich has been keeping her family and the town of Deal afloat with a bit of smuggling. She refuses to marry even though a friend has asked a few times. Independence, a horse breeding business and making sure poor people of Deal have enough to get by are her top priorities. She will stop at nothing and bend to no one to get all of it accomplished.

Enter, one dashing, Rufus Knight. Since his father's death, he's been chasing leads trying to clear his father's name. His father was thought to have sold secrets to France and paid for it with his life. His quest brings him to Deal and he's on the hunt for the Dark Shadow. Somehow this man, who is a known smuggler, is connected with the mystery of his father's death.

Temptation comes in the form of one golden-haired angel who sets his blood on fire. Finding her pinned to a tree by a barrel, he's intrigued. Both with the lady and her barrel. No slip of a woman could have moved it but somehow she did. Until it backfired on her. The attraction is instant on both sides. Rufus is intent on seducing the information out of this mysterious woman after finding out she is the sister to a baron. Seduce her discreetly of course.

Rheda will have none of this. Between trying to mate her mares in the dead of night with Rufus' studly stallion, trying to deny her primal and carnal attraction to Rufus and keeping the secret of Dark Shadow safe, Rheda isn't ready for this onslaught of feelings for this randy rake.

Rufus was betrayed by a woman he once loved and he vows it will never happen again. The lovely Rheda is starting to get under his skin and worm her way into his heart. Denial, thy name is Rufus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wolff on April 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Rheda Kerrich thinks her days of smuggling are going to come to an end when she is trapped against a tree from her latest smuggle, a barrel of wine. She is sure one of the men on patrol will find her and question her and then a magnificent horse appears with a mysterious man on his back. Rufus Knight, Viscount Strathmore, is on the hunt for the elusive smuggling ring leader, Dark Shadow and knows he has stumbled upon a woman who must be in the ring and will surely lead him to the answers he desires to clear his late fathers name. Being a master of seduction, he attempts to seduce the surely un-innocent woman and is roundly put in his place and Rheda manages to escape without revealing her true identity. She tries to put the man out of her mind but she finds it hard to do but has a harder time putting the magnificent stallion as he is the last piece of the puzzle she needs to get her horse breeding business going. Rheda cleverly thinks up a plan to 'borrow' the stallion but is unfortunately caught and forced to agree to a bargain with Rufus, otherwise her latest scandal will be told to her brother. As Rheda tries to protect all her secrest, Rufus is intent on uncovering them all and at the same time, these two attempt to deny the smoldering attraction between them. Who is the elusive Dark Shadow and will Rufus and Rheda be able to let go of the past to find a future together?

I really enjoyed this book! I wasn't sure if I was going to like the whole smuggling aspect of it as that really isn't my preference, but there was so much more to this story! I loved that Rheda wanted to start a horse breeding business and we got to see a bit of what it takes to do that...and at the same time see the attraction bloom between our couple during a lesson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By My Book Addiction and More on October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
INVITATION TO SCANDAL by Bronwen Evans is another intriguing historical romance by this author. See,"Invitation to Ruin" for another great read by this author. Written with vivid descriptions and engaging characters."Invitation to Scandal" is full of intrigue,passion,danger,secrets,smuggling,adventure,romance, love with a few twists and turns. Rufus Knight, Viscount Strathmore,is on a search for the exclusive but daring "Dark Shadow" and a game of cat and mouse. Rheda Kerrich,with scandal abound must do what she must to save her family's reputation and keep their coffers full,so must play a game of cat and mouse. With danger on every road,not only from the government but from the sexy,handsome Rufus,Rheda must keep one step ahead of the game of seduction and being caught. "Invitation to Scandal" has everything a historical readers could want with a devastatingly arrogant hero and a feisty, determined heroine. Oh, did I mention passion and desire once won can be dangerous to two parties. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author's website,Brava, Kensington Publishing Corp and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dreamon on April 13, 2014
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Generally good plot but there is one stupid part. In an early scene Rufus and our heroine are mating her mare to his stallion. He carefully explains to her that stallions don't "pump" like men do...they just grunt barn they are done. That is how you know they have ejaculated. First off I'm not sure what that has to do with the story. Second of all its wrong. Stallions do not stand there like a lump. I own two . It's like the author is showing off knowledge that's not even correct...and that annoys me.
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