- 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
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,481,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Invitation to Scandal Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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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HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Attracted to Rhe, he plans to seduce her while continuing his hunt for the Dark Shadow. Rhe feels likewise about the viscount, but knows her loyalty is to save her family from disgrace and her village from poverty during these difficult times. As he begins to uncover the identity of the Dark Shadow, Rufus and Rhe fall in love, but her persona stands in their way.
This is a fabulous Regency romance (see Invitation to Ruin) starring two strong individuals. Both strongly believe in honor and loyalty, which ironically may keep them separated as each has other people to care about. The internalized conflict between different loves makes for a strong Napoleonic Era tale.
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.
The question becomes: Will Rufus and Rheda allow themselves to push aside their fear of falling in love because of events in the past before something keeps them apart or will secrets fester to the point both of them live unhappily ever after? And who IS Dark Shadow?
A woman with an independent streak, a man on a quest to clear his father's name and an attraction that sizzles and steams the pages with danger lurking where you least expect it makes Invitation To Scandal a must read. This book is dark, dangerous, erotic and kept me reading from the first page until the last. This was my first Bronwen Evans book but it certainly won't be my last.
***review copy provided by publisher for honest review***
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