- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Aug. 20 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482693690
- ISBN-13: 978-1482693690
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 413 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,738,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Invitation to Passion Paperback – Aug 20 2014
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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
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I love historical romances for the passion, the angst, the desires, the intensity the Hero and heroine feel... you know you are reading a great author when you can FEEL every emotion through the pages... and Brownwen Evans does exactly that.
In this 3rd installment in the Invitation to series.... you are introduced to Richard and Madeline (Maddy). They have known each other for many years. Circumstances have Maddy saving Richard's arse and that in turn, ends them up together. As we know how critical and judgemental the ton can be, and women cannot be caught in compromising positions, without risking ruination (I LOVE that word!!!) And, alas Richard and Maddy embark on quite a journey of passion, angst, realization, and drama (of course no good historical romance could be without drama. And it was of the delicious, wickedest kind. We see someone FINALLY get what was coming to them!!!! And another seemingly sane person, not so sane!!)
I DEVOURED this in one afternoon.
Tears and Smiles. Well worth the time, and price!!
Looking forward to the next book from this very talented author! She is an automatic one-click for me.
don't want to spoil it . get this to see do they confess to each other the feelings they have . get it to see if Richard is always be honest with her
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The heroine is a doormat. I get that the author sets her up with a background for this but STILL... she has footprints. She has some moments of spark, but she always ends up getting punished for them (mostly because she actually does BAD stuff at BAD moments, including one that was very out of character for the period).
There was some good dialogue. In fact, the dialogue was probably one of the best things about the book.
The villains had potential, but then they went to over-the-top land. And the plot definitely has some dark (not sensual) elements that also seemed over the top. As in, just how UNLUCKY are these people? See the spoilers.
Editing needed work - some were obvious "only computer spell-checked" ones, although a few were amusing, such as:
Richard arrived home in the early hours of the morning, furious at how the night had eventuated.
Non-spoilery verdict: It's bad.
I can't convey the full sense of this without getting a little spoilery. So, here we go...
Re: villains - I was enjoying the whole hero loves someone else/she gets widowed thing but the female is super manipulative and all the men just FALL for it, and put her "needs" over those of the heroine (which is pretty much a trend, and might be WHY she's a doormat).
Dark elements: Some of them are alluded to/happened in other books but here we go: allusion to a previous heroine being kidnapped by white slavers (in Regency England), the heroine gets groped/choked going toward sexual assault in the garden at a ball and then gets initial blame for being by herself, and OH YES, the whole end plot where she gets drugged, kidnapped, stripped naked, CHAINED UP (actual chains), rubbed with opium oil, and is about to get sodomized.
Also, the really disturbing thing for me about how the darker elements were portrayed is that there is WAY more focus on how the men feel/would feel, how THEY wouldn't be able to bear that happening to the heroine, especially the hero. It didn't come off as concern, it came off as more of him being a self-centered jerk.
The hero was really a jerk. I don't mean an alpha male, I mean a selfish jerk. Example one: guilt tripping his wife about her riding style because she could endanger a possible pregnancy, and the fact that the author CONVEYS that he picks that point JUST to win the argument.
Seriously: “Don’t you think your racing like a heathen days are over?” He placed his hand on her stomach. “What if you are already with child? I want both of you to be safe.” Richard watched the smile break over her face and knew he’d won his point, if not the match.
The female villain gets away after threatening to tell a court all about how the heroine was raped and sodomized (which did not happen). The hero lets her go.
Lady Madeline Knight has adored her brother's best friend Richard Craven for years. He rescued her from bullies and was the steady rock for her while her brother was chasing down her father's enemy. Madeline was not fully accepted in the ton because her father has been falsely accused of treason. Lady Madeline is devoted to Richard and she demonstrates this loyalty when she tries to save him from an angry husband.
The two find themselves in a relationship which neither initially wants. Madeline feels that Richard sees her only as his friend's little sister. Also Richard has just lost his love to another man and Madeline feels he cannot love another. Still Madeline is one to make the best of a situation and she is stalwart. She does doubt herself about Richard though and she needs a lot of reassurance from not only Richard but from her friends too.
Richard is more complex. He is almost fickle and his self-realization actually makes him question his current feelings for Madeline. Does he really love her or is this a passing feeling? These are questions he must answer along with finding a murderer too. Richard's biggest fault is he is almost blindingly loyal to those who do not deserve it. Madeline and Richard find themselves swept up in some intrigue (this is where reading the earlier novel is helpful) that tests their relationship in many ways.
Both these characters are not perfect, Richard is uncertain and Madeline lacks some insight, but they do have chemistry and they are protective of each other. They also learn the difference between loving someone and being in deeply in love.