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Consummate rake, Richard Craven, has his heart broken when the woman he loves is forced into an arranged marriage to a violent brute. To make matters worse, circumstances force him to marry Lady Madeline Knight-a woman he views more like a sister-only for fate to play the cruelest of tricks. Shortly after his wedding his former lover is widowed, and Richard learns she coul Consummate rake, Richard Craven, has his heart broken when the woman he loves is forced into an arranged marriage to a violent brute. To make matters worse, circumstances force him to marry Lady Madeline Knight-a woman he views more like a sister-only for fate to play the cruelest of tricks. Shortly after his wedding his former lover is widowed, and Richard learns she could be pregnant with his child. Madeline Knight thought she was doing the right thing when she saved Richard Craven from his lover's irate husband. Now her silly schoolgirl crush has left her married to a man who's in love with another woman. Consumed with guilt over trapping Richard, she tries her best to be the perfect wife and win his heart. Failure is not an option. For if she fails she loses everything, she loves him too much not to set him free... While Richard and Madeline confront the reality of their marriage, Madeline's life comes under threat. A family enemy is set on revenge. Will Richard learn the truth of his heart, and what is truly precious to him, before the unknown enemy destroys their world?


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Consummate rake, Richard Craven, has his heart broken when the woman he loves is forced into an arranged marriage to a violent brute. To make matters worse, circumstances force him to marry Lady Madeline Knight-a woman he views more like a sister-only for fate to play the cruelest of tricks. Shortly after his wedding his former lover is widowed, and Richard learns she coul Consummate rake, Richard Craven, has his heart broken when the woman he loves is forced into an arranged marriage to a violent brute. To make matters worse, circumstances force him to marry Lady Madeline Knight-a woman he views more like a sister-only for fate to play the cruelest of tricks. Shortly after his wedding his former lover is widowed, and Richard learns she could be pregnant with his child. Madeline Knight thought she was doing the right thing when she saved Richard Craven from his lover's irate husband. Now her silly schoolgirl crush has left her married to a man who's in love with another woman. Consumed with guilt over trapping Richard, she tries her best to be the perfect wife and win his heart. Failure is not an option. For if she fails she loses everything, she loves him too much not to set him free... While Richard and Madeline confront the reality of their marriage, Madeline's life comes under threat. A family enemy is set on revenge. Will Richard learn the truth of his heart, and what is truly precious to him, before the unknown enemy destroys their world?

30 review for Invitation to Passion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley

    Don't you just LOVE the cover!!!!! Passionate Love Story! I was soooo excited to read this and it DID not disappoint..... le sigh! ♥ 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 eac Don't you just LOVE the cover!!!!! Passionate Love Story! I was soooo excited to read this and it DID not disappoint..... le sigh! ♥ 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    N. Kuhn

    This was the first Invitation To book I've read. I've read the Disgraced Lords series from this author and am in love with her work. So I read this one and fell in love. I seriously need to go back and read the rest!! This is one crazy powerful suspenseful series. This book is fantastic. "There is a difference between loving me and being in love with me." This book is so emotional. It made me smile and I for real cried! It was so beautiful and well written! Not to mention, it was sexy! "Primal a This was the first Invitation To book I've read. I've read the Disgraced Lords series from this author and am in love with her work. So I read this one and fell in love. I seriously need to go back and read the rest!! This is one crazy powerful suspenseful series. This book is fantastic. "There is a difference between loving me and being in love with me." This book is so emotional. It made me smile and I for real cried! It was so beautiful and well written! Not to mention, it was sexy! "Primal awareness shimmered through Maddy as he began his sensuous assault all over again." You'll fan yourself, you'll ride the rollercoaster of emotion. It doesn't matter if you haven't read the rest of the series. This book can be stand alone and still fill you in! I'm in love with this author. She has quickly risen to my top 10 faves!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Lord Richard is heartbroken when he loses the woman he loves to an arranged marriage to an evil man. Desperate to be with Sarah, he finds himself in a compromising position and the only one able to save him is Maddy who has had a crush on him for years. Richard is now being forced to marry a girl he views more as his sister than a wife. I loved this book, the story is exciting and fast paced and even though it takes Richard some time to figure things out I do like him. Maddy was a bit naïve but Lord Richard is heartbroken when he loses the woman he loves to an arranged marriage to an evil man. Desperate to be with Sarah, he finds himself in a compromising position and the only one able to save him is Maddy who has had a crush on him for years. Richard is now being forced to marry a girl he views more as his sister than a wife. I loved this book, the story is exciting and fast paced and even though it takes Richard some time to figure things out I do like him. Maddy was a bit naïve but she knew what she wanted, Richard. Great characters, with lots of romance and danger, a wonderful read to escape into. Enjoy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Dunn

    whoa I loved this historical romance. Maddy and Richard were so easy to fall in love with because each had their own set of flaws that made them more human in my eyes. Richard is this wonderful hero who doesn't know his own heart and never discovered what love really meant until Maddy came along and taught him. Romance, Intrigue and so much more! 5 stars! I can't wait for the next one as this was my first invitation book as well. I will need to go back and read the others because I also fell in whoa I loved this historical romance. Maddy and Richard were so easy to fall in love with because each had their own set of flaws that made them more human in my eyes. Richard is this wonderful hero who doesn't know his own heart and never discovered what love really meant until Maddy came along and taught him. Romance, Intrigue and so much more! 5 stars! I can't wait for the next one as this was my first invitation book as well. I will need to go back and read the others because I also fell in love with the other characters such as Rufus, Anthony, Melissa and Rhedda. :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Robertson

    Ms Evans does it again

  6. 4 out of 5

    Myrt

    A Myrt's Review Invitation to Passion (My Lord's) by Bronwen Evans The Course of True Love... Madeline Knight thought she was helping her long time friend Richard Craven from being found in a compromising situation with married lady, Sarah Wrentham, only to end up compromising herself and being quickly married off to Richard in a matter of days! Maddy and Richard have been friends for years, ever since he rescued her at 13 from bullies.  He has always been her hero and as she grew older, her secret A Myrt's Review Invitation to Passion (My Lord's) by Bronwen Evans The Course of True Love... Madeline Knight thought she was helping her long time friend Richard Craven from being found in a compromising situation with married lady, Sarah Wrentham, only to end up compromising herself and being quickly married off to Richard in a matter of days! Maddy and Richard have been friends for years, ever since he rescued her at 13 from bullies.  He has always been her hero and as she grew older, her secret crush.  However, she never expected to actually marry the dashing ladies man.  Richard thinks of Maddy as a little sister, in fact, the little sister of one of his closest friends.  He is in love with Sarah, who had been forced to marry another man. He never expected to marry his sweet friend, Maddy. While Maddy was growing up, her brother, Rufus, had relentlessly worked to redeem the family name from years of disgrace by proving their late father had been falsely accused of treason.  During that time Richard had filled the void left in Maddy's life by befriending her and exchanging in a regular correspondence with her over the years setting the foundation for a deep friendship. Maddy had hoped to marry for love and despite her feelings for Richard she hoped to marry a man who loved her back.  Maddy knows Richard is in love with Sarah and doesn't want to force him into a loveless marriage.  Richard doesn't want to see his dear friend ruined in Society because of his selfish actions and wants do the right thing by her so he insists they marry. When Richard really looks at Maddy as his prospective wife he stops seeing her as a little sister and sees the beautiful young woman she has become.  One of the best things in the book is the open and honest friendship the two have and how Maddy has always been able to ask Richard about anything over the years and he has always given her the respect of an honest answer.  As they discuss their marriage and what they want it to be, they agree they want to maintain their special friendship and they both acknowledge they want more than a marriage of convenience.  Maddy asks only that Richard continue to be completely honest with her and when he takes a mistress, as she assumes he will eventually, that he tell her. Richard wants to tell her that this would never happen but he doesn't know if he can trust himself and instead promises her he will always be honest with her. One of Ms. Evans' strong suit is the intimate and passionate love scenes she writes.  Her heroines usually have a wedding night that virtually sets the reader's own room on fire and Maddy is no exception. Her and Richard's first night together starts their new life off with figurative fireworks for both of them and helps to solidify their new relationship.  It also deepens Richard's resolve to always make sure Maddy is happy in their marriage. But there is still Sarah, whose husband manages to die in a suspicious fall from a horse while Maddy and Richard are being married.  Richard ends up helping the needy Sarah, who is now either a murderess or a potential victim to someone after her husband's estate.  Sarah also makes it clear she is very much interested in continuing their previous relationship, In a nice turn, Richard realizes he doesn't want to be with Sarah anymore and keeps Maddy informed of everything that is happening with Sarah.  Except of course for one little, tiny detail... The story continues with the mystery of Wrentham's death, a suddenly supportive and handsome new friend who shows up at the right times to rescue our heroine, old grudges coming back to haunt, and it is never a good idea to break a promise, no matter how much of a good idea it seemed at the time. The biggest issue in all this for Richard is the question of true love and is it possible.  He comes to love Maddy so much that he constantly questions whether his love for her is enough. Maddy is not the only one to be in love for the first time. For Richard, his history of superficial relationships in the past where he thought he was in love make him doubt his capacity for the real thing when he has it.  It's up to Maddy to show him the way. I really enjoyed the easy banter between the characters.  Maddy's openness with Richard was refreshing in the way she really could and often did ask him about anything. Richard's attempts to always answer honestly even when the subject was something a young Society lady should know nothing about were very amusing.  I really liked that they had such a strong physical chemistry to match their emotional one.  Sarah was definitely set up to be a bad girl but just how bad was the question running through the story and kept her interesting.  This is the third in a series and can be read as a standalone like I did but the ending was a bit murky (although completely resolved) with the sudden appearance and reference to characters and incidents in the previous books.  I look forward to reading those two now as well. This a wonderful read for those who are interested in a Regency romance that offers more than a series of misunderstandings! I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rara

    I was raised on historical romance novels and it is still my favorite subgenre. Give me the ball gowns, mansions, lords and ladies, and I’m a happy woman. But give me a marriage of convenience between the hero and heroine and I’m practically giddy. That’s how I felt when I began reading Invitation to Passion by Bronwen Evans and I just got happier and happier as I lost myself in this engrossing tale of friendship turned to love. I could not have asked for more from Ms. Evans. Her tale gave me eve I was raised on historical romance novels and it is still my favorite subgenre. Give me the ball gowns, mansions, lords and ladies, and I’m a happy woman. But give me a marriage of convenience between the hero and heroine and I’m practically giddy. That’s how I felt when I began reading Invitation to Passion by Bronwen Evans and I just got happier and happier as I lost myself in this engrossing tale of friendship turned to love. I could not have asked for more from Ms. Evans. Her tale gave me everything I would want or need in a romance. A heroine head over heels in love with a man who doesn’t yet return the love? Check. A hero who is handsome, charming and caring? Check. A villain you love to hate? Check. A forced marriage to avoid scandal? Check. Passion and drama with some suspense as a bonus? Check. A happy and satisfying ending? Check and double check. Once I began reading, I could not put the book down. I found myself sneaking off at work to just get in one more chapter. I stayed up late reading because the need to find out what would happen next far outweighed the need for sleep. Let me tell you that every dark circle under my eyes was well worth it. Madeline and Richard have been friends ever since Richard rescued a young Maddy from a bunch of bullies. They maintained their friendship through a series of letters that are unveiled throughout the book. Maddy slowly fell in love with her white knight but had come to accept that he would never be hers. That is until the night that she stepped in to help save him and inadvertently compromised her own reputation forcing the two to get married. But what would happen to their friendship now that they were husband and wife. While it was no surprise that Richard would eventually fall in love with his beautiful wife, I still enjoyed the journey that he took to get to that point. Though I must confess that I sometimes found myself shaking my head at some of his stupid antics that he resulted from his misplaced notion that he was protecting his wife. Ms. Evans provided the reader with believable characters that drew my sympathy and respect. Despite the times, Maddy was not a wishy-washy female. She was smart and independent and willing to do whatever was necessary to protect the man she loved. Richard was a compassionate and caring man who wasn’t in the least bit the typical arrogant man that you see in many historicals. He wasn’t perfect and made many mistakes, but only because he cared too much. Even the secondary characters were interesting. I loved the relationships that Maddy had with her brother and his wife, as well as the one between Richard and his twin brother and his wife. The friendship between the men, and the one between the women was so authentic and just added another layer of enjoyment to the book. As if all the romance and passion wasn’t enough, Ms. Evans provided us with suspense and drama that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could read. I completely lost myself in the world she created. Invitation to Passion is the third book in the My Lord’s series. I have not read the other books in the series but had no difficulty following along. Of course, I will have to go back and read those books because I am so intrigued now as to their stories. However, this is not the first historical by Ms. Evans that I have read. She has impressed me with her writing ability and I am excited to have a new go to author for when I need that historical romance fix.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

    Madeline Knight has been in love with Lord Richard Craven for years, but Richard has had his eyes set on the now married Sarah and even though she is married, Richard has no qualms about having a liaison with her. Madeline and Richard have been best friends since the time the now twenty-one year old was thirteen. Richard and Rufus, Madeline's older brother have been friends and since Rufus was away clearing his father's name of treason, he had nothing to say about the odd relationship between hi Madeline Knight has been in love with Lord Richard Craven for years, but Richard has had his eyes set on the now married Sarah and even though she is married, Richard has no qualms about having a liaison with her. Madeline and Richard have been best friends since the time the now twenty-one year old was thirteen. Richard and Rufus, Madeline's older brother have been friends and since Rufus was away clearing his father's name of treason, he had nothing to say about the odd relationship between his sister and his friend. Rufus is having a party for his sister. It's time for the sheltered Madeline to open up a bit and begin to feel out her prospects. While at her party, Richard whisks the well married, Sarah off to an empty room with amorous intentions for his ex-lover. When Sarah's cruel husband seeks out the pair, knowing they must have an affair going on, Madeline jumps in to save Richard from being called out, but in turn ends up being compromised publicly. Rufus insists on a wedding between his sister and his friend to save face and Madeline's faltering reputation. Maddy feels she has trapped Richard into a marriage he didn't want, but the more time they spend in each other's company, the more the marriage feels right to Richard. Maddy needs more convincing, because even though Richard makes her feel like a treasured wife, when they are alone, she also feels like the third wheel when Sarah is around. When Sarah's husband dies in an apparent hunting accident, Madeline is unimaginably distressed that through her own fault, Richard is not with the woman he truly loves, but with the friend he had to settle for. When Sarah's husband's so called accident turns into an apparent murder, Richard and his brother, Anthony set out to find out who the culprit is. In the meantime,an old enemies appears and worms its way into the brother's lives, carefully planning reckoning for the death of the enemy's loved one. Time may be running out for Richard to save his wife from evil's hands, and prove to her that she is all he really wants and needs. INVITATION TO PASSION by Bronwen Evans is a face-paced thrill of a ride. Lord Richard Craven has been put on on a pedestal by the naive Madeline from a young age, but with age,comes wisdom. Although a rake, Richard is a good man, who promises to never intentionally hurt his Maddy, but intentions fall short sometimes. The couple must work through their issues, if only outside forces weren't always against them. This third installment of the INVITATION TO series is a strong story with passionate budding romance. Bronwen Evans has cemented her place as one of my favorite authors and I eagerly await each and every word she puts to pen. I strongly recommend INVITATION TO PASSION as it is a wonderful book. ~KIMBERLY~

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The Honorable Richard John Craven, handsome, white knight to damsels in distress and rake is watching his life turn upside down. He is not sure what true love is and if he is capable of the feeling. Madeline Knight, sister of Viscount Strathmore, is strong, loving, compassionate, loyal and lonely. She has only known life in the country and the censure of society as the daughter of a supposed traitor to the crown. Regarding marriage, she knows she wants a man to love that loves her totally and com The Honorable Richard John Craven, handsome, white knight to damsels in distress and rake is watching his life turn upside down. He is not sure what true love is and if he is capable of the feeling. Madeline Knight, sister of Viscount Strathmore, is strong, loving, compassionate, loyal and lonely. She has only known life in the country and the censure of society as the daughter of a supposed traitor to the crown. Regarding marriage, she knows she wants a man to love that loves her totally and completely and wishes that man is Richard. Richard and Madeline have a wonderfully unique relationship- they are friends and have been corresponding for six years. Because of a shallow manipulation they find themselves married, both bringing their insecurities with them. Their road to love is filled with murder investigations, ex-lover manipulations, fire, lies and betrayal, danger, abductions and a flaming passion neither of them knew their friendship help. With her usual style, humor and brilliant characters we are on a wonderful journey of emotional discovery where the heroine must convince our hero he is worthy of her love. We see the white knight rescued by her strong love. Ms. Evans brings the hero’s into the open with grace and leaves you cheering as he comes to believe in himself and his capacity to really love another. Throughout the story Madeline is steadfast in her love of Richard, but her youth and secluded upbringing add a vulnerability to the journey. The characters that support Richard and Madeline love are charming and in-depth and add layers of emotion I enjoyed. The subplot that pulls the story together has excellent villains. The shallow, spoiled and spitefulness of these characters keep you turning the pages to see evil overturned by good and love. I am a fan of Ms. Evans’ writing and was not disappointed. I recommend this and her other stories wholeheartedly. I missed the book before this in the series, but will be going back to read it. Once again, well done, Ms. Evans. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I am really loving this series. One of my favorite things about this book is the Heroine. She had to grow up fast in her young life. Her maturity and strength at such a young age helped her get through the difficult things that happened to her in this book. I love how every book in this series carries on the story with each book. To be able to revisit the characters from the other books and see how their lives are going and how their families are growing. It is almost like checking in with old f I am really loving this series. One of my favorite things about this book is the Heroine. She had to grow up fast in her young life. Her maturity and strength at such a young age helped her get through the difficult things that happened to her in this book. I love how every book in this series carries on the story with each book. To be able to revisit the characters from the other books and see how their lives are going and how their families are growing. It is almost like checking in with old friends. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    If I could, I would give this way more stars than 5. Because I have read all of the books in this series and I can honestly say this is my favorite from this series. Each time I read one of this fantastic author's books, I feel she cannot make the next one any better. This is just not true, which was proven with Richard and Madeline's story. This book is definitely a page turner from start to finish. This is one that I will re-read over and over again. It is a keeper. I do not say that lightly. If I could, I would give this way more stars than 5. Because I have read all of the books in this series and I can honestly say this is my favorite from this series. Each time I read one of this fantastic author's books, I feel she cannot make the next one any better. This is just not true, which was proven with Richard and Madeline's story. This book is definitely a page turner from start to finish. This is one that I will re-read over and over again. It is a keeper. I do not say that lightly. I read a book a day, so I can honestly say I have read too many authors to count. This book, I loved. This author is one of my favorite authors in the Recency genre. Richard Craven is Maddy's brother Rufu's childhood friend. Richard's saves Maddy from bullies when she was 13 years old. Maddy is like a little sister to Richard so from then on they are friends who write to each other for six years. Maddy was so mature for her age. She realized from early on how special their friendship was. She cherished it and she knew she loved him. She is now a grown woman and loves him, but he sees her as a sister. He thinks he is love with Sarah. There are obstacles in place. Madeline saves Richard, but in turn compromises herself, so Richard offers marriage, which Rufus accepts. Here is where their journey begins, but evil lurks around. Richard was magnificent throughout and Maddy's devotion and loyalty was unparalleled. I loved the promises they made to one another prior to their marriage. Those promises were so heartfelt, they brought tears to my eyes. And the fact that they truly attempted to keep them was so refreshing. There was no hesitation in the lengths she would be willing to go for her happiness. The concept of being in love with someone else and marrying another because you respect her and her family too much to ruin your best friend's sister was admirable. I loved that this gifted author took me, the reader, on this journey of discovery for Richard to figure out what love truly meant for him in his life and would he be capable of: Figuring it out for himself, would love truly exist for him one day, would he recognize it, would he realize who "the one" would really be and would he be able to reciprocate and never waiver once he found her. Or could he possibly, not recognize love and ruin everything. The letters between the two of them at the beginning of every chapter was brilliant. The intrigue of the evil that lurked around them was truly palpable. I enjoyed that all of the previous main characters from the other books in this series appeared in this book. The love scenes were fantastic. Just loved it. People back then lived so very different and accepted things in their lives differently. This is truly a wonderful book. The series is great. Picked it up and try it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    The third in this series, yet the first I have read, Bronwen Evans’ Disgraced Lords series has never failed to please, so I was excited to be offered the opportunity to start this series. Richard and Madeline have been friends for years, but some rather transparent manipulations pushed the two into marriage: not a horrible pairing but their own issues play heavily into the less than happy start to their life. Richard is a bit of difficult hero – while you can admire his determination and desire The third in this series, yet the first I have read, Bronwen Evans’ Disgraced Lords series has never failed to please, so I was excited to be offered the opportunity to start this series. Richard and Madeline have been friends for years, but some rather transparent manipulations pushed the two into marriage: not a horrible pairing but their own issues play heavily into the less than happy start to their life. Richard is a bit of difficult hero – while you can admire his determination and desire to protect those who need him, his lack of recognition of his own emotions and his tendency to conceal the truth of his comings and goings. Not to say that he is horrible, and if Madeline was a little more ‘worldly’ her experience would have shot her into confrontation far earlier, but his lack of sense and emotional immaturity is frustrating. Evans did a wonderful job in making him just ‘difficult’ enough to appreciate, then developing his character and showing his growth to present the real connection and love between the two. Madeline was a little more difficult: having been sheltered in the country most of her life, then finding herself shunned in society because of her ‘connection’ to a traitor, her naiveté is charming, but you just worry that her steadfast support of Richard will end in heartbreak. It wasn’t that she was whinging or complaining, but Richard’s perseveration was eating away at her own confidence and security, and came close to shattering her dreams of love. A twist puts Madeline into the danger zone, and Richard, being Richard, can’t help but step in to save the day, and realize that the love he didn’t recognize was there all along. With secondary characters that epitomize spoiled, selfish and spiteful, and the addition of some humor and heat, the story moves forward quickly and enjoyably, despite some troubling character’s actions. Doing just what an author should do, Evans keeps the reader engaged and interested, feeling slighted with Richard’s behavior, worrying for Madeline, and thoroughly enjoying the ride to the end. I received an eBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Trish R.

    UGH.. I’ve read 3 other books by Ms. Evans and I loved them all. This one, not so much. I wasn’t crazy about the letters at the beginning of each chapter, they didn’t seem to fit there. And some reviewers said Maddy was a “doormat.” I wouldn’t go that far but she didn’t seem very strong to me. Her constant thoughts about Richard’s happiness was just ridiculous. I mean, thinking for a minute of asking him for a divorce so he could be with Sarah. And speaking of Sarah, I was pretty sick of that nam UGH.. I’ve read 3 other books by Ms. Evans and I loved them all. This one, not so much. I wasn’t crazy about the letters at the beginning of each chapter, they didn’t seem to fit there. And some reviewers said Maddy was a “doormat.” I wouldn’t go that far but she didn’t seem very strong to me. Her constant thoughts about Richard’s happiness was just ridiculous. I mean, thinking for a minute of asking him for a divorce so he could be with Sarah. And speaking of Sarah, I was pretty sick of that name by about 60%, AND Richard’s “helping the woman in distress” attitude, leaving Maddy to her own devices so he could see to Sarah’s comfort. I have no idea why he was so PO’d when Maddy was attacked since it was his fault for not being where he was supposed to be- with Maddy. There was sooo much time spent on Richard’s and Maddy’s desire for each other. The first 60% or so was filled with that. I like sex in my books but you can have too much, or too many thoughts of it until it becomes rather boring. AND the friendship thing became really boring. That seemed to be all-important to them. Not the sex or their marriage but their friendship. The word friend or friendship was used 182 times in this 234 page book, just to give you an idea how important that friendship was. That’s a little crazy. And Maddy was beautiful, as was Richard. We were told that 58 times. I like my hero and heroine to be beautiful but you only need to tell me a time or two and that’s enough. OK.. At 63% I’m done. I can’t read any more about his “fickle” heart and her making excuses for his stupidity. I’m happy for all those who loved this book but it’s just too silly for me. As to the narrator: Ms. Hussey did a wonderful job with what she had to deal with. I've listened to her before and it's always a pleasure.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I was a bit anxious reading the synopsis for this book because the hero is supposed to be in love with another person & not the heroine. His "love", Sarah, is forced by her father to marry another man after refusing to elope with the hero, Richard who is only a second son. During a party, Sarah seduces Richard & in trying to save them from her husband, Madeline (Maddy)herself gets caught alone with Richard & they end up getting married instead to save her from ruin. Richard & Maddy have been fir I was a bit anxious reading the synopsis for this book because the hero is supposed to be in love with another person & not the heroine. His "love", Sarah, is forced by her father to marry another man after refusing to elope with the hero, Richard who is only a second son. During a party, Sarah seduces Richard & in trying to save them from her husband, Madeline (Maddy)herself gets caught alone with Richard & they end up getting married instead to save her from ruin. Richard & Maddy have been firm friends since he saved her from a bunch of bullies (Sarah's husband & siblings, what d'u know!) when she's just 13. They correspond over the years & the beginning of each chapter contains one of their letters, which I really enjoyed. He'd always regarded her as a younger sister especially since he's her brother's BF. Maddy of course is totally infatuated with him & it's easy to see why she soon falls in love with him. Richard took a little bit more time for me to warm to. But kudos to the author who handled his character & the situation very well. I enjoyed watching (I should say reading I guess)their relationship grow & it was very plausible. Maddy is sweet, innocent, passionate yet with a strong character. There were a few things that made this a 3 star read for me. I found the language & writing quite contemporary at times & was somewhat abrupt. Towards the end, the number of sex scenes between the H/H become rather tedious & I ended up flipping. There were several typos as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I haven't read the first two books in the series yet but I do have it in my nook. I just need to get started on it after reading about the heroes from those books in this one. I hated Richard at the beginning of the book. He really know how to break a girl's heart. At the beginning of the book, we read about our heroine Madeline trying to protect Richard from being caught in a tryst with someone's wife. This wife was his lover before she marry Richard's enemy and they someone still continue the I haven't read the first two books in the series yet but I do have it in my nook. I just need to get started on it after reading about the heroes from those books in this one. I hated Richard at the beginning of the book. He really know how to break a girl's heart. At the beginning of the book, we read about our heroine Madeline trying to protect Richard from being caught in a tryst with someone's wife. This wife was his lover before she marry Richard's enemy and they someone still continue the relationship even after her marriage. Because of this situation of Madeline being caught in a compromising situation with Richard, they are married as soon as possible and that from there it is like a roller coaster. I had a change of heart with dear Richard after his marriage to Madeline. Even though he had a tryst with someone's wife, he stays true to his wife...well..ish. There were some scenes in the book where he may had made a stupid mistake by leaving her alone with the ton. Those scenes, I want to punch him. Everything else is like emotional. I can't blame Madeline for not emotionally trusting Richard because of the problems that happen after Sarah (Richard's ex-lover) becomes a widow. Her character isn't someone that I can hate because she does her best to stay strong and not get hurt from what is happening. Definitely a good read with all the drama that Sarah causes. But a good thing is that it does allow Richard and Madeline to bond closer :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This is the first Invitation book I have read. I have read all of the Wicked Wagers and Disgraced Lords books and loved every one of those books. I liked this book also but it was very frustrating at times. For the first half of the book I just wanted to slap Richard and say "snap out of it". Honestly I was tired of hearing him wavering between whether he was in love with Sara and what his feeling were for Madeline. Even at the end of the book he could not stop himself from trying to help Sara d This is the first Invitation book I have read. I have read all of the Wicked Wagers and Disgraced Lords books and loved every one of those books. I liked this book also but it was very frustrating at times. For the first half of the book I just wanted to slap Richard and say "snap out of it". Honestly I was tired of hearing him wavering between whether he was in love with Sara and what his feeling were for Madeline. Even at the end of the book he could not stop himself from trying to help Sara due to his savior complex. I believe Maddy was a fairly strong woman. She loved Richard for several years and was not willing to give up on him. But if I were in her position I am not sure I would have hung on for so long because at the beginning of their marriage they promised all truth and to "protect" Maddy Richard decided to leave out details of his comings and goings which only led to misunderstandings which was not good for the relationship. I did like how Richard grew to realize the difference between wanting to help others in need and the meaning of true love. I had to put this book down a couple of times because the emotions were so high. In the end I really did enjoy this book. I have the other two Invitation books and am looking forward to reading them. I received a complimentary copy of the book for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    4 stars (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review). Richard is at a loss when the woman he loves is forced to marry a violent man. Despite her marriage the two cannot stay away from one another. At a ball the two are in a room alone with her husband on his way to find her. Richard's best friend, Rufus's sister, Madeline looks to Richard as her best friend. To save him from his lover's wrath she steps in and is compromised. Now Richard and Madeline must marry. Madeline is ex 4 stars (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review). Richard is at a loss when the woman he loves is forced to marry a violent man. Despite her marriage the two cannot stay away from one another. At a ball the two are in a room alone with her husband on his way to find her. Richard's best friend, Rufus's sister, Madeline looks to Richard as her best friend. To save him from his lover's wrath she steps in and is compromised. Now Richard and Madeline must marry. Madeline is excited to marry her best friend and the man she has always loved but cannot help feeling she is not the only one in his heart. Richard loves Madeline and thinks he is in love with Sarah. He will always be faithful to Madeline but can't help feeling like he is asking Madeline to give up on love. While Sarah continues to threaten their relationship there is a mysterious man looking to enact his revenge on Rufus and his loved ones. Will Madeline and Richard be able to find love and peace? I really liked the third book in the Invitation series. Much like the first novel the hero and heroine sparked every time they are together and the suspense and tension are great balance for the romance and sensuality. I was happy to find out there will be a fourth book in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    Since age 13 Madeline has thought Richard to be her knight in shining armor. They have written to each other for the past several years. Fearing for Richard at a ball where he secretly meets a married woman (whom he tried to elope with before her father demanded she marry another) she ends up sacrificing her reputation to keep him safe. He marries her and realizes he has feelings for her. But suddenly the woman he thought he loved becomes a widow. Madeline can't help but feel there are three in Since age 13 Madeline has thought Richard to be her knight in shining armor. They have written to each other for the past several years. Fearing for Richard at a ball where he secretly meets a married woman (whom he tried to elope with before her father demanded she marry another) she ends up sacrificing her reputation to keep him safe. He marries her and realizes he has feelings for her. But suddenly the woman he thought he loved becomes a widow. Madeline can't help but feel there are three in her marriage as Sarah clings to Richard once again. Richard feels conflicted that with his fickle heart he may hurt his best friend. But the more he is with Maddy the more he is sure she is the only one for him. And when enemies from the past threaten he will give anything to keep Madeline from being hurt. As much as I enjoy this author this book was just a little too forced for me. I liked and then really didn't like Madeline and Richard. Can't quite put my finger on the pros and cons of this one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mey Buentipo

    I have waited for this book. Although, I did not read the 2nd book of this series and forgot about the first book I am somewhat lost. The 2nd book of this series is partially entwined with this book. Even though, I still didn't stop reading this book. It is has been a while since I read a book from this author. I really liked the plot. I got intrigued about it. I liked the heroine but sometimes a pity her. I just wished that there is more to her that loving the hero. It goes around and around ab I have waited for this book. Although, I did not read the 2nd book of this series and forgot about the first book I am somewhat lost. The 2nd book of this series is partially entwined with this book. Even though, I still didn't stop reading this book. It is has been a while since I read a book from this author. I really liked the plot. I got intrigued about it. I liked the heroine but sometimes a pity her. I just wished that there is more to her that loving the hero. It goes around and around about the love that is uncertain between the h/h, which is very tiring. There is the mystery, but since I cannot relate because it is connected to the 2nd book. It did not have an impact on me. It got predictable and even in the mention of the new character I already know that he is involved. I am giving this a 3.5 stars, since there something about it that I don't want to stop reading it. I think I might go back to the book 2 and book 1 just to refresh myself about this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Laverdure

    Emotional Love Story! INVITATION TO PASSION is the first Invitation book I that read in this series. I have read three books written by Bronwen Evans and loved every one of them. I liked this book because is was passionate, fast-paced with a well developed intrigue. The first time, I read one of her stories , I fell in love with her style of writing. I loved her charming characters! Madeline, as had a love crush, on Richard, since she was thirteen. Now, Madeline still loves Richard, who is in lo Emotional Love Story! INVITATION TO PASSION is the first Invitation book I that read in this series. I have read three books written by Bronwen Evans and loved every one of them. I liked this book because is was passionate, fast-paced with a well developed intrigue. The first time, I read one of her stories , I fell in love with her style of writing. I loved her charming characters! Madeline, as had a love crush, on Richard, since she was thirteen. Now, Madeline still loves Richard, who is in love with a married woman named Sarah. But, Madeline will soon discover that in saving his reputation, she will ruin hers in the process. What will happen? Beautiful chemistry between her characters and passionate romance. You will enjoy a rollcoaster ride of emotions! Lots of twists and turns! Again, Ms. Evans didn't disappoint me. I recommend this beautiful love story!

  21. 4 out of 5

    April

    Awesome Simply put WOW,what an awesome read!! Fast paced and filled with intrigue, danger and passion. I would be remiss if I did not mention the powerful pull between Maddie and Richard. The sparks fly off the page. The storyline is well written, the sexual scenes tastefully done, the danger is palpable, and the love pours from the pages between Maddie and Richard, even if they do not quite understand. Powerful, impressive and intriguing! Well done, indeed! Once again Ms Evans has proven her wor Awesome Simply put WOW,what an awesome read!! Fast paced and filled with intrigue, danger and passion. I would be remiss if I did not mention the powerful pull between Maddie and Richard. The sparks fly off the page. The storyline is well written, the sexual scenes tastefully done, the danger is palpable, and the love pours from the pages between Maddie and Richard, even if they do not quite understand. Powerful, impressive and intriguing! Well done, indeed! Once again Ms Evans has proven her worth in the historical romance genre. Very enjoyable and satisfying read and one I highly recommend. I look forward to the next grand "Invitation to.. My Lord's" adventure. *Personal buy* Rating: 5 Heat rating: Hot

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Waited for this to come out and wasn't disappointed. Love Bronwen Evans writing. Waited for this to come out and wasn't disappointed. Love Bronwen Evans writing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    2.5 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First problem: the dialogue in this book seems anachronistic and too modern for the book's period. Second Problem: I hated how the hero put the other woman over the heroine even though he said that he would always choose the heroine first. Third problem: I also didn't like how his first reaction to hearing about the OW's pregnancy was excitement for a baby instead of concern about how this would affect the heroine if the baby was his. Moreover, the hero stages a seduction of the OW in order to s First problem: the dialogue in this book seems anachronistic and too modern for the book's period. Second Problem: I hated how the hero put the other woman over the heroine even though he said that he would always choose the heroine first. Third problem: I also didn't like how his first reaction to hearing about the OW's pregnancy was excitement for a baby instead of concern about how this would affect the heroine if the baby was his. Moreover, the hero stages a seduction of the OW in order to see if she is involved with her husbands death. They don't have sex, but afterwards, he kisses the heroine after his lips had been macking on the OW. GROSS! This all happens AFTER he supposedly realizes that he no longer loves the OW. WTF? To top it all off, heroine is a doormat. No romance in this story at all. Just pure frustration.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lapada

    I have read the first two books in this series and have enjoyed them tremendously. There is always a twist to the story that is unusual for the period, topics that would have been taboo to discuss at the tine but that appear in every book. The action is well paced and the setting is realistic. The hero and heroine in this story are a little difficult to love as she is almost super-humanly willing to forgive him anything and he is consistently putting her second after his ex. But my biggest issue I have read the first two books in this series and have enjoyed them tremendously. There is always a twist to the story that is unusual for the period, topics that would have been taboo to discuss at the tine but that appear in every book. The action is well paced and the setting is realistic. The hero and heroine in this story are a little difficult to love as she is almost super-humanly willing to forgive him anything and he is consistently putting her second after his ex. But my biggest issue was the poor editing. There are a lot of mistakes and you are constantly being pulled out of the story. It's clear the author puts a huge amount of work into the story, it would be great if the editing got just as much attention. Still a great read and I'll pick up the next book and hope for better immersion into what I'm sure will be another fascinating story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laurem

    I loved Richard from the first book. Madeline has been in love with Richard for years. While trying to save him she gets herself ruined. Now they have to marry. Being friends and great sexual chemistry is a good start. Problems in the marriage: she has to take Richard off a petalstool. Also her myrta act gets old. Her sex from Megan (1st book) helps and makes interesting love scenes. Richard has to get rid of his ex. He wants to help her especially since she carries his baby??? He is too nice an I loved Richard from the first book. Madeline has been in love with Richard for years. While trying to save him she gets herself ruined. Now they have to marry. Being friends and great sexual chemistry is a good start. Problems in the marriage: she has to take Richard off a petalstool. Also her myrta act gets old. Her sex from Megan (1st book) helps and makes interesting love scenes. Richard has to get rid of his ex. He wants to help her especially since she carries his baby??? He is too nice and let's the shedevil ruin his marriage. There is also a villian on the horizon waiting to take revenge. Messtup revenge.! This couple were great. I loved we got to read their letters to each other over the years. It sweeten the story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zee

    Have you ever hate watched a show? Well I hate read this book, and I clearly hated it! This book made me so angry I actually had a headache from reading it. There’s so many wrong things with this book that I can’t list them all without getting angry all over again. The only reason I gave this book two stars is because I liked the cover. Suffice to say I’m not reading another book by Bronwen Evans because they clearly don’t know how to write a historical romance or any romance for that matter.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Layne

    Three is one too many in this marriage -- A young girl rescued from bullies; her white knight her brother's best friend. Fast forward 6 years and now it's her turn to rescue him. The rescue backfires and they are forced to marry. She's always loved him but he doesn't understand the concept of real love. Enter a villainess who wants him too; and a villain that I didn't see coming!! Oh what a great read!! Loved, loved this story!! Three is one too many in this marriage -- A young girl rescued from bullies; her white knight her brother's best friend. Fast forward 6 years and now it's her turn to rescue him. The rescue backfires and they are forced to marry. She's always loved him but he doesn't understand the concept of real love. Enter a villainess who wants him too; and a villain that I didn't see coming!! Oh what a great read!! Loved, loved this story!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laine

    There's something creepy about the letters of a 13 year old girl to her adult male friend (her brother's school chum) used as chapter headings 6 years later when they have embarked on a sexual relationship after a forced marriage. It brings home how inappropriate the "friendship" was with a poorly supervised child hero-worshiping a young man she imagined as her knight in shining armor who sent her gifts from his travels. What rackety family would encourage such a thing? And then approve the marr There's something creepy about the letters of a 13 year old girl to her adult male friend (her brother's school chum) used as chapter headings 6 years later when they have embarked on a sexual relationship after a forced marriage. It brings home how inappropriate the "friendship" was with a poorly supervised child hero-worshiping a young man she imagined as her knight in shining armor who sent her gifts from his travels. What rackety family would encourage such a thing? And then approve the marriage of the now 19 year old Maddy to Richard whom they all believe she's loved for all those years with a school girl crush while he was having serial affairs with his grown peers? She had been kept sheltered away from society, bullied by her peers, friendless except for the one lifeline of correspondence with a "rake" with a savior complex who was caught with his married lover in flagrante delicto by Maddy herself and the requisite number of witnesses streaming in one by one as apparently no one thought of locking the door. She had no chance in life to meet any other romantic interest. Maddy's doting brother and sister-in-law had no qualms or distaste at seeing these two married after their unbalanced child-adult relationship? But of course the first bedding was perfection. How distasteful that a childish past letter headed even this chapter and looked to continue. Many would consider such letters and gifts "grooming" of a child even if inadvertent and such an unsavory beginning hangs over the relationship. After several days of erotic sex, Maddy says to her husband while still in bed: " 'Is it strange making love to me given that I'm your friend. I know you think of me as your sister' ...she rushed on 'I don't want it to be strange for you' ". Well it became too strange for this reader at that point. DNF.

  30. 4 out of 5

    D

    There is nothing objectionable about this book. There is also nothing interesting about this book. DNF at about 23% because after reading the same internal monologue for each of our leads three different times I knew I didn't care enough to continue. Life is to short to waste on books that don't interest you. There is nothing objectionable about this book. There is also nothing interesting about this book. DNF at about 23% because after reading the same internal monologue for each of our leads three different times I knew I didn't care enough to continue. Life is to short to waste on books that don't interest you.

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