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.
Title: Invitation To Passion
Author: Bronwen Evans
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Self-Published
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Book three in my Invitation To ...Regency romance series...
Consummate rake, Lord Richard Craven, has his heartbroken 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?
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.