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One Good Lady Is About to Go Bad. . .

The only thing Miss Melissa Goodly has ever wanted out of a marriage is love. But any hope of that dissolves one wild night, when she loses herself in the arms of the most irresistible--and unobtainable--man in all of England. For when they are discovered in a position as compromising as it is pleasurable, she has no choice but to accep

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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mandi Schreiner
First let me make it clear that I only made it 15% into this book. But something happens in the first 15% that made me unable to finish this book.

Melissa and Anthony Craven, the Earl of Wickham meet at a ball. Anthony has the reputation of “Lord Wicked” because of the number of ladies he has seduced. He has his eyes set on Melissa’s cousin, Lady Cassie. But Anthony’s twin brother Richard wants to make a game out of it. They set up a wager, both trying to see who can get to Lady Cassie’s bed firs...more
Kylie Griffin
Most of my friends know I love, live and breathe paranormal romance. My bookshelves are full of series and favourite authors who write in this genre - Nalini Singh, Larissa Ione, Joss Ware, Jacqueline Frank, Angela Knight, J.R.Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Joey W.Hill, Denise Rossetti...the list goes on and on...

So, when I tell you I can count the number of historical romance authors I've read and enjoyed on one hand, you'll understand why I'm posting a review about this debut author's book.

I read Bro...more
Liv
I'm not sure what happened with this book. All I know is that it was emotionally draining. It was the worst type of romance, in that, the hero, Anthony Craven, Earl of Wickham, is an unreformed rake and a true devil to the heroine, Miss Melissa Goodly, until the very last part of the book. I felt angry for most of the book and so emotionally distraught for the heroine.

BACKGROUND:
At a ball, Melissa withdraws from the evening affair early to her bed. For Melissa, it's always been Anthony, but she...more
Joy
This book starts out with a mistaken-identity rape of sleeping respectable girl (instead of her slutty cousin). Well, it seems mistaken but it soon becomes quite clear that the hero has been set up by his TOTALLY INSANE family members to do this because they think this girl is right for him (WTF? moment #1).

At any rate, this little horrorshow inevitably, as this is a Regency romance, leads to an engagement as opposed to prosecution. But the hero is adverse to having children--he doesn't want to...more
Booklover1335
Invitation to Ruin is the courageous historical romance debut novel by author Bronwen Evans. Courageous you say? It may seem odd to say that when referring to the author instead of the characters in the story, but I think the author took a few risks, that are often taboo, when writing this book. I think the author was very brave when deciding to include things like England's slave trade market at the time the book is set, and a scene involving an unconscious seduction that some reviewers have su...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
INVITATION TO RUIN by Bronwen Evans is an amazing historical romance set in 1808 London. This is her debut book.The plot is well written with twists and turns. While some of the characters are pure evil,the rest are enchanting,engaging and will capture your heart. This is an incredible story of love,trust,forgiveness,the struggle for forgiveness,and desire for true love. It is story of one man's struggle for something he thinks is unobtainable...love and forgiveness. One woman's desire to be ne...more
Kezermezer
I've read worse, but this book was definitely a disappointment. The writing itself is nothing special, frequently cliched, and often awkward, e.g. "Rufus strode into the room, an irritated scowl hanging from his auburn brows." ... "As they turned for home, Melissa still noticed the anger ruminating from the man sitting like stone beside her." ... "She smiled, the evil within escaping as her lips parted." ... "His voice was so quiet she barely heard the words. All she concentrated on was the pain...more
Bakudis
HUH,.. okey here we go,..

Anthony Craven Earl of Wickham like so many Hero is a arrogant man,free to do what he wants.
Nothing mattered to him expect pleasure, but then we know behind his charms appearance something happened in his past life.

So for the first pages, we know for months he want a beautiful widow became his mistress and she just playing hard to get and because he's Anthony the cassanova who like a challenge he became more curious to the widow.


So far i like this, hero who like slutma...more
Alys Mackenzie
Melissa Goodly wants to marry for love. Her brother, Christopher, a baron with great debt, is demanding that she marry somebody rich by the end of the Season. Currently they are staying with their cousin, Lady Cassandra, and are surviving though her generosity.

Everyone knows that Lord Anthony Craven is only at Cassandra's ball because he is trying to win her as his mistress. What Anthony doesn't realize is that his mother and brother are worried about him. His brother, Richard, not only makes a...more
Mary
This was such a good book! It has my favorite kind of hero. The kind that is so, so wounded emotionally. The hero Anthony was emotionally and physically abused by his father as a child. The heroine was not wanted as a child, so she has never had anyone to love her as a child or an adult. The heroine fought had to show the hero that he was worthy of having someone to love him. Of course through a lot of ups and downs they finally get their happy ever after. I am now starting "Invitation to Scanda...more
Greselley
I don't understand why most find this book bad because I think this is one of the bests of Bronwen Evans. The author is a risk taker like Jess Michaels. She risks taking such intense flow of the story particulary the slavery thing. Other authors would prefer to tackle light concept that it leads to the point that their stories became boring. This kind of story needs an open minded reader for it to be fully appreciated. I was amazed of how this story goes. I was annoyed sometimes because yeah, th...more
Mary Bartlett
I got this book from Book Depository yesterday and I've already finished it. I loved Anthony - a wounded man who tries to cope with his terrible childhood. Melissa is intelligent and aware of her world. She also copes however she can. The slavery angle is clever and doesn't overshadow the book.
It's a dark romance but the HEA is very satisfying. A great first book and I can't wait for Bronwen's next books.
Tamara Gill
From the first page I was hooked. I enjoyed every word and even found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading Invitation to Ruin, and I'm now looking forward to more stories from Bronwen Evans in the future.
Cyp
*4.5 stars* WOW, I enjoyed this so much more than I expected! Amazing!! Another favourite!

Review to come.
Shelly
LOVED IT I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. I ENJOYED VERY MUCH.
Mey Buentipo
The first novel I read from this author. I liked all her novellas, but I can't say I liked this or not. It has good plot and for me the story got a good start but the progress of story got a little bit slow. Well for the h/h, liked their characters, but sometimes annoying because of them are stubborn to give in. For the hero who has a dark up bringing and a heroine who is in love with the hero from the first time she saw him. There's a nice touch of a villain, who got the story going. As I turne...more
Victoria
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Invitation to Ruin was an amazing book. When I first started it, I thought it was just alright, nothing really special. But halfway through the book, when I saw the love shared by the characters, all I can say is wow.

The hero was everything I adored and the heroine? Simply amazing. I admire her so damn much. Its not always I like the heroine more than the hero, but for this book, the heroine is simply perfect. Of course, it having a great stor...more
Melanie
Oh, where do I begin? I guess with a warning that there are some SPOILERS (and I NEVER do the spoilers) ahead, so read this review at your peril!

Before buying the book, I read some of it and thought it would be really very good. It had a lot going for it even though we read this theme many times before. The opening scenes in this book promised so much, but by the second chapter the Author lost me completely. Our Hero and Heroine's "ruin" moment was rushed and forced, no pun intended. It lacked...more
Rhoda
As I won this book as part of First Reads, I would firstly like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review this book!

Firstly, I have to say that I like historical fiction, however am not a fan of the romance genre. This book certainly sounded interesting enough for me to enter the competition though, although the historical part of it was of more interest to me. Having said that, I am no expert on time periods etc - I just enjoy the genre :-)

Ok, on to Invitation to Ruin.....I rea...more
April
INVITATION TO RUIN by Bronwen Evans is an amazing historical romance set in 1808 London. This is her debut book.The plot is well written with twists and turns.The characters while are pure evil,the rest are enchanting,engaging and will capture your heart. This is an incredible story of love,trust,forgiveness,the struggle for forgiveness,and desire for true love. It is story of one man's struggle for something he thinks is unobtainable...love and forgiveness. One woman's desire to be needed,wante...more
Faye Robertson
I really enjoyed this book. Anthony and Melissa were two likeable characters and had a great chemistry that just grew throughout the story. Although Anthony was a rake and a cad, and his actions towards Melissa leaved a bit to be desired, his terrible background and awful treatment by his father explained his behaviour, and I soon found myself desperate for him to find redemption in Melissa's embrace. Melissa was a feisty heroine, not outlandishly so for the period, but she was by no means an in...more
LaVerne Clark
I loved everything about this book - from the very first unwrapping of the package after it came to my door after winning it and gazing at the beautiful cover - to the final pages of the sigh-inducing epilogue.

It is incredible to me that this is the author's debut novel. The writing is so very powerful and Ms. Evans is not afraid to delve into the darker side of human nature to do so.

In the hands of a lesser writer, the hero Anthony Craven, could have been unlikeable, but she showed the reader...more
Cate
I read this book before I read the reviews on Good Reads. The reviewers who didn't like Invitation to Ruin have some valid points about the awkward way in which the hero 'ruins' the heroine and I have to admit I was feeling pretty incredulous as I read that scene.

Other than that, I really enjoyed the rest of the story. The characters were great and I liked the fact that Evans used slave tradings as a historically-correct background for the hero's family. Distasteful, of course, but perfectly va...more
Beth
For the most part, this was a fairly decent romance. It had all the usual plot devices, including a scandal, a loveless marriage (except they do love each other, they just don't know it), and an evil villain who tries to harm our sweet heroine. What annoyed me was near the end, when our hero and heroine finally got together (please, you knew it was going to happen). Evans has a scene with the two of them FINALLY communicating with each other. The problem, was that Evans kept switching POV betwee...more
Pam
A sensual historical fiction novel. Some of the scenes are not believable. Fairly dark. The hero has sex with the innocent heroine while she is asleep. She wakes up and is found in a comprising position, yet she doesn't want to marry the hero even though she is in love with him. Hero is dealing with his miserable childhood and is determined not to let anyone get close to him. He also refuses to have legitimate children because he thinks they will be as evil as his father (and him). Yet he doesn'...more
Karen Hill
It was a little too dark for me.
Jessica
I loved this book. I finished it within a two days and usually it takes me weeks to read a single book that's how much I enjoyed this book. The stories plot was very intriguing and exciting. I fell in love with the two main characters Melissa and Anthony. The way the author described them and portrayed them, I felt like I practically knew them. The book also had some love scenes which were more passionate than vulgar. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a good romance book.
Jessica
I loved this book. I finished it within a two days and usually it takes me weeks to read a single book that's how much I enjoyed this book. The stories plot was very intriguing and exciting. I fell in love with the two main characters Melissa and Anthony. The way the author described them and portrayed them, I felt like I practically knew them. The book also had some love scenes which were more passionate than vulgar. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a good romance book.
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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.

Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Historical 2012, and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. Her first self-p...more
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