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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    Great characters but the hero is a bit lacking. Miss Rheda Kerri

    Great characters but the hero is a bit lacking. Miss Rheda Kerrich is secretly known by the local villagers of Deal as the smuggler, Dark Shadow. Rhe gives the smuggled goods to the local widows to sell to support themselves since many of the men have died at sea. With her own smuggling profits, she has paid off all of her father’s massive debts and is managing to run of the estate. Now that her brother’s is old enough to step up as the head of the household, Rhe is hoping to end her life as a smuggler and concentrate on her horse breeding which will allow her to remain an independent woman. After years of watching her mother’s unrequited love for her unfaithful father, a man who tossed away his fortune on mistresses and leaving nothing for his family, Rhe has vowed never to enter into matrimony, and the whispered scandal that surrounds her, keeps her away from those prospects anyway.

    Rufus Knight, the Viscount Strathmore, is investigating the smuggler known as Dark Shadow. He believes Dark Shadow is a traitor who is smuggling more than just goods to France. If he can bring Dark Shadow to justice, he may be able to clear his father’s name. When Rufus arrives in Deal and finds Rhe trapped by a barrel of smuggled brandy, he decides to seduce her for information to find the notorious smuggler.

    I liked the character of Rheda. She was smart, headstrong and determined to fulfill her dreams, no matter what she had to do. She even refused to use her neighbor and friend for his title and fortune after her father’s death when he proposed to her, refusing to taint his good name with her scandal. She opted for smuggling rather than the loveless marriage.

    My hesitation on this story was the character of Rufus. Rufus is determined to clear his family name. YET – Rufus is a well known womanizer, so much that even Rheda who never spends time in society and lives in the country knows exactly who he is and his well-earned notorious reputation. Soooo, I guess it is okay to be a rake in regency England and still clear your family name, as long as you have a proper wife picked out?? Not only has Rufus been traumatized by his father’s scandal, but he also fell in love with a woman who turned out to be working for the wrong side, and who stabbed him and left him for dead. First of all, when he first sees Rheda she is in an old dress so he assumes she is a local girl and since she looks in her early 20s, he assumes she must be willing for a little “fun,” and he takes a lot of liberties with her, putting his hand up her dress to massage the feeling back into her legs, “oh and as long as I’m here” keeps reaching up; and even going as far as pulling the front of her dress down and fondling her. Seems that that is okay to do when you’re a Lord and the local girl keeps saying “stop it!” When he finds out who Rheda really is, he quickly believes all the whispers around her, basically because he wants to get her in bed and he certainly doesn’t want to marry a woman surrounded by scandal so it is in his best interest to believe she a wanton woman so his behavior towards her is okay. Whenever they take a step forward in the story, Rufus then takes two steps back constantly reminding himself of the last woman he trusted and no matter how much he appreciates Rheda’s spirit or her determination, he is still just looking to get under her skirt and looks down on her and jumps quickly to the wrong conclusion.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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    Reviewed by: Bri Book provided by: Author Review originally post

    Reviewed by: Bri
    Book provided by: Author
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    Review: Rheda Kerrich is a character that I really like! Mrs. Evans did a great job slowly showing us who she is and the events that made her this hellion/smuggler/heroine lady that she is today.

    Now Rufus (what a name! LOL) is a very dynamic hero. He is as volatile as a nuke in Korea. One minute he is a gentleman, honorable, the next a seething barbaric Alpha male. But always always presumptuous sensuality.

    There were a few inconsistencies that I didn’t like. Such as Rheda can run a smuggling ring but doesn’t know that much about breeding horses. It’s her dream to run the horse farm. According to her personality I figured she would have researched. But that’s just me. The scene where one of her horses has colic was great. So I’m not complaining. Just an observation.

    Get it you won’t regret it.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Take one self sufficient smart woman and a man on a mission to c

    Take one self sufficient smart woman and a man on a mission to clear his family’s name and you get a clash of wills that the small town of Deal has never seen before.

    Growing up witnessing the unhappy marriage of her parents has jaded Rheda Kerrich. Then add an unforeseen scandal and Rheda is now in the perfect position to stay unmarried, which is just fine by her. She has worked too long and hard to allow a man to rule her world. She has a community to take care of and a husband would only be in the way.

    For over a decade, Rufus has battled the lies that have clouded his family’s world. He is closing in on the truth and he is not about to let one allusive woman get in his way. He will just have to be smarter and use every trick he knows to find out the truth.

    These two have many secrets between them. Neither knows what is really at stake and until they can be honest with each other, they won’t get anywhere. The problem is there is a spy lurking around and is tangled in both their lives. The spy has secrets that they will kill for and has done so in the past. Can Rheda and Rufus protect all they love and each other?

    This was an exciting read. While the antagonist hid in the background, you had these two strong people battling their feelings and guarding their individual secrets. The novel did not revolve around the mystery of their secrets; it was more about the unveiling of it amongst the characters. As the reader, you knew what was happening most of the time. But Ms. Evans was very clever and she had other secrets buried that were just as juicy. It was great to be able to enjoy them later on. I also had a very good idea, who the antagonist was early on, but the way that Ms. Evans wrote the story, it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the plot. It was very well done.

    All of the characters involved were such a pleasure to read about. At times I wanted to clobber Rheda’s brother Daniel and at other times, cheer on the townsfolk. I enjoyed how they were all unique and how they enhanced the storyline. But I loved the cat and mouse game that Rheda and Rufus played, most of all. Just sitting back and wondering who was going to get the upper hand was the best. Not to mention Ms. Evans starts the book rather saucily and sets the stage for sexy scenes without being too erotic. Invitation to Scandal is a complex vivid tale that is well balanced.

    I did not have the opportunity to read her prior book in this series Invitation to Ruin. I don’t feel like I missed anything either. These two books are linked, but they seem to be their own stories. I truly enjoyed Invitation to Scandal and I plan to read Invitation to Ruin as soon as I can get my hands on it. It is my hope that Ms. Evans has future plans for the other bachelors in her little corner of England. She has a wonderful talent to write distinctive plots that are above and beyond the norm and she is a real pleasure to read. This is a relatively new author to watch. Great Job!

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