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A Dangerous Invitation

A Dangerous Invitation

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by Erica Monroe

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Scoundrels, thieves and rebels inhabit the rookeries--where the women are fierce and the men are dangerous. Are you willing to take the risk?

Torn from her life of privilege by her father's death, Kate Morgan survives in London's adark and depraved rookeries as a fence for stolen goods. The last man


Scoundrels, thieves and rebels inhabit the rookeries--where the women are fierce and the men are dangerous. Are you willing to take the risk?

Torn from her life of privilege by her father's death, Kate Morgan survives in London's adark and depraved rookeries as a fence for stolen goods. The last man she ever expects, or wants, to be reunited with is her first love, who promised to cherish, honor and protect her, and instead fled amidst accusations of murder.

One drunken night cost Daniel O'Reilly the woman he loved. If he ever wants to reclaim Kate--and his old life--he'll not only have to prove he's innocent of murder, but convince the pistol-wielding spitfire that he's no longer the scoundrel he once was.

Together, they'll have to face a killer. Time is running out...
*2014 Daphne du Maurier Excellence in Romantic Suspense Finalist in Published Historical Romance*
A Dangerous Invitation is a dark, gritty, and sexy romantic suspense set in pre-Victorian England. It is a full-length standalone historical romance, and is book one in the Rookery Rogues series.

Editorial Reviews

Elyse -
"If I could inject this book directly into my veins, I would...This book was the perfect escape. It's rich in setting and suspense, and it's a romance between two beautifully damaged people."
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Maria Rose
"Erica Monroe's début historical romance, A Dangerous Invitation, takes us into the back alleys of London in an engrossing tale of betrayal, redemption and second chances...A Dangerous Invitation has everything I want in an historical romance - an excellently researched setting, wonderfully realistic flawed characters, steamy love scenes, fast paced action and an overwhelming feeling of complete satisfaction." -Desert Island Keeper Review
Melanie Friedman
To say I enjoyed the read is a gross understatement. I 'lived' this read. It touched me on a very personal level...This is a story of hope to overcome even the direst of circumstances; a story that when life throws you lemons, you make that lemonade and fight for a right to make it the best and sweetest lemonade in the world; story of redemption and second chances. Be ready to enter the world Ms. Monroe painstakingly paints with an impressive prose, dialogue and reality soaked brush.
Jen Martin
I would definitely read from [Monroe] again. If you like historicals, but want a break from the familiar light fare, give this one a try.
Susan Frances
The author has a vision for creating the perfect atmosphere in each scene. Her descriptions have a corporeal feel...like a Dickens novel, evokes compassion from the reader for the characters and their struggle.

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Quillfire Publishing
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The Rookery Rogues , #1
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Meet the Author

Erica Monroe is a USA Today Bestselling Author of dark, suspenseful historical romance. She was a finalist in the published historical category for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romantic Suspense, and her books have been recommended reads at Fresh Fiction, Smexy Books, SBTB, and All About Romance. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, and comic book fanatic. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two pit bull mixes, and a cat. Visit Erica online at ericamonroe.com and sign up for her new release newsletter at: bit.ly/mlem4.

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A Dangerous Invitation 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
In this exceptional historical romance, we are treated to the story of Kate, forced out of her comfortable middle class existence to the shadows of thievery by the demise of her father's shipping company and Daniel, an alcoholic who fled a false accusation of murder, abandoning Kate in the process. Now recovering from his alcoholic addiction, Daniel is determined to restore his good name and rebuild his relationship with Kate - if he can convince her that he has changed and is worthy of her trust and her love. There are so many aspects of this book that I loved that it's hard to know where to start. The setting of the story is original and unique, completely unlike any other regency romance I've read. Instead of the typical ballroom scenes, high born lords and ladies with perhaps a dash of the lower elements featured, this takes place entirely amidst the lower class, the thieves, beggars and prostitutes, the people struggling to make a living and stay afloat in a world that cares nothing for their situation. The attention to detail in the setting - the language, idioms, images and descriptions of everyday life bring the reader fully into the story and into the daily life of the average man and woman. No small detail is overlooked, from the description of clothing, to the buildings, streets and everyday actions of the poor and their struggle to survive. Yet it is not told in a depressing manner but rather with a matter-of-factness that enables readers to immerse themselves into the life being lived with no apologies. Kate has been forced into the rookeries through the bankruptcy of her father's company coming as a direct result of his defence of Daniel, an employee of his company, accused in the murder of a fellow co-worker. When Daniel fled the charges, her life turned upside down - her father died, she was left destitute and she is eking out a survival for herself serving as a fence for stolen goods. Her character is expertly written as a strong confidant woman who will do what she must to survive. She has learned to rely only on herself and that trusting no-one is the only way to move forward. She is courageous, daring and suffers no fools. Then there is the character of Daniel. Such a flawed hero! He knows fully that his addiction to gin has cost him everything - his good name, his employment, his relationship with Kate, and his complete memories of what happened the night a man was killed and he was blamed. Knowing that running away was the only option to save his neck from the hangman's noose, he abandoned Kate to her fate and continued down the path of alcoholic destruction until his memories of Kate haunted him into an epiphany that he must give up gin to save himself. His re-emergence into her life is the beginning of the story. He knows how much his betrayal has cost her, and how much he must do to redeem himself in her eyes. I loved the portrayal of his character, his continuing struggle with alcohol as would be realistic for any recovering alcoholic, his shame over what has happened to Kate and his attempts at forgiveness and redemption. He is dogged and determined to prove his worth once again. The two characters together have an explosive sexual chemistry. From the very first pages their attraction to each other is undeniable and while Daniel wants to deepen their existing relationship, Kate fights the memory of their lovemaking, creating a delicious sexual tension for the reader. The author is skilled at building this tension and the ensuing and inevitable love scenes are steamy and well written. Secondary characters in the book add flavour and dimension to the story. The suspenseful plot carries the reader along at a fast pace as the mystery of the murdered man is uncovered and the danger to Kate and Daniel increases. Readers will find themselves unable to put the story down as it races to its completely satisfactory conclusion. In summary, this historical romance has everything I would want in a story - excellently researched setting, wonderfully realistic flawed characters, steamy love scenes, fast paced action and an overwhelming feeling of complete satisfaction at the end of the story. Knowing there will be more novels in the Rookery Rogues series is icing on the cake. 5 fabulous stars! Favorite Quote: 'I cared about you Daniel, I would have run away with you.' Those thoughts rose up, gossamer threads to be snipped by rusted scissors when she remembered their place.
Hawt-Reads More than 1 year ago
A riveting tale of suspense, love lost and found, and an expose of the dark side of the rookeries. This book had me at the edge of my seat, wanting more and more. I was desperate for Kate to finally come to terms that they were meant to stay together, and when she did they were already balls deep into trouble. I found myself completely enraptured with how dark and sinister the backstory was woven in, and how perfectly it meshed with O’Reilly trying to clear his name from being wrongly accused of murder.  As in any great memorable novel, Ms. Monroe’s debut was extremely promising, and I suspect going forward the remainder of the books in this series will continue to deliver an exceptional and enjoyable experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fantasy/sci-fi reader, this is not at all what I would have considered my type of book. I've read a few romance snippets here and there and I've never been impressed by the genre. I'd almost written off romance all together, but this book made me realize what a huge mistake that would have been. It is not, from my [albeit limited] experience, your average romance novel. It is suspenseful and engaging, and the attention paid to the small details really puts you right into the slums of Regency London. There is, of course, romance, but it's not a quick and easy love story. The obstacles Daniel and Kate face really makes you root for their relationship. This is an excellent and enjoyable story that goes well beyond romance and definitely leaves you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone is going to cut your throat... and you write a 4 page sex scene! Het wrist is broken and her rib... and you have her chasing the villain... to defeat him! Really? Poor plot, too much repetitive dialogue, overall bad writing ! How did this get published? I never bother with a 1star review, but I had to vent...
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jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
A Dangerous Invitation Erica Monroe Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews. I like to delve back into history for a change and liked the sound of this. Sadly it didn't really work for me. Its excellently written and the scenes so vividly described I could have been there, down on the docks, sitting in the pub, looking round street corners scared of who I’d see. That part was perfect and if the storyline and characters had worked for me this would have been a five. They didn't though – I couldn't get “into” the plots, couldn't really take to either Kate or Daniel. They were both really well described and felt real – it was just that I wasn't carried along with them in the story they were telling. I felt an onlooker rather than a participant :( My problem, not the books. Everyone like different stories and this just wasn't one that was right for me. Stars: two and a half. A well written book that just didn't engage me. ARC supplied by Netgalley