Invitation to Ruin

Invitation to Ruin

by Bronwen Evans
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Invitation to Ruin 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
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 suggested is no less than rape. Our heroine, Melissa Goodly is sister to a Baron who has led their family to financial ruin because of his dissolute lifestyle and sees his sister as his answer to their lack of funds. She is poor, with little choice as to her fate. Her brother is willing to make a match for her with anyone that has a fortune, no matter the man's age or character, he will be satisfied...at least as long as the coffers are full. Our hero, Anthony Craven, is rich, titled and a man who appears in control of his destiny. Yet, he is haunted by his past, and bases his future on what he feels he deserves...which is a life devoid of love and compassion, alienating anyone his family and anyone that he could potentially develop feelings for, and instead pursues only pleasure as one of London's most infamous rakes. He was raised by a ruthless slave trader father who took every opportunity to beat (literally and figuratively) just about every compassionate emotion from him, including love, from his son. There is a controversial love scene in which Anthony and Melissa find themselves in a compromising situation which forces them to marry. Melissa is having what she things is a very passionate dream with the man she has secretly drooled over, the Lord of Wicked, Anthony Craven, & is thoroughly enjoying herself until she shockingly wakes to find herself in bed with a man and consequently ruined. The book does contain a controversial love scene that some have suggested is nothing short of rape, but I thought that the author wrote the scene with passion that clearly showed that it was never Anthony's intent to harm or seduce Melissa despite the outcome, but also leaves the reader to question the motives and actions of the characters which lets the plot of the rest of the story unfold. I thought the author did an excellent job of expressing who Melissa and Anthony were not only to the reader...but to each other. The emotions in Invitation to Ruin were passionate and sometimes dark, with despair and hurt. The hero did many things to drive his heroine away, but she persisted in her pursuit of a good marriage...not only because it was her only option to have the kind of marriage that she dreamed about, but she found things in Anthony that were redeemable. Some would say it is a perfect example of the saying "be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it". This story explores that and more. Overall I really enjoyed Invitation to Ruin and thought it was well written. There are a few things about the plot that didn't work for me, but I think this story is very courageous in some of the risks it takes, especially for a debut author, & I think this will be either a love it, or hate it type of book for readers which gave me a few hours of engaging and emotional romance reading enjoyment. Overall: 4.25 Sensuality level: 3.25 This book was reviewed for Seductive Musings blog & the book was provided by the author for review
AAR More than 1 year ago
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,wanted and most desperately wanted....love.Together Anthony and Melissa will struggle with Anthony's hidden anger,his need to overcome his deep need for forgiveness and his horrible upbringing by his father.While Melissa struggles with her need for family,children and Anthony's love and wanting her.This is story of inner struggles with turmoil,betrayal,survival,putting the past where it belongs in the past and moving forward to a future of complete love,peace and happiness.BE AWARE while there are many sex scenes it is an incredible story of not only the fight for love,it is also the fight to abolish slavery,human trafficking and the fight for freedom.I would highly suggest this incredible story for it will stay with you long after the story ends.If anyone is looking for an interesting twist on historical romance,with a dark, gritty, sensuous Regency romance this is the story for you.It is fast paced and a page turner.and as a debut author,this author is one to keep an eye on.I know I will be waiting for her next book to appear.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Brava,Kensington and My Book Addiction and More.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Melissa Goodly has always dreamed of marrying for love. Anthony Craven has always dreamed of remaining a bachelor. When the Lord of Wicked Depravity mistakenly enters the room of Lady Virginity, they both lose control. However, they are caught together in a comprised position. Out of honor, Anthony proposes and Melissa accepts. Craven would never have seduced an innocent like his new spouse, but realizes she is perfect as a naive convenience to conceal his sinful activity. Thus the night of their marriage, she shocks him with her bold sexual behavior. He vows never again as his personal pledge was to never sire an offspring since he believes his family possesses evil blood. However, once again Melissa stuns him with her resolve to break through to her spouse. She fails until an enemy from his past abducts the wife Anthony now realizes he loves. Although the theme of a tormented male believing his blood is too tainted to have offspring has been used before (see Too Wicked to tame by Sophie Jordan), Bronwen Evans keeps her historical romance fresh due to a super heroine and a strong support cast including a vile villain. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Craven enters the wrong room (another commonly used theme) and never slows down as the aptly surnamed lead couple make for a terrific tale as she teaches him goodliness is in everyone even the craven especially if one takes a chance on love. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 5 months ago
Wonderful book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! Loved the main characters as well as the storyline. I've been reading the rest of this series too & they're all good. Just waiting for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are several scenes which are copies from her other books with just the names of the characters changed... the scenes are exact duplicates... and the character names do not change much.. Lady Sabine from another book became the brothel keeper Sabine in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much raping, slavery and violence for me to consider this to be a good romance novel.
booklover10CM More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, however, I think the title is misleading. A very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Jeanette Torres More than 1 year ago
A very good book but I could not stomach one of the last scenes in the book.
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