I read and adored Vanessa Kelly’s Renegade Royals series with the focus on illegitimate sons of the upper levels in British Society. Now the Improper Princesses have arrived, and the tonne is passing judgment on the blow-by daughters of the men of the realm. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could be a Grand Prize winner that gets a $25 Amazon gift card; and four runners up to receive a copy of CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM and HOW TO MARRY A ROYAL HIGHLANDER.
My Fair Princess
What happens when a Duke and peer of the realm, known for his rigid adherence to social norms, aversion to scandal and a serious fire poker up his butt is tasked with reforming the infamous illegitimate daughter of one of the royals? Fun. Pure, unadulterated fun with scintillating dialogue, great characters and a seriously long overdue pokerectomy.
I flew through this story in one sitting, the premise of a Pygmalion-like transformation of a young woman who is rarely swayed by other people’s opinions or conventional thinking. Gillian is a spectacularly unique character – driven by a strong sense of judgment, a fierce temper and a dash of impulsivity. She’s smart and kind, loyal and completely unconcerned and uninterested in her place in English society.
Charles is solidly aware of his responsibilities and completely averse to scandal. Willing, however, to use his social capital and his reputation to help Gillian succeed and find an appropriate husband now that she’s returned to England from Sicily. His own impressions of Gillian aren’t as dismissive or downgrading: he’s intrigued by her intelligence, her wit and humor, and she is certainly a challenge to his temper. Fortunately for Charles, Gillian is JUST what he needs to bring amusement into his life, and his sister is completely intrigued with her brother’s first emotional reactions to a woman in years.
Gillian tests every fibre of Charles’ being, in all the best ways. She’s completely unfettered by typical social conventions, desperate to shield her mother from societal censure, and completely uninterested in all things English. She is, however, wonderfully kind, inquisitive and caring – not wishing to make her mother’s life, or anyone else’s life difficult. She just wants to go home to Sicily. Charles, although he believes he is to set Gillian on the correct path to an advantageous marriage, is finding that he’s wanting more. And the path to the eventual ending is wonderfully paved with intrigue, moments of tension, honesty and plenty of heart. A wonderful read that has jumped into my favorites, with Gillian and Charles moving to the top of my faves from Vanessa Kelly.
Title: My Fair Princess
Author: Vanessa Kelly
Series: The Improper Princesses #1
Also in this series: Three Weeks with a Princess
Genre: Family Saga, Historical Romance, Regency
Published by: Zebra
Published on: 30 August, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours (approx)
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First, Vanessa Kelly brought readers The Renegade Royals. Now, in a delightfully witty new series, she introduces The Improper Princesses—three young women descended from royalty, each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .
Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.
Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.