Welcome to my stop today for Tall, Dark and Royal by Vanessa Kelly. Please be sure to check the other tour stops: don’t miss my excerpt, and be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win $30 Amazon or B&N Gift card and FOUR sets of the first two books in the series (Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom!
The first title I have read by this author, this little novella is a wonderful peek into the series as a whole, and gives Dominic a second chance at love. A bit domineering and overbearing, Dominic’s methodical approach to Chloe and her situation, as well as his efforts to unravel the deceptions around them is delightful. He’s hard not to like and appreciate – even when he is Mr. Bossy Britches.
Chloe has held a tender spot for Dominic and the safety that she felt in his company. After a desperate decision to leave her son behind when she ran from an abusive situation, she’s still not gained solid footing, although she is starting to recover some things that she lost. Most felt however, is the love and companionship that comes from a solid relationship: she is gaining a more solid footing with her son, but the ‘man’ in her life still eludes her.
Though the feelings from childhood still exist, Dominic needs to find a way to get under the wall that Chloe has erected. Fortunately for him, a break in at the manor house that Chloe runs for wayward and pregnant girls has been broken in to, and there are threats that he feels will endanger Chloe and the life she has worked so hard to achieve.
These two are adorable and well-matched, with clever dialogue, and intriguing mystery and a hero who is so very determined to soften her resolve, no matter the cost. A really well-crafted novella that shows the author’s skill for plotting and characterization, and has me anxious to read the other titles in the series.
Title: Tall, Dark and Royal
Author: Vanessa Kelly
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Kensington, Zebra
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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He's the man behind the mission to track down the illegitimate children of England's Royal Princes and help them get their due. But his deepest desire is far more personal… Magnificent and stubborn.
Fourteen years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic Hunter's love for her. He'd been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he'd never belonged anywhere--except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal--like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help--and hopefully make up for lost time…
Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he'd become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both…
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.