Three Weeks with a Princess: The Improper Princesses #2 by Vanessa Kelly

Three Weeks with a Princess: The Improper Princesses #2 by Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly returns to the blog today with the second in her Improper Princesses series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out he tour stops to see what other readers thought, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.  But first

Three Weeks with a Princess

I love this series, playing off the distaff wing of the Renegade Royals, Vanessa Kelly gives us illegitimate daughters of titled men, most who are fighting the stigma of their birth and living their lives in the best ways possible. This story is Lia’s, daughter of the Duke of York and one of a long line of notorious (think the tonne – and realize ‘notorious’ is code for anything from the wrong bank balance to murderous acts) women in her family. With her own parentage, and being raised by her grandmother, a former mistress of a late Marquess, she’s not figuring on a fortuitous marriage in her future. So she lives her life as if no one is watching: headstrong, decisive and occasionally frustrating: her independence which she guards jealously means she won’t ask for help from anyone, and is particularly averse to taking help or advice from family.

Childhood friend Jack Easton is in a pickle. He’s got a title he doesn’t want or feel he deserves, that title requires he marry well and find a bride with a substantial dowry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t want either, but he also won’t consider Lia as a romantic option even as he feels honor-bound to smooth the path for her – something her own father never did. Honorable with a dash of overbearing where Lia is concerned – their connection is one that alternated between frustrating and volcanic. See, Lia has no compunction about bedding Jack – he, however, can’t see beyond his own prejudices that guide his behavior. He doesn’t want to be like other men of the tonne, and he believes that Lia deserves better. If only she would take his advice, follow his rules – he could set her on the path to a marriage…….

Gillian and Charles feature strongly in this book – and it’s a wonderful addition. For in many ways, Lia and Gillian have the same sense of independence and stubborn streaks that are miles wide. It worked for Gillian and Charles, and while Lia’s feelings for Jack are so conflicted, Gillian sees right through the pair of them, to see what a wonderful match they could be. With several other characters from the Renegade Royals making cameo appearances, there is a wonderful balance between those who have made their matches and those struggling with the choices. With distasteful mothers for both Jack and Lia, neither of whom acquit themselves favorably, and the slow transition of the relationship between Jack and Lia that morphed eventually from fractious siblings to friends, to love – it was a wonderful installment in the series and has me waiting not so patiently for the next book.

 

Three Weeks with a Princess: The Improper Princesses #2 by Vanessa Kelly

Title: Three Weeks with a Princess
Author: Vanessa Kelly
Series: The Improper Princesses #2
Also in this series: My Fair Princess
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Zebra
ISBN: 1420141112
Published on: 27 June, 2017
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Rated: four-stars
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In Vanessa Kelly's captivating series, three young women are descended from royalty--in the most improper way. But that doesn't stop them from pursuing lives rich in adventure. . .

Lia Kincaid, illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, comes from a long line of notorious women. Raised by her grandmother, formerly mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale, she has little hope of a respectable marriage. But the new marquess, her childhood friend, Jack Easton, would make a very desirable protector . . . if he weren't too honorable to take her to bed.

It's bad enough being saddled with a title he never desired. Now Jack must resist the beautiful woman he desires far too much. Duty calls, and he is duty-bound to choose a wealthy bride. But then Lia makes another outrageous suggestion: asking Jack to devise some tests to find her the perfect paramour. Tests that involve flirting, kissing, and other pleasurable pursuits. Tests that, in a matter of weeks, could transform friendship into the ton's greatest scandal, igniting a passion even duty can't deny. . .

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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.

 

 

 

“Trying to set me up as a courtesan is rather drastic,” Lia said. “I’m not you or Mama. I’m not a patch on either of you.”

“Nonsense. You’ve grown into a stunning young woman. With a little help from me and some financial support, you could very well take London by storm.”

There were so many things wrong with that plan that Lia didn’t know where to start. “I have another idea, Gran, and I’m convinced it’s the best one we could possibly come up with.”

Her grandmother had been reaching to replenish her teacup, but her hand halted in midair. “I’m listening.”

“I’ll join Mama’s acting troupe. They’re looking for new company members now that they’re in London. Mama said so in her last letter. And I’m sure I could live with Mama and Mr. Lester in their town house in Kensington.”

Her grandmother regarded her with a dubious air. “Unfortunately, there are a number of critical drawbacks to that plan.”

“Such as?”

“You can’t sing, dance, or act.”

That was rather a low blow. “I’m not much of a singer, I grant you. But I’m sure I can learn to dance, and you know very well I can act.”

Lia had been playacting for as long as she could remember and had often dreamed girlish dreams of following in her mother’s famous footsteps. She’d put on any number of recitations for her grandmother and his lordship over the years and had staged skits and little dramas for the servants, often with help from the kitchen maids and footmen. Granny and Lord Lendale had often told her that she was as fine an actress as Mrs. Siddons.

“My darling, the truth is you’re a dreadful actress,” her grandmother said in a patient tone.

“But you and his lordship were always so enthusiastic about my performances,” she protested.

“Because we didn’t want to hurt your feelings.”

“But what about the amateur theatricals I put on up at the house? The servants all seemed to think I was splendid.”

Her grandmother rolled her eyes.

She couldn’t help feeling daunted, but she had no intention of conceding—especially if the alternative was to become the next Notorious Kincaid. Lia was convinced she’d make an utter fool of herself as a courtesan, especially because her heart wouldn’t be in it.

“I don’t care what you say,” she said. “I’m writing to Mama tonight and telling her I’m coming to London. I can at least try out the notion on her and Mr. Lester and see what they say.”

Her grandmother seemed to waver for a moment, but then she grimaced. “I feel certain your mother will not be amenable to you taking up the theatrical life.”

“But she will be amenable to me becoming someone’s mistress?” Lia asked with disbelief.

Granny starched up. “It was good enough for me, was it not?”

“Look how well that’s turned out.”

“I’m sure under certain conditions your mother will agree to this plan,” Granny said, clearly determined to ignore Lia’s objections.

“And what are those conditions?”

“That won’t become entirely clear until I’ve had a chance to speak with Jack.”

Lia’s mind blanked for a few moments. “What in heaven’s name does Jack have to do with me becoming a courtesan?”

Granny’s eyebrows lifted with delicate incredulity. “Because you’re feeling a little squeamish about this plan, I think he should be your first.”

Lia got a very bad feeling—which was something, considering how alarming the entire discussion had been thus far. “First what?” she asked, praying she had misunderstood.

“Your first lover, of course. But only if I can persuade him to agree to our terms.”

 

 

About Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.

 

 

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