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.
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
Published on: 27 June, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.