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The Highlander’s Princess Bride

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The Improper Princesses, Book #3

by Vanessa Kelly

File Size: 1059 KB
Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Zebra
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Language: English
ASIN: B01MZHRAW6

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Publisher’s Description:

In Vanessa Kelly’s enchanting series, three young women descended from royalty overcome their scandalous beginnings to win the hearts of the ton’s most eligible men . . .

The illegitimate daughter of the Prince Regent might be expected to pursue various dubious professions. Actress, perhaps, or artist’s model. Even courtesan. Victoria Knight, however, has become a governess—a respectable choice, until she travels to Scotland to meet her new charges. The younger brothers of Nicholas Kendrick, Earl of Arnprior, aren’t children at all. They’re brawny, wild Highland men. As for the Earl, he’s handsome, guarded, and far too compelling . . . especially for a woman hiding a dark secret.

Nick needs a proper teacher to transform his unmarriageable brothers—and a sensible, straight-laced wife for himself. Miss Knight seems to fit the bill on both counts. But he soon discovers there is more to Victoria than he thought. It’s not just her notorious origins, or the danger that’s followed her all the way to Scotland. It’s the fiery loyalty beneath that sedate façade. This, the real Victoria, is the woman Nick is starting to desire so desperately. And what an earl wants, he’ll use every seductive means to get . . .

My Thoughts:

This whole series has been delightful to date. I wouldn’t miss one of this series. All have truly been books for the keeper shelf.

Victoria Knight has more than one secret when she leaves London to take a governess position in the highlands.
Imagine her surprise to find her charges aren’t children at all, but nearly grown and brawny highlanders with the exception of the youngest who is sickly.
The earl who is not only handsome and single is also in desperate need of someone to help him get his brothers under control.
Our heroine takes one look at the unruly crew and decides she doesn’t want the position after all.
Nick needs her to stay though and getting her to change her mind about leaving becomes his first priority.
Will these two tell each other their secrets or will hiding sins from their past tear them apart?
This wonderfully wrought if a bit convoluted tale is one for the keeper shelf and although it is book number three of this series it can easily be read as a standalone as there are only cameo appearances of characters from the first two books of the series.
I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames. The intimacy between our hero and heroine was long in coming but sensual none the less.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


THE IMPROPER PRINCESSES SERIES:

  1. My Fair Princess
  2. Three Weeks With a Princess
  3. The Highlander’s Princess Bride

About Vanessa:

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Vanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, 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.

Vanessa’s previous series, The Renegade Royals, was a national bestseller. She is currently writing a new spin-off series called The Improper Princesses. My Fair Princess, book 1, was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month and is a USA Today and BookScan bestseller.

Vanessa spends most of the year in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband, but she’s lucky enough to spend some of the winter in Florida.  When she’s not dreaming of plots for her next Regency novel, she’s writing USA Today Bestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes. She’s also a member of  The Glass Slipper Sisters, a group of authors who write royalty-themed and fairytale romance.



Her Fateful Debut

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A Regency Romance

Three Gentlemen of London Book 1

by G. G. Vandagriff

File Size: 1343 KB
Print Length: 201 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542769833
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Orson Whitney Press (August 17, 2016)
Publication Date: August 17, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01KL6KSOK

 

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Amazon Hot New Release!

Beautiful Miss Penelope Swinton wants to live out her life as a spinster in her beloved Northamptonshire, but with an ailing father and an entailed estate, she must come to London and enter the Marriage Mart. And if she must marry, she is determined to marry for love.

In a brief respite from the social whirl of the season, she retreats from the restrictions of the ton to sketch in the park and stumbles over a French spy. When Penelope finds her life in danger, Viscount Beau Wellingham steps up to protect her, however he has secrets of his own. Wellingham leads a clandestine life as an agent for the Foreign Office trapping spies. In defending her life, he unwittingly puts her reputation at risk.

In order to save Penelope from society’s scorn, Beau presses for a betrothal. Though she resists, he insists. Soon Beau is unable to deny the attraction he feels towards her. Before he can act on his feelings, danger rises again. This time, his life is on the line.

With a desperate spy closing in, Penelope must choose the safety of what she has always known or a chance for love. But will she be too late?

A Few Reviews:

This is probably one of my favorite GG Regency’s so far! So much fun and such spunky highbred humor! Plus lovely characters that you truly care about even as you chuckle at their quirky excentricities. Very well researched and set in time. It flows right along smoothly to a rollicking climax! Loads of fun. I am already longing for her next installment!

–Five Star Amazon Review

Dangerous spies, double agents, a handsome Viscount bodyguard, and one naïve, effervescent debutant, mix in some murder and mayhem, and you have all the elements of a thrilling regency romance. This story is filled with clandestine meetings and secret confidences. Miss Penelope Swinton’s introduction to Society is nothing short of scandalous. But plucky Penny faces her fate with a poise and resiliency uncommon for her circumstances. “I enjoy being underestimated. It gives me an advantage sometimes.” This is a season London will not soon forget. While scandal abounds, Penny’s loyalties are firmly planted in Northamptonshire. This “Diamond of the First Water” shows her multi-faceted personality and uncommon character brilliantly. “Perhaps this adapting to Society will not be so difficult if I can do it on my own terms.” This fun and delightful romp was thoroughly entertaining.

–Five Star Amazon Review



Highland Arms

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Love & Danger in the Scottish Highlands

by Cathie Dunn

File Size: 552 KB
Print Length: 204 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: November 11, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01MYLCKHK

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Exciting blend of danger and romance

“The author has a wonderful way of describing the highlands.” ~ Booked Up Reviews

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Escape to the Highlands

Betrayed by her brother’s lies, Catriona MacKenzie is banished from her home to her godmother’s manor in the remote Scottish Highlands. While her family ponders her fate, Catriona’s insatiable curiosity leads her straight into trouble–and into the arms of a notorious Highlander.

Five years after an ill-fated Jacobite rebellion, Rory Cameron works as a smuggler to raise money for the cause–until Catriona uncovers a plot against him and exposes his activities. Now, Rory is faced with a decision that could either save their lives or destroy both of them.

But he’s running out of time…



When a Laird Loves a Lady

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 Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts Book #1

by Julie Johnstone

File Size: 3616 KB
Print Length: 432 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01C4R46L0

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Publisher’s Description:

A need to belong drives her. A longing to forget compels him. Fate may send them into each other’s arms, but only love can mend their hearts.

An Outlander

Raised by a tyrannical father, Marion de Lacy yearns for the comfort of belonging to a loving family. So when her father announces her betrothal to an evil baron in exchange for a number of knights, she concocts a desperate scheme to avoid the marriage: feigning her own death and then fleeing England. But when her plan goes terribly awry and she’s captured by the baron, not even her careful preparations could ready her for the Scottish barbarian who rescues her and then informs her that he’s to marry her by edict of her king. Certain her father will defy the king’s orders and wed her to the baron if she refuses the Highlander’s hand, Marion agrees to marry the strangely compelling but obstinate laird of the MacLeod clan.

A Highlander

After the death of his beloved wife, Iain MacLeod has no desire to marry ever again. Yet when he finds himself obliged to do so to secure the freedom of his childhood friend and king, he reluctantly travels across England to collect his unwanted bride, expecting to find a cold Englishwoman. Instead, he discovers a fiery, bold beauty who is fiercely loyal, protective of those she loves, and defies him at every turn, challenging his certainty that his heart is dead.

Ensnared

Following a hasty marriage and perilous journey to Scotland, Marion harbors no illusions that her new husband loves her. Still, her heart cannot resist the noble, brave warrior, and she cannot suppress the hope that she has finally found where she belongs. However, the harder she tries to fit in with the clan and gain Iain’s love, the farther away her dreams drift. Iain is more than willing to give his respect to his courageous wife—her kisses and caresses even ignite his blood and demand his passion—but he refuses to give up his heart. That is, until enemies near and far threaten to take Marion from him. Now the demons that haunt him can only be conquered by surrendering body and soul to Marion, if only it’s not too late…



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