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Originally Reviewed at NetGalley  July 26, 2016  


Publication1Improper Princesses Series, Book #1

by Vanessa Kelly

Series: The Improper Princesses (Book 1)

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: Zebra (August 30, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1420141090

ISBN-13: 978-1420141092

File Size: 907 KB

Print Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Zebra (August 30, 2016)

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Language: English

ASIN: B0190HGU48

Print List Price: $5.99

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Publisher’s Description:

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?

Praise for Vanessa Kelly’s Renegade Royals series

“Will definitely resonate with fans of Mary Jo Putney and Joanne Bourne.” —Booklist

“Kelly combines diverting dialogue, delightful surprises and finely tuned pacing to make this a winner.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

My Thoughts:

This is another very good book by Vanessa Kelly. The first book in a new series, The Improper Princesses, I found it utterly delightful. Our Heroine is most assuredly not the usual royal or lady of the ton and her antics turn a very stuffy Duke on his heels.
The characters are very well developed and the storyline keeps you engaged. There is never a dull moment.
I would give this book a 4.25 of 5.0 star rating for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames. I look forward to subsequent books in this delightful new series by one of my favorite authors.

I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

Editorial Reviews

Nielsen BookScan Romance Bestseller

A Goodreads Best Romance of the Month (August)

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Historical Romance

#1 iBooks Bestseller in Historical Romance

#1 Nook Bestseller in Regency Historical Romance

This Series:

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


About Vanessa:


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.

Embracing the Knight

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by Jenn Langston

Paperback: 242 pages

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (December 1, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1682912884

ISBN-13: 978-1682912881

File Size: 797 KB

Print Length: 215 pages

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (October 12, 2016)

Publication Date: October 12, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


Digital List Price: $3.99

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Publisher’s Description:

Miss Claire Ashford knows exactly what she wants out of life — to marry for love. When she finds herself alone in the woods with none other than notorious rake Ian Michael Caldwell, Viscount Knightly, her chances of a proper match are ruined. He is willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of her reputation, but she is determined not to marry anyone out of obligation.

For years, Ian has wanted nothing more than to, one day, marry Miss Claire Ashford. When fate forces them into a compromising situation, he vows to do just that. In spite of every effort, she refuses his suit. Not one to easily give up, Ian drafts assistance from an unlikely source.

As her first season continues, Claire finds it increasingly difficult to keep her distance from Ian. His charm, and ability to stir feelings inside of her she didn’t know existed, makes it hard to remember why she refused him in the first place. With his relentless pursuit and her weakening resolve, she desperately wants to give in to him. However, after seeing he hasn’t changed his rakish ways, how can she trust him not to break her heart, again?

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