Third Son’s a Charm by Shana Galen

With its innovative premise and original characters, The Survivors series begins with a story filled with realism. The Draven Club members are former soldiers who served under the same man while at war against the French, and they are the lucky ones who came home. One individual was called the Protector for a good reason, and his astute abilities lead to him interacting with a woman who frustrates him just as much as he irritates her. But somewhere along the way, unexpected feelings emerge and neither of their lives are ever the same. I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency story of opposites attracting, where situations are cleverly depicted and often not anticipated. Every scene in THIRD SON’S A CHARM entertains and totally enthralls because of imaginative developments and intriguing characters. Shana Galen has created a captivating historical that never disappoints.

After being an English soldier in the fight against Napoleon, the current career of Ewan Mostyn is working at a gaming hell where he makes certain the patrons behave. Since he has two older brothers who could inherit the title of earl, his family has little use for him, so the men with whom he fought are more like his relatives. When one man at the establishment, the Duke of Ridlington, offers Ewan the opportunity to use some of the skills learned in the war by becoming a bodyguard to his only daughter, the ex-soldier refuses at first.

Ewan thinks Lady Lorraine Caldwell really does need someone to make sure her reckless activities do not cause any harm, but a personal reason is what motivates him to accept the proposal. As he tries to carry out his many responsibilities, he finds the woman under his protection to be exceedingly obstinate yet also tempts him like no other female. Ewan and Lorraine are frequently at odds when it pertains to her conduct, yet they gradually become closer because their inner longings are revealed when they spend so much time together.

The descriptive details in the book make every moment believable. Whether it is an escapade outside or facts about an individual, I could easily picture the situation or person because of vivid portrayals. The Regency period never felt more real, and the rules for how society perceives a person during this time in history is shown in various ways. Shana Galen made all circumstances particularly convincing.

While the storyline for THIRD SON’S A CHARM is one I will long remember, the characters are also equally unforgettable. Ewan may be abrupt at times and often not have much to say, but he definitely won my heart after only a few minutes. His background had me feeling sympathy for all had to live through, and I cheered him on when things went right in the present. Shana Galen gave this man true-to-life problems, and I absolutely loved this troubled hero. Lorraine is delightful with her spirited personality and stubborn streak. When she and Ewan were talking, I laughed when comments were witty, while their more serious discussions had me sensing any personal anguish. I never wanted this couple’s story to end, and the concluding scene has me very eager to read the next book in the series.

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Series:  The Survivors – Book 1

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca

Releases:  November 7, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ybtsstjn

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://shanagalen.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

The Highlander’s Princess Bride by Vanessa Kelly

There was never a single moment in THE HIGHLANDER’S PRINCESS BRIDE where I was not totally immersed in the happenings of this outstanding story. Often a book will keep me enthralled during certain parts, but this story is one of those rare novels where my attention only increased because of how much reading pleasure I was receiving. My emotions ran through a wide range of sentiments, from uncontrollable laughter to deepest worry, and each feeling was because of the very real circumstances being depicted. Vanessa Kelly managed to create imaginative scenes at all times, where characters and situations are extremely believable. This is the third book in The Improper Princesses series, and the many first-time characters were fascinating while those already met were still charmingly likable. I never wanted this story to end because of how much I enjoyed every aspect.

Since the father of Victoria Knight was the Prince Regent and not married to her mother who worked at an inn, she was glad her career as a governess has been successful since society looks down on people like her. When an incident makes it necessary for her to seek a new position, she learns about a man in Scotland who needs someone with her skills to instruct his brothers. Thrilled at the prospect of still being able to teach, Victoria prepares to leave London for the colder Scottish Highlands.

Upon her arrival, she discovers her new home is a rather gloomy castle. Its owner is Nicholas Kendrick, Earl of Arnprior, and her students are actually much older than her normal charges. It seems control over his siblings has been lost, and he thinks perhaps a woman’s influence will make them listen. Though against her better judgment, Victoria agrees to try and achieve at least some of the requirements which Nick wants his brothers to accomplish. Then her situation takes an unforeseen turn that she never saw coming.

I truly adore the Kendrick family, as this big group of Scottish men had such winning personalities. From the oldest to the youngest, I could not help but love these males, even when they pulled a practical joke or made a tactless comment. I laughed so hard at some of their more comical adventures, while I was touched when their more sensitive side was on display. I can only hope the author has some ideas for future books which will feature these charming men.

Once again, Vanessa Kelly brings the Regency period to life with delightful characters, engaging emotions, and unexpected twists. Victoria is a spirited woman trying to make the best of her situation, but life is not always fair. Even when events are against her, she keeps a clear head and does her best to reach a goal. Her logical mind and calm behavior certainly come in handy when she meets the Kendrick family, as problems keep mounting. I really felt for Nick at times, as his life has not been easy either. The responses of this couple were genuine and honest as they worked through their troubles, whether it was raw emotion or witty comebacks. When it comes to sexual passion, Nick and Victoria express their needs to the fullest during encounters that are lusty yet also amusingly fun. THE HIGHLANDER’S PRINCESS BRIDE is filled with realism, and I just wish these characters could have actually existed.

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Series:  Improper Princesses – Book 3

Publisher:  Zebra

Releases:  October 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y7f3zuoe

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

A Pregnant Courtesan for the Rake by Diane Gaston

The third book in the Society of Wicked Gentlemen miniseries is about a man who has felt little love in his life and has doubts of ever experiencing it. When his path crosses with a woman who actually has him feeling at ease, their futures become unexpectedly entangled and both lives are never the same. Diane Gaston makes her main couple very interesting, and I immediately became concerned for the well-being of these two lonely individuals. A PREGNANT COURTESAN FOR THE RAKE is engagingly believable with realistic circumstances. I really felt as though each scene could have taken place during this period in history.

Since Oliver Gregory is part owner of a club in London which caters to gentlemen, he has traveled to Paris in order to check out similar establishments in that city and get some new ideas. He and three other men started the club as a way to give people a place where various pleasures could be enjoyed with anonymity. During his trip, Oliver meets an Englishwoman, Cecilia Lockhart, and the two have a wonderful chat plus spend an even more gratifying night together.

When Oliver leaves Paris the next day, he never expected to see the enticing Cecilia again. But after she shows up in London, he is completely stunned, especially upon learning her news about carrying his child. Though being a father and having a wife were not something Oliver thought would happen to him, he comes to realize after spending time with her that there is no way he will let Cecilia go through this situation alone.

There is a clever concept behind the Society of Wicked Gentlemen miniseries, and the installment by Diane Gaston adds many new aspects to the storyline. With the author putting in relevant information about the previous connected books, this story can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own. There are numerous references to actual people, places, and events, and these facts cause any happenings to come across as more convincing. Ms. Gaston makes her Regency story very colorful, and I particularly liked reading about all the delicious foods and drinks of the era. The author has also included several much-loved activities from that time.

A PREGNANT COURTESAN FOR THE RAKE has emotional heartrending moments. Although the backgrounds of Cecilia and Oliver are vastly different, both have been treated unfairly and now feel dejected. I really got a sense of how much the past affected these two, and their journey to possible happiness has lots of obstacles. Whether it was doubts about their relationship or interference from outside forces, I quickly became caught up in not only what was occurring but also what would be the consequences. The choices Oliver and Cecilia must sometimes make are extremely hard, and it was often nerve-wracking to wait on their decisions because of the effect it would have on their relationship. Ms. Gaston definitely kept me entertained the whole time I was reading.

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Series:  Society of Wicked Gentlemen

Publisher:  Harlequin Historical

Releases:  October 17, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y78tevd9

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://dianegaston.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

The Look of Love by Julia Kelly

In the first book of the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series, emotional issues become very complicated when turmoil enters the lives of two individuals. A man from England and a Scottish woman have a friendship in 1875, and while not everything in their lives is rosy, the many companionable moments they spend together bring much enjoyment. But it only takes one wrong decision to change both their lives forever. I eagerly kept reading to discover what would ultimately happen to them. Julia Kelly takes the couple down a path where choices are not always easy, and much soul-searching must be done when entanglements arise. THE LOOK OF LOVE has unpredicted developments, sincere feelings, and engaging characters.

Though most women Ina Duncan’s age would be looking for a husband, she plans to stay single since most men would not give their approval of her working on sculptures. While attending a gathering at the home of Moira Sullivan, she ends up in a situation where her reputation could be destroyed. With the host being a renowned matchmaker, she concocts a solution which will have Ina marrying her best friend, Gavin Barrett.

The writer has known Ina for several years, and although he has adored her since their first meeting, he has never revealed his feelings and just let her think of him as a close acquaintance. So when it is strongly suggested that he marry her so she will not be banished from society, Gavin readily agrees. When the couple wed, Ina has some rules for them to follow, yet like much in life, things do not always go as wished.

Julia Kelly begins her new series with a compelling theme about matchmaking, and THE LOOK OF LOVE is a historical romance filled with realistic challenges and heartfelt emotions. Although Gavin and Ina were very familiar with the other, neither thought a wedding would ever bind them together. I never knew what was going to happen to them, as one unpredictable incident after another keeps occurring. Both have aspirations that they want to achieve, but some type of obstacle often kept them from reaching a certain goal. During this time period, women were definitely hindered by how society dictated their behavior, while birth order frequently had a man seen as the less important son. Gavin and Ina may be good friends and share much of their life experiences with each other, but she is clueless as to how he really thinks about her. This secret plays a big part in the story, and what they come to realize as they explore the depths of their inner feelings could greatly affect their futures. Their relationship is believable, as reactions are candidly forthright, and some of their comments contain delightful humor. I enjoyed watching the couple go through the many ups and downs of being married. Julia Kelly has brought an entertaining romance to life with compelling details.

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Series:  Matchmaker of Edinburgh – Book 1

Publisher:  Pocket Star

Releases:  October 9, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y8mv6u77

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://www.juliakellywrites.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries

There are a large number of likable characters in the Sinful Suitors series, and this novella gives two secondary characters the opportunity to fall in love if they will only take a chance. The author packs a whole lot of compelling moments into the few hours taking place in the story, where insightful details are learned and several secrets are disclosed. I can always count on Sabrina Jeffries to create an engaging plot which grabs my attention until the last word is read. A TALENT FOR TEMPTATION is delightfully satisfying because of appealing characters and a fun yet also emotional premise.

Since Meriel Vyse thinks she is obligated to follow the requests of her late husband’s brother, she will attend a ball instead of meeting with the man whom she is secretly seeing. As she prepares to leave her home, a stranger attempts to drag her to his coach. But before he can carry out his plan, Quinn Raines comes to her rescue.

After Meriel cancelled their latest tryst, Quinn decided to let her know how much he cares for her by devising a hasty scheme. However, things go wrong when he tries to prove he can keep her safe but is instead stabbed by a knife which she was carrying with her.  Now he feels more foolish than heroic, and Quinn hopes to redeem himself before it is too late.

While most happenings in the story are rather serious, amusement occasionally works its way into the situations. Sometimes it is a witty comment or some sharply-worded banter. Other instances have humorous thoughts flitting through their minds, and there are even a couple of scenes that really made me laugh. When an event is more somber and sincere emotions are being expressed, their honesty let me know exactly what Meriel and Quinn were feeling. Numerous facts have been concealed by her, and she believes too many differences will eventually keep her and the man that she is coming to love apart. I really liked her spunk and how she pushed forward even when all seems lost. Quinn feels the relationship he has with Meriel is stalled and takes desperate measures to ensure things move forward, and sadly the initial result is not at all what he wanted. I enjoyed watching this couple hash out what neither has been brave enough to discuss until forced to do so. Every situation in A TALENT FOR TEMPTATION captivates and provides entertainment.

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Series:  Sinful Suitors

Publisher:  Pocket Star

Releases:  October 2, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y84ytprh

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/

Rating: 4 Stars

Caught by the Scot by Karen Hawkins

The Made to Marry series begins with a delightfully interesting novel filled with desperate plotting and lots of humor. What Conner Douglas thought would be an easy answer to an unexpected problem ends up having him devise one inventive plan after another in order to hopefully marry Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe. He had believed this particular female would be easily persuaded to do his bidding, but it quickly becomes apparent that is not the case. From the moment these two longtime friends meet up, sexual longing increases the tension between them, often to a fever pitch. There are always plenty of humorous incidents occurring to the appealing characters in a historical story by Karen Hawkins, and CAUGHT BY THE SCOT intrigues with misadventures and witty banter.

Losing a beloved relative was bad enough, but Conner Douglas is downright angry upon hearing the terms of this person’s will. What he should inherit is to be given away if he does not wed within a certain number of months. While he could find a woman willing to be his wife, his intended must also be accepted in society. Though most of his female acquaintances are not well-regarded, Conner does know of one woman who would meet the stipulations that he must follow.

Although Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe may seem to be shy and reserved, she is actually much more spirited than Conner thinks. While there was a time when she would definitely have married him if asked, the Scotsman has waited too long and now she is set to marry another man because she is ready for a change. But when Conner shows up with a surprising proposal, Theodora will have much to think over before her final answer is given.

When I started the book, I wondered how the author would handle the theme of the story where a man is forced to marry or suffer harsh consequences. Conner is shrewd when it comes to carrying out dealings as a privateer, and any relationships with women are for the sole purpose of gratification. He even thinks that having a wife will not truly change how he lives, and I enjoyed watching him come to comprehend what is really important in his life. It did take numerous unanticipated turns to make Conner realize several facts, and it was fun to see his devious mind at work as he plotted new strategies.

CAUGHT BY THE SCOT is entertainingly romantic. While love is certainly not on the mind of Conner when he uses trickery to keep Theodora from marrying another man, she has adored him for years. But this strong-willed woman wants her future to be genuinely happy, and she now understands that a sea-loving privateer cannot ever bring her lasting joy. The couple have much going against them of ever being together, and I was not certain on more than a few occasions if their differences could ever be worked out. When Conner and Theodora have discussions, their sharp wit is evident when cleverly worded comebacks are delivered. There are also some other characters whose remarks are very amusing. Karen Hawkins always manages to create scenes which leave me laughing and wanting more.

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Series:  Made to Marry – Book 1

Publisher:  Pocket Books

Releases:  September 26, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ycgabc8q

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://www.karenhawkins.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Heart of Honor by Alexa Aston

In England during the 1300’s, marriages often took place because of political advantages or family duty. Though love is the deciding factor in why couples wed in the Knights of Honor series, their road to lasting joy is definitely filled with lots of dilemmas that may keep them apart. Alexa Aston makes any problems which arise very conceivable, and I could not foresee an easy solution to most of these troubling predicaments. As love is tested over and over again in the fifth book of the series, I became even more concerned over the future happiness of Lady Alys de Montfort and Sir Christopher “Kit” Emory. With each new development, I was drawn into the lives of this charming couple, where circumstances and every character are very believable. HEART OF HONOR is enthralling since your every emotion is profoundly affected.

When Lady Alys de Montfort and Sir Christopher “Kit” Emory first met, the two were rather young and had come to the English royal court in order to serve their rulers. She left for home shortly thereafter, and though she thought about the kind boy who consoled her during a distressing time, she knew they would never see one another again. Once back at Kinwick Castle, Alys continues learning from her mother about how herbs can aid those suffering from an illness.

Six years later, Kit remembers the skill of a girl for healing others, and he now needs her assistance because his mother is seriously ill. As he makes his way to where the healer lives, thieves attack him. With his severe injuries, Kit would surely have died if Alys had not been riding to a neighboring estate and took him back to her home. When he realizes that he does not know his name or background, he and the woman helping him know they must not speak about their growing attraction until questions about him are answered.

HEART OF HONOR is creative in how it entwines factual history with an imagined romance. Alexa Aston makes the daily details of those living in this period come to life with colorful descriptions, and even uses actual individuals from time to time. From showing encouragement to festive celebrations to pleasurable encounters, Kit and Alys took me on a riveting journey as they came to know one another more fully. The incidents where they were confronted by some form of danger had my own heart racing when situations turned uncertain. I often felt like I was right beside the characters experiencing the moment with them.

Alys has always been mature for her age, and greatly cares for people in need. Kit was much more carefree, and as the story progresses, I delighted in seeing how much he changed after observing her thoughtful behavior. Though she has been in the previous stories, reading those books only enriches your thoughts about this gifted healer. The author gives plenty of hints about her past history as well as that of other important characters to make this book a standalone. I simply adored Kit and Alys, as their every action made me want what was best for them.

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Series:  Knights of Honor – Book 5

Publisher:  Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.

Releases:  August 21, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y9ssvxb4

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  https://alexaaston.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Traitor in Her Arms by Shana Galen

When a book can expertly interweave actual facts into a fictional love story, I am always delighted when the result has me feeling as though I am witnessing history in the making. The horrific reality of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution is brought to life in such a way that I had to look up this historical period, and I discovered Shana Galen had definitely done much research in making her book come across as accurate. Though filled with frightening episodes at times, there are also moments where emotions take over a scene and cause a connection to be formed with the characters. From start to finish, I was constantly anticipating the next risky escapade. TRAITOR IN HER ARMS is an adventurous story of secret activities and unexpected romance.

Her decision of whom to marry turned out to not be the best choice, as Lady Gabrielle McCullough now owes much more money than was left by her deceased husband. To pay off those who are determined to collect what is due them, she has turned to thievery and has become quite adept. No one has caught Gabrielle until a man who was friends with her husband attempts to steal a particular item at the exact same time. Though he is the Earl of Sedgwick, Ramsey Barnes hides many secrets and she feels he cannot be relied upon.

It also seems another man has learned about her being a thief, because the legendary person called the Scarlet Pimpernel asks Gabrielle to assist in saving innocent French citizens from being killed. To carry out this request, she agrees to go from England to France and carry out a dangerous assignment. Gabrielle is shocked when she learns Ramsey is also going to Paris, as he has his own task to accomplish. As they both try to make sure their goals are achieved, the many tricky situations they have to face are made even more complicated when their hearts become involved.

Uncertainties keep TRAITOR IN HER ARMS suspenseful, while genuine emotions make the novel engaging. Gabrielle and Ramsey have found themselves in a challenging predicament, and both must make several very difficult choices. Though she has her own troubles, saving someone else is important to her. I really admired her determination to help others, even when the cost to her could be great. The quandaries in Ramsey’s life just keep mounting, and I worried over whether what he chooses to do would be the best for everyone. He is living with a terrible secret, and I had no idea what he would finally think is his best course of action. The honest emotions expressed by Ramsey and Gabrielle are certainly touching, and they convey their longing for one another with lots of passionate desire.

The way in which Shana Galen presents her compelling storyline made me believe the scenes could really have happened. During the Reign of Terror in France, many individuals were persecuted without a valid reason, and the author had me experiencing this fact through skilled writing. Numerous secondary characters play crucial roles in the book, and since some of these people did in fact live, the story seems even more realistic. I am eager to learn how the Scarlet Pimpernel will be included in the next installment of The Scarlet Chronicles series.

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Series:  The Scarlet Chronicles – Book 1

Publisher:  Random House – Loveswept

Releases:  August 22, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ycbcst3w

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://shanagalen.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

A Momentary Marriage by Candace Camp

Emotional circumstances at the very start of A MOMENTARY MARRIAGE grab your attention, and the enthrallment only intensifies with each new compelling development. The story takes place in England during the 1880’s, where a woman on her own without any foreseeable funds can face a grim future. When a medical condition leaves a man feeling hopeless, he and a desperate woman find themselves married to each other because it is logical. There are definitely no emotions involved, and they really do not even like one another. But as their true natures are gradually revealed and unanticipated events arise, the hero and heroine of the story come to comprehend there just might be more to their relationship than either ever imagined existing. A MOMENTARY MARRIAGE is an entertainingly original and believable novel written by Candace Camp.

When Sir James de Vere realized there was a very good chance of him dying, he knew exactly where he wants to live while waiting on the unavoidable. Grace Hill is his country estate and being away from his insufferable family will also give him some peace. Since no one in London seems able to do anything for him, James is advised to see Dr. Hinsdale in Canterbury before going home. But upon reaching the house where the doctor lives, he is informed by the man’s daughter that he has died.

The death of her father has caused Laura Hinsdale must heartache, especially since there is not enough money to pay all the debts. When James shows up, she is shocked to see the man with whom she once had an unpleasant conversation related to his cousin. Though he leaves after hearing her father has passed away, he returns the next day with a proposal of marriage. He would rather she inherit much of his wealth than family members for whom he has no respect. While there will never be any emotional connection between James and Laura, they come to an agreement for practical reasons.

A wide range of emotions are expressed in A MOMENTARY MARRIAGE, where the reactions of characters are always realistic. Lighthearted moments are conveyed with lots of clever banter, and the sharp-witted comments of James and Laura demonstrated they have a dry sense of humor. I chuckled often throughout the story, as the playfulness of their responses was often very unexpected. There are certainly several instances that pertain to his being ill that are very serious, and I was truly worried on more than one occasion. Ms. Camp could have me feeling anxious during one situation, and then being overjoyed when something positive happened. The relationship between James and Laura is convincing, as it changes from indifference to where feelings are surprisingly becoming entangled in what will ultimately occur.

There is an unforeseen turn in the story, one which leads to plenty of family drama and even some very suspenseful episodes. Ms. Camp has concocted a particularly intriguing mystery in the lives of James and Laura, and the unpredicted incidents that keep cropping up kept me from finding a place to stop reading. Numerous secondary characters added much interest to the scenes in which they are featured, and there is even a delightful dog whose antics made me smile. I have read books by Candace Camp for years, and A MOMENTARY MARRIAGE is another keeper.

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Publisher:  Pocket Books

Releases:  June 25, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yankyssh

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://www.candace-camp.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly

In the second book of the Improper Princesses series, an illegitimate woman feels she will never find true love because of her background. She has lived an isolated life in the country, and now must make a crucial decision that will greatly affect her life and that of the man for whom she has always secretly adored. THREE WEEKS WITH A PRINCESS is a compelling historical novel, as the characters are charming while the premise is enjoyably delightful.

Though the father of Lia Kincaid is English royalty, her social status is seen as not acceptable because he never married her mother. She lives with her grandmother, a woman who has been a mistress to a marquess for years and even resides in a cottage on his property. The one bright spot while growing up was when Jack Easton stayed with his uncle, and she got to visit with him. Since he is now a soldier and will be gone for a long time, Lia dreams of him starting to see her as a woman and not a girl when he does return.

Upon the death of the Marquess of Lendale, the title goes to Jack. What he discovers about the estate is it needs immediate improvements or much could be lost. He also feels responsible for Lia and is totally unprepared for the effect she now has on him. When her grandmother comes up with a strategy which should help to ensure her granddaughter has a good future, Jack’s part in the plan could forever change his life along with how he perceives Lia.

Vanessa Kelly takes Jack and Lia on a journey of self-discovery, and what they come to comprehend could either bring them lasting joy or cause intense anguish. With much attention to each new development, the author had me coming to understand why her romantic couple reacted as they did, thus letting me see them as someone who could actually have been living through the circumstances these two had to face all too often. The Regency period had some very strict rules for anyone to live by if they did not want to be shunned, and Ms. Kelly uses this fact to the fullest as it influences every aspect of Lia’s life. I really felt sorry for her, because what her relatives did in the past is not her fault, but she is blamed nonetheless. Jack had always cared for her, and when he realizes his feelings are more than just those of a friend, society would surely condemn their relationship. All the major issues this couple has to overcome are depicted with believability, and I never knew how Jack and Lia would respond when an unexpected dilemma arose. But one thing for certain is their discussions were lively and packed with clever comebacks, while their determined natures kept interactions very interesting.

It was wonderful getting to revisit with the main couple from the previous book in the series, as Gillian and Charles made an engaging pair and her actions caused me to laugh more than once. Between countless amusing situations and mounting sexual tension, I was constantly entertained throughout the whole story. Vanessa Kelly has created an enchanting Regency story, and THREE WEEKS WITH A PRINCESS will long be remembered for its originality.

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Series:  Improper Princesses – Book 2

Publisher:  Zebra

Releases:  June 27, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y85rwcwb

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/

Rating:  5 Stars