How to Marry a Royal Highlander
The Renegade Royals # 4
By: Vanessa Kelly
Releasing June 30, 2015
Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…
At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…
After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…
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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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A moment later, Dailey ushered Evelyn Endicott into the room. She halted when she saw Aden, but smoothly recovered, a warm smile curving her lush mouth. Alec got a jolt, both to his brain and to his groin. The latter was an unerring barometer when it came to one person in particular.
The gorgeous young woman who’d just swept into his library was no more the wife of Wolf Endicott than Alec was the King of Spain.
“Mrs. Endicott, what a pleasure to see you,” Aden said with a bow.
The faux Mrs. Endicott dimpled up prettily and returned his greeting with a brief curtsey. “And you, Captain St. George, although I see I interrupted your meeting. Please forgive me.”
She cast what she no doubt thought was a shy, apologetic glance at Alec. He raised an eyebrow and crossed his arms over his chest. Her brows, partly hidden by her spectacles, tilted down in a frown.
But a moment later she was directing another charming smile at Aden, who seemed completely taken in by her silly charade. Alec almost laughed out loud at the notion of the outrageous Eden Whitney pulling the wool over the eyes of England’s most accomplished spy.
“No apology necessary, Mrs. Endicott,” Aden said. He nodded to Alec. “I’ll speak with later.”
Alec answered his cousin with a polite smile, enjoying the prospect of mocking him at a later date. But when Aden reached the door, he glanced over his shoulder, his eyebrows raised and his gaze glinting with laughter.
Clearly, the little minx hadn’t fooled Aden, after all.
The woman who was fast becoming the bane of Alec’s existence flashed him what she probably thought was an innocent, shy smile. It was nothing of the sort, of course. Eden Whitney exuded a mostly unconscious sensuality that could knock a man flat from twenty paces.
“I’m sure you must be surprised to see me,” she said in a sweet, quiet voice.
He had to admit she got the voice right. If he hadn’t been looking straight at her, he would have thought he was listening to Evie and not her diabolical twin.
“Give it up, Miss Whitney.” He took her by the elbow and steered her to one of the club chairs. “You’re not fooling anyone.”
She gaped up at him with astonishment. “Confound it, how do you do that? I haven’t been in the room for more than a minute.”
It wasn’t the first time Edie had switched identities with her twin, but it hadn’t worked any better with him this time than it had a few months ago. There were a dozen differences between the sisters, some quite noticeable. For one, Edie carried herself with a degree of confidence and restless energy her twin lacked. She cut a swath through the ton like a sharpened sickle through a field of ripe wheat.
There were more subtle signs as well, like the way her clothes hugged her generous curves just a little more snuggly than her sister’s. She might think she was fooling him by choosing a modestly cut carriage dress in dove gray, but Edie’s sense of dash always seemed to bleed through. No cautious ponderings or sober second thoughts for Miss Eden Whitney. To her, life was a challenge and a lark, something to be enjoyed to the hilt.
“Never mind that, you daft woman,” he said. “Have you no care for your reputation?”
She let out a disdainful snort. “Reputation? That’s rich, coming from you. You’re constantly doing outrageous things.”
“I’m a man. I can get away with it. You, however, cannot.”
“It’s so unfair,” she grumbled.
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HOW TO MARRY A ROYAL HIGHLANDER by Vanessa Kelly latest Regency Historical Romance. #4 in and the final installment in “The Renegade Royals” series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would highly recommend reading this wickedly delicious series.
This is Alasdair Gilbride, an Illegitimate (Royal) Scottish Earl and ex- spy and Eden Whitney, a scandalous debutante, and this twin sister of Evie, from a previous book. Now she has scandalized the ton one time to many, and is sent to Scotland to rusticate. Of course, she is sent with the but charming exasperating Alasdair aka Alex.
“How to Marry a Royal Highlander” is a charming, cute, tale where the H/H enjoy a bit of witty, sarcastic banter, find themselves attracted to each other, try to solve a problem of Alex’s fiance(whom he did not agree to marry), and a find themselves in a bit of danger. The secondary characters are charming albeit a bit rough around the edges, and I must say rather rude. But a necessary evil to the story. Alex did not ask or want to be put into the position he was placed in with his betrothal when he was sixteen, nor does he wish this complication in his life. As a spy, he was dangerous, but doesn’t seem to be so in this story.
Fast paced and filled with passion, danger, family, the quirks of clan life in the Highlands, suspense, and of course romance. I absolutely love Alex and Edie, they are realistic, engaging and endearing. The storyline was unique, although, not as traumatic or as much danger, as the others in this series. I absolutely love Ms. Kelly’s Scottish stories, and would highly recommend this one. This was a fun story! I thoroughly enjoyed “How to Marry a Royal Highlander”! Fans of Scottish Historical Romance with a touch of humor, danger, a bit of suspense and lots of witty banter will enjoy this engaging, enticing tale of finding true love and romance. A must read! Another hit for Ms. Kelly!
*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Valley*
Heat rating: mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More