My Fair Princess

The Improper Princesses

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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)
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About the author

Named by Booklist as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance,” bestselling author Vanessa Kelly’s books have been nominated for awards in a number of contests. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Medallion for historical romance. With a Master’s Degree in English Literature, Vanessa is known for developing vibrant Regency settings, appealing characters, and witty storylines that captivate readers. You can visit her on the web at www.vanessakellyauthor.com
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Publisher
Zebra Books
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Published on
Sep 1, 2016
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781420141108
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Eligible for Family Library

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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 . . .

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)
 An imperious summons from former spymaster Dominic Hunter is always cause for concern, as Jack Easton, Marquess of Lendale, well knows. When Jack discovers that some of the Renegade Royals, the most dangerous men in England, are also guests at Dominic’s country house party, he’s even more suspicious.

 

But before Jack can get to the bottom of things, a mysterious baby girl is found abandoned in the stables. The tyke is in desperate need of a new family, and each of the wives of the Renegade Royals wants to adopt her. Griffin Steele, Alasdair Gilbride, and Aden St. George will do anything to please their ladies, and that means an all-out competition to prove which of them would make the best father.

 

When a former crime lord and two lethal spies take on the task of caring for the baby, it’s up to Jack to decide who does the best job. But none of the men have any idea how much mayhem one little girl can create!

 

THREE RENEGADES AND A BABY is 16,000 word, crossover short story between The Renegade Royals and The Improper Princesses Series.

 

Praise for The Renegade Royals Series:

 

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

 

Praise for The Improper Princesses Series:

 

“Kelly launches her new Improper Princesses series with another superbly crafted Regency historical romance that puts a clever spin on My Fair Lady while at the same time delivering the usual elegant writing, tempered with a deliciously dry wit and artfully nuanced characters readers have come to expect from her.” ~Booklist
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