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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tour! A Review and Excerpt of How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy by Vanessa Kelly

How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy by Vanessa Kelly
Genre: Adult (Historical/ Regency Romance)
Date Published: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Zebra

Whether as spies or lovers, the Renegade Royals—illegitimate sons of England’s Royal Princes—are bold, skillful, and a force to be reckoned with…

A war hero returned from Waterloo should be able to indulge in a bit of bad behavior. Instead, Captain William Endicott is summoned by his father, the Duke of York, to investigate an assassination plot. The unlikely suspect: William’s former sweetheart. Will can’t believe that innocent Evie Whitney could be mixed up in anything so nefarious. Then again, almost everything about Evie has changed—except for his body’s instinctive response to hers…

Just as Evie’s life is finally coming together, Will saunters back into it. Should she slap him—or seduce him? Even as she tries to decide, scandal pushes her toward marriage with a man she can neither trust nor resist—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy…

How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy is the third book in the Renegade Royals series by Vanessa Kelly. I didn't realize this book was part of a series at first, but it stands alone just fine. Evie was very stubborn, which is a fun characteristic in a character, but at times she let her stubbornness get in the way of common sense. Wolf and Evie were pretty entertaining together, and their chemistry was strong. The story was adventurous with some added drama. I enjoyed Eden and Alec's bantering as well. Eden is a little spit fire. I hope we get their story in future books. This book made me want to go back and red the previous two books in this series.

The ARC of How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy by Vanessa Kelly was kindly provided to me by Tasty Book Tours & the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.

Will and Alec Gilbride are visiting Evie’s family in the country. The various parties have met up for a rather strained breakfast:

“Now, Miss Evelyn, why would ye be wantin’ to spend the morning with your head in a fusty old book?” Captain Gilbride said from across the table. “Surely we can do better, especially on a day as fine as this.”

Evie peered at him, mystified by the captain’s inconsistent brogue. Most times, his accent mirrored that of an English aristocrat who’d spent his formative years at Eton and Oxford. But once or twice last night he’d slipped into a Scottish accent heavy enough to make her think he might leap to his feet and commence dancing a reel. She was beginning to suspect that Gilbride affected the accent as more of a joke than anything else, although she couldn’t imagine why. Her suspicions were confirmed by the incredulous lift to Will’s eyebrows as he eyed his friend.

“No doubt you’re longing for an excursion in the great outdoors,” Will commented sardonically to Alec. “What do you have in mind?”

“I’ve heard about some bonny ruins no more than a half hour’s ride away. An old abbey, I believe.”

“That would be the Abbey of St. Osmund,” Eden said in a bored voice.
Most visitors to Maywood Manor made the trip to the picturesque ruins, and Evie and her sister had been there at least a dozen times. As pretty as the ruins were, she had no desire to see them again.

“Yes, that’s it,” Gilbride said with a smile so charming that any woman but Eden would have dissolved into a puddle at his feet.

But Evie’s twin simply shrugged, making her disdain for the suggestion abundantly clear. “It’s an old Cistercian abbey that fell into ruins after the monasteries were shut down. It’s pretty, but nothing unusual.”

“Aye, but it sounds like the perfect way to spend the morning with a pair of lovely lasses such as you and Miss Evelyn,” Gilbride said. “There’ll be ample opportunity to wander among the ruins, I imagine, and no telling what a lad and a lassie might get up to.”

The captain punctuated his outrageous comment with a broad wink at Eden. When he winced, Evie was certain Will had just kicked him under the table.

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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.

To learn more about Vanessa Kelly and her books, visit her website & blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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