How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy (Renegade Royals Series #3)

How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy (Renegade Royals Series #3)

by Vanessa Kelly

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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. . .

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420131277
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Series: Renegade Royals Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 37,399
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Vanessa Kelly is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Improper Princesses series, the Clan Kendrick, The Renegade Royals and The Stanton Family series, in addition to other historical romances. Named by Booklist as one of the “Stars of Historical Romance,”  her books have been translated into nine languages and published internationally. In graduate school, Vanessa specialized in the study of eighteenth-century British fiction and is known for developing vibrant Regency settings, appealing characters, and witty story lines that captivate readers. She lives with her husband in Ottawa. Visit her online at or join the Clan Kendrick Facebook Group at

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How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
rabidreaderSR More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Renegade Royals series, and my first read by this author. Overall I like her style of writing, so I will be reading the others in the series.  This was a sweet and charming read. I enjoyed the plot, though the pace moved a bit slow in certain sections, it did pick up quite well as the story progressed. The initial slow pace almost did me in, but I kept reading through the night, turning the pages to see how Evie and Will’s romance would bloom, and to uncover the assignation plot.  I thought Evie was a good character. I really liked her, most of my emotions were engaged through her. At times she came off as soft, as too vulnerable, but really beneath all that pain and confusion of Will abandoning her, and his sudden reappearance in her life wreaking havoc on her emotions, she had the strength, determination, courage, and the ability to stand up for herself and her needs. I liked the blend, and I thought it was done quite well. She was a delightful and endearing heroine.  Will was also a likable hero. Certainly honorable and charming, and I enjoyed watching him realize the depth of his feelings for Evie. The romance moved sweet and slow, but it was still quite satisfying. But, I think what I enjoyed most was the plot and the historical details woven throughout the book. I also loved the layers and the complexity of the plot, making this romance read sweet and intriguing.  I would recommend to historical romance lovers. 
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.75* I love this series!!! Vanessa Kelly has spun an intriguing tale of illegitimate royals turned spies for their country. This is Captain William Endicott the son Of The Duke of York and Evie Whitney Williams's childhoods friend. Evie is under suspicion of treason and Will is sent to investigate. Will knows there's no way Evie could be involved she's to good of a person. Evie has loved Will for ever and he broke her heart Seeing Evie again and on the arm of another man Will realizes that he loves Evie. Can he convince her she can trust him again even when he's playing a game of secrets that could change everything? This is not my favorite book of the series but I loved the characters and I so want to see Eden Whitney and Alex Gilbride get their own book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my fav or this series but still very good
ajenkins979 More than 1 year ago
loved this book. I've only read one other book in this series (#5), and I don't feel that you need to (they are all basically stand-alone books related to each other). This kept me glued to the pages, but not at the very beginning. It does take just a bit to get into. I would also almost put this in the suspense category, but its not that full of it. There is of course lots of spying going on.I will say after Will and Alec finally uncover the plot, it was a big surprise!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story. Didn't know it was a series and really enjoyed it. I thought the characters were wonderful and now I have to read Eden's story. I loved both of the twins. What fun.
mrsgodiva More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. The characters leapt off the page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize this book was part of a series at first, but it stands alone just fine. 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. 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 the author for review. The opinions are my own.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Okay. The ending for this story just threw me. I mean, it was a jaw-dropping, "You've got to be kidding me!" moment that doesn't happen often enough for me in historical romances. The way Ms. Kelly saved that delightful twist for the end was just... Wow! But before all that craziness, there is a story that gets told about two childhood friends and former sweethearts Will and Evie. It was touching how well Will knew Evie after being away from her for so long. He knew her looks, her sighs, her huffs. He could tell if she was happy, sad, frustrated, or mad. What he couldn't tell was how much she loved him. It might've seemed obvious to Evie's sister, maybe even to the reader, but it wasn't to him. The vast majority of this story was spent watching Will bounce back and forth between jealousy toward Evie's almost-fiance, frustration with himself, and desire to prove his father wrong about her. Amusing? Um, hell yeah! I loved Evie. Really, she was beautiful in and out. Her capacity to love and give made her so attractive. I think those traits, along with beauty that only Will seemed to see, made her the perfect suspect for Will's investigation. I was happy to discover that those traits weren't superficial or for show or to gain a suitor's attention, but it also puzzled me as to how she could possibly be capable of assassination. The saying "It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for" didn't apply to her at all. As I said earlier, the twist in the plot was completely unexpected. My money was pegged on one person, and to throw a curve ball from left field was a brilliant move by Ms. Kelly. She managed to entwine suspense, intrigue, and a second chance at love into a story that kept my attention, had me wanting to know more, and had me hoping everything worked out for Will and Evie despite the obstacles they faced. ***Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***
gaele More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars  I was excited to read yet another installment in this series, I had done a bit of “catch up’ with earlier titles, and was intrigued by Will’s  story Will is one of the royal cousins from the wrong side of the blanket. To prove himself to his father, he has worked tirelessly as a spy and soldier: now returned from Waterloo, he wants to move on with his life and away from spying.  But that is not to happen, there is a threat to the government, and his childhood best friend Evie is thought to be involved.  Evie is a bit of a wallflower, or always was, especially compared to her very brash and bold twin Edie.  Betrothed, or near to, to Michael, a man determined to do good for te influx of Irish immigrants into the area, Evie has found a ‘simplicity’ in her relationship with Michael, and it is clear that he loves her very much.  And then Will returns, and Evie’s brain turns to mush as he is wooing her, seeing her not as the childhood friend but a desirable woman.  OK  - so Evie is busy ‘telling’ everyone she is to marry Michael, but she is constantly caught in difficult, and then compromising situations  with Will. It’s as if she is determined to forgo her morals for the fulfillment of one night, and then expect that Michael will be waiting.  I pretty much wrote her off at that point.  And Will was not much better, first for insinuating himself into Evie’s life again, repeatedly telling  himself that the goal was more important than the aftermath, and compromising Evie in front of everyone during a party.  His chivalry was certainly tested, and cowed by his father’s flat out dismissal of Evie.  Fortunately Will does manage to turn his own attitude about a bit in regards to her, and become worthy of the attention.  For me, the favorite character in this story was Will’s cousin and Alec and his brash, honest, wicked sense of humor that never gives a break.  And his willingness to bring Will up to task when he is perseverating.  The underlying plot of who is the real threat to government and the climax as they  ferret out the mystery, the use of the church and good works to help the indigent, and Evie’s final development and apology to Michael helped to redeem the story a bit, even though I was more frustrated with the characters than enjoying them.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! I was drawn in from page 1 as the historical part is set up for me. Will and Alec are a wonderful pair of spies as well as cousins. I enjoyed how the royals' illegitimate children have banded together to know and support one another. I like how Will's past comes into the story and how the past becomes his future. Evie is a fantastic heroine. She may be quiet but she has a backbone of steel. She makes her decisions and follows thorough. I also liked her twin, Eden, who surprisingly is the voice of reason as Evie has to decide if Will is her future. I looked forward to getting back into the book and hated to close it when my reading time was over. I plan on reading more of this series and author.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Renegade Royals series. Captain William (Will) Endicott has been ordered by his father, the Duke of York, to uncover an assassination plot. This is nothing out of the ordinary except that one of the suspects is Will's former sweetheart Evie Whitney.  Will can't imagine that Evie has anything to do with the plot, but he has to investigate her regardless. Evie can't believe that Will has come back into her life after all this time. Even with her impending engagement, Evie can't seen to fight her attraction to Will. He broke her heart all those years ago, but her heart doesn't seem to care. What will Evie do when she finds out that the only reason Will came back into her life was to investigate her? I've LOVED this series from the start and Will and Evie's story is no different. Kelly sucks you into the world of the characters and you don't want to leave! We visit a few of the characters from the previous books, but this story mainly focuses on William, his cousin Alec, Evie and her twin sister Eden. I know that the next book in the series will feature Alec and I'm hoping that Kelly pairs him with Eden. They were so much fun to read about. I loved reading the scenes between Will and Evie. The chemistry between the two of them practically leapt off the page. As with other Kelly stories, the banter between the characters had me laughing out loud throughout the story. I can't believe that I have to wait until July to read Alec's story. I'll be waiting on pins and needles!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
A second chance at love with a spy mission entangled in the mix. Will’s father sends him on a mission to spy on Evie, someone from his past that may be involved in an assassination conspiracy. Little do either of them know it may rekindle some old feelings toward each other. Will Evie be able to between someone very close to her for an old love? I admit the beginning was a bit slow for me but once things got moving I enjoy the characters and the story. Good read.
julieford More than 1 year ago
Vanessa Kelly has written a very excellent story. This story is about Will and Evie, former sweethearts who find themselves in the middle of an assassination plot. Will is sent to investigate Evie and her current beau. This story has surprises and twists that are delightfully entertaining.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I like reading books from Vanessa. This was another good read but I did come across some places where I had to put it down and walk away. Vanessa did a super job with this plot. It was so spot on good I had to reread parts. Her characters were busy and being so real you thought you were with them.I'm sure you have read the plan for this story. I will tell you that I believe I read more spoilers in this story than any I have read before this one. I hope you choose to read this book. With Christmas it took me 3 days to finish but without interruptions it is a reasonable book. Please give it a try. I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Intrigue & conspiracy is afoot, but never fear a yummy spy hero & a wallflower will save the day & they have a FAIRY GODDUDE sprinkling his meddling PIXIE DUST! Miss Evelyn, Evie, Whitney is a twin, but she has always been a wallflower as her sister, Edie, has always been the outgoing one always getting into mischief. Their mom has always loved everything about Edie, but she has never stop lecturing Evie for everything. When she finally straps on her BIG GIRL UNDIES, she demanded glasses, so she could stop walking into plants & walls, but Edie was just to vain to get herself some. Evie grew up with her FOREVER guy, Wolf, but he joined the army, deserted her & ripped out her heart. Evie has finally found a man who wants to marry her & take her away from her toxic mom, but he is catholic & her mom doesn't approve, but she hopes her family's house party will prove he is her future hubby. Captain William "Wolf" Endicott is the illegitimate son of the royal Duke of York, but he was raised by his loving uncle & aunt. Wolf went into the army for his royal father & he & his cousin Alastair "Alec" Gilbride become spies as well as soldiers together doing the Napoleonic War. Wolf is so sick of death & wasted life & he is finally home, but he & Alec are called in by his outraged dad & their spymaster boss, Sir Dominic Hunter to stop a Irish/Catholic conspiracy & possible royal assassinate plot. Wolf is willing to due his duty, but he will have to use is childhood sweetheart to get close to his target, Evie's fiancé Michael Beaumont. At her family's house party, bespectacled Evie comes face to face with the man who stepped on her heart & Wolf is delighted to see the BOMBSHELL that his little Evie has grown into & CRAVES her NEKKID body draped across him ASAP. As Wolf & Alec begin their mission, Alec plays interference between Evie & Michael by asking endless questions about their charity, the Hibernian Benevolence Association. Evie knows that Wolf & his Scottish sidekick are up to no good & she & troublemaking Edie are keeping their eyes on them. Soon her mom starts matchmaking & throws Evie at Wolf 24/7 & soon their hormones go NUCLEAR! Since Wolf is in her mom's good graces, he takes Evie on an outing to her charity to sniff out clues about the conspiracy. When a undies drenching runaway kiss leads to a Evie's dropped bodice, they are invaded by a devastated almost fiancé, a happy mom, a shocked twin & a laughing Scot! Soon they find themselves engaged & Evie just wants her old life back & Wolf just want to embrace all kinds of NAUGHTINESS! So a demanding royal father, a meddling mom, unknown traitors afoot, a sexy waltz, a chaise lounge set ablaze with SCANDALNESS, intrigue aplenty, a kooky twin set loose, a sexy highland of hotness, a kidnapping, twins switching places, a assassination plot unraveled, baddies a$$ kicking & a FAIRY GODDUDE spymaster sprinkling his meddling PIXIE DUST to make this most NOTORIOUS house party of 1815! Can Wolf pack enough C4 to demolish Evie's walled up heart? Is Evie able to accept Wolf's love & embrace her fate? Will they ever say their I dos? Will Wolf wipeout the assassination plot before its too late? Who will kill who first, Alec or Edie? How much chaos will Wolf's FAIRY GODDUDE cause? This is book #3 of the Renegade Royals series & they just keep getting better & better! Ms. Kelly twists this romance up with the Twin Team against the Cousin Team & it would not of been as great or hilarious without all the kooky twinNESS & the cousins' BROMANCE! Now Evie was the wallflower of the twins, but she never hated Edie for all her popularity & just embrace her unique & troublemaking twin. Evie also thought she had to settle, but Wolf came back & blowup her safe small world apart. Ms. Kelly made Evie take a rough & potholes galore journey & she discovered her inner SEXUAL KRAKEN & never looked back! Now Wolf was the only Renegade so far with a loving family, but he just wanted his royal dad's approval all his life. Of course, Ms. Kelly makes Wolf go against all he ever wanted, his dad, to find his own path & get the girl! As all my romance peeps know, I love myself some PULL THE FIRE ALARM NAUGHTINESS & Ms. Kelly did disappoint me. This book was the HOTTEST of the series & Ms. Kelly filled it with unique available surfaces for the undies scorching scenes that will make all y'all pleasure centers wake & smell the New Year! This action packed romance had it all with espionage, baddies getting their collective a$$es kicked, hilariousness that will make you ROFLing, kooky characters & scenes full of yummy NAUGHTINESS! Ms. Kelly completely earns & deserves my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes & I can't wait to get my greedy hands on Alec & Edie tale that I know will be even more HILARIOUS & YUMMY! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.