"Full of intrigue, emotion and sensuality." Katharine Ashe
In this witty, sensual new series, Vanessa Kelly introduces the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes who are finding their rightful places in society. . .
Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on herand naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly. . .
Though grateful for Aden's help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden's protection almost as much as she craves his touch. . .
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A classically trained actress in England, Veida Dehmlow has dozens of stage credits to her name. She has appeared in London's West End, national tours, and many regional repertory theaters. Her voice work includes commercials, video games, and the narration of books in a variety of genres.
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SECRETS for SEDUCING a ROYAL BODYGUARD
By Vanessa Kelly
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2013 Vanessa Kelly
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Smuggling tunnels near the Kentish Coast October 1814
Aden St. George managed to avoid having to kill the guard stationed outside his quarry's cryptlike cell, although the thug outside the caves hadn't been so lucky. Still, that bastard had tried to knife him in the gut so Aden could hardly be faulted for returning the favor. And knowing what he did about the men who'd kidnapped Lady Vivien Shaw, he wouldn't waste his fitful conscience on that brutal but necessary act. Killing was not a favorite pastime, but only rarely did it disturb his sleep.
Tonight's rescue mission carried no inconvenient opportunities for remorse since a woman's life and innocence hung in the balance. True, the gossips whispered that Lady Vivien's innocence was an open question, but what would happen to her if Aden failed wasn't. Without his intervention she would disappear into a nightmarish life, forever beyond the protection of her family and friends.
Even if she'd simply been the victim of a kidnapping for ransom, as her wealthy brother suspected, her reputation at the very least was at stake—especially if rumors of her disappearance started to circulate throughout the ton. More importantly, Aden hoped he wasn't already too late to ensure she continued her easy, privileged life, and that her brutish guards hadn't already used her as their plaything.
As he eased the guard's beefy, foul-smelling form to the floor, Aden cast a swift glance down the dimly lit corridor. All was silent, as it should be if he'd done his job correctly. He normally felt little pride in his abilities, but he could at least acknowledge a grim satisfaction that his last disastrous mission in France hadn't affected his instincts or his lethally honed skills.
Shrugging away any residual tension, he extracted his picklocks from the inner pocket of his coat and went to work on the sturdy oak door separating him from his objective. Although no sound emanated from behind the rough-hewn panels, he was certain Lady Vivien was there. Three other tunnels ran up from the coast into the smuggler's lair, but only this corridor boasted a table, lamp, and chair for the guard by the door. An assessing glance down the other tunnels had convinced him the majority of the gang was elsewhere, probably in a room with a fireplace and more creature comforts than those in this dank corner. But clearly the bastards thought one of the rooms obviously used for storing contraband was quite good enough for a gently bred lady.
Aden forced down the flare of rage that a woman like Lady Vivien—or any woman—would be stowed like a cask of brandy in a moldering hole carved from dirt and rock. But he could hardly spare to indulge in that kind of emotion. Emotion was an insidious enemy that clouded the judgment, as it had only a few weeks ago in Paris. He couldn't afford it, not when the lady's life was at stake.
The lock snicked and the tumblers slid open. Aden slipped quietly past the door, ignoring the choking miasma of mold and dust that assailed his nostrils. It took a few seconds for his eyes to adjust to the murky depths of the room, illuminated by a single candle standing on a crate, burned down to a nub. Ghosting forward, he made out a pallet shoved against the sloping, roughly carved wall of the room.
A slight form lay motionless under a dark cloak.
Silent, he gazed down at Lady Vivien, sister to the Earl of Blake and one of the most acclaimed young women of the ton though she was a dab little thing to be the recipient of so much admiration and gossip. But even in the dim light cast by the candle, though disheveled and dirty her beauty shone clear to Aden in the cast of her elegant features. Hair the color of golden honey wound down from her ruined coiffure and tumbled around her shoulders. Her velvet evening cloak, woefully inadequate to ward off the chill from the room's moisture-slicked walls, had slipped from her shoulders to puddle about her waist, revealing creamy skin and gently sloping breasts that rose and fell in the rapid, shallow breathing of her disturbed sleep. A ridiculously delicate dress, all white lace and yellow silk, had silly little sleeves that exposed most of her arms and shoulders, and her pale breasts gently swelled from the wispy bodice of her gown.
Aden crouched beside her pallet, noting the dirt smudges on her pale arms and shoulders, and grimy marks of filthy hands streaking mud across the bodice of her gown. She'd clearly been manhandled, and anger again lanced through his gut like a poison-tipped blade. He feared he was too late to save her from a lifetime of remembered horror and degradation, just as he'd been too late to save John Williamson from a pointless death in a French inn not two weeks ago.
He throttled back his frustration, because he could at least save her from death or more abuse. For now, that was all he had. Any personal vengeance he chose to exact against her captors would come later, when he had extracted Lady Vivien from danger. The unconscious guard outside her room wouldn't stay down forever, and other members of the gang could wander along at any time, either to relieve the guard or check on the other man, now crumpled dead in the bushes outside the entrance to the tunnels.
Leaning over, Aden inhaled, taking in her sickly sweet, heavily scented breath along with the pallor of her winsome features. She'd been drugged, likely a blessing given what had happened to her in this disgusting hole.
He flicked the cloak up over her chest and gently slid his arms under her slender body. As he started to lift, she suddenly came to life in his arms, thrashing madly. Startled, he instinctively tightened his grip. But preoccupied with keeping a hold on her twisting body, he failed to notice her arm snake out from under the cloak until her fist smashed into his cheekbone.
Shock more than pain lanced through him as she wrenched herself free. She landed on the pallet with a startled oof and then exploded up again, her slender body a furious tangle of kicking, thrusting limbs. Her eyes blazed with rage, wide and full of desperation. She fought with the instinct and fear-generated strength of a cornered animal, one who preferred death to submission.
Recovering from his momentary paralysis, Aden pressed her back down onto the pallet, capturing her flailing arms and legs beneath him. She sucked in a sobbing, terrified breath but surprised him again when she lunged up, trying to smash the top of her head into his face. He jerked back just in time, then whipped a hand up, grasped the back of her skull, and held it firmly against the scratchy burlap cloth beneath her.
For a few infernally long seconds they glared at each other, their rasping breaths shattering the clammy closeness of the room. She shook beneath him, her body slim and lithe beneath the fragile silk of her ball gown. A heated tendril of scent reached his nostrils, an elusive whisper of roses and summer warmth. Her chest rose and fell in a pattern of fractured breaths, plumping the fullness of her breasts over the top of her low-cut bodice.
The candle on the crate beside them sputtered and flared, throwing light on her face. A hectic flush rose in her cheeks, driving a wash of pink across her pale skin. Her lips, plush and bow-shaped, trembled open in a travesty of invitation, and for one demented instant Aden fought the urgent need to taste them, to plumb the sweet temptation they offered.
And then she drew in a breath, preparing to scream. He whipped up a hand and covered her mouth, disgusted with his lapse in discipline and what it must have revealed to her. She might be the kind of spoiled beauty he disdained, but he'd consign himself to the darkest hell before he frightened her or harmed a hair on her head.
"Hush, Lady Vivien." He lifted slightly, giving her more room although he kept his hand clamped over her mouth. "Sir Dominic Hunter sent me. I'm going to get you out of here, but you can't scream or keep fighting or your captors will hear."
Her gaze darted to the door and the corridor beyond, then flashed back to his face.
"The guards won't trouble us," he murmured in response to her unspoken question. The terror that glazed her eyes dimmed a notch. She blinked rapidly as if to chase away her drug-induced confusion.
He held her gaze, willing her to trust him. "If I take my hand away, you must not cry out. You will endanger us both if you do. Understand?"
She stared up at him, eyes rounded with fear. He could practically hear the turning of the cogs and wheels in her brain and feel her body go still as she weighed her decision.
Blast. If she continued to fight him, a sharp tap to the jaw to knock her senseless might be the only safe way to handle her. But then he saw the clearing in her eyes and sensed the beginning of a wary acceptance of him.
"Yes?" he whispered.
The flush leached from her face. She gave one sharp, economical nod and then settled under him, as if waiting for him to respond. Cautiously, he removed his hand from her mouth, straining an ear for any noises. He deliberately pulled his awareness away from her, focusing his instincts, trying to sense traps that might await them in the corridor beyond.
"Who are you?" Her voice was a throaty croak. "You know Sir Dominic?"
"Yes. I'm a friend." Right now she didn't need to know more than the basics.
He rolled off the pallet, bringing her slight body with him as he rose. She gave a little gasp and staggered, sinking against him. Steadying her, he wrapped the velvet cloak tightly around her and lifted, settling her easily against his chest, a fragile package in his arms. The fact that she'd tried to fight him and struggled so desperately to defend herself spoke of a reckless courage that filled him with dismay. If she had struggled thus with her abductors, God only knows what they'd done to her. They would have relished the sport of breaking her in unimaginably brutal ways.
Once more, a thirst for vengeance settled low in his gut. His mind began to reshape itself into the cold, ruthless pattern that automatically formed whenever he planned a kill. Emotions began to fall away. He felt the man inside him—the creature of blood, bone, muscle, and morality—giving way to something akin to iron wheels and gears, defined by a single, deadly purpose that swept everything before it.
The girl stiffened in his arms. She peered at him, caution pulling her features tight as if she'd sensed the change in him. How the hell was that possible?
When she wriggled, clearly wanting down, he knew she had sensed it. Swiftly, he refocused. Vengeance would change nothing. In this moment, the only thing that counted was saving Lady Vivien Shaw.
He tried a reassuring smile. Her eyes widened and she shrank into herself, her expression screaming distrust. Very well. She'd have to trust him, or he just might be forced to tap her under the chin after all. So far she'd surprised him with her lack of hysterics, but would that last much longer?
Her tongue swiped out to wet her full lips—a distraction he didn't need—then she spoke in that croaking whisper. "How will we—"
He shook his head in warning as they reached the door. A fine tremor flowed through her limbs before she fell silent and still against him.
Shifting her in his arms, he moved, keeping the door between them and the open corridor. He glanced down at the burly form of the guard crumpled against the wall. Aden gave him a hard nudge with his boot.
"Is he dead?" Lady Vivien whispered.
He shook his head. After what the guard had likely done to her, he'd assumed she'd want to see him dead. Yet she seemed relieved more than anything.
As he moved down the corridor, she stretched up again to murmur in his ear, "I can walk." Her warm breath slid over his skin like a caress, her soft lips brushing his ear. Aden had to repress an instinctive shiver of pleasure.
Scowling at his undisciplined reaction, he bit out a low reply. "We're almost out." He thought she rolled her eyes at him, but his mind rejected the absurd notion.
"I would nonetheless prefer to walk," she hissed.
Apparently she had rolled her eyes at him.
When they came to a branching intersection he stopped, hugging the wall as he listened while grasping her even more securely against his chest. She grumbled something under her breath, which he ignored. They were almost out. The fools who had snatched her had failed to avail themselves of the opportunity offered by the extensive network of tunnels. They could have stashed their captive in the deepest recesses of the smugglers' lair, making it hard to find her and harder to get her out. Instead, they'd dumped her in an easily accessible room in one of the first tunnels off the main corridor, topping off their stupidity by leaving her inadequately guarded. Those mistakes told Aden a great deal about her captors. He prayed their ineptitude would hold true for the rest of the night.
Not that he couldn't handle whatever problems arose. Dominic had wanted to send more men, but Aden had vetoed the idea. Time had not been on their side, and he preferred to work alone in any event. This type of mission suited his skills and temperament perfectly—in and out quickly using whatever amount of lethal force was required.
He glanced down at the bundle of femininity in his arms. If he had to kill someone else, he surely did not want a hysterical woman complicating matters. Not that Lady Vivien seemed predisposed to hysterics, but she was likely in shock and a good agent never took chances.
Or shouldn't, as he'd been so recently and harshly reminded.
Resting against the wall, vaguely aware of Lady Vivien's soft, rose-petal scent, Aden thought about his options. After a moment, he ducked his head to find her ear, blowing aside the fine strands of golden hair that had snagged in the collar of his coat. She jerked in his arms then looked at him, blue eyes wide and startled.
"Are you certain you can walk?" he murmured.
She blew out a relieved breath and nodded. For some reason, it annoyed him that she was so intent on freeing herself from his grasp. He felt better with the girl secure in his arms. Obviously she didn't feel the same way, and it did make sense to have his hands free, knives at the ready, when they reached the entrance to the tunnels. So far all had gone according to plan, which was usually the best evidence that matters were about to blow up in his face.
He eased her down until her feet touched the floor, the top of her head barely level with his chin. When she inhaled sharply, he glanced down at her feet and quietly cursed. They'd taken away her shoes and now she stood on the cold, dirt-packed floor in stocking-clad feet.
When he slid an arm around her waist to lift her again, she slapped a hand on his chest to stop him.
"It's fine," she whispered. "I can still walk." A wry little smile shaped the corners of her pretty mouth. "Besides, my feet are so cold I can hardly feel a thing."
Slightly bemused by her stoic attitude, he raised his brows. She simply shrugged. Aden cast an assessing glance at the tunnel floor. Though dirty and assuredly cold, it seemed relatively free of debris. The exit was close, and they should make it with little trouble if no one had yet discovered the dead guard in the bushes.
That, however, was a big if.
Aden bent to whisper, "Stay behind me. If there's any trouble, run for the woods. There's a horse tied up in a small clearing about four hundred yards straight ahead. If that's not possible, double back and hide down that corridor." He jerked his head to indicate a shadowed, low-ceilinged tunnel branching off to the right. "Wait there until I come for you."
She stared at him, and that glazed look of terror seeped back into her eyes as he sensed panic freezing her limbs. Ignoring his growing sense of urgency, Aden took her face between his gloved hands, stooping until their gazes were level. Her breath sawed in and out in shallow pants, as he stared into her eyes until the pupils contracted and focused on him.
"You are safe with me," he said quietly. "I will not let anyone harm you again. Do you understand?"
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I started this novel with so much anticipation, which was probably my downfall. A couple of pages in, I put it down hoping that I would come back to it and like it better. I have to say I struggled with this book. The writing was very engaging but the hero and heroine were so dumb at times. I kept shaking my head and thinking, what are you thinking?? Ok, our heroine, Lady Vivian Shaw. When the story begins she is abducted, almost murdered. Aden St. George comes to rescue her, not because her family asked him to, but because Sir Dominic Hunter, a family friend did! Ok, so it starts off interesting. He rescues her and then she goes back home… Home is where her older brother Cyrus, very politically motivated tries to marry her off to Prince Ivan. Prince Ivan is a scumbag. He is always trying to put his hands all over Lady Vivian after repeatedly getting rejected by her. The cherry on top is that her older brother Cyrus knows all this and still gives Prince Scumbag his acceptance to court her???!! Lady Vivian is disgusted by the Prince for many different reasons, one of her main concerns is that they do not speak the same language, he is Russian. What? On My Goodness! But the “villains” are not the only characters that I found very frustrating. Lady Vivian left me with my mouth open…. She suspects that one of her brothers and/or Prince Ivan are behind her abduction. So what does she do???? She goes back home where she finds none other than Cyrus and Prince Scumbag. Ok, I take a deep breath and think ok… let’s get behind the abduction… Let’s focus on who abducted her…Enter Little Brother Kit who has a gambling problem, along with their mother… Turns out that he and his mother both have big gambling debt that needs to be paid off. I mean jeez… All this story needed was a plague… Lady Vivian decides she will “fix” the problem by selling her jewels and using whatever money she has. After some convincing from Cyrus, she accepts the prince because it will help the family with their gambling and other debts. My question is why didn’t she just take her money and run. Lady, your life is in danger, you have money, go hide! So aside from all this crazy and whacky characters, including the heroine we have St George. St. George goes to rescue Lady Vivian. I think yay! What a great hero. He is so overcome with lust that he seemed almost juvenile. The first couple of minutes upon meeting her it’s as if his brain is paralyzed. He sets his lust aside and rescues her and takes her back home. Lady Vivian is so overcome with gratitude that she makes snippy remarks at him the entire time. He offers to help her and tries to help her. He plainly asks her to share her concerns with him but she thinks that she can handle her situation. However, she does find time in her “gratitude” to reprimand him for flirting with another women at a ball… It seems that St. George is the only person Lady Vivian can standup to. Ironically, he is also the only one on her side. It’s very difficult to feel sympathy for Lady Vivian when she behaves in such a frustrating manner. Her family walks all over her and the decisions that she makes made me doubt her sanity. Or her just plain lack of common sense. I wanted to really like this book but I found it very trying. I love a good historical romance as much as the next person but I need an incentive to keep interested. The one character that seemed to have hear head on straight was Lady Thornberry, St. George’s mother. She is the only one that understands the danger that Lady Vivian is under and appreciates her sons help. There is a little tension behind St. George and his mother and as the story unfolds we understand why. She was the only reasonable character. Much of the story continues in this manner. There are more nonsensical decisions and more attempted abductions. I will say this, this story definitely had me very emotionally involved. Many times I found myself talking to the characters hoping that someone would come to their senses. For me, this story was more interesting because of the secondary characters and the suspense of the whole abduction scenario then the hero and heroine.
Vanessa Kelly is one of my favorite historical authors and with this first book in her new series, The Renegade Royals, she delivers yet again. The Renegade Royals series will be telling the stories of the bastard children of the Prince Regent. And the series starts of with a bang. This royal is a spy for the government, who has grown weary of hid duties. His latest assignment - to rescue then guard a young lady of the ton. His preconceived notions of her eventually fall by the wayside as he wishes he was back in the dangerous spy game he is used to. Through ridiculous situations, great bantering between characters and a few tense situations, the story moves speedily along. A real page turner, can't put it down novel; at least for me. Highly recommended.
Thrills, mystery, and romance make up this wonderful read. Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this book. Loved it! Vivien was a strong heroine. She dealt with a kidnapping, attempted murder, and a psychopath, but she survived it all. She didn't bow to other people's wishes and she was very loyal to her loved ones. I only had one problem with her and it was how she was so quick to bow to her kidnapper's wishes near the end. It didn't fit her strong character and seemed more like she was doing it to spite Aden, after he left her. It seemed contrary to how she acted during the rest of the book, so that bit bothered me. But, otherwise, I thought she was great. Aden was just wonderful. He was so sweet and adorable! But, he was also strong and clever, part of what made it such a good spy. He was frustratingly stubborn at times, but I didn't mind. I still adored him. The romance was lovely. From the moment they met, Vivien and Aden were infatuated with each other and it was just so sweet. The attraction was also there from the beginning, so we get some spice as well, though it wasn't the main part of their relationship. I thought they were lovely together. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of who was behind the kidnapping and the danger he presented kept me on the edge of my seat with nonstop thrills. I suspected who it turned out to be, but I was still surprised at the lengths this person was willing to go. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. I'm excited to see what's coming up next in this series because it's off to a brilliant start. Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard was a fantastic historical romance. The mystery, the thrills, the romance-I loved every bit of it! Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to read. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
This book started slow and like a cliche romance novel. But give it a few chapters and the characters develop wonderfully. This is a can't-put-it-down book and the love scenes must be savored.
It is hard to disconnect yourself from your family. Vivien Shaw can't do so until she is forced to. An abduction brings Aden St. George into her life. Thank goodness, because her family will be her downfall. I love Aden and Vivien to pieces. Vanessa Kelly writes amazing historical romances. Can't wait to read the rest of this series.
Heroine is TSTL. Hero's angst is unbelievable. Same scenes carried out over and over dur to said stupidity and angst. No character development to speak of and not even an entertaining sidekick or two to break up the monotony. Made myself finish, but barely.
Vanessa Kelly has written a wonderfully engaging story that contains love, mystery, adventure and intrigue. This is the story of Aden St. George, the natural son of the Prince Regent, now a spy and Lady Vivien Shaw, protector and savior of her family. Aden rescues Vivien from kidnappers and tries to protect her from additional attempts while trying to figure out who is behind the attempts. This is a story to fall in love with. Aden is strong, fierce, protective and lovingly gentle. Vivien is courageous, determined and sometimes lovingly vulnerable.
Love this book, and I can't wait to read the rest in this series as they come out. This book has mystery, intrigue, romance, a heroine who can't stay out of trouble, and oh yeah, a hero to "sigh" for! Vivien is a proud young lady who'll go to any length to get her family out of trouble. She is clever, beautiful, and too tempting for Aden. Aden has a job to do, and he'll not be distracted by Vivien (that's what HE thinks!) Vanessa Kelly has written a keeper, and I cannot wait to read Griffin's story, and more about Dominic of course. This is a must read, you won't be sorry (unless, of course you don't read it)!
Aden St. George has his "work" cut out for him to be sure!!! He's never had an assignment like Vivien Shaw, it is going to take everything he has to protect her...but who is going to protect him!! Vanessa Kelly brings us a new series! The Renegade Royals...book two is next, "Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom".
A+ couldnt put it down once i started ...
Engaging players, fast moving I will look forward to reading more from Vanssa Kelly.
SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD by Vanessa Kelly is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1814 England. #1 in the "Renegade Royals" series. But you can catch the novella in this series, "Lost in a Royal Kiss" available now. "The Renegade Royals" are illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes who are finding their rightful places in society....." I thoroughly enjoyed "Secrets For Seducing A Royal Bodyguard". It is filled with passion, romance, secrets, a bit of danger, and acceptance. Follow spy Aden St. George and Lady Vivien Shaw on a journey of danger, passion and love. Not a dull moment in this book. From the first page to the last. With engaging characters, bits of banter, and great secondary characters you can not go wrong with "Secrets For Seducing a Royal Bodyguard". I can hardly wait for the next installment in this what is to be an awesome series. We all want to know what happens when a Royal Prince illegitimate children are accepted by either the Royals or society, and have to make their own way in society. Ms. Kelly is a talented author, who draws the reader into the story and holds them there. Well done!! A must read!! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or Net Galley. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: Mild REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Great Royal Romance story Secret for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard is fun , romantic and lots of adventures. The characters are strong, smart and funny. I enjoyed reading Mrs. Kelly book.
I enjoyed this book very much. It started a little slow for me but once you get into the story and the relationship between Aden St. George and Vivien Shaw you can't help but be pulled into the story. I loved Aden and Vivian's characters even if I wanted to smack Aden several times through out the book. Aden is a a strong alpha male who wants nothing more then to protect Vivien even if it's from he himself. Vivien is an intelligent loving woman who cares for and protects her mother and younger brother even at the cost of her own happiness. There are some great secondary characters Kit, Dominic and Griffin. The next book is Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom and I can't wait to read about Griffin's HEA. I was given an arc copy of this book by the author for and honest review.
Lady Vivien Shaw has been kidnapped and it is the job of Aden St. George to rescue her. Unfortunately, his job doesn't end there. Since they don't know who is behind the kidnapping, Aden must go into society to protect Vivien until they find the culprit. But Aden hasn't been mingling with the ton in over 10 years, ever since he started working as a spy for the British government. Vivien is grateful for the help that Aden provides, but as he spends more and more time with her he comes closer to discovering her secrets (who might be behind the kidnapping and why). Those secrets could jeopardize members of her family. Aden hates going to ton parties and mingling with a group of people that made his mother's life miserable after her affair with the Prince Regent and his subsequent birth. But he has a job to do, one that is getting harder and harder to do when he knows that Vivien is keeping things from him. Eventually, Vivien's secrets come out and Aden takes them into hiding to protect her, while others are finding evidence to convict the kidnapper. While in hiding Vivien and Aden become much closer. But Aden is convienced that he doesn't deserve the love of someone like Vivien. Can she convience him otherwise? Will the kidnapper be brought to justice? I really enjoyed this book. I loved the banter between Vivien and Aden. Their attraction started from their first meeting and just sizzled throughout the whole book. I loved seeing what type of man Dominic had become as well as a quick peak at Linnet and Anthony (from Lost in a Royal Kiss). The only thing that felt was lacking was more information about the relationship between Aden and his mother. The story talks about how they had such a close relationship when he was little and how all that changed. I would have loved to have read a scene in which they have a heart to heart and his mother explains why she suddenly stopped being the loving and caring mother he had started growing up with. We are introduced to Griffin Steele (cousin to Aden), whom is the hero of the next book in the series titled Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom. I've already fallen in love with him and can't wait to read his story which is expected to come out on April 1, 2014. Thanks go out to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Loved this book. All the characters were great. Can't wait to read more about Griffith. Highly recommend
Lady Vivien Shaw is a young woman who was forced to grow up long before she should have had to, taking on the responsibility of watching over her younger brother and mother when her father passes. Her older brother watching out for no one but himself. She has done an admirable job for the past seven years but things are slowly getting out of hand, her younger brother and her mother have debts that keep rising; she has no real marriage prospects other than a slimy prince who doesn’t like the word no. What is a Lady to do? On top of everything else she ends up kidnapped and in a cave? Mr. Aden St. George, a misfit himself, is called upon to rescue the fair Lady Vivien, which he does with ease. Aden feels something change though and has to struggle and battle the demons inside as he copes with his parent’s pasts and his inability to trust himself at times. Will he ever realize that he is just making things to difficult for himself? Or will he forever face loneliness and despair? Ms. Kelly’s writing is almost like a spider web drawing you in slowly but surely until you are wrapped so tightly that you can’t put it down. My true and major disappointment in this book? I don’t know when the next installment is coming out. This novel has it all from action and adventure to love and romance. The writing is excellence personified. If you are a fan of regency romance this is a must have, though I admit I’m not sure how patiently I will be able to await the next feature.
Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard opens with Aden St. George rescuing Lady Vivian Shaw. Aden is a spy that had been sent by his superior to rescue Vivian. Vivian's mom is friends with Aden's mom yet they have never met. Aden is the product of his mother's affair with the Prince Regent. It seems to be an open secret of the ton. Lady Vivian has attracted the attention of a visiting Russian prince. Her oldest brother wants her to marry the Prince to further his political career, while her mother and brother have a gambling problem and they rely on Vivian to get the money to save them. Aden needs to figure out who wanted to kidnap Vivian and he also needs to keep her safe so he pretends to be courting her. I wasn't fond of Vivian's family. They seemed to be very dependent and letting an unmarried lady of the ton gamble to save help repay their gambling debts is preposterous. I started reading this book, I could not put it down and stayed up reading until I was done. I can not wait for the next two in the series. The only thing that baffled me was the title. Aden isn't a Royal Bodyguard. He is a spy. The book could have been titled "Secrets for Seducing a Spy". I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It was such a good book that it is on my "to purchase" list!
Sits down and looks around. Falls asleep. Gnight.