Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom

Confessions of a Royal BridegroomThe Renegade Royals, Book Two
Kensington Books
April 1, 2014
ISBN: 9781420131246


Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him…

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction…

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Neilsen BookScan Romance Bestseller

Finalist, Published Maggie Awards, Best Historical Romance

“Kelly pairs a rogue of a hero with a courageous heroine. With a few returning characters, an abandoned infant, political intrigue and forgiveness, Kelly keeps her readers’ attention until the highly satisfying end to a sensual, well-plotted and wonderfully crafted love story.” ~RT Book Reviews, 4-1/2 stars

“Kelly continues her Renegade Royals series with another captivating tale brimming with sizzling sensuality and dangerous intrigue. Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom is just the literary ticket for readers who like sexy-as-sin rogues, heroines who can give as good as they take, and a plot that takes a walk on the wild side of Regency life.” ~Booklist

“The second book in the Renegade Royals is here!! The first book was enchanting, and this second book has certainly upped the ante. This novel was completely enchanting and wholly engrossing from the very first page…I fell totally in love with all of the characters (especially Griffin..yum!) and found them all absolutely delightful.” ~Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

“I’m not just suggesting this work, I’m recommending you read it now! Don’t put it on the TBR list/stack pick it up, but be aware of two things; one, you won’t want to put it down and two, there is another coming… which I want now!” ~Harlequin Junkies, 5 stars

“Vanessa Kelly has created a hero and heroine that you will love in all ways, because their vibrant and compassionate natures truly make you care. CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM frequently induces chuckles, while the emotional side of the storyline is constantly engrossing.” ~Single Title Reviews, 5 stars

“Interesting characters, high-stakes adventures, and an unusual plot all make this an enjoyable addition to Kelly’s Renegade Royals series” ~Historical Novel Society

Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom has all the elements of my favorite novels—a bad boy hero, a spirited heroine, a dash of intrigue, and a sizzling romance. Vanessa Kelly repeatedly creates characters I want to spend time with and stories I never want to end. Put her on your auto-buy list; you won’t be disappointed.” ~Shana Galen, RITA Finalist and bestselling author

“Are you sitting down? Do. If you love historical romance, take a deep breath. If you’ve been even remotely interested in diving into one, this book is where you’ll want to begin…I adore great writing and eloquent foreplay between two delicious characters that lasts for chapters and doesn’t disappoint when it delivers… again and again. Throw in some intrigue, mystery, shame, a few underdogs, witty banter, a whorehouse and a baby put there for protection, well… you’ve got a helluva a book. Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom, coming out April 1st, needs to be on your reading list!” ~Books and Beyond Fifty Shades

“A deliciously romantic tale, CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM, the second book in award winning author Vanessa Kelly’s THE RENEGADE ROYALS series, is a clever, sensual historical romance that is absolutely unputdownable…a brothel full of prostitutes, a mysteriously abandoned baby, royalty, political intrigue, danger, suspense, scorching sensuality, a marriage of convenience and love combine to give readers an unforgettable story.”  ~Romance Junkies, 5 Blue Ribbons

“A complex, intriguing but entertaining tale of love and secrets. Love this series. I can hardly wait to see what awaits the next Royal Renegade! A must read for anyone who enjoys a great read with engaging characters and an intriguing storyline. Well done!!” ~My Book Addiction Reviews, 4.5 stars

“I seriously LOVE this series!! Vanessa Kelly does it again! In book two of her Renegade Royals Series, Ms Kelly brings to life the life-long affect that being abandoned can do. And yet she also shows us how the human spirit can triumph. Just a lovely lovely book…an absolute joy of a read! I finished it and wanted to go back and read it again!!” ~Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

“Vanessa Kelly has written a charming and sensual sequel to her Renegade Royals series. Readers will enjoy learning more about the mysterious Griffin Steele, who is a witty and fun secondary character in Kelly’s first book. Griffin is proof that people are more than what they may seem to be at first glance. The many layers that make Griffin are intriguing, and readers won’t be able to put CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM down until they have discovered all of Griffin’s past secrets.” ~Fresh Fiction

“Lovers of Regency romance with a roguish hero and a proper spinster will find this book irresistible. Griffin has a dangerous edge, but underneath, he is a honorable and loving man. His pursuit of Justine is thrilling. Justine is sweet and kind, but she stands up for herself, a great foil to Griffin. They strike sparks off each other with their wonderful chemistry. With just enough mystery to round out this sensual love story, this book is recommended to fans of the genre.”~Danielle Hill, Affaire de Coeur Book Reviews, 4 stars

“Score another one for Vanessa Kelly with CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM! Vanessa Kelly’s way with the amazing alpha male and the ever stubborn female is a joy to read…I urge you to read both the novels in the The Renegade Royals series and the prequel novella LOST IN A ROYAL KISS. Historical romance lovers will enjoy these exciting tales by such a fantastic writer as Vanessa Kelly.” ~Book Obsessed Chicks, 4-1/2 Moons

“A lovely read with both sweet romance and intriguing mystery,Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom was absolutely fantastic. I loved this book. It was a thrilling, romantic, enjoyable read. Another great book in a wonderful series!” ~Imagine a World, 5 Roses

“Kelly follows Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard with a strong Regency Romance…Griffin Steele, rakish by-blow of the Duke of Cumberland, and spinster Justine Brightmore are very finely developed characters.”~Publishers Weekly

“Vanessa Kelly has written a charming and sensual sequel to her Renegade Royals series…a wonderful and mystery filled story with all the elements romance fans enjoy.” ~Pagemaster Book Reviews

“If you are hungry for a historical romance that has all the lovely tropes, but none of the annoying ones, you should get your hands on Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom at your earliest convenience, sit back and enjoy! I know I’m going to get my hands on the rest of the Renegade Royals as soon as I possibly can!” ~4 stars,(un)Conventional Book Reviews

“Veida Dehmlow does a great job narrating this novel.  Griffin comes off as very gruff and hearty, but given that Jack Sparrow was the inspiration for this character (as noted by the author) I think the voice suits him well.  I both read and listened to this book and I think the audio version adds additional depth and character to the story which I enjoyed greatly.” ~4.5 stars, Books, Coffee, and Wine Audio Book Blog



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