Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard

Secrets for Seducing a Royal BodyguardThe Renegade Royals, Book One
Kensington Books
January 7, 2014
ISBN: 978-1420131222


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 her—and 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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Publishers Weekly starred review

“The characters were entirely enchanting and engaging, and the story was so totally delightful, I honestly found myself cheering out loud for the hero of the story multiple times. I’m very eagerly awaiting the next book in the Renegade Royals series. I can quite honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt that this book, along with its predecessor Lost in a Royal Kiss will captivate readers as much as they did me. To put it bluntly, I loved this book.” ~Night Owl Reviews

“If the remainder of Kelly’s Renegade Royals series is as arresting and entertaining as this kickoff, then Regency romance fans are in for a royal treat. Capt. Aden St. George of the Royal Horse Guards is the stony-faced hero who fiercely guards his tender underbelly. Lady Vivien Shaw is the vulnerable yet strong-willed woman who resists accepting his protection. Both are meticulously drawn, and their snappy exchanges create exquisite sexual tension…characters who could be flat clichés are made fresh and appealing by dramatic storytelling. Kelly combines diverting dialogue, delightful surprises, and finely tuned pacing to make this a winner.” ~Starred review, Publishers Weekly

Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard is an exceptionally well-written book.  Perfectly paced, with characters that are brought to life by Kelly’s skilled hand, this book also includes a sensually romantic love story, taut drama, a scarily realistic psychopath, snappy banter and a sigh-worthy happy ending.  Aden and Vivien are complex, three-dimensional characters who captured me from the get-go.  While I appreciated their strength, it was the underlying vulnerability of each that engaged my emotions.” ~5 stars, The Romance Dish

“Kelly launches a new Regency-set series with Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, and the novel’s thrilling blend of highstakes danger and intense passion will definitely resonate with fans of Mary Jo Putney and Joanna Bourne.” ~John Charles, Booklist

“The very original premise of The Renegade Royals series is rivetingly brilliant, and Vanessa Kelly makes each moment of SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD not only believable but constantly enjoyable.” ~5 stars, Single Title Reviews

“Full of intrigue, emotion and sensuality, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard entertains wonderfully. Vanessa Kelly’s spy-hero is a delectable combination of brawn and brains that you won’t want to miss!” ~Katharine Ashe, bestselling historical romance author

“Talented storyteller Kelly hooks her readers into book one of herRenegade Royals series, featuring illegitimate sons of princes…add abduction, a cast of engaging secondary characters and an obsessive, dangerous villain, and this entertaining, sexually charged story is a delight.” ~4 stars, RT Book Reviews

“Attention historical romance lovers: There’s a new series in town, and we think you’re going to love it.” ~BookPage

SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD is the first book in the new Renegade Royals series, and it’s a great start…humorous, adventurous, and filled with passionate characters,SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD is excellent!” ~The Romance Reviews

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.” ~4 roses, Imagine a World

“I loved the banter between all the characters. The story was well paced and I felt each character held their own…I laughed and felt my heart tug, felt anger, and happiness while reading this. There are some really loveable characters and some major villains. This is one series you do not want to miss!” ~bookworm2bookworm

“Humorous, adventurous, and filled with passionate characters, SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD is excellent!” ~Romance Reviews Today

“Ms. Kelly is a talented author who draws the reader into the story and holds them there. Well done!! A must read!!” ~4.5 out of 5, My Book Addiction and More

“Veida Dehmlow does an excellent job narrating this novel.  Dehmlow has a lot of experience narrating Regency romances and never fails to delight.  In addition to being a riveting page-turner, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard is laugh out loud funny in so many places! The dialogue is outstanding, the scene in the orangery is hilarious, and I just adored the little old ladies in the small town who offer advice on “breeding problems”. In addition to an amazing hero and heroine, the side characters add a lot of depth and interest to the story.” ~5 stars, Book, Coffee, and Wine Audio Book Blog


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