Saturday, April 5, 2014

Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly

Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom (The Renegade Royals, #2)
Release date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Renegade Royals #2

They are the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes, each finding his rightful place in society—and the woman destined to be his perfect match…

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…


My Rating: 5 Roses

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!

Justine was a lovely heroine. She was strong and definitely not someone to be underestimated. She was very clever and determined to protect those in her care. Occasionally, that led to her doing something that was a bit unwise, but, overall, I really liked her.

Griffin was also wonderful. He seems rather forbidding at first, considering that he was a feared crime lord that owned a gambling house and a brothel. But, he was really a good man who made the best of his circumstances and refused to feel ashamed of it. He was formidable if you got on his bad side, very clever, and extremely protective of those he cared about. I thought he was perfect and I adored him.

The romance was lovely. Justine and Griffin were so perfect together, though it doesn't seem so at first glance. For two very strong willed people, they definitely met their match in each other. The attraction between them was constantly simmering and, once they got over their hesitation, it was definitely hot. I thought they were a wonderful couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of the baby's background kept me hooked, though it got a bit lost in the middle underneath the damage control of avoiding a scandal. There were a couple of surprise along the way, particularly one near the end that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Can't wait to read more from this series!

Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom was a fantastic historical romance. I really loved this book. It was romantic, thrilling, and thoroughly enjoyable. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to read.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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