Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tall, Dark, and Royal Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway! @KensingtonBooks @VanessaKellyAut @TastyBookTours

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Welcome to my post for the Tall, Dark, and Royal book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $30 gift card and 4 sets of the previous books in the series. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Kensington: Zebra
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Renegade Royal #2.5

He's the man behind the mission to track down the illegitimate children of England's Royal Princes and help them get their due. But his deepest desire is far more personal…Magnificent and stubborn. Fourteen years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic Hunter's love for her. He'd been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he'd never belonged anywhere--except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal--like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help--and hopefully make up for lost time…

Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he'd become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both…

My Rating: 4 Roses

A lovely romance about a love that finally had the chance to bloom, Tall, Dark, and Royal was an enjoyable historical romance novella and I really liked it.

Chloe and Dominic were both great. Chloe was stuck in a bad habit of hiding from her problems but, as the story went on, she faced that issue and proved herself as a brave heroine. Dominic was definitely strong, clever, and extremely protective over those he cared about. I thought both were likable.

The romance was lovely. Chloe and Dominic had loved each other years ago and that never faded. It was obvious that they still loved each other and they just had to clear away a few long-standing issues in order to be together. I thought they were a great couple.

The plot moved quickly and kept me interested. I enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

Tall, Dark, and Royal was a sweet historical romance novella that I truly enjoyed. Romance lovers, this one is worth looking up. 

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

Dominic has been called to Chloe’s house in the country after she’s been attacked by the former fiancĂ© of a young woman living with her. Chloe and Dominic discuss the situation with Griffin and Justine, Chloe’s son and his wife.

She continued to glare at him. Even though she looked heartbreakingly delicate, Chloe’s determination and courage shimmered in the air around her. Dominic was torn between shaking some sense into her and getting down on his knees and declaring his undying devotion. She was the most magnificent woman he’d ever known.

“I will not abandon my girls or their babies, Dominic,” she said. “You should know that by now.”

“I’m not asking you to abandon them. I only want that you exercise an appropriate degree of caution.”

Her eyes narrowed a bit more, but she held her tongue. Magnificent and stubborn.
 “Tell me what happened next,” he said with a sigh.

“Justine and I came onto the scene,” Griffin said. “Young Roger wasn’t stupid enough to threaten me.”

Dominic’s tension ticked down a notch. “Ah, then he recognized you?”

“He certainly did,” Justine piped up from her seat next to Griffin. “I thought he was going to faint dead away when he realized whom he was dealing with.”

She beamed at her husband with such obvious pride that Dominic had to hold back a smile. Justine had always been a reserved, proper young woman with a marked distaste for conflict and controversy. All that had changed when she met Griffin Steele.

Griffin snorted disdainfully, yet his dark eyes warmed with affection as he took his wife’s hand. “Hardly, my love, but he understood the point I was trying to make.”

“Punching a man in the nose will tend to do that,” Justine said.

This time, Dominic did smile. “I take it you explained to this young man in your own inimitable fashion that further contact with Jane, Chloe, or any other member of this house would be most unwise.”

“I did,” Griffin said.

Chloe beamed at her son, her eyes shining with the love denied her for so many years. “And you did it quite splendidly, my dear. I was most impressed with your reasoning.”

“Thank you,” Griffin said in a dry voice. “Although I doubt it was my reasoning that got Roger out the door.”

For the first time all afternoon, Dominic started to relax. “Then I would hope this is the end of the affair. If Roger—I begin to wonder if he has a last name—is aware of Griffin’s reputation, surely he will know to steer clear of any further involvement.”

When Chloe and Griffin exchanged a worried look, Dominic felt an all-too-familiar sense of foreboding. “What aren’t you telling me?”

Justine eyed her husband and mother-in-law, who both maintained an uncharacteristic and uncomfortable silence. She rolled her eyes and then gave Dominic a placating smile. “Well, Uncle Dominic, it’s more about who Roger is, not what.”

He forced himself to speak evenly. “Now I begin to understand why you’ve all been careful to avoid using Roger’s last name. Justine, I would be grateful if you would share it with me.”

“It’s Campworth, Uncle Dominic.” Justine grimaced sympathetically. “Yes, that Campworth. Roger is the nephew of Borden Campworth, the crime lord.”
Up for grabs is a $30 gift card and 4 sets of the previous books in the Renegade Royals series.
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About the Author:

Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.


  1. My dream man is smart, humorous, and wicked.

  2. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Farrah!

  3. Thank you for hosting today! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. um.. since I'm a guy I won't be answering this question

  5. I'm going to have to say Tall, Good Personality, and Attractive....not necessarily in that order! lol