Monday, January 5, 2015

How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway! @KensingtonBooks @VanessaKellyAut

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Welcome to my post for the How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $20 gift card and copies of previous books by the author. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Kensington/Zebra
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Renegade Royals #3

Whether as spies or lovers, the Renegade Royals—illegitimate sons of England’s Royal Princes—are bold, skillful, and a force to be reckoned with…

A war hero returned from Waterloo should be able to indulge in a bit of bad behavior. Instead, Captain William Endicott is summoned by his father, the Duke of York, to investigate an assassination plot. The unlikely suspect: William’s former sweetheart. Will can’t believe that innocent Evie Whitney could be mixed up in anything so nefarious. Then again, almost everything about Evie has changed—except for his body’s instinctive response to hers…

Just as Evie’s life is finally coming together, Will saunters back into it. Should she slap him—or seduce him? Even as she tries to decide, scandal pushes her toward marriage with a man she can neither trust nor resist—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy…

My Rating: 5 Roses

With both intrigue and romance, How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy was an excellent historical romance. It was sweet, with a few secrets and thrills along the way, and I really liked it.

Evie was a really likable heroine. She was quiet, somewhat shy, and definitely kind. But, don't let that fool you into thinking she was a doormat. When it came down to it, she could stand her own, especially when it came to protecting someone she cared about. I thought she was lovely.

William was also wonderful. Honorable, clever, and protective of his loved ones, he was a great hero. And, while he wanted to protect Evie, he also respected her enough to trust her and allow her to make her own decisions (even though she really should have listened to his advice a couple of times). He was very likable as well.

The romance was lovely, with plenty of sweetness and some spiciness to go along with it. Evie and Will already had a deep friendship and they already cared about each other. It was just a matter of them realizing it wasn't simply friendship anymore. And, they certainly proved it with all the chemistry between them. I thought they were great together.

The plot moved quickly and kept me hooked all the way through. The intrigue and mystery definitely kept things interesting and I actually never suspected who the treasonous culprit turned out to be. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy was a delightfully charming, absolutely wonderful historical romance. I really liked this lovely book. Romance lovers, this is definitely a book worth the read.

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

Will and his fellow spy, Alec Gilbride, must find a way to speak with Evie and her suitor, Michael Beaumont, who they suspect of treason:

Will didn’t much enjoy approaching Evie like he would an enemy, but he nodded his agreement. Alec wandered off at an angle, as if heading to speak to Lord Reese, before casually strolling around to come up behind Evie. Will, meanwhile, made a head-on approach.

When he was still several feet away, he could see Evie’s shoulders go up around her ears as if she sensed him nearing, even in the midst of a serious conversation with Beaumont. She turned her head, snagging Will’s gaze. Behind the glint of reflected candlelight on her spectacle lenses, her eyes widened with dismay.


Aside from her evident distrust making his job more difficult, he hated the idea that she wasn’t comfortable around him. He supposed it was inevitable given the years apart and the way he’d disappointed her, but he didn’t share her unease. From the first moment he’d seen her today, he’d been overcome by a sense of familiarity so strong it had robbed him of breath. Was it merely a reactive instinct to returning to his childhood haunts? He’d not felt that way when visiting with Aunt Rebecca only a few weeks ago, but perhaps the sorrow over his uncle’s death had mitigated the cheer of that particular homecoming.

Beaumont, noticing Evie’s distraction, had broken off and turned to face Will with a puzzled look on his features. When their gazes met, Beaumont’s head jerked back as if he had just sighted the enemy. He moved a step closer to Evie, one hand disappearing behind her back, and Will had little doubt that Beaumont’s hand now rested protectively on her waist. Obviously, the man had good instincts where his almost-fiancĂ©e was concerned—a useful if unwelcome bit of knowledge.

“Wolf . . . Will . . . good evening,” Evie stammered. “It’s . . . it’s nice to see you again.”

Evie’s awkwardness in company was nothing new. But awkwardness with him was. Will gave her a slight bow and the warmest smile in his arsenal.

Her smooth complexion pinked up with a pretty blush and her generous bosom rose and fell on a quick exhalation of breath, the plump mounds straining against her bodice. It took a great deal of willpower on his part to resist the temptation to take a longer glance down.

“I’m glad I accepted Matt’s invitation,” he said. “It’s been like coming home, seeing Maywood Manor and all my old friends.”

Her full mouth thinned into a narrow line as she transformed from flustered to annoyed in the space of one breath. “One could wonder that you didn’t make the trip sooner, but never mind. I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself. Certainly my mother seems happy to see you.”

Ah, now that was a tidy detail. She obviously thought her mother was up to something too.

Beaumont glanced at Evie and cleared his throat in a pointed fashion. Her shoulders jerked even higher and her cheeks went from pink to red.
Up for grabs is a first prize of a $20 gift card. Additionally, 4 runners up will receive copies of Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard and My Favorite Countess.
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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. Thanks for your review. I love Vanessa's work and I'm looking forward to getting my copy of this book to my TBR shelves.

  2. Thank you for hosting today! Love the review...I might have to pick this one up!!

  3. I'm getting antsy to read this newest story by Vanessa! Romance + intrigue = romantic suspense, my fave genre. And then, if you add to that the historical aspect, well I don't think it could get any better than that! I really, really want to read Evie and Will's love story!