Lost in a Royal Kiss (Renegade Royals)
Author: Vanessa Kelly
Publisher: Kensington Books/eKensington
Date of Publication: November 26, 2013
In this thrilling introduction to her Renegade Royals series, Vanessa Kelly transports readers to the court of King George III—where a London street urchin unwittingly plays Cupid, ushering in a new era—and ultimately a new kind of royal…
With her widowed mother working long hours as governess to the royal children, Linnet St. Clare must look after her siblings and run the household. Now she must add to her worries the fate of Dominic, a poor orphan who has inspired the wrath of the king himself. Clearly Linnet has no time to consider her own desires—much less notice the attentions of a certain handsome, powerful magistrate…
Sir Anthony Tait is at a loss for how to capture Linnet’s interest. If only she would be still long enough for courting. Outright seduction seems the only answer. But will his kisses be enough to persuade her—or might Anthony have something to learn from young Dominic about matters of the heart? And in saving the boy’s future, might Anthony and Linnet at last create their own?…
As usual, I’ll put my disclaimer: I’m a chapter-mate of Ms. Kelly’s at the First Coast Romance Writer’s RWA chapter. That did not influence my rating at all.
I read this novella in two pieces. It didn’t catch my interest initially, but I did go back to it. I didn’t realize, until I turned the last page, that this was a novella, so the ending really caught me by surprise. Because of that, though I hesitate to say this in some ways, I feel like the ending was sort of rushed. There was no real emotional build-up (at least for me) as Anthony and Linnet found their way to each other.
I was very interested in the Chloe/Dominic story line, which now I understand is a common thread throughout the first few books of the Renegade Royals series. I had to feel pretty sorry for the two young ones.
Anthony – I genuinely liked him. Solid and serious, he knew what he wanted (Linnet) and was incredibly patient when it came to getting it.
Linnet – not the strongest female I’d ever seen, but I liked her devotion to her family and desire to not come across as selfish. I did, toward the end, feel she was being a bit martyrish about the mother working in the court thing, buuuut it resolved itself. Kudos to Anthony for coming up with the solution.
These two made a pleasant pair and I adore the fact that Ms. Kelly chose a non-Regency period to write about. I’m quite looking forward to the rest of the series, despite my meh-ish feeling toward this book. I think most of that comes out of the fact that I was stunned at the ending coming so fast. I literally paged through the book a second time, trying to figure out if something had been deleted from to the book.
Ah well. Thanks, Ms. Kelly, for the introduction to another fabulous series!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.