I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Zebra Books on April 1st, 2014
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Also by this author: Tall, Dark, and Royal, How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy
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. . .
This is my first book by Vanessa Kelly and I can’t wait to read more from her. I know for sure that I want to get the first in the Renegade Royal series to learn more about Aden and Vivian.
Sir Dominic is quite the matchmaker and he seems to like to reform notorious rakes. So when Griffin contacts him about what to do with a baby that was dropped at his doorstep, he brings in Justine Brightmore.
Justine Brightmore is not a nurse maid, but a lady. She is Dominic’s goddaughter and he worries about her because she doesn’t seem to want to present herself in much of a way that will get her a suitor. So he does a little skimming without Justine and Griffin knowing what it is he is doing by putting them in the same house.
When a fight breaks out and Justine has to come in to stop what is happening she is compromised because now everyone will know that Justine has been living in Griffin Steele’s house that is right next to his brothel. Griffin who has vowed never to marry finds himself married.
Justine is a smart lady who was raised by her father a spy. She is not afraid to face trouble head on and with a gun. She has resigned herself to being a spinster and dresses accordingly, but when she is put in the proper clothing she is very pretty. I like ladies who are spitfires!
Griffin is a little bit of a brooding man, but sexy. He had a rough upbringing because of the way his royal father treated his mother and then his mother had to give him up. He wasn’t raised by anyone who cared for him and by the time he was a teenager he was pretty much on his own. So he has no desire to have anything to do with his royal side nor does he want to marry. He just wants to sale his businesses and leave England. He is very hard-hearted at first even towards Justine.
It was interesting watching both Justine and Griffin come to terms with being married. Each feeling that they got saddled into something they didn’t want even when they start to want it. I really enjoyed both of these characters very much and I enjoyed the side characters as well.
Over all I thought it was a real fun historical romance read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves historical romances.