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.How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy by Vanessa Kelly
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Kensington Books, Zebra Pages: 400
Also by this author: Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom, Tall, Dark, and Royal
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…
From First Chapter not Prologue
After paying off the hackney driver, Will glanced up at the elegant town house on Upper Wimpole Street.
What I thought of this book
Vanessa Kelly is fast becoming one of my favorite historical authors. I love this Renegade Royals series.
William “Wolf” Endicott and his cousin both just got back from the war and Dominic has summoned them. Not only does Dominic want them to spy on Evelyn Whitney and the man who has been seen courting her. Will’s father a Duke has also expressed that he accept this assignment. Someone is planning on assassinating some and it could be a Royal.
Will can’t believe that Evelyn would ever be associated with something as ugly as that but he has to take the assignment given him. He thought he had moved on from being in love with Evie, but being around her only brings out his feelings for her again. Evie, is trying to move on from the heartache she felt when he walked away from her when he joined the army. She has found a purpose in helping the Irish who are starving and in need of assistance to make it in England. Not everyone feels the same as her and Michael and they have a hard time with their charity.
Time has changed them both, but they are no longer teenager and each have grown up and changed but one thing hasn’t changed how they feel about each other.
I really like second chance romances, something about them just makes me feel all gooey. I really liked Evie she is no longer the wallflower that Will remembers because now she has a beau and a cause. She has a knack for getting herself into trouble and her twin sister Eden doesn’t help.
Will is a handsome spy and a royal renegade, his father is a Duke and it wasn’t until later in his teens that his father started to take up with him a bit. He doesn’t like spying on Evelyn but once he gets there his feelings sort of override his duties at times. He will do anything to protect her if she would just listen to him once in a while.
I loved the secondary characters as well. Alec and Eden as they are always fussing with each other and I am pretty sure I seen where they are going to be the focus of the next books and boy does Alec have his hands full with that one!
I think the only thing that I didn’t really like out of the whole book was how much Evie kept putting herself down or refusing to believe that Will wanted to marry her because he wanted too. I know she is a little insecure when it comes to him because of what happen when they where teenagers but I think he proved quite a bit that he wanted her.
Overall I really enjoyed this one and if you like historical romances then I think you will find this one enjoyable and fun. I was really surprised by who was really behind the assassination plot which made it a bit more fun.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Winter COYER