My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly: Things can change in an instant and as mch as you want them to, they can never go back to the way they were.
Gillian Dryden knew that to be the case. Her entire life changed when her stepfather died. It seemed that everything kept spiraling out of control. Since that fateful day she had killed a man and now found herself in England again, a scandal just by being born. How would she ever learn to be a “lady” here? What she really needed to do was find a way back to Italy and the life she remembered before her stepfather was killed.
Charles Panley knew about decorum. In fact he was someone you could always count on to do the right thing, the “stuffy” thing, but never set a foot out of line. How could he possibly refuse the request of family, no matter how distantly related, to help this hoyden of a young lady turn into something society would deem semi acceptable, after all she still had the matter of her birth to content with. That said bastard or not she was the daughter of a prince.
The problems wouldn’t be that easy to solve though when you have two very hard headed people thrown together. Would they be able to chip away enough roughness and fit together or would they finally have to just give up?
This is the first in Ms. Kelly’s new series The Improper Princesses and I have to start with my biggest complaint: I have to wait how long until the next one comes out? This book hooks you right from the beginning and does not want to let you go. She manages to transport you back in time while keeping it relevant to you in this day and age. The characters practically come to life before you and it’s almost as if you are watching them from the pages. Ms. Kelly’s way with words is sure to delight you and make you wait with bated breathe for the next Improper Princess to come around.
August 30th 2016 | Zebra | The Improper Princesses #1
Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.
Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?