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Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly / @TastyBookTours @VanessaKellyAut

Title: How to Marry a Royal Highlander
Series: The Renegade Royals, Book 4
Author: Vanessa Kelly
Publisher: Kensington: Zebra
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

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Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…

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What a fun read! I wasn't expecting this to be quite so lighthearted or playful, but I'm so glad it was. It was a terrific break from the darker tones of the books I've read lately.

If you're familiar with How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy, you'll recognize Alasdair and Eden. You might also recognize their banter. That was just a taste of what they're like when together. And, man... Was that entertaining! Their constant back and forth in the carriage while on their way to Scotland was punctuated by commentary from Eden's mother, who, despite her appearances in the other book, was really lovely. Her fierce devotion to her daughters made her extremely stiff in the other story, but here I saw a side to her that I loved and enjoyed getting to see and know.

I enjoy a good story that begins with banter and ends with love. Aside from the differences between the lead characters, there are usually outside forces at work that push them together or pull them apart. There wasn't any shortage of that here, mainly Alasdair's betrothal that has hung over his head for the ten years he's been absent from Scotland. Except he's coming back with a woman who grates his last nerve yet he finds he can't live without her.

But he has an obligation and saying "no" wasn't as easy then as it (sometimes) is now, especially when his family is pushing him to fulfill his duty.

You know, the great thing about love borne from adversity is that it is a difficult thing to let go of or forget. It takes root in the heart and urges the mind to remember that it's worth it. That was Alasdair and Eden's love. It wasn't an overnight sensation. It didn't come fluidly or without problems. It came over time and flourished despite a seemingly endless amount of insurmountable odds. If that isn't a love and a relationship worth fighting for, I don't know what is.

Ms. Kelly brought, once again, a great cast of characters with their own personalities and issues. Her flair for description and emotional pull are, probably, the two main reasons I really enjoy her stories. This is a great story for this collection, one I hope others enjoy as much as I did.

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.

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