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My Fair Princess

Book 1, The Improper Princesses

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First, Vanessa Kelly brought readers The Renegade Royals. Now, in a delightfully witty new series, she introduces The Improper Princesses—three young women descended from royalty, each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .

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?
Praise for Vanessa Kelly’s Renegade Royals series

“Will definitely resonate with fans of Mary Jo Putney and Joanne Bourne.” —Booklist

“Kelly combines diverting dialogue, delightful surprises and finely tuned pacing to make this a winner.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 20, 2016 – Kelly's Improper Princesses Regency series opens gallantly with well-thought-out characters, madcap adventures, and London's cunning, cagey elite. Gillian Dryden's royal bloodline can't completely make up for her illegitimate birth and wild upbringing in Sicily. She becomes a target of Sicilian bandits and is brought back to England to be safely schooled in refinement and married off. Charles, Duke of Leverton, who's known as Perfect Penley, grudgingly agrees to be her social tutor. After Gillian assaults a boorish earl and shoots a robber, she is further tarnished socially. Gillian's continued recklessness and lack of decorum challenge Charles, and she begins to chip away at his controlled life. Gillian's antics imbue her story with energy and some intrigue, but the most affecting part of Kelly's tale is Charles's development as he falls in love with Gillian and breaks free of complacency and propriety. This is a fun ride with a colorful, adventurous heroine and a happily disconcerted, formerly perfect hero.

Customer Reviews

My Fair Princess

This is an early review from NetGalley for release on August 30, 2016.
I never pass a chance to read one of Vanessa's books. They are that good! She has done a good job making her story line believable. I love her people. The Duke of Cumberland refuses to acknowledge Gillian as his daughter. She was banished to Sicily with her mother. Gillian is very outgoing. Her stepfather loved her until he was murdered. Major Spoiler. She is chased back to England. Charles is a Duke and part of her family. He tries to help her become part of the Ton. Big Spoiler. They are robbed going to Charles's country Estate. She loses her jewelry. Don't get in her way now. Her family want her to marry. She wants to get back her property. There are a great many spoilers in this book. I totally liked this story. I couldn't walk away. Be prepared that there are graphic scenes near the end of this book. Just a heads up to read or skip over. I hope you choose to read. This is a first story and I am already waiting for the second! Enjoy your read! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.

I just love a feisty heroine!

I just love a feisty heroine! Gillian Dryden has had a rough life. Gillian has always been an outcast because of being the bastard daughter of His Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland. Gillian's mother decides to leave England for Sicily, Italy so that her daughter won't be exposed to so much ridicule. After Gillian's stepfather is murder she decides to avenge his death because she believes it was her fault. After getting herself shot and almost killed, Gillian's mom and grandmother decide it's time to go back to England. Gillian's grandmother enlists the help of Charles Penley, Sixth Duke of Leverton and a distant relative to teach Gillian how to behave as a proper English lady. Charles is the straight and narrow, always does the right thing type of guy and Gillian is the opposite! After Charles reluctantly agrees to help, he meets Gillian and is immediately sorry he agreed. Gillian has a a sassy attitude with a sassy mouth to match it! As the two of them spend more and more time together, they start to realize that first impressions are not always correct.

The situations that Gillian gets herself into were hilarious. Her first ball was priceless! This story was filled with a lot of humor and longing between these two. They complimented each other so perfectly and you couldn't help but want these two to be together. They both had issues from their pasts that got in the way of them just giving in to their feelings. Once they finally did, all the pieces finally fell into place!

Overall, this was a great story with such wonderful characters. The story line that they had to go through to finally get their happy ending was funny and action packed. This was a great start to a new series.

Great start to a new series

Gillian is in an uncomfortable situation. She is thrown into the London life without the skills to navigate. Her past hurts her chances. Her family believes she can find a husband if she learns to be a proper lady. Charles is a proper gentleman who is asked to teach her. Between his near-perfect patience and her unpredictable behavior, they spark against each other and fall in love. I loved the honesty of Gillian despite expectations, and Charles was adorable every time he lost his perfect facade. I could not put down this book and highly recommend it.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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My Fair Princess
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Aug 30, 2016
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Improper Princesses
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