How to Marry a Royal Highlander
Book 5, The Renegade Royals
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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…
I love this series and all of its colorful characters. I fell for Alastair "Alec" Gilbride in the last book "How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy" and I couldn't wait to read Alec and Eden's book. I wish I could say that I loved this book but it didn't flow as well as the others and at times it seamed to stumble about. What redeemed the book was the last half which I did liked and the last fourth which I loved!!
Alec and Edie had such great chemistry and verbal banter that I couldn't get enough of them. I think if the first half had all the verbal sparring and less build up it would of been the perfect book.
If you've not read Vanessa Kelly before I highly recommend her books, you can't go wrong!
*I received this book for an honest review from the author.
This series is a must read
I think I fell in love with this series when I read Tall, Dark and Royal, and each installment since then has been pure delight. With plenty of humor from both heroes and heroines, understandable angst and some fairly steamy passages, Vanessa Kelly has created stories that intertwine with familiar characters but stand solidly alone without great loss of understanding for the reader.
Eden is the focus of this story: headstrong, daring and bold, she’s felt herself at somewhat of a loss since her twin’s marriage. So, to test her powers, and perhaps dare to experiment a bit, she is found in a compromising position with an utter bounder. The gossip and cut directs will not end, so Eden’s only choice is to retreat from London until talk dies down.
Alasdair Gilbride, best friend and cousin to Eden’s brother in law is one of the only men able to distinguish Eden from her twin Evie, and he finds the irrepressible and slightly madcap Edie much to his liking. Heir to an earldom in Scotland, he’s not returned to his home for many years owing to guilt at his ‘wrong side of the blanket’ birth, and his perceived injustice in the inheritance. But now, the old Earl, his grandfather, is ailing, and he must return. What better opportunity for Eden and her Mother to escape the gossips of London than for her to travel to Scotland and visit with the highly esteemed Earl?
From their first introduction and verbal spats, Edie and Alec are funny and engaging: that ‘doth protest too much’ to prove dislike only highlights the sparking attraction between them. And, Alec can never resist a damsel in distress, thinking that Edie will be a grand diversion for his grandfather, and the removal of her from London will do her good.
From a misguided sense of guilt, to a betrothal that neither party wants, a cranky and ailing Earl and a thoroughly dismissive relations, not to mention a solid smattering of life-threatening danger, Eden is navigating a world she does not know and Alec hasn’t been wholly forthcoming. But, he does get her to see, literally with spectacles, the path that is before her, and not unsurprisingly his own journey comes into focus as well.
He’s been my favorite character, even when he is being a dunderheaded ox, and this story focused only on him and Edie, who matches him so well is a perfect instalment. This series is a must read for me, and I can’t wait for the next book.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
How to marry a royal highlander
This was good but dragged in the middle a bit, I kept waiting for something, anything to happen.