Three Weeks with a Princess
Book 2, The Improper Princesses
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In Vanessa Kelly’s captivating series, three young women are descended from royalty—in the most improper way. But that doesn’t stop them from pursuing lives rich in adventure. . .
Lia Kincaid, illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, comes from a long line of notorious women. Raised by her grandmother, formerly mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale, she has little hope of a respectable marriage. But the new marquess, her childhood friend, Jack Easton, would make a very desirable protector . . . if he weren’t too honorable to take her to bed.
It’s bad enough being saddled with a title he never desired. Now Jack must resist the beautiful woman he desires far too much. Duty calls, and he is duty-bound to choose a wealthy bride. But then Lia makes another outrageous suggestion: asking Jack to devise some tests to find her the perfect paramour. Tests that involve flirting, kissing, and other pleasurable pursuits. Tests that, in a matter of weeks, could transform friendship into the ton’s greatest scandal, igniting a passion even duty can’t deny. . .
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)
Great love story
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Loved the book. Lia is brash, sassy and very much in love with her childhood friend. Jack loves her but has yet to realize it. The book is well written and keeps your attention. Lia is a royal by-blow and is trying to find a way to support her grandmother and herself after her grands long time love, a Marquess, dies and leaves them nothing. It is a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it. I hope there are more books about this family in the works as I think they could be interesting stories, especially Gillian.
I love friends to lovers troupe and Vanessa Kelly has written a good one. Jack Easton and Lia Kincaid have been friends since the day they meet at his uncles estate Stonefell. Lia's grandmother was the former Lord Lendale's mistress who he set up in a cottage on the estate. Lia grow up on the estate, loved by the servants and Lord of the manor but shunned by Jack's family. Lia knew that being from the infamous Kincaid family meant she could never be with the man she loves, Jack. When Jack becomes Lord Lendale he's left with a mound of debts and a failing estate. He vows to continue to care for Lia and her grandmother but Lia knows they can no longer be a burden to Jack and needs to take care of herself and grandmother. Jack knows he must find a rich bride to set Stonefell to rights but Lia is never far from his thought. When Lia heads to London to find work with her mother and stepfathers theater in ends miserably so she asks Jack to help her become a courtesan. Jack refuses, honor bound to care for her, but Lia will make her way with or with out his help. With scandalous results at every turn will Lia and Jack realize what they have or will Lia become the next notorious Kincaid?
This was another great addition to The Improper Princesses and I'm hoping for more.
Highly recommend this book!
I just adore this series! How can you not love Improper Princesses!
In this story, Lia Kincaid is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York. The females in her family also tend to be on the notorious side. Lia's grandmother, a former courtesan, was the mistress to the Marquess of Lendale until his death and had raised her while living on the Marquess' property. From an early age, Lia was befriended by Jack Easton, nephew to the Marquess, who will now become the next Marquess since Jack's father has passed away. Lia has always been in love with Jack even though she knows they could never be together because of her family's notorious history.
When Jack becomes the Marquess, he realizes that between his father and uncle, they have left the estate with financial issues. Jack sees Lia for the first time since being back and he can't believe how much she has changed....no longer is she a young girl...she's now a full woman! As Jack begins to tell Lia and her grandmother that he plans to still take care of them, Lia starts to realize that her and her grandmother must leave and she will now have to find some way to provide for them.
Lia either needs to find a protector, become a courtesan, or be an actress like her mother. It was rather enjoyable watching Lia try to reconcile these options while Jack was around. Lia kept trying to explain to Jack that he needed to find a wealthy woman to marry who would help with the money problems. Too bad Jack was starting to realize he really wanted Lia instead.
I just loved the story these two went through until they realized that they truly belonged together. I really enjoyed the new family members that were now in Lia's world, especially Gillian...she is such a hoot! Glad to see she hasn't lost any of her spunk since her story! This wonderful story has some great emotions throughout it as well as some great romantic scenes between Lia and Jack. Overall, this is a wonderful book that I highly recommend!