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)
(This Book was a gift)
Lia Kelly and her Grandmother Rebecca live in a rundown cottage on the estate of Lord Lendale. Lia and Lendale’s nephew Jack grew up together. Now that he inherited the title, the last person he should think about marrying is Lia with no dowry and a notorious family.
She, on the other hand, knows just how much she cares for Jack, but her duty to “Granny” is the pressing situation, so she ignores the attraction to Jack as she explores other options to keep body and soul together, including being a third generation “kept woman”, a task she requests Jack help her with.
What happens resembles an old cartoon of “in and out” the multiple doors as Lia and Jack skirt around the issues....until....
This book was not my “usual” kind of book. And I was pleasantly surprised. Being a fairy tale buff and a sucker for old romantic musicals I could see their influences on the author as I laughed and I’ll admit, cried during this read, and can hardly wait to see what our library holds that Vanessa Kelly has written.
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!
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.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Jun 27, 2017
- Publisher: Kensington
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, The Improper Princesses