Sunday, July 6, 2014

Review of Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly

The first thing I want to say is that I love Vanessa Kelly’s Historical Romances.  Her characters are so well written with such depth that you feel as if you have known them forever.  The hero, Griffin Steele, is a strong alpha male who protects what is his, but he has a softer side that he thinks he keeps well hidden.
He is the illegitimate son of the Prince of Wales brother.  His mother was gently born and not married when she was seduced by the Duke of Cumberland.  She was forced to leave her infant with a strict, unforgiving uncle and she was sent into service.  When the uncle dies Griffin makes his way to London and survives on the streets.  He makes his fortune and when the story opens he is the owner of many factories and a gambling hell and brothel.
The Heroine, Justine Brightmore is the the daughter of a spy for the home office who was killed and she now is a companion for a dowager.  She like her quiet life in the country and believes she will never marry.  She thinks she is content to be a spinster.  She is also the niece of master spy Dominic Hunter who we met in “Lost in a Royal Kiss”.
I won’t give away the plot but it has some great twists and turns.  There is a secondary story with Dominic and Griffin’s mother, who have a past that hopefully will lead to another book.  This is a great book with a truly well thought out ending that leaves you completely satisfied .  The action is thrilling and the love story wonderful.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves really good characters and an amazing love story.

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