I'm very pleased to welcome Vanessa Kelly back on my blog, this time for the first book in her Renegade Royals series!
Read on to find out about this book and giveaway details!
Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard
by Vanessa Kelly
Genre: Regency-set historical romance
Tone: witty, sexy, emotional
Heat Level: hot
Elements/Tags: historical romance, royalty, Georgian era
Publisher: Kensington Zebra
Publishing Date: January 7, 2013
Series: The Renegade Royals, #1
Words: 432 pages
About the book:
IN MATTERS OF DESIRE, HE’S THE PERFECT TEACHER…
Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on her—and naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly…
Though grateful for Aden’s help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden’s protection almost as much as she craves his touch…
Vivien had no intention of lapsing into hysterics, not after everything she’d endured over these last hours. But when the dangerous-looking man who was rescuing her—at least she thought he was rescuing her—led her past the guard who now had a knife protruding from under his ribs, she realized her good intentions might be for naught. Bubbles of hysteria rose in her throat and her legs turned the consistency of porridge.
“Don’t look,” said her rescuer. He reached behind him and drew her to his side, gently turning her face until it rested against his chest. His big hand, encased in a black leather glove, cradled her skull and forced her to avert her gaze. She couldn’t have looked if she wanted to, and she certainly didn’t want to. All she could do was huddle into her would-be savior’s muscled body and absorb the warmth and security of his enveloping embrace.
Against her expectations—and his, she suspected—it had proven amazingly easy to escape from the tunnels. Her rescuer had taken care of both guards—one lethally—and they had met no resistance so far. Now he was guiding her swiftly away from the gap in the rocks, heading into the sheltering cover of the forest. It was the blackest of nights, with clouds obscuring the moon and stars. Vivien could only make out murky shapes—the trees directly in front of her, and the man by her side. And he towered over her, a dominating presence even darker than the night. A disconcerting awareness of him prickled along her nerves, instinctively drawing her to him even as her mind sent out frantic warnings to mistrust everyone.
When jolted out of her drug-induced sleep, she’d thought she’d finally been released from her nightmare. Then the cold and the stench of her dreary prison had assailed her, and the nightmare twisted back into reality. She’d almost bolted upright from her moldy-smelling pallet when she sensed someone in the room with her—not one of the guards stationed outside her door, although she couldn’t explain her certainty. No, this man was different. Silent, but with a powerful presence Vivien had somehow comprehended even in her dazed state. She had reacted by freezing, but when those big, leather-encased hands had slipped under her, panic had exploded in her chest. The rest of her body had followed suit and she’d fought as hard as she could. He’d subdued her with a ridiculous ease.
Though not before she’d left a mark on his handsome face, high up on his cheekbone.
Vivien winced, feeling guilty, and wondering why it should make a difference that he was handsome. He was certainly that, with a high, strong brow, a slashing jaw, and riveting eyes that almost defied description. Those raven-colored eyes had transfixed her, both when he’d held her captive on the pallet and then again when he’d been preparing her for the dangers that might await them at the cave’s entrance.
Back in her cell, he’d terrified her. But in the tunnels, just the opposite had occurred. His penetrating gaze had sliced through her panic, triggering a strangely intimate moment, as if he’d seen deep inside her soul and captured everything there was to know about her. It should have sent her emotions skittering, but instead she’d sensed something akin to sanctuary, a safe harbor after years at sea. What she saw in his eyes had settled her frantic heartbeat and invested her with a fugitive confidence that kept her moving forward.
Meet Author Vanessa Kelly:
Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance." Her sensual, Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Vanessa's next series, The Renegade Royals, is due to hit the shelves in November with an introductory novella, Lost in a Royal Kiss. Book One in the series, Secrets For Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, will release in January, 2014, and Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom will be out in April, 2014.
When not dreaming of plots for her next Regency historical novel, Vanessa also writes USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance with her husband under the pen name of V.K. Sykes. She's also a member of Rock*It Reads, a group of bestselling traditional authors who are self-publishing, and of The Jaunty Quills.
blog: http: //www.vanessakellyauthor.com/vanessa-blog/
Jaunty Quills: http://jauntyquills.com/
One ARC of CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM, book two of The Renegade Royals series, and one copy of HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE per the total number of stops. (US/Ca only) Please see Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter widget.
Vanessa is also hosting a giveaway on her website for a reproduction of the original art for SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD, and original sketches of the heroines from LOST in a ROYAL KISS (#0.5) and SECRETS for SEDUCING a ROYAL BODYGUARD (#1).
Link to contest on Vanessa’s website: http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/contest/