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June 27, 2017

Lessons in seduction

By Vanessa Kelly
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Three Weeks with a Princess is an adorable and fun return to Vanessa Kelly’s Improper Princesses historical romance series. When an illegitimate duke’s daughter grows up as the childhood friend to a rather respectable, duty-bound boy, things can only get more scandalous from there.

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Three Weeks with a Princess is an adorable and fun return to Vanessa Kelly’s Improper Princesses historical romance series. When an illegitimate duke’s daughter grows up as the childhood friend to a rather respectable, duty-bound boy, things can only get more scandalous from there. Packed with humor and a well-balanced cast of characters, this is a lovely addition to a series that just keeps getting better.

Lia Kincaid is no stranger to gossip. Not only is she an illegitimate child, but the woman who raised her—her grandmother—was a notorious mistress. The fact that her actress mother had an affair with a duke dashes any hopes Lia ever had of being respectable. At a young age, she finds a friend in Jack Easton, a man destined for the title of marquess. While they may be friends, Lia knows nothing can come of her crush on Jack. Because of her background, she’s destined to become a rich man’s mistress.

Jack is protective and loyal to Lia, and watching him take care of her as much as propriety allows—and then some—is enough to make any reader swoon. He knows he must revive his crumbling estate by making a sensible (and wealthy) marriage match. But even though he has a lot on his plate, Jack can’t resist Lia’s plea for help. She trusts him, and he’s her only hope when it comes to meeting a titled man in need of a mistress. What Jack doesn’t count on are the torturous, detailed questions Lia asks about how to seduce such a man.

Fans of a friends-to-lovers romance will find Three Weeks with a Princess to be utterly charming. There are uptight relatives, bawdy bits of family history and tender moments between Lia and Jack. But deeper than that, this is a romance about two people who want to veer from the course set out for them. Lia wants to eschew the infamous Kincaid name and does not want to be a kept woman like her mother and grandmother before her. Meanwhile, Jack lacks the desire to be a marquess and sees his title as more of a burden than any sort of honor.

Kelly’s pacing is brilliant, and there are snappy bits of dialogue and sticky situations galore as Jack dashes through London after Lia, clearly distressed by the idea of helping her become some man’s mistress. The pair complement each other so well: Jack with his endearing practicality and care, and Lia with her brash self-confidence. Jack truly is a knight in shining armor when it comes to her—the way they feel for each other is obvious to everyone but them.

It’s a “Just kiss already!” type of book.

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