By: Vanessa Kelly
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. . .
Basically Lia has a lot going against her in Three Weeks with a Princess, I mean she's an illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, and if that wasn't bad enough she's the daughter a courtesan/actress. However, she grew up in a very shelter life, thanks to her grandma and her lover. Even though she grew up shelter, there's no way of escaping the notoriety. By the time we start the story, her grandmother's lover left them in a pickle after he died. Now Lia needs to figure a way make sure her grandma and her stay safe. Sounds like a challenge. Lia is bound to figure things out. I mean she has a few options: 1) Become an actress like her mother or 2) Look for a protector. Yeah, not the most appealing solutions, but that's the best she can do, after all she doesn't really know her father is royalty. Seriously, she's shelter.
Then there is Jack. Jack has always been a good guy to Lia and her grandmother. Practically her only friend, and he knows Lia and her grandmother's situation is pretty dire. However, he plans to protect them and from Lia's crazy plans. Once they all head to London it does get a bit good, and interesting. A lot of things are reveal, and the goal is to make Lia be respectable. By the way is a challenge because of her heritage, and Jack's mother. By the way, she has a vendetta with anyone with the last name Kincaid, which the reason why is reveal later on in the story.
You know what, I enjoyed Three Weeks with a Princess immensely. We have a friends to lovers kind of story. Jack and Lia have been friends forever, and their relationship is changing, because they can't keep their feelings to themselves. Plus, Jack doesn't realize he's in love with Lia, but he doesn't anyone else to have her. He's a bit overprotective, and he believes it's because she's naive about things. Anyway, these two go back and forth on what is the best solution on Lia's life, while he's trying to figuring out his feelings. Not an easy task. Anyway, Lia and Jack's story is a lot of fun, because of the bickering. Plus, it doesn't help Jack when Lia meets her family, and boy are they a hoot. Overall, a pretty good read. I did like Lia and Jack's adventure in the pursuit of finding their happiness. Their isn't an easy one, after all her dubious birth and his highborn birth make it a little difficult, but not impossible. So, if you are need of a little adventure through some parts of London, take a ride with Lia and Jack with Three Weeks with a Princess.
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“I do have a family,” Lia said, forcing a cool tone. “It is their responsibility to help me. And might I add that given the differences in our social standing, if you were to help me it would only cause more salacious gossip.”
Instead of being offended, Jack flashed her a wry smile. “Now you sound like my mother. And I cannot believe I just said that.”
She briefly smiled. “I suspect you’ll never have cause to say so again. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to work. There’s a great deal to be done before opening night.”
His improved mood vanished in an instant. Jack had been an incredibly good-natured boy and was now a man with an easygoing, laughing manner. These days, however, he more closely resembled a bear with a sore paw.
She came to her feet, prompting him to stand as well. “Will you come see the play? Mama is simply splendid in her role.”
“If you mean A Surprise for the Publican’s Wife, dare I ask what the surprise is?” he asked in a dour voice.
Drat. He must have glimpsed the program on the worktable. “No, that’s the comic burletta. Mama is starring in The Queen of Mount Olympus. I truly think it’s one of my stepfather’s finest works.”
“I see. And are you appearing in either performance?”
Lia had to resist the impulse to look down at her feet. “As a matter of fact, I’m in the burletta. It’s just a bit part, though,” she added hastily, taking in his expression. “Not even a speaking role.”
That qualification didn’t assuage him. “Lia Kincaid, if you think I’m going to allow you to make a spec—”
“Lia, darling, are you in there?” trilled a voice, cutting off Jack’s incipient tirade.
Breathing a prayer of thanks, Lia slipped around her fuming companion. “Yes, Mama.”
Her mother glided through the door. Her costume vaguely resembled a toga—although one hardly imagined togas with gold spangles and gauze—and she carried a helmet. “There you are. I was hoping—” She broke off, seeing the stranger in the green room. After running a quick, assessing gaze over Jack’s form, she flicked an enquiring glance at Lia.
“It’s Jack, Mama,” Lia said with a mental sigh. “Lord Lendale, that is.”
Her mother flashed him a dazzling smile and dropped into a graceful and extravagant curtsy, helmet notwithstanding. “Goodness, how could I not have recognized you? You’re looking well, your lordship. Extremely well.”
Jack executed a polite bow. “There would be no reason for you to recall me, Mrs. Lester. It’s been years since we last met. Allow me to say that you’re also looking very well.”
Despite her irritation, Lia couldn’t help but be touched by his courtesy. Jack had never acted the snob with her family, which was a sign of his kind nature.
“You flatter me, my lord,” Mama trilled in a pretty voice. “Lia, why didn’t you tell me that Lord Lendale had grown up to be such a distinguished man?”
Lia’s cheeks burned. “I suppose there wasn’t any reason to discuss it.” She did her best to ignore Jack’s ironic gaze.
“Well, never mind. You’ve obviously come to visit Lia, which is splendid,” Mama said, placing her helmet on the table. “I hope you will be sure to take in the program on opening night. And you must certainly visit my darling daughter afterward in the green room.”
With a sinking heart, Lia realized her mother and grandmother had probably written to each other on the subject of reeling Jack into the role of her first protector.
“Actually, I’ve come to persuade Lia to return to Stonefell, where she belongs,” he said with something of a growl. “It’s time for her London adventure to conclude.”
Lia’s mother threw her a triumphant glance. “I entirely concur, my lord. Lia would be much more comfortable set up quietly in the country. It would be more private that way, too.”
Jack peered at Mama for a moment, but then his features transformed into a horrified understanding.
Lia pulled in a deep breath, fighting the anger that was sucking the air from her lungs. She couldn’t decide which of them she’d rather murder first.
“Lord Lendale’s intent is not what you think, Mama. He simply wants me to return home to live with Granny. In genteel poverty, I have no doubt,” she couldn’t help adding sarcastically. “His finances are a complete disaster. I’d probably end up in a hovel if he somehow did become my protector.”
“There’s no need to be rude about it,” Jack said.
“You’re much ruder than I am,” Lia said. As a retort it was exceedingly lacking, but her head felt like it was about to explode from a combination of humiliation and fury.
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Vanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, 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 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 previous series, The Renegade Royals, was a national bestseller. She is currently writing a spin-off series called The Improper Princesses. My Fair Princess, book 1, was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month. Vanessa also writes USA TodayBestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.
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