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Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom (Renegade Royal) [Kindle Edition]

Vanessa Kelly
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Book Description

They are the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes, each finding his rightful place in society--and the woman destined to be his perfect match. . .

Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London's most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy--and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him. . .

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount's niece, but she's also a spy's daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction. . .

"Has all the elements of my favorite novels--a bad boy hero, a spirited heroine, a dash of intrigue, and a sizzling romance. Put her on your auto-buy list;you won't be disappointed." --Shana Galen

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"Kelly pairs a rogue of a hero with a courageous heroine. With a few returning characters, an abandoned infant, political intrigue and forgiveness, Kelly keeps her readers' attention until the highly satisfying end to a sensual, well-plotted and wonderfully crafted love story." ~RT Book Reviews, 4-1/2 stars

"Kelly continues her Renegade Royals series with another captivating tale brimming with sizzling sensuality and dangerous intrigue. Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom is just the literary ticket for readers who like sexy-as-sin rogues, heroines who can give as good as they take, and a plot that takes a walk on the wild side of Regency life." ~Booklist

"A deliciously romantic tale, CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM, the second book in award winning author Vanessa Kelly's THE RENEGADE ROYALS series, is a clever, sensual historical romance that is absolutely unputdownable." ~Romance Junkies, 5 Blue Ribbons

"This novel was completely enchanting and wholly engrossing from the very first page...I fell totally in love with all of the characters (especially Griffin...yum!) and found them all absolutely delightful." ~Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

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"Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom has all the elements of my favorite novels--a bad boy hero, a spirited heroine, a dash of intrigue, and a sizzling romance. Vanessa Kelly repeatedly creates characters I want to spend time with and stories I never want to end. Put her on your auto-buy list; you won't be disappointed." ~Shana Galen, RITA Finalist and bestselling author

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  • Publisher: Zebra Books (April 1, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Griffin Steele, bastard nephew of the Prince Regent, is a notorious owner of famous gambling hells and brothels. Just when he intended to slowly transfer his business ownership to others in preparation to leave for the Orient, an infant is mysteriously delivered on his doorstep with a note that it's in danger. Frantic, his mentor-cum-annoying-guardian Dominic Hunter (also Justine's godfather) sends over the indomitable Justine Brightmore to be the baby's nurse, and when an accidental scandal occurs, Griffin has no choice but to take Justine as his wife. Will their marriage ever brew affection, and possibly, love? Also important, just who is after that infant?

While the plot of this novel can be easily divided into halves - first being Griffin and Justine's earlier interactions as caretakers of the baby, and second is the trials of their marriage-of-convenience - their characterizations are far more complex, Griffin's more than Justine's. Justine, being the daughter of a well-known spy, had her fill of adventures from her unconventional upbringing by relatives (since her father was often away for his agent work), and wants only a quiet, respectable life in the countryside. She came to help Griffin as a owed favor to Dominic, and life with him is the exact opposite of what she intended, or what she thought she wanted. Justine's innately inquisitive nature clashes well with her outwardly prim and starched demeanor; her modest nature contrasting the nerves of steel within her, exhibiting in her not afraid to shoot a man down if necessary. Brava, Mrs. Kelly, for writing this wonderfully vulnerable yet tough heroine.

Griffin, on the other hand, fits the Bryonic hero of "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." In truth, he is one giant puzzle box that perplexes Justine to no end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful regency! April 6, 2014
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Great historical romance!

Griffin Steele, bastard son ofthe duke of Cumberland and well known rogue owner of gaming hell and a brothel is finalizing divesting him self of his last business the brothel; when a ruckus has him called to the front door a young street urchin carrying a basket with a baby claiming it is Griffin's . Finding a note and a ring within the basket reveals the mystery that the baby is in danger and for some reason the women who saw to the baby being dropped off believes the infan boy Stephen will be safe with Griffen, knowing his past.
Griffen wishes to find this women and get the infant returned he wishes to finish divesting his business and scoff on his world travel he has planned so he sends for his freind, cum guardian and spy. Dominic Hunter. Dominic arrives and agrees that the infant is most likely in danger and the ring seems to lead to Italian parentage agreeing with Griffen that a brothel and it's ladies are not the best source of care for the infant.dominic returns several days later with Ms Justine Brightmore a very proper young lady that he claims will be the babies nurse and to spite Griffen pointing out that his home next door to a brothel and with his reputation is no place for. A proper young lady, scandal can only follow , but lack of sleep and no desire to wait longer for help with th infant he agrees, with rules, Justine can not leve the house, she can not risk being seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story in this remarkable series! April 1, 2014
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Griffin Steele is shrewd, intelligent, feared by many men of the ton (most because they owe him money) and is the illegitimate son of the younger brother of the Prince Regent, the Duke of Cumberland. He is selling his gaming clubs and the one brothel he owns, at a huge profit, so he can leave the country, travel and be accountable to no one, save himself. His younger years were not pretty and he has a firm dislike for the ton. He has very definite rules that he lives by, likes order in every aspect of his life and keeps his circle of confidantes to a minimum.

Justine Brightmore is smart, strong willed, not easily intimidated, astute and a crack shot. She never “took” on the marriage mart and her red hair has been a trial for her. She is the daughter of a well known spy for the crown and dislikes chaos in her life because of her life while her father was alive. Justine has worked very hard to be invisible and wants to live quietly without having to depend on her family. She has learned when to ask questions and when to be quiet and listen.

Griffin and Justine are thrown together by her godparent, and good friend of his, Dominic Hunter; a spymaster for the crown. They are charged by Dominic to care for a baby that has been unceremoniously dropped off at Griffin’s home. They find an instant dislike of each other and both wonder what Dominic has up his sleeve. The mystery the baby brings with him is wonderfully interlaced with the growing attraction and admiration Griffin and Justine feel. Her reputation is threatened and it adds to the chaos that neither of them likes. The girls from the brothel are charming and add a delightful pinch of humor and some giggles. The way Ms. Kelly ties up the loose ends and brings things in Griffin’s life full circle is heartwarming. Ms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness this story picked up at around page 160....
The book's back cover provides an excellent summary to this story's plot, so I will not go into it- (no need- the description fits to a "T."). Read more
Published 1 day ago by Suzy Q-ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Dangerous!!!
Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom is Book Two of Royal Renegades is out!! 41/2 *****! This is Griffin's book! You will love finding out his deep secrets! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kathleen M. Jund
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
A different view that not everyone has to be so beautiful just like ordinary people so the story was refreshing.
Published 1 month ago by Norma B. McAdams
4.0 out of 5 stars ... an intriguing ride & interesting and enjoyable characters...
In this second book of the Renegade Royals series, we meet Dominic again as he’s older and wiser; someone that’s taken interest in Griffin, our hero of this tale. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bookworm2bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars It was great watching the two main characters grow closer
The story in a nutshell…

When an abandoned baby boy is delivered to Griffin Steele, he hires Justine Brightmore, goddaughter to his mentor, to mind the baby while he... Read more
Published 1 month ago by camille flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!
I love Vanessa Kelly's books, and this is her best yet. I kept swatting my kids away so I could keep reading it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Allison V
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this book
I don't write lengthy reviews. I know everyone likes different things. I can say that I liked this book as well as Vanessa's other books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by janeeyre01
4.0 out of 5 stars English Romance
Enjoy all the English Romance books! It tends to take me back to the DAYS! I tend to read as many as I can.
Published 2 months ago by Jacque Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars The Renegade Royals continues...
Lovers of Regency romance with a roguish hero and a proper spinster will find this book irresistible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Affaire de Coeur
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring--is this really Vanessa Kelly?
I will start by saying that I generally like Kelly and really enjoyed the prior book in this series, Lost in a Royal Kiss. which was exceptionanly well done. Read more
Published 2 months ago by elaine
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More About the Author

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. Her third book, My Favorite Countess, was nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Regency Historical Romance.

Vanessa's next series, The Renegade Royals, is due to hit the shelves in December 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.

Vanessa spends most of the year in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband, but she's lucky enough to spend some of the winter near lovely Amelia Island, Florida. When she's not dreaming of plots for her next Regency historical novel, she's writing USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance with her husband under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

You can find Vanessa at or at She's also a member of Rock*It Reads, a group of bestselling traditional authors like Pamela Clare, Elisabeth Naughton, and Erin Kellison, who are also self-publishing. You can find the Rock*It Reads authors at

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