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Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard: The Renegade Royal #1

Vanessa Kelly

ISBN 9781420131222
Publish Date 1/7/2014
Format Paperback
Categories Zebra, Historical, Romance
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“Full of intrigue, emotion and sensuality.” --Katharine Ashe

In this witty, sensual new series, Vanessa Kelly introduces the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes who are finding their rightful places in society…

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…

Praise For Vanessa Kelly And His Mistletoe Bride

“Kelly combines wit, innocent sensuality and seduction...” —Publishers Weekly

“The perfect holiday treat!” --Kieran Kramer

About Vanessa Kelly:

Vanessa Kelly is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Improper Princesses series, the Clan Kendrick, The Renegade Royals and The Stanton Family series, in addition to other historical romances. Named by Booklist as one of the “Stars of Historical Romance,” her books have been translated into eleven languages and published internationally. In graduate school, Vanessa specialized in the study of eighteenth-century British fiction and is known for developing vibrant Regency settings, appealing characters, and witty story lines that captivate readers. She lives with her husband in Ottawa. Visit her online at or join the Clan Kendrick Facebook Group at

Average Customer Review

Based on 3 reviews

Customer Review

A series I will definitely be coming back to! (Friday, April 17, 2015)
Reviewer: Kendra @ Reader's Edyn

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I have to tell you that the title alone completely caught me. Pair that with the gorgeous cover and I knew had to read this book. I mean, how DO you seduce a royal bodyguard? At first I believed that this would be an intentional title, meaning that one of the main characters was setting their sights on the other. But I found, pleasantly, that both main characters were the unsuspecting victim. Sounds odd I suppose. But I assure you it all makes sense in the end.

This book is the first in the Renegade Royals series. Each main male lead is related to a royal bloodline in some way – in Aden’s case, he is the bastard child of the Prince Regent. He has lived with the stigma of being a bastard his whole life and, to some extent, suffered for it. His status and rather large chip on his shoulder were the perfect combination to propel him into the life of espionage. But even a bastard can be born with an innate sense of patriotism and loyalty. And so when Lady Vivien abruptly enters his life, his sense of protection seems fitting – but the familiarity that quickly surfaces between the pair tells of something more that they could share – if they will allow it.


I really enjoyed this historical romance from Ms. Kelly. The characters are very well developed and interact wonderfully together. They have a terrific balance between intrigue and sensuality. Their emotional connection is undeniable and their sexual attraction is not only hot, but almost sweet in an innocent way. I enjoyed how each one complimented the other in both attributes and shortcomings. For example, Aden’s harsh feelings toward his bastardy which has had a lot to do with the man he has developed into, doesn’t make a bit of difference to Vivien. And as clever as Vivien is, Aden is always one step ahead of her. These characters are thoroughly likeable and sure to please anyone who enjoys historical romance. Secondary characters Dominic, Lady Thornbury, and Griffin Steele make the book even more entertaining. I will say that I almost immediately fell in love with Griffin when he was introduced. A wonderful thing considering book 2 is his. I for one, cannot wait to read the next installment! So do yourself a favor and buy this book. It will not disappoint. And I am sure that Ms. Kelly will become a “go-to” author instantly if you haven’t already experienced her writing genius.

Paperback provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

the strong silent type! (Saturday, July 12, 2014)
Reviewer: Kathy Jund

Aden St. George has his "work" cut out for him to be sure!!! He's never had an assignment like Vivien Shaw, it is going to take everything he has to protect her...but who is going to protect him!! Vanessa Kelly brings us a new series! The Renegade two is next, "Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom".

SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD by Vanessa Kellyu (Monday, February 3, 2014)
Reviewer: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD by Vanessa Kelly is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1814 England. #1 in the "Renegade Royals" series. But you can catch the novella in this series, "Lost in a Royal Kiss" available now.

"The Renegade Royals" are illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes who are finding their rightful places in society....."

I thoroughly enjoyed "Secrets For Seducing A Royal Bodyguard". It is filled with passion, romance, secrets, a bit of danger, and acceptance. Follow spy Aden St. George and Lady Vivien Shaw on a journey of danger, passion and love. Not a dull moment in this book. From the first page to the last. With engaging characters, bits of banter, and great secondary characters you can not go wrong with "Secrets For Seducing a Royal Bodyguard". I can hardly wait for the next installment in this what is to be an awesome series. We all want to know what happens when a Royal Prince illegitimate children are accepted by either the Royals or society, and have to make their own way in society. Ms. Kelly is a talented author, who draws the reader into the story and holds them there. Well done!! A must read!! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or Net Galley.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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