Review: My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly


Published August 30th 2016 by Zebra    ISBN13: 9781420141108

Series:  The Improper Princesses #1         Rating:  5*

In spite of  being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is pretty much ignorant of all social graces after being allowed to grow up wild and free in Italy.  Unfortunately, Gillian has gone too far in seeking revenge for the death of her beloved step-father.   In order to protect her,  Gillian has been ordered home to England to settle down and find a suitable husband. Thankfully, Gillian’s grandmother is a lady whose intimate circle of friends includes Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton.  Now if Charles were to take Gillian on as his protege and introduce her to the ton as well as transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante – maybe Gillian just might land herself a husband.  That is if he can keep her from punching earls, shooting folks with guns, or throwing one of the many knives she carried on her person.

My gosh this was an absolutely delightful read from beginning to end.  Gillian was such a delightful hoydenish heroine and Charles was such a stick in the mud all proper and polite.   Alas – one had to know this was going to be a match made in heaven!    Yes, a little slow on recognition of both to see they were made for one another and would bring balance to each other’s life.  Overall a simply perfect pairing as long as Charles could keep Gillian from running back to Italy where her life was in danger.

Bottom line: This was a hoot with a slow and steady romance and some really fun scenarios as Gillian set the ton on it’s ear!  I loved it!!!

Marilyn Rondeau

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