Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa Kelly
Series: The Renegade Royals (# 1)
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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…
Review: I love historical romances with a touch of mystery and intrigue and this one doesn’t disappoint on that front.
Lady Vivien Shaw was kidnapped and Aden St. George, a man with the Royal Guard, is commissioned to rescue her. Their escape from the kidnapper’s clutches was fairly easy and the lady is safe under the watchful eye of Aden. But, there is an undeniable tension between the pair and Aden struggles mightily with his attraction to Vivien. He believes his emotions must remain under control at all times, so was quite ready to return her to her normal life without further ado. However, Sir Dominic Hunter, a master spy, is worried Vivien could still be in danger since they still don’t know who is behind the kidnapping. So Aden finds himself still acting as the lady’s bodyguard after his rescue mission is complete.
From this point on the suspense level really picks up. The suspects include a Russian prince who refuses to take no for an answer and proposes marriage regularly and one of Vivien’s siblings.
The sexual tension also picks up, but lust seemed to rule the day more than love, in my opinion and real chemistry was slow to build.
But, Aden allows his heritage as the bastard son of the Prince regent and his emotions, oddly enough, to complicate things for Vivien causing her to take matters into her own hands. This is where I wondered why the always in control Aden had stepped out of character. But, Aden will later confess to Vivien – “ I’m an idiot”…
Vivien was an independent woman we can respect, but her family loyalty overrules her common sense at times, but under the circumstances she felt she had no choice.
The pace was even with action and suspense on top of the romance which was fun and the intrigue saved the day for the story in the long run. There was a touch of predictability in the story, and it was perhaps a little too lengthy, but I enjoyed the banter, dialogue, the secondary characters we are sure to meet again, and I am so happy to see this couple who has suffered from inattention and family dramas, will now have one another to love and will take good care of each other.