Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: January 7, 2014
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.
Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard gives the Renegade Royals series a solid start. The series centers around the illegitimate sons of princes and their individual journeys to find their places in the world. Secrets has everything it needs to not only kick off a new series, but to be a great stand alone read as well!
Aden St. George would much rather be a spy in service to his king, than become part of the society that whispers of his parentage behind his back. I loved that he didn’t allow his origins to completely cloud his mind. He was content in his life as a spy, but most importantly, he felt useful. He also had a dry sense of humor that was apparently contagious. No matter what, Aden always tries to do the right thing, even if it means subjecting himself to what he feels is useless tasks.
Lady Vivien Shaw was thankfully the kind of heroine I like: intelligent, loyal and logical. When she finds herself the victim of a kidnapping, she doesn’t give in to stupid female hysterics, she knows they won’t help any and will probably annoy anyone who is trying to help her. Instead she thinks of ways she can help, even if it means that she has to stay quiet and follow her rescuer. She had a sarcastic wit that made me like her all the more and a deep, fierce love for her younger brother and mother who continue to put undue stress on Vivien with their gambling. I loved that even though Vivien was a titled woman, she was a logical one who at times walked the fine line between what was proper and what needed to be done to survive and to keep her loved ones safe. She may not have been fully aware of all the danger she was in but that didn’t make her less of an intelligent woman.
Author Vanessa Kelly did a great job of bringing Aden, Vivien and the rest of the cast to life and making them so entertaining and lively. Because both Aden and Vivien are stubborn and have their pride, they engage in frequent "discussions" that leave them frustrated but I found myself charmed by their banter and interested in their reluctant but growing admiration and attraction to one another. The action scenes were enough to keep both characters on their toes and kept me reading until the very end. Though a little slow in some areas, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard introduced me to a new and interesting world of characters and conflicts that I enjoyed greatly. I can't wait for the next book in the series!