Series: The Renegade Royals #1
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…
Yeah, I may have eye rolled.
Thoughts on Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard
I feel like I spent 300+ pages without ever really getting to know Vivien or Aden, which is a product of the writing style. It wasn’t a favorite.
And Vivien’s family. Holy crumb, I wanted to throw the book down and stop reading because her family was truly awful, and she kept enabling their bad habits by attempting to clean up their messes. They were pathetic, and Vivien should have walked away long ago.
And then there’s Ivan. Ivan, who pursues Vivien with ruthlessness the entire book. He was always purported to be evil, and yet… well, he was a toad and terrible. But he could have been eviler… a more malevolent force.
Instead, having him spout “You’ll be mine” all the time, ironically, made it seem less terrifying? The key to a good villain is seeing their reasoning and why they came to belief what they did. What do they say? A villain is the hero in his own story? Ivan just developed an obsession with Vivien, and I’m not sure why — other than she was well liked by the ton, though that wasn’t enough for me.
Aden. Aden, Aden, Aden. I felt like there was more to the story of his birth than we were able to see in this book, and I would have liked to see more with his mother, especially toward the end, when that thread seemed to drop off. And then there was his steadfast refusal to “get involved” even as he got involved.
I may have eye rolled a bit.
Despite my frustration with this book — and I totally did try to stop reading — the story itself was interesting, if lacking on the execution.