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Bestselling author Vanessa Kelly returns with an enthralling new series about the men of the Kendrick clan—and the women who claim their hearts . . .
Lady Ainsley Matthews, heiress and darling of the ton, was expected to make a magnificent match. Instead she’s hiding on a remote Scottish estate, terrified that her vicious former fiancé will use her pregnancy to force her into marriage. One man can help her—Royal Kendrick, son of a distinguished Highland clan. Though a mistake drove them apart long ago, Royal is the only person Ainsley trusts to protect her baby—even if that means agreeing to never see either of them again . . .
Scarred in body and soul by war, Royal suddenly has a purpose—caring for an innocent babe and thereby helping the woman he can’t stop loving. But when Ainsley ultimately returns to Scotland, determined to be a real mother to her child in spite of the risk, there’s only one solution: marriage. And only one likely outcome: surrendering to the desire that’s simmered between them for so long, no matter how dangerous it may be . . .
Praise for Vanessa Kelly’s Improper Princesses series
“A thoroughly satisfying Regency romance.” —Publishers Weekly
“An enjoyable, thoughtful romance.” —Kirkus Reviews
Kelly's first Clan Kendrick Regency unites a spoiled English heiress and a handsome battle-scarred Scottish Highlander. After the aborted elopement of Royal Kendrick and Lady Ainsley Matthews, Ainsley hoped that the scandalous elopement would ruin her reputation, allowing her to avoid marriage to the Marquess of Cringlewood. Frustrated by her continued refusal to marry Cringlewood, Ainsley's father sends her to live with her great-aunt Lady Margaret Baird in the remote Highlands. Royal is unable to forget the beautiful, stubborn Ainsley, so he travels to her great-aunt's home and discovers that Ainsley is pregnant. Ainsley confesses that Cringlewood is her child's father and doesn't know of her pregnancy; what she doesn't reveal is that he raped her. Though Royal is dismayed that Ainsley continues to reject his offers of marriage, he agrees to help care for her daughter, Tira, after she is born. Ainsley's complex character is highlighted by her willingness to bear a child alone and then give her away to protect her. When Ainsley fears that Cringlewood will humiliate her family for her continual refusal to marry him, she finally accepts Royal's proposal, but their is marriage complicated by Royal's desire to protect his new family and Ainsley's struggles with inadequacy as a new wife and mother. Sensuous romance, elaborately developed characters, and a fast-moving plot make this historical very satisfying.