cover image The Highlander’s Princess Bride

The Highlander’s Princess Bride

Vanessa Kelly. Zebra, $7.99 mass market (425p) ISBN 978-1-4201-4113-9

The strong third installment in the Improper Princesses series is a thoroughly satisfying Regency romance. When prim-and-proper Victoria Knight’s former employer dies while attempting to assault her, she decides to leave town until she’s sure she won’t be convicted of killing him. She flees to Scotland, where she accepts a position as governess for the siblings of the noble Nicholas Kendrick, Earl of Arnprior. Nicholas knows Victoria is hiding something, but he needs her calming demeanor to get his siblings—ages 12 to 25—under control. His household is in disarray after his surly, argumentative grandfather, Angus, was left in charge while Nick was fighting in the war against Napoleon. Nick has suffered great losses, and he has no tolerance for dishonesty. Victoria’s family has sworn her to secrecy in order to protect her, but the family of the deceased is out for revenge, and Victoria knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is revealed. Kelly has infused this perfectly paced, detailed sequel with several juicy secrets, a lot of riffraff, and some danger, making it a well-balanced addition to the series. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Nov.)