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    Pleasant book that I read in just one day!

    I've received an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Most of the requests I make on NetGalley get declined, and so I had stopped asking, but then I saw that this book, and I couldn’t resist. I had been seeing this cover for weeks now (on some of my favourites authors’ Facebook mostly) and, in all honesty, hadn’t yet taken the time to read its synopsis. When I did read it on NetGalley, I thought I had to try – and was so happy when the request was accepted! This is my first Vanessa Kelly’s book, even though it’s not the first one in the series. I would have loved to have the read the first (will probably read it soon!) because I loved the characters from book one on this book! My favourite kind of story is friends to lovers, because it actually implies more knowledge of the person than just the physical attraction – which in most historical romances leads to the characters trying to get to know each other. Here, Jack and Lia are from completely different worlds that have been blended together, making them the perfect friends as kids, a great start for a couple. It’s a book full of adventure and it tries to show a bit of the tougher side we sometimes tend to forget when reading this kind of books. I liked Jack, but thought that sometimes he was more than just a bit overprotective…he was too controlling, which led me to, from time to time, crinkle my nose. I understood his position however, I didn’t think he was doing something to change it and only complained at the end of something happening. However, he did have his nice moments, and I did enjoy him as a main male character. Lia, on the other hand, was a very active, strong, “get it done” kind of girl, which I really liked. She was very determined, she was a loyal friend (not just to Jack), she knew what she wanted and she didn’t stop until she got to it, no matter how many obstacles came in her way. I didn’t like Lia mum – I wasn’t supposed to, right? She was a good character to serve as a comparison to her daughter and make us see even more the difference and how good and kind-hearted Lia was. Her grandmother was adorable and I’m sure she knew the ending before even Jack and Lia did! I don’t think Gillian (Lia’s cousin) deserved to be slapped when she was just defending her family, just like I didn’t like that Jack’s mum was so horrible to Lia just because she carried the name as her mother and grandmother, I didn’t think it was fair to make her an example (okay, to be fair, she also made Jack’s mum remember her worst moments in life - but that wasn't her fault!). And the fact that Jack allowed it to happen, didn’t really sit well with me, no matter how many apologies he said. Lia’s newly discovered family is very kind and protective (hello characters from book 1!) and I liked how they tried to make Lia feel part of their family from the moment they knew of her existence. Jack and Lia had a bit of a weird relationship. Childhood friends, he was her only friend to be truthful, and she had a crush on him, but never pursued it. His home was almost her home, since she cared and worked in it, for free. He only realized he liked her more than as a friend/sister when she told him about her grandmother (ideally, genially!) crazy plan for him to be her protector or at least help her get one. There could have been a bit more romance, and seduction for me. All in all, it was a pleasant book that I read in just one day and couldn’t put down, a book that introduced me to a new author I want to continue following, even though there were some small details I would have liked to see more explored.
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    Three Weeks with a Princess

    Vanessa sucked me into this book at the beginning! There are so many people with their own stories here. It gets deeper and darker as you read. Lia lives with her grandmother, Rebecca. Major Spoiler! Jack has come home and can't wait to see his Lia. He loved her since she was a kid. Ditto, Ditto for Lia for Jack! They need to find a new life now that Jack is the new Earl. Lia wants to go to her mother, Marianne, and stepfather to make a life. Major Spoiler! Lia is supposed to become a Mistress. Not happening! She goes to a Cyprian Ball and upsets a man beating her friend. Major Spoiler! Jack wants to get money to fix his estates and wants to marry Lia.She refuses to marry him and he has to save her from bad issues! This is an adult read. It's not for children. Besides that, this is a good read! I liked this story. You will enjoy this book. Don't let it get away! You will be glad you did! I volunteered to read and review this book.
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    Loved It!

    'Three Weeks with a Princess' by Vanessa Kelly is book Two in the "The Improper Princesses" series. I have read the previous book and feel this can be a standalone book. This is the story of Lia Kincaid and Jack Easton the Marquess of Lendale. Lia is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York and her mother was a famous actress but was never acknowledged by the Duke. Lia was raised by her Grandmother, who was the mistress of the older Marquess of Lendale. Jack was the nephew of the former Marquess of Lendale and since his pasting has become the new Marquess of Lendale. Jack and Lia knew each other growing up and were great friends. Jack knew Lia and her Grandmother were staying at the Dowager house cottage because his Uncle was in love with Lia Grandmother. Jack is now dealing with what his Uncle has left the manor and the estate in....which isn't good. The previous Marquess didn't leave anything thing to Lia or her grandmother. So Lia knows with the estate in such a mess that Jack wouldn't really be able to support her or her grandmother....and she doesn't think it would be fair anyway. What she must do is find a 'protector' but can Jack be that for her? Would Jack Let her go to find another one? I so loved this book! Jack and Lia were the best main characters have read in a while. I liked their back and forth battering. How they cared for each other....just everything about them! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
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    Highly recommend this book!

    I just adore this series! How can you not love Improper Princesses! In this story, Lia Kincaid is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York. The females in her family also tend to be on the notorious side. Lia's grandmother, a former courtesan, was the mistress to the Marquess of Lendale until his death and had raised her while living on the Marquess' property. From an early age, Lia was befriended by Jack Easton, nephew to the Marquess, who will now become the next Marquess since Jack's father has passed away. Lia has always been in love with Jack even though she knows they could never be together because of her family's notorious history. When Jack becomes the Marquess, he realizes that between his father and uncle, they have left the estate with financial issues. Jack sees Lia for the first time since being back and he can't believe how much she has changed....no longer is she a young girl...she's now a full woman! As Jack begins to tell Lia and her grandmother that he plans to still take care of them, Lia starts to realize that her and her grandmother must leave and she will now have to find some way to provide for them. Lia either needs to find a protector, become a courtesan, or be an actress like her mother. It was rather enjoyable watching Lia try to reconcile these options while Jack was around. Lia kept trying to explain to Jack that he needed to find a wealthy woman to marry who would help with the money problems. Too bad Jack was starting to realize he really wanted Lia instead. I just loved the story these two went through until they realized that they truly belonged together. I really enjoyed the new family members that were now in Lia's world, especially Gillian...she is such a hoot! Glad to see she hasn't lost any of her spunk since her story! This wonderful story has some great emotions throughout it as well as some great romantic scenes between Lia and Jack. Overall, this is a wonderful book that I highly recommend!
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    Delightful Story

    I was lucky enough to be able to read an ARC and I very much enjoyed this book. The plot is a little reminiscent of Gigi except of course that our hero Jack is not rich and really should be looking for a wealthy bride in order to repair the crumbling estate he has inherited from his Uncle. There are many funny moments when our intrepid heroine Lia tries and fails find a way to support herself and her grandmother, as well as quite dramatic and suspenseful moments and a lovely HEA. Once again Vanessa Kelly has written a delightful story that will definitely find a place on my favorites shelf.
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