Saturday, October 8, 2016

Review: Tall, Dark and Royal by Vanessa Kelly

Title: Tall, Dark and Royal
Series: The Renegade Royals
Author: Vanessa Kelly
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Zebra

He’s the man behind the mission to track down the illegitimate children of England’s Royal Princes and help them get their due. But his deepest desire is far more personal...

Magnificent and stubborn. Fourteen years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic’s love for her. He’d been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he’d never belonged anywhere—except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal—like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help—and hopefully make up for lost time...

Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he’d become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both...

My rating:

After twenty-eight years, Dominic Hunter is finally reunited with Chloe Steele, the only woman he's ever loved. She's in trouble, and he's determined to do everything in his power to keep her safe...While also making up for lost time. If only the woman weren't so damned stubborn.

I must confess to be rather disappointed with Dominic and Chloe's story. I was looking forward to it since the start of the series, wanting to see Dominic brought down to his knees by a woman as retribution for all his matchmaking in the previous two books. But although I wanted him to finally be happy, I couldn't help but feel Chloe wasn't the heroine for him.
With all her guilt, and self-esteem and other issues, she really got on my nerves, because by punishing herself for her past sins (which were not of her doing, by the way), she ended up punishing the two men she loved, Dominic and her son Griffin. I know I should be supportive of a fellow female, but I found her actions and reasoning extremely selfish.

The story itself was good, if a little too short, which made it come through as crammed with information and rushed, and I liked that by the end all was well, but I cannot help but feel a little cheated.


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