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"A GEM OF A STORY" ~ Kirkus Reviews

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A passion-and angst-charged story about a woman caught between a secure relationship and a once-in-a-lifetime spark with her muse.

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My Hot Summer Fling…Just Became My Student

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Running from her past leaves her standing in her future…

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A Christmas bargain…
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When Riley Hunt—a beautiful, smart, popular student at Easton College in Manhattan—is brutally murdered, it becomes a big story for TV newswoman Clare Carlson.

Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly

Regency Romance That Sizzles


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Vanessa Kelly | Why I Love Writing Regency Romance
November 14, 2015
This week saw the release of A GENTLEMAN FOR ALL SEASONS, my new  Read More...

Vanessa Kelly | When You Need a Friend
January 14, 2015
Although every romance novel naturally focuses on the relationship between the hero and heroine, any writer worth her salt will spend quite a bit of  Read More...

Vanessa Kelly | Renegade Royals
November 24, 2014
I have so much to be thankful for this week, including the fact that I have a new historical romance release out tomorrow.   Read More...

Vanessa Kelly | Fascinated by a Handsome Doctor...
April 28, 2011
Pop Culture has always been in love with doctors, who figure prominently as heroes in movies like   Read More...

Vanessa Kelly | Give Me The Small Town Life
May 19, 2010
Small towns are always a popular setting in fiction, especially in contemporary romance. The Virgin River series by   Read More...

April 16, 2009
What is it about the topic of sisters that causes so much controversy? My new Regency-set historical,   Read More...

Pseudonym: V.K. Sykes.

Dear Reader

What is it about the Regency Period that we love so much?

Like many readers, I first came to this fascinating era through the novels of Georgette Heyer. My older sister had an English penpal, who used to send us British editions of books like The Grand Sophy, Cotillion, and An Infamous Army. When I read my first Heyer—it was Regency Buck—I was quickly hooked. Then in high school I was introduced to Jane Austen, which pretty much sealed my fate as far as establishing the Regency as my favorite period of history.

Eventually, I wound up getting a graduate degree in English literature, specializing in British female writers of the Regency era. The more I studied the period, the more I loved it. It’s simply a fascinating time, with the glamour, glitter, and wit exemplified by London’s elite society co-existing alongside a truly gritty and flourishing underworld. The beauty and culture of the Mayfair mansions were only a few blocks away from the worst stews of London, but these worlds so often intersected in a dramatic and strangely democratic way in places like Covent Garden and Vauxhall.

And the Regency was a very sexy period, too, with men dressed in tight breeches and leather boots, and women clad in scandalously low-cut and revealing gowns designed to tempt their beaus into shocking declarations of passion! Mix all these characteristics together and you have a killer backdrop for a hero and heroine to find adventure, maybe a little danger and, of course, love. You’ll find all these elements in my stories, because those are the things I love to read in historical romance myself!

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Vanessa Kelly was born and raised in New Jersey, but eventually migrated north to Canada. She holds a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, and went on to attend the Ph.D. program in English Literature at the University of Toronto. Alas, she didn’t finish her degree, but she did spend many happy hours studying the works of 18th and 19th century British authors and writing about the madness of King George III. Vanessa now writes Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra and contemporary romance with her husband under the pen name of VK Sykes.

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Highlanders, Royals, Castles, and Improper Princesses with Vanessa Kelly How to Marry a Royal Highlander July 10, 2015

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The Highlander's Holiday Wife, October 2022
Clan Kendrick
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
The Highlander's Irish Bride, August 2021
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Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
The Highlander's English Bride, June 2020
Clan Kendrick #3
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book / audiobook
The Highlander's Christmas Bride, November 2019
Clan Kendrick #2
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
The Highlander Who Protected Me, November 2018
Clan Kendrick #1
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
The Highlander's Princess Bride, November 2017
The Improper Princesses #3
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Three Weeks with a Princess, July 2017
The Improper Princesses #2
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
My Fair Princess, September 2016
The Improper Princesses #1
Paperback / e-Book
A Gentleman for All Seasons, November 2015
A Grosvenor Square Christmas, October 2015
How to Marry a Royal Highlander, July 2015
Renegade Royals #4
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy, January 2015
Renegade Royal #3
Paperback / e-Book
Tall, Dark and Royal, December 2014
Renegade Royal #2.5
Confessions Of A Royal Bridegroom, April 2014
Renegade Royals #2
Paperback / e-Book
Secrets For Seducing A Royal Bodyguard, January 2014
Renegade Royals #1
Paperback / e-Book
Lost in a Royal Kiss, December 2013
Renegade Royal
His Mistletoe Bride, October 2012
Stanton Family
Paperback / e-Book
My Favorite Countess, May 2011
An Invitation To Sin, February 2011
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Sex And The Single Earl, May 2010
Mastering The Marquess, April 2009




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