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Mon
Aug 29 2016 10:15am

Just How Naughty Were Those Regency Balls, Anyway?

My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

Today we're thrilled to welcome Vanessa Kelly (My Fair Princess) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Ballrooms are the backdrops to many naughty historical romance moments, but just how naughty did Regency balls get? Vanessa explains it all! Thanks, Vanessa!

“Arriving at the Masquerade…at length, you are exhilarated by the average allowance of lethargic Harlequins, drunken Hermits, buckish Magicians, sneaking Emperors, august Tinkers, dejected Merry-Andrews, hoydening Abbesses, drivelling Minervas, lusty Ghosts, etc. etc. what little character there is lying exclusively among the Dominos.”

That’s a quote from Bell's Court and Fashionable Magazine, describing a masquerade ball in 1806. If you’re a Regency miss out for a lark, this is the type of ball you want to attend. But we’ll get to the naughty stuff in a minute.

There’s nothing like a good ballroom scene to propel a story in interesting directions. In my books, all sorts of good and bad behaviour occur at balls—including sexy times between the hero and heroine, which invariably leads to a juicy scandal. Can you say marriage of convenience?

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Sun
Jun 21 2015 12:00pm
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How to Marry a Royal Highlander: Exclusive Excerpt

Vanessa Kelly

How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…

Get a sneak peek at  Vanessa Kelly's How to Marry a Royal Highlander (available June 30, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Home.

With each passing mile that brought them closer to Blairgal Castle, the memories rose up to meet Alec, images that both pulled him forward and urged hell-bent for leather escape in the opposite direction. The idea of home wove a tangled skein of emotions. There were equal measures of guilt and relief, a fair share of irritation, and an odd sense of yearning that never went away.

“The scenery is reminiscent of the Lake District, don’t you think, Mamma?” Edie said as she gazed out the window. “It’s very beautiful but not nearly as rugged as I thought it would be.”

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Tue
Jan 7 2014 10:30am

19th-Century Jersey Shore: The Royals

Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa KellyToday we're joined by author Vanessa Kelly, whose Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard is out this week. The book launches the Renegade Royals series,  which tells the exploits of the royal princes' illegitimate sons. Vanessa is here to talk about the real-life shenanigans of the British Royals, from Harry back to George. Thanks, Vanessa!

Outrageous parties, gambling and drinking, scandalous affairs, and lots of bad publicity—sounds like one of Prince Harry’s wild weekends in Las Vegas, doesn’t it?  The poor lad has largely redeemed himself since those nude pictures hit the tabloids a few years ago, but he’s had to walk the straight and narrow to get there.

Not that Harry is the only Windsor to engage in famously bad behavior.  After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that Prince Charles and his brothers were kicking over the traces and giving the poor Queen more than a few gray hairs.  Remember all those salacious phone calls between Charles and Camilla when Charles was still married to Diana? For those of us who do remember, we’ll never look at tampons the same way again.

Queen Elizabeth’s children and grandchildren (with a few exceptions) displayed a knack for creating scandal in their younger years, although most have finally settled down (age will do that to you).  In fact, compared to some of their royal ancestors they seem quite staid—particularly when put side by side with the notorious sons and daughters of King George III. The historical lifestyle of that particular set of royals reads like a Regency version of The Jersey Shore, but with better clothing, parties, and accents (and no tans).

[First up, the Prince Regent...]