Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.
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He turned back to her with a warm smile. She nervously flapped her lace fan against the side of her leg, looking worried and suspicious. “What are you up to, Will?”
He turned his back to the room, shielding her from observation. “Why should I be up to anything, Evie? I simply want to speak with my oldest and dearest friend.”
Prettily flushed a few minutes ago, she now looked pale and strained. “Oh, is that what we are? Perhaps we have different definitions of friendship. In my understanding of the term, friends stay in touch with each other. They answer letters and make an effort to see each other when they come back home, for however brief a time. And they certainly don’t abandon one of them to wonder what she’d done to deserve such shabby, hurtful treatment from her oldest and dearest friend.”
For a moment, Will was too shocked to muster an answer. They stared at each other, the years and the distance falling away under the onslaught of her emotional pain. The hell of it was that he truly didn’t have a good answer, for he’d done exactly that—abandoned their friendship. Not out of malice or disregard, but simply because he’d been too idiotically selfish to understand the impact it could have on someone as sensitive and loving as Evie.
Then she blinked, as she recalled her surroundings. Flushing a bright pink, she looked away. “I had no right to say any of those things, Will. Please forgive me.”
He let out a heavy sigh. “You have every right to be angry with me. But I never meant to hurt you, sweetheart, and that’s the truth. I was just too young and stupid to know any better. Or to know what I truly wanted.”
She met his gaze, her cornflower-blue eyes big and bright with unshed tears. “And what do you want now?”
He wanted to tell her that he was sorry he’d been such a fool, and that he should never have turned his back so firmly on her. That he wanted them to be close again, as close as they’d once been.
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Zebra (January 6, 2015)
Whether as spies or lovers, the Renegade Royals—illegitimate sons of England’s Royal Princes—are bold, skillful, and a force to be reckoned with…
A war hero returned from Waterloo should be able to indulge in a bit of bad behavior. Instead, Captain William Endicott is summoned by his father, the Duke of York, to investigate an assassination plot. The unlikely suspect: William’s former sweetheart. Will can’t believe that innocent Evie Whitney could be mixed up in anything so nefarious. Then again, almost everything about Evie has changed—except for his body’s instinctive response to hers…
Just as Evie’s life is finally coming together, Will saunters back into it. Should she slap him—or seduce him? Even as she tries to decide, scandal pushes her toward marriage with a man she can neither trust nor resist—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy…
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