Tall, Dark and Royal by Vanessa Kelly
Overview by Amazon:
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 Hunter’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…
This was a great novella. It was interesting to read a story with mature main characters. Chloe and Dominic have been separated for years, due to scandal, lies and shame.
Chloe has spent her life taking in young, unwed mothers-to-be and caring for them. She is almost serving her penance for becoming pregnant at the age of 14 by a young prince. She has reunited with her grown son and his wife, but she has to reunite with Dominic. They have a long history of growing up together and loving each other. Fate has kept them apart and before the story starts, they have recently met up. The story picks up when they are gingerly assessing each other and figuring out what they mean to each other.
Chloe ends up in danger for taking in a girl with some rather nefarious underworld connections. She needs a champion and Dominic is more than willing to fill the role. He is concerned for her and wants to protect her. Chloe is used to being on her own and relying on her own acumen, but Dominic is hard to resist.
The time they spend together, leads to a more developed intimate relationship. They discover the romantic interest they had is not gone with the passing of time, it’s still there, but mature. This story was really hot and steamy for a couple that were not in the first blush of life or love. There was something so rewarding watching them consummate their relationship. It was a great scene with two people who knew each other so well, that they only part they didn’t know was carnal.
This was a short story that highlighted reunited lovers and friends. They are not idle aristocrats, but rather those who work to make the world they live in a better place. This was a good read and I am now intrigued to read the story of her son as I’m sure there is a lot more details about Dominic and Chloe to learn about.