It's almost obsessive how much I love the Renegade Royals series by Vanessa Kelly. Tall, Dark and Royal is no exception, even though it's a novella, it is superb. I always knew that English spymaster, Dominic Hunt had to have his own HEA. From the first, he has always cared for those around him, even if he never outwardly shows it. Once Chloe Steele returns from her self-imposed exile after so much heartache in her life, Dominic begins to come to life in her presence.
When Dominic is summoned because of a break-in at the manor where Chloe runs a home for pregnant and wayward ladies, he sees no other option but to protect her from herself. Chloe has always been a survivor, even after leaving her son behind to escape an emotional ruin of a life with an abusive man. Now back in her son's life Chloe is slowly regaining the life she missed out on in hiding, and the one thing that she yearned for was the love of a man.
Dominic has been in love with Chloe since they were little more than children and her leaving him so many years ago didn't extinguish the feelings he had for her. Now that she is back in his life and needs protection from some unsavory characters, he will not let her go. Dominic must find a way to burrow his way into Chloe's heart, grab on and jolt the lady from the shields she's built around her. Both Chloe and Dominic are no longer those children with stars in their eyes, they are two mature adults who deserve the comfort of each other's arms.
I have been a big fan of Dominic Hunt's since the very first, in Vanessa Kelly's Lost In A Royal Kiss. It's been his overbearing and methodical character that has made me love the Renegade Royals so much. Chloe's life has never been easy, but she rises so far above the expectations she has set for herself and never backs down from a fight. I adore these two who so very much deserve their happy ending. Vanessa Kelly's writing has wormed its way into my heart and Tall,Dark and Royal makes me a very happy reader. I highly recommend this story and I hope that you all will pick up each and every book in this series and savor them as I have. I eagerly await the next installment of the Renegade Royals and Vanessa Kelly's masterful storytelling.