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A King Undone [Format Kindle]

Cooper Davis
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Sometimes you have to risk everything, to follow your heart…

Noble Pleasures, Book 1

In a world where gentlemen openly court and marry fellow noblemen, the threat of scandal still lurks behind every velvet drape for kings and princes. Such has been the fate for King Arend Tollemach, forced to sacrifice his heart on the altar of regal duty.

Now that his wife is dead and his royal obligations are at an end, he’s ready to take an unthinkable risk. King Arend seeks a concubine from Temple Sapphor, a secretive, gated world where he will finally shed his virginity—as least as it pertains to making love to a man.

Julian never thought he’d spend ten years on the temple shelf, passed over again and again. Just when he despairs of ever finding placement in a nobleman’s bed, Arend walks into the temple. A lonely eyed, beautiful king who could easily steal his heart.

Arend discovers he has no problem opening his bed to the exquisite concubine. The problem lies in finding the key to his long-shuttered heart.

Warning: Contains a beautiful, virgin king desperate to bed another man, a concubine who fantasizes about being claimed and revered by a strong monarch, and a sea of scandal set against a sensual, palatial backdrop.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 950 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 250 pages
  • Editeur : Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (9 décembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00MX2DQ2C
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Une très belle romance historique 13 décembre 2014
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4,5 *
Voici une des romances historiques les plus fascinantes que j'ai pu lire jusqu'à maintenant que ce soit en MM ou en romance plus "traditionnelle", ce n'est pas tant l'histoire en elle-même quoique ce contexte alternatif soit une très originale idée. Non, cela tient surtout à la relation entre King et Julian, cette courtoisie omniprésente entre eux, ces phrases si raffinées qui cachent si bien des sentiments profonds, cette élégance dans la manière dont ils se parlent malgré leur situation sociale aux antipodes.

C'est une relation amoureuse très complexe, une séduction à l'image de cette époque la régence, froide et compassée en surface, et dissimulant des désirs sombres et torrides. Même si certains passages m'ont semblé un peu trop longs, j'ai adoré l'écriture et la richesse des descriptions, la sensualité qui se dégage derrière cette politesse quand ces deux hommes se séduisent d'abord par la parole puis par leur corps. C'est vraiment une romance qui sort de l'ordinaire.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful start to a new series 15 décembre 2014
Par Jessewave - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
If you like historical romances I hope you'll love A King Undone. This romance between a nobleman and a commoner melted my heart, and I can't wait for the second book in the series.

I must admit that I'm not a fan of the historical romance genre because most of the books end with the lovers separated forever through death or some other nefarious means. If a book is marketed as a "romance," there should at least be an HFN ending regardless of the genre, but somehow historicals seem to miss this important point. The only reason I bought A King Undone: Noble Pleasures Book 1 is that I trust this author. Her fresh writing style, sense of humour and characters appealed to me in two previous contemporary romances - Boys of Summer and Taking You Home - so I didn't think I was taking much of a chance with King. As it turned out, the book exceeded my expectations; I was enchanted and fell headlong for the characters and the story.

King Arend was definitely not your typical Victorian monarch as he seemed to be more interested in the sensual aspects of life rather than in fighting wars. Two decades ago he had suffered a devastating loss when he was forced to give up his male fiancé at the command of his father, the king, who also demanded that he enter into a loveless marriage with a woman for the sole purpose of producing heirs for the kingdom. One heir and ten years later his wife and father were both dead. Since then he had lived a lonely, barren, celibate life and his heart became closed off because the man he loved had died from grief in the intervening years and he swore never to love again.

Since love was no longer an option for him Arend decided that he would at least fulfil his aborted dream of having a male lover, with no expectations of an emotional attachment on either side. He had never been with a man, so he approached Temple Sapphor to contract for the services of a male concubine who would teach him about man-on-man sex. Arend was so intrigued by Julian's personality and quick wit that he chose him for his concubine. However, he made it clear that this would be a simple monetary transaction with the Temple in exchange for Julian's sexual services.

The world building in the book is so well done and detailed I felt as if I were actually in Arend's kingdom. The palace in typical fashion was teeming with intrigue and there were the usual officious people in power who believed they had the right to tell the king how to run his life. The complex characterizations are what made me love the story as much as I did: A king who is emotionally stunted after a lifetime of being denied love, twenty years later he's going all out for what he wants - a man in his bed for 12 months who would teach him everything he needs to know about sex. Conversely, there's the mysterious Julian, another wounded soul: he's a courtesan who had despaired of ever finding love after being betrayed by his brother and overlooked for 10 years at Temple Sapphor while others were selected. His only wish was to be loved but it seemed unlikely that that would ever happen with Arend.

The tension between Jules and Arend whenever they were together exploded into spirited exchanges seldom found between Victorian noblemen and their paramours, and this made the book even more enjoyable for me. Theirs was a true romance in every sense, a slow seduction rather than a quick romp between the sheets. Arend's and Julian's love for each other was like a living plant, growing every day until it bloomed, but both characters had trust issues that they had to overcome before they could commit to each other. When they made love eventually it was sensual, funny and heartwarming and the sex was icing on the cake. What is unusual about the MCs is that they were both older than the typical heroes: Jules was 30 and Arend 41 but they were so hot they set the pages on fire!

This is much more than just another tale of a rich nobleman and a pauper courtesan as there's an intricate plot and wonderful characters that inhabit the book, and even the under-secretaries and footmen were well drawn with unique personalities.

There were many wonderful supporting characters in King but the one who stole my heart was the king's secretary, Alistair, once I got over his off-putting mannerisms and stiffness, which I later realized was a defence mechanism. He's sweet, vulnerable, extremely shy and very sensitive about his figure due to his large size. His despondence led him to an alcohol dependency to forget his bereft love life. My only wish for him is that he eventually finds a man who can overlook his corpulence and love him for himself; maybe his story will be on the horizon soon as I would like to see if he achieves his heart's desire and in addition, wins a man who deserves his gentle soul.

Cooper Davis is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Her prose is lyrical, the dialogue is laugh-out-loud witty, the MCs and supporting characters are unusual and don't fit any stereotypes, and A King Undone retains the freshness that first attracted me to her writing.

A warning: if you expect a complete resolution to all the issues in book 1 you'll probably be disappointed and this may not be the book for you. However, if you like series books with overlapping story lines you might want to take a chance. In case you're wondering, there is an HFN ending.

A King Undone: Noble Pleasures Book 1 is the first book of an ongoing series and I'm waiting with bated breath for the other stories.

As always, this is just my opinion and YMMV.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 marrying a woman he didn’t love, then raising his son 19 décembre 2014
Par It's About The Book - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
3.5 stars

King Arend Tollemach is finally going to do something for himself. After being forced out of a loving betrothal by his father, marrying a woman he didn’t love, then raising his son, the king is going to get himself a concubine. A sexy male concubine. The big problem is King Arend doesn’t know what to do with a sexy male concubine and he’s astoundingly nervous. Arend gets Julian at Temple Sapphor. Julian has spent much longer there than usual. He’s happy to finally be chosen. Julian was sold to the temple by his brother under dubious circumstances. Both men have histories of being hurt by family and having spent a significant part of their life alone. Julian wants to get going with the relationship. He’s got a task and he’s going to enjoy it. And he’s going to fall for Arend pretty hard in the process.

Unfortunately, the rest of the government is not so happy about Arend’s actions. From lowly footmen to powerful Dukes, people are trying to keep Arend and Julian apart. There is a very strong likelihood the government will be able to force Arend into another marriage in an effort to secure more heirs for the throne. Both men are faced with their worst fears.

This was a character driven plot, of sorts. Unfortunately, the characters stated their motivations and fears pretty baldly. I didn’t feel there was a lot of room for exposition after one sentence effectively explained everything. That isn’t to say I didn’t appreciate the book. I found the world building interesting. It was an alternate universe historical setting where men were allowed to be gay and openly court other men. Of course succession is the big problem for the characters. In theory succession would be a problem for anyone from any family with something to inherit, be it land, title, or business. I felt this was a flaw in the world building that wasn’t well explained or hasn’t been as of yet.

Arend and Julian were interesting characters. I felt a lot of the interpersonal drama between these two guys became repetitive. Arend was quick to retreat and offend Julian when he became scared. Julian was quick to anger and offense when Arend retreated. It happened several times. Whereas I do find that totally plausible it’s not something I relish. I do find Julian and Arend likable enough despite the fact I also feel they become annoying on occasion. I also really enjoy the secondary characters in the story. I would like to know more about the secondary characters.

I wasn’t hugely impressed yet I’m interested enough I’d like to read the second book in the series. I’m certainly curious about the direction the series is going.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gentle Touches 23 décembre 2014
Par Evelise @ S.E.X. Reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
A King Undone was a beautiful amalgamation of historical accuracy with time honored tradition. Cooper Davis outdid herself with the start of her new series, Noble Pleasures. King Arend was a lonely monarch. Previously married to a woman since passed, only son happily married to his princely lover, Arend found himself desiring companionship.

Julian, concubine at Temple Sapphor has waited ten years to be noticed for his true attributes. Upon laying eyes on the king, he dared to speak his mind of the willingness to give himself over.

Arend and Julian began a cat and mouse affair- king and concubine. Ms. Davis wrote of a love transcending time and essence, the two men divulging intimacies and the attempt to reconcile their pasts and potential futures. Sexual tension ran rampant throughout their encounters. Ms. Davis eloquent writing melted my e-reader with visions of heated kisses and tender touches.

A King Undone created a synergy of history and tragic love story where the future was unsure and the present was complicated. I loved Arend and Julian!

Arend, for all his kingly knowledge was a shy, loving man guided by duty and love of his people and family. His steadfast obligations were his greatest weakness and strength. Julian’s quiet, almost androgynous character gave credence to the inner strength harbored in his heart and soul. A man whose emotional state and forte was his greatest asset. An asset which would help heal Arend.

A HFN ending, King Undone was well-worth the read.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Okay story but a disappointing ending 14 décembre 2014
Par Gina - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I read the good reviews regarding this story and was in the mood to read a historical romance. The story has a promising start. Arend is the King and after doing his duty by siring a male heir during an arranged, loveless marriage, he seeks a male companion after the death of his wife. He chooses Jules as his concubine but it is apparent to everyone who meets Jules that he has an aristocratic background and was not meant for the life of a bed slave. It's interesting that Jules' brother is the one who sold him into being a concubine and that, for some reason, Jules has not been selected as a long term companion during the ten years he has been in service. There is immediate chemistry between the king and Jules. The story started to lose my interest with the set up of several potential future story lines but no resolution of the current story. It takes almost the whole story for them to even to fully execute their concubine contract.

There could easily be a sequel but I don't know if I would buy it. I liked the characters in the story and wish I didn't feel so disappointed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A cute historical fun m/m 12 décembre 2014
Par Jessie Potts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Why you should read it: I'll admit to wanting to read this because I was intrigued by the courtesan left on the shelf for 10 years, just watching everyone find homes while he was passed over. I expected a light and enjoyable read and at first that's exactly what it was. Then the King met Julian, and the wit and sass that are exchanged back and forth had me warming to both characters instantly. As the story (and their relationship) progressed, I felt like I was in the middle of a historical simmering romance. Arend and Julian are courtly gentlemen, and as they clash … words … hah! I fell more and more into the story. And when it ended, I wanted them to get their HEA so bad. Hopefully, we'll get a sequel that will give readers exactly what we want! A King Undone is perfect if you're in the mood for aloof (or trying to be) kings, witty courtesans and kisses that will melt your e-reader.

Head over to the HEA blog to see why Cooper likes writing about noble kings and feisty concubines
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