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The King's Pleasure [Kindle Edition]

Heather Graham
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Book Description

When a French woman is married off to the handsome Scot who conquered her town, she is determined not to let him conquer her heart as well

The English army’s siege of Aville has ground to a standstill—until a ten-year-old Scottish lad masterminds a breakthrough. The castle falls easily, giving glory to the king and a place at court to young Adrien MacLachlan. But his greatest reward is still to come.
Years later, the king decrees that Adrien shall marry Danielle d’Aville, a maiden of the town Adrien helped conquer. She loathes the strapping Scottish knight, but his strength stirs something inside of her—a passion that betrays everything her vanquished people stand for. As Danielle’s hatred for him pushes her towards treason, her budding love is the only thing that can pull her back from the brink.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Heather Graham, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Editorial Reviews


“High quality, addicting romance.” —Publishers Weekly
“[Graham is] an incredible storyteller.” —Los Angeles Daily News
“With the name Heather Graham on the cover, you are guaranteed a good read!” —Literary Times

About the Author

Heather Graham (b. 1953) is a bestselling author of more than 150 romance, suspense, and historical novels that have sold seventy-five million copies worldwide. Raised in Florida, Graham went to college for theater arts, and spent several years acting, singing, and bartending before she devoted herself to writing. Her first novel, When Next We Love, was published in 1982. Under the pseudonym Shannon Drake,she published dozens of romance novels such as Bride of the Wind (1992), Damsel in Distress (1992), and The King’s Pleasure (1998), Graham has since branched out into supernatural horror, historical fiction, and suspense, with titles such as Tall, Dark, and Deadly (1999), Long, Lean, and Lethal (2000), and Dying to Have Her (2001). In 2003 the Romance Writers of America, whose Florida chapter Graham founded, granted her a lifetime achievement award. She lives, writes, and scuba dives in Florida with her husband and five children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2349 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Romance (June 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084LHV22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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81 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Read May 17, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not really sure what to make of Shannon Drake. After reading "Beneath a Blood Red Moon" I thought she was fabulous. After reading "Blue Heaven, Black Knight" I thought she was awful. After reading "The King's Pleasure" I'm sort of leaning toward the fact that she's a good writer, but she won't ever be one of my favorite authors.
"The King's Pleasure" was well written. If you're a history buff, you will no doubt love this book. I am not a history buff. I think fans of historical romance fall into two different categories: those who love rich, detailed accounts of history woven all throughout the novel, and those of us who enjoy the setting but don't wish to read a dissertation on medieval life. I am definitely of the latter group. I love the settings provided by historical authors, but I don't care to read blow by blow accounts of a particular battle any more than I would want a blow by blow account of a modern battle while reading a contemporary novel. So I found myself glossing over the majority of this book.
The next problem I had with this novel was that the heroine was stubborn to the point of ridiculousness (a common attribute of all Drake's heroines). Because of some vague, obscure vow she made to her mother on her deathbed, she chose to betray her husband and father repeatedly to keep it. Who would do this in real life? It was too far-fetched and aggravating.
The last reason I found this novel less than compelling was because I simply don't enjoy her style of writing. Drake uses exclamation points after every other sentence which, after awhile, has the same effect as writing all in caps throughout the entire book. Exclamation points were used to the point of ridiculousness.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avid Historical Romance Reader from NJ March 22, 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read almost every period novel written by Shannon Drake/Heather Graham. I put off reading The King's Pleasure based on the other reviewer's comments that the characters fought and the stress and tension in the book was constant. Boy am I ever sorry I let those comments keep me from reading what is by far one the best stories I've read in awhile-and I read alot! The fact that the characters meet when she is a child, half the battles are pranks. These two characters are as honest and caring towards each other, as is possible, while maintaining their own loyalties. Please if you enjoy Shannon Drake then run, don't walk and get your hands on this book. Its a fast read two days at most and you won't be disappointed.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Richly Spun Tale of History--Mediocre Romance December 28, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is an engaging and entertaining example of historical fiction. I found the romance portion of the book to be quite frustrating. The flaws, though, did not detract overmuch from the fantastic writing. This book is well researched, and that effort shines through! It meanders through the lives of mother and daughter and their complicated ties with the warring Kings of France and England. The accounts of their lives was richly detailed. The battles, the fortifications, the painful reality of medieval warfare were explored. I found the history angle to be one of the strongest of any "historical romance" I've encountered of this period. HOWEVER...(and there is a big "however")
The romance between Danielle D'Aville and Adrien MacLachlan was a bit forced. She is French and rallies for their cause while Adrien is one of England's champions. The money, titles, and land that he receives by marrying the wretchedly stubborn Danielle more than make up for it. They fight, spit, and hate each other for a span of nearly 6 years. (Which to a reader seems nearly as long in real time.) During that time, they both discover they are in love with each other (and things take a turn for the better)..despite the fact that Adrien's method of discipline and control centers around rape. This author offended me greatly with her casual use of rape in the book. The two women to suffer so are portrayed as struggling with their desire by the end of the assault. Excuse me? What tripe. Luckily the book progresses beyond its stumbling blocks to develop into an intriguing historical tale.
Kudos on the cover art. Tasteful outer cover with a good attempt at "good" romance art. No caked on harlot-blue eyeshadow on the heroine, no half-shed clothing. Though I've never seen a Scotsman who looked like that.
Overall? Give it a shot if you are enchanted by the age of chivalry. The romance isn't very satisfying, but the background makes up for it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but disappointing. February 3, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found the book well written as far as everything but the love story! These two don't become lovers until after page 200 and then the heroine of the story spends almost the entire book (until the very end) fighting her feelings for the hero, being unbelievably defiant, actually a traitor to the hero and his king, and yet he can't help but love her! I really did not enjoy this book; Ms. Drake (a/k/a Heather Graham) usually writes a better love story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History at its best April 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are a true historical romance reader, then you will definitely enjoy the compelling history, however, the love story in itself is somewhat annoying and confusing. Adrienne is a hero that every woman will love. Strong, masculine, confident, yet gentle when necessary, and devoted to both his king and adversary of a wife. Danielle, I found to be 'stupid'. She was raised by an English king, yet she would betray her loving huband and her king in order to keep a vow she made to her mother, a vow she did not fully understand. However, since I'm a fan of the typical genre of 'relunctant brides and grooms', I enjoyed the bantering between the two. The 'King's Pleasure' is not one of the best, however, few historical romances are written involving this particular Platagenet and that in itself is refreshing. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this book a low 4 or a high 3 1/2 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Better than average. Enjoyable book. Always enjoy Heather Graham.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction at its best
This was so entertaining and sexy! I loved the dynAmic between Danielle and Adrien throughout the many years. I will definitely be picking up more from Heather Graham.
Published 4 months ago by AG
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it was a pretty good book but not as good as some of her other ones
Published 5 months ago by kathy dietrich
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not the Heather Grahan I like. I like her Ghost stories
Published 6 months ago by Margaret Pearse
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not sure the story and the history of the 14th century were parallel…but I had to finish it.
Published 6 months ago by Bo
5.0 out of 5 stars The King's Pleasure
This is a very good story! It covers a time period of several decades, following Danielle from babe to adulthood to having her own baby. The English are Waring with the French. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Exciting historical tale.
Published 7 months ago by Judith Hess
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it's a good read, I wanted more when it was over
Published 7 months ago by Katie Betts
3.0 out of 5 stars It was humorous, authentic, and adventurous.
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The major theme of this book is a girl/woman who fights against herself. She’s fighting her love of an Englishman to keep a deathbed promise – or is she? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gina Hott
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