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At His Command-Historical Romance Version (Wars of the Roses Brides Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Three standalone novels comprise her Wars of the Roses Brides series: AT HIS COMMAND, FOLLOW YOUR HEART and THE BRIDE TOURNAMENT. She's also the author of MY ONCE & FUTURE LOVE, an Arthurian paranormal medieval.
Other accolades include 2016 Booksellers' Best Award double winner (Best Historical and Best First Book) and Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner.
Ruth is also an on-camera and voiceover talent with a J.D. and a Master's in Radio/TV who loves peanut butter and chocolate milkshakes and going to the theatre. Credits include independent feature films, short films, web series, national TV commercials, and hundreds of voiceovers including e-learning courses, medical narration and commercials.
She presents a variety of workshops for authors and actors and is a comedic storyteller. Learn more at ruthkaufman.com and ruthtalks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @ruthkaufman or Facebook: Ruth Kaufman Author & Actor.
- ASIN : B00QPG52A6
- Publisher : Ruth Kaufman (January 14, 2015)
- Publication date : January 14, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2162 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #830,920 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I must admit that after I was done reading it, I wondered why I am not reading this particular genre more often. There's something mystical in a good medieval romance. I credit the authors prose and wonderful descriptions of knights and court life, which have drawn me into another time and place. What an awesome way to learn History! One of the great things about this book was the way it showed the intrigue of the court of Henry VI.
Reading this book was like watching a movie. All the historical details enhanced the intriguing plot, while the relationship between our hero and heroine kept the story moving at a fast pace. While the story is very detailed, it never detracts from the storyline, but rather adds to it and makes it more real.
This is Ruth Kaufman’s debut novel and a wonderful start to a series. She gave us two complex and intriguing characters as well as an interesting and entertaining plot, and mixed with some historical figures of that era, this was a fascinating read.
And if a book lingers in my mind for more than two weeks, then I say the author has certainly deserved to be put on my keeper shelf.
Melanie for b2b
The main character, a wealthy young widow, Amice💃💋, is a niece of Cromwell, and thus comes under The scrutiny of King Henry👑.
She didn't like her first husband, a duke, but he did leave her the castle🏰, the lands, and all his money💰, cutting out his brother, Harry👺, completely.
Harry👺 has it in his mind to force Amice💃💋 to marry him, but it's not legal or allowed by English law. That doesn't deter Harry👺! He tries to abduct her several times.
Along comes Sir Nicholas🐺🔪, sent by the 👑King, to take Amice💃💋 to court in London, where she will have to marry William, a war hero that will give Henry 👑a political advantage.
Problem. Nicholas🐺, Henry's main Knight🐺🔪 man, falls in love with Amice💃💋, and she with him. Amice💃💋 just wants to live on her estate and be with her people.
Henry👑manipulates his subjects like men on a chessboard!
Nicholas🐺🔪 wants to serve and obey his 👑King, but will he get pushed too far?
How many husbands should one woman be forced to marry👰?
There were a few redeeming features of this book. The history was well researched and the writing used correct grammar and good sentence structure.
The bad overwhelmed the good. First, there was 0 chemistry between the hero and heroine. The author said they were instantly attracted to each other, but then never showed that attraction or really much interaction between the two. I never got a sense of why they liked each other or might be good for each other. The writing style was definitely show and not tell. Second, they were both TSTL. There is a whole plot about how another man is obsessed with the heroine and will go to any lengths to have her. They capture this guy once, he escapes and hides out for months watching her and NO ONE thinks that it is important to tell the heroine that he is out on the loose. When he attacks again and our hero knocks him out the bad guy is left on the floor with no one to guard him or tie him up while three people keep bedside vigil with the heroine. Why not call the castle guards? Seriously, they deserved everything they got. Also, the couple never really have a talk about the serious (and potentially very interesting) political divisions they have and the hero just suddenly decides she is clever to make Overall, there was a ton of sloppy plotting in this. I did make it to the end by sheer force of will, but I absolutely won't be reading any more by this author.
Instead I was treated to paper doll characters and a rice paper plot. Kaufman has certainly done her historical research, and the book is surprisingly pro-Catholic at times. The secondary characters of Harry and Belinda however, are poorly developed and as transparent as cling film.
This is the first book in a series of War of The Roses romances, so there is a glimmer of hope that the secondary characters will be further developed in subsequent books. The glimmer though, is not enough to make me seek out those books or other offerings from Kaufman.
It's a beautiful story of a Lady and a Knight. He's her protector, but becomes so much more. She's promised to another and has to report to court. England is in chaos with the threat of war at every turn. Amice is determined to find her own way in a world where man rules. Nicholas is one of the King's most trusted men. Amice feels another should rule and gets involved with things that could land her in prison if caught. She also has a relative of her dead husband who is hell-bent on having her for himself, no matter the cost.
It's a twisting story of two people that should be together but society sees it another way in a time when women are bargaining chips and the man always has the last word. Or does he? Amice finds many ways around the rules. I enjoyed this read and look forward to more from this author.
Top reviews from other countries
It was like the last chapters were written by someone bored, it was wooden, like a school play. It made me sad that a firm 3-4 star historical romance could be spoiled. The books overall pace was good, the story fun a typical historical romance, but whyyyyy ruin it with a wet fart of an ending?