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"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.Read more ›
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.
Also just let me say that I am a Heather Graham fan and I really expected to like this one much more than I did. Also that I usually like Historical Romances, but I prefer a little history for background and a lot of romance. This one was a lot of very confusing history of battles and skermishes for King Edward, and even more battles between the hero and heroine. It just made me weary of the fight. If this hadn't been Heather Graham I would not have forged on to the finish.
To say I was disappointed would be the absolute truth. I really, really wanted this to be a 5 star, but it just dragged on and on for me. This history far out weighed the romance that was less than thrilling as they were constancely at sixs and sevens. The Loving and the sex was also always a battle.
It was just not the way I like the sexual aspect of the romance. A battle at first that is won that is stormy and then exquisitely sensual and satisfying in the the aftermath of love is what I want and need as a reader. These encounters were always frought with arguing and striff. It just made me exhausted the more it continued.
The ending too, was adequate to wrap up the story but it somehow was so dragged out with the final kidnapping and rescue that it just left me flat.
My advise if you are history buff extrodinaire than you will love this one. BUt if you want romance with a backdrop of history this is not the book. It is heavily laden with history that I found difficult to get into and even harder to follow.
Buy at your own risk. Buyer beware!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although it was a good story, there were several typo's in this book. I think the author needs to have a different editor. I have to wonder if they even read the book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kim Harper
Was enjoyable but took me awhile to read. Didn't hold my attention for long, but I enjoyed the storyline.Published 7 months ago by Breader
Captivating; entertaining. The beginning of the story took some time to figure out what was going on, but after that, it was great!Published 8 months ago by Jalyn Wade
Love her style of writing. She puts right in the moment. Her romance scenes are steamy!!Published 8 months ago by Deborah Caporosso
Books with strong women and strong Scottish men are my favorite and this book supplied both. Great way to relax and let the real world disappear.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer