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The King's Pleasure by [Graham, Heather]
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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: 2610 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Romance (June 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084LHV22
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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I give this one a 3.5 but not because it's necessarily a bad story or even a non likeable one.

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!!!
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