"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.
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, A King Undone was well-worth the read.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review