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by Rona Sharon

  • ISBN: 0758228589
  • Author: Rona Sharon
  • ePub ver: 1624 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Formats: rtf mobi lrf txt
  • Category: Romance
  • Subcategory: Historical
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This book was a great surprise for me. The setting is 1518 Tudor Court. King Henry VIII with his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon is in the prime of their reign

I loved it. The book is unlike Rona Sharon's previous novels. This is much more a classic literature read than a typical (and predictable) historical romance read

I loved it. This is much more a classic literature read than a typical (and predictable) historical romance read. I love the new direction she has taken with her writing.

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Kensington Publishing Corp. Powerfully evocative and steeped with detail from the breathtaking era of the Tudors, Royal Blood is historical storytelling at its richest-an unforgettable tale of intrigue, passion, and danger.

Powerfully evocative and steeped with detail from the breathtaking era of the Tudors, Royal Blood is historical storytelling at its richest-an unforgettable tale of intrigue, passion, and danger. Fiction Historical Romance Romance. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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The celebration's endless feats and sumptuous women delight the charismatic newcomer, who becomes captivated by the enigmatic Princess Renee of France.

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Filled with passion, betrayal, and courtly intrigue, this powerful novel brings to life the court of King Henry VII where friends, lovers, and enemies are one and the same. Original.
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The story begins in Ireland as Michael Deveraux trains for the annual Knights of the Garter Tournament to be held in England. His lord, the Earl of Tyrone also known as the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland sends Michael in his place to court. The Earl's health is failing therefore he cannot participate in the tournament. Since Michael is his legal heir , he will have to be the one to take part in the tournament and thus gain glory for the Earl of Tyrone who is a member of the Order of the Garter. Meanwhile in France, Princess Renee de Valois daughter of King Louis XII is caught in a compromising situation with an Italian artist she is in love with. She is brought abruptly before King Frances I and Cardinal Medici.They give Princess Renee an ultimatum : she can either marry the Duke of Soubise whom she despises or she can go to England on a special mission for them. Her lover the Italian artist Raphael will remain in prison until she returns from her mission. The stakes are high, however; for if she should fail she will die. Renee agrees to their deal but not before she has their promise in writing that they will honor their word to her regarding Raphael as well as returning some land holdings that were taken from her.

Once at court, Michael tries to establish himself in the palace but he is a newcomer and things do not work out as anticipated. He makes an enemy of one of the king's courtiers but also makes powerful friends.In the undercroft of the king's palace , Michael overhears a plot to assassinate King Henry VIII. Princess Renee, who recently arrived from France also overhears the assassination plot. Michael notices Renee nearby and wonders who the beautiful and mysterious woman is and what she will do about the information they just heard. Michael is enamored with the princess from France and even knowing she is off limits to him, he still tries to win her favor. Renee is similarly attracted to Michael and enjoys their verbal sparring but will not admit she has strong feelings for him. Her mission must come first and becoming involved with Michael jeopardizes her chances of success.

Michael is quite the sensation at court as his deeds win him the notice and admiration of King Henry. When one of Queen Katherine's ladies-in-waiting is found brutally slain, Cardinal Wolsey decides that Michael will be the one to investigate and apprehend the murderer. As Michael closes in on the culprit, he fears for Princess Renee as she could become the next victim. In his quest for answers, Michael learns the truth about himself.He is the only one who can stop a powerful enemy from destroying everyone he cares about.

This novel is fantastic . The author painstakingly researched Tudor England from the details of court life and the people to politics and religion as well as the archaic English spoken at that time. A list of sources used by the author is included at the back of the book. The plot combines history and romance with a paranormal twist. Some readers may not want to read this book because it includes vampires but it is still enjoyable and does not detract from the historical aspects of the story. The heroine Princess Renee is strong and intelligent and has to make some hard decisions that would impact Michael. Michael Deveraux is a good match for Princess Renee. I did not like some of Michael's actions in the first few chapters of the novel but he became a better person as the plot progressed.
I had never read anything by Rona Sharon before so I didn't know what to expect. Wow was I impressed. I really loved this book. Set in Henry VIII's court, with a vampire twist. You'll love this book. It's not the same old story line with most books of this period in Henry VIII court. I wanted to read it every minute I could spare. I've read alot of books and not many of them made me want to read them straight through. There is some steamy scenes you'll enjoy as well.
In 1518 Sir Michael Devereaux is sent from Ireland to the Tudor Court to participate in the annual Order of the Garter tournament. At about the same Michael arrives, Princess Renee de Valois of France is forced to go to the Tudor Court to spy on King Henry VIII.

Soon after their separate arrivals, Renee hears of a plot to kill the monarch and that is followed by several murders. Cardinal Wolsey asks Michael to investigate the homicides. As Michael begins to connect dots between England, the Vatican and Ireland, he leaves out one key mark from his past until he is injured and he suffers from ugly visions of murder. He soon fears for his sanity as he ponders a supernatural killer while falling in love with Renee who reciprocates; but neither trusts the other leaving both vulnerable to a clever killer.

This is a fascinating spin on the reign of Henry VIII using real events to bring alive the aptly titled tale. The action-packed story line combines a whodunit with supernatural implications and a romance starring two wonderful protagonists. However Michael makes ROYAL BLOOD brisk as he fears he is going insane between his nightmares and his paranormal conclusion as to what is killing the blue blooded regal retinue.

Harriet Klausner
4.5 stars. For those wondering like I did, Royal Blood *is* a historical romance with a paranormal (vampire) twist, but the publisher (Kensington) categorizes it as Historical Fiction. It is that too, but there is definitely a love story complete with sexual tension, a few hot bedroom scenes and an HEA (happily ever after). However, it is not the typical (and predictable) historical romance. The writing quality and retelling of actual historical people and events reads more like great historical lititure. The language is period based, which took me a bit of time to get used to.

Michael and Renee made a great hero/heroine duo. Their romance/love match felt so real. Raised in Ireland, he is sent to the Royal Court for his first time to represent his Earl and make favors with the king. Upon meeting Princess Renee his entanglements at court life quickly escalates. Renee's purpose for being at court is explained early in the book, but I still wouldn't want to give that away as it was fun to read. Needless to say it requires her to make some hard and impossible decisions while in England.

The physical part of the romance wasn't rushed so don't expect bedroom scenes too early in the book, but when they heat up - OMG does it heat up! The tension building between these two was taught. Renee is one of my favorite heroines. All authors should write strong princess characters like her. She was likeable but strong, smart but vulnerable...etc. She is true to her character - the daughter of barbaric king who taught her how to make tough decisions, even the execution of a man who betrays their cause.

The vampire twist starts slow and builds momentum. It really worked in the contexts of the story. The book concludes with a great and realistic (considering there are vampires!) ending. The book has a lot of characters which was confusing to start, but the main focus does stay on Michael and Renee.

It is written using the period language (1500s, Tudor England) and therefore does read more like historical literature. Also, most of the characters and events are based on real people/events from history -- including the heroine Renee (who just gets a different ending than in reality!)

This book is a departure from her last two books in terms of the writing style, but the depth of historical detail and a passionate love story still holds true. (`My Wicked Pirate' is another one of her books that combines both wonderfully!)

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