Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The King's Courtesan by Judith James (Terra's Review)
Her body is the battleground
Sensuous, beautiful and determined, Hope Matthews is a favored mistress of the king. Her many charms have helped her rise from the gutter to the king's bed. But with the new queen's impending arrival, her nights in the royal chamber— and her hopes for security—will swiftly come to an end.
His honor a distant memory
Haunted by his past, hardened by the recent civil war, Captain Robert Nichols lives only for revenge. When told he must marry the king's courtesan to provide a cover for their affair, he's faced with a new low. Both are pawns of a great man, but married to their dreams of independence, their clash is inevitable. Can these two wounded souls realize the answer to all their dreams might lie in each other's arms?
(Terra's Thoughts) This is one really hot delicious book that you won't be able to put down. Two characters aching for something they can't have and they both carry enough baggage of hurt and sorrow that your heart can't help but open up for them.
Hope Matthews comes from a poor background but as if that isn't bad enough her mother sells poor Hope to the highest bidder at the tender age of fourteen to live in a life of sexual servitatude that is sure to scar her forever. Will she find a wealthy powerful benefactor?
Hope's chances at marriage are slim to none and she knows the best she can hope for is a bit of kindness here and there if she's extremely lucky.
Robert Nichols is a man of war and that is what has ruled his life since the tender age of fifteen. Having lost his family this is his only chance at becoming a man of means. His need to hunt down certain characters for their dastardly murderous behavior sets him in places at the right time to take his revenge. But what Robert doesn't know is that a whispered word to the King will cause him enormous confusion and will upset his life and vengeful vow to the point that he may just loose his quarry.
Our couple is deviously thrown together at an innocent May Day party that starts out so enjoyable but turns out so traitorous. Locked together for life will they be able to sort through their hurts, fears and memories and possibly be able to trust each when the getting gets rough? Hmm....this is a tale you won't want to miss just for this last sentence alone.
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; 384 edition (August 23, 2011)