Sometimes you have to risk everything, to follow your heart
“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.
Review: This is a novel about being true to yourself and taking a second chance at happiness in the arms of a man, despite the obstacles being thrown in your way. The author weaves a tale of a purely physical agreement for sexual favors in the bed of the king for the term of one year. But unbeknownst to these two characters they are about to be taken on a ride of requited love and secret rendezvous that will take them from the king’s castle to the country estate of dukes and duchesses.
The chemistry between the two main characters is both charming and flirtatious with just enough passion to find them both adorable. While the teacher sometime becomes the student, the student also becomes the teacher in this story. Though both characters harbor concerns and deep regrets, they try to work through them together to become happy in their relationship.
The plot moved rather quickly and is driven by secondary characters, which are well developed and essential to the novel. Throw in a privy council, a loving father out to protect his only son’s happiness and you have the making of a wonderful story.
My only concern was the abrupt ending and the cliff hanger awaiting the sequel. Which I look forward to with bated breath.