Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A King Undone

Author: Cooper Davis
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61922-427-8
Genre: {M/M} Alternative History Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

King Arend Tollemach might live in a world where noblemen court and marry other men, but it doesn’t mean that same option is open to kings and princes. Yet after his queen dies, Arend decides he’s sacrificed enough personal happiness and he’s willing to risk a scandal. He applies to the secretive Temple Sapphor for a male concubine, who will teach him the ways of male love.

Sold to the temple ten years ago, Julian has spent the time waiting and hoping but has been passed over many times. He’s afraid he’ll spend the rest of his life within the temple walls alone, but then he greets Arend at the temple gates. The beautiful king makes his heart flutter.

Taking Julian as his concubine is easy. Keeping him is much harder when demands of the kingdom try to rip them apart. The question is whether he can find a way that they can stay together when royal duty make demands Arend might not be able to overlook.

A King Undone is the first release in the new Noble Pleasures series by Cooper Davis.
You’d think with the premise of Arend getting a concubine that the story would be filled with lots of sex but that isn’t the case. Yes, Arend and Julian are attracted from the beginning but instead of jumping into bed immediately, Arend decides to court Julian before the physical side of their relationship begins. It’s a little unexpected but not unappreciated, giving the story a typical Regency feel. It allows the author time to develop the plot line and the personalities of both men. The slow timing of their relationship also means there’s plenty of sizzling tension and it’s nicely done. 

Arend and Julian make a good couple and I’m curious as to how their story will continue, but there are several secondary characters that are wonderful additions to the story too. They really added a depth to the story and I hope to see more of them with the next book. The world building is pretty well done, as is the descriptions of Arend and Julian’s personal backgrounds. Nothing about the pace of this story is fast but it doesn’t drag either. If you enjoy the idea of Regency-like world where men can have relationships with other men, I suggest you give this new series a try.

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