Three Stars for A King Undone (Noble Pleasures #1) by Cooper Davis – #MM #Historical @CooperDavisBook


Title: A King Undone (Noble Pleasures #1)
Author Name: Cooper Davis
Publication Date & Length: December 9, 2014 – 340pgs


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.

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This is my first book by Cooper Davis.
I love M/M genre, especially historical pieces. They are usually full of passion and intensity. The part I am torn about is the writing. At some parts I felt like I needed to get out my thesaurus. However, my curiosity was peaked and I finished it.
King Arend Tollemach is a passionate man and at 40 years old,
he wants to explore a side that he never had a chance to try,
taking a male lover. Enter Julian, a concubine. He has been waiting for
10 years to become someone’s lover. He is beautiful, and intense.
When the King and Julian meet you can feel the sparks through the pages, even with the fancy writing. I enjoyed the awkwardness the King was feeling. I enjoyed Julian’s joy and enthusiasm at finally being chosen as a concubine. There were some comical, heart-warming moments.  The feelings were quick and the intimacy took some time. The drama in this story left a lot to be desired. This is the first in a series about this couple. I am not sure that my curiosity was peaked enough to continue reading the series.


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Cooper Davis first discovered the allure of m/m storytelling when she, pulse aflutter, watched My Beautiful Laundrette with a college roommate. Later, her passion for stories about men falling in love and finding their HEA together was stoked by online slash fiction. After years as an avid fan of m/m and slash, Cooper finally decided to try her hand at penning her own stories about same-gender romance and love.

A voracious reader across all subgenres of m/m fiction, Cooper is particularly fond of courtships set against the backdrop of breathless scandal and intrigue found in period drawing rooms. She is thrilled that her first historically-themed m/m romance series debuts this December with A KING UNDONE (Samhain).


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