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Untouched Queen By Royal Command (Claimed by a King, Book 3) Paperback – January 24, 2019
He must choose a queen…
But will his desire outweigh his duty?
King Augustus is shocked when his country delivers him a courtesan. The only way to set her free is to marry someone else! But Sera’s surprising innocence and undisguised yearning for him is temptation itself, pushing Augustus’s legendary self-control to the limits. Because Augustus knows that if he dares give in to his attraction he won’t rest until Sera becomes his queen!
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- Publisher : Mills & Boon (January 24, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0263270386
- ISBN-13 : 978-0263270389
- Item Weight : 3.53 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.21 x 0.43 x 6.69 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,454,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The blurb tells you all you need to know in terms of the storyline, I simply offer my comments about why I loved and hated it.
KH does a magnificent job of creating an alternative world in both the backstory to the world in which Lady Ianthe has brought up the courtesan Lady Sera, but also in creating the reality of the courtesan in the secret setting in the palace. It was incredibly atmospheric and evocative. KH can really write descriptive prose and zinging dialogue. I loved Sera and Adolphus and the way their relationship developed. I loved the resolution and the ending.
I got the courtesan stuff. Women have held enormous power through their role as a courtesan throughout history - so taking it a step further to some imaginary world where courtesans were trained to wield power where needed, and gifted to a king if he reached 30 without marrying, was an ingenious idea and incredibly well executed.
What made me feel really uncomfortable, was the idea that a 7-year-old child had been brainwashed into accepting that this was her role and also that she had been trained to be everything her ‘master’ wanted, regardless of what she might have felt about it. It goes against everything I believe in terms of autonomy and freedom and seems like child exploitation even if she still had her virginity.
I felt uncomfortable that the first sexual act between our h/H puts him in the driving seat (literally) and her on her knees doing for real what she has practiced on with toys and dildos. Her calm acceptance that this was okay simply jarred with me. Did she think that because it was a reasoned, intellectual decision or because she had been ‘guilted’ into it by her training since the age of 7? Whatever, it grates on me. I mean it was really romantic - not!!
But on balance, I have put my qualms to one side because at the end of the day, this is a Mills and Boon fantasy and as such, apart from that first sex scene, I thought it was well written and enormously entertaining. And it certainly made me think!