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By His Majesty's Grace (Three Graces Series)

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Jennifer Blake has hit her stride!!

    I've been a Jennifer Blake fan for years. I read all of her Masters at Arms series even though I don't particulary care for that setting or time period. I love historical romance but prefer English royal court intrigues and Scottish clan skirmishes. I was delighted when I discovered this release is set in the midst of Henry VII's reign. As always, Ms. Blake weaves a wonderful tale but this book puts life as well as love on the line. I've got 50 pages to go and I still don't know who's pulling the strings on this one! A great read - I've already got the second installment on my nightstand ready to go!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Tingly Good Read

    In fifteenth century England, Isabel Milton's patience and God-given wits had been her only weapons to keep her two younger sisters and herself safe after the death of their father. Her fabrication of The Curse of the Three Graces of Graydon had served them well for a long time, especially after Leon, the court entertainer, had romanticized it in song. However, as a ward of the king, Isabel's curse seems to have finally failed.

    By decree of the king, she is wed to Sir Randall Braesford, a longtime friend and defender of the king. Even though Randall (Rand) is the illegitimate son of the deceased and disgraced Braesford, the king gives all Braesford's holdings to Rand as a reward for his service as a fierce warrior and a friend. The legitimate son of Braesford William McConnell feels these holdings are rightfully his even though his father was a traitor to the king and stripped of his holdings.

    Rand is beset on all sides. Not only must he deal with the treachery of the king's advisors, he must deal with his vindictive half-brother and with Isabel's devious step-brother the Earl of Graydon and his less-than-honorable friend Henley who wants Isabel and her wealth for himself. In spite of all his good deeds and his loyalty to the king, Rand ends up in prison. He has no illusions about how things will most likely end, but it is doubly hard since he has reveled in the passion he aroused in the lovely Isabel. With his expert foreplay and gentleness, her defenses slipped away and her uninhibited and oh-so-eager desire to share love with him had transported both of them to ecstasy again and again until he was ordered from his bed.

    Taken to the Tower by none other than his half-brother and Isabel's step-brother, Rand is almost fatalistic in his submission to the will of God and the king, but Isabel feels a deadly fury about the injustice and is even more furious about those who have pushed the king into taking such action.

    Something that is hers has been taken and she wants it back. Using her aforementioned wits and every connection she has with those who have the king's ear, Isabel, with the help of Rand's squire David, sets about to outsmart and outmaneuver those who would have Rand hanged and destroy her chance at a life of happiness.

    While her husband rages that she is just like the lady spider he watches in his prison cell that weaves her webs in obedience to her own caprice in defiance of her mate, Isobel, free to make her own decisions for the first time in her life, sets out on a mission full of intrigue and secrets that makes for adrenaline-pumping reading. She is a heroine after my own heart-one smart lady!

    By His Majesty's Grace is brimming full of mind-shattering love scenes, clandestine chicanery, court intrigues, and undercurrents of women's ways and means of swaying the outcome of events that men set in motion in their never-ending struggle for power.

    Jennifer Blake's masterful character development, her ability to weave history into the characters' lives and her fantastic plotting and love scenes make By His Majesty's Grace memorable-a tale sizzling with strong emotions. The outcome Ms. Blake brings about is "tinglingly" good.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    The story line is action-packed yet makes the early Tudor era come alive.

    In 1486 England King Henry VII orders heiress Lady Isabel Milton to marry farmer Rand Braesford. Isabel is taken aback on two fronts. First four suitors have died while courting her so many believe she is a curse so why the royal decree; second she finds it difficult to accept the monarch would choose someone outside of his inner aristocratic circle.

    She soon realizes her mistake re her fiancé as he is a veteran soldier loyal to the king and given Braesford and her as his reward. Isabel feels rather good about her marital status when Braesford is arrested on a murder charge. However, she quickly reconsiders her position of once a warrior always a warrior as she looks back at his kindness towards everyone. Isabel investigates the homicide in order to liberate her betrothed from the Tower and rid herself of the curse by marrying her intended.

    The oldest sister of the cursed Three Graces of Graydon, Isabel is a fascinating protagonist who changes her mind about her intended as he may be the one to overcome her "affliction" with the cure of love. The story line is action-packed yet makes the early Tudor era come alive. Although the two lead characters are too perfect (Candide would have said they belong in Eldorado as the "best of all possible worlds"), fans will enjoy their duet as the heroine believes Rand is innocent of the crime and risks her life to prove it when she could have let him be executed.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011


    This series is great! I don't usually read Jennifer Blake, but I will start now! This series was very well written with enough facts mixed in to make it really interesting for any history buffs. Great job....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    More historical than romance

    Those who court any of the 3 Grace sisters also court Death, so goes the rumored family curse. Lady Isabel thought herself safe from unwanted suitors until King Henry VII gives her away to Earl Rand Braesford as a reward for his loyalty. Blessings seem to be raining upon Rand it seems - the king's high favor, a well-dowried marriage, and a most beautiful wife. As the couple start to warm up to each other, they are torn apart again as Rand gets arrested for murder and thrown into the Tower. Will Isabel and Rand's love manage to conquer the curse - or will Death win this round?

    By His Majesty's Grace spent more time on historical than romance, or so it seemed to me, like a historical fiction with sexy times sprinkled throughout - instead of the other way around. I had glimpsed at the connection between Isabel and Rand when they first meet each other, but lost sight of their passion and personality as the story became immersed in court intrigue. I am used to reading Regency romance, so I was curious to see how things heated up during the Tudor era. A little awkward at times when it came to passion (a few creative "strutted" descriptions that I had to pause and wonder about). I did find it rather cute to learn how the color of clothing can be used to indicate one's affection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    Okay Read

    Isabel Milton has met her match in Sir Randall Braesford. The curse of The Three Graces of Graydon is not going to save her this time. Even though the previous five attempts on marrying her off has failed with disease, accident or warfare, Braesford fears nothing. On the day of their nuptials, unfortunately, Braesford's half-brother William McConnell shows up to arrest him on the charge of murder of Juliette d'Amboise's, Henry VII's mistress, baby girl. Braesford knows that the charges are false and most likely a set-up on behalf of his half-brother who is jealous of him and upset that Henry VIII awarded his lands to Braesford.

    After returning to London, Henry VIII still insists that the marriage happen. Isabel has no choice and is wedded and bedded before she knows it. At first she is opposed to all of it but as time goes on she finds that she does love this big brute. Now she needs to clear his name for her sake and his head because now the charges have changed to not only the death of the child but also the deather of Juliette. Isabel's main suspects are her step-brother, Earl of Graydon, and Braesford's half-brother, William McConnell. But to prove it she will have to be brave and try to get in the good graces of Margaret Beaufort, King Henry VII's mother.

    Blake does a wonderful job with making us feel like we are right there in the action but at times it was too much. I found myself skimming over a lot of the descriptions trying to get the heart of the story. All in all a good romance read but not one that I would say is a must read.

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