Her Every Pleasure (Spice Trilogy Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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From the glittering ballrooms of Regency England to the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean, the dazzling finale of Gaelen Foley’s Spice trilogy unfurls the passionate tale of a rebel princess and the powerful warrior destined to become her champion.

Princess Sophia was only a child when Napoleon conquered the island paradise ruled by her father. Raised in England and now twenty-one, she means to claim the throne that is rightfully hers and ...
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Her Every Pleasure (Spice Trilogy Series #3)

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Overview

From the glittering ballrooms of Regency England to the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean, the dazzling finale of Gaelen Foley’s Spice trilogy unfurls the passionate tale of a rebel princess and the powerful warrior destined to become her champion.

Princess Sophia was only a child when Napoleon conquered the island paradise ruled by her father. Raised in England and now twenty-one, she means to claim the throne that is rightfully hers and bring peace to her war-torn land. But an ambush by enemies forces Sophia into hiding outside London. Disguising herself as a peasant girl until she can safely return, she meets Major Gabriel Knight, a wounded warrior whose brush with death has utterly changed him.

Heir to a great fortune, and a master swordsman, Gabriel has given up his worldly possessions and laid down his arms. Sophia is fascinated by his brooding magnetism, and Gabriel, lured by her fiery beauty and healed by her touch, is drawn back inexorably toward the world of the living.

But when Sophia’s royal destiny is revealed, Gabriel knows he must take up his sword again, whatever the cost, to protect his princess from those who would destroy her. And as longing blossoms into passion, Gabriel discovers the one cause that is truly worth fighting for. . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345504616
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Series: Spice Trilogy Series , #3
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 71,437
  • File size: 491 KB

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England, 1818

Thick woods crowded the lonely road as the royal carriage and its phalanx of armed outriders pounded on through the black autumn night.

Inside the coach, seated across from her lady-in-waiting, the raven-haired Princess Sophia of Kavros stared out the window at the dark tangle of gnarled tree trunks and scraggly branches whizzing by. The tiny candle sconces inside the carriage cast her reflection on the window glass—a face of exotic beauty, with an expression of brooding intensity, lost in her thoughts.

Not much longer now.

In another few hours, they would reach the castle for tonight’s secret meeting with the British diplomats.

The rhythmic jouncing of the coach set the beat as Sophia continued mentally rehearsing the impassioned speech she meant to give the Foreign Office lords.

On this, the very eve of her destiny, they could no longer deny her, for at the stroke of midnight, she would turn twenty-one, attaining her legal majority; then they could not brush her off anymore with their excuses and protestations that she was too young to rule.

The time had come for the British government to keep its promise and restore Sophia to her family’s throne. Her people would have it no other way, and God knew, they had suffered enough.

Restlessly, she glanced at her attendant. “What is the hour, Alexa?”

The striking blonde jumped when Sophia addressed her.

Of course, they both were nervous about this night, so long in the planning.

There was so much at stake.

Alexa checked her locket-watch. “A quarter past nine, Your Highness. Ten whole minutes since the last time you asked,” she added, with a taut smile.

Sophia knitted her eyebrows and flicked an impatient scowl toward the carriage window, but took no offense at her companion’s irreverent tone. Alexa had been with her too long to stand on ceremony; her ancestors had been courtiers to the royal family for generations, and had even followed them into exile here in England when the kingdom had fallen to Napoleon. Alexa had been assigned as Sophia’s lady-in-waiting when both girls were barely fifteen.

Besides, Alexa always made cheeky jokes when she was on edge.

“Must you look so glum?” her friend attempted again with an air of vague distress, though striving for levity. Not every girl gets a crown and scepter for her birthday, you know.”

“We’re not there yet,” Sophia answered matter-of-factly.

When one had survived as many shocking twists of fate as she had in her brief years, one learned to take nothing for granted.

The cooperation of the English, for example.

She did not think at this point that they would refuse her outright, now that conditions on Kavros had deteriorated to such a degree. But no doubt the English government would try to keep her on a leash, and for a time, Sophia supposed, she could go along with that, at least until her power was secure.

But then, eventually, they would learn that she had bigger plans in mind than to serve their convenience as a mere royal figurehead.

Her people desperately needed true leadership. Though she had never expected to rule, now, with her father and both elder brothers dead—assassinated—the duties of the royal house fell to her.

Obviously, the task ahead was dangerous. Her family had many enemies, and her entry into public life would bring her to their attention.

But no matter. Big, burly Leon, her chief bodyguard since childhood and current head of security, had prepared her well for all eventualities.

He chose that moment to guide his horse up alongside the carriage, ducking his shaved head down to glance in the window. “How are our ladies doing?” he asked in a jaunty tone over the creaking of the carriage and the pounding of the horses’ hooves.

“We’re fine,” Sophia assured him.

“Only a little impatient,” Alexa chimed in with a pointed glance at her.

Leon’s sturdy grin had a much-needed calming effect on both girls. “Happy birthday, Your Highness.”

“Not yet!” Sophia retorted with a twinkling smile.

He’d been saying it all day.

She did not want the moment of her birthday to arrive until she had all those haughty diplomats sitting there in front of her. Then she’d take out her royal birth certificate and jam it down their throats if they dared balk at her claim.

Just then, Leon glanced ahead, his expression sobering. At the same time, Sophia felt the carriage begin to slow.

“What’s happening? Have we come to a bridge?”

“There’s something in the road,” Leon murmured.

“What is it?”

“Not sure. Looks like a broken-down cart. Pull the blinds,” he ordered, then clucked to his horse and surged ahead.

More than superstition made Sophia’s heart begin to pound.

Alexa had gone ashen as Sophia gestured reassuringly to her to draw the shades on her side of the coach. The girls quickly followed Leon’s order, pulling the thin leather carriage blinds over the glassed windows.

“It’s p-probably nothing, I’m sure,” Alexa whispered with a dread-filled stare at the carriage door, but Sophia wasn’t taking any chances. She checked the locks on the door, then reached down and slid the crimson velvet skirts of her formal court gown up a bit, brushing aside the gold lace trim to reach for the knife that she wore strapped around her thigh.

If they think they can take me as easily as my brothers, they’re dead wrong.

Alexa’s eyes widened as Sophia unsheathed her weapon and calmly opened the hidden compartment under her seat. She pulled out a loaded pistol, handing it to her friend.

Alexa shook her head rapidly, trying to refuse.

“Take it,” she ordered.

“But—”

“Just in case. Calm down.” Sophia took a second pistol for herself and cocked it.

Father had been poisoned. Giorgios had been drowned. Kristos had been stabbed in some dark Vienna alley. All of Europe’s most powerful empires lusted to possess her tiny homeland, a small but strategically placed Greek island chain, gateway between the East and West. Napoleon himself had said that whoever ruled Kavros could control the Mediterranean and thereby dominate Western Europe—which was exactly why the victorious British had claimed it as their protectorate after Bonaparte’s defeat.

But throughout those awful years of chaotic war, while Sophia had been growing up in exile in Nottinghamshire, her poor homeland had changed hands several times, first to the French under Napoleon’s conquest. Then the imperial Habsburgs of Austria had seized it, only to lose it again to the Russian czar—to say nothing of the ever-present threat from fierce Ali Pasha, the so-called Terrible Turk, as well as the inscrutable sultans of the Ottoman Empire.

Any one of these great powers might still have designs on Kavros, which meant that she and Leon and all her bold Greek guards were on full alert to make sure that she, the next in line for the throne, did not meet some equally gruesome fate.

Well armed now to combat any danger, she pulled her dark woolen cloak—a very special cloak—more tightly around her, the better to conceal her royal garb. Hearing voices outside, Sophia tried to make out the words, willing herself to believe it was some English yeoman farmer whose cart had broken down, like Leon said, on the way to market.

Then she noticed Alexa’s stark pallor. Taking pity on her helpless friend, she drew breath to tell her not to worry. Before she could speak, however, their carriage jolted, then rocked to a sudden halt. Gunshots pierced the night. Everything happened at once.

Horses screamed, men roared outside, Alexa shrieked, and Sophia’s whole focus homed in on the sounds of the chaos outside.

There was no time to indulge her disbelief.

Her pulse roaring in her ears, Sophia seized her weapons and snapped Alexa out of her screaming hysteria with a clipped order: “Stay calm!”

Her own composure was jarred with a gasp as the butt of a rifle came crashing through the carriage window, partly tearing down the leather blind.

Sophia turned her face away from the spray of shattering glass while Alexa covered her head and dove down on the seat with another shrill scream.

When Sophia looked over again, the carriage blind was still dangling askew, but a black-gauntleted hand and forearm had hooked in through the broken window.

The hand was feeling around for the door’s handle, scrabbling at the locks. Her eyes narrowed with a furious gleam. She knew enough to save her bullets.

Clenching her jaw, she brought up her dagger and slashed the intruder’s hand hard, slicing through his black leather glove and cutting him all the way up to his forearm. At once, behind the leather blind, a garbled shout of pain rang out. The hand was immediately withdrawn. When the next intruder shot the locks away in the blink of an eye, Sophia was ready for him, too.

The masked man tore open the carriage door and found himself staring down the muzzle of her pistol. With the barest memory of her father and her brothers, she squeezed the trigger and killed him on the spot. Another one took his place as she reached down and picked up the pistol Alexa had dropped. She shot him, too, but her hands were shaking now; it was only a glancing blow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    charming!

    Her series keeps getting better and better! Gabriel is fabulous in this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Incredible love story

    Starting with The Duke {Knights Miscellany Series} I have read through all these amazing stories by Gaelen Foley. I am so sad that I have come to the end of the Knight family's adventures. Her Every Pleasure did not disappoint. This tale of love was so beautiful. It had me laughing, hoping, happy; as well as terrified and crying. I couldn't wait to turn the page to see what was coming next. The ending was amazing and had me holding my breath. Well done Ms. Foley!

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Brilliant....

    In the last Knight book and finale of the Spice Trilogy, Gabriel Knight finally gets his own chance at the spotlight. <BR/> <BR/> Gabriel Knight is a former-military major who has put down his weapon and retreated to a solitary and simplistic life- ridding himself of materialistic and monetary means. When he was injured (in Her Only Desire) and almost killed he had an epiphany and actually died (for a few minutes); Gabriel relived all the moments he had taken a person's life and felt that he had to give up his military life for if he killed again, his soul would be damned. <BR/> <BR/> While residing in a farm house in the distant country he met Princess Sophia of Kavros, who has lost her family because other countries wish to take over her small Grecian island located in the middle of the Mediteranian Sea (I think I spelled it wrong...sorry). She has been exiled from her country for her saftey, but was to return to her throne once her 21st birthday arrived with or without the support of the domineering English officials.<BR/> <BR/> Sophia and her entourage were attacked and she managed to escape. She ended up at Gabriel's barn and was found out by Gabriel in the morning. Gabriel mistook her for a 'treat' his rakish brother Derek sent and Sophia, who cannot reveal herself, goes along with the idea. Sophia cannot leave the location because she was to follow specific instructions by her security team; Gabriel allowed Sophia to stay in his home and Sophia spent a day disguised as a maid. During that night something very interesting happens (^_^...no sex, though), a meaningful conversation followed by something steamy. Sophia disappears the next day.<BR/> <BR/> When Sophia and Gabriel met again she reavealed her identity and confessed that she needed his help. Gabriel and Sophia then try to resist their attraction to eachother but fail. What follows is a massively filled action and an emotional sequence of events. ( I don't want to give the book away...^_^)<BR/> <BR/> This book is full of passion, delicious teasing, a sub-plot that does slightly take the focus from Gabriel and Sophia but is still interesting. The flirtations between Sophia and Gabriel is very entertaining; Sophia's youth, innocence, strength, and frailty is the perfect complement to Gabriel's dark nature and personal ghosts. Their interactions are so funny. For those familiar with the other Knight family members, you will be very pleased as Gabriel interacts with most of them at one point in the story. <BR/> <BR/> The only things I don't like in this book are<BR/><BR/>1.) that Sophia flip-flops about Gabriel during different times in the book and it frustrated me a bit<BR/><BR/>2.) Jack and Eden Knight (my favorite couple) never made an appearance, neither did the offsprings of the Knight clan, i.e. Jack's son- Johnny, Robert's son + daughter- Baby Kate -, Georgiana's stepson- Matthew, nor Jacinda's son Beau..I wanted an update..<BR/><BR/>3.) There was no Epilouge for the Knight clan as a whole<BR/><BR/>4.) Nothing is said of Sophia and Gabriel's child, boy? girl?...nothing<BR/><BR/>5.) The sub-plot distracted me somewhat from Gabriel's + Sophia's relationship<BR/><BR/> Other than that, it was great...although the steamy love scenes are later in the book they are funny and worth waiting for..<BR/><BR/>Enjoy ^_^...you'll love it and it'll go by very fast

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    Not my favorite, but sad to see the series end

    I'm afraid that Gaelen Foley is being pressured by her publishers to get the books out quickly, because I've noticed the quality has gone down as the months between books has also gone down. This is a terrible shame, because she quickly became one of my favorite authors when I first read The Duke years ago. Unlike most reviewers, I really liked Lizzie and Alec's books they were two of my favorites, actually. I never quite got into the Spice Trilogy, and this was actually my least favorite. The plot sounded good...definitely more exciting and interesting than Derek's book...but I just couldn't get into it. Foley put in the lovely words and such, but I didn't believe it. There was no magic, and I don't know why, but I didn't care what happened to any of them one bit. I hate how Griff sounded in this book. He came off looking like a total jerk towards women. But anyways, I'm sorry to see the Knight series end. Even if I didn't love the book, I still LOOOOOVE me some Knights. Love the Knights! The bottom line, though is that Gaelen Foley's books are better than most of what's out there, even ones I don't love. I hoooooope she takes her time on her next project!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Okay...

    I have been a huge fan of Ms. Foleys since her first book and have loved all of them since. This book is her first that did not fully capture my interest and I found rather boring. I'm usually completely drawn into the story and chemistry between the couple but I just didn't feel the connection in this book. I'd love to hear from other fans if they feel the same way. I don't want to discourage new readers because they may very much enjoy it and I encourage them to read her books, I just felt a difference in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    Gaelen Foley has yet another winner with this timeless love story!

    The pain and suffering that Princess Sophia of Kavros has seen before the age of 21 would ruin and destroy someone with less stamina and conviction. But Princess Sophia was born of sterner stuff than most women and she was raised understanding her rightful place is atop the throne as ruler and Queen in the small but well situated country of Kavros. She is reminded of all she has lost and could still lose the night she rides to Kavros to take her rightful place as queen. Another attempt to assassinate her is made and she is forced to go into hiding until her loyal guards can rescue her. She knows how to defend herself and proves again to any doubters when she is forced to kill one of her would-be assassinators. While hiding in what she felt was an abandoned farmhouse Sophia encounters another person who has been witness to much sorrow and grief, Major Gabriel Knight. They are instantly drawn to one another after he finds her hiding the loft of his barn in disguise as a farm maiden. He is unaware of her true identity and hires her to work as his servant ¿ cleaning his house. Since she knows that her stay there is short she decides to act on her attraction to Gabriel but he proves that he is a man of honor when he resists the temptation to make her his. The subsequent rescue and discovery of her true identity wounds Gabriel deeply but he accepts the call to serve and protect his beloved princess. While Sophia has made up her mind who is trying to kill her, the others in the palace sworn to protect feel she is making a rash and inconclusive decision. While there are a number of additional attempts on her life the clues to finding out who is behind them become less cut and dry. Allot of suspects start to show up, including one Sophia never have conceived of. During their time together this couple learns to trust one another and that is the greatest hurdle for both of them to overcome. They have seen so much hatred and evil that finding the ability to let down their guard and bare their heart and soul to another is almost more than they are able to do. Gabriel protects her with his life and proves to her that his love is true and sustaining and shows his deepest feelings and desires in the most unlikely setting deep inside a cave. Even when he is not sure that there is a place for him in her life he still stands beside her as the vigilant lover and companion that she needs. While part of a series this book stands alone nicely due in large part to Ms. Foley¿s ability to weave the prior stories neatly into this one. She does not dwell or over explain the other characters history but does blend them neatly into Sophia and Gabriel¿s lives and how they fit into this present story. The characters are believable and you feel the deep passion and desire between Gabriel and Sophia without drowning out the story itself which is quite the spy novel in itself! Read and enjoy.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fans will relish this strong early nineteenth century romantic thriller.

    In 1818 with the assassinations of her male family members, Princess Sophia prays the English government will keeps its word to place her on the throne of Kavros though she expects them to use a tight leash on her if they do her people need the leadership. She also knows the superpowers want to control the small strategically placed island chain off Greece that allows domination of the Mediterranean. However right now she needs shelter as her enemies are coming for her and if they catch her she is at best dead and at worst their token ruler-prisoner. She finds a barn that she feels will give her some temporary respite. However, the farm¿s owner Gabriel Knight catches her. Initially assuming he at a minimum he will toss her off his property, Gabriel instead believes his brother sent her to him as a present to help him reconnect with people after his harrowing military experience.------------ Sophia pretends to be the gift and quickly believes she has stumbled on to her soul-mate. He, in turn, finds his attraction to her brings him back to life. As he learns more about her dire straits, Gabriel shows why he was the Iron major in India until the atrocities he condoned by not interceding ripped his heart apart she has mended his broken heart.------------------ The latest Knight sibling saga (see HIS WICKED KISS and HER OWN DESIRE) is an excellent Regency romance with a strong base being the rivalry between the various superpowers to control Kavros. Sophia is a fascinating lead female who believes she must go home to help her beleaguered people, but she has not been on the islands in seventeen years having been exiled when she was four. Major Gabriel is the right hero at the right moment as he not only finds love, he finds redemption. Fans will relish this strong early nineteenth century romantic thriller.-------- Harriet Klausner

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