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King's Mistress
     

King's Mistress

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by Sandy Blair
 
The long way home could be the shortest road to ruin.

The king of Scotland is in a snit. Which means Britt MacKinnon, proud captain of the king's guard, has an onerous task: fetch Alexander's favorite paramour back to the royal bed-now. Never mind that the crown should be about the business of getting a legitimate heir. Especially since England's Edward I would

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The long way home could be the shortest road to ruin.

The king of Scotland is in a snit. Which means Britt MacKinnon, proud captain of the king's guard, has an onerous task: fetch Alexander's favorite paramour back to the royal bed-now. Never mind that the crown should be about the business of getting a legitimate heir. Especially since England's Edward I would love nothing more than to seize an empty Scottish throne.

When the handsome soldier appears on her doorstep, Geneen Armstrong has to think quickly. Her twin lies abed in her cottage, pregnant with the king's bastard. If the barren queen learns the truth, the foolish girl's life won't be worth a farthing.

She must somehow transform her graceless, plain-spoken self into her vivacious, talented sister. Then, after the court is convinced she carries no child, use her herbal knowledge to sour the king's taste for her sister's company-for good.

By the time Britt realizes this unusually articulate, ungodly stubborn woman is the wrong woman, tendrils of attraction have already tightened into a bond. A bond that will be tested when the king's unexpected death puts Scotland's very destiny at stake-and unleashes an ever-tangling web of court intrigues, secrets...and lies.

Warning: Men in kilts, Scottish accents and a feisty heroine contained herein. A more perfect historical romance doesnae exist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609286095
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Sandy Blair has slept in castles, dined with peerage, floated down Venetian canals, explored the great pyramids, lost her husband in an Egyptian ruin (she still denies being the one lost), and fallen (gracefully) off a cruise ship.

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The King's Mistress 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MandaRose More than 1 year ago
Sandy Blair's lastest novel "The KIng's Mistress" is a fantastic story of secrets, adventure, and love. I throughly enjoyed reading it with it's great detail to the characters and setting. Sandy Blair's novels are truly enjoyable and I can't wait until the next one! If you like historic fiction/romance then this is a perfect book for you especially now that the summer is here. There is a great blend of real history and fictional plot to create one really engaging story. I highly recommend!
SandyM_at_TGTBTU More than 1 year ago
Sandy Blair is known for her Scottish romance novels with paranormal elements and her humor, which are infused into her books. She knows how to keep a reader entertained. With this book, instead of her humor-filled paranormal romances, we get a lovely story woven into and around the fabric of Scottish history. Britt MacKinnon is King Alexander’s captain of the guard and is fetching Greer Armstrong, his sire’s favorite bed partner, back to Edinburgh Castle for the King's bed sport, which he should be participating in with his queen – so that Scotland will at last have an heir. Instead of keeping the man on the straight and narrow, Britt finds himself galloping across the country toward a woman he never liked during the time she spent at the castle. In the meantime, Geneen, Greer’s twin sister, has just learned Greer is carrying the heir to the throne. Knowing Greer’s life will be in jeopardy if the queen finds this out, Gen's way to resolve the issue is to pretend to be her twin, convince the court she is not pregnant, and then hightail it to Ireland where she’s sending Greer to have the babe. That’s when Britt enters Gen's life. He doesn’t realize he has the wrong woman in tow when they begin their trek back to the King. That’s what I love about Ms. Blair’s characters – they’re intelligent and they work things out without having to be smacked over the head. Britt is a wee bit confused why he’s suddenly attracted to this woman, when he wanted nothing to do with her before. Something isn’t quite right where this Greer is concerned. By the time they reach the castle, he has his answer, and he’s the only one who knows the what and why of Gen's problem. Though Gen’s plan may work, as life is wont to do, things don’t go as she wants. It’s the Queen she has to fear, lies, deceit and imprisonment without anyone’s knowledge. Fortunately, Britt again figures out what’s happened and vows to be diligent in watching over Gen. While I can understand the Queen's angst and wanting to keep her current life, I just can't sympathize with her. Even though I know a person did what they had to in her day and age, her machinations don't sit well. I’m usually not one who likes books with a historical timeline and its characters. There’s only so much you can do with that history and its people. Ms. Blair has chosen to weave Britt and Geneen into all the actual facts surrounding the King and politics of the time, and she does it very successfully. I enjoyed these two from the start. Once they trust each other, the attraction truly begins, and their romance is fraught with danger, but they hold steady as long as possible before the past does what the Queen fails to do. I like that Britt faces that past head on, after realizing he can’t leave Gen. Going home to the family he hasn’t seen in years is more difficult than he thought, but he’s determined to tie up all loose ends to have Geneen permanently. And Britt is in for one heck of a welcome home, nothing left as it was when he walked away years ago. This is a wonderfully written and very romantic story. Ms. Blair has a keen knack for detail and dialogue, leading you straight into 13th century Scotland like you belong there. Her characters never misstep to pull the reader out of the story. They are charming and strong-willed characters who tug you into their lives, letting you see firsthand how they live, love, and survive with determination and pride, never relinquishing hold of their integrity.
LCH More than 1 year ago
interesting story that engaged me immediately! Sandy Blair does it again with a masterfully crafted story that kept me entertained from start to finish.
RenaldDeb More than 1 year ago
Read Sandy Blair's ,The King's Mistress, it's a must read. Sexy men in kilts, what can I say.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This story is an interesting mix of honor and lust. Britt MacKinnon starts by trying to make the king honor his marriage vows (at least until there's an heir) when the king prefers to give into lust. Britt is sent to fetch the king's favorite mistress, Lady Greer Armstrong. Greer has already giving into lust. Now she and sister Genny are trying to do the safe, yet dishonorable (or is it honorable?) thing of keeping the king from finding out about the resultant pregnancy. To save Greer and the child, Genny believes she is doing the honorable thing in pretending to be Greer. Honor vs dishonor. Lust vs fidelity. Britt striving to force honor and fidelity on his king by leading the king's mistress astray. It's a very interesting premise, further complicated by the king's actions and the queen's plans. Britt and Genny's relationship was initially a nice juxtaposition of a moral couple and a bunch of immoral couples in an immoral society. Unfortunately, it didn't pan out. I became frustrated when Genny and Britt make the same mistakes as Greer and the king, proving that, despite being supposedly more honorable, they were no better than those they criticized. There were some interesting plot twists that could have yielded a very intriguing story, but just when things should have heated up and become interesting, the complications resolved themselves. Any one of the dilemmas, if fully developed, could have resulted in a wonderful tension-rich book. All of them in a row, combined with the too easy, unrealistic resolutions, yielded something that was merely good. Ms. Blair has the talent to paint wonderful scenes, set up interesting dilemmas, and create (at least initially) strong characters. The historical aspects of this book were wonderful, giving the reader a definite feel of time and place. I loved how Ms. Blair started each chapter with an old Scottish proverb. Ms. Blair has wonderful writing skill, and I'll be on the lookout for more of her works. The King's Mistress was a good read that I largely enjoyed and if you're a fan of historical romance, you might, too. Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
SK8LADY More than 1 year ago
Sandy Blair has a flair for writing books that makes you fall in love and laugh while reading them. Her character development is spot on and you can't help wanting to keep turning the pages. When you finish one of her books you will be looking for more. Unfortunately, only this book is available for the Nook so far but A Highlander for Christmas and A Rogue in a Kilt are both wonderful if you can find them. I have read everything she has written and have enjoyed each and every one of them!
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Identical twins, mistaken identity. Men in kilts. Secret baby. If you're like me, you have have had it up to your neck with these tropes, and decide to pass - but this is an excellent book. Greer Armstrong has been the mistress of the King of Scots. Following a lovers' quarrel, she's returned to the village home she shares with her sister Geneen. She's pregnant, but although some courtiers suspect she might be, nobody knows for sure. Problem: King Alexander's Queen, Yolanda, has not yet given birth to an heir, and this was an era (circa 1285) when it wasn't unusual for bastard sons to inherit the Scottish throne. If the Queen knew, of a certainty, that Greer was carrying the King's bastard... her thugs are likely to ensure that neither babe nor mother lives very long. When the King sends Britt MacKinnon to bring Greer back to Court, her twin sister Geneen decides to go in her place. Her plan (and it IS her plan, since Greer is too busy retching her guts out) is to go back to Court as Greer, contrive a way to stay on the margins, just long enough to ensure that all the gossips know she (as "Greer") has had her period, and then skedaddle home, while Greer heads to Ireland to the safekeeping of a distant relative. During the journey back to Edinburgh, Britt catches on. He couldn't stand Greer, and he soon realizes the woman he's attracted to is not Greer, after all. Romance and lust ensue, along with complications, when King Alexander dies unexpectedly. Geneen is a strong, resourceful, lusty and vulnerable heroine. Britt is sexy in a kilt, of course, but also both strong and protective, and bedeviled by his own demons. I had no idea where the author was going to take this book, but I very much enjoyed being along for the ride.
mikeymaddienmimi More than 1 year ago
Ms. Blair has done it again! The book is well researched. and she really bringd her characters-both historical and fictional, to life.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was enjoyable but not a keeper. The story was interesting, and kept me reading. However, I did not care for the very last part of the ending. It felt like it ended on a sour note.