Destined for a King: The Bastard Brotherhood

Destined for a King: The Bastard Brotherhood

by Ashlyn Macnamara

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Destined for a King: The Bastard Brotherhood by Ashlyn Macnamara

Bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara, hailed by Jennifer McQuiston as “a born storyteller,” introduces the strapping, audacious outlaws of the Bastard Brotherhood in this enchanting tale of forbidden love between supposedly sworn enemies.
 
Though she is intended for the king, Calista Thorne picks up a crossbow to defend her ancestral home, Blackbriar Keep, from a gang of landless knights. She even manages to sink a poison-tipped arrow into their commander, who survives long enough to conquer the Keep and claim Calista for his own. Now, with her father’s life at stake, Calista must nurse the brigand back to health, and the strangest thing happens: She finds herself fascinated by his tautly muscled body, and enthralled by his hotly whispered demands.
 
Ever since his father’s death, the fearsome warrior they call Torch has been consumed by his quest for revenge. Taking Blackbriar Keep is the first step in that plan, and—by the three gods—it won’t be the last. But after taking one look into Calista’s smoldering gray eyes, Torch discovers a passion nobler than retribution. He will fulfill his destiny and take her from the usurper king, even in his weakened state. For with Calista’s love, no man has ever felt more powerful.

Praise for Destined for a King

“A sweeping romance infused with Celtic-style earth magic, a bastard outlaw fighting to regain his throne—and a quietly fierce heroine who will lead the way. A promising beginning to an epic tale!”—Jeffe Kennedy author of the Mark of the Tala series
 
“[Ashlyn Macnamara] blends medieval historic detail with powerful fantasy elements with skill, insuring that fans of both genres will be engaged in this series, and building a world that is rich in detail and deep with meaning and promise.”RT Book Reviews
 
“Epic adventures, unexpected alliances, and heartbreaking choices in this bold romantic fantasy!”USA Today bestselling author Kris Kennedy
 
“There is mystery, suspense, betrayal, usurpers, excitement and romance galore, so readers get the full array of emotions going while entering the story and taking part in Calista and Torch’s adventure.”—Unconventional Book Views
 
“An action-packed, steamy, historical romance that reeled me in straight away.“—Books of All Kinds
 
“A historical romance combined with an earthy mythology reminiscent of an Arthurian tale.”—A Chick Who Reads
 
“The author has laid a great foundation to what could be an epic series. Looking forward to reading the next one.”—The Romance Factor 
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101967874
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Bastard Brotherhood , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 140,266
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ashlyn Macnamara is the USA Today bestselling author of To Lure a Proper Lady, What a Lady Requires, What a Lady Demands, What a Lady Craves, A Most Devilish Rogue, and A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.

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Destined for a King: The Bastard Brotherhood 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would like to have complete story. Rushed ending
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Calista and Torch's story! Calista was determined to hate Torch since he attached her home, but when nursing his wounds started to fall for him. Torch knew that he would marry Calista and set out to seduce her. To go from enemy to lovers had many ups and downs, and he back and forth between these two kept me reading page after page. I really look forward to the next book in the series!
Dawncatlady More than 1 year ago
So this book sweep the reader back in time to a knight fighting to regain a throne and a lady fighting for her home. Settle in for time of adventure. First book I've read by this author and looking forward to the next tale in this series. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinion is my own.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lady Calista is betrothed to the king so her keep can be protected. However, before this marriage takes place, the keep goes under attack and is conquered. Torch’s life has always been lead to have revenge for his father’s death. Now he is trying to get it and the first step is to conquer Blackbriar Keep. I have mixed feelings about this book. The first part of the book was kind of confusing. There are lots of things missing: how did Torch’s mother manage to escape with him? How did they manage to survive? How did Torch meet the rest of the brotherhood? At the same time, I thought this book was a historical romance, but it has light fantasy and a lot of paranormal elements which I’m not sure yet if I like all of them together. I’m still thinking about the characters. I think I like Calista: she’s brave, smart and caring. On the other hand, Torch is brave too but naïve as well. His stone leads him to find the woman he sees in his dreams but feeling betrayed and losing the stone, he feels totally lost. I have to tell that the last 40% of the book is the best part, although sometimes a bit confusing taking things for granted without any explanation. It is fast-paced, interesting, and worthy to read. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series hoping the author explain some of the missing points in this one.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This book had so many twists and turns. The characters were amazingly strong and complete, they were the kind of characters you could really get attached to and cheer for throughout the book. I loved the imagery and the story was enhanced with the beautiful imagery of not on a land but of a lifestyle that has been lost. A wonderful example of writing by a wonderful author.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Destined for a King is a fabulous start to a new series. Calista Throne is promised to become the bride of the King. When her home is under sedge she takes up arms herself and shoots the leader of the attacking force with a poison arrow. She is offered a choice to save Torch, the rebel leader, or her father will share in his fate. Living and caring for Torch, Calista sees more than she should. That the political climate isn’t quite what she thought and Torch just might be on the side of right. Destiny, true love and learning to trust all come into play when Torch and Calista meet but what I enjoyed most about this story was the strength Calista shows when faced with unsurmountable odds. Calista takes up arms, she faces down foes and isn’t worried about bucking the system to be on the side of right. Torch initially thinks Calista as a prize to take away from the King but quickly she captures the warriors heart. Marvelous storytelling, Macnamara has penned a tale that has me coming back for more. I received this ARC copy of Destined for a King from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.5* This is the second book of this author that I've read. I did enjoy the book and the story line kept my attention. The only problem I had with it was I felt I was missing something throughout the book. I think it was that there was no world building or culture explanation. The characters were strong and the there is some interesting twists in the book that makes me want to read more and see the outcome of the series.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This was an okay story for me, I really liked the premises. However, the story didn’t flow right for me, instead of being transported somewhere, I felt like I was on the outside looking in, just need a bit more. I would have also liked more depth to the characters it seem on some things were just hinted at or skimmed the surface. Perhaps if this is a series more explanation is to follow.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
An engaging historical fantasy romance with lots of intrigue. This first book of The Bastard Brotherhood series will draw the reader into Torch's surprising story of who he believes he is and why he fights as he does as well as Calista's decision of who she should wed. The King or this pretender. The background story explaining Torch is presented in a manner requiring the reader to pay attention and analyze the difference between what is fact and what is hearsay. Furthermore the author setups up some very strong primary and secondary characters. With Torch and Calista as the hero and heroine the author creates them with very strong willed and diversified personalities that keep the reader guessing the outcome to their continued clashing. On top of that the secondary characters are just as strongly written leading the reader to want more books to this series incorporating these very interesting people. I would love to say more about them but I don't want to give away any part of this book. I give this 5 stars because of the strongly developed characters and the way the story is developed. A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest opinion via Netgalley.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Torch wants revenge and his rightful place as king. As he is beginning his strategy, he finds himself face to face with the woman he had seen in a vision who would become his. Calista is set to marry a king, but she is faced with another king and has to make a choice. As their trust in each other grows, so do their feelings. I loved their interactions and enjoyed many of the secondary characters. I hope to read more about this group of people. I recommend this book. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Books-With-Maps More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Synopsis: Though she is intended for the king, Calista Thorne picks up a crossbow to defend her ancestral home, Blackbriar Keep, from a gang of landless knights. She even manages to sink a poison-tipped arrow into their commander, who survives long enough to conquer the Keep and claim Calista for his own. Now, with her father’s life at stake, Calista must nurse the brigand back to health, and the strangest thing happens: She finds herself fascinated by his tautly muscled body, and enthralled by his hotly whispered demands. Ever since his father’s death, the fearsome warrior they call Torch has been consumed by his quest for revenge. Taking Blackbriar Keep is the first step in that plan, and—by the three gods—it won’t be the last. But after taking one look into Calista’s smoldering gray eyes, Torch discovers a passion nobler than retribution. He will fulfill his destiny and take her from the usurper king, even in his weakened state. For with Calista’s love, no man has ever felt more powerful. This story for me was good and entertaining; but not great and captivating. I enjoyed it. It wasn’t a chore to read it, but I wasn’t engrossed or completely immersed. Here’s a quick verdict: Characters: I liked the characters…Especially Callista and Torch. They had some layers, some dimension. I liked their banter, and the tension; but I think there is room for development. There’s room for some complexity and character growth for the main and secondary characters. World: I enjoy medieval settings and time periods and this for sure had that feel. Lords and Ladies, Knights, Kings and court intrigue, castles and keeps, and political intrigue and vying for power….this had all of that. But again, I think there was room for further development. Pacing: The pacing for me was a bit slow. I enjoyed the battle scenes, and the intrigue, and the tense moments between Callista and Torch, however, I did find myself a little bored through a lot of the story. I was left a little wanting here. In short…it was good. I would read a sequel, it just could have been more. I received a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my thoughts or opinion on the book. Thank you Netgalley, and Loveswept-Random House for the review copy!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Destined for a King by Ashlyn Macnamara Book One of The Bastard Brotherhood series Publisher: Loveswept Publication Date: September 6, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara, hailed by Jennifer McQuiston as “a born storyteller,” introduces the strapping, audacious outlaws of the Bastard Brotherhood in this enchanting tale of forbidden love between supposedly sworn enemies. Though she is intended for the king, Calista Thorne picks up a crossbow to defend her ancestral home, Blackbriar Keep, from a gang of landless knights. She even manages to sink a poison-tipped arrow into their commander, who survives long enough to conquer the Keep and claim Calista for his own. Now, with her father’s life at stake, Calista must nurse the brigand back to health, and the strangest thing happens: She finds herself fascinated by his tautly muscled body, and enthralled by his hotly whispered demands. Ever since his father’s death, the fearsome warrior they call Torch has been consumed by his quest for revenge. Taking Blackbriar Keep is the first step in that plan, and—by the three gods—it won’t be the last. But after taking one look into Calista’s smoldering gray eyes, Torch discovers a passion nobler than retribution. He will fulfill his destiny and take her from the usurper king, even in his weakened state. For with Calista’s love, no man has ever felt more powerful. What I Liked: I feel like such an early bird reviewer right now! This book publishes in exactly two months, and so I apologize to the publisher for posting a full review so early. I casually started this book in-between the Young Adult novels I was supposed to be reading, and I was sucked in this story. Destined for a King was an extremely well-written fantasy romance story, and just what I needed! Calista Thorne has been promised to King Magnus Vandal for years, thanks to negotiations between her father and the king. Her father is lord of Blackbriar Keep, a small holding that must rely on the strength of its neighbors for protection. Which is how the warrior Torch of the Bastard Brotherhood is able to claim the Keep easily, with his Brotherhood. Calista manages to shoot Torch while the siege is taking place, but the injury isn't enough to stop Torch. He becomes lord of the keep, and he claims her hand in marriage. Calista doesn't know everything at first, but Torch has a plan, a plan that involves marrying her and taking revenge on King Magnus, who took something from Torch long ago. But Torch will come to earn that his revenge isn't all that he wants - he wants Calista to love him as well. Have I professed my love for fantasy novels enough on this blog already? Seriously, fantasy is my favorite genre. I love Young Adult fantasy, but I also really love adult fantasy (specifically, adult fantasy romance). Books like Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham, The Winter King by C.L. Wilson, and A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet are among my favorites. I think I need to add Destined for a King to that list! This book is told from Calista and Torch's alternating POVs, in third person. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first in a new fantasy / historical romance series from Ashlyn Macnamara, Destined for a King has some wonderful moments of light in what is a quite complicated story. Calista is promised to King Magnus, as her father negotiated the marriage in part to insure the security of Blackbriar Keep. However, the location of the keep leaves it open for intrusion until the king is wed. The Bastard Brotherhood has laid siege to the keep, and Calista manages to wound, although not stop, Torch from taking over. As he is faling, he claims both the keep and Calista as his bride – and falls from his injuries: wounded but not dead. As the one who wounded him, it is her responsibility to care for Torch, even as she is not interested in becoming his bride. Revenge on the King is Torch’s entire reason for being, until he sees the care and gentleness that Calista displays in nursing him to health. Calista has her own worries and concerns: her father is in the King’s jail, her home is invaded and her whole life plan has been set on its ear. Told in alternating 3rd person POV, the story uses Torch’s fever-induced moments to bring a romance to light, but I wanted more believability in the connection and love. The insta lust and insta love happened far too quickly, especially considering the lack of actual ‘quiet moments’ to meet where Torch was not holding most, if not all, of the power. World building seemed to fade in and out for me- there were magical elements and moments that could have used more fantasy and description that were clearly missing, and the sense of the medieval was missing, not grounding the story in a solid place for me. As an introductory story in a series, there were places where I hoped for more. Most of the issues could have been resolved with more editing and less elements – mysteries, past grudges, current political machinations and a romance that seems to grab most of its oomph from the instant connection rather than a true build between them. I’ll wait to see if the second improves the feel of the story once I close the book. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
EmilieSG More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book, although I tried really hard to give it a chance. My biggest problem with it was the language. The narration, the way the characters spoke, the syntax...it all just sounded like a mixture of an old 80s sword and sorcery movie with a little Yoda thrown in. It was as if the author was trying to make it sound formal, slightly otherworldly, and a bit ancient. But is just came off as awkward and off-putting. I also couldn't really get into the relationship between the hero and the heroine. There was not much development of their romance, other than her taking care of him while he was sick and his belief that his magic stone made them destined for each other. I had a very hard time getting in to this book.