Royal Blood

Royal Blood

by Rona Sharon
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Royal Blood by Rona Sharon

In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the same. . .

During the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter, Sir Michael Devereaux arrives in King Henry VIII's court on a mission for his benefactor. The celebration's endless feats and sumptuous women delight the charismatic newcomer, who becomes captivated by the enigmatic Princess Renée of France. But evil, it seems, has followed Michael to the court. Shortly after his arrival, an unknown killer claims several victims, including the Queen's lady-in-waiting, and the powerful Cardinal Wolsey asks Michael to help with the investigation. As he searches for the killer, Michael is haunted by disturbing images of the victims--flashes of violence that lead him to doubt his own sanity. Michael soon realizes that the key to solving the crime is connected to both the Pope's Imperial vault in Rome and a mystery from Michael's own past--revealing a secret that is so damning, it could forever alter the future of mankind.

Powerfully evocative and steeped with detail from the breathtaking era of the Tudors, Royal Blood is historical storytelling at its richest--an unforgettable tale of intrigue, passion, and danger.

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ISBN-13: 9780758240880
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
File size: 975 KB

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Royal Blood 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Such a pleasure to read! I can't remember the last time I lost myself in such a terrific tale of passion, danger, and sophisticated intrigue. The characters were great and unique. Very interesting and appealing. The heroine in particular was extraordinary. Sharp, strong, feminine, beautiful, and so likable. Usually romantic heroines get on my nerves. Not Princess Renee. I rooted for her from the get-go. Her life is on the line, so instead of whining about it, she jumps into the shark pool that is the Tudor court of Henry VIII and does the impossible. She is scared but she does it anyway, with intelligence and determination. Her only problem is that she falls in love with her worst enemy. Completing her dangerous mission and keeping the love of her life at the same time is an insurmountable challenge. I was furiously turning the pages to find out if she'll make it in the end. Michael is magnificent. It is very rare to find an alpha male hero in romance who is never a jerk, remains likable throughout the book, doesn't need to lecture the heroine about her silliness (because Renee is not silly) and falls for a worthy female lead. Their story kept me on my toes to the very last word. I didn't want the book to end. It was that good. This book is a treasure, written with carefully researched details of the period, by a super talented author. I loved it.
M_Davis More than 1 year ago
Excellent read, fast and engaging. Every reviewer raves about the originality of Royal Blood. This is why: 1. The storyline is creative and fast-paced. Every page offers new twists and revelations up to the very end. 2. The characters have presence and depth. Each has a closet full of shocking secrets and a riveting personal story. Michael and Renee are complex, worthy, unpredictable protagonists. They won my respect. 3. The paranormal elements get a fresh historical background, straight out of the Kabalah. This surprised me and grabbed my attention. Usually I avoid vampire books. Romantic, quirky, young adult vampires are a big yawn for me. However, in Royal Blood, I discovered that vampires had been mentioned in the most highly respected ancient texts. So even a non-believer like me got to enjoy the supernatural for a change. 4. The Tudor Court of Henry VIII is brought to life. I read all of the Boleyn and the Elizabeth I books and never got a real sense of place. 100 pages into Royal Blood, this reader was engaged in feasts, hunts, and in the everyday life of the royal and noble families as well as of the less fortunate people who lived on the wrong side of the tracks. What I liked most was that instead of long, dry descriptions, the details were woven into the story and the reader gets a sense of everything. Finally I have to say that this book was fun to read. I learned new things and got to enjoy an exciting roller-coaster ride.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
What is the ultimate prize, love or glory? And to what lengths will mortals and otherworldly creatures go to obtain one or both of the aforesaid rewards? Sir Michael Deveraux is sent from Ireland to the English Court of King Henry VIII with a mission to be achieved through cunning, military might and wisdom, undiverted by carnal lust or the excessive trappings of pleasure present in the Tudor Court. But Michael has severe doubts due to the fact that he has so often been bested by his teachers of the military arts. His father, however, knows that Michael possesses all he needs to succeed. However, Michael is very ill-prepared for the carnal and political machinations he is about to encounter. Princess Renee of France, shamed by her brief dalliance with a common painter, is also being sent to France. The Princess, it appears throughout the entire story, is far smarter than the royal fools she pretends to serve, but even she is about to have all of her abilities tested beyond her present knowledge and experience. Her powers of control will be stretched to the limit! King Henry of England is a very busy man! When he is not bedding the female members of his court, outside of good Queen Katherine's sight, he must contend with scheming English nobles and embattled Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, all vying for greater power and ties to the royal family and Rome. The real is about to be accentuated with the death of one of King Henry's lovers, who is also the sister of a high-ranking nobleman. This lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine is murdered by someone evil beyond belief, possessed of a supernatural darkness that will frighten both characters in the story and those who are furiously turning the pages to find out the next revelation in this nail-biting, stunning thriller! Add an evolving lusty passion between a couple who vacillate between fearsome loathing and passionate, magnetic love for each other. The story also contains a large amount of richly described culture regarding this sixteenth century time period, pertaining to dress, food, religious festivals, and theological tenets of this notable time, taking place when England remained within the Roman Catholic fold. Rona Sharon has penned one of the most unusual historical fiction novels this reviewer has ever read and stretches the reader's participation and belief in a wholly new style for this genre! Fascinating reading! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on April 14, 2009
Amanda_J More than 1 year ago
Arcane secrets, a dangerous princess on a life-threatening mission, a super-hot knight with many secrets, and Tudor court plots--what's not to like? This book takes a bit to get rolling, but once it does, it's worth it. I devoured it!!! Amazing!!! Great ending, too.
fictionbooklover More than 1 year ago
I read the book in one sitting; I just couldn't put it down. It was that good. Rona Sharon's writing is exciting, fast paced, rich in detail, and brings tudor court history to life in a way that surpasses even the best movies and television series. You can close your eyes and 'see' the story. If you love movies, this book is for you. And if you love good historical fiction, this book really is for you. As the story unfolded in the most unexpected, original ways, I fell in love with the two main characters, Michael and princess Renee de Valois. The characters are romantic, exciting, smart, intelligent and have a sense of humor. They are as exciting as the most fantastic characters in fiction, but their actions feel right and make total sense. The ending was extremely satisfying and I felt that everything in the book fell into place. Princess Renee uses all of her senses and abilities to succeed in the secret and potentially fatal mission she was forced into. Although a very young princess, she is no pushover and is able to navigate the devious ways of the french and tudor courts in ways you least expect her to. What really caught me unawares, was the vampire twist in the plot. It was a welcome shock which gave the whole story a new perspective, and unveiled hidden layers all the way to a smash-hit ending.
LisaAnnJones More than 1 year ago
It is rare and refreshing to find such high quality of writing in romance. Royal Blood is amazingly well written. I stayed up the whole night reading this book. I couldn't put it down until I've read every gripping, steamy page. Michael's entry into the court had me laughing out loud and really set the pace for a fantastic story. Then, in the following scene, when he meets the French Princess Renee in the undercroft and they both witness a plot to assassinate the king being set in motion by England's most powerful nobles, I knew I was in for a brilliant adventure. I was not disappointed. This book rocks! The vampires prowling the court added originality and suspense to an already phenomenal book. Ms. Sharon brings home a winner! Can't wait for her next book to come out.
RickRL More than 1 year ago
I admit I was skeptical about reading a romance when first introduced to this book. However, the book was much more than that. The plot was intermingled with historical details and many exciting and unexpected twists. The book really made an impression on me, especially the vamps taking over the second half. I could not put this book down. Even if you don't normally read romance books, this is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a great story that gives you some things to think about. I found this book EXTREMELY interesting and entertaining, not cheesy or anything. It is fun to read a book that gets the old juices flowing in the brain again. The sex scenes came toward the end and were very hot. Great characters, too. My favorite was the princess.
FSB More than 1 year ago
Our hero and heroine appear in full bloom in the court of Henry VIII. Sir Michael Devereaux, the bastard son of a favorite knight, whose mother was a deflowered nun. He goes to court to prove himself a worthy knight of the realm. Then there is Princess Renee of France, who arrives in court with the reputation of being a slut, after she was caught nude with a painter she thought she loved. She's forced to court to save her hide. While she is there, she must steal an object described as the Ancient, from another famous member of Henry's court, Cardinal Wolsey. From the beginning, I thought Royal Blood was a romance. It read like a romance, it moved and felt like a romance, but what clearly blasted it out of the genre is our hero and the one thing he did, that is a major no, no in romance. He fell in love at first sight with Princess Renee, but shortly after that, he had sex with Lady Anne Hastings. That answered the question as to why I found it in the fiction section of the bookstore. Not only did he have a sexual encounter once, but twice and the second time while the Princess, (who was equally attracted to him) watched. She hid in his room, but he knew she was there, and put on a show for her. Not very knightly or heroic, but I still liked him. And this single act, really took this author, who has two prior historical romances under her belt, right into fiction. Something else that took me by surprise, Michael is a vampire. There is absolutely no hint of this in the beginning of the book. When it comes up and it's apparent he has some kind of powers, I was completely surprised. So much so, I had to ask a member of the book babble, if I had missed something, like a complete chapter. I didn't see it coming at all. I was sooo surprised, I actually flipped back through the book looking for clues, and found nothing to indicate he was going to be a vampire. There were none of usual indicators. He walked in daylight, ate food, didn't crave blood, or at least not yet. Nothing! He even went to church! But in the end Michael was the true knight, even if he was a vampire. He loved Renee and refused the advances of any other women, even when they were apart. I loved this book, and loved the historical individuals who appear regularly, like King Henry VIII and Queen Kathryn of Aragon. There was even a mention of a boy working service who was called Boleyn. I'm assuming it was George, Anne's brother. The story weaved in and out of castles, hunts and court intrigue, which kept me reading and turning every page. All 486pgs. I'm astounded by and very impressed with the research resources that Ms. Sharon used to bring her characters to life. As an amateur historian, I can appreciate the work that has gone into creating everything from food, how it's served, to the Latin spoken by priest, to the poems Michael pinned for Renee. Even though this not my area of expertise, I was astounded by the shear magnitude of the research. What did it teach me? Research is everything. ~Reviewed by Lee at Chasing Heroes
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1518 Sir Michael Devereaux is sent from Ireland to the Tudor Court to participate in the annual Order of the Garter tournament. At about the same Michael arrives, Princess Renee de Valois of France is forced to go to the Tudor Court to spy on King Henry VIII. Soon after their separate arrivals, Renee hears of a plot to kill the monarch and that is followed by several murders. Cardinal Wolsey asks Michael to investigate the homicides. As Michael begins to connect dots between England, the Vatican and Ireland, he leaves out one key mark from his past until he is injured and he suffers from ugly visions of murder. He soon fears for his sanity as he ponders a supernatural killer while falling in love with Renee who reciprocates; but neither trusts the other leaving both vulnerable to a clever killer. This is a fascinating spin on the reign of Henry VIII using real events to bring alive the aptly titled tale. The action-packed story line combines a whodunit with supernatural implications and a romance starring two wonderful protagonists. However Michael makes ROYAL BLOOD brisk as he fears he is going insane between his nightmares and his paranormal conclusion as to what is killing the blue blooded regal retinue. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book I've read in a very long time. The Tudor Court comes to life so vividly, I felt I was there. The palace plots, hunts, and moving between castles made this book an original fast page turner. I loved the characters most of all. This is where Ms. Sharon created magic. Michael and his princess are my favorite characters ever. Their relationship felt so real and heartwarming. And the love scenes were super steaming hot!!! I even cried towards the end. Royal Blood is going on my keeper shelf.
mcfly2392 More than 1 year ago
Her two previous books were more entertaining. This book had a great plot but then it was skewed with a paranomal backstory that I felt took away from the book. I had a hard time finishing it. Very disappointing.
LeeAnneBroderick More than 1 year ago
When i bought royal blood by rona sharon i had no idea what i was getting into. the first thing that amazed me was the fantastic language, so real for the period. from page 1 i knew i was in for a great read just didn't realize how even more great it was about to become. the main characters are introduced to the reader on champers 1 and 2. on chapter 3 they meet--while listening in on powerful nobles scheming to assassinate the great king henry viii. but that's not all, these characters, the irish knight and the french princess, are on opposite sides with each other, too. this chapter pulled me in like no other book i've read. from this point i couldn't stop reading up to the end. the best thing about this book aside from the beautiful romance and the original plot is the outstanding attention to details of the tudor period. this book reads like an amazing movie with action, sensual scenes, secrets, villains, intrigue, and the shocks just keep coming at you. i can't wait to go read sharon's other books. hope this book gets a sequel. brilliant.
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Avid_ReaderMG More than 1 year ago
This book was great,,I really loved it. I toyed with the idea of buying for the longest time and always chicken out but when I finally read it was a complete surprise. Would recommend to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was more than I expected it to be. The balance between historical figures, romance, adventure, and fantasy was flawless. Once I started reading the book, I had a hard time putting it down; I had to keep reading to find out what happened. The story makes you think and keeps you on your feet. Royal Blood is an amazing book which becomes addicting to the reader. This is a must read for lovers if historical fiction and anyone who enjoys reading about court life.
Rossi100 More than 1 year ago
Don't read any of the long reviews. They're full of spoilers and will ruin the book for you. I didn't know anything about this book when I bought it at my local bookstore. This book is a real page-turner with sizzling romance and shocking twists!!! Enjoy!
ManUCR74EVR More than 1 year ago
Enough said!