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!DOWNLOAD PDF ♫ Royal Blood ♚ In the Tudor Court of , your friends and enemies can be one and the sameDuring 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 Ren e 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 Very good book I bought it because I was curious to read about a vampire prowling the Tudor court but at the same time I had concerns as to which cliches the authors would use I was in for a good surprise The secrets came at me like bombs and the story behind was fascinating Everything was happening in a satisfying brisk pace with unexpected twists that kept me riveted to the end I loved how the author portrayed the dukes of Norfolk and Buckingham The scenes with Cardinal Wolsey were page Very good book I bought it because I was curious to read about a vampire prowling the Tudor court but at the same time I had concerns as to which cliches the authors would use I was in for a good surprise The secrets came at me like bombs and the story behind was fascinating Everything was happening in a satisfying brisk pace with unexpected twists that kept me riveted to the end I loved how the author portrayed the dukes of Norfolk and Buckingham The scenes with Cardinal Wolsey were page turners My favorites parts were the main characters Princess Renee because she knew how to navigate the dangers of the court, and Michael because he was clever and fearless I like a sympathetic handsome hero who is not your usual dark hero but still had an interesting dark side The history details were phenomenal This book read like a classic In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the sameRona Sharon s superb imagery and meticulous historical detail brings 16th century Tudor England to life the author takes you back in time, to the intrigue, colour, splendor, King Henry, Queen Katherine, Cardinal Wolsey, Cardinal Campeggio, the Dukes of Buckingham and Norfolk and of course the main c In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the sameRona Sharon s superb imagery and meticulous historical detail brings 16th century Tudor England to life the author takes you back in time, to the intrigue, colour, splendor, treachery of King Henry VIII s court This is a unique story in a familiar setting with a cast of historical figures King Henry, Queen Katherine, Cardinal Wolsey, Cardinal Campeggio, the Dukes of Buckingham and Norfolk and of course the main characters, Michael Renee.He is Michael Devereaux, heir of the Earl of Tyrone, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, on a mission for his benefactor, and hoping also to make a name for himself in the royal court.She is Princess Renee de Valois , sister to the Queen of France, and daughter of the previous King Savvy to the ways of the court, fiery, shrewd and determined, Renee is on a mission of her own, a woman who refuses to submit to the established conventions of her time.These characters are brilliantly drawn with a wonderful depth, the sexual tension is palpable, the banter distrust between the pair is believable and I found Renee s relationship with her tiring woman Adele, quite endearing.I loved the hints of paranormal woven into the historical tapestry of the first half of the novel in the second half, the vampire mythology really comes into its own, working remarkably well in the historical setting So what is it that baffles me about Royal Blood, and why am I finding it so difficult to put into words The story is slow to build, I liked the descriptive prose in the first half of the book but I loved the pace of the 2nd half The last 250 pages race along at a page turning pace but the descriptive writing changes, it almost felt as though I had read 2 different stories.All in all this was a unique and enjoyable read, I do recommend it, and I will definitely readfrom this author Michael Devereaux is on a mission Traveling from Ireland, Michael is out to make a name for himself at Henry VII s annual Order of the Garter celebration His benefactor Lord Tyrone has warned him of the dangers of court politics and told him to be careful He tells Michael that it s great to be loved and wanted but not to fall in love It will only complicate things for him Michael has no problem with that until he sets eyes on Princess Renee de Valois of France.Renee is a fiery minx of a Michael Devereaux is on a mission Traveling from Ireland, Michael is out to make a name for himself at Henry VII s annual Order of the Garter celebration His benefactor Lord Tyrone has warned him of the dangers of court politics and told him to be careful He tells Michael that it s great to be loved and wanted but not to fall in love It will only complicate things for him Michael has no problem with that until he sets eyes on Princess Renee de Valois of France.Renee is a fiery minx of a woman The sister of the Queen of France and the daughter of the previous King, Renee is sent on a mission of her own pretty much against her will by the current King of France and Cardinal Medici It is when the two paths cross that Michael and Renee are both sucked into a whirlwind of murder, mystery, betrayal, and romance that will keep you wanting.I remember when I first accepted the inquiry for review, I don t think I knew there was going to be any paranormal element in the book I mean the back of the book doesn t even mention it And I can t remember how I found out about the paranormal part but I know I knew about it before I opened the book And it was a delightful addition The vampire lore had a few new twists that added a different feel against the brilliant historical setting Rona Sharon created.I found the first half of the book enjoyable although slow I must admit it took me a great while to get used to the feel of Michael and Renee s world But I don t necessarily fault Rona s writing I think it might have been the fact that I m a historical newbie Another thing I had trouble with was keeping some of the characters straight another thing I can t really fault Rona for Again, that may just be me.Overall though, when I turned the last page, I found myself really liking ROYAL BLOOD I m sure true historical fans will appreciate the detail and depth Rona Sharon has written with And even non historical fans will love the characters and the paranormal feel towards the end I highly recommend this one I wish there was a sequel to it Regardless I ll be checking outof Rona s books when I get the chance Horribly written I didn t even make it past page 2 to implement my 25 pages or bust rule. This book was such a surprise to me I was reading along about the Tudor court and then bam all this super natural stuff starts happening I don t want to put a spoiler in here so I ll leave it at that I love her writing Lets clear the air of misconceptions This is not your typical vampire novel, or at least not what you are probably expecting The vampire aspect lurks in the background, like a faint undercurrent It s on the fringes of the story, but not specifically pointed out Vampires are alluded to but do not come to the forefront until the last quarter of the book or so By that point, the vampire plot line is part of the story and not at all out of place It meshes well with everything else.The backdrop Lets clear the air of misconceptions This is not your typical vampire novel, or at least not what you are probably expecting The vampire aspect lurks in the background, like a faint undercurrent It s on the fringes of the story, but not specifically pointed out Vampires are alluded to but do not come to the forefront until the last quarter of the book or so By that point, the vampire plot line is part of the story and not at all out of place It meshes well with everything else.The backdrop for this book is the Tudor court of King Henry VIII, where intrigue, scheming, lying, and manipulation were daily occurrences Plots against the king, and courtiers jockeying for power were the norm Add to this mix, Renee, a French princess, and Michael, a representative of the Earl of Ireland Renee is a master at court politics and intrigue Michael, who is loyal to King Henry, is extremely wet behind the ears concerning the machinations of the English court Michael just wants to do right my his liege lord, the Earl of Tyrone Renee on the other hand, is on a private mission, and her stakes are much higher her personal and financial independence is on the line.Michael and Renee are fascinating characters They are passionate people who have strong beliefs, and struggle to stay afloat on the right side of the Tudor court Whether they like it or not, they must work together to achieve their objectives And when their passions collidelook out They are both determined to get what they want.The usual suspects of the King Henry s entourage are all represented Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio are at each other s throats, just like the nobility Rona Sharon s descriptions of Tudor England were excellent There is one passage where Renee is having a conversation with her maid Adele while she lays out the clothes and jewelry for Renee to wear to the joust a Rennes lawn smock, woven of gossamer fine thread and spangled withgold fleurs de lis whose ruffled cuffs would peek from the gown at the wrists ascarlet satin kirtle, petticoat, linen squares to stuff inside Renees stiffbodice to create the de rigueur illusion of a spectacular bust and a low cut gown of shimmering ruby taffeta and black velure gold rings inlaid with black sapphires and bloodred rubies.a ruby rimmedbrooch of black crystal engraved with the Porcupine, King Louis XII semblemmatching bracelets and necklets with pendent gold fleu de lis andmarguerites linked with rubies, glossy white and black pearls, and sparklingjet Could you imagine having to wear all this clothing all the time Regardless, Sharon s descriptions helped me to easily imagine myself in the story, especially regarding the romantic aspects I may have even blushed on the subway once or twice, which is fine by me I thoroughly enjoyed this book There was mystery, suspense, adventure, and definitely some romance The book moved quickly and I truly despised having to put it down I just wanted to keep on readingjust a little bit.Renee and Michael are two characters I would like to read about again There could definitely be a sequel to this book In the meantime, I ll have to settle with reading some of Sharon s other works Very glad to have discovered this author.My Rating 4.5 5BTW, not to belabor the point, I know some of you may be still be questioning the reasons for the vampire aspect, but I think Sharon incorporates it extremely well with the overall storyline It is a science fiction twist, that s all I m very open minded to science fiction How do I really know there is no Stargate Royal Blood by Rona Sharon took me by surprise as I didn t read much about the book before beginning it Normally I do not get into historical romances as I thought this work would be I tend to bore easy with the old style languages This book was a great surprise for me.The setting is 1518 Tudor Court King Henry VIII with his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon is in the prime of their reign The main characters are Princess Renee de Valois of France, a fierce young woman on a dangerous mission Royal Blood by Rona Sharon took me by surprise as I didn t read much about the book before beginning it Normally I do not get into historical romances as I thought this work would be I tend to bore easy with the old style languages This book was a great surprise for me.The setting is 1518 Tudor Court King Henry VIII with his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon is in the prime of their reign The main characters are Princess Renee de Valois of France, a fierce young woman on a dangerous mission at the court of King Henry VIII, and Michael Devereaux who is the heir to the Earl of Tyrone, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland Michael comes to court to fight during the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter and bring honor to his lord After Michael makes his name by saving the King s life, and by triumphing at a series of jousts during the Garter ceremony tournament, Cardinal Wolsey decides to mentor him When a series of brutal murders occur, Wolsey asks Michael to investigate Although the paranormal is a major factor from early in the storyline, the supernatural really begins to play a much larger role during Michael s investigation.Of course what is a romance novel without the romance This was extremely well written into the story It isn t rushed as soon as they meet The tension building was excellent and worth the wait The chemistry between these two characters is perfect.I was unsure at first about the vampire aspect to this book I was surprised by it because as I said earlier, I didn t read anything about this book like I normal do before reading I didn t think it would work at first especially in the time period this story takes place in but it is well written and I wasn t disappointed.I found this novel, its plots, and subplots, to be thrilling and extremely original The amount of research she had to have done for this novel shows as most of the cast of characters were actual historic figures from the time period The language used was easy to get used to because the storyline absorbs into the world quickly.About the AuthorIn the summer of 2005, Rona Sharon left her career in the corporate world and hopped on a plane to New York City, determined to slam pitch her wickedly inspired first manuscript at the Writer s Digest Writers Conference prior to BookExpoAmerica.A year later, her debut romance novel, MY WICKED PIRATE a swashbuckling adventure in the grand style of CAPTAIN BLOOD is published by Zebra and is followed in 2007 by ONCE A RAKE the haunting story of a cavalry commander scarred in the Napoleonic wars.In April 2009, Kensington Fiction is releasing ROYAL BLOOD Rona s debut into the historical fiction genre An epic novel of Renaissance Rome is scheduled for future release.Rona lives on the Mediterranean Coast in sunny Tel Aviv, conveniently surrounded by thousands of years of history that nourish her plump Muse She has a passion for European culture and traveling overseas, as well as an amazing family she can t live without Her books have been translated to Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Japanese Check out her website forinformation Royal Blood is a historical romance with a paranormal vampire twist, but the publisher Kensignton categorizes it as Historical Fiction It is that too, but there is definitely a love story complete with sexual tension, a few hot bedroom scenes and an HEA Most characters and events are from real life, even the heroine I really enjoyed it It was a great read to savor, not devour It is written using the period language 1500 s, Tudor England , which may challenge some people There are a lo Royal Blood is a historical romance with a paranormal vampire twist, but the publisher Kensignton categorizes it as Historical Fiction It is that too, but there is definitely a love story complete with sexual tension, a few hot bedroom scenes and an HEA Most characters and events are from real life, even the heroine I really enjoyed it It was a great read to savor, not devour It is written using the period language 1500 s, Tudor England , which may challenge some people There are a lot of characters in this story too, but the story does spend most of the book focused on Renee and Michael I loved it The book is unlike Rona Sharon s previous novels This is mucha classic literature read than a typical and predictable historical romance read I love the new direction she has taken with her writing From the very first page the author makes you feel as though you are in the 1500 s The description of the palace and all the rooms, the clothing and the language used was authentic I found this novel, its plots, and subplots, to be very original and well researched.King Henry VIII and his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon are at the height of their reign The main characters are Princess Renee de Valois of France, a fierce young woman on a dangerous mission at the court of King Henry, and Michae From the very first page the author makes you feel as though you are in the 1500 s The description of the palace and all the rooms, the clothing and the language used was authentic I found this novel, its plots, and subplots, to be very original and well researched.King Henry VIII and his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon are at the height of their reign The main characters are Princess Renee de Valois of France, a fierce young woman on a dangerous mission at the court of King Henry, and Michael Devereaux who is the heir to the Earl of Tyrone, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland Michael comes to court to compete in a tournament during the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter After Michael makes his name by saving the King s life, and by triumphing at a series of jousts during the Garter tournament, Cardinal Wolsey decides to mentor him When a series of brutal murders occur, Wolsey asks Michael to investigate Although the paranormal is a major factor from early in the storyline, the supernatural really begins to play a much larger role during Michael s investigation.The paranormal aspect of the story won t fail to satisfy paranormal fans and the vampire mythology works well in the historical setting The political and papal conspiracies surrounding the supernatural add to the excitement The vampire mythology is complex but I can t saywithout disclosing secrets of the storyline Michael s bafflement about events happening around him and his fears for his sanity are central to the story The reason I gave this book an 4 stars is because I expected it to have the pace of a paranormal and whilst it was a good book I was disappointed with the pace of the story, especially the first 200 pages However, I would recommend it and I will definitely readbooks from this author