Sometimes you have to risk everything to follow your heart.... Noble Pleasures, book one: In a world where gentlemen openly court and marry fellow noblemen, the threat of scandal still lurks behind every velvet drape for kings and princes. Such has been the fate for King Arend Tollemach, forced to sacrifice his heart on the altar of regal duty. Now that his wife is dead, and his royal obligations are at an end, he's ready to take an unthinkable risk. King Arend seeks a concubine from Temple Sapphor, a secretive, gated world where he will finally shed his virginity - as least as it pertains to making love to a man. Julian never thought he'd spend 10 years on the temple shelf, passed over again and again. Just when he despairs of ever finding placement in a nobleman's bed, Arend walks into the temple. A lonely eyed, beautiful king who could easily steal his heart. Arend discovers he has no problem opening his bed to the exquisite concubine. The problem lies in finding the key to his long-shuttered heart. Warning: contains a beautiful, virgin king desperate to bed another man, a concubine who fantasizes about being claimed and revered by a strong monarch, and a sea of scandal set against a sensual, palatial backdrop. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Hartley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020003/bk_adbl_020003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A tale of forbidden love between a king and his male concubine. In a Victorian world where gentlemen openly court other noblemen, the threat of scandal still lurks behind every velvet drape. Years ago, King Arend Tollemach broke off a youthful engagement to a neighboring prince - his first love - and married a woman. All in service of the crown. Now, after his queen's untimely death, Arend undertakes a forbidden risk. He decides to claim a concubine, his first male lover, and bring him into his bed for one year. So, he turns to the one establishment renowned for the most sensual courtesans in the realm: the mysterious, discreet Temple Sapphor. Arend's only stipulation? There must be no emotion involved in the transaction; he won't ever fall in love with another man, not after losing his prince years ago. Julian never imagined he'd spend 10 years on his temple shelf, repeatedly passed over. But just when he fears never finding placement in a nobleman's bed - never falling in love - King Arend Tollemach walks into the temple. The monarch is a tempestuous, sensual man, and Julian instantly realizes he might fall in love. But can Julian help the gorgeous monarch risk his long-shuttered heart? Especially when a dangerous threat arises, forcing Arend to choose between his own happiness - and his throne - yet again. The first in The Noble Pleasures series by New York Times best-selling author Deidre Knight, writing as Cooper Davis. A King Undone is a gay, m/m historical romance, set in an alternative Victorian world, with a HEA for now. The novel is sensual but not erotic and highly romantic in the tradition of m/f historical authors like Lisa Kleypas and Kathleen Woodiwiss. The Noble Pleasures series is very much for fans of C. S. Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Hartley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023008/bk_adbl_023008_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.