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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 FranceIn 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....

Title : Royal Blood
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ISBN : 9780758228581
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Number of Pages : 488 Pages
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Royal Blood Reviews

  • Misfit
    2019-04-12 15:57

    I'm not going to go into plot detail on this review - enough others on Amazon have recapped it quite nicely. What I'm going to address are my problems with this book and why I couldn't even make it to page 100 before it damaged the wall. I really don't mind a bodice ripping historical romance on occasion; one does need some fluff from time to time. What I have a problem with is when the fluff is being promoted as historical fiction and not for what it is - romance.So the hero is Michael Devereaux, the foster son of a great Earl and he's heir to the earldom. *Scratches head* How is it a foster son of questionable parentage becomes heir to an earldom? Weren’t those entailed to blood relatives? Said son of powerful Earl shows up at court with virtually no retinue and not only does no one know who he is, he's treated like dirt and doesn't even get a how-do-you-do from the King? I'm not even going into the disparity between the birth date of the real Princess Renee (daughter of Louis XII), with the date this story takes place (ummm, she'd be eight by my reckoning), let alone a daughter of the King of France making whoopee with a mere painter. Want more? The French ambassador calls a Princess of the Blood a royal whore to her face. More? Unattended, she introduces herself to a strange man and only provides her first name. More? The only lady attending this Royal Princess is her old nursemaid, no maids of honor that I saw.All this plus over the top flowery prose consisting of way too much hitherto, heretofore and verily was enough to send the book flying. As for the first big sex scene, all I can say is you should be glad I can't quote from the book and post it here. Get it from the library if you must. I'm glad I did.

  • ♡Karlyn P♡
    2019-04-14 19:58

    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 much more a classic literature read than a typical (and predictable) historical romance read. I love the new direction she has taken with her writing.

  • Sheree
    2019-04-08 17:52

    In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the same...Rona 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 read more from this author.

  • Mishel Forte
    2019-03-30 17:56

    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 more.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 out more of Rona's books when I get the chance.

  • Anya
    2019-04-02 14:58

    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.

  • Pam
    2019-03-21 13:00

    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!

  • Sarah ~Sehrenity~
    2019-04-20 15:51

    Horribly written... I didn't even make it past page 2 to implement my "25 pages or bust" rule.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-31 15:57

    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 collide...look 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'semblem...matching 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 reading...just a little bit more.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?

  • Jeanette Stingley
    2019-03-26 20:00

    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 for more information!

  • Alaine
    2019-04-15 12:42

    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 say more without 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 read more books from this author.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-09 18:55

    Royal Blood is the story of Michael Devereaux, a young man who is the heir presumptive of the Earl of Tyrone, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The story takes place at the court of Henry VIII, where Michael hopes to make a name for himself, and make his benefactor proud. There he meets Princess Renee, sister to the Queen of France, and daughter of the previous King. She is at the court on a mission of her own, one that is slowly revealed to the reader over time. There is romantic tension between these two main characters, but neither can let their guard down, not while assassins and even vampires are roaming the court. As they each attempt to reach their own goals, they also test each other, never knowing who they can trust.It took me a while to get into this book, though I can't really say why. There was a lot of story set-up, and I found myself not caring much about the main characters. However, it did pick up around the middle, when the first vampire attack happens, and from there the story was more compelling. I was surprised by the continued revelations - either I was not paying very close attention, or some of the twists really did come out of the blue (I suspect the former). There was a tremendous amount of historical detail, almost too much, as I sometimes did not even know what it was the author was describing to me. Overall, this book would be enjoyable for readers of historical fiction or historical romance, who like a thriller twist.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-05 15:44

    First off I have to say I loved this cover. Second, from reading the description you would have no clue about a major factor in the plot of this book. As you read Michael Devereaux’s story I had an inkling of what was to come but it was still a surprise when the secret was finally revealed. I thought the first quarter or so of the book was interesting and the last couple hundred pages were great. I did think the book could have been much shorter though as the middle really seemed to drag along.I seem to be on a Tudor court kick lately without meaning to. It’s great because so far none of the books are the same and each has had it’s own interesting story. Renee’s character is complex and intriguing. Michael did not grab me as much but the over arching story was worth the read. Stop here if you don’t want to know the secret the book description doesn’t mention....When Michael kept needing to drink the special potion to keep away the “sweating sickness” he contracted I began to think he sounded like a fledgling vampire but thought “nah, never heard of a vampire story taking place in the court of Henry VIII”. Then when it is finally confirmed it still seemed odd to me. I really liked Sharon’s take on vampires, their origins and the part they played in human history. I just wish this book was about 200 pages shorter.

  • drey
    2019-03-24 17:43

    First off, let me say that I LOVED the cover of this book, and couldn't wait to read it when it showed up on my doorstep! I took it with me (along with 7 others) on my 2-week jaunt (hah!) to Oxford, England, and finally (!) read it. I mean, seriously. Where better to read a novel of Tudor England, than in England? =)Michael Devereaux is sent by his patron and foster-father, the Earl of Tyrone, to the court of King Henry to win accolades and recognition at the games of the annual Order of the Garter.Princess Renee de Valois has disgraced herself in the French courts, and is sent to the Tudor court on a mission. And she must succeed, if she is to retain her mother's inheritance.They meet (of course!) at King Henry's court, and must decide if they should help each other attain their goals. The larger question? Can they trust each other? In the end, it turns out that they're both after the same thing. Lots of plotting in this one, but it's not so convoluted that you would be confused. However, it was a tad verbose, in my opinion. In the last quarter of the book, a huge whomper gets dropped in your lap - if you hadn't already suspected, or guessed. All in all, a good read.

  • mari
    2019-03-21 18:00

    Two new arrivals at King Henry VIII's court with no knowledge of the other find themselves thrown together while searching for the Ancient for very different reasons. This book was heading to a three star review until it turned into a trashy romance novel with 20 pages spent on one love scene that included some very cheesy lines. My husband and I were laughing so hard at some of them. The language used was just too reminiscent of a cheap romance novel and that is not what I was expecting when I began this novel. It is advertised as historical fiction when it should be labeled as romance. Even Historical Romance would be okay.The plot line was interesting, however, and the mix of vampire lore with the Tudor history was not bad. I did finish the book but I did almost put it down a few times. I probably should have because the ending was not as good as the beginning. After the 20 pages mentioned above it went downhill from there.

  • Thalia
    2019-03-25 18:43

    Well, first off I have to say this book delivered ALOT more than I thought it was going to. I'll admit, I judged the book by it's cheesy cover. I was expecting a bodice ripper *cringe* and was pleasantly surprised to be reading a quality story..and then, just for kicks, comes a paranormal aspect. It's not called Royal blood only because of the roayalty and the murders...no there are vampires running around Tudor England. Not being a vampire addict like many of my reading friends (no disrespect I just haven't been "bitten" by that one yet) I was a little caught off guard. Now if one can forgive the romance novel parts of this book it's actually quite good. There's only two..er..um..intimate scenes to survive, and at least they were admitedly *blush* pretty hot. Still I could do with out that bit. I can't say I'm off to souce out her other novels as only this one Tudor.

  • Teresa Kleeman
    2019-03-23 12:00

    I loved this book. Especially all the history on the Tudors. This book does have a twist to it. Not only is the historical part of the book wonderful, it also has a bit of Paranormal. I love it. The hero of the book is Sir Michael Devereaux, and the beautiful temptress Princess heroineis Princess Renee of France.The tension between these two is enough to set anyone on ends. There's an attraction between these two but duty and loyalty comes first. You must read to understand. I promise you, you wont be disappointed.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-26 13:03

    I had mixed feelings about this book, its either a political drama, a mystery or romantic novel. Though I found it very interesting and intriguing the love scene were straight out of a harlequin romance and almost pornographic. At some points the book just drags with unnecessary dialogue or subplots, you end up waiting two long for the true drama to begin. I can't say I hated the novel but would be very cautious about recommending it to others. You must have patience and a lot of time on your hands to complete the book.

  • Adriane
    2019-03-21 14:09

    This started out quite normally, then about 3/4 of the way through BAM! Vampires! This book turns into alternate history/sci fi/historical romance. Also, it was kind of a hard read from beginning to about middle. The author tried to use the same language as in Tudor times, and I had to read slowly to get the full meanings. However, I did learn a lot about court life in the reign of Henry VIII. It was full of vivid detail.

  • kt Sedat
    2019-04-21 18:10

    On my recent trip to the UK, I picked up this book from Forbidden Planet (a large sci fi/fantasy super store) as a remembrance of the trip. The description on the back makes it sound like an awesome mystery story set in Tudor England. Too bad there was very little mystery and lots of romance and vampires! What a embarrassment!

  • Jen
    2019-04-19 16:54

    This was pretty good...had a few provocative parts in it, but it had some interesting twists at the end that you had no idea how it was going to end until the very last page. So it kept it interesting. It is a little hard to follow all the names of people that they talked about and the beginning was a little confusing, but overall I liked it.

  • Kimber
    2019-03-27 15:08

    It took a long time for the "secret" to be revealed. It came out in the 17th chapter. And then it was on every page.A good read. Graphic sex that had to be skipped over. Can't recommend it for that. Some books need it; this one didn't.The cure for vampires was a good one. nice to offer hope.

  • Danielles
    2019-04-03 17:48

    Terrible,..again,...I thought this book will be better than her first,..but no,..It is slow and not enough adventure,...to much talking but nothing happens,...Sorry, but she is not so good...The cover is super,....but thats it!Oh, it is faction, Vampire,..I dont like that ether,......

  • Kelly
    2019-04-18 14:00

    I don't know why I love this book so much...it's not even remotely historically accurate (which usually bothers me) but I'm always immersed every time I read it. My favorite book when I need to read a bit of fluff between heavier books.

  • Alexia
    2019-03-26 15:56

    Every now and then I pick a real winner.. this was not it. Total trash, I did not even get through the first two chapters because it was terrible writing and smut to begin with. I bought it thinking it was something completely different.. opps on me.

  • Serena
    2019-04-09 14:05

    Truly bizarre. Just a bad tudor-era romance/ mystery type thing when, more than -halfway- in vampires and monsters appear! No clue they were a part of the plot. It was like the author knew it was going nowhere and said, "oh, crap, well, everbody likes vampires right now!"

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-26 19:52

    Vampires have invaded my historical fiction!!! It was certainly different. And had a bit too much sex.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-13 15:05

    I never really got hooked on this one. After about half way through I just couldn't do it anymore. I will maybe pick it up again another time.