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First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII

Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the crown, Henry Tudor made a pact with the Druids binding him and his heirs to the Druids' struggle against vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, a vampire- slaying family, have been in the king's employ. Now Henry VIII reigns, and his father's bargain has been almost forgotten-until bloodless corpses turn up in the king's bedchamber. To save the king, Vampire hunter Rosalind Llewellyn must form an uneasy alliance with Druid slayer Sir Christopher Ellis. But soon, Rosalind must face an unthinkable truth: that her sworn enemy may be her soulmate...
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ISBN: 9781101198223
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Rosalind Llewellyn, one of the few remaining Druids, returns to the court of Henry VIII with her long time friend Rhys, to fulfill her families pledge to protect the Tudors from the threat of vampires. One very powerful vampire is determined to kill the king and Rosilind must join forces with her sworn enemies in order to destroy it. I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. There is quite a bit of action and the story is very good. The sex is very well done and there is just enough of it. Rosalind is a good strong lead and the men are sexy. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.more
You know those books, where you get to the ending and you realize that it's to-be-continued? This is one of those. Not a cliffhanger exactly, since the story arc for this book is wrapped up, but the overarching story arc for the series is wide open ... so no HEA. Not even a HFN, really.There are four main characters: vampire hunter/Druid, Rosalind, who is sometimes kick ass and sometimes really dithery; vampire hunter/Druid, Rhys, who at various times plays the role of Rosalind's suitor, trainer, and servant; part Vampire and Druid hunter Christopher, who is torn between his love for Rosalind and his instructions to kill her if necessary; and vampire Elias, who is also enamored with Rosalind, although it doesn't stop him from playing his own games for the Vampire Council. There's also Christopher's creepy uncle, a capricious Henry VIII, and a few other, barely-there supporting characters.None of the characters seemed completely developed to me, although I'm sure there will be opportunity in the coming books. The love quadrangle between Rosalind, Rhys, Christopher, and Elias - with Rosalind as the pivot - is already kind of annoying to me, but I know some people like that sort of thing. (To be honest, if I had any expectation of some hoyay going on, I'd be a lot more interested; the story is ripe with opportunity for it and Rhys and Christopher sizzle more with each other than either of them do with Rosalind.)I wasn't expecting historical accuracy from this, which is good. There's really nothing in the story that ties it to the Tudor period other than a few costume changes and the use of Henry VIII, which makes me wish the author had either gone more full-out with the anachronisms or set it during a time period she's more familiar with. I also was frequently annoyed by how the roles and relationships between the Druids and Vampires seemed to change depending on whatever was going on with the plot at the time.Bottom line: the concept was interesting and I think this could be a lot of fun for the right audience, but it's not really to my taste.more

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Rosalind Llewellyn, one of the few remaining Druids, returns to the court of Henry VIII with her long time friend Rhys, to fulfill her families pledge to protect the Tudors from the threat of vampires. One very powerful vampire is determined to kill the king and Rosilind must join forces with her sworn enemies in order to destroy it. I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. There is quite a bit of action and the story is very good. The sex is very well done and there is just enough of it. Rosalind is a good strong lead and the men are sexy. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.more
You know those books, where you get to the ending and you realize that it's to-be-continued? This is one of those. Not a cliffhanger exactly, since the story arc for this book is wrapped up, but the overarching story arc for the series is wide open ... so no HEA. Not even a HFN, really.There are four main characters: vampire hunter/Druid, Rosalind, who is sometimes kick ass and sometimes really dithery; vampire hunter/Druid, Rhys, who at various times plays the role of Rosalind's suitor, trainer, and servant; part Vampire and Druid hunter Christopher, who is torn between his love for Rosalind and his instructions to kill her if necessary; and vampire Elias, who is also enamored with Rosalind, although it doesn't stop him from playing his own games for the Vampire Council. There's also Christopher's creepy uncle, a capricious Henry VIII, and a few other, barely-there supporting characters.None of the characters seemed completely developed to me, although I'm sure there will be opportunity in the coming books. The love quadrangle between Rosalind, Rhys, Christopher, and Elias - with Rosalind as the pivot - is already kind of annoying to me, but I know some people like that sort of thing. (To be honest, if I had any expectation of some hoyay going on, I'd be a lot more interested; the story is ripe with opportunity for it and Rhys and Christopher sizzle more with each other than either of them do with Rosalind.)I wasn't expecting historical accuracy from this, which is good. There's really nothing in the story that ties it to the Tudor period other than a few costume changes and the use of Henry VIII, which makes me wish the author had either gone more full-out with the anachronisms or set it during a time period she's more familiar with. I also was frequently annoyed by how the roles and relationships between the Druids and Vampires seemed to change depending on whatever was going on with the plot at the time.Bottom line: the concept was interesting and I think this could be a lot of fun for the right audience, but it's not really to my taste.more
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