A King Undone

A King Undone

Cooper Davis / Jun 01, 2020

A King Undone Sometimes you have to risk everything to follow your heart Noble Pleasures Book In a world where gentlemen openly court and marry fellow noblemen the threat of scandal still lurks behind every ve

  • Title: A King Undone
  • Author: Cooper Davis
  • ISBN: 9781619224278
  • Page: 195
  • Format: ebook
  • Sometimes you have to risk everything, to follow your heart Noble Pleasures, Book 1 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 rSometimes you have to risk everything, to follow your heart Noble Pleasures, Book 1 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 at least as it pertains to making love to a man.Julian never thought he d spend ten 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.

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      • Cooper Davis

        Cooper Davis first discovered the allure of m m storytelling when she, pulse aflutter, watched My Beautiful Laundrette with a college roommate Later, her passion for stories about men falling in love and finding their HEA together was stoked by online slash fiction After years as an avid fan of m m and slash, Cooper finally decided to try her hand at penning her own stories about same gender romance and love.A voracious reader across all subgenres of m m fiction, Cooper is particularly fond of courtships set against the backdrop of breathless scandal and intrigue found in period drawing rooms She is thrilled that her first historically themed m m romance series debuts this December with A KING UNDONE Samhain.


    281 Comments

    1. DNF at 11%. Could not get into this AT ALL. I struggled trying to read just this much. The language and writing style was not to my taste. I'll leave this with no rating.


    2. A King Undone, is a historical romance set in a world where it is perfectly acceptable for a man to marry another manunless he is the king and expected to produce an heir. For years, King Arend has sacrificed his happiness for his kingdom. Now, at age 41, Arend is ready to take on a concubine and visits the exclusive Temple Sapphor to make his selection. There, Arend immediately encounters Julian. Julian was stolen from his life and put up on a shelf at Temple for Sapphor for the last ten years, [...]


    3. So, there's holy-shit-hot, I-can't-take-it-but-please-don't-stop UST, and then there's this. A painful slog to an anticlimactic shag.Unfortunately (or fortunately?), no desire to continue this series. No desire to continue this review either. (My meanest review to date, sorry! Honest review is honest.)


    4. I was really excited when I started this book. Our King, Arend, fell in love with a man at the age of 18. Deeply in love – but his father demanded he give up his love, and marry a woman to produce heirs. His father goes so far as to destroy the boy Arend loved and he dies an early death. Now many years later, Arend is 41 and has produced heirs and his wife is dead. Now it’s Arend’s turn to find satisfaction and happiness – and he wants it in the form of a concubine. Oh. A virgin King (in [...]


    5. Gentle mutinies, these until the year he reached the ripe age of eighteen and endeavoured the unthinkable. The risqué. Quite without his sire's approval, Prince Arend dared to follow his heart and betrothed himself to the prince of a neighbouring realm. For that's what young love always did: reached with both hands, audaciously grasping for honest happiness.And what old royalty did was slap that hand away and into the grasp of a loveless, arranged marriage. To a female, of course - an unfortuna [...]


    6. Had to put it down after 30%. Arend's wishy washy character in the face of opposition to his relationship really bugged me and I found the dialogue a bit too much.


    7. I loved the concept here. Virgin King and Concubine really whet my curiosity, unfortunately it didn’t work for me at all. While I enjoyed Julian’s character and his struggles I found I couldn’t connect to Arend’s which I found tremendously disappointing. He felt, in many ways, like a puppet king with the council always and endlessly pulling his strings, and that, coupled with some of his actions towards Julian made him come across more as petulant and arrogant.While I love a slow burn ro [...]


    8. I loved Julian and King Arend's story. The sizzling sexual tension, the emotion between them. And the smexy times? Oh, so yummy. I also adored the world Cooper Davis created - it's an alternate historical world based on the Victorian era, but with kingdoms and where it's not illegal for men to marry other men. So men in gorgeous clothes, a delicious thread of lust and want riding heavy beneath proper manners, and an HEA that doesn't need to be hidden. *happy sigh* And in the interest of full dis [...]


    9. That was the purplest prose I've read in a very long time. But I really enjoyed it. The flowery descriptions should've been ridiculous but they worked. I'm not big into rent boys/concubine stories because I don't like transactional sex, but this was kind of making fun of itself and I liked that. It ended crazy abruptly. I knew this is part of a series, but still. Anyway, definitely invested now and eagerly awaiting the next one.


    10. Why you should read it: I'll admit to wanting to read this because I was intrigued by the courtesan left on the shelf for 10 years, just watching everyone find homes while he was passed over. I expected a light and enjoyable read and at first that's exactly what it was. Then the King met Julian, and the wit and sass that are exchanged back and forth had me warming to both characters instantly. As the story (and their relationship) progressed, I felt like I was in the middle of a historical simme [...]


    11. Buddy Review with PizzyGirl on PBA!What follows are my letters I’ve penned to various characters from this story, with notes in between. I was inspired to take such action, due to a particular scene that was obviously pivotal, and I ran with it. PS: This is a decently long novel, so my and Katie’s reviews are also rather lengthy. ;)Dear Alistair, or Finley as some lovingly call you.You, sir, are the type of best friend, of chosen brother, that everyone deserves. That King Arend claims you, a [...]


    12. 3.5 stars. King Arend is a lonely man. When he was younger, he had been forced by his father to break off his engagement to Prince Darian and then forced to marry a woman in order to sire offspring to continue the royal line. Ten years after the dead of his wife, Arend goes to the sensual temple to purchase a concubine for the period of one year. There, he meets Julian and immediately bonds with him. Things change once he is back at the palace with Julian. The need for the continuation of the To [...]


    13. Voici une des romances historiques les plus fascinantes que j'ai pu lire jusqu'à maintenant que ce soit en MM ou en romance plus "traditionnelle", ce n'est pas tant l'histoire en elle-même quoique ce contexte alternatif soit une très originale idée. Non, cela tient surtout à la relation entre King et Julian, cette courtoisie omniprésente entre eux, ces phrases si raffinées qui cachent si bien des sentiments profonds, cette élégance dans la manière dont ils se parlent malgré leur situa [...]


    14. For fans of The Captive Prince trilogy!! Arend and Jules are so sweet and sexy together. Love them both. Davis does an excellent job of ramping up the tension as well as the political intrigue. Very much looking forward to book two!


    15. 3.5 stars. This book is one long seduction, set in an alternative historical setting. From the very first time Arend meets Julian, right up to the last page, it’s all about their romance and the pull of the attraction between them. It’s also the first part in a series and feels like only half the story, which made me feel a little let down by the soft ending.It’s a sweet enough romance between the Arend and Julian, full of push and pull, vulnerabilities and insecurities. Neither of them is [...]


    16. The use of verbose language to invoke a period feel is not sitting well with me. No patience at the moment. And so far (20%) it’s been about the two men talking to or thinking about each other (or the idea of each other). I prefer books that aren’t strictly romances but have other plot points beyond the relationship. I’ll give this another try when book 2 is out, but this may be better suited for true romance lovers.



    17. A King Undone, Cooper DavisGenre: GBLT. Review from jeannie zelos book reviewsWell – in my usual haste to get reading I missed the all important “book one” and was expecting a complete story. By three quarters through though it was clear the problems were still mounting up, and there'd be no resolution in this book and that's when I went back and checked to see of there was more to comeh – I’ve done this enough times that I should have learnedill. Its a book that leaves me with mixed f [...]


    18. 4.5 stars. We get both King Arend and concubine Julian’s POVs. Arend is a good king, though he’s been forced to follow his father’s orders and marry a woman to sire heirs. With his wife dead and his son of age, he’s finally free to act out some of his own desires and follow his own dreams. With Julian, Arend comes off as shy and vulnerable, exposed as inexperienced, and that gave an interesting character dynamic between the two men, as the man with all the power has the least experience. [...]


    19. What an odd book. I don't think I could have read it, due to the elaborate purple prose, but the narrator of the audio version is very talented and kept me interested. It was a fun listen, but I can't say it's a good book.There are at least two m/m couples in this story as well as another single gay man, so I was expecting until the very end that this would be another series in which each book focused on a different pairing. Instead, this book is very much part one of a story. There are a millio [...]


    20. I love this stunning book cover!A King Undone is an M/M Historical Romance of political intrigue, polite mannerism, conflicting interest, and getting what one deserve. King Arend is now free to explore and act on his desire for a male lover. “I love Prince Darien, father. I have made a commitment to him and I mean to honor it.” His father met Arend’s fire with a reproving glance. “Yes, well, thank God there was no elopement, so your so-called commitment wasn’t legally binding.” “It [...]


    21. Review can be read at It's About The Book3.5 starsKing Arend Tollemach is finally going to do something for himself. After being forced out of a loving betrothal by his father, marrying a woman he didn’t love, then raising his son, the king is going to get himself a concubine. A sexy male concubine. The big problem is King Arend doesn’t know what to do with a sexy male concubine and he’s astoundingly nervous. Arend gets Julian at Temple Sapphor. Julian has spent much longer there than usua [...]


    22. A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsSo I was drawn to this story right away when I saw the plot. The idea of a shy, inexperienced king hiring a sensual concubine to teach him the ways of hot loving? Yes, please. And I think for the most part Davis does a really good job delivering on this premise. One thing that works particularly well is that we are in Arend’s POV for much of the time, especially early on when he is making the decision to enter into the contract with Julian. Typically in relationsh [...]


    23. I wanted so badly to give this book five stars, and for the story itself I would because I loved all of the characters and I didn't want to smack anyone. But for the editing I had to bring it down to a four because there are some places where the editing interrupts the story and everything is mashed together and it makes it really hard to read. But characters. Let's talk. I loved King Arend and I really felt for his situation. It sucked having his first love taken from him, being forced to marry [...]


    24. The style of the tale is long drawn out, wordy, conversation instead of action, description of a medieval world but no magic. While we meet a king, his concerns are all for himself with no diplomacy, internal politics, supplicants or mendicants to distract him from favouring a newly-acquired concubine over the existing, loyal palace servants. Maybe he's a paper ruler and his vizier or someone runs the kingdom. Being a gay man is allowable in this land. I don't know about gay women, because we do [...]


    25. A King with a deep secret desire.Copy provided by InkedRainbowReads.This is my first book by Cooper Davis and I am torn. I was excited to read this, as it was my first time reading for InkedRainbowReads. I love M/M genre, especially historical pieces. They are usually full of passion and intensity. The part I am torn about is the writing. At some parts I felt like I needed to get out my thesaurus. However, my curiosity was peaked and I finished it.King Arend Tollemach is a passionate man and at [...]


    26. I got it even though it had bad reviews, and then I was kicking myself and forced myself to finish it. The book ends so suddenly, the ending is so rushed and by the time the two MCs engage in sex it's like I don't even give a crap. The UST is like okay at first but then it just goes on and on and on and ond it's just frustrating. And seriously with every moment Julian gets his hopes up they are shattered. He gets them up again. They are shattered again. Then the King, like, OMG he's just kickin [...]


    27. 3.5 stars - But don't let that turn you away! This is a terrific start to a series, with crazy hot UST and two interesting, complicated men. I have high hopes for the rest of the series and will definitely buy more from this author. Once the book got rolling, I couldn't put it down. That said, there were significant editing issues, including one passage where it isn't clear who's speaking. The setup to keep them apart at the beginning seemed a bit contrived in a soap opera-ish way. Ultimately, t [...]


    28. If it's a world where men can "openly court and marry" each other, then what's the point of the whole wife/gay-for-you angle? What necessitates those tired old tropes? Come on people, gah! I got so excited reading that first line, thinking "Finally!", but then I kept reading and was like FML.Ugh with the misleading blurbs.


    29. A delicious, complex, slow burn of a story with characters who say one thing while thinking another — which is wonderfully frustrating and lends to a real sense of the setting of the story. Kings can't be too forthright, can they? The only thing I must complain about in this book is that I finished it well before the next one is due to be released!


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