George IV (1762-1830) was a gifted royal patron whose love of fine objects and taste for the theatrical and the romantic are well documented. In this pioneering study Hugh Roberts focuses on the King's last and greatest commission: the rebuilding and refurnishing of the Private Apartments at Windsor Castle. Drawing on much previously unpublished material, including royal correspondence, original accounts, and detailed inventories, he reconstructs George IV's ambitious program. Always over budget, and never delivered swiftly enough for his liking, the project was still unfurnished when the King died in 1830. Much of the surviving furniture is still in its original setting at Windsor, and it is published here for the first time. Virtually every identified item is illustrated, and there are high-quality reproductions of the richly colored room designs and original drawings requested by the King. The furniture and fittings now form part of the Royal Collection, and they can still be seen in their superb surroundings when the Apartments are opened to the public each year.
The New York Times–bestselling author’s “steamy historical is a perfect pick if you love arranged marriage plots and enemies who become lovers” (A Love So True). The English army’s siege of Aville has ground to a standstill—until a ten-year-old Scottish lad masterminds a breakthrough. The castle falls easily, giving glory to the king and a place at court to young Adrien MacLachlan. But his greatest reward is still to come. Years later, the king decrees that Adrien shall marry Danielle d’Aville, a maiden of the town Adrien helped conquer. She loathes the strapping Scottish knight, but his strength stirs something inside of her—a passion that betrays everything her vanquished people stand for. As Danielle’s hatred for him pushes her towards treason, her budding love is the only thing that can pull her back from the brink. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Heather Graham, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Danielle D'Aville, the ward of Edward III, was sworn to obey the King's order to marry her enemy Adrien MacLachlan, the legendary Scot who masterminded the fall of Danielle's beloved home, Aville. Suddenly she was the arrogant knight's reluctant wife, pledged to a marriage neither desired. But swept off to his castle in the Scottish highlands, and into his strong embrace, Danielle was soon possessed by a raging passion for the husband she had vowed to despise.
The sexy King brothers own a successful bachelor-party-planning business and a string of upscale clubs across the country. What could be better than living the single life in some of the world's most glamorous cities? Finding a woman worth giving it up for… Jeremy King's brothers may have turned in their player cards, but that just leaves more action for him. Like the gorgeous, bikini-clad party crasher who saunters into the Malibu bachelor bash he's hosting. Leigh Matthews wants Jeremy, but just for one last fling. And what Leigh wants, she gets. Unable to forget their amazing connection, Jeremy is stunned when weeks later Leigh hires his company—to plan her bachelorette party. Leigh has her reasons for getting married. But after their night of unbridled pleasure, Jeremy doesn't believe she's truly in love. Now he's got six weeks to convince her that their incredible Malibu night was only the beginning.…
The fourth novel in Kate Emerson’s well-reviewed series set in Tudor England—based on a real life member of the royal court of Henry VIII. Following the acclaimed By Royal Decree, Pleasure Palace, and Between Two Queens, Kate Emerson again plucks a real figure from history in this lushly detailed tale featuring Lady Anne Stafford—who is torn between her husband and another man. History remembers Lady Anne Stafford as the woman who cheated on her husband with both King Henry VIII and his companion, Sir William Compton. Lady Anne was indeed in love with two men at the same time….but the king wasn’t one of them. Lady Anne’s complex and heart-wrenching romantic relationships are at the core of this riveting tale that masterfully blends romance, drama, and historical detail as only Kate Emerson can.
Norah Lofts’s tales of royal Britain have stood the test of time. This international bestseller powerfully tells of the life of Katharine of Aragon, from her childhood in Spain to her reign and downfall in England as the first wife of Henry VII. A princess by birth and a queen by marriage, Katharine always held the highest aspirations for her life, never doubting a vision both she and her mother, Isabella of Spain, had of her becoming one of the great rulers of Europe.
The King's Pleasure is the third novella in the dark erotica anthology: Submissive Fairy Tales by Kitty Thomas. DESCRIPTION: In the kingdom of Himeros, Abigail is despised for her gypsy heritage. Pushed to the fringes of society, she’s forced to break the law in order to help feed her family. When a castle guard catches her stealing bread, he intends to cut off her hand for the offense. Niall has just taken the throne and is determined to prove he isn’t a monster like his father. Awakened by the cries of a gypsy, he spares her from the guard’s blade and takes her as his slave instead. When he learns she doesn’t understand the kingdom’s carnal ways, he becomes determined to strip her of all inhibitions until her every desire is in service to the king’s pleasure. *This work is a novella of 21,000 words. Depending on reading speed, 1-2 hours of reading time. This book is intended for an adult audience. What Readers are Saying About The King's Pleasure: "The King's Pleasure is the third novella in Kitty Thomas' erotic fairy tale collection. This novella was my favorite one out of all of them. It pushed every one of my dark, erotic, kinky buttons." - AsianCocoa "If you are a fan of Kitty Thomas, you will not be disappointed with this story. Leave it to Ms. Thomas to blur the lines of fantasy and reality in a sensational combination of BDSM elements and a solid story resulting in a great read!" - Bookie Nookie "As with all of Kitty Thomas's erotica novellas, `The King's Pleasure' is a world unto itself and a succulent little slice of story. There's so much packed into this little novella; politics, love, romance and a beautifully erotic tale between a king and his `slave' (whose love turns a kingdom on its head). Beautiful, as always, I can't wait for Thomas's next novel, `The Last Girl'" -Dee18 "This is some of Kitty's best writing yet: hot sex, awesome characters, great world, and the deep psychological exploration of the kink lifestyle that marks all of Kitty's work." -Nattie Jones "The night after I had read The King's Pleasure, I picked up another of her books called Guilty Pleasures which was just so intense and sizzling hot! I can honestly say I'm hooked on Kitty!" -Amazon Customer "If you are interested in reading dark erotica, I would recommend the novels. Comfort Food is the most disturbing, and good literature is often disturbing. Tender Mercies is the best love story, and likely to be a favorite." -E. Wakeman What Other Authors are Saying About The King's Pleasure: “King’s Pleasure pushed all my buttons. The vulnerable heroine, and the perverse and powerful king who you suspect still has a golden heart… A hot, well-imagined fantasy world and sexy, touching emotional interaction. This is Happily Ever After for the kinky set!” – Annabel Joseph, author of Odalisque. “Another amazing read from Kitty Thomas. One thing I can count on from this author is to create a read unlike anything else on the market. From fantasy to sci-fi to contemporary, her books always defy categorization. Whatever the setting, when I want the real deal when it comes to exploring master/slave relationships, I turn to Kitty’s stories. With work that’s powerful, sexy and intense, she never fails to deliver.” ~ Cari Quinn, author of Provoke Me More dark literary erotica by Kitty Thomas: Dark Erotic Novels: Comfort Food Guilty Pleasures Tender Mercies The Last Girl Submissive Fairy Tales (latest release--anthology of The Auction, Awakening, and The King's Pleasure.) Big Sky Mafia Captive Blood Mate Dark Erotic Novellas: The Auction Awakening Note: This work is not 50 Shades of Grey, however, if you enjoy work like 50 Shades of Grey, you may also enjoy Kitty Thomas' dark erotica. If you like Kitty Thomas, consider trying some of these other great authors: CJ Roberts, Tiffany Reisz, Annabel Joseph, Pepper Winters, Anna Zaires, Aleatha Romig, Skye Warren, Cherise Sinclair Kitty writes dark literary erotica, usually with a kinky master/slave theme and a hint of bdsm and captive erotica elements.