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By Royal Command

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Two brothers. One woman. Three hearts at war.

Katrin of Courtenay's husband is dead--and she doesn't mourn him. He was cruel and controlling, and she doesn't need a husband to hold her northern keep. But her vengeful uncle, the King of England, has other ideas: intent on marrying her off, he's ordered his Viking-bred warrior to return her to court.

On the journey, the Viking
Published July 12th 2012 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 18, 2016 Feminista rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sometimes you stumble across a rare gem. This book was one of them.

I have read other books by this author and I didn't enjoy them much.

But this one was incredible.

This story depicts more realistically what a historical romance should be like. It wasn't always that the women were virgins and the heroes rakes, like many authors love to write over and over about. The same trope on repetition. History is grittier and darker. The court was filled with romance, betrayal, deception
This one, provided by netgalley, has got to be hands-down one of the most infuriating, intriguing and downright frustrating books I've read in a very long time. The first 40% of it is so gothic I felt almost compelled to pull out my grandma's white nightie and run around the house shrieking "Wo, is me!"

I'm going to write this one a bit differently than usual and start with what I didn't like so much:

- I really struggled to get over the writing for the first half-ish. It reads like something from
Among The Muses
With a historical romance voice that oozes 'period' context, author Laura Navarre delivers a solid medieval romance that captivates effortlessly.

By Royal Command is a story with a foundation of political maneuvering set during a period of England's volatile medieval time. The story especially captures the tale of one young woman whose life has essentially been shaped by her uncle, the king of England, Ethelred.

Katrin of Courtney's first marriage was arranged by her uncle to secure an alliance th
Jo Barton
Jul 02, 2012 Jo Barton rated it really liked it
This historical romance is set in England during the reign of King Ethelred, and tells the story of a beautiful widow, Katrin of Courtney, who when summoned to the English court to be used as a political pawn in marriage, finds herself falling in lust with Eomond, the man sent to escort her to her uncle, the king. But Eomond is beneath her in rank, and despite their passionate encounter, he is no match for this beautiful young woman. Fulfilling her obligations to her king, Katrin is sent in marr ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Tracey rated it liked it
This had a terrific opening. There is nothing like being dropped directly into an 11th-century standoff between an eighteen-year-old girl and a pack of starving wolves to get your attention quickly. And when her savior isn't the conventional Knight in Shining Armor but a figure almost as terrifying as the wolves, all the better. For the reader, that is.

I am sorely tempted to edit the book's description. "Two brothers. One woman. Three hearts at war." Um, huh? That makes very little sense, especi
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
See Viv's 3-Wine Glass review of this title at Reading Between the Wines!
"A pleasant quick read. " ~ Viv
Oct 10, 2012 Angel rated it really liked it
I really miss my medieval dresses !!! Superb job on your romance novels Laura :) xoxo
Grade: D

The author has a thesaurus, and she knows how to use it.

Grappling with savage urgency in a riot of tumbled cushions, she plunged headlong into rapture in the arms of her wrathful angel.

Status Updates: Read With Me Vicariously

You can tell by the dates that I avoided writing this review.

09/12 - 40%:
"...the curving shell of secrets nestled between her thighs" o.0

09/13 - 42%:
This book is much more Bodice Ripper than I anticipated....

09/13 - 58%:
The metaphors. EVERYTHING is a water,
Jun 12, 2012 Farrah rated it it was ok
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

By Royal Command was a book that I wanted to like, but had so many flaws that I couldn't even manage that. I don't like giving negative reviews, so I'll try keep this short to avoid ranting.

First of all, Katrin, for all her bravado of being strong and independent, was just as meek as any other royal medieval woman. She pretends that she's all tough, but in the end, she submits every time. It wouldn't have bothered me
May 20, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it
Title: By Royal Command*
Author: Laura Navarre
Series: N/A
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: E-Book
Date/Year: July 2, 2012
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Two brothers. One woman. Three hearts at war.

Katrin of Courtenay's husband is dead--and she doesn't mourn him. He was cruel and controlling, and she doesn't need a husband to hold her northern keep. But her ve
Dec 26, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
This was one of the few truly historical romances that I have read, and based on previous experiences I expected to find a lack of real character development, lots of sex/passionate embraces, and the historical aspect only as the setting. Well, I was truly surprised with this novel, even though the 274 pages felt like 500.

The novel is set prior to the Norman Conquest of England with the Vikings raiding the shores and the countryside in turmoil. Historical events were peppered throughout as well
Viviana Izzo
Jul 11, 2012 Viviana Izzo rated it liked it
I admit it, it took me significantly longer to finish and get into the book than I would have initially thought. Especially as it’s a short book/story. Katrin views herself as strong and independent woman. Unfortunately, she’s living in a time where women have few if any rights. However, that in it itself isn’t justification for how she goes about ‘surviving’. Perhaps there is where my issue with this book lies. She believes that exploitation and deception is a woman’s tool for survival, which d ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Tash rated it liked it
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics

To see review at Confessions

Told in two parts, By Royal Command tells the story of Kartin of Courtenay, niece of the King of England. Since she was a young girl, Kartin has been a pawn for her uncle, King Ethelred. It has led to an early marriage to a cruel and controlling husband so that her uncle could strengthen his ties at the border of Scotland. Her husband died two years ago and Kartin has been fending for herself and using her skills to keep her nor
Meg - A Bookish Affair
By Royal Command tells the story of Katrin of Courtenay, the fictional niece of the King of England, the infamous Ethelred. Because of her proximity to the king, her care after the death of her first husband is of the utmost importance to the King. Katrin wants her independence and most definitely isn't wild about the King choosing a husband for her as she did not have the best relationship with her first husband.

Katrin is an interesting character. She wants to get her way but seems to employ so
Aug 21, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
A really fine novel set in the Medieval period, just prior to the invasion by William the Conqueror and setting a historical context that is fraught with political tension, inner family strife, old hates, the terror under which women must live, especially aristocrat women or athelings (Saxon) or those closely connected to men in power. Katrin is niece to the Saxon king, widow of a cruel man, and now again a political pawn for her uncle--half-brother to her father and a man who took his brother's ...more
Regan Walker
Sep 01, 2012 Regan Walker rated it really liked it
Well Told Medieval Tale with Unique Perspective and Interesting Love Triangle

This historic romance from Navarre is both well written and unique. For one thing, it’s entirely in the heroine’s perspective so the heroine is in every scene and it’s only her head we’re in (which means the men did more talking!). Despite the tag line on the book’s cover, I did not think this a story of two brothers and one woman. Well, yes, there were two brothers, but one was the villain so he didn’t count as a riva
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Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

Two brothers. One woman. Three hearts at war.
Katrin of Courtenay’s husband is dead—and she doesn’t mourn him. He was cruel and controlling, and she doesn’t need a husband to hold her northern keep. But her vengeful uncle, the King of England, has other ideas: intent on marrying her off, he’s ordered his Viking-bred warrior to re
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Jul 02, 2012 Debbie I Heart YA Books rated it really liked it
By Royal Command is a wonderful, heart-touching love story. Laura Navarre has written a beautiful Historical romance. She wrote the language in this novel so authentically that I felt like I truly was back in England during the Dark Ages. I fell in love with this story of Katrin trying to gain her freedom and true love. Katrin is a young woman that I enjoyed, she was strong-willed, independent, and definitely no whiney girl. I loved seeing this kind of strength in a character, especially in a yo ...more
Stephanie Collins
Jul 25, 2012 Stephanie Collins rated it liked it
This was a hard one for me to read and review. The book is good but a bit cumbersome and the female lead wore a bit on my nerves.

Katrin is the daughter of the bastard brother of the king. She was married off for political gain (also revenge on her mother) by her uncle the king. This marriage was definitely not a love match but one of duty. She has never known passion and when her husband died she thought she had a shot of being left alone by her uncle. Unfortunately he has now decided she could
Jul 27, 2012 Kristy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. At times I did find it a little tiresome but all in all it kept me entertained and wanting to read more. I felt like the characters were easy to relate to and that I kept hoping that life would work out.

I felt that the book dragged a little bit but not enough for me to get irritated at the slow nature of the book. All in all, it kept me entertained. I may read more from this author but I think I will stick to faster paced books.
Lynn Spencer
Aug 03, 2012 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it
If you love Medievals, definitely check out By Royal Command. Set in Anglo-Saxon England, a very colorful and under-utilized time period, this novel caught my interest from the dark and moody beginning and held it to the very end. It wasn't perfect, but it was quite good.

The rest of my review is posted at All About Romance:
May 15, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
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better than i expected from the reviews it was given. I was a bit uncomfortable w/ all the near rape scenes or threatened rape scenes. there were so many. This is NOT a YA book- this IS an ADULT ONLY book! There is sex in this book.
Dec 13, 2012 Hafiza rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 14, 2015 08:20AM  
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In her other life, Laura Navarre is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues. In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and has stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men.

Inspired by the sinister realities
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