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His Forbidden Lady

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Tudor England, 1542

When beautiful widow Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes is ordered to court, she is terrified. Henry VIII desires a sixth queen for his bloodstained throne, and her scheming family cares not for her wishes. Annabelle yearns for love, but there is no escaping her fate: escorting her is Rafe de Vere, the man who abandoned her to become England's most loyal and br
ebook, 80 pages
Published August 11th 2014 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Aug 11, 2014 wrecked_life rated it it was amazing
I liked the story as well as the characters. It is written in an engaging way and kept me intrigued. I wanted to see how they will over come obstacles in their way. I think it portrays a very realistic picture of Tudor England. It was a good romantic short story.
When Lady Annabelle is ordered to court she is very unhappy. She did not want to marry yet another man who would not love her for herself. She wanted courtship and romance but her family had other plans. and there was nothing she could d
Stacy Reid
I really enjoyed this book. Quick and fast pace, and man did I love how on the edge of my seat I was, wondering what would happen with our hero and heroine.

You see I have a thing for rough around the edges hero that have that sweet charming side to them, and Rafe was certainly such a hero. I did not get much back story on him, and I did want more. But the glimpses I got really had me enthralled. Broody, slightly tortured, wants a wife and family, lost a woman he had loved deeply and now to have
I liked this book. It had all the elements I like in a sweet and enjoyable romance. Annabelle and Rafe had loved each other,then they were separated. Years later, fate threw them together and the attraction and love is still there, but Annabelle is meant for another man, The King of England.

This author wrote in a very engaging manner, and I was very involved in wondering how they would overcome the obstacles in their paths. I mean to love and be with each other was treasonous. Loved it!

I was lef
Laura Greenwood
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Title: His Forbidden Lady
Author: Nicola Davidson
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 11th August 2014
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes has been summoned to court by Henry VIII, and encouraged to go by her kinsman, Lord Hertford due to her resemblence to the dead Queen Jane. Having left Annabelle with promises to return, Rafe must now perform one la
The publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

The other day I went to the cinema to see a movie called A Little Chaos, the movie itself disappointed but left me with a longing for some historical romance. When I got home I trawled through the ARCS on my kindle and came across His Forbidden Lady. It was exactly what I was in the mood for so I settled down for the night and started reading.

Despite being English and having sat through what felt like a milli
Sep 14, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
This was very short, but was very, very good. I really enjoyed it. This novella was set around 1542 in Essex, England.

The main characters are Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes and Rafe de Vere, Hertford's Butcher. Lady Annabelle is a young widow who now lives with her father again. Her father and Uncle, the Earl of Hertford, have a plan to marry her off to King Henry because she has the striking resemblance to King Henry's third wife who died in childbirth, Queen Jane Seymour. She of course must do h
Jul 26, 2014 Farrah rated it liked it
A quick, light, and sweet read, His Forbidden Lady was a lovely historical romance. While not particularly amazing, it was a nice read that I enjoyed.

Annabelle and Rafe were both fine. Their characters were shallow, even for a novella, but not to the point that I wasn't interested in what happened to them. Annabelle, after being forced to do her father's bidding for so long, wanted to make her own decisions and find her own happiness. Rafe, having longed for the woman he loved for so long, was d
I really liked this historical-romance novella a lot. I have a fascination with this time and place, which is England in 1542. Henry VIII had lost his beloved queen, Jane Seymour, and he is now entertaining options for another wife. He summons the Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes to court. Sweet tension quickly arises when Rafe de Vere, the soldier sent to take her to His Majesty, also happens to be the very man she loved before he went away to war.

This is a short tale of the forbidden kind of love.
Amy Alvis
Aug 15, 2014 Amy Alvis rated it it was amazing
Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes has been ordered to court by the king and her scheming family doesn't give her any choice in the matter. Her escort is none other than her former sweetheart whom abandoned her.

Rafe de Vere has one final mission to complete for his king, collect a widow, before he can finally start his life away from all the fighting. He is surprised to find the woman that didn't wait for him before marrying another.

What will happen when they find that their attraction to each other is
Rosemary K
Aug 22, 2014 Rosemary K rated it really liked it
Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes is going to Henry the Eighth's court as a political pawn. Will he claim her as his bride? She hopes not, but she is forced to by her family to attend him. Her travel escort is Rafe de Vere. They had been in love once long ago. Is the attraction still there? His Forbidden Lady is a short passionate story of love denied. Annabelle and Rafe are memorable characters. She is a feisty woman who is trapped by duty. Rafe is a war weary soldier who wants to find a new peaceful ...more
Cassandra O'Leary
Aug 22, 2014 Cassandra O'Leary rated it really liked it
This is Nicola Davidson's debut novella and it's a rollicking read. Set in the Tudor era in and around the court of King Henry VIII, this is a fast-paced story of the reunion between a high born lady (now a 25 year old widow) and the tough soldier she once loved. Unfortunately she is related to the King's former wife, Jane Seymour, and her scheming family deliver her to court in the hope of marrying her to the slightly mad monarch. The lovers' attraction won't be denied though and they succumb ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Tammy rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful lunch time read. Annabella has been summoned to the court of King Henry VIII. The King is on the hunt for another wife and Annabella may be next in line. She is being escorted there by Rafe de Vere who Annabella was in love with as a teenager but forced to marry another by her father. This was an excellent read. This read was fast paced and exciting and the romance between Rafe and Annabella is wonderful. Enjoyable read.
Jena Lang
Aug 20, 2014 Jena Lang rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novella. It's a well-written romance with a quick pace, likeable characters, and a heart-warming love story. The author included the perfect amount of historical details to bring the Tudor court and Henry VIII to life. Although short, this is a good read. Ms. Davidson is my new auto-buy author.
Kadia Hufford
I really like this author's style. This was another enjoyable read. A short read , but sensual with an engaging story. I will be reading more of her work.
Apr 07, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
After reading this work, I’m vividly reminded about why I don’t usually read novellas. There are some great ideas here, and I could get a glimpse of the author’s talent within what I had. I went in thinking to treat it as a short story. But boy, this could have been so much more!

I liked the author’s ideas. It smacks of the grandeur of the Tudor court and the extreme danger for those that found love in an era when such was dangerous to life and limb. I enjoyed Bella and Rafe in the beginning and
Gigi staub
Aug 11, 2014 Gigi staub rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-entangled
Tudor England, 1542
When beautiful widow Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes is ordered to court, she is terrified. Henry VIII desires a sixth queen for his bloodstained throne, and her scheming family cares not for her wishes. Annabelle yearns for love, but there is no escaping her fate: escorting her is Rafe de Vere, the man who abandoned her to become England's most loyal and brutally successful soldier. Rafe is utterly weary of war and its impossible demands. Thankfully, his final task is the easies
Aug 12, 2014 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I sometimes forget that Tudor England is very different from Regency England. The treatment of women in the latter is a vast improvement to the former. Some might debate that, but for me the differences are huge. However, I should have remembered those differences when I started reading this book.

What Annabelle and Rafe had years ago was cut short when she married another man, an older man, a man not of her choosing. That fact was not made known until Annabelle and Rafe were on their way to cour
WTF Are You Reading?
The story of Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes strikes a familiar cord due to its ties to the Tudor court.
It is in fact Annabelle's summons to court as the next possible bride to a grieving King Henry, that serves as the quandary in which this doppelgänger to the late Queen Jane finds herself.
With scheming minds and unbridled ambition, her father and and uncle, Edward Seymore, waste no time in their plot to place her before the king.
What they have no way of knowing however, is that fate is a fickle mi
3.5 - 4 stars
My love of reading the romance genre began with historical love storys, particularly those set in the Tudor period and this novella was a great addition to my reading list. It was a quick read that followed the story of Anabelle and Rafe and their unrequited love for each other and I thought the author did a great job of depicting this era.

Although it was short, i still felt a connection with these characters and could easily have read a full length novel that gave us more backgroun
Tracey Alvarez
Aug 22, 2014 Tracey Alvarez rated it it was amazing
I’m not much of a historical romance reader, but holy moley, Nicola Davidson’s debut novella grabbed me by the throat and hauled me into Henry the Eighth’s court. Drama, danger, passion, and a smoking hot *fans self* hero, Rafe de Vere. As well as the scorching hot sex, I loved the sweetness of the hero and heroine’s back story. Once this author had sucked me into her world, I really, really didn’t want to climb out of it again – so my only complaint is I wish ‘His Forbidden Lady’ had been a ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it
I liked this book. The author did a great job in making you feel compassion for Annabelle. She truly got the wrong end of the stick when it came to her family. I would have loved to punch them out after the way they treated her, as well as Rafe when they first saw each other again. I wish he would have been a little more compassionate and understanding with Annabelle's past. Thankfully the author worked it out and this couple received their HEA. It was a very intense quick read.

I did receive thi
Lily Maxton
Aug 01, 2014 Lily Maxton rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this quick novella. It's set in Tudor England, which isn't a time period you see a lot in historical romance, and the story line was unique...I particularly like that the infamous Henry VIII actually played a pretty big part in the story. Annabelle and Rafe are both likable characters, though I was hoping for a little more back story or angst about their previous separation. But all in all, a romantic short read.
Sandra R
Enjoyable story and nicely written. I look forward to reading more from this author

Why only a three ?

I am reading books by some very experienced authors at the moment (eg- Elizabeth Hoyt, Lorraine Heath), so I have rated it accordingly.
Aug 12, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
This book is a great read. Annabelle and Rafe story is no matter what you been through,you never forget your true love.
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NICOLA DAVIDSON worked for many years in communications and marketing as well as television and print journalism, but hasn’t looked back since she decided writing wicked historical romance was infinitely more fun. When not chained to a computer she can be found ambling along one of New Zealand’s beautiful beaches, cheering on the champion All Blacks rugby team, history geeking on the internet or ...more
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