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Royal Blood

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the same.

During the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter, Sir Michael Devereaux arrives in King Henry VIII's court on a mission for his benefactor. The celebration's endless feats and sumptuous women delight the charismatic newcomer, who becomes captivated by the enigmatic Princess Renée of France
Paperback, 488 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2009)
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I'm not going to go into plot detail on this review - enough others on Amazon have recapped it quite nicely. What I'm going to address are my problems with this book and why I couldn't even make it to page 100 before it damaged the wall. I really don't mind a bodice ripping historical romance on occasion; one does need some fluff from time to time. What I have a problem with is when the fluff is being promoted as historical fiction and not for what it is - romance.

So the hero is Michael Devereau
♡Karlyn P♡
Royal Blood is a historical romance with a paranormal (vampire) twist, but the publisher (Kensignton) categorizes it as Historical Fiction. It is that too, but there is definitely a love story complete with sexual tension, a few hot bedroom scenes and an HEA. Most characters and events are from real-life, even the heroine. I really enjoyed it! It was a great read to savor, not devour. It is written using the period language (1500's, Tudor England), which may challenge some people. There are a lo ...more
Mar 30, 2009 Sheree rated it really liked it
In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the same...

Rona Sharon's superb imagery and meticulous historical detail brings 16th century Tudor England to life; the author takes you back in time, to the intrigue, colour, splendor, & treachery of King Henry VIII's court. This is a unique story in a familiar setting with a cast of historical figures; King Henry, Queen Katherine, Cardinal Wolsey, Cardinal Campeggio, the Dukes of Buckingham and Norfolk and of course the ma
Mishel Zabala
Sep 20, 2009 Mishel Zabala rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Michael Devereaux is on a mission. Traveling from Ireland, Michael is out to make a name for himself at Henry VII's annual Order of the Garter celebration. His benefactor Lord Tyrone has warned him of the dangers of court politics and told him to be careful. He tells Michael that it's great to be loved and wanted but not to fall in love. It will only complicate things for him. Michael has no problem with that... until he sets eyes on Princess Renee de Valois of France.

Renee is a fiery minx of a
Apr 02, 2009 Anya rated it it was amazing
Very good book. I bought it because I was curious to read about a vampire prowling the Tudor court but at the same time I had concerns as to which cliches the authors would use. I was in for a good surprise. The secrets came at me like bombs and the story behind was fascinating. Everything was happening in a satisfying brisk pace with unexpected twists that kept me riveted to the end. I loved how the author portrayed the dukes of Norfolk and Buckingham. The scenes with Cardinal Wolsey were page- ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Pam rated it really liked it
This book was such a surprise to me. I was reading along about the Tudor court and then bam all this super natural stuff starts happening. I don't want to put a spoiler in here so I'll leave it at that. I love her writing!
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Oct 06, 2012 Sarah ~Sehrenity~ rated it did not like it
Horribly written... I didn't even make it past page 2 to implement my "25 pages or bust" rule.
Apr 30, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Lets clear the air of misconceptions: This is not your typical vampire novel, or at least not what you are probably expecting. The vampire aspect lurks in the background, like a faint undercurrent. It's on the fringes of the story, but not specifically pointed out. Vampires are alluded to but do not come to the forefront until the last quarter of the book or so. By that point, the vampire plot line is part of the story and not at all out of place. It meshes well with everything else.

The backdrop
Jeanette Stingley
Jan 12, 2010 Jeanette Stingley rated it liked it
Royal Blood by Rona Sharon took me by surprise as I didn’t read much about the book before beginning it. Normally I do not get into historical romances as I thought this work would be. I tend to bore easy with the old style languages. This book was a great surprise for me.

The setting is 1518 Tudor Court. King Henry VIII with his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon is in the prime of their reign. The main characters are Princess Renee de Valois of France, a fierce young woman on a dangerous mission
May 13, 2009 Alaine rated it really liked it
From the very first page the author makes you feel as though you are in the 1500's. The description of the palace and all the rooms, the clothing and the language used was authentic. I found this novel, its plots, and subplots, to be very original and well researched.

King Henry VIII and his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon are at the height of their reign. The main characters are Princess Renee de Valois of France, a fierce young woman on a dangerous mission at the court of King Henry, and Michae
May 13, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: book-crossing
Royal Blood is the story of Michael Devereaux, a young man who is the heir presumptive of the Earl of Tyrone, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The story takes place at the court of Henry VIII, where Michael hopes to make a name for himself, and make his benefactor proud. There he meets Princess Renee, sister to the Queen of France, and daughter of the previous King. She is at the court on a mission of her own, one that is slowly revealed to the reader over time. There is romantic tension between thes ...more
May 10, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it
First off I have to say I loved this cover. Second, from reading the description you would have no clue about a major factor in the plot of this book. As you read Michael Devereaux’s story I had an inkling of what was to come but it was still a surprise when the secret was finally revealed. I thought the first quarter or so of the book was interesting and the last couple hundred pages were great. I did think the book could have been much shorter though as the middle really seemed to drag along.

First off, let me say that I LOVED the cover of this book, and couldn't wait to read it when it showed up on my doorstep! I took it with me (along with 7 others) on my 2-week jaunt (hah!) to Oxford, England, and finally (!) read it. I mean, seriously. Where better to read a novel of Tudor England, than in England? =)

Michael Devereaux is sent by his patron and foster-father, the Earl of Tyrone, to the court of King Henry to win accolades and recognition at the games of the annual Order of the Gar
May 05, 2009 mari rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Two new arrivals at King Henry VIII's court with no knowledge of the other find themselves thrown together while searching for the Ancient for very different reasons.

This book was heading to a three star review until it turned into a trashy romance novel with 20 pages spent on one love scene that included some very cheesy lines. My husband and I were laughing so hard at some of them. The language used was just too reminiscent of a cheap romance novel and that is not what I was expecting when I
Jun 09, 2010 Thalia rated it really liked it
Shelves: tudor
Well, first off I have to say this book delivered ALOT more than I thought it was going to. I'll admit, I judged the book by it's cheesy cover. I was expecting a bodice ripper *cringe* and was pleasantly surprised to be reading a quality story..and then, just for kicks, comes a paranormal aspect. It's not called Royal blood only because of the roayalty and the there are vampires running around Tudor England. Not being a vampire addict like many of my reading friends (no disrespect I ...more
Teresa Kleeman
Dec 14, 2010 Teresa Kleeman rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Especially all the history on the Tudors. This book does have a twist to it. Not only is the historical part of the book wonderful, it also has a bit of Paranormal. I love it. The hero of the book is Sir Michael Devereaux, and the beautiful temptress Princess heroineis Princess Renee of France.

The tension between these two is enough to set anyone on ends. There's an attraction between these two but duty and loyalty comes first. You must read to understand. I promise you, you w
Aug 27, 2009 Jackie rated it liked it
Shelves: must-read
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Jan 24, 2014 Adriane rated it liked it
This started out quite normally, then about 3/4 of the way through BAM! Vampires! This book turns into alternate history/sci fi/historical romance.

Also, it was kind of a hard read from beginning to about middle. The author tried to use the same language as in Tudor times, and I had to read slowly to get the full meanings. However, I did learn a lot about court life in the reign of Henry VIII. It was full of vivid detail.
kt Sedat
May 27, 2009 kt Sedat rated it did not like it
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May 11, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
This was pretty good...had a few provocative parts in it, but it had some interesting twists at the end that you had no idea how it was going to end until the very last page. So it kept it interesting. It is a little hard to follow all the names of people that they talked about and the beginning was a little confusing, but overall I liked it.
Jun 05, 2009 Kimber rated it liked it
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Mar 30, 2016 Danielles rated it did not like it
Terrible,..again,...I thought this book will be better than her first,..but no,..
It is slow and not enough adventure, much talking but nothing happens,...

Sorry, but she is not so good...

The cover is super,....but thats it!

Oh, it is faction, Vampire,..I dont like that ether,......
Apr 22, 2009 Alexia rated it did not like it
Every now and then I pick a real winner.. this was not it. Total trash, I did not even get through the first two chapters because it was terrible writing and smut to begin with. I bought it thinking it was something completely different.. opps on me.
May 07, 2012 Serena rated it did not like it
Shelves: tudor
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Aug 04, 2009 Chelsea rated it did not like it
Vampires have invaded my historical fiction!!!
It was certainly different. And had a bit too much sex.
I never really got hooked on this one. After about half way through I just couldn't do it anymore. I will maybe pick it up again another time.
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Rona Sharon is the author of critically acclaimed historical novels of intrigue, passion, and danger. Her latest, ROYAL BLOOD, is a tale of lust and violence in the treacherous Tudor Court.

From her home on the Mediterranean Coast in Tel Aviv, surrounded by thousands of years of history, Rona brings her passion for culture and travel to her writing and never fails to deliver a story that carries a
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