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At the King's Command (Tudor Rose #1)

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Frustrated by his own failures at matrimony, King Henry VIII punishes an insolent nobleman by commanding him to marry the vagabond woman caught stealing his horse. Stephen de Lacey is a cold and bitter widower, long accustomed to the sovereign's capricious and malicious whims. He regards his new bride as utterly inconvenient...though undeniably fetching.

But Juliana Romanov
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Mira (first published September 1994)
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Kathy
Nov 15, 2010 Kathy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
I truly wanted to like this book but after reading 140 dull pages, I couldn't force myself to go one page farther. I previously read The Red Queen and The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and this book is so far beneath the quality of those books, I just couldn't get into this one. I also wonder why publishers think that once an author becomes popular (I DO like Susan Wiggs later books), they can re-issue the first writing attempts of an author and readers will think they are good based solely on ...more
HÜLYA
Tudors Gülü üçlemesinin ilk kitabı Tutsak Yüreğim'in Goodreads puanı 5/3,71 Benim puanım 5/4 çok beğenerek okudum..Aslında bu Tudors Hanedanı zamanını işleyen kitapları okumaktan sıkılmıştım.Uzun zamandır da ara vermiştim.O yüzden bu kitabı okumakta bu kadar geciktim..
Kitabın başlarında biraz sıkıldım ama sayfalar ilerledikçe kitap beni kendine bağladı o büyülü ortama beni çekti..Hikayeyi beğendim.Fakat erkek kahraman Stephen çoğu yerde beni gereksiz yere sinir ettiğini belirtmeliyim.Önceki evli
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Sammy
The Tudor Rose Trilogy all essentially contain the same plot (although they do have different characters with their own peculiar habits and personalities). The plot revolves around a hero who has formerly been betrayed/hurt by a woman and who is still very much reeling from the effects of such hurt when he encounters another woman, the heroine. He is attracted to the heroine (sexually and conversationally their chemistry works) but has secrets/plans that he doesn't reveal to the heroine and reso ...more
Tegan Mae
One of my first historical fiction romance novels. I love anything historical, so this was perfect. I liked that it incorporated Henry VIII, but it wasn't all about him. He played a critical role though and his character was very true what is known of the king.

Juliana is a wonderful heroine. I loved her. Her transition from princess, to gypsy, to baroness was astounding. Even though she changed she never lost the essential part of her. She kept what was important from each different part of her
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Ilaria Goffredo
Originale e divertente il fatto che la protagonista non sia solo una dama fine e raffinata come sempre accade in libri del genere ma una zingara selvaggia. Le metafore e similitudini sono gradevolissime.
Il principale punto di vista è quello del protagonista maschile e questo è un punto a favore.
Merrin
I didn't find out until half way through (after looking towards the back of the book for an author bio) that this is actually a reprint of a book she wrote back in 1994. And. Well. It reads like an early novel, and it is not terribly good, and I'm kind of sad I picked it up.
liz
I might have give this book 2.5 stars, but it wasn't worth rounding up.
The story starts out okay, but about halfway through it turns in to a twisted version of The Secret Garden. I put this book on my "oh, Duh" list.
Aileene
This was an enjoyable romance and rather well written, which was a surprise even though it shouldn't be. I've been burned out on most romances lately, they seem to not only ruin interesting plot lines but the chemistry between the couple ranges anywhere from unbelievable to irrational.

This book was a very sweet love story and while the heroine was a bit too perfect, it was a refreshing change from the TSTL gals I've been reading about lately.

When it came to the scene where he said the 'magic' wo
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Contessina
3.5 stars
Tanıtım yazısında VIII. Henry'nin adı geçiyor diye Jonathan Rhys Meyers ile ilgili hayaller kurmayın . Zira kitaptaki Henry son derece mendabur bir herif olarak resmedilmiş , raporsuz deli kıvamında ... Yine de çiftimizin evliliğine sebebiyet verdiği için gözümde daha katlanılır bir karakter olabildi .
Baron Stephen de Lacey son derce küstahtı , daha sonraları öğrendik ki meğer adamcağız neler yaşamış neler , yine de uzunca bir süre huysuzluğunu muhafaza etti . Juliana 'ya gelince , ke
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Sarah
The idea that first drew me to this book was the idea of a Russian lady in the Tudor court. They're two worlds that I've never seen done in any book before, romance or otherwise, so I was curious to explore that. And while I think I might have enjoyed a bit more of a look at the Russian world during this time period, I enjoyed the touches with Juliana's dog, the Gypsies, and Juliana's memories of her family and old world.

And boy did I love Juliana! She was soft and feminine where she needed to b
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Yukino
*** Attenzione: di seguito anticipazioni sulla trama (SPOILER) ***
OK

OK..
non è il romanzo psicologico dell'anno.
non è il romanzo che brilla per originalità

ma..

A me è piaciuto.

Insomma lei principessa russa..che scampa al massacro della sua famiglia perchè è uscita la sera senza permesso...accolta dai rom e vive con loro..e si sposta in inghilterra a londra, ma non ha mai dimenticato il suo passato eanzi tenta sempre di tornare indietro, purtroppo per lei ruba ilcavallo alla persona sbagliata e con
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Liz
Oct 02, 2013 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: henry VIII fans
Recommended to Liz by: self
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Diane
I have actually had all three books for quite a while. Susan Wiggs are great books if you like Romance but not all the sexy details. With this book I found the relationship between the Gajo and Gypsies intriguing and interesting. I would actually like to know more. Susan gave a little taste as to what King Henry VIII was like, as horrible as he was, outside of a history book. I can picture it. Worth the read. On to #2
Sarah
"At the King's Command" was a very satisfying historical romance as it had many interesting twists that I wasn't expecting. It was an amazing introduction to the Tudor Rose Trilogy and had me craving for more.

I loved how I was able to really connect with, and feel for, Juliana, the main heroine. As a royal princess turned gypsy, she is a truly strong, compassionate, and loving character. This refreshing novel told a story about a woman's ability to recall a broken man to life. It relays a messa
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Rachel Zylstra
Loved this so much.

I Always love a good historical fiction, especially ones set in Tudors time.

This doesnt feature King Henry too much nor is there a great deal of the ingoings of court. It focuses on the love story between a Lord and a Russian princess who fled Russia after her family was murdered and had been living among the gypsies in England trying to find a way to return home and seek her vengeance.

However she is caught stealing the horse of Lord Stephen de Lacey and from then on everythi
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Destiny
It just occurred to me while I was reading the last few pages that the (view spoiler)

But that aside, I really enjoyed the book, though Stephen's stubbornness
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Stephanie Tracy
I actually felt pretty let down by this novel. Pretty dull and uneventful. I hated Stephen de Lacey, the main male love interest. Whenever that happens, a romance novel is ruined for me. Great potential, bad delivery.
Lady of the Lake
Well written and intelligent romance happy to have found Susan Wiggs. How on earth do some authers escape notice while searching for books I have no clue! But thanks to all the great people here at Goodreads I constantly find great reads I may have othewise missed out on.
The heroine maybe a little TOO PERFECT as there is nothing she can't do I mean from trick riding barefoot on a pony with Gypsies to running a house full of servents perfectly AND solving all the problems to make more money come
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Melis
Oyy oyy bu Stephen beni ne kadar sinirlendirse de sevdim keratayı :) Kitap gerçekten güzeldi. Okumadan geçmeyin ;)
Ruth Bolard
A fun summer beach read, looking forward to book 2 and 3
Kate Willoughby
I got about halfway through the book and got tired of waiting for things to be revealed. I love a good tortured hero, but tease me too many times with reminders but not give me any new information about why he's so tortured and I get annoyed. I also thought Laszlo chose a poor way of keeping her safe by taking up with gypsies. Often in novels gypsies are portrayed as misunderstood, but I'm sure their reputation as unsavory thieves has some root in truth. Or maybe I've just had the misfortune to ...more
Aury Carolina
El libro es buenisimo me encanto.Tiene de todo un poco tiene romance, misterio y accion.

MUY BUEN LIBRO
RECOMENDADO
Kristine
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Cait
Jul 15, 2014 Cait added it
comfort book.
Nancy Brady
A historical romance set in the time of Henry VIII--Juliana flees Russia with a band of gypsies when her family is murdered. She meets her "husband" Stephen when she is caught stealing his horse. Ordered to marry him or be hanged for the thievery by the king's command, she and he agree to marry Stephen in name only. He knows her only as a filthy, lice-ridden gypsy while she claims otherwise. Searching out the truth only brings more conflict.
Chris
Julianna Romanov flees her childhood home after watching it being set a blaze and her family being murdered. While traveling in England with a band of gypies she is caught trying to steal a horse. She is forced by the English king to marry the horse's owner, Stephen de Lacey. This is a love story of revenge and healing. It does not disapoint and has you looking forward to reading the next story in the Tudor Rose Trilogy.
Sarah
The first book, in a series of three. I don't have access, just yet, to book #2, but the series is good.
It's very well written, leaves you on your toes, and makes you wonder what's coming next.
In all the best ways.

If you like romance with a bit of a mystery, set in the times of Lords, Ladies, Kings & Queens, when the titles were more than just a name, you'll enjoy this book.

I know I did.
Lacey Ridenhour
A fun, if predictable romance novel set in one of my favorite periods of history. A good summer read!
Sabrina
I really like historical romantic fiction and this book fits the bill. It wasn't too heavy on the history, though it DID make reference to Ann Boleyn (since Henry VIII was part of this book). I liked the heroine Juliana the best. Stephen de Lacey, I think, took a bit too long to come to his senses about Juliana. :) But overall, a good light enjoyable read.
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