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Lovers and Beloveds (An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom #1)

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A trapped immortal planning escape...
A prince who is the key...
And a secret, seductive history, captured in a magic book...


Just turned 18, Prince Temmin Antremont has finally joined his father's court, only to walk straight into a power struggle between the secular and the sacred. The twin gods of love and sex call Temmin to serve in the Lovers' Temple for two years, a cal
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Published September 7th 2010 by Miranda, MeiLin (first published May 10th 2010)
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Jan
Sep 20, 2010 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovers and Beloveds is the coming of age story of Temmin, next in line for the throne of Tremont, intertwined with tales from a Magic Book called An Intimate History of The Greater Kingdom (which gave the series its name).

This book was first serialized online, and when I started reading that version, I could never get past the first chapters because Temmin annoyed the heck out of me. Not that he's a very annoying character, but because he's a very typical spoiled male teenager, and I just don't
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Liviu
I will add some fast scattered comments for now and have more later and a full FBC review in a week or so which I will c/p here.

The J. Carey comparisons are apt - I would say the aptest of several books claiming such; Lovers and Beloveds is somewhat more explicit but in the same tasteful vein as there and it posits a world where Gods' embodiments - including the erotic one in dual male/female manifestation - play an important role in society.

The novel starts slow and a bit on the raw side but
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Keryl Raist
Nov 04, 2010 Keryl Raist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A while back an email popped up in my inbox requesting I read Lovers and Beloveds for review. I did my usual routine of checking the book out, looking at it's reviews, reading the back page copy, and bits and pieces of text. It looked good. My initial impression was steampunk erotic fantasy. It sounded right up my alley.

Then another interesting factoid hit my radar; it was groupfunded, a major plus. If that term means nothing to you, prepare to learn. Groupfunding is a technique where you get a
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Frida Fantastic (book blogger)
“If the women were so important, why aren’t they in the histories?” -Prince Temmin

If George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series captures the gritty realism of medieval history, Lovers and Beloveds reveals the intimate and personal dynamics of power in aristocracies. It weaves together a rich multi-layered story that explores how sex and power shape history and individual destiny—sharing a perspective that’s beyond the “men, swords, and thrones” (capital H) history that’s often seen in fan
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A.M.
Sep 26, 2010 A.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prophecies, magic, curses and Gods — Lovers and Beloveds has all the trappings of a strong coming-of-age fantasy novel. It offers an impressive depth and breadth in terms of world-building, mixing hints of Victorian aristocracy with Ancient Greek religion to create a compelling, evocative setting. But most of all it offers an intimate view into the daily lives of those who have shaped and will shape the Kingdom of Tremont, intertwining the history of Temmin’s ancestors with his current experienc ...more
Larry
May 21, 2012 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
As a disclaimer, I read Lovers and Beloveds because I know the author through a different context. I've also recently read the first two "Fifty Shades" novels. I won't repeat what other reviewers have said about the story line. Instead, I will focus on what this is: A coming of age story set in a mildly fantasy mythos that would be targeted to teens, except that most teens probably won't be allowed to read it due to the explicit (and excellent) sex scenes. I say mildly fantasy because it deviate ...more
Kayla
Nov 03, 2010 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is really no proper way to describe this short of "Fantastic". Sincerely. This is easily my most favorite erotic novel now. And believe me, I've read quite a few of them. I'll admit that I was really wary of the story when I read the description - the description just honestly sounded a little dry. I promise, though, it really isn't.

It's available in tons of formats in different places. Here, you can pick it up for Kindle as well as a paperback book. The price difference is huge between t
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Erin (Bluestocking Bookworm)
My Opinion:

This is the first book I read in 2015, and it is the first book I reviewed in 2015. I have a very special reason for that.

I know MeiLin Miranda through a mutual obsession we have; perfume oil collecting. We have both been members on a forum for years and we connected in an author's topic. She told me about her book and I had to read it. It was even free! Then, the life of a bookworm happened, and I wound up leaving it stashed at the bottom of my TBR pile. Every time we interacted, I h
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Purr More
Temmin is Prince of Tremont and Heir to the throne. He has grown up with his mother, the Queen, far from the King's residence in a sheltered environment. Now that he is turning eighteen, he must return to court and start his training to one day become the next King.

Once there, he meets Issak and Allis Obby, the Embodiments of the God Nerr and Goddess Neya of the Lover's Temple. He is infatuated with them and wants to become a Supplicant to the Lover's Temple. Not so much out of piety but because
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Grace Krispy
Nov 23, 2010 Grace Krispy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Temmin has grown up sheltered from the world, living a blissful life in the idyllic countryside at Whithorse Estates with his mother and his faithful servant. But all good things must come to an end; Tremmin is heir to the Tremontine throne, and must move to the Keep to learn his father's ways and prepare himself for his inevitable future. It is at the Keep where Temmin begins to question who he is and who he will become. Is he a ruthless ruler, like his father, who will stop at nothing to get w ...more
Myth
Jan 11, 2012 Myth rated it it was ok
At the moment I don't really know how to respond to this book, since I sampled it. The sample on Nook was 200 pages and through all those pages I didn't feel pulled into the world. The writing was inconsistent and often times not that great, which bothered me far more than I thought it would. I've learned if I'm going to try to read indie books I'm going to have to lower my standards a bit.

The premise of this book is still interesting to me, but I felt like it dragged on and continually picked u
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Patrick Malone
Sep 10, 2014 Patrick Malone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVERS AND BELOVEDS reads like a traditional swords-and-horses fantasy novel in many ways, though there are trains and some other non-"traditional" elements. But it's much more about politics and religion than technology, and even more about consent. I would have rated this three stars, "Liked It," but it gets the fourth because of the latter.

Prince Temmin is kind of a buffoon at the beginning, but he's just turning 18, so that's not surprising. Through the book, he explores his family history (
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Night Goddess
May 21, 2011 Night Goddess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-absolute-favs
Lovers and Beloveds is amazing. It reminds me of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel Series but at the same time, it is unique in it's own right. I instantly fell in love with the world the author created. There actually were two stories being told, one from the present and one from the past and they came together perfectly. I bought this book a while ago and it caught my attention because of the reviews. In so many words, they all practically said the same thing "buy this book".....Now I will say the sa ...more
Kara-karina
May 20, 2011 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me rave and rave and rave about this book... It's 4am and I just finished reading. It's an amazing and rich and wonderful story, so vivid that I practically could see it in front of my eyes.
It's a story of coming of age and personal development, of love and duty and fairy-tales and understanding what you truly want. It touched me, and I can not wait to read what's next. I hope Meilin Miranda will be noticed and contracted for many more books to come.
Emma
Jan 01, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I guess I would describe this book as Fantasy Erotica. I didn't really know what to expect from this book and the first chapter did have me worried that I wouldn't enjoy it. As it turns out, this was a very complex story full of politics, intrigue, religion and lust and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was really enjoying the story. Be prepared for quite a bit of erotica in a number of different forms, as nothiing is taboo in this book.
M.K. Hobson
Dec 26, 2011 M.K. Hobson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVERS AND BELOVEDS is one of my favorite recent reads. Vivid characters, lyrical prose, crisp narrative, a beautifully detailed and richly ornamented world ... I can't wait for the next one!
Crazyredhead17
Nov 08, 2010 Crazyredhead17 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome story set in a fascinatingly different but very real feeling world. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
Caleb Blake
Aug 21, 2012 Caleb Blake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews. (http://papyrus.calebblake.net/2012/09/15/lovers-and-beloveds-by-meilin-miranda/)

Temmin is the heir to the throne of Tremont, about to turn 18 and enter into manhood, and is still a virgin. That last detail might not seem so important - just a small item which might lead to an entertaining coming-of-age dalliance in an otherwise straightforward fantasy novel filled with kings and queens, intrigue and violence. However, in "Lovers and Beloveds
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Heidi
Jul 06, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It turns out that this author, recommended by friend Bonnie, is someone I have met from our circle of friends. I just didn't know her pseudonym. This has no effect on my review. This is one of those rare books woven with complexities, great writing, competent world-building, and a story line that leaves me wanting to read more, though this first in a series did have a completed story. I didn't realize it when I bought it, but it is also explicit, with very well-written sex scenes.

I hesitate to c
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Valerie
Apr 13, 2011 Valerie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for something smutty
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2012
I bought this book because it was recommended over at LiveJournal for something similar to the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey. I fully admit: when it opened up with the main character, Prince Temmin, drunkingly assaulting a girl, I closed it and didn't touch it for months - it actually made me feel queasy. However, since I recently got a new e-reader, I loaded this up and decided to give it another go.

This is a study of sexual nature, with a fantastical background. One of the biggest themes
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Mary Grace
Lovers and Beloved was submitted to me by Miranda for review and I accepted it knowing that it is erotic in nature. I said erotic because most part of the book did evolve around the sexual elements but it was not consumed by it. It is a fantasy novel which is shockingly realistic in nature which is rare for fantasy books.

Lovers and beloved is the first book in a series. A quick fact about this book - it was solely funded by her readers so that was a big factor why I got intrigued. I mean think a
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TheFountainPenDiva
Firstly, comparisons to Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series are cosmetic at best--there's sex, gods, erotic rituals and prophecies--but at least Lovers and Beloveds doesn't read like bad fanfiction (unlike a certain author whom for the life of me seems to be incredibly popular in the paranormal romance genre in spite of having blatantly ripped off Anne Bishop and Laurell K. Hamilton). MeiLin Miranda has actually crafted a well-thought out fantasy of love, lust and politics with a hint of steampunk ...more
Najela
Feb 12, 2012 Najela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this off and on since 2007 as a web serial, but I could never seem to catch up. So imagine my surprise 5 years later when the author is running a kickstarter campaign for book two. This story is so much more cohesive than the web serial I remember reading back then. I'm blown away by the amazing world building and it's one of my favorite parts of the novel. The main character, Temmin, is a bit annoying and naive, but I'm interested in seeing him become a great king. The author did some co ...more
Bruce Williams
Jan 01, 2012 Bruce Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. The first word that came to my mind reading this book (and merely a few pages in) was "courageous." The author isn't afraid to tackle the taboo, and it's obvious she's not going for cheap thrills, either. I found the themes thoughtful, the world detailed and well-illustrated, and the characters delightfully flawed (and often descriptively so). If you're a bit prudish or close-minded, this isn't the book for you -- if you're not, it's a great example of honest, "don't skip the good bits" sto ...more
Shadowstorm Norwicca
Where do I start? This book was amazing, tantalizing, passionate, well written and over all one of the best erotic paranormal romance book I read in a while. From the beginning I was pulled into the story and even at the end I wanted more. This author wrote with such insight and it was shown through the words. I loved the prince and his struggle to find his way in life, family, love, magic, and sex. I truly loved this book and recommend it.
Kara
Jul 04, 2012 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I'd give this book 3.5 stars, really. It was good, but not exceptional. I also thought it was a stand-alone, but clearly it is not.

I enjoyed the world building and the characters, but I didn't feel drawn in the way I'd expected. Still, if you like fantasy with a strong erotic element, this is the book for you.
Zoe
May 26, 2013 Zoe rated it it was ok
Really tried to stay with this, but this is clearly not a story for me.
Cam
Nov 03, 2010 Cam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Love it! A well-realized fantasy world. Can't wait to read the next book.
Michele
Sep 28, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unusual book, I really liked it. Can't wait to read more!
Erinn Streeter
Move over, Jacqueline Carey. There's a new author in town.
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MeiLin Miranda writes literary fantasy and science fiction set in Victorian worlds. Her love of all things 19th century (except for the pesky parts like cholera, child labor, slavery and no rights for women) has consumed her since childhood, when she fell in a stack of Louisa May Alcott and never got up.

MeiLin wrote nonfiction for thirty years, in radio, television, print and the web. She always w
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