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A Taste Of Copper

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Your master has the field for today, but his name, whatever it might be, is without honour.

Olivier the squire worships the Black Knight and takes a fierce joy in his prowess as he defends a bridge against all comers. Olivier only wishes that his master loved him as much in return instead of treating him as a servant and occasional plaything.

Then word comes that the King de
Published September 26th 2014 by Love Lane Books Limited (first published September 24th 2014)
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Really liked this honourable and chivalrous tale of Sir Maheris the Black and his squire Olivier. Elin is a really good writer, and I've read several of her stories but my fave is still Eleventh Hour. 4.25 stars from me.
Honor, thy name is Maheris the Black. That quality in him that made his character so true to the time period was the same thing that made me want to throttle him repeatedly throughout this story. But, that was what was so good about this book. Maheris has made a vow to defend a bridge against all comers regardless of risk to him or his squire Olivier. His vow is a matter of honor that he absolutely will not waiver on no matter the cost. Olivier has the same sense but as I read I could feel that ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Knights in shining armour and not a single damsel in distress to be seen.

Olivier is a squire to the Sir Maheris the Black Knight who has been charged by his lord to defend a bridge and to not let anyone cross. As simple as this plot may first seem, the whole story develops into a wonderful question of love and honour. This is a time of chivalry, courage and honour, well romantically at least, whether it really was like that is another story but Elin combines a wonderful writing style to give the
3.7 Stars

Oh, hey, I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did! The story started off a little depressing, and I really thought the squire MC was gonna get his heart fact, up 'til the end I was waiting for someone to die. Loved the discussion of honor, and whether you're still bound by an oath you gave to someone who later proved unworthy of that pledge. The way this played out is kind of how I'd seen the more romanticized age of chivalry so I'm pleased as punch.

(Also, would rea

3.5 stars

This is my first book by this author and I have to say I was happily impressed.

The writing is solid and descriptive, with historical detail that serves the story and doesn’t overwhelm it.

It’s the days of knights and chivalry-- a time of conflict and warring over control of territory. The story title is apt, there’s a lot of blood…

It opens with a fierce duel about a bridge.

“Olivier’s gelding shuddered at the scent of blood… Fifty yards away, two stallions strained, shoulder to shou
Sarah Madison
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Heather C
A Taste of Copper is my second experience with Elin Gregory’s writing; the first being On a Lee Shore which happens to be one of my favorite books I read during 2014. (I’m still waiting for the sequel to that one by the way!

Anyway, instead of pirating , A Taste of Copper goes a bit farther back to the medieval times where a knight’s duty and honor means more than his life. Not at all what I was expecting from the blurb…honestly, the blurb is so vague I really had no idea what to expect.

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Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elin Gregory has accomplished in this novella what many authors cannot do with their full lengh novels. Intense, emotional, witty, funny when the moment begs for it and hot and smexy when the timing is right. What I can always count on her is the firm sense of place and time for the period she chooses to portray, and an ensemble of wonderful, multi-dimensional characters as well as plausible HEA that doesn't feel out of place.
This is a story of one knight's honor as dictated by his code of chivalry in the times of the Middle Ages. Honor was the by all and end all of a knight and live or die, the honor of the man overrides all sense of logic and feelings.

Enjoy the rest of the review plus the giveaway:eARC Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: A Taste of Copper by Elin Gregory


Elin Gregory is so talented, and writes such wonderful historical romances! Right now, you can snap up almost all her titles for $2.99 (or less)!
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A Taste of Copper is a re-release of an older work by author Elin Gregory. The first thing that strikes the reader is the effort that was obviously put into creating a story that was fairly historically accurate from the descriptions of armor and knights to the language itself. The second element that stands out is the fact that despite the close attention to detail, this story is incredibly accessible to the reader, with characters that really shine due to their depth, and a plot that is easily ...more
Anna Butler
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I've read one of Elin's books, but I'll be looking for more. I like historicals where I get a real sense and feeling for the time being written about. All too often, it's modern people in fancy dress pretending to be gay men in Regency London or the American Civil War. But this is a perfect little gem that just feels right. Elin's caught so much of the period that this reader at least, was never jarred out of the narrative. And a big, big plus point for me is that Elin tre ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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Rating: 4.75 (rounded up to 5) out of 5 stars

From that review: "In concise, detailed descriptions, Elin Gregory's narrative uses the perilous situation, the depth of their honor, and the terminology of the times to bring these men vividly to life. This is not the expected romance per se but it exists, subtly at first. Then the thread of love weaves itself through the story in a manner both dramatic and poignant. There are several scenes in A Taste
Susan Roebuck
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Actually I give it 4.5 stars. The half star is missing because I longed to hear more of these fully rounded, so-real, delightful characters. Now I've finished reading the story I feel like I've lost my best friends so I hope that to see more of Sir Maheris, the Black Knight, and Olivier, his devoted squire. A well-paced tale, packed with nail-biting suspense and set in Medieval times when honour and loyalty are the order of the day. A Taste of Copper does not portray soppy romance but courageous ...more
Dianne Hartsock
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I adore Oliver! His laughter steals my heart away. Taste of Copper is an intimate, superbly written story of a sweet, brave squire and the strong, honorable knight he serves. I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into chivalry and unswerving loyalty and fierce devotion and would love to read more about these two fascinating men and the adventures that wait in their future.
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Sasha Ambroz
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, romance, so-gay, own
I'm not usually a fan of Middle Ages romance, it is all too irrational for me, but when it's good, it is good. The story is about duty, stupid knight's honour and of course, love.
Oh, and let's not forget about those lowly cunning but oh-so-lovely archers.
Lillian Francis
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Knights and honour and unrequited love. What more could you want.

A well written and researched tale.

I loved it.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story of knights and their squires, honor and the love and camaraderie of soldiers.

There is an almost melancholy quality when we come in to this story. Olivier is squire to the Black Knight who has sworn on his honor to hold a bridge and fight any who would cross it. Their relationship seems one sided and strained. Olivier is in love with his master, Sir Maheris Schade, who seems to have very little regard for him in return. While the fighting is fun and Olivier loves serving
Andrea Goodell
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Olivier is a squire for Maheris, the Black Knight. Maheris has given a task of defending the only bridge that crosses the gorge and being a man of honor accepted his order and will defend to the death.
This is a simple yet powerful novella about honor, love and trust. In a time where knights and Kings ruled the land and squires were left to tend to their needs. I enjoyed how we got a glimpse of the jousting but we aren't bogged down with all the old names and phrases. I love how that honor wasn't
Andrew Peters
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fiction
Gregory had me hooked from Alike As Two Bees. This historical moves ahead some thousand years, and feels just as authentic to its time period. Convincingly portrayed, the story shares the same romantic themes. More fairy tale than Alike As Two Bees, but just as satisfying and transportive.
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Robyn Elliot
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novella. Following on from reading Elin's 'On a Lee Shore', I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in the quality of the writing. Recommended.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
brilliant. absolutely brilliant.

irrational, but i kept imagining the bridge in the merlin episode "the eye of the phoenix" here.
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