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At the King's Command

(Tudor Rose #1)

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Librarian's Note: Reprint of Circle in the Water, Sept 1994, ISBN-13: 9780061081392, ISBN-10: 0061081396

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
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Paperback, 375 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Mira (first published September 1994)
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Al George
Jan 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Made me throw up in my mouth at times

Setting / Time / Genre: England, the reign of King Henry VIII

Length: 300 plus pages, with about 200 being boooring. At least to me.

Series: Yes.

Sexy times: I don't really know about that. I kept skipping pages. As in lots of them. As in by the dozens. I think there was one nipple roll and something about taking the heroine to the heights (so that's like the fourth time I urped).

Plan on reading more by the author:
nope

Synopsis in one sentence or slightly more:
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Debby
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: authors-w-x
This is a first read by Susan Wiggs. I thought the writing was good, however it did have its moments where I wanted to DNF because of bordem and constant bickering between the two major characters with no intense attraction. This story had me dragging to complete because I wanted to really know how it ended without jumping through chapters.

The plot is about the hero who has been hurt by his deceased wife having a thing for Henry VIII of all people...ugh!. Then waltzes in the heroine, who is Roma
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Mariana
I read this for the Year Long Historical Romance Book Club challenge.

Really, for a Tudor, not torture. I would read the second book in the trilogy for Tudor month next year.
☘Katie☘
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is not usually an author I would look at, in fact this is the first book I've read by Wiggs.... and it was captivating! It pulled me in right a way and had me staying up late to see what happens next! The character of Juliana Romanov was intriguing and I loved her backstory. You earn a sense of sympathy for the injustice that was done to her and her family in Russia. The writing is rich and the imagery comes alive--- very good start to the trilogy!! ...more
Jenny Q
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I reviewed the trilogy as a whole on my blog back when I first started and forgot to add it to Goodreads, so forgive me if these reviews seem a bit fragmented.)

Russia, 1533: A gypsy reveals a prophecy of three women, three lives entwined. "I see blood and fire, loss and reunion, and a love so great that neither time nor death can destroy it." The stories that follow revolve around three generations of the de Lacey family, taking place during the reigns of Henry VIII, Mary and Elizabeth.

I don't
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Jo
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
What more could you possibly want in a historical romance.
Sammy
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Kathy
Oct 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Christine Fitzgerald
A quick read in true Tudor style, full of love and revenge. First book I have read by Susan Wiggs, I like her story telling style but she has a few plot lines that don’t seem to match up as the story progresses.
Krista
Mar 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I read this book due to a dare and as we know, one cannot turn away from a dare.

I wish I could have.

This book is a piece of loosely historical (VERY loosely historical), supposedly romantic, fluff. For someone who likes history and hopes to like the characters in one's book, it is agonizing.

Plot: "Juliana" Romanov* (seriously, that name; I cannot get over it) is a Russian noblewoman whose family died in a massacre on their country estate. She flees to England for reasons that are entirely unclea
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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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Lanah
England, 1538

I totally understand now why some readers said this book is boring. The plot is all about the couple's getting to know each other and push-and-pull romance drama. It has very little of action scenes so if you crave that more, you won't find it here.

I, on the other hand, liked the book. I don't mind the lack of action because Stephen and Juliana's relationship is sweet and mad enough for me to enjoy (perhaps I'm in mood for full blast romance). I liked how they brought up together. I
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Merrin
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
liz
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
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Vivianne
Jan 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Nice. Every now and unfortunately he dwells much is lost in the descriptions, but overall a very enjoyable novel, the characters well defined egrazie too!
Rhiannon Root
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Content warning: Racial slurs, death, violence, fat shaming

I really enjoyed parts of Susan Wiggs’ “At the King’s Command,” but I wasn’t on board with all the elements of this Tudor-era romance.

Our story begins with spoiled Russian Princess Juliana Romanov getting her fortune told by a Romany woman. She predicts a lot of death and mayhem for poor Juliana and then…well, Juliana’s family is slaughtered. The Roma people take Juliana and she escapes.

Five years later, Juliana has mad skills including
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Rebecca
Jun 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story was quite dull; I was hate reading to get through it. Seriously poorly researched with unlikable hero. Except for the [off] Henry VIII, it's hard to remember that you're in Tudor times. The hero and heroine spend a lot of time obsessing over each other, leaving the plot to suffer.

Nitpicking:

The author is apparently used to writing Regency romances. I assume this is how rakehells, mews, smallclothes (the term and the actual articles), neckcloths, duels, cards (should have played dice)
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Jack Vasen
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
While this is the first of a series, it can stand on it's own. Except for Zara's prophecy, there are really no hanging threads when it's done.

I did not want to put this book down before I got to the end. For much of the book, I was dying to learn Stephen's secrets and then after that, events came one on top of another. I had strong suspicions about the secret which came as a result of clues sprinkled about in the story.

Juliana is something of a wonder woman as I have noticed other leading female
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Cindy Adair
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying read.

Historical romance is a guilty pleasure of mine. I love to step back in time and view love from a different perspective. As I read this book I realized I had read it years before, but it had been long enough that it seemed new. The author does a good job of developing the characters- they are believable and carry you with them as the story unfolds. This particular story involves King Henry VIII of England, English and Russian nobility, and gypsies.

When tragedy strikes a young R
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Arlene Hayman
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I have come to love the genre of historical romance, and this author does not disappoint with her descriptive and evocative writing. However, I did think that the story was somewhat predictable at the end, and thus, resulted in the three star rating. The novel is about Juliana Romanov, a Russian aristocrat, who narrowly escapes from the mass murder of her family by fleeing Russia with a band of gypsies. When she arrives in England, Juliana is mistaken for a vagabond horse thief, and King Henry V ...more
 Sarah
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book for a few years and have reread it numerous times it never gets old. The story set in Tudor times with Of course Henry the v111 on the throne, mix in Gypsies and Russian Royalty, along with a handsome English Lord named Stephen de Lacey and Juliana the beautiful gypsy who is trying to steal his horse. well what a cast of wonderful characters to make this love story a page turner. Stephen is ordered to wed Julian by Henry Tudor who thinks it's quite funny to have this Lord ma ...more
Casey Anderson
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
No where near as good as her Bella Vista Chronicles. And of course, it is a serial romance type novel, so don't expect Wuthering Heights or Pride and Prejudice or whatever classic romance you think is great.
This has good characters, interesting history and story lines. The plot twists aren't exactly shocking, but they are satisfying. The sexy parts were weird. Sometimes I didnt' even realize that's what was happening. But then something was said and I was like, oh wait. So, if you're looking for
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Darlene Wilson
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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 is no ordinary thief—she is a Russian princess forced into hiding by the traitorous cabal who slaughtered her family. One d ...more
Gigi (imaginingbetweenthepages)
I think stephen is the most irritating almost pathetic historical man I've ever read. the back and forth was incredibly irritating. I don't hate her but I must act like I hate her because I've been hurt and she could hurt me but I'll constantly grab her and kiss her anyway. like fuck if you don't want to be with her stop forcing yourself on her maybe? needless to say I'm not sure if I'll be continuing this series. especially if all of the men are like stephen ...more
E J
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific story!

This story , of an English nobleman, Stephen, and a Russian princess, the last of her line, was terrific! The plot was full of intrigue, and action, and of course, romance. The historical nature was well researched and very interesting as well. I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical romance, and I plan to read the next in this series of three.
Deanna S. Neeley
Good for romantic teenage girls

I couldn't finish this book. I found it was too much written for a different audience. Romantic teenage girls would probably like this novel. I just couldn't find the connection of contempt moving to irresistible passion in such a short time frame.
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Victoria Iglesias
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved how Susan wove history with romance in the first novel of this series. I enjoyed seeing King Henry through her eyes. Even though he wasn’t a central figure he was a big part of the story. I enjoyed seeing love bloom between 2 unlikely characters, and the overall theme of family.
Arliss Link
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Susan Wiggs's books. This one was a little awkward to read in tight quarters (airplane), with an unknown male seatmate kind of trying to read over my shoulder. Hahahahaha. I did enjoy references to historical places/times.

I've downloaded the next book in the series.
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Stacey
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There was so many twists and turns in this book that I couldn't put it down! ...more
Eileen
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairy tale, but fun.
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