Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: By His Majesty's Grace by Jennifer Blake

Title:  By His Majesty's Grace
Author:  Jennifer Blake
Genre:  Historical Romance
Pages: 400
Published:  July 2011
Publisher: Harlequin/Mira
Source:  NetGalley


The Three Graces of Graydon are well–born sisters bearing an ominous curse: any man betrothed to them without love is doomed to die.

Much to her chagrin, Lady Isabel Milton has been given to Earl Rand Braesford—a reward from the Tudor king for his loyalty to the throne. The lusty nobleman quickly claims his husbandly rights, an experience Isabel scarcely hoped to enjoy so much. But youth and strength may not save Braesford from his bride's infamous curse…

Accused of a heinous crime with implications that reach all the way to King Henry himself, Braesford is imprisoned in the Tower, and Isabel is offered her salvation—but for a price. She has the power to seal his fate, have him sent to the executioner and be freed from her marriage bonds. Yet the more Isabel learns of Rand, the less convinced she is of his guilt, and she commits to discover the truth about the enigmatic husband she never expected to love.

Forced into a marriage by King Henry - Isabel isn't exactly thrilled with the man she's been bound to.  Rand Braesford is sexy, strong and just as stubborn as Isabel.  Rand doesn't believe in the curse that Isabel and her sisters have lived with their entire lives - any man betrothed to any of the sisters is doomed.

I really liked Isabel, she was a strong character who wanted nothing more then to be free.  I wondered at some point if the curse was a sham to keep men away from Isabel and her two sisters, so that they could remain outside the control of husbands.  After seeing her mother's brutal marriage I can understand her wanting to remain unmarried.  Sadly, her hand is forced by the King.

Poor Rand is caught up in a plot to destroy him.  Will the King believe him or those who wish to have him thrown in prison and executed?  Rand was such a great character - he and Isabel have such great chemistry and they have to learn to trust one another.

When I first picked up the book, I wasn't sure which King Henry this story was based around.  It wasn't the one I had hoped for, but I still really enjoyed the story.  The setting isn't one of the ones I normally read but I will be picking up the other two books in this series as they become available!

For those who enjoy historical romances I would recommend checking this book out.  Jennifer Blake did a fabulous job!  I hope to find out more about the curse as the series progresses, it was a great start and has me curious as to whether the curse is real or made up by the sisters!

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