Title: At the King’s Command Author: Susan Wiggs Publication Info: Mira June ISBN: Genre: Historical: European. Frustrated by his own failures at matrimony, King Henry VIII punishes an insolent nobleman by commanding him to marry the vagabond woman. Circle In The Water / At The King’s Command By Susan Wiggs – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Wkggs Page. Stephen de Lacey is a cold and bitter widower, long accustomed to the sovereign’s capricious and malicious Librarian’s Note: 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 But Juliana Romanov is no ordinary thief—she is a Russian princess forced into hiding by the traitorous cabal clmmand slaughtered her family.

One day she hopes to return to Muscovy to seek vengeance. What begins as a mockery of a marriage ultimately blossoms into deepest love. Paperbackpages. Published July 28th by Mira first published September To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about At the King’s Commandplease commmand up.

Be the first to ask a question about At the King’s Command. Lists with This Book. At least to me. I don’t really know about that. I kept skipping pages. As in lots of them.

At the King’s Command

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: Synopsis in one sentence or slightly more: Juliana – showed moments dommand strength and a wee bit of spitfire, but canceled out bu her commaand too understanding when the hero was a total ass. Have some pride woman.

Stick up for yourself. You are an idiot. And you are mean. Why it did or didn’t work for me: Terrible dialogue that brought on every eye and stomach roll you can imagine. And the story just got I could not go on. Give me some adventure. Don’t give me pages of we lived together, he hated not hated her, she pined for him, she pined for her life as a Russian princess, there’s a mystery not mystery.

I skipped about and then read the last page so I could say it was done. Pretty big sad face for me. I love, love, love stories that take place during the War of Roses, Elizabethan times, Henry times.

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BUT I have yet to find a romance written with this history in mind that is compelling and interesting. What the hell is wrong? Fine, I shall give up on well written romances during these times and instead stick to historical fiction. Bring on the Wars of the Roses: View all 14 comments. Aug 22, Debby “Piene Raven” rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 Then waltzes in the heroine, who is Roma This is a first read by Susan Wiggs.

Then waltzes in the heroine, who is Romanov and has been raised by gypsies and knows she is well above the hero’s station. They are forced into a marriage because of the King’s somewhat dislike of the hero. Thus enters the hero’s big secret that was finally revealed to be more idiotic than his fascination with inventing things I thought it was a bit far-fetched with some of the story and wondered why the King, being the tyrant that he was, never put the hero to death for overstepping his ground on several occasion and then the King doing a with showing compassion close to the ending with the hero chasing off to rescue the heroine.

I also found the hero’s fascination as an inventor of toys and other household items a bit much. I could be wrong but didn’t think indoor plumbing and automatic candle lighting happened.

The story could have used a little bit more research and a lot more romance and intimacy that was sorely missing. Will I continue with the series? A big “NO” for this reader as I was not impressed with this first story. Nov 21, Mariana rated it liked it Shelves: Really, for a Tudor, not torture. I would read the second book in the trilogy for Tudor month next year.

Un bellissimo libro, una trama scorrevole e per nulla noiosa. Stephen all’inizio l’ho trovato molto freddo ma con il procedere della lettura se ne capiscono i motivi; e si cambia decisamente opinione su di lui.

In conclusione un buon libro per far passare la gior Quattro stelline stiracchiate. In conclusione un buon libro per far passare la giornata senza appesantire il lettore. This is not usually an author I would look at, in fact this is the first book I’ve read by Wiggs 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!! May 17, Jenny Q 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. A gypsy reveals a prophecy of three women, three lives entwined.


I don’t 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.

At the King’s Command (Tudor Rose, #1) by Susan Wiggs

I don’t hold historical romances to the same high standards of scholarship that I expect from historical fiction, but I do expect basic facts to be accurate. While I have no doubt Arthur would have been a much better king than his brother, everybody knows Arthur died a sixteen-year-old in his sickbed, not a “legend” in a “blaze of glory.

And these are good stories. Wiggs has a talent for taking the basic elements of a formula romance and turning them into original, compelling stories with well-drawn characters. At the King’s Command is my favorite of the three.

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It has stronger elements of mystery and danger, and it’s more sensual, more emotional. Juliana is earthy and sexy and Stephen is tormented and inventive and I liked the Russian and Gypsy influences.

Apr 15, Jo rated it liked it Shelves: What more kng you possibly want in a historical romance. Sep 08, Sammy 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 heroine does everything up to selling her soul to get the hero to trust her and at the very end of the story the hero confesses he loves her although he tries very hard not to. However, the trust issue is never clearly resolved for the reader so we have no idea what the future holds.

The lack of trust in fommand face of the goodness characterized by the heroine is too much for me I would have left these men halfway through uncovering their lies and deception. England, 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 England, I totally understand now why some readers said this book is boring.