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Feature book: Untouched Queen by Royal Command

2 October 2019

Untouched Queen by Royal Command by Kelly Hunter

Series: Claimed by a King #3
Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 1 Feb 2019
Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern
Format: ebook and print
Length: 157 pages
RRP: $4.99 (ebook); $7.99 (print)

In this day and age, it is hard to believe you could read a contemporary romance featuring a courtesan as the heroine and actually enjoy it. But, of course, with Kelly Hunter penning the story we are in safe hands.

Sera has been trained as a courtesan since she was orphaned at seven. When (now adult) Sera is gifted to the as-yet-unmarried King Augustus, he is horrified. Not by her—he’s kind of intrigued by her—but by the whole premise of courtesans being duty bound to him. He’s determined to have nothing to do with her. Or maybe a little to do with her, but definitely no sex! Or maybe a little sex …

Sera is a great character. She’s smart, resourceful, intelligent and skilled at, well, just about everything! She’s certainly no biddable victim in this story, despite her role. To fulfil her duties, she sets her skills to finding a bride for the King. The King seems to be cooperating, but is he really? The developing relationship between Sera and Augustus allows him the opportunity to step away from his role and just be a man. But being bound by their roles also provides lots of angst.

I really enjoyed this book, even while thinking I somehow shouldn’t. My only real peeve was the silly title—it really has no relevance to the book.

Reviewed by Debbie

A review copy of this book was provided be the author. ARRA members who leave a comment on this blog by 23 October 2019 will go into the draw to win one of two copies. (The giveaway is now closed. The winners were Cathleen R and Lyn W.)

  1. 2 October 2019 6:11 pm

    This will be a fun read. It’s interesting how Kelly Hunter takes on a well-worn theme and makes it her own.

  2. Lynette Williams permalink
    2 October 2019 9:54 am

    looks like another good read from Kelly—-LynW

  3. Kelly Hunter permalink
    2 October 2019 9:07 am

    Thank you for reading and reviewing!

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