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At His Command: Historical Romance Version
Ruth Kaufman. Ruth Kaufman, $2.99 e-book (226p) ISBN 978-0-9908469-2-5
Kaufman has simultaneously released two editions of this slightly stilted 2011 Golden Heart winner: this version includes some tasteful sex scenes, while the other is tidily demure. In 1453, King Henry VI dispatches Sir Nicholas Grey to protect recent widow Lady Amice Winfield and escort her to London for an arranged marriage. After a dramatic opening scene in which Nicholas first meets Amice fleeing her repulsive cousin, Harry Winfield, and returns her safely to her home of Castle Rising, there comes a “peaceful interlude” while they await the king’s summons, fight their growing affection, and enjoy daily life in a medieval castle. Questions about patriotism and duty infuse some welcome tension into their relationship: Nicholas staunchly supports the king, while Amice admires and secretly aids Richard, Duke of York, a rival claimant to the throne. Amice is soon very conflicted: “Being at odds with him made her shoulders tense and her stomach churn. But so did giving in.” Once in London, political differences and the king’s commands cause the lovers to continue resisting their mutual longing, though passion occasionally conquers judgment. Court intrigue, battles, romantic rivalry, and political maneuvering make a colorful backdrop for this satisfactory debut. (BookLife)

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on 03/27/2015