Review: By His Majesty’s Grace by Jennifer Blake (@NetGalley)(Rating 4.25 Wine Glasses)

Posted August 4, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 6 Comments

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From Goodreads: 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.

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Overall Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.00
Historical Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.25
Excellent Historical Romance!
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Note: By His Majesty’s Grace is the first in a new trilogy from Jennifer Blake. I really enjoyed the amount of historical “tidbits” that Jennifer threw in while telling the story. They made the story feel authentic. Please take time to read the author’s note at the end and you can see how much time/effort she put into researching the Tudor time period!

What I Loved: Number 1 thing I loved about this book is that it was set in the time frame of the Tudors but pre-Henry VIII. The feel of the period through the historical tidbits, clothing, environment, and speech were well done. Rand and Isabel were lovely leads. This was a rare case where you could tell Rand was in love with Isabel, so you were rooting for her to finally “get it”! I adored how loyal, caring, and strong Rand was through out the story. Plus, *swoon*, he gave one of those (and I wished I wrote it down) I would live for you but I would die for you speeches. My heart was a flutter!

What I Liked: The introduction of the sisters and how close they were to each other. I think that means we will see all of them in each others stories, which I adore. Also the intrigue surrounding the baby was really well done with a few misdirections to keep you on your toes.

Complaints: None

Why I gave it a 4.25: This was a really well done historical that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the Tudor years!

Author:
Jennifer Blake

Books in Series:
By His Majesty's Grace (The Three Graces, #1)By Grace Possessed (The Three Graces, #2)Seduced by Grace (The Three Graces, #3)

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6 responses to “Review: By His Majesty’s Grace by Jennifer Blake (@NetGalley)(Rating 4.25 Wine Glasses)

  1. Melissa (Books and T

    Hm… this does sound like something I would enjoy. I just sometimes really like a historical romance to dive into! Oh, getting ready for RomCon? 🙂

  2. Missie

    How could anything think a cursed woman is a prize? LOLThe Tudor's period was so fascinating. I bet researching it was fun.

  3. Jenny

    Oooo this sounds like a great beginning to this series! I love that the sisters are all really close and we'll get to see them in each of the books, I always like when the secondary characters in one book get to have their own story in the next:)