READ Behind Closed Doors Author Betina Krahn

Behind Closed DoorsReally enjoyed Betina Krahn s Behind Closed Doors In it Ms Krahn gives her readers a fictionalized view of what life could have been like in Elizabeth I s court She tells it from the point of view of one of her ladies in waiting oung Corrina Huntington a once sheltered innocent newly arrived at court Corrie who while fulfilling her tasks for the ueen finds herself often confused by the actions of those around her When she meets Count Rugar Kalisson Corrie s life changes drastically but is it for the betterI believe this novel is a re release from several Rebelle du dsert - tome 03 : La Tempte (3) years ago as evidenced by its somewhat outdated language however that does not lessen its appealIProvided complimentary copy by Netgalley for honest and unbiased review Corinna Huntington daughter of Jack and Merrie the Earl and Countess of Straffen is sought by ueen Elizabeth to be one of her ladies Her father being the rake that he was is horrified that his daughter will be among the immoral cesspool that is the court Rugar Kalisson Count of Aelthar is sent by his king as a special ambassador to England He has his own opinion of English women at court and their morals and he sets his sights onoung and innocent Corrie as his conuest They fall in love and find that they are at the mercy of a jealous ueen A captivating story with details galore in the intriguing story of court life and love An excellent story I loved and I voluntarily wrote a review The start of the book was slow If not for the stay at home order I may have stopped reading this book It is this reason that I only rated this book 3 stars That is not to say there was nothing good about the start of the book The pace picks up once the primary hero Rugar realizes that he is well and truly smitten with the primary heroine Corrina I saw primary because there is secondary couple that can also be called hero Torgne and heroine Anne but they are supporting characters With the main setting being the court of ueen Elizabeth I there is a lot of court intrigue While it is difficult to know how historically accurate the book shows behind the scenes views of the ueen s life and decision making Those scenes are entirely believable et one uestions how uickly she would have made a decision based on one conversation with an advisor The latter part of the story does prove surprising in how the issue of where both couples live Sweden or England is resolved As ueen Elizabeth s prized new lady in waiting Corrina Huntington is beautiful innocent and eager to know the world beyond her sheltered home especially the mysteries of love Despite the ueen s vow of protection Corrie soon finds herself swept into the intrigues of the court rampant with plots and pleasures and discovers than she ever imagined Manly and magnificent Count Rugar Kalisson Swears Vengeance On The Insulting vengeance on the insulting English who scorn him for his Swedish heritage He vows to best the vain ueen s knights in contest and her ladies in seduction including her latest pet Love is not part of his plan et he and the sheltered English ROSE ARE SOON DRAWN TOGETHER BY A RECKLESS PASSION are soon drawn together by a reckless passion forbidden bond that will not only inflame the wrath of a jealous ueen but provoke a diplomatic scanda I completely loved this a fabulous and exciting tale of a wickedly attractive but flawed Viking hero Rugar determined to best ueen Elizabeth for her slights against his people and his father once an emissary to her court from Sweden He decides to best all her knights and seduce his way through her retinue but is stopped in his tracks by his inconvenient attraction to the beautiful and clever Corina Huntington The ueen s beloved and newest Lady in WaitingI know that this is an old fashioned romance and so the heroine is impossibly perfect beautiful innocent kind and selfless as well as intelligent and learned but heck this is a romance and so I do love this type of heroine when written well and Corina is not stuffy I like the way she accepts and befriends her scandalous cousin for instance Rugar is a rugged alpha "HERO WHO IS BROUGHT DOWN TO "who is brought down to with a bump because of his love for Corina and the way his own prejudice against the English are reflected back to him by the way the Swedish court treat Corina when he takes her there as his bride Once Corina and Rugar are compromised by their behaviour they are wed but as Elizabeth and others plot to separate the lovers and destroy Rugar can they outwit their powerful adversaries and find a way to be happy across their two culturesThe joy in this book for me was the way that Bettina Krahn depicts life at court with its shallowness frustrations and how she portrayed the ueen as vindictive es trying to keep Corina with her and hurt Rugar but also how isolated and difficult her position was and how she was human underneath her. Under the ueen's protective eyeIn the halls of a conniving courtBehind Closed DoorsManly and magnificent Count Rugar Kalisson swears vengeance on the insulting overbearing English who. Rank and court intrigues It was a really exciting plot with lots of "Interesting Historical Detail And "historical detail and I really rooted forHighly recommended if ou like an old school historicalI voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book via Netgalley and all opinions are my own A oung naive Corrie becomes one of ueen Elizabeth s maids of honor against her parents wishes but she has no choice An entire world opens up for her and she soon becomes a favorite of the ueen The drawbacks though are numerous as she is possessive of Corrie and almost keeps everyone away Rugar Kalisson a Swede is sent by his King as an ambassador to England "He dislikes the English and especially the virtuous English women plus "dislikes the English and especially the virtuous English women he revenge on his mind and when he sees Corrie he sets his sightsThe author takes us into the historical times of ueen Elizabeth and makes the world come alive Intrigue revenge humor an obsessive ueen and the sparks of a romance that are bound to burn brightReally enjoyed this story and know ou will too 35 starsThis was one of those reads where if I read it at any other time or if I reread it I probably would have had a lot of issues with it that would put this in the 225 star range but I did read it at the right time Now I ve been wantingneeding a historical romance set in Late PlantagenetTudorElizabethan era I have a couple on my shelf set I think when Henry VIII was King but this one caught my eye Corrie is one of Elizabeth s maids of honor actually she s a favorite of Elizabeth s maids of honor Rugar is a Swedish Count and is an ambassador for the King he also wants to get revenge for slights that Elizabeth gave his father Douze nouvelles contemporaines: Regards sur le monde years ago and essentially get all the women close to Elizabeth into his bed which would tick the ueen off However he is instantly captivated by Corrie and sets out to make her the first he defiles Rugar thinks she s experienced than she actually is and when he finds out she s never been with a man in any way he casts her aside and pursues every other woman in the court Behind Closed Doors started out really slowly The first 50 pages were kind of boring but then finally when Rugar gets to court the story picks up a lot and from there stuff started happening As I was reading this I didn t really like either Corrie or Rugar Rugar because of how he treated Corrie after he found out she was still very innocent and Corrie because she kept going after him She would catch him walking being close with or whispering in other women s ears and still think the best of him and chase after him Both got on my nerves However I really enjoyed this Didn t want to put it down Good book I especially enjoyed the setting of this one Historical romances are overwhelmingly Regency era but this one takes place mostly at the court of Elizabeth I with a little bit in Sweden I felt that the portrayal of the intrigue and attitudes of the time were very well done That said the first 20% or so of the book dragged a little for me but once Corrie and Rugar met the story picked up uite nicelyCorrie is eighteenears old and has been kept very sheltered by her parents That comes to an end when ueen Elizabeth stops while on her progress around the country and takes a liking to Corrie She insists that Corrie becomes one of her maids of honor This horrifies her parents who are very familiar with the ueen s court and its ways but they have no choice Meanwhile Corrie is thrilled with the opportunity to experience a wider world It isn t long before Corrie becomes the ueen s favorite There are drawbacks to this as Elizabeth is very possessive and warns off anyone who threatens her relationship with Corrie especially the men In spite of her intelligence and extensive education Corrie is oblivious to the ueen s machinationsMeanwhile Rugar is named ambassador to England by the king of Sweden and sent to establish good relations with the ueen This suits him to a T as he has personal reasons for going As a lad of twelve Rugar visited the court with his father who was sent to propose a marriage between Elizabeth and the Swedish king They were not treated kindly but mocked and derided for their differences Rugar s father never recovered from the shame he felt at his failure leaving Rugar burning with the desire for revenge He arrives at the court determined to beat all the men in their manly contests and to seduce the ueen s ladiesIt s at this point that the story picks up interest for me Rugar is bowled over by his first sight of Corrie and makes her the target of his attentions He is certain that she is just as immoral as all the other women of the court Corrie is overwhelmed by Rugar s attentions having never experienced anything like it Her forthright nature supports Rugar s assumptions and his single minded pursuit Hate and scorn him for his Swedish heritage vowing to best Elizabeth's knights in contestand her ladies in love A sheltered English rose and a virile 'Viking' nobleman are drawn toge. F her I really enjoyed their interactions Corrie s innocent reactions and uestions draw Rugar closer to her He is enchanted by her inuisitive nature and the passion he senses and uestions draw Rugar closer to her He is enchanted by her inuisitive nature and the passion he senses her surface As Rugar s attention stirs her senses Corrie is determined to experience everything that she can But as she becomes bolder Rugar has to face the fact that he misjudged Corrie s experience and tries to pull away I ached for both of them at this point because Corrie has fallen hard for Rugar even though she feels that there is no future in it Rugar who has reasons for avoiding innocents is determined to stay away from her but finds it Impossible To Do So Dismayed to do so Dismayed realize that he has fallen in love with her Rugar is determined to protect her even "From HimselfThere Are Outside Forces That Are "himselfThere are outside forces that are to interfere Elizabeth is angered by Rugar s attention to Corrie even though she warned him off She sets one of her spies on him looking for a reason to send him away Unfortunately her spy has his own agenda He has harbored a grudge against Corrie s parents for many Niemand houdt mij tegen : een avontuur in de 22ste eeuw years and looks on this a chance to even the score When Corrie and Rugar are discovered in a compromising position Elizabeth s rage knows no boundsThe last part of the book flew by for me as Corrie and Rugar escape the ueen s attempts to keep them apart and flee to Sweden I loved Corrie s joy in being there and ached for her as she faced resistance from Rugar s people It was interesting to see Rugar s reaction to what happened and the effect it had on his view of the past I was glued to the pages as the ueen s fury continued to build and ripped Corrie and Rugar apart I loved Rugar s determination to get her back no matter what he had to do The final showdown with the ueen was a nailbiter I loved Rugar s reaction to her demands and how he regained the upper hand The epilogue was a terrific wrap up to the storyThere was also a secondary romance between Corrie s cousin Anne and Rugar s friend Torgne The sparks flew between them from the start Torgne like Rugar had a low opinion of English morals Anne a relatively recent widow is not ashamed of her needs and gets a great deal of satisfaction out of tempting him When an unexpected mix up throws the two of them together the sparks burst into flame I loved the scene on the ship as Anne goes all out to break through Torgne s resistance With both of them caught up in Elizabeth s outrage there was some uestion as to their chances of a future together I loved the scene at the end as Rugar suggests the perfect punishment for Torgne s crimes This is a book from 1991 that is being rereleased to ebook version It takes place during the reign of Elizabeth mostly at her court and a small bit in SwedenRugar has come to the English court as an ambassador for Sweden but he comes bearing a grudge Corinna has been sheltered and protected her whole life She is invited to Elizabeth s court to be one of her maids of honor and they meetSo this book Well there was a lot I really liked about it Andet a lot that bothered me I think Comment Wang-F fut sauv you should try this book ifou are interesting in reading about a different time period Seeing the court during Elizabeth s reign was fun different Betina Krahn did a great job of pulling me into that world experiencing the fun and drama of court life as it could have been If Petit cahier d'exercices de communication non-violente you like a busy plotou might like this If Oriental Magic you want to read about Elizabeth and her reignou would probably like this too The ueen is in this book a lot and interfering in their relationshipThere s a bit of tension a few kisses a few scenes I wouldn t say it s overly steamy but its not clean Middle of the roadThing things I didn t like about this book was it felt like it was all shenanigans There was always SOMETHING going on It never seemed to be just about the two of them Someone was always being abducted or manipulated and just non stop drama I felt like the book was half about the ueen and half about their relationship The other thing that bothered me was that Rugar was actively attempting to get with other women after he met and liked Corinna Nothing ends up happening and he was always thinking about driving her out of his head but it still bothered me It only lasts a chapter or so but stillAnyone else try Betina Krahn I don t think I ve ever heard her talked about I would definitely try another one of her novels thoughI was able to receive an ARC copy complimentary from netgalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own I really really love Betina Krahn s latest books especially her current series about the Bumgarten family of dollar princesses but this isn t one of those It was originally published in 1991 which I realised to my dismay a few pages into it when I started thinking that it read very old skool and we. Ther by rapturous and reckless passion surrendering to the forbidden ecstasy of a bold soul searing love that would inflame the wrath of a jealous ueenand provoke a diplomatic scandal.