Sometimes you have to risk everything, to follow your heart…
Noble Pleasures, Book 1
In a world where gentlemen openly court and marry fellow noblemen, the threat of scandal still lurks behind every velvet drape for kings and princes. Such has been the fate for King Arend Tollemach, forced to sacrifice his heart on the altar of regal duty.
Now that his wife is dead and his royal obligations are at an end, he’s ready to take an unthinkable risk. King Arend seeks a concubine from Temple Sapphor, a secretive, gated world where he will finally shed his virginity—as least as it pertains to making love to a man.
Julian never thought he’d spend ten years on the temple shelf, passed over again and again. Just when he despairs of ever finding placement in a nobleman’s bed, Arend walks into the temple. A lonely eyed, beautiful king who could easily steal his heart.
Arend discovers he has no problem opening his bed to the exquisite concubine. The problem lies in finding the key to his long-shuttered heart.
Warning: Contains a beautiful, virgin king desperate to bed another man, a concubine who fantasizes about being claimed and revered by a strong monarch, and a sea of scandal set against a sensual, palatial backdrop.
I enjoyed this book so much. I cannot wait for the next one in the series. The scene where King Arend meets Julian is one of my favorites. It’s hysterical and sensual at the same time. My heart broke for Jules each time Arend couldn’t say how he felt. I kind of wanted to smack Arend sometimes when he acted how he thought he was supposed to act as a King. But I could sympathize with him as well. It’s hard to go against all of the things ingrained in him as a King. There’s a solid HFN ending, but I am excited to know what happens next. I want Mallon’s story. He’s a very intriguing character.
Four and a half
Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Cooper: Great question! Interestingly, it’s very difficult for me to write this series with music playing. When I write contemporaries, usually there are just a few songs that truly hit the nerve of the story. I’ll play those songs way too much, just soaking in the emotional feeling that they cue to. But with the historical setting—and not being a huge classical listener—I’ve tended to not listen to music. Although Julian is an opera singer and, oddly enough, I do love opera even though I don’t listen to tons of classical. So I certainly indulged in some Puccini for Julian and let that seep into me.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Cooper: Part-time, but the writer in me never shuts up. LOL. By that I mean, if I’m in the car, the shower, in bed, or at the job, I’m always scribbling notes and bits of scenes. I’ve stopped in department stores in the aisle and made iphone notes fast I could!
Molly: If part time, do you hope to one day be a full time writer?
Cooper: I don’t anticipate ever being a full-time writer, at least not until my children are grown. At that point, I’ll likely transition into a new phase of life. But I need to be super involved in lots of activities because otherwise I grow stymied. Much as I love writing, it’s not my sole passion—I’m blessed to have an amazing day job, and it’s also a passion for me. For now, I’m content dividing my time between writing and my daily avocation. Later? Yes, I can conceive of a different pace. Maybe traveling around Europe and writing and being in a next phase of life.
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Cooper: No, because I tend to write in a big flurries, precisely because I do have that day job. I’ll take writing retreats, weekends away, that sort of thing. I can write a great deal in just a few weeks (a hundred or more pages). But then I have periods where I’m unable to write for weeks due to family and work demands. I’d like to be that writer—the kind who always generates 1500 or more words a day. But so far, that’s just not been my method.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Cooper: Once upon a time, I heard wisdom that you should never finish a writing day by completing a chapter and not starting the next. For me, that also applies to books. Right now? I have most of book three done, part of book four and five, as well as part of a novella. I have bits of all of them, and that prevents quite so much angst when you move on to a next book. You’re already partially immersed.
Cooper Davis first discovered the allure of m/m storytelling when she watched My Beautiful Launderette with a college roommate. Later, her passion for stories about men falling in love and finding their HEA together was stoked by online slash fiction. After years as an avid fan of m/m and slash, Cooper finally decided to try her hand at penning her own stories about same-gender romance and love.
A voracious reader across all subgenres of m/m fiction, Cooper is particularly fond of courtships set against the breathless backdrop of scandal and intrigue found in period drawing rooms. She is thrilled that her first historically themed m/m romance series debuts this December with A KING UNDONE (Samhain).
Where To Buy:
Samhain Publishing: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5273/a-king-undone
Cooper is giving away a copy of one of her backlist titles to TWO winners! All you have to do to enter to win is comment on this post telling which backlist book you’d love to read. Don’t forget to include your email address so you can receive the book of your choice. The contest is open until noon Eastern time Monday January 19.