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King of the Unblessed (Realm Immortal Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle M. Pillow
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Immortality has a way of changing fate.

The choice is simple: go with him or die.

Merrick, dark elfin King of Valdis, had once been heir to all that was good--happiness and pleasure his domain. Now, trapped as the ruler of mischief, king of necessary evil, he stands on a precipice of choice. On one side, his estranged brother, now ruler of what should have been Merrick's, and on the other, King Lucien of the Damned. Both would sway him. Damnation is winning.

Lady Juliana of Bellemare is from a human family, protected by the Blessed, coveted by the Damned. Betrothed to an old friend of her father's, Juliana is resigned to living out her days close to her childhood home, longing for an adventure, never dreaming she'd get what she wished for. When her fiancé is murdered and the children of Bellemare are stolen, Juliana is sent on a quest in a strange realm where appearances are deceiving.

Merrick brings more adventure and passion than any woman could want. Can she withstand the temptations of the Unblessed king? The spell she weaves over him is more than he can resist and, desperate to be the one to rule her, Merrick offers her a choice; either come with him until he tires of her...or die.

Warning: This book contains hot sex, violence, trickster goblins, overly helpful sprights, a king of necessary evil who lives to get his way and a woman who would dare to deny him.

Rating: Contains graphic sexual content, adult language, and violence.

About the Author

Michelle M. Pillow, Author of All Things Romance, is a multi-published, award-winning author writing in many romance fiction genres including futuristic, paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy and dark paranormal. Ever since she can remember, she has had a strange fascination with anything supernatural—ghosts, magical powers, and oh…vampires. What could be more alluring than being immortal, all-powerful, and eternally beautiful? After discovering historical romance novels, it was only natural that the supernatural and love/romance elements should someday meet in her wonderland of a brain. She’s glad they did for their children have been pouring onto the computer screen ever since. She has been on the Amazon bestseller list multiple times, nominated for the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, the winner of the 2006 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, nominated for the 2007 RT Award, a Brava Novella Contest Finalist and a PAN member of RWA. She writes a monthly interview column and is a journalist for Paranormal Underground Magazine. She has a BGS in History/Business with an English Minor, and a Photography degree. In 2009 she and fellow author Mandy M. Roth started their own highly successful publishing endeavor named The Raven Books. Michelle has titles published with The Raven Books, Pocket Books, Random House, Virgin Books, Adam’s Media, Samhain Publishing, Running Press, and more. She loves to hear from readers. They can contact her through her website www.michellepillow.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2679 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Raven Books (21 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E3C2L8A
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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ABOUT MICHELLE
Author of All Things Romance

As long as she can remember, Michelle has had a strange fascination with anything supernatural and sci-fi. After discovering historical romance novels, it was only natural that the supernatural and love/romance elements should someday meet in her wonderland of a brain. She's glad they did for their children have been pouring onto the computer screen ever since.

Michelle loves to travel and try new things, whether it's a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She's addicted to movies and used to drive her mother crazy while quoting random scenes with her brother. Though it has yet to happen, her dream is to be in a horror movie as 1. A zombie or 2. The expendable screaming chick who gets it in the beginning credits. But for the most part she can be found writing in her office with a cup of coffee in pajama pants.

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DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START?
Dragon Lords: Barbarian Prince - Bestselling Futuristic Romance

Maiden and the Monster - Award Winning Historical Romance

Divinity Warriors: Lilith Enraptured - Alternate Reality Romance

Tribes of the Vampire: Redeemer of Shadows - Dark Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed - Fantasy Romance

Matthews Sisters: Bit by the Bug - Light Contemporary Romance

WRITERLY STUFF
She is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres including futuristic, paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy and dark paranormal. She has been #1 on Amazon's Author Rank and on Amazon bestseller lists multiple times, nominated for the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, the winner of the 2006 RT Reviewers' Choice Award, nominated for the 2007 RT Award, a Brava Novella Contest Finalist. Michelle has titles with The Raven Books, Pocket Books, Random House, Virgin Books, Adam's Media, Samhain Publishing, Running Press, Entangled Publishing and more.



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michelle pillow, you rock! one of your best. 6 Mar 2014
By Kendra
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Liked everything
Recommend to everyone
I am such a fan of you work.
Keep them coming, just don't leave to big a time gap in between.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Labyrinth was a love story 25 Sep 2013
By Persephone of Erebus Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Merrick is intense. He doesn't deal in half measures. If he wants something, he will have it or he will destroy it so no one else can have it. He isn't some one to be trifled with. The relationship between Merrick and Juliana is all about possessiveness. Is that a bad thing? I say no. One of my favorite quotes is "I am my Beloveds and my Beloved is mine." That is from the bible, folks. Merrick wants to own Juliana. He doesn't want to stifle her of smother her because that would change who she is. He wants to call her his unconditionally. He is fine with being hers, in return.

Ms Pillow is very true to the nature of Merrick. He is who he is. There are never going to be words of tender endearments from him, but if you listen he does express his love. I liked the parallels to Labyrinth immensely. Two separate scenes are perfect mirrors of Sara/Jareth. One, when he tells Juliana to "Beg me, obey me, and I will be your slave." (Beg, woman! For the love of all that is good, beg!). The other is when he tells Juliana that he has "turned the world upside for you. I move the stars for no one." The book in now way is a direct rewrite of the Labyrinth. It just has a nice Labyrinth flavor.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and Enchanting! 8 April 2014
By D. J. Potter - Published on Amazon.com
Ms. Pillow recreated what I call the adult version of Labyrinth with KING OF THE UNBLESSED! I don’t know how she did it, but she even came up with a sexier “goblin king” than David Bowie! Yes, I believe I blushed more than once.

Lady Juliana of Bellemare, wants nothing more than a grand adventure before she is to be married. When one lives in the land of the Fae, one must be careful of what they wish for. She is a bit naive and does not know the really know what the world hold. As there were times I really wanted to grab a hold of the girl and shake her and say get it together chicka! I truly loved Juliana. She was a woman thinking outside the box and wanted what she wanted. In many ways she did get them!

Merrick, the King of the Unblessed, is dark, sexy and powerful. OMG, the long blond hair, I just wanted to run my finger through it. He is one of those Alpha’s alphas! He wants something and he gets it no matter what. But God, those eyes that make you want to melt. Kings have to do what kings have to do! I so fell in love with him!!

Merrick gave Juliana the adventure she wanted. Along with magic, deception, a bunch of magical creates to guide her along the way and passion beyond what Juliana could have imagined, she unknowing walks right in to the Unblessed Kings waiting hands. Merrick’s own deception turns on him, when he realized Juliana just might be more to him than her though she should be.

I want to start out by saying I am not much of a Historical romance reader. It’s not that I don’t like that aspect of romance, I have a tendency to get lost in it, but do I love the way they speak. I am however a huge paranormal romance fan. KING OF THE UNBLESSED was a surprisingly exciting read for me. Not only was it paranormal and fantasy together and had this wonderful historical setting that just blew me away. Mega props to Ms. Pillow for this awesome world building in the series. Yes I am a huge fan of world building. Not only is this Merrick and Juliana story, but you can see so many other story lines that could very well be a good book coming in this series!!

I listen to the audio version of this book. I have to be honest I had a little trouble with the narrator. Please do not give me wrong, Ross Pendleton, did an excellent job narrating. I had a hard time getting used his style. Upon the second listen of the book I was very much able to enjoy the wonderful enchanting tale that was told.
If you want to get lost is a fairytale that will heat up the pages as you are turning them, I suggest you go with the KING OF THE UNBLESSED.

I was given a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review. This review was originally posted at [...]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 5 18 Feb 2014
By Gaele - Published on Amazon.com
So I had so much fun with this author’s Divinity Warriors series, and the two medieval romances that were stand alones that I was really excited to be offered the opportunity to start on the Realm Immortal Audio Book.

There are really four or five different stories that comprise this book, making it the perfect introduction to the series and providing the never ending conflict that has existed for eons.
Set in the early 15th century, the medieval themes and references are beautifully integrated, showing the author’s true enjoyment of the fashion, customs and beliefs of the age.

The primary protagonists in this story are Lady Juliana, soon to be married and not relishing the decisions, but having no power to change her own destiny. Her life is reasonably carefree: she spends much time imagining and dreaming.

Merrick is the King of the Unblessed: an elven man with the task of separating the evil from the good, and finding a balance in the world. He hears Juliana speaking of her desire for adventure, and is instantly obsessed with her. When he arranges to kidnap Juliana and make her his own, the characters start to arrive fast and furious, and the subplots and major conflicts start to appear,.

Merrick and Juliana have a chemistry that is palpable: while she laments her lack of self-control around Merrick, she cannot help but enjoy their more lustful and steamy interactions. While Merrick is not one for soft words and gentle ministrations, his tender and considerate care for her, despite his often harsh delivery make his own internal struggles even more poignant.

See, Merrick and his brothers Lucien and Ean rule the three realms of the Immortals, Unblessed, Damned and Blessed. The three have a familial connection that none has severed, and this allows them a sense of one another’s emotions, presence and struggles. Merrick was never meant to take his throne, and for him the struggle between his own personal preferences and the necessary evil that he must loose on the world are constantly battling within him. Lucien is deliciously and unapologetically evil: his delight in all things dark and deviant are readily apparent, and his lover Mia alternates in awe, fear and desire of him. Ean is the King of the Blessed, and as such he fights for all that is good and right. Yet even he understands the need for some darkness to creep into the light: allowing for the reset of both nature and the true appreciation.

Add to that a castle full of goblins who love to be told children’s stories, two sprites with a love-hate relationship, gnomes, fairies and even a few of Juliana’s brothers and the action is fast paced with characters providing tension, laughs and even steam. While it puts me in the mind of the film Labyrinth in the unique voicing and introduction of characters, the unique inclusions of ultra-alpha males, humor and historical references make it utterly fresh and individual.

Narration is provided by Ross Pendleton, and the review on his delivery is mixed. While I found his narration to move beautifully from one character to the next, with enunciation that was clear and precise, there was a great effort expended to ‘act’ voices of characters, some working better than others. It took some time to acclimate myself to his voicing choices, and were I not familiar with a similar delivery style from a weekly podcast that I listen to, I would have found many of the changes in pitch, tone and pacing to be distracting. What I can say is that as you listen more the choices start to make sense and do not distract from the writing and the flow of the story.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book! 28 April 2014
By AC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would give this book 6 stars if I could! I LOVED this book.........fantastic. Storyline was excellent, characters very well written. I literally could not put this book down and did not want it to end. I have NO idea why the 2nd book Faery Queen is not available on Kindle or any other e format. I am not buying it in paperback, so I am forced to jump directly to book 3. I have no idea why this author did not make the 2nd book availed in ereader format. Cannot wait to read Stone Queen. Hope I did not miss out on too much by skipping Faery Queen :/
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new story with medieval humans tossed into a magical world 27 Nov 2014
By Gifted Heart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A lack of good communication causes many misunderstandings and sets things in motion that impact both worlds.

The social norms of the medieval humans is a shocking reminder of how rigid and sexist things were back then. The human characters accept it as the way things are and should be.

The magical world has so much tradition tied to certain roles that some behaviors are so expected, the characters don't even begin to think outside the box.

All of this comes together to create obstacles for the main characters and their burgeoning romance.

A good read.
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