Cooper Davis on A King Undone and Slow Burn UST versus Insta-Consummation ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway NSFW 18+

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Book 1 in the Noble Pleasures Series

Title: A King Undone
Author: Cooper Davis
Publisher: Samhain
Publication Date:12/09/2014
Genre/Sub-Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Fantasy, Gay, Gay Fiction, Historical

Blurb:

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.

Slow Burn UST versus Insta-Consummation: The Story Sets the Stage:

I obviously love a really sexy book, just like the next reader of male/male, or I wouldn’t write in the genre, nor have read hundreds upon hundreds of male/male romances. Beyond that, over the years I’ve written some very sensual and steamy hot stories (See: Taking You Home and that smoking sex scene with Hunter and Max pressed up against the glass hotel window. Um, yes. That!) But recently, I’ve realized that I’m most comfortable when the story itself dictates how fast the heroes land in bed—and even the overall heat level of the work. The sensuality of any story should be organic and real to the characters themselves, and the outworking of their romance.

Which is why my latest, A KING UNDONE, is hot—make no mistake—but it is more of a slow burn UST type story. Trust me, there’s an abundance of awakening kisses, tentative-turned eager explorations below the loosened belt. And, yes, ultimately there’s erotic consummation in a bedstead that can only be deemed a downright bridal bower of sensual silks and golds and candles.

It’s been interesting to me that some readers find this sort of slow burn frustrating, which surprises me more than I thought it would. I guess because I personally don’t mind heavy UST (I’m a huge Captive Prince fan, after all.) It strikes me that readers these days now expect a meet-to-bed-in-sixty seconds because of the current trends in digital romance and erotica. But here’s the thing: I personally believe that delayed consummation creates even more tension, at least for me as a reader. Once a couple has gotten together, I find that—unless handled just right—a certain amount of air goes out of the story. That’s not true for nearly every story, of course. But sometimes I’m like, “Okay, I just got my needs met. Not that keen on staying around.” Do any of you feel this way? Or is it just too frustrating to endure the slow burn of courtship and dating (depends on historical vs contemporary as to which term I’m going to use! HA!)

With A KING UNDONE, All the obvious indicators were that if King Arend hired a bedroom tutor, this would be one long erotic tale of instruction, with ever-increasing daringness. But the thing was this—Arend had denied this part of himself so long, and endured a marriage to a female for years—by the time Jules comes to him? He’s making massive leaps just to hire Jules, much less start becoming intimate. I like, too, the contradiction of a man hiring a bed servant, then not quite having the self-possession to use his services right away.

I also wanted this book to be a classic, incredibly old school romance. Like an homage to Woodiwiss, Mary Balogh, or Amanda Quick. It’s honestly almost meant to be a bit tongue in cheek, the clear homage, because I thought it would be so fun to take the notion of those classic romances and turn them on their head. Make it an acceptable given that men could court men, even as doing so caused just as much gossip among my world’s high society as it does among the ton.

Yet, looking to book three, A GENTLEMAN REVEALED, which will feature Alistair Finley, King Arend’s stuffy, somewhat portly royal secretary, I know that story is far more about the hot and sultry sex. Why? Because Alistair needs someone to make him see how hot and gorgeous he is—needs someone to unbutton his starchy self. In that book, a much higher level of sensual heat is true to the characters. Jules in A KING UNDONE is a bedroom tutor, so ironically things play out more like a courtship. I won’t say who Alistair’s love match is, but let’s just say that he’s the perfect man to make Alistair see himself as the handsome, alluring and sexy man he really is.

It’s almost like casting against type with these two couples. You’d think that Alistair, for his uptight ways, would be the one who slowly comes undone—and you’d think that a story with a bed tutor would be nothing but smut. But it’s always most interesting when you cast anything—a movie or a story—against the expected type or archetype.

So if you love reading a slow burn, old school historical romance, where courtship and where the characters fall desperately in love? I think you’ll enjoy A KING UNDONE.

About the Author:

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).

Author Links:

Contact info: http://cooperdavisbooks.com/contact/
Website: http://cooperdavisbooks.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CooperDavisBook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cooperdavisbooks

Buy Links:

Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
iTunes / iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

Giveaway:

Cooper Davis has kindly offered one (1) eBook copy of A KING UNDONE for either Kindle or NOOK (winner’s choice).

Locally held contests will end 7 days from original posting date at 8pm CST. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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14 thoughts on “Cooper Davis on A King Undone and Slow Burn UST versus Insta-Consummation ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway NSFW 18+

  1. I remember watching “My Beautiful Launderette” it was a wonderful film and just after that I watched “Maurice” which is one of Favourite films. I love historical books and I’m looking forward to reading this one thank you for the giveaway.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

  2. I first got into romance by reading historical romance where there was a definite UST until about 50% of the way through, so this is right up my alley. Thanks for the chance to win. Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. I love a slow burn. Also enjoy a faster connection, but the slow burn is my fav. Thanks for the post and contest!

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

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