The Cardinal's Whores

Adrienne Blake
The Cardinal's Whores
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Blushing Books
Release Date
August 2017
Historical Novel with Romantic Elements

When Joan Larke chases a renegade piglet to market, she has no idea that the little runt will lead her straight into destiny. The pig is captured by a handsome young cleric by the name of Thomas Wolsey. Though he is dressed in a humble cassock, she is at once taken in by his authoritative manner and self-confidence.
After a short acquaintance, Wolsey proposes Joan become his mistress, and Joan's ambitious brother practically forces her to say yes.

Wolsey's lust for power soon becomes an obsession. He will do anything and use anyone to rise in King Henry's court. Specializing in unearthing the secrets of the queen's ladies, he uses blackmail and manipulation to ensure he always has a spy in the king's bedchamber.

The papacy is within his grasp, so the love he once cherished is now an impediment. Joan fears he would imprison her in a nunnery to pave his way to the Vatican. Desperate to maintain her freedom, Joan turns to the Lady Anne Boleyn, Wolsey's greatest enemy. Joan offers the cardinal's darkest secret in exchange for her protection. Then all she can do is watch as the two enemies, Wolsey and Boleyn battle it out, each holding the other's fate in incriminating letters. If the stalemate is broken, the repercussions might cost them both, and everyone connected to them, their heads.

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Jul 19, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
64 people found the following review helpful
THE CARDINAL'S WHORES is the first book by this author I have read, and with the intriguing mix of fact and fiction she twisted into this story, she is definitely one on my watch list.

Joan Larke is a young woman, living with her brother, and hopeful for a marriage to a noble. However, when her path brings her to the attention of Thomas Wolsley, her life takes a different route. We stay with Wolsley throughout most of this book, but also see things from other's perspectives. This story touches on actual figures and events from that period of history, and then puts the author's take on things to make them fit here.

This was a very well written story, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading. The pacing was smooth, and the transition from one person's POV to the next was seamless. For those that like historical stories, something with a bit of steam, then I have no hesitation in recommending this one. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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