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Lovers and Beloveds (An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom Book 1) by [Miranda, MeiLin]
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A trapped immortal planning escape...
A prince who is the key...
And a suppressed, seductive history...

Just turned 18, Prince Temmin Antremont has finally joined his father's court, only to walk straight into a power struggle between the secular and the sacred. The twin gods of love and sex call Temmin to serve in the Lovers' Temple for two years, a call made even more tempting by the seductive twins who embody the gods.

Prophecy suggests that Temmin's entrance into the Temple spells the kingdom's end, and the King will stop at nothing to prevent it. But the king's own advisor, a strange immortal called Teacher, comes to Temmin's aid. Why? And does the kingdom's fate really hinge on one young man's decision?

Lovers and Beloveds is the first book in the acclaimed Victorianesque fantasy series An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom, which continues with Son in Sorrow.

Raves and a 4-star average at Goodreads!
"Everything I adore in high fantasy--lush worldbuilding, political intrigue, and compelling characters--combined with something I rarely find in high fantasy--intelligent, well-written, relevant sex. MeiLin Miranda's a damn fine writer and definitely one I'll be keeping my eye on in the future!" -- M.K. Hobson, author of The Native Star

"If George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series captures the gritty realism of medieval history,Lovers and Beloveds reveals the intimate and personal dynamics of power in aristocracies. It weaves together a rich multi-layered story that explores how sex and power shape history and individual destiny--sharing a perspective that's beyond the 'men, swords, and thrones' (capital H) history that's often seen in fantasy." -- book blogger Frida Fantastic

"[C]aptivating - almost like an anthropological study of sex, identity, gender, relationships, power, fetish, etc. Unlike your normal smut novel or porn piece, the sex is heart-breakingly realistic, full of warts and rough edges. ... Overall Rating: 4.5 stars. Thought-provoking, well-written, emotionally powerful." -- Maria T. Violante, Write, Read, Review blog

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2971 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
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  • Publisher: Sans Culotte Press (10 September 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043EX1S2
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very refreshing read 6 July 2014
By Coyote Bill - Published on
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I received this book during an Amazon free giveaway and I figured, how could I go wrong? I was right!

Others reviewers have competently synopsized this novel, so I wish to say just two things about it.

First, the writing feels honest. This is perhaps my most frequent complaint about fantasy; that the writing does not feel "honest". This is a subjective thing for me, and hard to describe, but I can see this world in my head as I read. I'm pretty jaded as to fantasy novels, so this is my highest praise.

The second thing is that the author wrote a story where sexual preferences are not the Victorian standard where we on Planet Earth seem to stand now. Men and women love and have sex in various combinations. The sexual equality was very refreshing!

The only reason this novel missed the fifth star (for me) is that in spite of the sexual equality in bed, women are still treated as chattel and are generally considered to be less intelligent than men, less politically savvy, and more or less worthless except for the begetting of heirs, bedtime fun and as pawns in the chess game of empire.

I welcome opposing opinions! I truly enjoyed this book and will be buying the sequel immediately.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fantasy, but story/sex ratio could be tweaked 20 July 2015
By Força Porto! - Published on
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This is a well-written, beautifully imagined fantasy that lingered too long on its descriptions of sexual acts. The descriptions were certainly necessary to the plot (and the title, for that matter), but I would have preferred a higher story-to-coitus ratio. [I'm speaking of my personal, non-prudish preference-- others might find the book fine as it is, or be turned off by the bisexual, temple-oriented sexuality altogether.]

I just wanted more of the story. I've a pretty good idea of what people do together after the clothes come off, and it's much the same whether on a distant and imagined world or in New York or Peoria (or Naha or Nairobi) if the characters involved are essentially, physiologically, human.

It's everything else that's going to be different on a foreign planet/in a foreign culture. I want to read more of MeiLin Miranda's descriptions of this marvelous semi-Edwardian, semi-feudal culture and the interrelationships of its various faiths and classes, and yes, of how sexuality affects and is affected by them. Less seems to be a waste of Miranda's real talent as a writer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An intimate fantasy 16 September 2012
By Caleb Blake - Published on
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Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews.

Temmin is the heir to the throne of Tremont, about to turn 18 and enter into manhood, and is still a virgin. That last detail might not seem so important - just a small item which might lead to an entertaining coming-of-age dalliance in an otherwise straightforward fantasy novel filled with kings and queens, intrigue and violence. However, in "Lovers and Beloveds", Temmin's virginity is key to the story.

Welcome to Tremont, a kingdom with nobility (the haves) and peasants (the have-nots) and a full compliment of gods and goddesses - including Nerr and Neya, the Lovers. And this is where our hero comes in. After meeting Allis, the "Embodiment" of Neya, Temmin is quite obviously besotted and sets upon a path to become a supplicant at the Lovers' temple. Actually, that pretty much wraps up the plot of this story. However, what I'm not doing justice to is the work the author has done to create an interesting society where sexuality is largely embraced and even worshipped in all its forms.

So let's discuss the sexuality in "Lovers and Beloveds". It's unavoidable in this case as the majority of the text either deals with sex scenes, discussing sex or thinking about sex. Firstly, only those "of age" need apply to read this book. Secondly, if you don't like explicit sex scenes, you will not like this book. Thirdly, if you are fairly narrow in your interpretation of what acceptable sexuality should be in literature, you will not like this book. However, if you like explicit sex scenes between men and women, and men and men, and women and women, trios, groups and even displays of public sex on religious holidays, there might be something in this book for you. Let me rephrase that - buy this book, you'll probably love it.

I'm not personally motivated to read a book with a "by the numbers" exploration of every facet of sexuality imaginable (which I have to say this book felt a little like at times). So it was going to be difficult for this story to make a lasting favourable impression on me. So was there anything here I liked? Luckily, there was.

I actually liked the way sexuality was integrated into the society and religion of Tremont. Even if the cynic in me thinks of it as a convenient device to legitimise a sextravaganza, I have to admit that it was very clever all the same. It even had me imagining what my own society might be like if sexuality was embraced in the same way. Additionally, I quite liked the characters in the book. Temmin himself was quite dim in many ways, but remained lovable throughout. It was hard to think ill of him learning about his future responsibilities as king while also trying to learn about himself and what kind of man he wanted to be. He's also surrounded by some interesting characters: the enigmatic Teacher, the loyal Jenks, even his obstructive father, Harsin. They all added colour and flavour to the story.

Some of the problems I had with the novel included the teaching of Temmin via a magical storybook. Through this device, We follow the narration of a piece of early Tremontine history. I think this magical book is going to be an undercurrent for the series, but I'm not entirely sure how the story of a woman cursed with the unyielding desire to have sex with any man who wants her forms any part of an education for Temmin. To me, the book merely fulfils the author's need to tell a saucy tale within a saucy tale. Less problematic was the fact that there are some mysteries that don't get revealed by the end of the first book. Why is it important for Temmin not to know that Jenks is actually Colonel Jenks - will he ever find out? What is the real story behind the Teacher and the Traveler Queen? And are we going to get more intrigue and story in the next volume, or are we going to spend the whole book trapped inside Temmin's sexual awakening?

Unfortunately for me, although I'd love to know the answer to some of those questions as there really are some intriguing elements to "Lovers and Beloveds", I just don't think I have the stamina for another multi-sexual Karma Sutra. I applaud the work that has gone into it and I know the sophistication of its telling will find an appreciative audience. If you feel like you could be the target audience, there really is no need to wait.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age 15 October 2014
By Paul from LA - Published on
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Lovers and Beloveds, is an intimate history. The book has all you need, action, intrigue, sex and magic, what more could you ask for? I felt like I was there with Temmin throughout the whole story. I really enjoyed this story, as I have all books I have read by MeiLin Miranda. She has a knack for developing her characters, plotting a story line and bringing everything into perspective, while grabbing and holding onto your mind with a book you do not want to put down or have it end. I highly recommend MeiLin Miranda's books and think, if you like the matter she writes about, you will love them and be panting for more. I look forward to more from this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Indie Novel 5 May 2014
By L. M. - Published on
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The first book in a trilogy--at least I think it's a trilogy--about the political and sexual education of Price Temmin, the good-natured but self-centered Heir to the throne of the Greater Kingdom. (He has a lot in common with Bertie Wooster when the story opens.) The novel has plenty to recommend it, including but not limited to: a well-developed cast of characters; political intrigue; strange religions; a coming of age plot; hot and steamy sex scenes; a story-within-the-story; a diverse range of female characters (though it does lack in racial variety); magic, mystery and mayhem.

Lovers and Beloveds is a standout in the sea of free, self-published novels. I highly recommend it!

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