The King's Pleasure

Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
In the kingdom of Himeros, Abigail is despised for her gypsy heritage. Pushed to the fringes of society, she’s forced to break the law in order to help feed her family. When a castle guard catches her stealing bread, he intends to cut off her hand for the offense. The king spares her from the guard's blade and takes her as his slave instead. More
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KITTY THOMAS writes dark sexy stories that play with power. She began publishing in early 2010 and is considered one of the original authors of the dark romance subgenre.

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Reviews of The King's Pleasure by Kitty Thomas

curmudgeon reviewed on May 27, 2013

Good story.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
AsianCocoa reviewed on March 10, 2012

The King’s Pleasure is the third novella in Kitty Thomas’ erotic fairy tale collection. This novella was my favorite one out of all of them. It pushed every one of my dark, erotic, kinky buttons.

I know I’m in for a sexy treat when opening up a Kitty novel. I almost always love her heroes and this story was no exception. Niall was a dominant & dangerous hero with a soft spot for his slave. Abby was a strong heroine who would endure anything to prove her love and loyalty to her master.

Living her whole life on the fringes of the kingdom, Abby is ignorant of the hedonistic culture of the King’s court. After deciding to take Abby as his slave, Niall begins to teach her the carnal ways of the Himeros society. She gets indoctrinated into the sexually open culture of the kingdom rather quickly as guests start arriving to court and preparations are made for the weekend feasts and festival. And, oh my! What a wicked, sexy festival! Once night falls, children and citizens not wanting to participate in the evening’s orgies leave and the debauchery begins. The author joked that she must have been on horny drugs when she wrote the scene and I think she was! It’s a very intense erotic scene with lots of dirty explicit activities going on.

Shortly after the festival the story takes a dark turn when seeds of doubt are planted in Niall’s mind regarding Abby’s intentions. The latter half of the novella is a bit alarming and tortuous and my heart went out to Abby. I was so caught up in the emotional whirlwind that I worried about how the story would end.

This was another amazing story from the beautifully erotic imagination of Kitty Thomas. The King’s Pleasure is highly recommended for every erotic romance fan who likes their stories dark and their boundaries pushed.
(reviewed 84 days after purchase)
Bex reviewed on Jan. 16, 2012

Warning: This book contains master/slave, group sexual activity, mild sadomasochism, oral and anal play, exhibitionism, and voyeurism

Wow. As always I’m blown away by yet an amazing read by Kitty Thomas! It doesn’t matter if it’s a novella or novel, they all manage to hook me just the same and refuse to release me even after I’m finished. I always crave more of her work, so when I hear another story is coming out I can’t help but be excited and The King’s Pleasure was of course no exception. After having read it I can only say it definitely didn’t disappoint. Thomas’s work is different from anything I’ve ever read and she’s without a doubt one of my top 5 favorite authors!

In The King’s Pleasure we meet Abigail who is half gypsy and because of her heritages, therefore isn’t quite accepted in either society. One day she’s caught stealing bread from the castle and faces the punishment to have her hand cut off. Woken by her screams however, the king himself saves her. Intrigued by her heritage which hasn’t taught her about the same sexual freedom the kingdom itself has, he decides to take her as his slave, an honor, instead of any of the specifically raised women in the castle and she will now serve for the king’s pleasure…

The world was really interesting as it is a mixture of modern technology in a more historical setting and I have to say it’s definitely the first time I’ve read anything about a society with such sexual freedoms as this one! But I do admit I, just as Abigail, found it quite fascinating. Especially their bigger events! It was also quite fascinating how the king instead of choosing a queen got to choose a slave or a harem. There’s actually a really good quote explaining this reason from the novella itself:

“Typically it was an honor to be brought into the king’s harem, not an insult. This was especially true of the woman chosen first, whose status was hardly different than that of a queen in other kingdoms.

Most queens were little more than slaves when you thought about it. As long as there existed a king, her power was whatever he indulged her with. Was honesty in labels not a better thing than polite lies?”

I really loved both characters and how they bonded throughout the story. I admire Abigail for so quickly coming to accept the new ways she was introduced to and trusting Niall so completely. I thought Niall himself was a wonderful Master as well. Even if he did have a moment of doubt that ended up quite awful, I could’t dislike him for it. I continued, as I always do with Thomas’s work, to feel what Abigail herself felt towards him, who already trusted him and quickly forgave him. Seeing things from his point of view also helped getting a clear understanding of why certain actions were taken. I actually think in the end their bond was one of my favorite ones I’ve come across yet in Thomas’s stories!

If you’re a fan of Thomas’s work already or enjoy your erotica dark with a bit of a psychological twist to it, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one. However, I realize that not everyone will enjoy her work since it is quite intense. The King’s Pleasure is also not one of the less intense she’s written, but like she said herself when I received it for review; it’s way dirty and most definitely on level 11! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I absolutely love her work!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
Grinelda Markowitz reviewed on Jan. 7, 2012

The story line and character development are very nicely done. I think the concepts of social hierarchies and social denial are worked nicely into the story line. The situations and characters are believable even within this fictional setting. The sexual content fits well into the overall theme of the story as well as the concepts contributing to the story line. The sex doesn't seem to be an afterthought used to fill the requirements for an erotic context. A good read and I look forward to reading more from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
KT Grant reviewed on Jan. 2, 2012

When I first started reading romance as a wee little lass, my favorite authors to read were Beatrice Small and Victoria Holt. They wrote the naughtiest slave girl being sexually mastered by the sheik or desert ruler tales I’ve read. Well, Small was more on the erotic side, while Holt was a lot more subtle. When I saw Kitty Thomas had written her own spin on the sex slave girl being owned by a king of some alternate land where the general population is very open with their sexuality, much like the disturbing movie cult classic, Caligula, I decided to give The King’s Pleasure a read. Kitty is known for writing dark and disturbing erotic but The King’s Pleasure seemed more on the lighter side for me, even though Kitty does make a mention that The King's Pleasure is one of the "dirtiest" stories she'd written.

The King’s Pleasure is a 34 page short story set in the kingdom of Himeros. Abigail is a poor half-gypsy who sneaks into the newly crowned king’s castle to steal bread for her starving family. Abigail is caught by the king's guard and is about to have her hand cut off when Niall, the king is woken up. He finds this punishment to be too cruel and since he is a more compassionate ruler than his father was, he stops the punishment. Since Niall hasn’t created his own harem of women to satisfy him sexually as is expected, he’ll keep Abigail as his own one woman harem. Abigail is frightened because she was never taught to pleasure men like most of the gypsy women of Himeros have been. She doesn’t understand why the king would be interested in a half-breed gypsy girl like her. But when Niall treats her kindly and makes certain her family is well taken care of, she sacrifices herself and welcomes his tutelage in the arts of sex, lovemaking and other sexual desires and positions.

Since Himeros is very open and accepting of sex, and in public. Niall has many festivals where men and women enjoy each other. Niall doesn’t keep Abigail sequestered away in his bedroom for his own pleasure, but is very open in acting on his desire for her. He allows his trusted officials and friends to enjoy Abigail while he watches, but only he has the ultimate say and ownership over Abigail.

Abigail is now more open with her sexuality thanks to Niall, even with his sharing. Half way through I was enjoying this sexy tale, although I would have liked more scenes of bedroom play between the king and his innocent thinking slave girl. But then during a Roman orgy type sex party, something described stopped me in my tracks and icked me out. As a reader, I’m very open to most sexual acts described in erotic romance. I can handle BDSM, multiple partners, instruments stuck in places in a person’s body that has no right being inserted, but when bestiality is added into the mix, that’s where I say, no thank you.

The King’s Pleasure has a mention of doggy love, and not the type where man’s best friend plays fetch or even snuggles up to his/her owner. It seems here, that man’s best friend is a woman’s best friend thanks to what a dog’s tongue can do for a woman in a not so pleasant and shocking way that really doesn’t fit, but just adds to the sensationalism of the story.

Why not decide for yourself if I’m overacting by this excerpt:

Abby looked on in horror at the depravity that had been kicked to a new level. Over at one table, two men held a woman’s thighs open while they coaxed a dog to lick between her legs. She screamed, “No, please, stop,” but it was clearly an act, because she was giggling and pressing her mound harder against the dog’s tongue, already approaching her orgasm. Then the men started pouring wine over her breasts and sucking it off, teasing her with threats of even worse things they had in store for her later.

“Are you all right, Abigail?” Niall asked as he came closer and wrapped his arms around her.

Despite not wanting to coddle her, he was concerned by how she’d take some of the more extreme behaviors.

“Aren’t you going to stop that?” She pointed at the woman with the men and dog.

“Why? No one is in any danger. The dog isn’t being forced. No one is being hurt.”

“It’s just so … gross.”

He shrugged, long past too jaded to care about the introduction of animals to the evening’s festivities. It was her first formal orgy; she’d adjust eventually. A few of the foreign guests on their first trip to Himeros would surely go back to report on what barbaric demons they all were, even though it was only one small trio engaging in the activity. People loved to blow things out of proportion.”

I realize there’s an audience for everything, even humans who have sex with animals in fiction, but I’m not that open or that understanding as a reader. I see no such reason for Kitty to add this description, even one mentioned in passing. It’s one thing for humans to engage in shocking and disturbing the sex acts because it’s consensual. Even if an animal like a dog, horse, or sheep may seem to be enjoying themselves based on what the author’s describes such as in The King’s Pleasure, it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

After reading that section, I found I couldn’t continue, so I ended up DNFing The King’s Pleasure and looked for something more innocent in the hopes to bleach my eyes by what I read. Such a shame, because I do feel Kitty has a skill as a writer of erotica, but perhaps it’s best if she leaves the bestiality out of her work.

Final Grade: If there was no bestiality, I would have given this a C. The King’s Pleasure was just too short and at times seemed rushed with the action and interaction with Niall and Abigail. Also I felt the price of $2.99 was too high for a 34 page story. Better to be priced at.99 cents.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Danielle Binks reviewed on Dec. 28, 2011

Abigail has just been spared, upon mercy of the King. Caught stealing bread from within the palace walls, punishment should be swift and merciless, an eye for an eye. Abigail’s punishment should be especially severe, since she is part-gypsy. But King Niall has intervened, desperate to show his people he’s not the tyrant his father was.

But Niall has big plans for Abigail. Because he’s not sparing her life for nothing; he intends to make her his slave – the first (and quite possibly only) woman in his harem. With Abigail by his side, Niall intends to mend the discrimination against gypsies and set the kingdom of Himeros on a new, peaceful, course.

‘The King’s Pleasure’ is the new novella from literary erotica author, Kitty Thomas.

The novella is set in an alternate world that is at once like ours, but with a skewed history. There is limited technology, a feudal system and very different outlooks on sexuality. In the kingdom of Himeros to be one of the King’s slaves is a great honour. Women are groomed for the harem from birth. But the new king, Niall, is uneasy with the customs of the harem. The women are robotic and calculating, they play at love and lust like a masterful game of chess, and Niall can’t help but feel more like the pawn than the king.

And then he meets Abigail, in the most unusual of circumstances. True, when Niall first discovers Abigail, stealing from the palace kitchen, he is quick to spare a beggar girl an unnecessarily cruel punishment. But when Niall discovers that she is also part gypsy, an idea forms in his head . . .

The Himeros elite expect Niall to treat Abigail and the other gypsies the same way as his father, the former King, did. But although Niall is an expert warrior, he has no wish for such unnecessary cruelty in his kingdom. Through Abigail he has found a way to mend the wrongs of the past, and set his kingdom on a peaceful path. But Niall gets more than he bargained for when he starts to feel for Abigail as more than a political ploy. . .

As with all of Kitty Thomas’s erotica novellas, ‘The King’s Pleasure’ is a world unto itself and a succulent little slice of story. There’s so much packed into this little novella; politics, love, romance and a beautifully erotic tale between a king and his ‘slave’ (whose love turns a kingdom on its head). Beautiful, as always, I can’t wait for Thomas’s next novella, ‘The Last Girl’, coming early in 2012.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
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