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Behind Closed Doors Kindle Ü Behind Closed  Epub /
  • Paperback
  • 371 pages
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • Betina Krahn
  • English
  • 19 September 2017
  • 0380757796

Behind Closed Doors[PDF / Epub] ☆ Behind Closed Doors By Betina Krahn – Essayreview.co.uk Under the Queen s protective eyeIn the halls of a conniving courtBehind Closed DoorsManly and magnificent Count Rugar Kalisson swears vengeance on the insulting, overbearing English who hate and scorn Under the Queen s protective eyeIn the halls of a conniving courtBehind Closed DoorsManly and magnificent Count Rugar Kalisson swears vengeance on the insulting, overbearing English who hate and scorn him for his Swedish heritage vowing to best Elizabeth s knights in contestand her ladies in love A sheltered English rose and a virile Viking nobleman are drawn together by rapturous and reckless passion surrendering to Behind Closed Epub / the forbidden ecstasy of a bold, soul searing love that would inflame the wrath of a jealous Queenand provoke a diplomatic scandal.


About the Author: Betina Krahn

Krahn, born Betina Maynard, is the second daughter of Dors Maynard and Regina Triplett Krahn learned to read at the age of four, and began making up her own stories when she was only six In fifth grade she won a silver Noble Order of Bookworms pin for her achievements in reading, and the following year she began writing down her storiesKrane was graduated from high Behind Closed Epub / school in Newark, Ohio and received a BS in Education Biological Sciences at Ohio State University After college, Krahn taught science in Newark, and studied for a graduate degree at Ohio State in the summers It was during those summers that she met her future husband, physics graduate student Donald KrahnThe family moved to Oklahoma, where Krahn finished the work for her Masters of Education in Counseling in In , she gave birth to her first child, Nathan, with the second son Zebulun arriving in With two young children, Krahn became a stay at home mother for a time, also finding time to volunteer on a community board working to get funding for mental health care in part of Western Oklahoma Once the funding was secured, Krahn worked as an HR director for a mental health center.


10 thoughts on “Behind Closed Doors

  1. says:

    I really, really love Betina Krahn s latest books, especially her current series about the Bumgarten family of dollar princesses , but this isn t one of those It was originally published in 1991, which I realised to my dismay a few pages into it when I started thinking that it read very old skool and went to Goodreads to check I mean it s not old skool like something from the 1970s which features forced kisses and other icky nonconsensual things, but it does start off with a hero having re I really, really love Betina Krahn s latest books, especially her current series about the Bumgarten family of dollar princesses , but this isn t one of those It was originally published in 1991, which I realised to my dismay a few pages into it when I started thinking that it read very old skool and went to Goodreads to check I mean it s not old skool like something from the 1970s which features forced kisses and other icky nonconsensual things, but it does start off with a hero having revenge fantasies about heartlessly seducing women he doesn t even know, something which is a pretty instant turn off and I don t think you d see published in a romance today.The book needs trigger warnings for child sexual abuse the hero was raped by an older woman at court when he was 13 and for animal cruelty there s a way too graphic scene where a bear, bull and ape are baited and killed by dogs for the entertainment of the Elizabethan court Rugar, the hero, starts off overbearing but it s slowly revealed that he does have a difficult history which has had the logical result of turning him into something of a control freak who hates to lose at anything Pitting himself against Queen Elizabeth, however, is nothing short of foolhardy, because Elizabeth really didn t tolerate losing well at all, and Rugar s not the only one the queen s anger falls upon.Which brings us to Corinne, our heroine, a favourite of the queen because of her innocence, her quick mind, her beauty and, frankly, her being a massive Mary Sue Corrie is quite literally too perfect for words and as perfect people do, she really quickly started to get on my nerves Even a potential enemy is charmed into becoming an ally by Corinne being just her adorably artless self, something which came off really unlikely given the Mean Girls vibe the court ladies gave off in general That s actually very historically accurate given what we know of Elizabeth I s court historical accuracy is probably this book s strongest point and I found nothing to quibble with on that front at all Scenes featuring the queen herself were fascinating, showing Elizabeth as strong willed, tireless and perpetually Angry at the world she found herself living in I wantedof her and less of the perfect Corinne.No matter how well written and historically accurate the book, though, the fact that I didn t like either of the two main protagonists in the romance leave this as a three star for me It s not terrible, but it s not up to the standard of Betina Krahn srecent writing Disclaimer I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley

  2. says:

    This is a book from 1991 that is being rereleased to ebook version It takes place during the reign of Elizabeth, mostly at her court and a small bit in Sweden.Rugar has come to the English court as an ambassador for Sweden, but he comes bearing a grudge Corinna has been sheltered and protected her whole life She is invited to Elizabeth s court to be one of her maids of honor and they meet.So this book Well, there was a lot I really liked about it And yet, a lot that bothered me I think you This is a book from 1991 that is being rereleased to ebook version It takes place during the reign of Elizabeth, mostly at her court and a small bit in Sweden.Rugar has come to the English court as an ambassador for Sweden, but he comes bearing a grudge Corinna has been sheltered and protected her whole life She is invited to Elizabeth s court to be one of her maids of honor and they meet.So this book Well, there was a lot I really liked about it And yet, a lot that bothered me I think you should try this book if you are interesting in reading about a different time period Seeing the court during Elizabeth s reign was fun, different Betina Krahn did a great job of pulling me into that world, experiencing the fun and drama of court life as it could have been If you like a busy plot you might like this If you want to read about Elizabeth and her reign, you would probably like this too The queen is in this book a lot and interfering in their relationship.There s a bit of tension, a few kisses, a few scenes I wouldn t say it s overly steamy, but its not clean Middle of the road.Thing things I didn t like about this book was it felt like it was all shenanigans There was always SOMETHING going on It never seemed to be just about the two of them Someone was always being abducted or manipulated and just non stop drama I felt like the book was half about the queen and half about their relationship The other thing that bothered me was that Rugar was actively attempting to get with other women after he met and liked Corinna Nothing ends up happening and he was always thinking about driving her out of his head, but it still bothered me It only lasts a chapter or so, but still.Anyone else try Betina Krahn I don t think I ve ever heard her talked about I would definitely try another one of her novels thoughI was able to receive an ARC copy complimentary from netgalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own

  3. says:

    Good book I especially enjoyed the setting of this one Historical romances are overwhelmingly Regency era, but this one takes place mostly at the court of Elizabeth I with a little bit in Sweden I felt that the portrayal of the intrigue and attitudes of the time were very well done That said, the first 20% or so of the book dragged a little for me, but once Corrie and Rugar met, the story picked up quite nicely.Corrie is eighteen years old and has been kept very sheltered by her parents Tha Good book I especially enjoyed the setting of this one Historical romances are overwhelmingly Regency era, but this one takes place mostly at the court of Elizabeth I with a little bit in Sweden I felt that the portrayal of the intrigue and attitudes of the time were very well done That said, the first 20% or so of the book dragged a little for me, but once Corrie and Rugar met, the story picked up quite nicely.Corrie is eighteen years old and has been kept very sheltered by her parents That comes to an end when Queen Elizabeth stops while on her progress around the country and takes a liking to Corrie She insists that Corrie becomes one of her maids of honor This horrifies her parents who are very familiar with the Queen s court and its ways, but they have no choice Meanwhile, Corrie is thrilled with the opportunity to experience a wider world It isn t long before Corrie becomes the queen s favorite There are drawbacks to this, as Elizabeth is very possessive and warns off anyone who threatens her relationship with Corrie especially the men In spite of her intelligence and extensive education, Corrie is oblivious to the queen s machinations.Meanwhile, Rugar is named ambassador to England by the king of Sweden and sent to establish good relations with the queen This suits him to a T as he has personal reasons for going As a lad of twelve, Rugar visited the court with his father, who was sent to propose a marriage between Elizabeth and the Swedish king They were not treated kindly but mocked and derided for their differences Rugar s father never recovered from the shame he felt at his failure, leaving Rugar burning with the desire for revenge He arrives at the court determined to beat all the men in their manly contests and to seduce the queen s ladies.It s at this point that the story picks up interest for me Rugar is bowled over by his first sight of Corrie and makes her the target of his attentions He is certain that she is just as immoral as all the other women of the court Corrie is overwhelmed by Rugar s attentions, having never experienced anything like it Her forthright nature supports Rugar s assumptions and his single minded pursuit of her I really enjoyed their interactions Corrie s innocent reactions and questions draw Rugar closer to her He is enchanted by her inquisitive nature and the passion he senses below her surface As Rugar s attention stirs her senses, Corrie is determined to experience everything that she can But as she becomes bolder, Rugar has to face the fact that he misjudged Corrie s experience, and tries to pull away I ached for both of them at this point, because Corrie has fallen hard for Rugar, even though she feels that there is no future in it Rugar, who has reasons for avoiding innocents, is determined to stay away from her but finds it impossible to do so Dismayed to realize that he has fallen in love with her, Rugar is determined to protect her, even from himself.There are outside forces that are determined to interfere Elizabeth is angered by Rugar s attention to Corrie, even though she warned him off She sets one of her spies on him, looking for a reason to send him away Unfortunately, her spy has his own agenda He has harbored a grudge against Corrie s parents for many years and looks on this a chance to even the score When Corrie and Rugar are discovered in a compromising position, Elizabeth s rage knows no bounds.The last part of the book flew by for me, as Corrie and Rugar escape the queen s attempts to keep them apart and flee to Sweden I loved Corrie s joy in being there and ached for her as she faced resistance from Rugar s people It was interesting to see Rugar s reaction to what happened and the effect it had on his view of the past I was glued to the pages as the queen s fury continued to build and ripped Corrie and Rugar apart I loved Rugar s determination to get her back, no matter what he had to do The final showdown with the queen was a nailbiter I loved Rugar s reaction to her demands and how he regained the upper hand The epilogue was a terrific wrap up to the story.There was also a secondary romance between Corrie s cousin Anne and Rugar s friend Torgne The sparks flew between them from the start Torgne, like Rugar, had a low opinion of English morals Anne, a relatively recent widow, is not ashamed of her needs and gets a great deal of satisfaction out of tempting him When an unexpected mix up throws the two of them together, the sparks burst into flame I loved the scene on the ship as Anne goes all out to break through Torgne s resistance With both of them caught up in Elizabeth s outrage, there was some question as to their chances of a future together I loved the scene at the end, as Rugar suggests the perfect punishment for Torgne s crimes

  4. says:

    3.5 stars.This was one of those reads where if I read it at any other time, or if I reread it, I probably would have had a lot of issues with it that would put thisin the 2 2.5 star range but I did read it at the right time Now I ve been wanting needing a historical romance set in Late Plantagenet Tudor Elizabethan era, I have a couple on my shelf set I think when Henry VIII was King but this one caught my eye Corrie is one of Elizabeth s maids of honor, actually she s a favorite of El 3.5 stars.This was one of those reads where if I read it at any other time, or if I reread it, I probably would have had a lot of issues with it that would put thisin the 2 2.5 star range but I did read it at the right time Now I ve been wanting needing a historical romance set in Late Plantagenet Tudor Elizabethan era, I have a couple on my shelf set I think when Henry VIII was King but this one caught my eye Corrie is one of Elizabeth s maids of honor, actually she s a favorite of Elizabeth s maids of honor Rugar is a Swedish Count and is an ambassador for the King, he also wants to get revenge for slights that Elizabeth gave his father years ago and essentially get all the women close to Elizabeth into his bed, which would tick the Queen off However he is instantly captivated by Corrie and sets out to make her the first he defiles Rugar thinks she sexperienced than she actually is and when he finds out she s never been with a man in any way he casts her aside and pursues every other woman in the court Behind Closed Doors started out really slowly The first 50 pages were kind of boring but then finally when Rugar gets to court the story picks up a lot and from there stuff started happening As I was reading this, I didn t really like either Corrie or Rugar Rugar because of how he treated Corrie after he found out she was still very innocent and Corrie because she kept going after him She would catch him walking, being close with, or whispering in other women s ears and still think the best of him and chase after him Both got on my nerves However I really enjoyed this Didn t want to put it down

  5. says:

    A young naive Corrie becomes one of Queen Elizabeth s maids of honor, against her parents wishes, but she has no choice An entire world opens up for her and she soon becomes a favorite of the Queen The drawbacks though are numerous as she is possessive of Corrie and almost keeps everyone away Rugar Kalisson, a Swede, is sent by his King as an ambassador to England He dislikes the English and especially the virtuous English women plus he has revenge on his mind and when he sees Corrie, he set A young naive Corrie becomes one of Queen Elizabeth s maids of honor, against her parents wishes, but she has no choice An entire world opens up for her and she soon becomes a favorite of the Queen The drawbacks though are numerous as she is possessive of Corrie and almost keeps everyone away Rugar Kalisson, a Swede, is sent by his King as an ambassador to England He dislikes the English and especially the virtuous English women plus he has revenge on his mind and when he sees Corrie, he sets his sights.The author takes us into the historical times of Queen Elizabeth and makes the world come alive Intrigue, revenge, humor, an obsessive Queen and the sparks of a romance that are bound to burn bright.Really enjoyed this story and know you will too

  6. says:

    I completely loved this, a fabulous and exciting tale of a wickedly attractive but flawed Viking hero, Rugar determined to best Queen Elizabeth for her slights against his people and his father, once an emissary to her court from Sweden He decides to best all her knights and seduce his way through her retinue but is stopped in his tracks by his inconvenient attraction to the beautiful and clever Corina Huntington, The queen s beloved and newest Lady in Waiting.I know that this is an old fashion I completely loved this, a fabulous and exciting tale of a wickedly attractive but flawed Viking hero, Rugar determined to best Queen Elizabeth for her slights against his people and his father, once an emissary to her court from Sweden He decides to best all her knights and seduce his way through her retinue but is stopped in his tracks by his inconvenient attraction to the beautiful and clever Corina Huntington, The queen s beloved and newest Lady in Waiting.I know that this is an old fashioned romance, and so the heroine is impossibly perfect, beautiful, innocent, kind and selfless, as well as intelligent and learned, but heck this is a romance,, and so I do love this type of heroine when written well, and Corina is not stuffy, I like the way she accepts and befriends her scandalous cousin for instance. Rugar is a rugged alpha hero, who is brought down to earth with a bump because of his love for Corina, and the way his own prejudice against the English are reflected back to him by the way the Swedish court treat Corina when he takes her there as his bride Once Corina and Rugar are compromised by their behaviour, they are wed, but as Elizabeth and others plot to separate the lovers and destroy Rugar, can they outwit their powerful adversaries and find a way to be happy across their two cultures.The joy in this book for me was the way that Bettina Krahn depicts life at court, with its shallowness, frustrations, and how she portrayed the queen as vindictive yes, trying to keep Corina with her, and hurt Rugar, but also how isolated and difficult her position was, and how she was human underneath her rank and court intrigues It was a really exciting plot with lots of interesting historical detail, and characters I really rooted for.Highly recommended, if you like an old school historical.I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book via Netgalley and all opinions are my own

  7. says:

    As Queen Elizabeth s prized new lady in waiting, Corrina Huntington is beautiful, innocent, and eager to know the world beyond her sheltered home especially the mysteries of love Despite the queen s vow of protection, Corrie soon finds herself swept into the intrigues of the court, rampant with plots and pleasures and discoversthan she ever imagined Manly and magnificent, Count Rugar Kalisson swears vengeance on the insulting, overbearing English who scorn him for his Swedish heritage H As Queen Elizabeth s prized new lady in waiting, Corrina Huntington is beautiful, innocent, and eager to know the world beyond her sheltered home especially the mysteries of love Despite the queen s vow of protection, Corrie soon finds herself swept into the intrigues of the court, rampant with plots and pleasures and discoversthan she ever imagined Manly and magnificent, Count Rugar Kalisson swears vengeance on the insulting, overbearing English who scorn him for his Swedish heritage He vows to best the vain queen s knights in contest, and her ladies in seduction including her latest pet Love is not part of his plan, yet he and the sheltered English rose are soon drawn together by a reckless passion a forbidden bond that will not only inflame the wrath of a jealous Queen, but provoke a diplomatic scandal.This was an ok story I don t know why, but any books I ve read that are rereleases from years past just haven t worked for me and this one is the same I don t know why I think part of it is the way females were written in previous decades that just don t work any I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

  8. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The start of the book was slow If not for the stay at home order I may have stopped reading this book It is this reason that I only rated this book 3 stars That is not to say there was nothing good about the start of the book The pace picks up once the primary hero Rugar realizes that he is well and truly smitten with the primary heroine Corrina I saw primary because there is secondary couple that can also be called hero Torgne and heroine Anne but they are supporting characters Wi The start of the book was slow If not for the stay at home order I may have stopped reading this book It is this reason that I only rated this book 3 stars That is not to say there was nothing good about the start of the book The pace picks up once the primary hero Rugar realizes that he is well and truly smitten with the primary heroine Corrina I saw primary because there is secondary couple that can also be called hero Torgne and heroine Anne but they are supporting characters With the main setting being the court of Queen Elizabeth I, there is a lot of court intrigue While it is difficult to know how historically accurate, the book shows behind the scenes views of the Queen s life and decision making Those scenes are entirely believable yet one questions how quickly she would have made a decision based on one conversation with an advisor The latter part of the story does prove surprising in how the issue of where both couples live Sweden or England is resolved

  9. says:

    really enjoyed Betina Krahn s Behind Closed Doors In it, Ms Krahn gives her readers a fictionalized view of what life could have been like in Elizabeth I s court She tells it from the point of view of one of her ladies in waiting, young Corrina Huntington, a once sheltered innocent newly arrived at court Corrie, who while fulfilling her tasks for the queen finds herself often confused by the actions of those around her When she meets Count Rugar Kalisson, Corrie s life changes drastically, really enjoyed Betina Krahn s Behind Closed Doors In it, Ms Krahn gives her readers a fictionalized view of what life could have been like in Elizabeth I s court She tells it from the point of view of one of her ladies in waiting, young Corrina Huntington, a once sheltered innocent newly arrived at court Corrie, who while fulfilling her tasks for the queen finds herself often confused by the actions of those around her When she meets Count Rugar Kalisson, Corrie s life changes drastically, but is it for the better I believe this novel is a re release from several years ago, as evidenced by its somewhat outdated language however, that does not lessen its appeal.IProvided complimentary copy by Netgalley for honest and unbiased review

  10. says:

    Corinna Huntington, daughter of Jack and Merrie, the Earl and Countess of Straffen is sought by Queen Elizabeth to be one of her ladies Her father being the rake that he was is horrified that his daughter will be among the immoral cesspool that is the court Rugar Kalisson, Count of Aelthar, is sent by his king as a special ambassador to England He has his own opinion of English women at court and their morals and he sets his sights on young and innocent Corrie as his conquest They fall in lo Corinna Huntington, daughter of Jack and Merrie, the Earl and Countess of Straffen is sought by Queen Elizabeth to be one of her ladies Her father being the rake that he was is horrified that his daughter will be among the immoral cesspool that is the court Rugar Kalisson, Count of Aelthar, is sent by his king as a special ambassador to England He has his own opinion of English women at court and their morals and he sets his sights on young and innocent Corrie as his conquest They fall in love and find that they are at the mercy of a jealous Queen A captivating story with details galore in the intriguing story of court life and love An excellent story I loved and I voluntarily wrote a review

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