Published by Zebra on November 1st 2006
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era
Narrator: Allison Pike
There is little hope for sanctuary in the midst of the tumultuous Scottish border wars, yet one woman may finds safe refuge...in the arms of her swarn enemy...
Jennet Graeme has witnessed terrible tragedy during the many years of strife between the Scots and the English. As Scottish invaders plunder her convent sanctuary, she defiantly resists the blond warrior who claims her as his prize. But his brute strength is overpowering and Jennet is forced to ride with him through the lawless lands, tending to the wounded, protected and desired by a man she wants to hate ... but cannot ...
Sir Hacon Gillard is moved by Jenner's compassion and mercy. As a loyal knight, he's pledged fealty to his king's command, even as he loses his heart to this remarkable woman. Merciless in combat ... yet there burns within him a spark for something far beyond the heat of battle ...
Jennet Graeme has always known war and death. She has come to a nunnery for sanctuary and safety from the border wars between the English and the Scots. But when the one sacred refuge is barged into and she is taken captive as “Plunder” she is drawn back into the war that she fought to get away from. Jennet lost her mother when she was a girl, after seeing her mother raped and murdered by Scots. Then her father was killed or she thinks he was killed at Perth. Now she is being held by Sir Hacon Gillard, a Knight for the Scots. At first Jennet views Hacon as many of the other soldiers…ruthless and out to kill anyone in his path. But she soon realizes that Hacon is unlike most soldiers she has ever met. That he has honor and is only fighting because he is fighting to get back his land that was taken from his family unjustly years ago. Jennet is forced alongside with Hacon, tending the injured and fighting the desire she feels for Hacon, a desire she wants but at the same time despises. Jennet and Hacon realize how explosive they are together, and will fight for each other no matter the cost.
Plot and Story Line
Conqueror’s Kiss is a single title by Howell. Each time I read this author, I always become impressed with her work. This story was republished over the last month, so when I saw this available I just had to grab it up. Because Howell writes historical romance the way I love it to be written. Deeply heart wrenching and emotional with realistic historical fact. In this story, we get taken back to the battles between Robert the Bruce and the King of England—I believe its King Edward…but don’t quote me on that hehe. This is where we get drawn into history, in a time of struggle, death and hardship. This story really reminded me how grateful I am to be born in this century, because man what these people went through is heartwrenching and Hannah Howell brings those tender emotions to the surface.
At first Hacon seems to be your typical historical alpha male, and in some ways he is very alpha. But in others, not so much. He is honorable and steadfast, and passionate. But he is also kind-hearted and merciful. When he spots Jennet, she reminds him of home and peace and so he grabs her, which probably saved her life. Then he takes her back to where he and his men make camp. Now I have a soft spot for his men, but most especially for his nephew. His nephew is very much like Hacon in many ways. He is 17, wants to be a noble knight, but is kind too even with all the fighting go around. There is this moment, in the beginning, that won me over to him in a heartbeat. A teenager really, who risked his life to save innocents. You can’t get more knightly than that right? We see many learning curves for many of the character in this story. We also see what war back in this century was really like, and it wasn’t pleasant at all. Jennet is very wise and cunning, and I couldn’t help but get attached to her. She is outspoken, and in certain moments, probably too much considering the circumstances she is surrounded by.
The romance between these two is quite unique and I couldn’t get enough of these two and seeing them working through stumbling blocks to finding their HEA—which was quite a battle in and of itself. Hacon and Jennet have to work through many issues, but we see how they build trust and love (even if they don’t admit it when they should). But both of them are distracted by other matters, so it makes sense. They have instant chemistry, they both feel desire from when they first meet. But its a slow burning that builds and it takes a while before these two make love for the first time. Which was very good of Howell to format their connection in this way. I grew to like her style in this because it had Jennet making the moves when they first become intimate. So we see how its real desire she feels. Of course, this happens over months of time. Then when Hacon finally gets his family’s land back, they reunite with both of their families. And they get a respite until more drama happens and they are forced to once again fight for each other.
From beginning to end this story won my heart and I fell in love with every aspect of the story. The characters, the plot, the emotion and the circumstances and the historic detail that this wonderful author weaves for her readers.
I really couldn’t get enough of this narrator. She was simply fabulous and I can’t wait to listen to more of her work. One thing I tend to be picky about is accents, especially when dealing with the Scots. Because the further you go in history, the more harder they can be for some to understand. But wow, she really did them so well and it almost felt like I was in Scotland in the 1300’s. She simply made the story come to life with every moment.
There are multiple covers to this book, but I love the most recent one the best!!! It portrays the story so well and I love everything about it. From the gorgeous background to the pose, to the male specimen who definitely has some gorgeous manly meat going on!!
Conqueror’s Kiss is a splendid read that reaffirmed why I love historical romance so much! It’s packed with passion, history, vivid emotion and a truly remarkable love story that you will want to read again. I know I do!!! WELL DONE!!