Publisher: Zebra on October 25, 2015 (re-issue 2006)
Genres: Historical Romance, Adult
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There is little hope for sanctuary in the midst of the tumultuous Scottish border wars, yet one woman may find safe refuge...in the arms of her sworn 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...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.
At A Glance
I loved and hated this book from page one until the end.
During the English/Scottish war, Hacon fights for the Scotts, even if he doesn’t agree with all the bloodshed. Though that doesn’t stop him from claiming Jennet as his prize and dragging her across the country trying to seduce her out of her virtue. Jennet hates Hacon and all he stands for, if only she could stop herself falling in love with him.
Though Hacon was a hard character to love at first, Jennet was always awesome. So spirited and feisty. She doesn’t let Hacon get away with anything. Despite Jennet’s precarious position amongst brutish killers, she makes the best of her situation. Even when she starts falling for Hacon, she still remains passionate about her beliefs and political views. She is not one to change for a man.
Oh the adventures Hacon and Jennet go on. I feel like I literally read about their whole lives in Conqueror’s Kiss. We get war, treachery, love, family, and growth from all of the characters. The ending was really good. Very satisfying.
PS: I loved Jennet’s father. He was like an evil genius, in a good way.
It was so hard to like Hacon for half the book. He murders a lot of innocent people during the war, and if he is not doing the killing because of his conscience, then he is watching the murder, rape, and decimation of innocent people. I know he had little choice, but come on, it’s so hard to be okay with that.
Hacon had this obvious enemy, who is suppose to by an ally, going after him the whole book and he doesn’t do ANYTHING about it. Even the people around him were getting frustrated by his lack of action. When the bad guy finally gets one up on Hacon, I kind of wanted Hacon to suffer because it was like DUH!!! What did he think was going to happen, the bad guy would move on? When has that ever happened in the history of time!
This is a long-ass story. I think it’s more than the stated 416 pages. It felt like 500. It kept dragging and dragging and dragging on. I enjoyed a good portion of it but seriously, let’s cut back on the unnecessary and tighten up the plot.
We get some sexy-time. It was pretty hot. I loved how playful these two were.
When I enjoyed this story I really enjoyed it. When I didn’t like it, I really didn’t like it. I would actually recommend this book but just be warned about the length and Hacon’s shortcomings.
She glared at him. “Aye, so you will gain no ransom from me. The Bruce’s fine soldiers have already slaughtered my mother. Aye and mayhaps my father as weel. I have naught left. Best to let me slip free. I can only be a trouble to you.”
“Of that I have little doubt.” He stood up, placed his hands on his trim hips, and looked down at her. “Howbeit, I will keep you with me.”
“Now, why would ye wish to do that?” She had a very good idea of why but wondered if he would tell her the truth.
Reaching out, Hacon took a thick lock of her hair in his hand, idly caressing it with his long fingers. “Ye Jennet, who can be from Liddesdale, are my plunder.”