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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 h 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 ...


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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 h 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 ...

30 review for Conqueror's Kiss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    The Mon claimed the wee skinny lassy as his plunder… ***3.5 Stars*** I have just finished Conqueror’s Kiss and while I enjoyed it, I really struggled with the writing/language. Nearly every sentence with dialogue had to be translated. Ok, maybe I’m slightly exaggerating, but there were definitely words that I struggled with the meaning. My enjoyment of the story decreased because I had to re-read passages to clarify or work out what was being said. Jennet lived in a convent. It was a peaceful exist The Mon claimed the wee skinny lassy as his plunder… ***3.5 Stars*** I have just finished Conqueror’s Kiss and while I enjoyed it, I really struggled with the writing/language. Nearly every sentence with dialogue had to be translated. Ok, maybe I’m slightly exaggerating, but there were definitely words that I struggled with the meaning. My enjoyment of the story decreased because I had to re-read passages to clarify or work out what was being said. Jennet lived in a convent. It was a peaceful existence for her especially after leaving service as a handmaiden for an ill-tempered employer. She did not plan to become a nun, but was happy to live there. England was at war with Scotland and she felt safe within the convent walls. Unfortunately, the Scottish soldiers did not follow the rules of sanctuary and attacked, murdered and stole from the occupants. Hacon, one of the The Bruce’s soldiers, comes across Jennet and likes what he sees. She admits to not being a nun so Hacon decides to keep Jennet as his plunder. Jennet is Hacon’s property and moves with him while he is fighting for his liege. At first she is treated like a cleaning woman, but once it is known that she has healing abilities, she becomes valuable to the group. Hacon is a good man. Even though he has to kill and fight in a bloody war, he always acts with honour. He never forced himself on Jennet and while she is thankful, it still surprises her. They soon start to have feeling for each other and can’t deny the attraction. I enjoyed watching their connection grow and their intimate scenes were fairly steamy. I don't have a great understanding of the history at that time, but if half of the stories are true, there were a lot of people who died for the wrong reasons. A lot of the soldiers followed with blind obedience, because if they didn't they would be accused of treason. You could either die on the field doing what you're told, or die because you didn't. This story proves how senseless war is and obviously we still haven't learnt from those mistakes. Besides the love story, Hacon’s life is in danger. One of his kinsmen wants him dead. We learn pretty early on in the story the name of the perpetrator. Unfortunately the evilness can’t be stopped because Hacon can’t find proof of his evil intent. So while Hacon is fighting the English, he also has to watch his back in case his “allies” attack. Luckily his cousin Dugald is there to help protect him. I did enjoy Conqueror’s Kiss and the love story that developed between Jennet and Hacon was sweet. The language was my biggest problem and while one or two words wouldn’t have concerned me, I felt like I needed a translation guide to follow. To buy from Amazon - http://amzn.to/1Gu28bR I received a complimentary copy of the re-released Conqueror's Kiss via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Read for the URR 2017 New Year's Reading Challenge prompt 'Medieval Romance' 19/11 - The historical details were far more interesting than Hacon and Jennet's romance. I've got a whole list of, I assume (and they had better be or I'm coming back to lower my rating even further), historically accurate (as in not just that Howell got the fact that the battles happened and who the winning side was, but I also want to know that the date and some of the strategic details she included were correct, too) Read for the URR 2017 New Year's Reading Challenge prompt 'Medieval Romance' 19/11 - The historical details were far more interesting than Hacon and Jennet's romance. I've got a whole list of, I assume (and they had better be or I'm coming back to lower my rating even further), historically accurate (as in not just that Howell got the fact that the battles happened and who the winning side was, but I also want to know that the date and some of the strategic details she included were correct, too) battles to look up - Perth, Boroughbridge, Berwick, et al. Friday night (night before last) I watched Season of the Witch with Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman and I was really annoyed to find that the battles Cage and Perlman's characters supposedly fought in as Teutonic Crusading knights during the 1330s were either complete fabrications or borrowed from different eras. What's so hard about having the characters set in the correct time? I know, the movie's crap, what was I expecting? Well, I wasn't expecting fantastic acting or a completely logical plot, but for some reason I did expect some historical accuracy. Anyway, the point of that story is to say that I will be very disappointed if I find that Howell fudged any of her battle dates/locations/winners etc., especially since they were my driving force for continuing to read. I found Jennet a bit too naïve for my tastes. For the first three quarters of the book she questioned the fact that she might be in love with Hacon because 'how could she love a man who went off to war and killed people' whenever his liege lord told him to. What did she think would happen if he refused to do as James Douglas, 'The Black Douglas', or Robert the Bruce ordered him to? He would be accused (and almost certainly found guilty, as nearly happened later on) of treason and probably hung drawn and quartered for the crime. It only took her a few days of being with Hacon and his men to realise that they weren't taking part in the raping part of the raping and pillaging that the Scottish Army was visiting on the English. They didn't kill non-combatants, they didn't burn down the civilian's houses, for goodness sake one of his youngest men (under 18) put his own life on the line to save a baby from The Black Douglas' men. So why did she berate herself for having feelings for him? I felt she was being completely unfair to Hacon. As her aunt told her, no matter what man you fall in love with, in that day and age and location, they're going to have to fight at some point (even priests knew how to handle a sword). Sure, you can hate that they have to fight, but it's not fair to blame them for doing as ordered, especially when he showed mercy to everyone except enemy soldiers eager to lop his head off. Hacon wasn't an angry man, he didn't enjoy killing, he didn't bully his men or mock them for not raping and killing innocents, he was there because he had been ordered there by someone who held his life and livelihood in their hands. And it would not have been just Hacon's life that would have been lost if he had disobeyed, his men and everyone living at Dubheilrig would have been seen as traitors and therefore free to be raped and pillaged just like the English towns, too. I've read this a number of times, maybe 5-10 times, but I don't think I'll read it again. Despite the interesting historical details I did find myself getting a bit bored towards the end and I barely read the last couple of pages (after the final battle and birth). This is going to the charity store.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bj

    I gave this audiobook a B for both the story and narration at AudioGals* Originally published in 1991, Tantor Audio recently released Hannah Howell’s Conqueror’s Kiss. Being one who loves a good medieval romance, I decided to give this one a try, though I am sometimes wary of historical romances written many years ago due to their frequent forced seduction themes. Well, I’m happy to report that Conqueror’s Kiss did not contain any of this element. In fact, I found the hero from the fourteenth cen I gave this audiobook a B for both the story and narration at AudioGals* Originally published in 1991, Tantor Audio recently released Hannah Howell’s Conqueror’s Kiss. Being one who loves a good medieval romance, I decided to give this one a try, though I am sometimes wary of historical romances written many years ago due to their frequent forced seduction themes. Well, I’m happy to report that Conqueror’s Kiss did not contain any of this element. In fact, I found the hero from the fourteenth century to be remarkably modern minded. Rather than taking advantage of his “plunder” and “spoils of war,” he chooses to seduce the heroine, vowing that she will not share his bed until she is the one doing the asking. Moreover, his remarkably generous actions, even at the fear of being labeled a traitor by Robert the Bruce, also endeared me to this giant and yet merciful hero. Additionally, Allison Pike delivers an above average narration making this title a natural choice to enjoy in audio format. See the full review at AudioGals.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary 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 This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary 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. The Narration 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. The Cover 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!! Overall View 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!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    3.5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elis Madison

    I probably should've waited and put a few other books between this and my Monica McCarty binge. I've read Howell's work before and liked it, but this book, at least, suffers in the comparison. Jennet is the daughter of a Fourteenth Century con artist and a gentlewoman who was raped and murdered before Jennet's eyes by knights fighting for Robert the Bruce. She's now orphaned, as far as she knows, as the last she saw of her father was in Perth, when Bruce's men overran the city and put nearly eve I probably should've waited and put a few other books between this and my Monica McCarty binge. I've read Howell's work before and liked it, but this book, at least, suffers in the comparison. Jennet is the daughter of a Fourteenth Century con artist and a gentlewoman who was raped and murdered before Jennet's eyes by knights fighting for Robert the Bruce. She's now orphaned, as far as she knows, as the last she saw of her father was in Perth, when Bruce's men overran the city and put nearly everyone they captured to the sword. She's made her living as a servant to an English gentlewoman, and when she got fed up with that, she hied herself to a convent in Berwick. Which is where she is when Bruce's army once more arrives to rape pacify the city. While the other honorable knights are busy deflowering nuns, murdering mothers and trying to toss babies on pikes, a big Nordic-looking fellow named Hacon claims Jennet as his own plunder. He clonks her on the head (more than once) when she puts up a fight and drags her off to a cave cottage he and his men have appropriated. Naturally, it's love at first sight. Though she fights her attraction to the man, Jennet really did get lucky. Hacon fully intends to enjoy his "wee plunder" in the age-old manner conquerors have enjoyed captives, but he's willing to wait until she's game. Meanwhile she can do all the other womanly work for him and his men. [image error] Jennet doesn't have much use for warriors (and why should she?). She can't figure out why men can't seem to solve their conflicts without trying to kill each other and trampling innocents in the process. She says as much and condemns the Bruce a few times when she ought to keep her mouth shut. But she also sees the sense in staying with Hacon rather than trying to escape, since she knows that she won't get better treatment from any other man she meets. Eventually she stops fighting her feelings and gives up what is described as her "only dowry" to Hacon. Hacon has enemies. Quite a few, actually, but the worst of them is Balreaves, a man who once courted Hacon's sister, and who thinks Hacon talked her into choosing another guy instead. Balreaves, it turns out, is a big, powerful man with a squeaky little voice—a voice that Jennet remembers from the day her mother was raped and killed. She was just a child at the time but the man saw her and their eyes met for a moment on that awful day. He keeps trying to figure out where he met her before (and the moment he realizes is a pretty good one). Meanwhile, he's also trying his best to "get" Hacon in the most cowardly ways possible. Well, the love story plays out, and so does the enmity between Hacon and Balreaves. It's a satisfying read, all in all, but I was frustrated with some factual issues in the story. For example, Howell mentions at one point that Edward II had Robert the Bruce's wife hung in a cage from the walls of Berwick. Didn't happen. That was Isabella MacDuff, Countess of Buchan, who defied Edward and her toady husband by crowning Robert the Bruce at Scone. After she was betrayed and captured, she was imprisoned in a cruciform cage for four years and then vanished into the mists of history (though Monica McCarty comes up with a lovely story for the rest of her life). Bruce's sister endured a similar fate at Roxburgh Castle. His wife, though, was simply kept under house arrest. Stuff like this makes me distrust the rest of her historical research, despite the fact that she does a great job making the characters' dialogue seem authentic. Seriously, if you're going to write about a real time in history and toss in a nugget of historical detail, take the time to know your stuff. Not all readers care that much, but there are some (like me) who do. I'll give it three stars because it's a kilts-n-capers story with lots of action and a decent love story. But it's a far cry from the McCarty trilogies I just finished. Still, I'll read more by Howell, because as I say, I've enjoyed her work before. And besides, I never could resist a man in a kilt.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

    At A Glance I loved and hated this book from page one until the end. The Good 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 al At A Glance I loved and hated this book from page one until the end. The Good 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. The Bad 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. The Snuggly We get some sexy-time. It was pretty hot. I loved how playful these two were. Final Thoughts 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. Quotes 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."  This review was originally posted on Bad Bird Reads

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    I enjoyed the book. I was even able to handle the dialect. What I did find frustrating were the typographical errors and the fact that whoever was typing couldn't figure out what the name of the Keep was! One time it's Dubheilrig, another time it's Dahhielrig, then again it's Dabhielrig! I enjoyed the story even if it was very similar to the other book I read. The romance runs the same line, but the stories are different. And then the resolution is predictable. But all in all, it was a pleasant I enjoyed the book. I was even able to handle the dialect. What I did find frustrating were the typographical errors and the fact that whoever was typing couldn't figure out what the name of the Keep was! One time it's Dubheilrig, another time it's Dahhielrig, then again it's Dabhielrig! I enjoyed the story even if it was very similar to the other book I read. The romance runs the same line, but the stories are different. And then the resolution is predictable. But all in all, it was a pleasant read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

    http://badbirdreads.com/review-conque... At A Glance I loved and hated this book from page one until the end. The Good 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 http://badbirdreads.com/review-conque... At A Glance I loved and hated this book from page one until the end. The Good 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. The Bad 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. The Snuggly We get some sexy-time. It was pretty hot. I loved how playful these two were. Final Thoughts 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. Quotes 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.”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bambi Unbridled

    Conqueror's Kiss is set in early 14th Century Scotland among the pillage and plunder happening on the border of England and Scotland between Edward and Robert the Bruce's armies. This was a tumultuous time in history for the two countries, and it seems that the people who suffered most were the innocent townfolk who took know part in the warring between the kings. This book contains a lot of rape, murder, slaughter and fighting - which was on par for the time. These atrocities committed on behal Conqueror's Kiss is set in early 14th Century Scotland among the pillage and plunder happening on the border of England and Scotland between Edward and Robert the Bruce's armies. This was a tumultuous time in history for the two countries, and it seems that the people who suffered most were the innocent townfolk who took know part in the warring between the kings. This book contains a lot of rape, murder, slaughter and fighting - which was on par for the time. These atrocities committed on behalf of kings are another reason for me to be grateful to have been born in the 20th Century! Our hero is Sir Hacon Gillard. Let me first start by saying that I hated his name. I don't know how to pronounce it - like bacon, Hasson, Hack-on, Hac-one??? I ended up scouring the internet trying to find a pronunciation guide, but I was not able to find a Scottish pronunciation. I was able to find Italian and English pronunciations that sounded similar, so I just went with it (sounds like Hack-on). I really wish authors would give us a phonetic spelling in parentheses the first time they use one of these types of names. Anyway, other than his name, I liked Hacon, the big braw blonde knight. While he followed commands of his king and liege lord to fight along the borders and pillage and plunder towns, he did not engage in the killing of defenseless women and children. He was an honorable and loyal man, with a good sense of humor. Our heroine, Jennet Graeme has been hit particularly hard by these wars. She witnesses the rape and murder of her mother, then it seems that every town she moves to after that is caught up in the fighting. Finally, at Berwick, she is taken as plunder by Hacon. Jennet got lucky in her captor for all the qualities discussed above about Hacon. Rather than rape her as spoils of war, he sets out to seduce Jennet and keep her. Jennet was a great heroine - she was feisty, steadfast in her beliefs, and not afraid to voice her opinion. The banter between her and Hacon was fairly good and I enjoyed seeing them grow to care for one another in the midst of war. Usually I gobble up these older historical romances because I love when a book has numerous plot conflicts and resolutions within one story. However this one seemed to drag on and on and I found myself skimming it toward the end. This could also be because I have been sick and reading was a little bit of a chore this week due to the brain fog that comes with a really bad cold. I received an advanced copy of the reprinted book from Zebra/Kensington in exchange for an honest review. 3 stars / 3 flames.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cerian

    Originally published at Rookie Romance. Jennet is minding her own business after seeking sanctuary in a nunnery when carnage unfolds around her. Brutal scots warriors attack the town and the nunnery, and Jennet is prepared to defend herself when faced with Hacon, a rather imposing Scottish warrior. Taken as plunder by Hacon, Jennet has to readjust to her new life as a captive. But Hacon's treatment of her is unexpected and less harsh than she assumed it would be, leading to some very surprising e Originally published at Rookie Romance. Jennet is minding her own business after seeking sanctuary in a nunnery when carnage unfolds around her. Brutal scots warriors attack the town and the nunnery, and Jennet is prepared to defend herself when faced with Hacon, a rather imposing Scottish warrior. Taken as plunder by Hacon, Jennet has to readjust to her new life as a captive. But Hacon's treatment of her is unexpected and less harsh than she assumed it would be, leading to some very surprising emotions for Jennet. Jennet is a great heroine, especially for her historical setting. She's got a spine of steel and an intelligent mind. She doesn't act rashly and get herself in unnecessary trouble, but considers her options and makes the best of what she can. I loved her resistance to Hacon at the beginning and the way she softened towards him as she gets to know him. Jennet has very set opinions on war and the men who participate in it. Understandably she just seeks peace but it was interesting to watch her battle her head and her heart when it came to Hacon and his men. Hacon is a Scottish warrior loyal to the Bruce. He doesn't like fighting and war, despite being good at it, but he does it so he can win back his family lands that are in the possession of the Bruce. His intentions are honourable but it means that he has to fight, and in this time it wasn't just soldiers that were the victims of battle but innocents and whole villages and towns. Hacon does his best to avoid the slaughter of innocents and steers his men away from senseless rape and destruction. Poor Hacon does seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place but you do come to understand his nature and why he does what he has to. I loved the relationship between Hacon and Jennet. Even when her head tells her that Hacon is a bad guy, she begins to realise that not everything is black and white. They develop an uncertain trust that becomes a playful and passionate romance. Overall, I did really enjoy this read. I loved the historical setting and the conflict between the moralistic and realistic sides of war at the time. The story could be a little slow at times and was a long one, but it gives Hacon and Jennet plenty of time to overcome the conflicts between them and find peace together. *I received a review copy for my honest review. Thank you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Collateral Damage: Hannah Howell's CONQUEROR'S KISS http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... I don’t know how a person gets a role or job narrating a particular book, but in this case you might start with one question: Can you do a Scottish Accent? Pike’s accent often sounds more Irish than Scottish and she sounds quite sing-song in the non-dialogue narrative.
By the end of the book however, I had become accustomed to her style and it ceased to bother me. Another point about narration is that ther Collateral Damage: Hannah Howell's CONQUEROR'S KISS http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... I don’t know how a person gets a role or job narrating a particular book, but in this case you might start with one question: Can you do a Scottish Accent? Pike’s accent often sounds more Irish than Scottish and she sounds quite sing-song in the non-dialogue narrative.
By the end of the book however, I had become accustomed to her style and it ceased to bother me. Another point about narration is that there are a lot of words I was unclear on, in particular one article of clothing I cannot figure out. But, for me, the relationship between the love interest in this story was unbelievable from the start although the hero was nobler than your average laird. It gets somewhat more believable although I kept thinking that the captive women, at the time considered plunder, were falling prey to Stockholm Syndrome.  Some of the other characters are middle-ground noble in their behavior and others are downright nasty. As far as I could see, at least one important factor, Howell seems to have done her research: There are no kilts; plaids are mentioned more as cloak, shawl, and blanket. The major characters seem to come through an awful lot of fights without injury – of course, this is a necessary convention of the genre. The story is timeless; involving how war affects non-combatants, how it is often impartial in its collateral damage and personal in its motivation, how even the wisest ruler can fall sway to poor advice. In the midst of a battle, which side one is on can become immaterial, and men are less like humans and more like the beasts we claim to have evolved away from. Except for concept of plunder, and (sometimes) the rights of women, the story could be written about wars and battles today.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)

    Since last year I have been a devoted reader to Howell's and that sole reason is the romance novels in which the author has penned. Whenever I am in the mood for a true historical-romance I know that Howell is going to deliver. I am only sadden that I did not get to express my love for the author and her novels prior to this year. The one trait that stood out to me about this book apart from the romance was in fact the hero, Hacon. Honorable, sexy and strong I loved his character and have quickly Since last year I have been a devoted reader to Howell's and that sole reason is the romance novels in which the author has penned. Whenever I am in the mood for a true historical-romance I know that Howell is going to deliver. I am only sadden that I did not get to express my love for the author and her novels prior to this year. The one trait that stood out to me about this book apart from the romance was in fact the hero, Hacon. Honorable, sexy and strong I loved his character and have quickly added him to my list of "book boyfriends." Together he and Jennet, the heroine made for a memorable romance that is going to long carry with new readers of the author. The attraction between the two reminded me of why I first started reading romance in the first place. I love what I label as "true romances" without the need for erotic or explicit content to be featured. A genuine romance is what I love the most out of all romance novels published. My only complaint regarding the story was the dialogue. I have never been a fan of authors using true dialect. I know that some readers from this necessary in order to enjoy the book, but I don't. I would have preferred more English and less of the true tongue of the time era of the period. The reason for this is because I found myself lost throughout all the conversation and it made it hard to keep up the book. Naturally I would recommend reading this book that is if you are interested in reading a true romance novel. Of course I personally do not see why you would not. -This review was submitted to all rightful parties PRIOR to posting the review to GoodReads.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

    This re-issue from 2006 from Hannah Howell is an intriguing look into the conflict between the Scots and English, this time taking place in the 1300's. Janette Graeme has been through much already in her young life. The young woman has been hidden away in a convent practicing her healing craft when a band of Scots invade the town and the convent, leaving many dead and many as slaves. The moment burly and dangerous, Sir Hacon Gillard sees Janette, he claims her for his own. Unlike his other fellow This re-issue from 2006 from Hannah Howell is an intriguing look into the conflict between the Scots and English, this time taking place in the 1300's. Janette Graeme has been through much already in her young life. The young woman has been hidden away in a convent practicing her healing craft when a band of Scots invade the town and the convent, leaving many dead and many as slaves. The moment burly and dangerous, Sir Hacon Gillard sees Janette, he claims her for his own. Unlike his other fellow knights, Hacon does not force himself on Janette Graeme, even though he yearns for her. Instead, the wily knight sways her little by little over to his side. Janette has no trust of men. No matter which side they're on, they are all beasts in her mind, but Hacon Gillard is unlike anyone she has ever met before and the more time in his company, he proves himself worthy of her attentions. He may have thought she would be a passing fancy, a possession to plunder, but Janette's intelligence and spirit abound, making Hacon think twice about this "plunder", for she is more than meets the eye. She wants to hate him, like so many men in her path before have proven to be unworthy, but Hacon is not any other man and his desire for her as well as his loyalty make for a fascinating conquest in Hannah Howell's CONQUEROR'S KISS.

  15. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    ...delightful plunder! Jennet Graeme is a delightful character, spunky and abrasive, not at all subdued by her violent history. When Sir Hacon Gillard drags her from a convent and claims her as plunder during the sack of Berwick she rises to the challenge and Havon finds himself with a delightful armful of spitting kitten that continues to give him more grief than he had even conceived. Trapped in the Scottish wars, Jennet is just one more causality in the battle of kings and conquests in the Scot ...delightful plunder! Jennet Graeme is a delightful character, spunky and abrasive, not at all subdued by her violent history. When Sir Hacon Gillard drags her from a convent and claims her as plunder during the sack of Berwick she rises to the challenge and Havon finds himself with a delightful armful of spitting kitten that continues to give him more grief than he had even conceived. Trapped in the Scottish wars, Jennet is just one more causality in the battle of kings and conquests in the Scotland of1318. This re-release of Howell's novel is a treat for those of us who never met her early novels. I enjoyed Jennet's feistiness, Hacon's inherent understanding and goodness, the battles between the two of them, and the loyalty of the various secondary characters, including Jennet's father. Of course there's a decided dastardly foe. One whom Jennet has good cause to remember, and one who Hacon knows is a treacherous enemy. A story told through Jennet's eyes and from the woman's perspective, this is a very human telling of the Scottish wars and it's effect not so much on the higher nobility but on the lesser clans and the ordinary people, with a glimpse into the internal politics of the Scottish court. A NetGalley ARC

  16. 5 out of 5

    Taria Reed

    ground breaking? No. Good story with great narration? Yup!! Hacon was a warring knight of scotland with a conscience. Jennet was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hacon takes Jennet and saves her from a horrible fate although she doesn't seem to know that at first. I love the slow burn of their love and lust. I loved that together with the orphaned baby (forgot his name) they were a ragtag family and didn't even know it. Because this is a historical I wasn't shocked with the "i love him/her b ground breaking? No. Good story with great narration? Yup!! Hacon was a warring knight of scotland with a conscience. Jennet was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hacon takes Jennet and saves her from a horrible fate although she doesn't seem to know that at first. I love the slow burn of their love and lust. I loved that together with the orphaned baby (forgot his name) they were a ragtag family and didn't even know it. Because this is a historical I wasn't shocked with the "i love him/her but don't want to be the one to tell what's in my heart because I'm not sure what's in his/hers." Hacon was a strong leading man who wasn't a barbarian in his interactions with Jennet. Jennet was hilariously sharp witted and I adored her spunk. I wish we got to "see" someone put Catherine in her place because she was a mega biotch that needed a good smackdown. I get that she was hurting but good lord woman, grieve and move on and stop making everyone miserable. story - 3.5 narrator - 4 She was very enjoyable and if I didn't know any better I would have SWORN it was Angela Dawe. Who knows it just may be her under a pseudonym

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Dagg

    This is the second time I've read this book. It's less than 6 months since the first reading, but I didn't review it then, so I re-read it to be sure of what I would say. I seem to be the exception to recent reviews in giving it five stars, but I've no hesitation in doing so. I loved this book and enjoyed it as much the second time I read it! Yes, there's a lot of battle talk, but it's history...there WERE battles, and a lot of cruelty, and looting, and all the other crap that goes w/war, but th This is the second time I've read this book. It's less than 6 months since the first reading, but I didn't review it then, so I re-read it to be sure of what I would say. I seem to be the exception to recent reviews in giving it five stars, but I've no hesitation in doing so. I loved this book and enjoyed it as much the second time I read it! Yes, there's a lot of battle talk, but it's history...there WERE battles, and a lot of cruelty, and looting, and all the other crap that goes w/war, but the story takes place during the border wars, so what would be the point of ignoring all that, if you're going to write an historical romance in that place, at that time? The story was incredible, the heroine amazing, and the hero very lovable. I laughed, cried, and thoroughly enjoyed every page....highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good medieval love story!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    When Hacon's woman wants to she can be a little seductress, “not to touch ye here.” She slowly curled her fingers around his erection. “Have ye changed your mind?” There are times a man doesn't care what his woman is wearing when all he wants his her naked, “of course I am. Hacon,” she protested halfheartedly when he quickly removed her lacy nightdress, “that was meant to entice you.” She eyed the lovely gown longingly as he tossed it away." There are times a man must stand firm, “because I woul When Hacon's woman wants to she can be a little seductress, “not to touch ye here.” She slowly curled her fingers around his erection. “Have ye changed your mind?” There are times a man doesn't care what his woman is wearing when all he wants his her naked, “of course I am. Hacon,” she protested halfheartedly when he quickly removed her lacy nightdress, “that was meant to entice you.” She eyed the lovely gown longingly as he tossed it away." There are times a man must stand firm, “because I wouldnae wish to tear them in my eagerness,” he replied even as he tossed aside his braies and sprawled on top of her. “And I am feeling verra eager indeed.” I enjoyed this book I love d the accents I love Scottish men.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eskimo Princess Jenkins

    Once I started reading, I realized I had rad this before. But I didn't have a review, so I continued reading. Its Hannah Howell, and a great book; so I didn't mind reading again! I marked this under Military, because our hero Hacon is a knight who fights during the war through most of this book. Jennet, truly a strong woman, a sharp-witted brave and loyal woman. She was put to the test over and over and never gave-up! Jennet was NO weak woman, in such hard times. Hacon, a brave and loyal knight. W Once I started reading, I realized I had rad this before. But I didn't have a review, so I continued reading. Its Hannah Howell, and a great book; so I didn't mind reading again! I marked this under Military, because our hero Hacon is a knight who fights during the war through most of this book. Jennet, truly a strong woman, a sharp-witted brave and loyal woman. She was put to the test over and over and never gave-up! Jennet was NO weak woman, in such hard times. Hacon, a brave and loyal knight. Who showed mercy for those weaker than him. A wonderful written book by Hannah Howell, and I expect no less. *I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria11

    I liked this book, but then it dragged on and on and on.....then I just got frustrated. I liked the characters and the author did a great job in bringing them to life, the heroine was strong and stayed that way throughout. Hacon was interesting a a real good hearted man. They story just dragged and you just wanted the end to get fhere. The bad guys were truly bad, but as always they got what they deserved. A good read, but not a great one. Received a copy from NetGalley for a honest review

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sense361

    I read this book in one sitting. It is sweet and romantic, even despite the dark setting around the love story. Bloodshed, plunder and rape became a common occurrence through all of the years of war in Scotland, England and Ireland. What to do when the peace is so elusive? Everyone wanting to stop is afraid of being called a traitor. In such circumstances I was unable to believe in the story, but stuck with the book until the end, because of how romantic it was.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Conqueror's Kiss is a stand alone story. Jennet was an interesting character, I liked how she did not play the damsel in distress and followed her code of rules. Having grown up in an era of war she is outspoken, not afraid to take up arms, or interested in having some man for protection. While leaving peacefully in a nunnery she is claimed as plunder by a brute of a scot who has a soft spot for not killing women. Hacon walks a careful line, ever eager to prove his worth and loyalty to the king b Conqueror's Kiss is a stand alone story. Jennet was an interesting character, I liked how she did not play the damsel in distress and followed her code of rules. Having grown up in an era of war she is outspoken, not afraid to take up arms, or interested in having some man for protection. While leaving peacefully in a nunnery she is claimed as plunder by a brute of a scot who has a soft spot for not killing women. Hacon walks a careful line, ever eager to prove his worth and loyalty to the king by the use of his sword he does not kill innocents. Upon seeing a delicate looking woman in a nunnery he is eager to save her from a fate worse then death if someone else finds her so he claims her as plunder and is bewildered when Jennet is not thankful. The story had some funny parts, a good deal of action, some suspense, and a dash of romance. At times it did seem to drag but all in it was a fun read with all the ends neatly tied up.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caitrin

    Conqueror’s kiss is an okay read that dragged on a little bit. It is about a young woman living in a convent who is captured by Scottish knights. It is set in the time of Robert the Bruce and begins in Berwick, the Northernmost town in England. The captured woman named Jennet eventually falls in love with her capturer however is consistently denying her love for him as she refuses to love someone who kills for a living. In the end she realises this is inevitable as it is kill or be killed especi Conqueror’s kiss is an okay read that dragged on a little bit. It is about a young woman living in a convent who is captured by Scottish knights. It is set in the time of Robert the Bruce and begins in Berwick, the Northernmost town in England. The captured woman named Jennet eventually falls in love with her capturer however is consistently denying her love for him as she refuses to love someone who kills for a living. In the end she realises this is inevitable as it is kill or be killed especially in these times when Scotland and England were at war. However, this realisation drags on longer than need be and there are so many complications that transpire it makes my head spin. I gave it 3 stars and not 2 because I was able to finish it and was happy with the ending though would not really recommend.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Jennet Graeme, a Highland miss, was born during troubling times in Scotland. All her life she has been a witness to the wars in Scotland. But being captured by the enemy Sir Hacon Gillard. He see's beyond the capturing of an enemy woman. He see's her real worth. But he has been harassed by enemy within his fellow warriors. One or two who want to see him dead for misdeeds they see. During the wars and coming back he has been plagued of battle wounds that should have killed a lesser man. Can they Jennet Graeme, a Highland miss, was born during troubling times in Scotland. All her life she has been a witness to the wars in Scotland. But being captured by the enemy Sir Hacon Gillard. He see's beyond the capturing of an enemy woman. He see's her real worth. But he has been harassed by enemy within his fellow warriors. One or two who want to see him dead for misdeeds they see. During the wars and coming back he has been plagued of battle wounds that should have killed a lesser man. Can they ever get their own happy ending? Or will the others out to kill him finally succeed?

  25. 4 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. He's a Scottish knight in the Bruce's army and takes her as plunder when he finds her in a convent. He sets out to seduce the lass, while they plunder the Scottish and English countryside. She's suffered a lot of losses due to wars and hates that he's a knight but he wins her over, even as he has to fight not only English enemies but some backstabbing Scottish one's too. He's a Scottish knight in the Bruce's army and takes her as plunder when he finds her in a convent. He sets out to seduce the lass, while they plunder the Scottish and English countryside. She's suffered a lot of losses due to wars and hates that he's a knight but he wins her over, even as he has to fight not only English enemies but some backstabbing Scottish one's too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lu Rose

    audio Book version Everything u want in a Scottish romance ~ Love, Hate Wars, Enemies and steamy parts!!! It was a suspenseful drama unfolding with every new chapter!!! Totally recommend it if you love historical Scottish romance get ready for the heat!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    DNFed at about 40% of the audio version. Too slow, and the characters annoyed me. Even at 1.5 speed I felt like I had been listening to it foreverrrrrrr. I’d check how far I was and be appalled that it wasn’t further along.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna Fredericks

    Who can't sit back and enjoy a love story about shining, handsome knights in armor protecting their damsels in distress? Very enjoyablel Who can't sit back and enjoy a love story about shining, handsome knights in armor protecting their damsels in distress? Very enjoyablel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rainelle

    Good book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anne Rose

    Very cute book with lots of action amidst the romance.

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