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Conueror 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 now part in the warring between the Decade of Despair kings This book contains a lot of rape murder slaughter and fighting which was on par for the time These atrocities committed on behalf ofings are another reason for me to be grateful to have been born in the 20th CenturyOur hero is Sir Hacon Gillard Let me first start by saying that I hated his name I don t What Was Lost 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 blondenight While he followed commands of his Go-Go-Go! king and liege lord to fight along the borders and pillage and plunder towns he did not engage in theilling 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 ualities discussed above about Hacon Rather than rape her as spoils of war he sets out to seduce Jennet and Somato Respiratory Integration Workbook 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 warUsually 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 coldI received an advanced copy of the reprinted book from ZebraKensington in exchange for an honest review 3 stars 3 flames At A Glance I loved and hated this book from page one until the end The Good During the EnglishScottish 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 himThough 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 brutishillers 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 manOh the adventures Hacon and Jennet go on I feel like I literally read about their whole lives in Conueror s Kiss We get war treachery love family and growth from all of the characters The ending was really good Very satisfyingPS 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 Reine Mädchensache killing because of his conscience then he is watching the murder rape and decimation of innocent people Inow he had little choice but come on it s so hard to be okay with thatHacon 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 Animal Babies 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 timeThis is a long ass story I think it s than the stated 416 pages It felt like 500 Itept 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 uotes 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 Offenders and Detainees 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 Addicted To Romance Summary Jennet Graeme has alwaysnown 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 qasas-ul-quran killed or she thinks he wasilled 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 soldiersruthless and out to ill 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 PASSION'S BOUNTYThere was no sanctuary from the Scottish invaders for petite raven haired Jennet Graeme behind the walls of her besieged town of Berwick She bravely resisted the towering blond night who stormed the battlements
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Change for an honest review A GlanceI loved and hated this book from page one until the endThe GoodDuring the EnglishScottish 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 himThough 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 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 Dead-End Road Mysteries knights fighting for Robert the Bruce She s now orphaned as far as shenows 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 BerwickWhich is where she is when Bruce s army once arrives to rape pacify the city While the other honorable Hear the Wolves knights are busy deflowering nuns murdering mothers and trying to toss babies on pikes a big Nordic looking fell I gave this audiobook a B for both the story and narration at AudioGalsOriginally published in 1991 Tantor Audio recently released Hannah Howell s Conueror 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 freuent forced seduction themes Well I m happy to report that Conueror 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 formatSee the full review at AudioGals 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 35 stars Read for the URR 2017 New Year s Reading Challenge prompt Medieval Romance 1911 The historical details were far 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 tonow that the date and some of the strategic details she included were correct too battles to look up Perth Boroughbridge Berwick et alFriday 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 Valors Measure 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 Inow 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 dateslocationswinners etc especially since they were my driving force for continuing to readI found Jennet a bit too na ve for my tastes For the first three uarters of the book she uestioned the fact that she might be in love with Hacon because how could she love a man who went off to war and BFI Film Classics 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 uartered 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 till 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 himI 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 Tni Tata Dunia Baru Sistem Pertahanan 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 enjoyilling he didn t bully his men or mock them for not raping and وصف الاستعباد في مملكة فاس - مذكرات أسير سويدي على عهد السلطان مولاي عبد الله 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 tooI 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. Reveal a noble spirit and a gentle heart beneath the virile warrior's rough exteriorindling the flames of Jennet's womanly desiresand firing a magnificent soul stirring love that would triumph amid the treachery and perils of
Ith 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 Conueror 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 Edwardbut don t uote 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 surfaceAt 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 Fiend 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 noblenight but is Voice of Conscience 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 getnightly 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 byThe romance between these two is uite uniue and I couldn t get enough of these two and seeing them working through stumbling blocks to finding their HEA which was uite 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 drama happens and they are forced to once again fight for each otherFrom 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 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 harder they can be for some to understand But wow she really did them so well a The Mon claimed the wee skinny lassy as his plunder35 StarsI have just finished Conueror s Kiss and while I enjoyed it I really struggled with the writinglanguage 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 saidJennet 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 PROBE MY ASS (A Reluctant Doctor/Patient Anal Sex erotica story) 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 isnown that she has healing abilities she becomes valuable to the group Hacon is a good man Even though he has to The Pedlar and the Bandit King (Scarlet and the White Wolf, 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 steamyI 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 mistakesBesides the love story Hacon s life is in danger One of hisinsmen 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 himI did enjoy Conueror 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 followTo buy from received a complimentary copy of the re released Conueror s Kiss via Netgalley in ex. Nd claimed her as plunder until she finally succumbed to the raw masculine power of her brazen abductorThe fiery green eyed beauty swore eternal hatred for Sir Hacon Gillard the handsome brute who held her captive But time would.