Welcome to my review of Conqueror’s Kiss by Hannah Howell. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of Three (3) Print Copies of CONQUEROR’S KISS
The Scottish border wars make frequent appearances in historic romance, and this story brings us Hannah Howell’s version. Pledged to fight for the Scots, he’s not necessarily believing in the cause, but doing his duty. Janette was sent to a convent for safety and to study her healing, and is not at all interested in the goings on of the outside world. Until she is taken as a boon prize by Hacon, who plans to woo the kidnapped lass.
From moments of action, travel and the clear dichotomy of kidnapping someone you wish to woo, the story is set up to be a colossal clash of wills. Fortunately, Janette is awesome and not easily cowed or scared by Hacon. He is an utter ass through much of the story (see kidnapping) and very difficult to relate to, or even enjoy. This made the story a real mixed bag for me: disliking a main character, yet curious enough to hope for growth and watch Janette run circles around him more often than not, was an interesting ride.
Now, he did have honor, of a sort, but the growth that I expected for him: dramatic and marked, was tamed by the rougher edges of the seasoned warrior, and Janette’s slow realization that he is not wholly despicable, helps in the acceptance.
A bit uneven, when the story moved forward enjoyably, it was really good, then it would stall and flounder for a bit before regaining its footing. Overall, this felt like a book from the 90’s where long passages of description and detail are examined minutely, to reader’s delight. While not a favorite, this is a solid example of an earlier work.
Title: Conqueror's Kiss
Author: Hannah Howell
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Zebra
Published on: 27 October, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 31 minutes
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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 . . .
Sir Hacon Gillard is moved by Jennet’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 . ..
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.