Monday, October 19, 2015

Conqueror's Kiss by Hannah Howell

Title:  Conqueror's Kiss
Author:  Hannah Howell
Publication Date:  October 27/15 by Zebra (1st published November 1991)
Length:  416pgs
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

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 . . .

My Review:

Once again Howell takes readers back in time, painting a vivid and seamless backdrop for her intricate story. Her descriptions paint this world before your eyes while she tells an intricate and intimate tale. The seamless narrative brings the plot to the forefront allowing me to experience the exciting and romantic tale, rather than simply reading it.

The characters in this novel were not only historically accurate; they were also fun to get to know. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that they weren’t all instantly likeable. It added an extra sense of realism to the story for me. I felt as if I were truly caught up amongst them, living back in time along with them. The trials and difficulty of their lives are so apparent, bringing about a myriad of ways for me to connect with them.

I love how easily Howell took me back in time to get lost in this fantastic and fun novel. It was a great read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.

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