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. He is merciless in combat, but within him burns a spark for something far beyond the heat of battle....
Contains mature themes.
©1991 Hannah Howell (P)2015 Tantor
Conqueror's Kiss is delightful from start to finish. Fans of Outlander will enjoy this romance set in the Scottish Highlands with a cast of characters that are unforgettable.
Jennet Graeme has had a difficult early life. To escape the wars that are ravaging both Scotland and England, she has taken up residence in a local nunnery. However her time of peace and quiet is cut short when a raiding clan invades and pillages her place of refuge. Jennet is captured as plunder by a brawny handsome Scottish warrior, Sir Hacon Gillard.
Hacon Gillard is a loyal knight who has pledged his service to the King. After over a decade of fighting, he's seen more than his share of merciless acts done by his fellow warriors. When a nunnery is invaded, Hacon is powerless to stop the raid, but he can't help but save a beautiful young woman who lives in the nunnery. As soon as he sets eyes on her he knows he must do something to protect her from some of the less merciful men that he fights with. He captures her and takes her with him only to be lashed by her quick tongue and sharp remarks. Instead of angering him, her passion and intelligence spark a fire that only intrigues him further. Jennet is brave, keen of wit, and shows great care in her treatment of those around her in need of aid.
Jennet has long been vocal against the atrocities of war and openly criticizes all those who injure others to further their own cause. Her experience with knights and soldiers has been awful from the day she watched her young mother be tortured and slain at the hands of one of those violent men. However, as she remains captive by Hacon, she is baffled by his gentleness with her and his treatment of both her and others. Indeed, instead of taking her by force, she quickly sees that his intent is to seduce her. Despite her most stalwart efforts, Jennet can't help but be tempted by the tall, handsome, rugged man who has been both protective and kind to her. He is the very last man she should have any interest in, but her heart will not heed her brain's warnings.
This book is brilliant in it's three dimensional characters, exciting plot twists, and in depth story that makes the characters and their situations so real and life like for the reader. With several plots on different characters lives, conflicting emotions, and side stories that come into play the novel is exciting and page turning. The romance between Jannet and Hacon is intense and passionate. Both characters are admirable, witty, and make the story enjoyable.
I listened to the audio version narrated by Allison Pike who did an outstanding job with the novel. The accents, tone, and emotion given to the characters made the story come to life. The pace of the narration was excellent and the story flowed beautifully.
I would highly recommend this novel.
Narrated by: Allison Pike
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
Release Date: 10/27/2015
Publisher: Tantor Audio