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Conquest of the Heart Paperback – Feb 2002

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Sexy romance with a terrific hero 26 April 2000
By BarkLessWagMore (Horror After Dark Crew Member) - Published on
At 17, Lady Mary has a lot of responsibilities heaped upon her shoulders. She''s lost her parents and her older brother to the conquering Norman's and is responsible for the dilapidating Almswick manor, her near-starving people and her two very young sisters. She is looking forward to her betrothal to a fellow Saxon, Lord Albert, A man she believes will be an asset to her people and a good match for her despite the fact that she's not really head over heals in love with him. Little does she know that the betrothal has become null and void thanks to King William.
Stephen Dubois' years of hard work as a mercenary soldier are about to pay off in a big way. He's recently been given Almswick manor and its lady and he is anxious to claim both. Surprisingly, things don''t go nearly as well as he''s planned! Mary is not enthused with her new intended husband and doesn''t hesitate to let him know it. She's lost everything to the brutal Norman's and will not easily submit to the "eney."
Although Mary is attracted to Stephen, they have a hard road ahead of them. Mary is very young, very headstrong and her life has been shattered by the Norman's. Stephen is a domineering man of his times who expects his orders to be obeyed without question. Fortunately for us readers (and Mary!) he's all bark and very little bite and underneath that rough exterior he is quite a marshmallow. It's that soft side that eventually breaks down Mary's barriers and allows her to heal and open her eyes to true love
I must admit that I'm the type of reader who prefers a kinder, gentler hero but much to my surprise I found myself enjoying the alpha Stephen's displays of manliness. Oh, he's definitely bossy and gruff, and, yes, sometimes he's even a little rougher than necessary, but he (thankfully!) doesn't cross the line into nasty or abusive. He's a decent man who feels regret and he knows how to apologize. As a result, he was darn near impossible to dislike. If you enjoy a take charge hero with a heart of gold you really can't go wrong with this guy. The way he unwillingly kowtows to Mary and then wants to kick himself made me laugh out loud at times. He's precious
Mary is a *young* heroine in emotional turmoil, one whose youth and backbone tend to get her into trouble. She's suffered tragedy upon tragedy and, finally, when she's gotten her future somewhat settled in walks Stephen who turns her life upside down. She's upset with this impossible situation and reacts with emotion, often not thinking through the consequences of her impetuous actions. Stephen's strong personality does not initially bring out the best in her. Eventually, with experience and a lot of love and patience, she learns to trust Stephen and discovers who her real enemies are.
CONQUEST OF THE HEART, currently available only as an e(lectronic)-book, is a fast paced, ultra-sexy romp that is probably not for the faint-hearted. The bloody, and treacherous darkness of the medieval period is brought to life in vivid detail and the villains are horrible creatures who do and think unsavory things that the reader witnesses. However, if you like your romances filled with explosive sensuality and have a fondness for strong *and* kind-hearted heroes you should most definitely download this love story. Never tried an ebook? This is a great place to start.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Historical romance at its finest! 23 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
A Saxon woman and a Norman conqueror should be mortal enemies, but their love for each other reaches beyond politics, and with provocative sensuality. To the plot, Marilyn Grall has added villains that are so despicable you'll be dying to see how their just desserts are served in the end.
Impossible to put down!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Marilyn Grall is an author to be watched very closely! 5 April 2000
By Kathy Boswell - Published on
Sir Stephen Dubose only wanted a real home. Mary only wanted to be left alone. Stephen had come to claim Mary's home and to claim Mary as his bride. Will this marriage of convenience ever work? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to Marilyn's next book.
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