England is deep in the throes of Civil War. Keeping with her recently deceased father’s wishes, Lady Guinevere de l’Ami swears her loyalty to King Stephen, even when it looks like he will not keep his hold on the English crown much longer. With diminishing funds, and lack of a strong fighting force to keep her lands safe from enemies, Gwyn has sought out Stephen at court in hopes of getting his support. Over hearing a scheme from a despised lord to force her in marriage in hopes of gaining control of her lands, Gwyn narrowly escapes with the help of a mysterious knight.
Sir Griffin Sauvage has been Henri’s loyal spy for many years. Ousted from his family home at a young age, Griffin has become hardened and battle honed to a lean fighting machine with no morals and no heart. Seeking revenge on the one who stole all that Griffin held dear is all that Griffin wants. Known to his friends and enemies alike as “Pagan” Griffin finds his defenses weakened by this small slip of a woman whom he saves in the woods. Pagan can’t help but laugh at her antics and be impressed by her bravery in the face of dire circumstances. The Conqueror is about to have his heart conquered by a beauty whose dark secrets could shatter their fledgling love forever!
Newcomer Kris Kennedy brings an eclectic bowl of medieval story telling to the table of historical romance. With a quality blend of actual historical events and figures with fictional characters that have real life issues and emotions, The Conqueror is an exciting read from start to finish. I love a heroine who stands up for herself, and Gwyn certainly does that. Pagan is not your atypical alpha hero, he is haunted by events from his childhood and driven to avenge them, even at a high price to pay, his love for Gwyn. Great job Ms. Kennedy, bring on the sequels!