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Wild Conquest

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  655 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
To spare her family shame, spirited Pleasance Dunstan sneaks into Tearlach O'Duine's room at night - in order to retrieve torrid letters of love indiscreetly penned by her foolhardy sister. But her scheme is undone by Tearlach's untimely return. And now Pleasance must submit to a punishment far worse than the pillory: indentured servitude to the ruggedly handsome fur trade ...more
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Zebra Books (first published May 1993)
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Elis Madison
It's the American Colonies, Massachusetts Bay, 1769.

Tearlach O'Duine

Is courting Pleasance Dunstan

Tearlach has a little half-sister, Moira,

…who thinks she's a witch.

Pleasance has a younger sister, Letitia,

Who is a witch (and not in a good way).

Letitia decides she wants Tearlach, and pouts until their parents demand that Pleasance hand him over.

So Pleasance tells Tearlach to bugger off. His widdle feewings are hurt, so he decides he'll show her by hooking up with Letitia.

FF a month or so. Leti
Feb 04, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical/Colonial American Romance Lovers
While there is a pinch of "Scottish" spice to this romance by Hannah Howell, it is much better described as a "Colonial American" romance. I am not a lover of frontier/pioneer romance, but there was enough Scottish elements and influence in the story to keep me reading. The very gaelic name of the hero, "Terlach O'doune," is enough to wet your lips with a taste of the highlands. He is, of course, strong and sexy, but with the typical male weaknesses of an overabundance of pride and arrogance. Ad ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Aspoon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I see why only 15 people read this book on It's not all that good. This chick was a serious door mat. A door mat for her family and now a door mat for her "employer". The only connection/chemistry I felt with this couple was at the very beginning when she..oh wait...when her family decided she should kick him to the curb, I honestly felt a real connection between them. I felt that Tearlach really liked her. Now, I understand why Tearlach did not speak up at the trial, I agree it was ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Started out good, but DNF at 26%. Supposedly set during post-Puritan era, but it was hard to tell. Some language seemed modern, and the characters seemed free with pre-marital sex. The heroine curses to herself constantly. It was like the author used her cursing as a proxy for other reactions, liking grimacing, wincing, balling her fists, stiffening, anything. It was very over-used and seemed out of step with the time period and character. No actual curse words were used, just "she cursed." So r ...more
Cindy Woods
Jul 05, 2015 Cindy Woods rated it liked it
Subject matter distasteful

I just couldn't get past the idea of a grown man basically forcing his lust onto this woman, whether she had feelings for him or not. It wasn't romantic at was almost rape. I understand she has lustful feelings, but she was pretty much forced by circumstances to comply, and then he treats her like a slave. I don't know anyone I would recommend this book to. It makes me angrier that the author actually writes a happy ever after ending...BS!
Eternal-Love78 Michelle Rossi's Reviews
An Invigoratingly Impassioned Novel!

It has been truly gratifying reading a novel written so artistically beautiful, as this one was. Once I began reading it, I was unable to cease. Especially when Ms. Howell was describing in full detail the art of love making. Using indulging words regarding one's own body part, instead of the usual vulgar words other authors write in their books. Making the whole experience blissfully magical.

Ms. Howell's writing also made me feel as though I was listening to
Rosslyn K
Dec 26, 2013 Rosslyn K rated it it was ok
This one is a difficult one for me to rate because I've reread it a couple of times now and I enjoyed the first time, but it doesn't hold up as well during subsequent readings. Ms. Howell is a talented writer and on the one hand, I don't mind that her stories are driven primarily by dialogue and the interactions between the characters even though I'm generally not a fan of that style of writing. She also tends to avoid (thankfully) characters that hold a grudge for even the most minor of things ...more
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed the story but have never been a fan of the setting. I suppose because I can't imagine myself living in the primitive environments of the American frontier. The story, nevertheless, is a good one. Even without fancy estates and glittering ballrooms.

I do have to mention that it annoys me how much a doormat Pleasance is at the beginning. I can't forgive her for rejecting Tearlach just to please her family. She clearly wants to escape from her current situation and if she accepts
Mar 29, 2014 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally am not a fan of historical romance set in the colonel period, but have enjoyed Howell's other books, so figured I could not go wrong. so...overall I enjoyed the story and the characters. However, I thought the story dragged/moved slow at times, therefore my 3 star rating. Would still recommend to other readers of historical romance.
Jun 08, 2015 Tavona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The female lead aggravated me because I felt that she was a major push over when it came to her family and to the male lead. I would not recommend this book to anyone because it was just that bad.
Mar 30, 2016 Danielles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, good, again! Not her best, but it was a Howell for sure!!!!!
Yvonne Gom
Aug 07, 2014 Yvonne Gom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a very good read.
This historical romance is set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony of 1769. It features a strong hero who doesn't communicate feelings well and a heroine who has been put down all her life yet still feels a fierce loyalty to those she loves. At times it was difficult to read, but overall I really enjoyed the book.
Shadowstorm Norwicca
I really have to say this book was not bad, but it wasn't that good either. I was kind of bored in the beginning and rather disappointed with this book. I guess everyone have a off day and this was a off day because this book I wouldn't recommend, but that is just my opinion.
May 04, 2012 Nia rated it did not like it
So far I'm not sure about it.. the indentured servitude deal is sort of a turn-off.


Final verdict: Once you read about one grumpy tsundere scotsman, you've pretty much read about them all. It wasn't bad, it was just very predictable.
Oct 28, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The main male character was constantly getting hurt, and the main female is constantly getting almost-raped. And all but 3 of the men in this book were jackasses.
After a while, even the sex got boring. You can tell this book was published in 1993.
i love hannah howell books so decided to read others
and chose the wherlokes i was rite in doing this ,the book is really good in both content, characters and story lines well done hannah i cant wait to read the next one
I am about halfway through a re-read and I have no idea why the hell I liked this book so much. And it's only been 2 years since I last read it. I hate when this happens.

ETA: Blech.
Oct 15, 2012 Lady marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Cynthia Roberts
Aug 03, 2010 Cynthia Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very captivating piece. I never read one of her books before and would definitely look for another one of her writings.
Lorraine Lesar
Very disappointed. Not up to her usual standard in my opinion
Apr 28, 2012 Geraldine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Excellent story.
Sep 19, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it
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Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below).

She has also used the following pseudonyms:
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