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The Lion In Glory

(Graham Clan #5)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  400 ratings  ·  42 reviews
"A master of her craft, and a writer whose star shines ever brighter." --RT Book Reviews

"An incredible storyteller." --Los Angeles Daily News

"Heather Graham sparkles!" --Kat Martin, New York Times bestselling author

The tides of war have turned for the valiant Scots led by King Robert the Bruce, and they boldly reclaim lands still ruled by the English. When Jamie Graham co
Paperback, 356 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2003)
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Very good, I love almost all of Shannon Drake's historical romance books. If you like the type of book where the hero is angry at the heroine for a while- you will love it!
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't seem to take to this writer's heroines. They always seem so impetuous and act like mother hens worrying about everyone else.

*This review is for an ARC from the publisher on NetGalley.
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Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lion in Glory is the 5th book in the 'Clan Graham' series by Heather Graham. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, so can say that the book is easily read as a stand alone one.

The story is set in the early 14th century. Robert Bruce King of the Scots is fighting to gain all of Scotland back from King Edward the 2nd of England. Some of the castles and lands in England's possession aren't afforded guards from their king, but they are expected to refuse the Bruce's demands for m
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This was definitely a romance novel set in the early 14th century, rather than historical fiction with a touch of romance, so if you're picky about accuracy (view spoiler) and anachronisms (view spoiler)irritate you, either switch off the validation part of your brain or put this book down right now.

Robert Bruce has been crowned Ki
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
This is a shortened re-release of an older book. I liked the romance but the 3rd person POV jumped so much that I had difficulty following and it covered mostly thoughts rather than action which I found boring.
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good series
Susan Ross
This was basically a rewrite of Knight Triumphant. Once again, an English lady becomes entangled with a Scottish knight. They argue. They have sex. They argue. They have sex. She's rebellious. They argue... well, you get my point. The book became quite tedious actually. The phrase "muscle and sinew" was used ad nauseam.
I finished it because my grandchildren were visiting and it was an easy book to pick up and put down as needed.
The version I read was the long one from 2003. Perhaps the shorter v
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Officially a "did not finish" around page 400, but it was enough to give it a bit of a review. The setting is the right along the England/Scotland border. It details the clashes between England's King Edward II and Robert Bruce of Scotland. It is interesting and well written, but very long. The story does move along, but I think there are areas where an editor missed the mark. The characters are a mix of warriors and "hostages" who are treated more like guests. I didn't find myself really taken ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story, it was a good historical romance. It was interesting to learn about the 1300's and the English and Scott's being at war. The romance between Christina (being an English captive) and Jamie (being Scottish and her captor) was not your average romance. But in the end Love conquers all. This book can be read without having read the previous ones in the series. I didn't realize it was the 5th book in a series until I finished.
Robert Fritz
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this by the most Scottish person I know - who thought I might enjoy it. It's not only a fun read, but gave me an understanding of the Scottish / English tensions of that time period. An enjoyable page turner.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again more of a 2.5. Finally made it through this series, but felt like each book was the same plot with the same characters.
Jean Smith
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A detail rich ride through history

My second historical romance for the week is The Lion in Glory. I didn't immediately realize that this is in fact, a re-release. The original was published under the pen name Shannon Drake. Back in the day, Shannon Drake was one of my for sure go to's for medieval historical romance. The books are full of adventure, battles, historical detail and pageantry. On the other hand, back in the day, books written under Heather Graham's name were contemporary or paranor
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lion In Glory "A Graham Novel" by Heather Graham /Shannon Drake.
*2016 version. A re-release with a new cover, from the previously released version in 2003. Also has been shortened*.

Well written, steady paced, Scottish vs English Historical Romance set in the 16th century. A Graham Novel. I've never read these before.

The heroine is hard to like and sometimes difficult to connect with, due to her "my way or no way" attitude. She believes her way is right and the better way, no matter the con
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading a book in the Graham Clan series though the author set it up in a way that I could follow along easily without feeling that I'm missing a lot by not starting from the beginning. This story takes place in the time of Robert the Bruce when he was a force not to be messed with and many of the English were paying tribute to him.

Christina is an Englishwoman who is desperate to find a way to get her brother back, including trying to drug a group of Bruce's men, who is a
Jan Goodard
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this book many years ago when it was released under Heather Graham' s alter ego, Shannon Drake. I did not remember much of the story, but remember devouring all of her books. They are a good part of the reason why I love this genre. The setting is after King Edward I dies, having laid waste to much of Scotland. His successor is not the hard warrior Edward I was and so Scotland under Robert the Bruce is taking back its country. Now the English border areas are paying tribute to ...more
This compelling historical fiction novel takes place in England during the 1300s.

Lady Christina Steel of Hamstead Manor was beside herself. Sir James Graham, the emissary for the king of Scotland, was at her door. It was time to pay, to keep peace. King Edward would never allow such a thing to happen, but King Edward was gone, and his son now reigned. King Edward II was not the strong, ruthless leader that his father once was, but he did possess a cruel streak. He was also subject to immature ta
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This was a pretty good read which I enjoyed by Heather Graham/Shannon Drake. The author is a story teller of many novels. This one told about a woman who only wanted to live her life, but circumstances have made her take her fate in her hands. Lady Christina needs the help of the warrior who has taken over her lands. Her brother has been taken hostage by the English King for treason. She will do anything to accomplish her goals. She gets Jamie Graham who has seized the lands she has called home, ...more
Debbie Glenn Brown
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Scottish warrior Jamie Graham has comes to seize Hamstead Heath encounters Lady Christina, the manor's chatelaine. Lady Christina is desperate to help her brother who has been taken hostage by the English King for treason. She needs the help of the warrior who has taken over her lands, she needs him to take her as his hostage, but Jamie does not need a hostage. Christina will do anything to accomplish her goals and Jamie is more than willing to take everything she has to offer. Christina is a be ...more
A rerelease of an early Heather Graham historical romance, The Lion in Glory, while strong in historical content, suffers from the same maladies as many of the tales from this time period. Issue #1: the hero is generally unlikeable for much of the story, particularly in the way he treats the heroine. She is treated like the stereotypical helpless/treacherous beauty (while she is emphatically NOT, written overall as a strong, admirably feisty character). Issue #2: while Christina is portrayed as ...more
Katherine Yearwood
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read just about every Heather Graham books ever written. If I read this book it’s been awhile since I picked it up. This book was pretty interesting. The Lion In Glory is an historical romance set back when England in Scotland were at odds with each other. But then again when aren’t they at odds. However, this time it’s the Scots that has the upper hand and now that the tables are turned the Scottish are looking for a little pay back. The form of payback is basically what we call protecti ...more
Anna Swedenmom
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Buy and read.

The only negative I can say is there are some areas that are padded in writing and should of maybe been edited. It felt like duplicates or the same thing said but in a different way.

Now for the review. I loved the book. It touched my emotions and made me think and I admit be very glad I was not there during those hard times. The writing is clear and the characters are strong. It held my attention and kept me reading. I think it is a good read, perhaps due to some slight problems not
3.5 stars

Firstly this is re-release, there was no comment about that so I was thrown a bit. I knew I'd read the story and kept thinking the author had stolen someone else's work. No just re-releasing....

I loved the character of Jamie, he was great. I wasn't that keen on the heroine, she fussed a lot and was slightly annoying.

I kind of felt that this was between a romance and a historical romance - not one or the other, but if you just like romance that won't bother you. It's less strong in the
Sissy's Romance Book Review
3.5 stars
'The Lion In Glory' by Heather Graham is book five in the "Graham Clan" series. This book was first released in 2003 under the name Heather Graham pin name of Shannon Drake. I was glad to see this book come back into circulation with the new cover and giving me the chance to read this book this time around.
This was pretty much a traditional Highlander romance with some dram thrown in. This story kept you involved in their story. The hero was of course was a true hot highlander. The he
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Shanon Drake does more than bring characters together in a book. She tells believable stories without romancing the past. Her characters make sound judgment true to the character's beliefs, ideals, and feelings, and while it may not be the ideal, it certainy calls for some very dramatic scenes! Christina and Jamie are both very strong characters. Thier pride, very cliche, stands in the way of what they really feel and want to say. Of course we see throughout the entire book that attraction and l ...more
Vero Stro
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Book 5 in the "Graham" Series and it was a pretty good read by Heather Graham aka Shannon Drake. This is not the first book I have read by her and she always manage to deliver great reads!

Jamie Graham has a mission. He comes to seize Hamstead Heath but he is surprised when Christina, the manor’s chatelaine demands she takes her as a hostage and ransomed. the only goal Christina has is to rescue her brother who is held by the King and accused of treason.

I liked the characters. There ar
Manang Jean
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. What I love about this book: 1- Sir Jamie Graham is a likable character, and a familiar one if you've read the earlier Graham novel 'Knight Triumphant' - he is Sir Eric's lute-playing cousin. We see castle Langley again and a lot of the people in KT, including the horses! 2- it's cool to have a female (Lady Christina ) as an accomplished swordsman, although she can embroider as well.. 3-King Robert the Bruce is a compelling historical figure and appears throughout the book. Highly recom ...more
Leah Angstman
Has some interesting writing, and it's an interesting topic, but the story gets very, very repetitive. And not just the story, but literally, the lines get repeated over and over again. The same thing, give or take, without changing the sentences or sentence structures. Sometimes there are entire repeated paragraphs just phrased a tiny bit differently. Definitely padded and padded and padded to get to a 500-page mark. I could have easily lopped off half the book in editing. Had I not been sittin ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Christina and I thought for the time period she was a very progressive heroine. Battling the invading Scots, fighting for her brother's life, saving her brother's fiancé's virtue... She wasn't always correct in the means to achieving her goal but she tried. What she suffered from was being in the wrong damn century. All her actions caused her was pain and humiliation. I mean the poor girl couldn't get one up on the hero. Who just seemed like a jackass but really all he suffered from was ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was the perfect mixture of realism in a dark time and historical romance. She understands the nature of the issues between England and Scotland and has an excellent undertaking of how this shaped the historical figures. The pace of the story was good. Heather Graham really knows how to set up the scene and tell the story. I was very engrossed in this story. I plan on reading other novels by her in the near future.
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Heather Graham Pozzessere
aka Heather Graham, Shannon Drake

Heather Graham was born on March 15, 1953 and grew up in Dade County, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida at Tampa, majoring in theater arts and touring Europe and parts of Asia and Africa as part of her studies. After college, she acted in dinner theaters, modeled, waitressed, and tended bar. She married Hershey Dennis Po

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Graham Clan (7 books)
  • Come the Morning (Graham, #1)
  • Conquer The Night (Graham, #2)
  • Seize The Dawn (Graham, #3)
  • Knight Triumphant (Graham, #4)
  • When We Touch (Graham, #6)
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