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Conquer The Night

(Graham Clan #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  951 ratings  ·  46 reviews
His family murdered and his heart hardened by hate, Sir Arryn Graham had come to seek revenge against Kinsey Darrow for his bloody deeds against the Highland rebels. And he d do it by claiming Darrow's bride, Kyra, for his own. But in the tangled gold of her hair and the emerald of her eyes, Arryn found a lady who was much more than a pawn.

Conquered by this bold knight, Ky
Paperback, 495 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2000)
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How to rate this one? It really deserves a 4 for the writing and extreme amount of historical research Graham did, but there were factors that definitely detracted from my enjoyment. This is probably more of a 3 for me.

Warning: There is a rape scene and forced seduction between the H/h.

As bodice rippers go, I thought the scenes between the H/h were fairly mild. He didn't smack her around. Odd that I can easily deal with a rape/forced seduction scenario in a romance, but be very upset if the H s
I almost gave up on this one right from the start. I had to push myself to keep reading, it was like having a history lesson. uggg. I kept going and I'm glad I did, the story really picked up after about 1/3 of the way through and I ended up really enjoying it.

Arryn (H) was out for vengence, horrable things were done to his family and people. He had one purpose and that was to storm the castle of his offender and take his intended bride.

Kyra (h) had been praying to be rescued from her soon to be
May 11, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ridiculous, romance
I recall throwing this book across the room. The "heroine" gets raped by the "hero" and, of course, falls in love with him. His excuse? She said she was a slut. And when he discovered that she was a virgin, his words? "Damn you." Yeah. Pretty disgusting.

I must admit though that this book really piqued my interest in romance writers. Why the hell would a woman ever write a story where rape was justified? I'm sorry, but I find no romance in rape, even where there's forgiveness. (Sorry Luke and La
Regan Walker
Scottish Historical Rich in Scotland’s History of the 13th Century

Set in 1297, beginning near the forest of Selkirk, this is the story of a Scot and a patriot,
Sir Arryn Graham, whose pregnant wife and his people were murdered by the English. Arryn lives for revenge and to serve William Wallace, Scotland’s great hope for freedom.

Arryn comes to Seacairn Castle to take both it and it’s lady, Kyra, betrothed to the English brute Kinsey Darrow. Arryn hates Darrow for his rape and murder of Arryn’s
Jan 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
i'll admit that i made a mistake in buying this one. the cover was simply beautiful, you see (that was the reason i had to give it one star). this is one of the unfortunate attestations that you should never judge a book by its cover.

so, okay, he claims you for his own, you two have sex....then you fall in love? excuse me, but i dont see the "connection" on that. everything just virtually centered on the war, it was more like a war journal. and it went on and on for pages. it simply dragged. yo
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this infinitely better than Come the Morning, which had its heroes pitted against each other throughout most of the book. The heroes here still struggle with one another, but generally like each other for a majority of the novel. It is frankly exhausting to read a novel wherein my main characters generally despise each other for a majority of the exposition.

There is "rape," in a sense. It is always problematic in romance novels, and I struggle with how forced sex turns into something pl
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I didn't understand why Kyra wouldn't just come out and say her true feelings for her betrothed? The attempt to create this big misunderstanding/conflict between the two characters fell flat for me and just dragged on for too long.

Not something I will reread. I'll probably end up trading this in at my local used bookstore.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I haven't read Shannon Drake in a long time so I'm going back and rereading them. I enjoyed the story and the conflict, she is a talented author. I won't be rereading this book but I had a grand adventure reading it and she is a must read, must buy author for me. ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book

You can always enjoy a book by Heather Graham. This book follows history closely even though it is a fictional account. Arryn Graham is laird, married and waiting for the arrival of his first child. But that comes to naught. War is everywhere in Scotland. King Edward wants Scotland as a part of England. He is a ruthless King. Lady Kyra is an heiress. She is betrothed to Kinsey Darrow. When they marry, he will be Lord over Seacairn, the home her father left her. But Arryn an
"Sir Arryn Graham had come to seek revenge against Kinsey Darrow for his bloody deeds against the Highland rebels. And he'd do it by claiming Darrow's bride, Kyra, for his own. But in the tangle of her lustrous hair and the emerald of her eyes, Arryn found a lady who was much more than a pawn.

"Conquered by this bold knight, Kyra embraced his savage passion, knowing it marked her as the king's enemy. Now she is running for her life, an outcast who may be hanged unless Arryn can save her with his
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this years and years ago and remember being swept away by the political intrigue and history of that time, as I was by the romance.

I just read it again, and I’m still taken by the beauty of the time period — medieval Scotland. The effort and dedication the author took in framing the love story against such a rich background really brought it to life, and that is incredibly rare in romance novels.

I love Heather Graham’s historicals primarily because usually, the entire book isn’t driven
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sir Arryn Graham is seeking revenge against Kinsey Darrow for killing his wife and unborn child and many in his highland home. He'll do it by claiming his future bride Kyra and her home Seacairn as his.

He does, but they fall in love and defeat Kinsey and win each other and a moral victory for the Scots.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
During the quarantine, I was reading whatever I had on hand. I had picked this up at a garage sale and had not yet got to it. I didn't realize what was in my pile of to reads.
I loved this book, it had romance, just enough steam, a strong, handsome hero and full of history,
A little older book, but a super good read!
Teri Heyer
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conquer the Night was recommended to me by Amazon/Kindle. I couldn't resist adding it to my Kindle & started reading it right away. Although this is the 2nd book in the Graham Clan Series it can be read as a stand-alone. However, I'm look forward to reading more of this entertaining series. I always enjoy reading books by Heather Graham (aka Shannon Drake). ...more
Sherly Nyo
Call me lazy but the war/historical-bit part is a bit too much for me. Handsome Scots' warrior meets a proud, innocent and brave English lady. I love both the hero and heroine, even though I could do away with the heroine concealing about her relationship with her cruel English fiance, as well as the hero's persistent moaning of his dead wife.
The sexy times were a bit mild for me, if you know what I mean; using too flowery explanations.
Joan Spooner
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absorbing story

Great story line, strong characters based in history. Very enjoyable writing style would recommend this author. If you enjoy historical romance this is worth a read.
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Essentially, this book has nothing to do with the first book in the series (which wasn't a very good read in my opinion & could be skipped). However, this book was quite enjoyable with lots of steamy scenes as well as great historical details and battles. ...more
Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)
Giving this a 3.5 stars. The history lessons bogged the story at times.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the history in this book.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hard to read about history, because reality of it. Rape, slaughtering, war, but to find love in it. Some but of sunshine, is better than none
Three stars because I liked that this romance also put the history into the story-the uprising of the Scots against King Edward and William Wallace's fight for Scottish independence. This is not a period in Scottish history that I've read much about so I was pleased to get the basic players and events in this book. However, the romance between Kyra and Arryn was rather irritating. Their whole relationship was based on repeated rape and suddenly Kyra realizes that she loves him?! ...more
Anna Habetler
This is the story of Laird Lyon, Waryck, the favorite warrior of King David of Scotland. He was given land as a prize for his efforts for King David and the daughter of the land's laird who died was given the choice to go along with the land if she so chose. She loved the land so much that she chose to go along with it, although she didn't know or like Waryck. It was a very interesting tale--supposedly her Uncle was double crossing her husband and she was caught by the "bad guys". There was real ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exciting and plenty of romance
Trudy Miner
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Following the murder of his wife and unborn child by Kinsey Darrow, Sir Arryn Graham has come to Seacairn to seek revenge and take Darrow's bride from him. Darrow is gone but Kyra is more than a match for Arryn. Set against the early rebellion by the Scots led by William Wallace, this story is stepped in history and detail. People changed sides with the tides and no one was to be trusted. Kyra certainly wasn't going to tell this conquering warrior that she was praying for deliverance from weddin ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Stars 3/4 (Kate Pearce, Maureen Driscoll, Elisa Braden)

Hey fellow readers I don’t summarize the books (as there are always great full summaries written that I read myself).

I only give it my personal, general, summary of 5 stars to 1 star.

3 stars: This book is worth a read but didn’t really have me excited about interacting with the book where I could not put it down. It lacks the excitement and well roundness of my personal markers for a great read throughout the book.

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Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When your told you have to marry a man so dreadful you need and pay to find a way out. Unfortunately rescue comes in the design of someone more dangerous. Tempers flair when you have to fight all your life and don't take to orders well. Can the captive and conqueror get along long enough to escape, survive and make amends? This book is full of adventure, intrigue and action. Highly entertaining and couldn't put the book down.....Recommended read ...more
MaryJane Rings
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well researched novel of the conflict between England and Scotland in the 14th century. Very well depicted with interesting characters, accurate combat scenes and a love story between two very different people. Reads easily and keeps the reader interested to the very last page. I have read many of this author's books and she never disappoints. These older novels are very well researched from her own family tree. ...more
Jun 15, 2010 added it
This is a very good indepth historical....
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a good book. I love it.
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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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