Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Seize the Dawn by: Shannon Drake & Heather Graham

Seize the Dawn is the third book in the Graham Clan series. 

Seize the Dawn is about Lady Eleanor of Clarin who is the sole heir to her ancestral lands. Eleanor has decided to marry the aging French noble rather than Edward I's choice of a brutal knight. As she was on her way to marry the French noble, also her father's friend, a Highland outlaw named Brendan Graham kidnaps her and takes her as his hostage. Swept away from her beloved land and into an arranged marriage, she must now rely on one man to rescue her from the torture that lies before her...the man who should remain her greatest enemy, yet holds her heart and life in his hands.

The novel was set around the 13th century England and Scottish highlands. The characters (both Eleanor, Brendan, and even some minor characters) felt rather intriguing but the writing, to me, did not seem to support the novel or the characters in any way. I often had to push myself to read another page. 

I could actually see the potential Seize the Dawn seemed to emanate but I, unfortunately, could not get into the novel. It is a decent book but it did drag on and leave me wanting to finish the novel as soon as possible. 


Summary from Goodreads:
Bold and beautiful, Lady Eleanor of Clarin--sole heir to her ancestral lands--chooses to marry an aging French noble rather than Edward I's choice of a brutal knight. To preserve Clarin and defeat the rebellious Scots who killed her father, she would gladly give her hand to the devil himself. 

But when the fiery Highland outlaw Brendan Graham takes her hostage, he also inspires her deepest desires. Now, as Eleanor is swept away from her beloved land and into an arranged marriage, she will be surrounded by treachery and accused of murder. Only one man can rescue her from the torture and death that lie ahead. The man who should remain her greatest enemy…yet holds her heart--and her very life--in his hands.

Special Thanks:
ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Kensington Books, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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About The Author:
Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell's Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette's Shadows, and for Harlequin's mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.

Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children's charity.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards frorn Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.

Heather loves travel and anything have to do with the water, and is a certitified scuba diver. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

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