Title: Conquered (She Who Dares, #2)
Author: LP Lovell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 27 2014
Love is a war in which only the fearless may conquer. The loss of love is a test in survival.
Love. It’s such an understated word. It has the ability to grip you so hard you become completely consumed by it, and when it releases you, you find yourself on your knees. Lilly Parker has me on my knees and I cannot muster the will to stand.
Betrayal. It’s all the worse when it comes from those we love. The pain, that much more intense. The loss, that much more heart breaking. I took a chance on Theodore Ellis and I lost.
How hard is Theo willing to fight for the woman he loves? Can Lilly fight her demons, or will she push away the only man capable of facing them with her?
Conquered is the emotional, gritty second part of Lilly and Theo's story.
Conquered is book 2 in LP Lovell’s She Who Dares series. It does not work as a standalone and it is necessary to have read Besieged before reading this one.
They say that some things in life are worth fighting for. They also say that if you love something, let it go. How do you fight for someone when to do so would only hurt them? How do you fight, when the other person has already let go? How do you let go of something that is so crucial to your happiness, so fundamental to your being that to lose it is to lose yourself? Is it selfish to try to keep that person? Is it selfish to fight for them?
We rejoin Theo and Lilly soon after the events of the final few pages of Besieged. They are separated after what had appeared to be a beautiful reconciliation and both are in the depths of misery. Theo is drowning his sorrows in expensive Scotch and Lilly has retreated to her brother’s house to lick her wounds. These two were explosive together and their lust and love burned so bright but apart, they are just faded shadows of their former selves. Lilly is determined that the separation will be permanent however much it hurts and Theo is hearing of none of it and is trying every weapon in his considerable arsenal to get her back.
Love is a war, so suit up sugar, because I’m coming for you.
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far from LP Lovell. Being a Brit, I adore that it takes place in London and is littered with British slang that makes me smile but I think what I love the most is that the characters seem so real. Theo may well be a millionaire playboy but he’s a vividly drawn character with just as many flaws as good points and he really does behave like a bit of a dick for large parts of this book. He’s a dick to Cassie, he’s a dick to Lilly and yet I still adored him because, when the chips are down and Lilly desperately needs him, he will stop at nothing to ensure that she is OK and make things right for her. Despite his very strong fuckwit tendencies, his love for Lilly is touching and heartwarming and he’s been in a bleak emotional desolation since he lost her.
Lilly is still a kickass feisty heroine but some of her vulnerabilities are laid bare in Conquered and we begin to hear the story of her and Harry’s childhood and the events that shaped her into the woman she is today. She’s trying hard to hold on to the alpha female persona she’s spent years perfecting but her misery after separating from Theo and her awful past, which is once again rearing its ugly head, are both conspiring to shatter that facade and reveal the lost, lonely and hurt little girl buried inside.
I think it’s safe to say that Theo and Lilly spent a lot of the time in Conquered at war with one another – they’re hissing at each other like a pair of alley cats. Theo is determined to get her back and Lilly is quite sure she’s never going to let Theo in again. They’ve both fallen in love, something that neither of them ever thought possible and being apart has broken their hearts and their pain really is quite palpable. Both Theo’s and Lilly’s past actions have far reaching consequences as the story ramps up in the second half to leave us with the exquisite cruelty of a hangover and now we have to endure the endless months until Surrendered is released!
Once again, the secondary characters are fantastic. Both Hugo and George really stole my heart. Hugo is an incredible manwhore, possibly even a sex addict and I couldn’t help but adore this really rather affable tart. George is one of Lilly’s best friends – he’s gay and they have an enviable bond and he’s right there for her throughout everything.
I smile. I really wish, and definitely not for the first time, that George were straight. He would be my perfect man. If only I think to myself. Alas, the boys get George, and I get left with all the bastards. Still, I get the best friend a girl could ask for. George is that person…you know, the one who would hide all my sex toys if I died. We all need one of those.
So Conquered is a fantastic and worthy sequel to Besieged and we’re left on the precipice of finding out everything at the end of the book. Everything is hanging in the balance and so much is undecided – I’m very much looking forward to all the loose ends getting tied up in Surrendered and Theo and Lilly, at long last, finding some happiness and forgiveness together.
4 Conquered stars
Series Reading Order
- Besieged – Add to Goodreads | Read our Review | Buy From Amazon
- Conquered – Add to Goodreads | Buy From Amazon
- Surrendered – coming later this winter
LP Lovell is an Indie Author from Salisbury, England. She's known for her seriously laid back attitude, sick sense of humour and a general lack of brain to mouth filter. Fuelled by copious amounts of Diet Coke, she likes to create feisty female characters who bring men across the pages to their knees. If she’s not writing then LP can be found riding her horses, or walking her ever present writing companion; Tulula the dog.
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