Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for A Defiant Maiden’s Knight by Melissa Oliver as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. This is also my sixth book for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
A knight’s protection…That she doesn’t want…or need?
Joan Lovent may be losing her sight but she refuses to lose her independence too. So when Sir Warin de Talmont tells her it’s too perilous to be out alone in the city, she doesn’t pay him any heed. But with threats surrounding them, she begins to value his protection and helps with his dangerous work in return. If only the powerful connection between them wasn’t so impossible to ignore!
UK Harper Collins- https://bit.ly/3isA6ng
Harlequin US https://bit.ly/3Jwt397
Amazon US https://amzn.to/3udgZmC
In A Defiant Maiden’s Knight I was treated to strong willed characters and a story that easily pulled me in. Not only with a gorgeous romance but with a little bit of a dangerous edge too. It’s safe to say I was hooked!
The pacing of the story was steady throughout. It was lovely to see Joan and Warin begin a tentative friendship albeit a little on the fraught side in the very beginning. However beneath it all there was such a sweet connection between the pair that just increased with every interaction. I was rooting for their happy ever after even as both of the characters past caused ripples in the present.
There was real depth to this story and this was down to the characters. I felt as if I really got to know them especially Joan. The reader experiences both her fears for the future and the hope that she can live a happy life even with the uncertainty over her deteriorating sight. I loved the balance of these moments interspersed with a general heartwarming feel. Especially as I couldn’t help but smile at Joan and Warin as they gently danced around their feelings for each other. All that’s left to say is that A Defiant Maiden’s Knight was a joy to read. Oh, and as ever Melissa Oliver has created another wonderful medieval historical romance!
Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, palaces and all things historical.
Melissa is the WINNER of The Romantic Novelist Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight.
When she’s not writing she loves to travel for inspiration, paint, and visit museums & art galleries.
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