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The Defiant Lady

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  86 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
England, 1815. Beautiful, intelligent Ivy Sinclair is the illegitimate daughter of a duke and his Parisian mistress. After the unexpected death of her parents, Ivy journeys to England to live with her paternal grandmother.

While adjusting to the rigors of a new life, Ivy meets the Earl of Stanton, Cyrus Corbin Archibald. As Ivy and Cy begin to fall in love, they are thrown
Kindle Edition, 5th, 308 pages
Published (first published May 12th 2011)
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Dec 06, 2015 Skyril rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Five words can describe the entirety of this story: passion, passion, sex, passion, passion.

To be perfectly honest, I had never before read a..., I suppose it would be called, a romance book, and if others are at all like this one, then I never ever never ever ever want to again.

1. The writing.
I was very aware of the writing the entire time. I can tell that the author tried, but I'm afraid she didn't succeed very well. The writing style was a bit awkward, and either too old to be modern or too m
Jennifer C
May 28, 2011 Jennifer C rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
This is a wonderful, typical, Historical Romance with all the elements of a classic story. The characters are well developed and you really feel for them. You feel the genuine love between the hero and heroine, as well as the supporting characters right down to the grandmother. This is a story rich in family, love, jealousy, secrets and the ever sought after Happily Ever After.

I recommend this book to lovers of early 19th century historical romance who wants a story focused on the romance and a
Overall, it was an enjoyable read. The H&h are likable, as well as the secondary characters.

Here are my criticisms:

First, the title is misleading. IMHO the h was not Defiant. She had interests in unladylike activities for the time, but I still felt like "Defiant" was too strong a word for this character.

My biggest beef is with the antagonist Caldwell. There is no rhyme or reasons for his actions as "villian" There was no explanation as to why he focused on the h or what his motivation was fo
Apr 12, 2014 Lucinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A richly evocative, sensual story containing authenticity in abundance

In-depth historical research and wonderful descriptive passages present a rounded, vivid backdrop to this sublime story. The well-written narrative contains all the elements that you would expect to find within a classic literary novel, including rounded characters that are highly believable and interesting. I really felt for the two lovers/ hero & heroine of this story and fell ‘under their spell’ as to speak! This trul
Nov 03, 2015 Debra rated it it was amazing
Wonderful and beautiful

Thank you for another book to remember. I shall look forward to reading your work. For your name will forever be in my thoughts. Never a dull moment. Most of all your books don't linger on when a dispute between the characters arrive. They are quickly resolved and goes on to better things. Your books leave your readers quite satisfied. You know people in their latter years fall in love to. It would be interesting for a writer in this era to make that happen. I have read h
Jan 29, 2012 Abigail rated it liked it
Downloaded this on the recommendation/ad on Smart Bitches/Trash Romance. For the price ($1?) it wasn't bad. It's not one that I would read again but for commute reading it was okay.
Oct 07, 2015 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story, but had to give it two stars for its many descriptive sex scenes that I had to skip. So unnecessary.
Jan 09, 2013 Marya rated it it was ok
This book includes some aggravating incorrect word useage, has some editing issues, and the writing
is blah.
I Craize Books
One reading was all it took to finish this beautiful, gorgeous, amazing book
Wendy Wasiunec
May 11, 2016 Wendy Wasiunec rated it really liked it
Sweet Romance

An enjoyable love story. The Heroine, Ivy swept off her feet by the Hero, Cy. A grandmother who didn't know her life was empty until her granddaughters entered it. What I liked about the story was that even though they are "illegitimate" granddaughters, there was really no antagonism or bitter harsh bashing about them within the ton. This story was an easy quick read and I can happily say, it is a story I would read again. Also to mention, you actually get two romances for the price
Sep 05, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
absolutly amazing and so cute
Jennifer Hampton
Oct 15, 2011 Jennifer Hampton rated it it was amazing
A Defiant Lady gives us a glimpse into the world of nobility in 1815 England. Two sisters, Ivy and Willow, young women born in France to a woman who was the lover of a wealthy and titled man from England, find themselves desperate enough after their mother dies to ask their paternal grandmother for a place to live. The duchess is not at all pleased at the plight of the two sisters, but takes them in and begins to educate them in the ways of the genteel. Ivy, being the oldest and of marrying age, ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Alex rated it liked it
It was alright

Not best book I've read, the historical details were a bit off. And the author doesn't seem to grasp the concept of inheritance of titles. But it was alright. Heroine is spirited, although she gives up her dreams a mite too easily when love comes a knocking. Hero is quite 2d. The Duchess (grandmother character) is interesting enough, scheming matchmaker as befits her status.
Patricia Perez
Aug 20, 2016 Patricia Perez rated it it was amazing
Great story

This was the first time I read the work. It was very good and I enjoyed it alot. Hopefully there's more historical romance in the future.
Champagne  Couture
Mar 12, 2015 Champagne Couture rated it it was amazing

Wonderful read! Looking forward to more from this author! Grab some tea and get comfortable and get ready for this one
Jennifer-Eve Workman
I won this through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
Samantha Garman
Mar 09, 2016 Samantha Garman rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Exciting plot, fun characters, with mystery and deceit!
Jul 15, 2011 Ilia marked it as to-read
i am feeling like this
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