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Defy Not the Heart (Shefford's Knights #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,012 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
Reina seethes with rage over her fate: taken captive by the knight Ranulf — a golden giant of a man — who has pledged to deliver her to the nuptial bed of the despised Lord Rothwell. She will never accept such bondage — and Reina offers herself to her kidnapped instead, offering to make Ranulf a great lord...if he agrees to wed her.

But the brave knight desires much more th
Mass Market Paperback, reissue, 432 pages
Published June 1989 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1989)
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Rereads can be dangerous. Because you don't want your view on your idolized author skewed. And that's exactly what happened.

But aren't these covers always little Jewels? I mean, Fabio in purple tights? I really want to know if women even find him attractive, because that's a solid no from me and really anyone I've talked to. And yet he graces almost every bodice-ripper in existence? It's the biggest mystery of my life. That, and how many licks it actually takes to get to the center of a tootsie
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhh, you guys. 1989, such an odd time for romance novels - not quite old school, not quite new. To wit:
1. Fabio is on the cover. In purple tights. Because that's totally what men wore in 1192.
2. Seriously awesome, kick ass, take charge heroine, whom we meet wearing armor and defending her keep, which she has been in charge of for a few years. She's 17.
3. Causing marriage by rape is frowned upon.
4. Kidnapping? Go for it!
5. Husband-to-be agrees to write it in their marriage contract that he'll
Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
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Laura V.
Ay Johanna ¿por qué no seguiste escribiendo libros así? Juro que no te reconozco en los últimos libros, tan faltos de emoción y química.

Decir que devoré este libro es poco. Ranulf es todo un bruto por fuera, pero cuando sonríe, ay de mí, pero me encanta. Son tan tontos juntos. Reina es tremenda, en ningún momento cambia su personalidad y sigue tan irreverente como desde un principio.

Me causó gracia porque el contexto político en el que está ambientado es lo que recientemente leí en History chan
Chitra *CJ*
"Defy not the Heart" is the story of Ranulf and Reina.

Since her father passed away an year ago, Reina de Champeney is the lady of her keep in Clydon and does everything to help her people- including making decisions about her marriage, a power which her father left her with. Her life has a hitch when she welcomes Knight Ranulf Fitz Hugh into her home, who later kidnaps her as he has pledged to deliver her to the old Lord Rothwell in exchange for a handsome bounty.
Never agreeing to be sold like a
Shari Kay
3 stars for storytelling ability.

What do I mean by that? Well, Johanna Lindsey can write. I wasn't bored. I didn't skim. I just didn't particularly like the direction she chose to go for a large portion of the story.

So Ranulf is a bastard born knight who is charged with 'stealing' a lecherous old Lord's supposed betrothed. Lady Reina.

Lady Reina is in a pickle. Her father has died while on crusade and left her unwed with a massive inheritance. She's a practical girl and knows she needs to marry
Ivana Azap Feješ
The two main charcters made a choice to marry and made the best of the situation. And, actually, the second half or so of the book is the two of them working at their marriage and growing as individuals and as a couple and really becoming a solid pair. Even when one does something the other disagrees with, they work through it.

Ohhhh, you guys. 1989, such an odd time for romance novels - not quite old school, not quite new. I loved Ranulf Fitz Hugh and more so his lady, Reina. Don't know that I'd
Tutti Dolci
I've often found Johanna Lindsey's stories to be either lukewarm or heavy on the Rapey McRaperton with not a ton of substance. However, and despite having Fabio on the cover (barf!), this story won me over. I loved Ranulf Fitz Hugh and more so his lady, Reina.

Don't know that I'd fully qualify this story as a Bodice Ripper, though it definitely had some elements. There was definitely the build up, which began with contempt that eventually turned to love. But not just love. Mutual respect, admira
I haven't read this book in forever and ever. I do like these older books from Johanna Lindsey. Even though the sexy scenes are very tame, there is just a really good story with these older books. I love the growing romance between Reina & Ranulf and it's not one of those insta-loves that we read in today's romances (though I do like those as well). Johanna Lindsey books are always a great re-read.

I didn't realize until checking the book in GR that there is a second book after this and for
Stacey is Sassy

The gruff and stubborn hero meets his match in his little general.

I’m a huge sucker for a historical romance and medieval is one of my favourite types. So, I put out the call to my Facebook buddies on what was their favourite medieval HR and authors. Wow, seems like I’m not alone in liking these types of books. Johanna Lindsey’s name came up more than once and Defy Not The Heart seemed to be agreed upon, as a good example of her work. Within the first pages, I knew I was hooked. Yes, the languag
This is another of the "fave" romance novels of my preteen years.

About the COVER:
I don't know how I feel, to be completely honest. Okay I'll admit it. I love this cover.

Yes Fabio is hilarious. Yes he's wearing lavender tights. Yes her hair is blowing in the breeze and her bosom is heaving. Yes his chest is gleaming and grossly oiled and his hair is long.

But it's like a CLASSIC ROMANCE NOVEL COVER. The font in the title is FABULOUS. The metallic shadowing. love it. I swear I even think the compos
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-kept, x-medieval
4.5 stars. I've never read a medieval romance before (Philippa Gregory and time travel romances don't count!) and the cover was really cheesy but something made me purchase this last week and, wow, what a great story. I might consider more of these type of stories now.
3.5 Stars! This is one of the many books I came away with after our hoard-house clean-out awhile back. Got rid of most of them, but decided to go ahead and keep it since I'd had the second in this set on the TBR for years, and now I know I'll one day read it too.
I wasn't sure if I was ever going to read it, but it turned out I had to read it after all, it was picked as my September pick over in Western and Medieval Romance Lovers. This was my first book by this author, and I was pleasantly surpr
This was one of the first romance novels that I ever read. I just fell in love with all the characters and their author Johanna Lindsey.

my favorite part was how he Ranulf Fitz Hugh the hero of the story had to learn how to pleasure his wife Reina, and wasn't ashamed to admit it... Okay he was more afraid of hurting her cause he was so big, but it was awesome how he was willing to get the help he needed for her. True there is more to the book that I loved, but that was one of my favorite parts.
I had read some reviews about this book before I had started it and some said the the writing of the dialog really bothered them, so I was prepared to not really like the book. However, it didn't bother me at all and I did really enjoy the book. IMO, it is a differnt kind of Johanna Lindsey book in that there really wasn't any emotional drama. The two main charcters made a choice to marry and made the best of the situation. There was no huge misunderstandings, no cheating, no dire escapades. The ...more
Обичам Джоана Линдзи. Обичам исторически роман. Обичам рицарски истории и устати героини и намусени рицари. Обожавам тази книга.

Рейна е млада наследница на огромно имение в Англия. След като баща й намира смъртта си по време на кръстоносните походи тя, тъй като не е нито омъжена, нито сгодена се оказва апетитна хапка за не малък брой мераклии които искат да я направят своя съпруга и да станат господари на всичко, което притежава.

Така един ден крепостта на Рейна осъмва нападната от незнайни войни
Diar Dwi Oktasari
Reina dan Ranulf. Reina, pewaris kastil Clydon setelah ayahnya gugur dalam perang. Reina ini masih muda dan mungil, namun tegas dan suka memerintah. Harus menanggung beban dan niatan2 buruk? penguasa wilayah lain yang ingin mengusai Clydon dengan menikahinya.
Ranulf, seorang Knight yang disewa oleh penguasa dari mana gitu, untuk membawa Reina untuk dinikahkan oleh penguasa itu datang ke Clydon saat kastil itu sedang diserang. Reina yang mengira kalau bantuan sudah datang, merasa lega saat Ranulf
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hot-hot-hot
I never thought I would ever use the adjective sweet to describe one of Johanna Lindsey's books. I've always had a love-hate relationship with her stories especially the older ones. I found her heroes to be not heroes at all but chauvinistic pigs (most of them). But this novel was a revelation! I absolutely adored Ranulf! At last, a medieval warrior who does not have the upper hand. In this case, it is Reina who wields all the power in their relationship! Their love was sweet and grew slowly but ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really good book
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, but "Tender is the storm" is still my favorite J Lindsey book.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Reina and Ranulf....they are hilarious, in a medieval way, mind you but still, they are funny.
Defy Not the Heart is entertaining even I'm pretty frustrated with some medieval traits and value but it's a medieval romance so yeah 4 stars for all funny and exasperated volley the couple throwing at each other and classic medieval plot of lord and lady. But one warning......both MC are not your typical medieval lord and lady, ha!
This is the one where she accuses the cat of farting on purpose, right? I remember almost dying with laughter over that scene. *ponders a re-read*
Varied Books
6/13/17 Ammy sale $2.49.
Belle Augusta
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: johanna-lindsey
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Jane Stewart
Fun, fulfilling and enjoyable romance novel.

Good characters. Good plot. Events are well done. I had no problems with this. I definitely liked Reina, her sharp wit and directness. She called Ranulf names when appropriate and argued with him. He wasn’t used to that. He was a neat character. This book was similar to Lindsey’s other well done novels.

Story brief: Reina’s father is wealthy. He dies before he can arrange a marriage for his daughter, but he communicates to his overlord that he has agree
Monique J.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Defy Not the Heart features my favorite Lindsey hero—the gruff yet noble Ranulf Fitzhugh. Set in medieval England (circa 1192), the castle of Lady Reina de Champeney is under seige. In the hopes of forcing Lady Reina to wed, the dastardly Lord Rothwell has hired the brave and oh-so-buff Ranulf to kidnap the noblewoman. But Reina is no shrinking violet. She quickly comes up with a proposition for Ranulf—he should marry her himself. And from the way Lindsey describes the golden-haired knight, I’d ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lo-normal
Una historia entretenida y romántica, aunque no sentí mucha conexión entre los protagonistas, no estaba mal ;)
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 Stars....maybe 4/5 stars

Johanna Lindsay really knows how to weave a wonderful tale. She has a way of writing a story that readers can't help but read and READ until it's done.
I really liked the character of Ranulf who was at first annoying and rude and a huge ass but once Miss Reina came into his life he became a better person and oh man he's a big sweetheart. Raina on the other hand was a tad bit annoying. I'm all for strong-willed females but she didn't know when to put her foot in her m
M.A. Levi
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was truly wonderful. I would say Perfect.

There were several twists and turns of sad/happy events. The Characters are truly wonderful. They were written with great personalitys.

Plus there is a gay guy in here. I have read "most" of Johanna's Books.

I only have 4 more books to go and I'm done with all the books she have ever written.

It has almost have taken 1 and half years. and I read several different authors in between them and NOT once was there a gay guy in either one
I wasn't to sure about this book at first. Ranulf really pissed me off, but Reina was nice. I really, really (and I mean really) hated how Ranulf first took her when they married. He like, hurt her so much, and then didn't even pleasure her! I was like: "Dickhead! Dickhead..." anyways, the story got slightly better as it went on, and by the end it was actually quite alright. I laughed so much at the bit where he goes to the whore just to find out how to pleasure Reina. I found Ranulf quite sweet ...more
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