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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 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 never use his fists on her he really doesn t want to hurt her.6 But privately, he wonders, how else can a man keep his wife under control It s okay He ll just threaten to spank her to make sure she obeys and follow through as needed.7 Reina had complete control over who she chose to marry 8 But she was furious when another woman dared have a preference for her own marriage, too, because women just don t know what was right for them.9 Ranulf really respects Reina and generally trusts her opinions 10 But women aren t supposed to like sex, so he doesn t actually respect her thoughts on that matter.11 Until he realizes maybe she s right, and goes to see the town whore for advice.12 And then the misunderstanding that arises when she walks in on them is actually discussed And cleared up 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 Kind of novel, really Does that balance out the fact that working through it occasionally means punishment first Eh It was mostly a super fun read Usually there s so much wrong with an 80s romance that the question can t even be asked, so overall, win I m not surprised that she s still writing these days, she s good 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 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 chattel, Reina instead offers her lands and hand to Ranulf in a marriage of convinience, and he unwillingly accepts This was a fun read No insta love or insta attraction the leads are only fascinated by one another, and mostly annoyed They get married for mutual benefit, and consummate for duty.Soon proximity leads to attraction, which blooms into love.I hate the virgin pornstar phenomena, and this didn t have it The heroine was a sassy, strong and independent, the hero a gentle giant of a courageous warrior I loved him getting lessons in lovemaking, her being protective of him and their people, and the furry Lady Ella There were many laugh out loud moments in the book The couple was young h 17, H 23 and spent their time either tumbling in bed, fighting or managing their lands Sweet ending.Safe Safe with minor exceptions view spoiler when the couple marries, H is not attracted to the heroine, hence considers talking to other wenches but Theo scares them away Also little ex drama in the end but H throws her out of his keep hide spoiler 4 5 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sadly, Johanna Lindsey is an author whose time has passed But for a while except for maybe Jude Deveraux there was no other mass market Romance author in the 1980 s 1990 s whose prolific writing achieved such commercial success Lindsey even reached 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list with Defy Not the Heart During this time period, Lindsey was at her peak, and in a span of 10 to 15 years churned out book after book with the best covers ever , that for but a few exceptions, were al Sadly, Johanna Lindsey is an author whose time has passed But for a while except for maybe Jude Deveraux there was no other mass market Romance author in the 1980 s 1990 s whose prolific writing achieved such commercial success Lindsey even reached 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list with Defy Not the Heart During this time period, Lindsey was at her peak, and in a span of 10 to 15 years churned out book after book with the best covers ever , that for but a few exceptions, were all great reads or rank among my most beloved romances For sure, they were not always the best written, often rambling on about unimportant characters and tellingthan showing, and so often I wanted to strangle the heroines for their stubbornness and TSTL tendecies Yet, oddly I loved her plots involving kidnapping and forced marriages and overbearing, handsome men who usually treated the heroine like crap one minute, and then was passionate making lurv to her then brushing her hair as afterplay I ate her books up like candy and have the emotional cavities to prove it In Defy Not the Heart, Ranulf Fitz Hugh is a bastard, mercenary knight simply working on another job He is to kidnap Lady Reina and bring her to her betrothed, Lord Rothwell, an elderly man who Reina s never met Reina, not being a stupid girl, is sensible and realizes that as an unmarried woman she s in a precarious position Since Rothwell hasn t yet paid Ranulf for his services, and Rothwell s claim to marriage is false anyway, why doesn t Ranulf wed Reina himself She s a wealthy heiress and such a union would make Ranulf a wealthy lord A marriage of convenience takes place, and the two seemingly different spouses settle into married life Defy Not the Heart combines some of my favorite tropes to make this book a truffle bacon cheese and macaroni comfort read First the cover A dazzling Elaine Duillo masterpiece with a pink purple background featuring a blond Fabio, looking like Prince Adam of Eternia in a white poofy shirt that drapes off his shoulders, baring his massive pecs biceps, and purple tights that cling to his bulging muscles There s that female model who s always posing alongside Fabio, this time with flowing raven hair, her fingers clutching Fab s purple thighs, while she sports a sexy red dress that showsboobies than most infants see their first months of life Reina s supposed to have ittie bitty titties so that was a major exaggeration on Duillo s part Ranulf is a brute, a knight with no time for chivalry he bangs slutty, fat chicks, parties with his buds, pisses where he likes and is an all around ill mannered boor But he s secretly insecure He s remarkably good looking, so handsome that women chase him wherever he goes He s never received any genuine affection or love from a woman in his rough life The illegitimate son of a noble lord, Ranulf has had to fight for his way, and finishing this one job to kidnap an unmarried heiress and bring her to a fianc e will enable him to have enough funds to buy a land and show up dad once and for all But Reina s offer of marriage is impossible to resist.Reina s one of Lindsey s best heroines, not a hard feat to achieve considering how caustic so many of them are She is short, plain looking, except for her pretty eyes Reina s charms are her brains and ability to lead She s no shrinking violet, a no nonsense girl who ll pull up her sleeves to protect her castle and people Reina s witty, and yes, she gets prissy, although she s no shrew Some call her a mouse, but Ranulf s pet name is Little General And though not beautiful, she s not Woe is me, my looks suck, but knows it s her practical qualities that get her the hunkiest man around I ve read other readers complain about how little interaction Ranulf and Reina have with each other, and perhaps because Lindsey has a penchant to make her protagonists constantly fight, this scarcity is a good thing The scenes with Ranulf and Reina are all thememorable from their first interaction, when after waiting hours to meet the Lady whose castle he s invaded, an impatient Ranulf unknowingly picks up an armor clad Reina and throws her to the floor, causing Reina to crack jokes about housekeeping, to the sexy bedroom sessions with light bondage and spanking punishments which, although rather vanilla today, were a bit controversial at the time I hate when arranged marriages in historicals are approached with the attitude of I won t have sex until you love me That s so phony, and fortunately Reina has no problem looking forward to her marriage bed and Ranulf has no problem performing his duties Alas, he s terrible in the sack I love the fact that Ranulf s an oaf in bed view spoiler Maybe this is TMI, but as a long time married gal, I appreciate the fact that 90% of what my H I learned about lovemaking, we did together Ranulf visits a prostitute to listen to advice on how to please Reina, as his lust is too great to let him last longer than a few seconds Reina catches him in a compromising situation, though Ranulf shrugs it off and doesn t apologize He just asked for advice, not set it into practice, so why be sorry It s his wife and only his wife he wants And the results of his lessons are memorable hide spoiler Plus, I adore cats, and there s something sexy about a man who does, too Ranulf has a beloved kitty named Lady Ella If, like me, you own cats, you may be familiar with the experience of waking up to a warm furball laying on your chest, tail up, butt planted directly in your face This is what Ranulf s jealous queen cat does to Reina, though much worse It s a riot There are so many enjoyable scenes in this one Ranulf s reaction when Theo, Reina s gay male attendant, bathes him is priceless and Ranulf s kindness to a club footed young boy who is bullied makes me sigh with girlish glee Behind Gentle Rogue and Secret Fire, this is my favorite Lindsey Every year or two, I pull it out and re read it Check your brain at the door and just appreciate the ride Don t expect literary perfection If you re in a goofy frame of mind, have a blast reading about two silly characters that make you fall in love with them just as they do.5 stars A Ay Johanna por qu no seguiste escribiendo libros as Juro que no te reconozco en los ltimos libros, tan faltos de emoci n y qu mica.Decir que devor este libro es poco Ranulf es todo un bruto por fuera, pero cuando sonr e, ay de m , pero me encanta Son tan tontos juntos Reina es tremenda, en ning n momento cambia su personalidad y sigue tan irreverente como desde un principio Me caus gracia porque el contexto pol tico en el que est ambientado es lo que recientemente le en History chan Ay Johanna por qu no seguiste escribiendo libros as Juro que no te reconozco en los ltimos libros, tan faltos de emoci n y qu mica.Decir que devor este libro es poco Ranulf es todo un bruto por fuera, pero cuando sonr e, ay de m , pero me encanta Son tan tontos juntos Reina es tremenda, en ning n momento cambia su personalidad y sigue tan irreverente como desde un principio Me caus gracia porque el contexto pol tico en el que est ambientado es lo que recientemente le en History channel as que me vino como anillo al dedo Ricardo Coraz n de Le n, Enrique y Juan, yo sab a de qu hablaban Me encanta como se desarroll la relaci n entre Reina y Ranulf Constantes pullas y tire afloje, ba ado de risas ocasionales A oraba a esta Johanna que me meti el amor por el romance hist rico en primer lugar, y si le pongo cincoestrellas es porque me encanta, es una novela muy disfrutable y aunque predecible me hizo re r y suspirar de amor por ambos, que a su manera son perfectos para el otro Menci n de honor merecen las primeras relaciones sexuales de estos dos Pocas veces leo de un prota que no exude orgasmos por los poros con solo respirar cerca de ella Y la forma en que Ranulf busca ayuda, es tan ohdios Creo que es hasta rom ntico a su manera.Ranulf, te quiero demasiado Es un gigante, rudo, bruto, divertido, sexy, protector, y con una veta vulnerable que te dan ganas de abrazar entre otras tantas cosas.Se me hizo demasiado corta.PD Son tan j venes ella 17 y l 23 que puede ser tranquilamente un new adult medieval 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 andso his lady, Reina Don t know that I d 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 andso 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 It s adorable Love Theo 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 Fun, fulfilling and enjoyable romance novel Good characters Good plot Events are well done 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 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 toot sweet She plans to do just that, thankful her father gave her the option between two acceptable men who she has written to come quickly Whoever gets there first she ll wed gladly Things don t go quite the way she planned and instead she is kidnapped by Ranulf And is she spitting mad The two don t get along very well as he s deceived kidnapped her Reina is headstrong as she been running the rich estate for 2 years on her own and it s shows in her wicked tongue lashings He calls her general He s a brute who thinks she s a bitch and wants nothing to do with her He s fine with giving her to a mean man old enough to be her grandfather Good riddance Reina is not beautiful she s barely pretty She also petite, sassy and worst of all a Lady all things Renulf hates And though he has his reasons for being the way he ishe was stupid to assume all women are the same Of course, Renulf is gorgeous and all the women want him But he is unfortunately not attracted to Reina At All He only feels a twinge of lust when her boob is forced in his face and it doesn t last once she is reclothed sigh I just can t work with this people I don t need them to like each other in the beginning but I need at least a spark Reina thought he was handsome, but that s it She sends her homosexual servant friend to bathe him with a warning to be careful not upset Renulf if he didn t swing that way Then when Theo was heartily rejected, she gets upset that he didn t get the castle s pretty slut sent in as a replacement but a fat older woman that probably angered himWhat I get it I do These are medieval times Men did not deny themselves but I wanted her to care At least a little This is romance peopleI don t want realism to that extent We get too much of Renulf s thoughts He didn t want Reina He took her in a drunken quicky on their official wedding night because he caught a glimpse of her perfect little body He barely remembers it and she was a virgin He thought about taking someone else to his bed when he had to wait a whole 3 days for the show ceremony and only didn t because Theo was thwarting him at every turn He d also just toss up Reina s skirts wherever they were, had sex with her like a whore and never thought to pleasure heruntil she finally got angry enough to tell him she wasn t enjoying it.He was such a pig I understand his past I understand his mistrust But no one wasforthright than Reina She married the idiot and never played him false but also never expected much as he made it quite clear in the beginning he didn t want heronly her land She assumed he d cheat on her eventually and decided to use that guilt when it happened to get a boon or two Like I said though, it wasn t all bad The banter was good The power struggle was good The coincidences were a bit much though with the father, brother and evil ex all showing up I believed in the love and HEA at the end Mostly Him wanting to go off and battle all the time wasn t very reassuring though I can t say I had confidence he would never cheat on her either while away because of the period the story is set and because of his previous thoughts and words made me think he mightslip As far as we and Reina know, he hasn t so farhe wants only his wife Anyhow, Ranulf could be really sweet at times He wanted to please his wife in the end It took awhile for him to admit he loved her, but it took almost as long for Reina too So I guess they are even on that score.Would I read another by this author Yes I own several 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 andso 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 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 andso 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, admiration, and tenderness which developed at a pace that felt realistic and made me feel invested in the characters a sure sign that I m loving a story And I did *Free Kindle ✐ Defy Not the Heart (Sheffords Knights, #1) ☂ 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 lordif he agrees to wed herBut the brave knight desires much than a marriage of convenience from this proud, headstrong lady who treats him with scorn yet makes his blood run hotter than liquid fire She must come to him of her own free will or Ranulf will take her For the passion that consumes them both cannot long be denied even though gravest peril surely awaits them on the heart s trail to a destines and turbulent love 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 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 the life of me I can t remember if I ve read that book Hmmmwill have to pick that up on Kindle 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 upthan 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 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 upthan 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 language was a little hard to understand at times, but that just makes you payattention to the words you re reading A strong and determined heroine who does not hesitate to speak her mind and a hero with a surly attitude, good looks and a dislike of Lady s which by the end of the story you know is well founded This is a bodice ripper that readers over the years have either loved or loathed While the disrespect and disregard are abhorrent to our generation, it was a sign of their times In some respects, those parts to the stories are the parts I love the most The women know their place and the repercussions they face if they don t abide by their husband s rules In Defy Not The Heart my enjoyment stemmed from the heroine s disregard for the rules and the heroes ability to handle his temper when his blasted Lady kept defying him I loved seeing this couple mesh their lives.Reina is under attack and her circumstances are looking grim She knew that being unwed and living on an estate with such huge value would make her susceptible to unscrupulous Lords wanting her lands She just didn t realise they would attempt the deception so mercilessly In dire straits, Reina is surprised to hear that there is someone who is attacking the attackers She is saved or so she thinks Imagine her surprise when the giant of a man who saves her ends up kidnapping her to deliver her to another unscrupulous Lord, for a pittance Reina working with her kidnappers best friend, manipulates the situation to come out in her favour.Ranulf is a bastard, literally and figuratively He s not led a pleasant life, but he has managed to save a decent amount of money to buy his own property The way he made his money was by selling his services as a mercenary In this particular job, instead of taking his payment upfront, he decides to do the job first and get paid on completion Ranulf s main reason for doing this is because he does not like his employer and does not want to commit to something he may want to back out of before completion It was a good decision in the end.Reina and Ranulf s first meeting was not ideal and they don t particularly like each other With a little coaxing a touch of kidnapping and a lot of manhandling, we finally see Reina and Ranulf married It is not an easy kind of marriage as they have to learn to handle each other while also dealing with outside forces trying to get their hands on Clydon, Reina s holdings, and now Ranulf s There are also parts of both of their histories that pop up and need to be dealt with In regards to claims of rape and beatings hogwash Geez, every historical romance, unless it s clean, would seem like rape slight exaggeration maybe Most first beddings are meant to be portrayed as the virginal heroine feeling like she s being ripped apart The beatings well let s just say I was expectingthan the friendly tap and fondle we got Maybe it was his threat of using a whip that had everyone in an uproar.Basically, Defy Not The Heart had enough history, intrigue and drama to keep my attention from beginning to end I was sucked in and devoured every word I will definitely be looking to readfrom this author.To buy Defy Not The Heart fromm an Aussie chick who loves to read and review romance, drink coffee, be a Style Setter and stalk David Gandy To seeof my reviews, fashion, food and pervathons