The Defiant BrideThe Defiant Bride by Leslie Hachtel
Genre: Historical Romance (16th Century England)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1511886285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1511886284

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Furious at being used as a political pawn, the Lady Dariana defies King Henry VII by faking her own death to avoid marrying a man she has never met. Praying the king will not retaliate against her father, she seeks refuge in the forest and learns to fend for herself. When William, a warrior knight, is felled by an arrow, she saves his life and arranges his rescue before fleeing to avoid discovery. William awakes from his injury to be told he imagined the beautiful woman in the forest. Besotted and determined to make her his own, he hunts her down and tricks her into marrying him, intent on turning her defiance into love. But even as he begins to succeed, their enemies join forces to end the marriage—even if it means that Dariana must die. When Dariana is abducted, William must track her down to fight for her life and their happiness. And, Dariana, once the most defiant of brides, must channel her own strength of will into survival, both for herself—and for the child she now carries.


A fast paced, adventure filled, sizzling romance. A new author to me, but one I thoroughly enjoyed. Well written with engaging, energetic and charmingly wicked characters. The plot is unique in so many ways. While, it has as the usual romantic elements, it always has an evil overcast as well. It is filled with deceit, deception, danger, passion and romance. I enjoyed the premise of love at first sight. Or is it all just a dream?
I loved the way Lady Dariana, the defiant and William, the warrior, find the HEA. They faced many obstacles, danger, challenges, the disobedience of a King, and not one but two abductions. Oh, yes, a very enchanting and challenging story. But can love prevail? You must pick up “The Defiant Bride”. It’s an awesome read. I do have a few questions, I was all become clear in the next installment. I hope there will be another installment. An enjoyable and satisfying read!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com**

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More